XVII International Congress of Linguists
Prague, Czech Republic, July 24-29, 2003

General Information

Conference site: Prague Congress Centre
5. května 65, 140 21 Prague 4 (metro line C "Vyšehrad")


There are three possibilities for arranging for accommodation during the Congress:

  1. Participants will arrange for their accommodation with a hotel they will choose from the list of suggested hotels; these hotels offer a special price reduction for Congress participants and the accommodation should be reserved by the participants using a special form enclosed to this Circular. Please notice that price reductions and room reservations can be only guaranteed if the reservation is confirmed by the participants before the date indicated in the list of hotels below.
  2. A cheap accommodation in University hostels is also available. Reservations should be made on the enclosed form which is to be sent to the address of the Congress Secretariat before March 31st, 2003. Cancellation of the reservation can be made till June 15th, 2003; after that date no refund can be made.
  3. Participants may also check the list of Prague hotels on the web site http://www.czechsite.com or http://hotels.source.cz and make their own reservations for regular prices. We can only advise you to compare these regular prices with the prices offered by the hotels in our list.

Passports and visas:

All visitors entering the Czech Republic must have a valid passport. Citizens of some countries will be required to have an entrance visa. Please consult the nearest Czech Embassy or Consulate to inquire about the terms valid at the time of your trip.

If you need an official invitation letter for your visa, follow the instructions.

Registration fees (in Euro):

participants accompanying persons students
before 31/5/2002
from 1/06/2002 to 31/12/2002
after 31/12/2002

Students should attach to their registration form a confirmation of their student status issued by their University.

The registration fee covers the participation at all Congress sessions, a volume of abstracts of accepted papers and posters, the welcome reception, coffees during the coffee breaks and all Congress materials. The cost of the banquet (60 EUR) and the one-day trips (variable) are not covered by the registration fee.

The banquet will be held in all rooms of the Municipal Hall (www.obecni-dum.cz) in the very centre of Prague. The building itself and the decoration of its representative rooms (including the big Smetana hall known from the Prague Spring Music Festival) are among the most important treasures of the Art Nouveau architecture and arts.

For the methods of payment of the registration and other fees, see the enclosed form.

Cancellation of registration:

Preregistered participants who are unable to attend the Congress will have their paid fees refunded less a processing fee of 30 EUR (accompanying persons 15 EUR) provided a notice (by e-mail, fax or letter) is received by the Conference Secretariat before June 15th, 2003. If cancellation is made after this date no refund can be expected. All refunds will be processed after the conference. Cancellation of hotel reservations should be negotiated with the individual hotels directly.


Welcome reception: Thursday July 24th, 19.00 – 22.00, Congress Hall; included in the conference fee
Banquet: Monday July 28th, 20.00 – 23.00, Obecní dům (Municipal Hall), Prague 1, náměstí Republiky (Place of Republic); fee: 60 EUR

Sunday trips (July 27th, 2003)

(A) A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Prague (by bus)

The following guided bus trips are proposed; the registration for the trips is only preliminary, as well as the prices quoted; the price will be approx. 40 - 50 EUR and includes also the entrance fees and a lunch. Final registration and payment will be made at the registration counter in the Congress Centre.

(B) Karlštejn
- the castle was founded in 1348 by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV. in the high gothic style. What you can see: Imperial Palace, Marian Tower, Church of Virgin Mary, the Chapel of St.Catherine, lapidarium, library and the Chapel of Holy Cross with a remarkable and internationally acclaimed collection of panel paintings by Master Theodoric from the 14th century.
(C) Křivoklát
- the castle is one of the oldest and the most important castles of Czech lords and kings, whose origins go back to the 12th century. What you can see: Castle Tower, Kings and Knights Hall with an exhibition of late gothic paintings and sculpture art, library with 52 000 volumes, Furstenberg museum and gallery, prison, torture chambers, big tower with hunting collections.
(D) Terezín
- was established at the end of the 18th century as a fortress and was dedicated to the emperor Maria Theresia by her son Joseph II. The Main and Lesser Fortresses soon lost their military function. Only in the relatively recent past, during the 2nd World War, has Terezín once again entered the world's public consciousness as the tragic symbol of the innocent people who died here during the Nazi occupation of their homeland. More than 162,000 Jews were sent there, only 25,000 survived. It was at Terezin that the children's art works on display in the Jewish Museum in Prague were created under the guidance of the inspiring art teacher.
(E) Kutná Hora
The history of the town Kutná Hora is closely tied to silver mining in the 14th century. The central mint came to be called Vlašský dvůr after Italian experts, Vlachs, who initiated the mining reform. What you can see: two-floor palace with representative halls, a tower, and a chapel with a royal treasury underneath containing silver bars and Prague pennies, St. Barbara (late gothic) cathedral.
(F) Český Krumlov
The castle ranks among the most important historic sights in the central European region. Building development from the 14th to 19th centuries is well preserved in the original ground plan layout, material structure, interior installation and architectural detail. The town was declared a Municipal Preserve in 1963 and in 1992 the entire complex was included in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monuments. What you can see: the largest castle outside Prague (of gothic and renaissance styles), a gothic church in the historical medieval town center, a well-known Art Gallery named after E. Schiele.
(G) Hluboká
The large white monumental building of the castle dominates the park. Originally a gothic castle, many times reconstructed. The castle was completely re-built in 1840 in the style of the English royal Windsor castle. There are approximately 140 rooms in the castle; some of them are fully furnished. What you can see: A large wooden dining room with renaissance ceiling, a library with more than 12000 volumes, painting gallery.
(H) Sychrov
The history of the area goes back to the 15th century. From this century the castle developed till the 20th century. Sychrov is included among the most significant monuments of historical styles of the 19th century. What you can see: fully furnished rooms with lavish carvings and ceiling paneling, the castle park in English style.

Programme for acompanying persons

will include sightseeing tours of Prague, a half-day bus trip to a glass factory with a possibility to shop in the factory shop, and a range of tickes for concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances.


We are pleased to offer the participants of CIL XVII special prices of air-tickets. According to the agreement with the Czech airlines (ČSA) CIL participants can get a reduced price (-25%) for economy class flights operated by ČSA, except the flights OK 3000-4999 operated by other airlines. Marketing departments of ČSA (http://www.czech-airlines.com) will provide reduced prices from your place or from transfer place under the following conditions:
  1. You pay the conference fee and obtain a written confirmation from the local organizing committee about your participation (issued only upon your request)
  2. You submit this confirmation to the marketing department of ČSA at the time you make your reservation
  3. Your flight is scheduled for days within the period July 17- August 7, 2003


The 17th Congress of Linguists will be held in Prague, in the very heart of Europe, which since the 9th century has been the metropolis of Bohemia and of Czechia. The historical center of Prague – Old Town, Lesser Town, Jewish town, New Town, Hradč any and Vyšehrad – originated in the Middle Ages . More than 2000 historical buildings (of Gothic, Baroque and other styles) are situated there in an exceptional urban and artistic unit. The whole area was put on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1992 (more on www.czechsite.com).

Local transportation

Upon arrival

  1. There is a shuttle service run by the company CEDAZ that operates from the airport to the centre of the city. The ride takes approx. 30 minutes and costs 100 Cz.crowns per person and one piece of luggage. The company provides also transportation from the airport to any place in Prague (hotels); price is contractual but in comparison with taxi it is very cheap.
  2. A public bus line runs frequently from the Prague airport to the terminal stop of metro line A, which takes you to the centre of the city; tickets can be bought at the airport.
  3. A taxi from the airport to the city center is approx. 20 EUR. All the hotels listed in our special offer are located in the city centre.

During the Congress

The Congress venue (Congress Centre) is situated just opposite the metro station "Vyšehrad" (line C); the lines "A" and "C" cross at the station "Museum" in the very centre of the city. The Metro in Prague is a very convenient, quick, clean and safe means of transport.

Liability and Insurance

Neither the organizers nor the Congress Centre will assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during the Congress. Participants are recommended to arrange for their personal travel and health insurance.


The weather in the Czech Republic is normally pleasant and sunny in July, though it might occasionally be hot (up to 28 degrees C); an umbrella may be also useful.


Normal banking hours are from 9.00 to 17.00 Monday through Friday. Extended banking facilities are available at the airport and at the main railway stations. There are automatic cash dispensers, usually located near a bank branch, which accept a variety of international credit cards; the cards accepted are indicated on the dispenser. Please note that there will not be bank facilities provided at the Congress Centre during the Congress. The current rate of exchange is approx. 30 Cz. Crowns for 1 EUR.


Shops are open from 9.00/9.30 through 18.00/19.00 Monday to Friday, many of them also on Saturdays until 13.00. A few department stores are open on Saturdays and some supermarkets also on Sundays.


Electricity is supplied at 220 volts A/C, 50 Hz cycle.

Emergency service

Police - Ambulance - Fire Brigade touch 158.