In the photo: The opening of the 4. Interlinguistics Symposium (prof. Humphrey Tonkin, prof. Ilona Koutny, the dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature prof. Maciej Karpiński, dr Ida Stria, Michael Farris)

Fifth Interlinguistics Symposium at AMU

The Interlinguistic Studies program (Institute of Ethnolinguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland) is organizing the fifth international Interlinguistics Symposium to be held September 17-18, 2020 in Poznań in virtual form. The main subject will be:

The role of languages in intercultural communication

Detailed information (PDF): Symposium 2020

Registration form (DOC): Registration form


Intercultural communication is an everyday occurrence in our globalizing age. Meetings between people from difference cultures can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts. Only a knowledge of one’s own and other cultures, awareness and openness to difference can lead to effective intercultural communication. The language used by those communicating (whether the native language of one of the parties or a common interlanguage) plays a role in the success of communication as well. The role played by international languages such as English, Spanish and others, as well as international planned languages such as Esperanto, in interpersonal or international contexts is the focus of the symposium.

Papers on the following subjects are welcome:

  • natural languages in intercultural and international communication
  • language misunderstandings and conflicts in intercultural communication
  • language policy in multicultural and multilingual countries
  • communication between immigrants and natives
  • language challenges in a changing Europe
  • communication in Esperanto:
    • language features that aid in intercultural communication
    • literature as a carrier of international issues and values, as a bridge between cultures
    • instruction in intercultural values
    • the Esperanto movement for more equal communication
  • other international auxiliary languages in intercultural communication

Each presenter will have 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion.
Power Point presentations are advised (Power Point MS Office 98-2003).

Selected papers will appear in print form in the series Język. Komunikacja. Informacja / Language. Communication. Information.

Conference languages: English, Esperanto, Polish

Extended deadline for paper submissions: 15.07.2020

Confirmation of paper and poster acceptance: 05.08.2020

There is no conference fee.

Confirmed speakers:

Prof. Věra Barandovská-Frank, Prof. Nicolau Dols Salas, Prof. Sabine Fiedler, Prof. Federico Gobbo, Prof. Przemysław Grzybowski, Prof. Wim Jansen, Prof. Goro Kimura, Prof. Ilona Koutny, Dr Katalin Kováts, Jan van Steenbergen MA, Dr Ida Stria, Prof. Bengt-Arne Wickström

Organizing Committee:
Ilona Koutny, prof.
Ida Stria, dr
Michael Farris, mgr

Scientific Committee:
Věra Barandovská-Frank, prof., International Academy of Sciences, San Marino
Renato Corsetti, prof., Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Probal Dasgupta, prof., Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India
Nicolau Dols Salas, prof., University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Sabine Fiedler, prof., Leipzig University, Germany
Michele Gazzola, prof., Ulster University, United Kingdom
Federico Gobbo, prof., University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Przemysław Grzybowski, prof., Casimir the Great University, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Wim Jansen, prof., University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kimura Goro Christoph, prof., Sophia University, Tokio, Japan
Ilona Koutny, prof., Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Katalin Kováts, dr.,, Netherlands
Jan van Steenbergen, translator, Ijmuiden, Netherlands
Ida Stria, dr, University of Warsaw, Poland
Humphrey Tonkin, prof., University of Hartford, USA
Bengt-Arne Wickström, prof., Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Contact details:
Interlinguistic Studies, Institute of Ethnolinguistics (Prof. Ilona Koutny)
Adam Mickiewicz University
al. Niepodległości 4
PL-61-874 Poznań, POLAND /

Registration forms (with or without paper) and questions should be submitted to:

Interlingvistikaj Studoj