Institute of English  University of Silesia  Poland

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VDOCS 2019 Various Dimensions of Contrastive Studies

21-22 October 2019

Ustroń, Poland

First Circular and Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,


Institute of English at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, has the pleasure to announce the 5th international conference titled Various Dimensions of Contrastive Studies (V-DOCS 2019). The conference aims at focusing on a variety of possible approaches to contrasting languages. Once again we want to welcome academics who represent various methodologies and perspectives on linguistic analysis: formal, functional, cognitive-semantic, pragmatic, and cultural.


This year’s leading theme is:


Language Contact


Today’s global village offers almost endless possibilities for language encounters that cause both language and thought patterns to clash, merge, and change. With contemporary means of mass communication and worldwide travel opening more paths for language contact than ever before, it becomes necessary to acknowledge the fact that languages and language varieties happen to interact and influence each other, thus changing the linguistic landscape as we know it.

Given the abovementioned, the purpose of this conference is to encourage debate on various dimensions of cross-linguistic influence and hence advance current research on language contact. 


Thus, the list of suggested topics for the conference presentations may include, although will not be limited to, the following issues:


  • language contact

  • language typology

  • language dissemination

  • bilingualism

  • multilingualism

  • language transfer

  • language acquisition, processing, and production

  • lingua franca

  • diglossia

  • synchronic and diachronic approaches

  • mutual and non-mutual influence

  • language shift

  • language convergence

  • linguistic hegemony

  • phonetic, morphological, grammatical, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic changes resultant from language contact

  • borrowings and calques

  • linguistic gaps

  • code-switching

  • pidgins and creoles

  • translingual phenomena

  • mixed languages

  • dialectal change

  • cultural and sub-cultural change

  • instances, causes, and effects of language contact in discourse and culture

  • cognitive semantics and pragmatics of language contrasts

  • sociolinguistics


Each presenter will be given 30 minutes (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion).The conference language is English.

Important dates:

Abstract submission: 19 May 2019

Confirmation of acceptance: 15 June 2019

Early bird payment: 31 July 2019

Regular payment: 15 September 2019

Conference: 21-22 October 2019


Abstract submission:

Abstracts describing the topic of a presentation in up to 300 words should be sent to no later than 19 May 2019.

Conference venue:

The conference will be organized in the hotel “Diament” in the town of Ustroń, a beautiful mountain resort in the Beskidy Mountains:

The all-inclusive conference fee is:

- 800 zł / 200 Euro (for a twin room) OR 1000 zł / 250 Euro (for a single room) (early-bird payment)

- 900 zł / 230 Euro (for a twin room) OR 1100 zł / 280 Euro (for a single room) (regular payment)

The fee covers:

  • 2 nights in the hotel in a twin/single room

  • meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner plus coffee service during the conference)

  • a special conference dinner on Monday 21 October

  • conference materials

  • the costs of publishing a post-conference monograph

Scientific committee:

dr hab. Bożena Cetnarowska

prof. dr hab. Andrzej Łyda

dr hab. Andrzej Porzuczek

dr hab. Adam Wojtaszek



Organising committee:

dr hab. Marcin Zabawa

dr Paulina Biały

dr Marcin Kuczok

mgr Anna Stwora




Various Dimensions
of Contrastive Studies

contact information

Institute of English, University of Silesia
ul. Grota-Roweckiego 5
41-205  Sosnowiec
tel: (48 32) 3640892
fax: (48 32) 3640809

Conference venue

Hotel Diament

ul. Zdrojowa 3, 43-450 Ustroń



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