LINGUIST List 10.1115

Thu Jul 22 1999

Calls: Languages of Ireland/Scotland, NEW JOURNAL

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  1. Joan Rahilly, Languages of Ireland/Languages of Scotland and Ulster

Message 1: Languages of Ireland/Languages of Scotland and Ulster

Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 11:51:29 +0100
From: Joan Rahilly <>
Subject: Languages of Ireland/Languages of Scotland and Ulster


All those with an academic or professional interest in the Languages of
Ireland and/or the Languages of Scotland and Ulster are invited to submit
abstracts for the following conferences:

Queen's University, Belfast
Saturday 12th. August - Wednesday, 16th August 200

 Queen's University, Belfast
Wednesday, 9th. August - Sunday, 13th. August 2000

Abstracts for papers, posters, panels, workshops or any other type of
presentation are welcome, and must be submitted by 31st January, 2000.

For further details and contact information, please see

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Joan Rahilly,
School of English,
Queen's University,
Belfast BT7 1NN,
Northern Ireland.
Tel. (direct line): (01232) 273304
 (School Office): (01232) 335103
School Fax: (01232) 314615
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Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 19:09:13 +0200
From: Snippets <>

This message announces the birth of a new syntax-semantics newsletter
and issues the first call for submissions. The editorial statement
for the journal follows; the deadline for submissions to the first
issue is September 30, 1999.

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Journal title: SNIPPETS.

Editors: Carlo Cecchetto, University of Siena
	 Caterina Donati, University of Urbino
	 Orin Percus, NSF/ University of Milan


1. Purpose.

The aim of _Snippets_ is to publish specific remarks that motivate
research or that make theoretical points germane to current work. The
ideal contribution is the ideal footnote: a side remark that taken on
its own is not worth lengthy development but that needs to be said.

The best examples of what we have in mind are the earliest _Linguistic
Inquiry_ squibs. Some of these posed unobserved puzzles. For
instance, a squib by Postal and Ross in LI 1:1 ("A Problem of Adverb
Preposing") noted that whether or not we can construe a
sentence-initial temporal adverb with an embedded verb depends on the
tense of the matrix verb. A squib by Perlmutter and Ross in LI 1:3
("Relative Clauses with Split Antecedents"), challenging the
prevailing analyses of coordination and extraposition, noted that
conjoined clauses neither of which contain a plural noun phrase can
appear next to an "extraposed" relative that can only describe groups.
Other squibs drew attention to particular theoretical assumptions.
For instance, a squib by Bresnan in LI 1:2 ("A Grammatical Fiction")
outlined an alternative account of the derivation of sentences
containing _believe_ and _force_, and asked whether there were
principled reasons for dismissing any of the underlying assumptions
(among them that semantic interpretation is sensitive to details of a
syntactic derivation). A squib by Zwicky in LI 1:2 ("Class
Complements in Phonology") asked to what extent phonological rules
refer to complements of classes. None of these squibs was more than a
couple of paragraphs; all of them limited themselves to a precise
question or observation.

One encounters many short comments of this kind in the literature of
the seventies. We feel that there no longer is a forum for them. We
want _Snippets_ to help fill that gap.

2. Content.

We will publish notes that contribute to the study of _syntax and
semantics in generative grammar_. The notes are to be brief,
self-contained and explicit. They may do any of the following things:

 a. point out an empirical phenomenon that goes against accepted 
 generalizations or that shows that some aspect of a theory is 
 b. point out unnoticed minimal pairs that fall outside the scope 
 of any existing theory;
 c. point out an empirical phenomenon that confirms the 
 predictions of a theory in an area where the theory has not 
 been tested;
 d. explicitly describe technical inconsistencies in a theory or 
 in a set of frequently adopted assumptions;
 e. explicitly describe unnoticed assumptions that underlie a 
 theory or assumptions that a theory needs to be supplemented 
 with in order to make desired predictions; 
 f. propose an idea for a pilot experiment in language acquisition 
 or language processing that directly bears on theoretical 
 g. call attention to little-known or forgotten literature in 
 which issues of immediate relevance are discussed.

3. Submission details.

We will solicit submissions issue by issue. A new submission 
deadline will be announced for each issue, and the submissions that 
we receive we will consider only for that issue.

Submissions are to be a _maximum_ of 500 words (including examples), 
with an additional half page allowed for diagrams, tables and 
references. Given that we envision the submissions themselves as 
footnotes, _the submissions may not contain footnotes of their own_. 
The ideal submission is one paragraph; a submission of five lines is 
perfectly acceptable. _We will not consider abstracts_. 

SEPTEMBER 30, 1999. We will accept electronic submissions at the 

Paper submissions should be sent to

		Caterina Donati 
		Facolta' di Lingue
		Universita' di Urbino
		Piazza Rinascimento 7
		61029 Urbino
We strongly encourage electronic submissions. Electronic 
submissions may take the form of the text of an e-mail message, or 
an attached file. The attached file should be a simple text file, 
a Word file (Mac or Windows), or a Rich Text Format (RTF) file. 

All submissions must state the name and affiliation of the 
author(s), and a (postal or electronic) return address.

4. Editorial policy.

Submissions will be reviewed by our editorial board, and review will
be name-blind both ways. While we guarantee a response within 3
months of submission, _we will only provide a yes/no response to the
submitter_. We will not request revisions (barring exceptional
cases). Space constraints mean that we may reject a large proportion
of submissions, but with this in mind we allow resubmission (once) of
the same piece.

5. Distribution.

Our initial plan is to publish 2 or 3 times a year, with a maximum of
10 pages for each edition. The first issue is intended for January
2000. Our goal in publishing this newsletter is to provide a service
to the linguistics community, and _Snippets_ will therefore be _free_
and _without copyright_. There will be a limited number of copies,
which we will send to institutions on request. Individuals who wish
to take advantage of the newsletter should therefore ask their
institutions to request a copy, and make their own copy of the
institution's version. Individuals who are not affiliated with an
institution should contact us at the address _snippetsunimi.it_.

6. Review Board.

Sigrid Beck (University of Connecticut)
Rajesh Bhatt (University of Texas)
Valentina Bianchi (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)
Daniel Buering (Universitaet Koeln/ UC Santa Cruz)
Danny Fox (Harvard Society of Fellows)
Roumyana Izvorski (USC)
Hisatsugu Kitahara (Keio University)
Josep Quer (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
Norvin Richards (MIT)
Anna Roussou (University of Cyprus)
Uli Sauerland (Universitaet Tuebingen)
William Snyder (University of Connecticut)
Michal Starke (University of Geneva)

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