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V-DOCS 2017
Various Dimensions of Contrastive Studies

Różne wymiary studiów kontrastywnych

Katowice, 23-24 October 2017

First Circular and Call for Papers

2016 Book of abstracts

Abstract submission deadline extended to

June 15 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Institute of English at the University of Silesia, has the pleasure to announce the 4th international conference titled Various Dimensions of Contrastive Studies (V-DOCS 2017). The conference aims at focusing on a variety of possible approaches to contrasting languages. We want to welcome academics who represent various methodologies and perspectives on linguistic analysis: formal, functional, cognitive-semantic, pragmatic, and anthropological.

This year's leading theme is:

Various Dimensions of Place

The role of place in language analysis has traditionally been associated with sociolinguistic studies into regional variation of languages. However, it turns out that the category of place plays an important role in the structures of language, from the place of articulation in phonetics to the place of elements in word-formation, from the problems of place-naming to conceptualizations of place in lexicology and semantics, from the analysis of the places of syntactic constituents in various structures and constructions to the contextual role of place in raising implicature in pragmatics and discourse analysis. Thus, the list of suggested topics for conference presentations may include, although will not be limited to, the following aspects connected with the category of place:

·         The role of place(s) in phonetic and phonological analysis

·         Place(s) of articulation

·         Place(s) of morphemes in the word-structure

·         Place and word-formation

·         Place conveyed in the lexicon

·         (Proper) names of places

·         Conceptualization(s) of place(s)

·         Metaphors of place

·         Metonymies of place

·         Talmy’s conception of Figure and Ground in semantics

·         Place as represented by syntax across languages

·         Place(s) of constituents in syntactic structures

·         Place of elements of constructions

·         Place as reflected in the corpora

·         The context of place in linguistic interaction

·         Place and implicature

·         Place in discourse analysis



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

We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have expressed their agreement to present plenary lectures during the conference:

Prof. Annalisa Baicchi  (University of Pavia, Italy)

More information: http://studiumanistici.unipv.it/?pagina=docenti&id=134

Dr hab. Grzegorz Szpila (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

More information: http://www.ifa.filg.uj.edu.pl/grzegorz-szpila

Prof. dr hab. Rafał Molencki (University of Silesia, Katowice)

More information: http://www.ija.us.edu.pl/index.php/pracownicy/33-molencki-rafal


Important dates:

Abstract submission: 31 May 2017

Confirmation of acceptance: 30 June 2017

Early bird payment: 31 July 2017

Regular payment: 15 September 2017

Conference: 23-24 October 2017

Abstract submission:

Abstracts describing the topic of a presentation in up to 300 words, attached as a doc/docx file should be sent to vdocs2017@gmail.com no later than 31 May 2017.

Conference venue:

The conference will be held in the new building of CINiBA (The Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library), located in the University of Silesia campus, at 11A Bankowa Street in Katowice (http://www.ciniba.edu.pl/).

Conference fee:

The fee will cover the participation costs, conference materials, coffee breaks during the conference, the conference dinner (optional), and the costs of publishing a post-conference monograph. Accommodation and meals are not included in the fee (except for the optional conference dinner).

Fee options:

Early bird payment (paid by 31 July 2017):

-          with the conference dinner included: 350 PLN / 90 Euros

-          without the conference dinner: 300 PLN / 80 Euros

Regular payment (paid by 15 September 2017):

-          with the conference dinner included: 400 PLN / 100 Euros

-          without the conference dinner: 350 PLN / 90 Euros

Optional post-conference trip fee*: 80 PLN / 20 EUR (for details, see below)

(*to be paid together with the conference fee)


Conference dinner:

The conference dinner is planned for Monday, 23 October, at 7 pm in a restaurant located in the vicinity of the university campus (details to be announced soon).

Social event:

After the conference, on Tuesday (24 October) afternoon, the organizers are planning a tour of the “Guido” Mine in Zabrze, with a visit to the deepest located tourist route in a coal mine in Europe (https://kopalniaguido.pl/index.php/en/).

The price of the post-conference trip will be 80 PLN (20 EUR). If you would like to take part, please let us know when you register for the conference. The trip will start at around 1 pm and finish at around 5 pm.

The price for the post-conference trip includes the cost of the shuttle bus (Katowice-Zabrze-Katowice), the entrance fee to the ‟Guido” Mine (level 320) and the cost of an English-speaking guide.

The number of places is limited, but the trip will not be held unless there are at least 10 participants.


Scientific committee:                                                           Organising committee:

Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Łyda                                                    Dr hab. Konrad Szcześniak

Dr hab. Bożena Cetnarowska                                                Dr Paulina Biały


Dr hab. Andrzej Porzuczek                                                   Dr Marcin Kuczok

Dr hab. Adam Wojtaszek                                                      Dr Marcin Zabawa


Contact e-mail: vdocs2017@gmail.com

More information can be found on the conference website: http://ija.us.edu.pl/sub/vdocs/


Contact e-mail: vdocs2016@gmail.com

More information can be found on the conference website: http://ija.us.edu.pl/sub/vdocs/






The conference bank account: 74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909, the beneficiary: Uniwersytet Slaski w Katowicach, ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice, Poland, the title of the payment: VDOCS + your name. The swift code of the bank is INGBPLPW. For payments from abroad it is customary to extend the IBAN number by PL added in front of the account number. It is very important that you mark the payment with the sub-account name VDOCS and your name, because otherwise the financial department will not know where to allocate the money and we will not have your name on the list of those who have paid. To ensure that the money transfer is properly registered, please send us also a fax of the payment document to (0048 32) 3640809 or email theconfirmation to vdocs2016@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT : Everyone who wishes to receive a receipt / invoice (Faktura VAT) issued to the home institution should make sure that the money is transferred by the institution, and not from a private bank account of the participant. It is a policy of our financial department not to issue the bills to a different person/institution than the one who actually made the payment. If, for some reason, it is impossible for the university to transfer the money for conference participation and the staff members are asked to make the payments by themselves, we suggest that in order to ensure that the bill will be issued to the sending institution the transfer should be made by a postal order with the name of the institution as the payer. Bank transfers from private accounts will always be treated as paid by the account holders.


Institute of English




Institute of English, University of Silesia, Grota-Roweckiego 5, 41200 Sosnowiec, Poland    +48 32 3640 892  

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