Diachronic Slavonic Syntax 5:

Function Words in the Diachrony of Slavic Languages (DSSL 5)

Call for Papers


Diachronic Slavonic Syntax 5: Function Words in the Diachrony of Slavic Languages (DSSL 5)

Brno (Czech Republic), June 23 –25, 2022 


The conference is the next in the DSSL series bringing together linguists interested in the historical development of Slavic languages on an empirical basis. The conference focuses on the development of Slavic functional words and their syntactic, semantic, pragmatic or communicative function, be it deictics, auxiliaries, relatives, conjunctions, prepositions, particles, sentential adverbs, etc. We particularly welcome contributions discussing the functional words from the perspective of: 

  • language change
  • language variation
  • comparison of the development of the functional word in two (or more) Slavic languages (or Slavic with non-Slavic)
  • language contact
  • the Proto-Slavic reconstruction 

Papers based on the analysis of historical sources or diachronic corpora are preferred. The organizers expect that the conference will be a place to discuss the historical phenomena from different methodological perspectives.

The language of the conference is English.

Invited speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Tilman Berger (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)
  • Prof. Dr. Björn Wiemer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Abstracts (in pdf) should be submitted through Easychair by December 31, 2021:


Abstracts may not exceed one A4 page (Times New Roman font, size 12, line spacing 1.5; 2,5 margins on all sides). An additional page might be used for references. 

Each presented paper will be allotted 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Papers will be selected based on peer double blind review (two anonymous external reviews). The final selection of papers remains the responsibility of the organizers.


Important dates:

December 31, 2021 – abstract submission

February 28, 2022 – notification of acceptance 

May 30, 2022 – registration + conference fee 


The conference fee is € 50 (1300 CZK) and it must be paid before the conference (via bank transfer). It covers the conference materials, conference dinner and refreshment during coffee breaks (hot and cold drinks, fruit, etc.).

We do not plan a proceedings / collective monograph from the conference. However, a special issue(s) of  the journal Linguistica Brunensia (https://www.phil.muni.cz/journals/index.php/linguistica-brunensia) could be arranged.  


If you have any questions, please contact: dssl2022@centrum.cz

Masaryk University (Brno) and the University of Ostrava (Ostrava) coorganize the conference.



prof. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D. 

doc. Mgr. Radek Čech, Ph.D.

Department of Czech Language

Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts

Arna Nováka 1 

602 00 Brno

Czech Republic


Department of Czech Language

University of Ostrava, Faculty of Arts

Reální 5 

701 03 Ostrava

Czech Republic


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