Call for papers

Linguistics Colloquium 58

Linguistic Diversity in the World and for the World

2022 September 2023, Vilnius

Extended deadline of abstract submission: 5/31/2023

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the 58th Linguistics Colloquium titled Linguistic Diversity in the World and for the World”. The Conference will take place at Vilnius University, Faculty of Philology, on September 20-22, 2023.

The thematic area of this year’s Conference is linguistic diversity, which we understand as diversity of cultures, diversity of attitudes and values reflected in language, and opportunities for mutual understanding and cultural enrichment. Linguistic diversity is exciting not only as a phenomenon by itself, but also as an object of research, which makes it possible to draw interesting parallels from typological and comparative perspectives as well as to investigate individual languages and viewpoints expressed in them.

Linguistic diversity is also closely connected with multilingualism, which emphasises the individual and communicative aspects of linguistic diversity. In many everyday situations people communicate in several languages. Multilingual individuals or groups are more the rule than the exception, which is especially relevant in the context of small countries and small languages. Multilingualism is a way to deal with linguistic diversity on an individual level, as linguistic diversity highlights the necessity of speaking more than one language in order to understand the world and human beings better. Therefore, the topic of linguistic diversity also embraces the possibilities of learning several languages.

Linguistic diversity could also be treated as a challenge. On the one hand, due to the increasing dominance of the major languages in the world some small languages are lost, and thus linguistic diversity is declining. On the other hand, different viewpoints expressed via different languages can lead to difficulties in communication, and it is the task of linguistics to identify these difficulties, explain them and eliminate them.

We are very happy that our plenary speakers this year come from different countries. Their talks will focus on the following topics:

Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp)      Negative and free choice indefinites: a reappraisal

Klaus Geyer (Odense)                            Ungleiche Schwestern? Über Sprachvergleiche am Beispiel Dänisch-Deutsch

Jurgis Pakerys (Vilnius)                         Baltic causatives in the Circum-Baltic context

Lina Plaušinaitytė (Vilnius)                  Welche Art litauisch-deutsches Wörterbuch brauchen wir?

We invite researchers from any country of the world and from all linguistic backgrounds to submit contributions related to the following linguistic fields:

Phonetics and phonology

Grammar and grammarography

Word formation

Lexicology and lexicography

Semantics and pragmatics


Historical linguistics

Text linguistics and discourse analysis

Language variation

Contrastive linguistics

Intercultural communication


Corpus linguistics and computational linguistics

Language teaching and learning

Other topics are also
welcome. Proposals will be grouped into panels according to their thematic scope and language. Languages of the Conference are German, French and English.
Each speaker will have 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Research papers based on Conference presentations will be published in peer reviewed Conference proceedings. Blind peer review procedure will be applicable before the publication.

Abstracts of 250-300 words and registration should be submitted by e-mail to by May 12, 2023. Registration fee has to paid until August 01, 2023: 150 EUR (regular fee) 80 EUR (doctoral students). Registration fee includes registration, Conference materials, coffee breaks and Conference dinner.

All relevant information about the 58th Linguistics Colloquium can be found on the Conference webpage:

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission and registration:              May 12, 2023

Notification of acceptance:                                                  June 01, 2023

Deadline of paying the Conference fee                               August 01, 2023

Online publication of the Conference program:                  August 25, 2023

Organising Committee of Linguistics Colloquium 58:

Skaistė Volungevičienė (chair), Aleksej Burov, Eglė Kontutytė, Lina Plaušinaitytė, Jolanta Šinkūnienė, Vita Valiukienė, Vaiva Žeimantienė.


Department of German Philology

Department of English Philology

Department of French Philology


Faculty of Philology

Vilnius University

Universiteto str. 5

LT-01131 Vilnius, Lithuania


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