Lublin’s multicultural history and heritage — a walking tour

The tour will begin at Lublin Castle, originally a medieval fortress, later rebuilt in the 19th c. as a prison. Here you can admire the solid 13th c. defensive tower and the Holy Trinity Chapel, a unique combination of Gothic architecture and Byzantine frescoes dating back to 1418. The Polish-Lithuanian Union signed at the Castle in 1569 is commemorated by Jan Matejko's superb painting "The Union of Lublin".

Leaving the Castle, you will catch a glimpse of the Orthodox Cathedral reflecting the long presence of Eastern Christianity in Lublin. You will also hear about the Jewish Quarter that surrounded the Castle until its destruction during World War Two. Lublin was famously called the “Jewish Oxford” or “Polish Jerusalem”.

Walking through Grodzka Gate you will enter the medieval city with its charming winding streets, historic houses and fascinating legends. At the Dominican Priory, you will see the beautiful chapels built in the peculiar Lublin Renaissance style and hear about the relics of the True Cross. In the Market Square, you will see the former Town Hall, also known as the Crown Tribunal, and the birthplace of a famous violinist Henryk Wieniawski. The nearby Baroque Cathedral boasts magnificent 18th c. frescoes in trompe l'oeil style.

Standing outside the New City Hall, you will admire the imposing Krakow Gate, a remnant of the city’s medieval defences, and learn about the origins of the city's emblem. Walking towards the Lithuanian Square, you will see how the city developed in the 19th‑20th c., with a considerable contribution of the Lutheran community. The tour will end at the Lithuanian Square which captures the history of Lublin and Poland in a nutshell.

Sławomir Nowodworski © 2014


The conference will feature a workshop on:

The application of digital corpora in linguistic research


The purpose of the workshop is to introduce and discuss selected language corpora and to demonstrate how these can be used in solving linguistic problems. The emphasis is on the growing impact of authentic usage-based data on linguistic study. No previous experience in computer science, statistics or computational linguistics is necessary.

Methods and aids

The workshop will be held in a computer room, where the participants will have a chance to try their hand at searching several corpora (e.g. the British National Corpus, the Corpus of Contemporary American English, the Corpus of American Historical English). The databases are accessed on-line; the user interface incorporates built-in search tools and a multitude of search settings. The workshop will also be supported by interactive online materials, to be made available on WebClass (

Topics to be covered include:
  1. finding one’s way around a corpus: familiarizing with corpus interface, formulating queries, part of speech tags, search settings and options
  2. lexicology (e.g. collocations)
  3. linguistic variation (e.g. variant word orders, register variation, optional omission of linguistic elements)
  4. lexico-grammatical patterns of association
  5. language change (e.g. semantic shift)