LINGUIST List 10.1291

Sat Sep 4 1999

Calls: NAPhC in Montreal, SILFI in Germany

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  1. Charles Reiss, NAPhC Call for Papers
  2. Elisabeth Burr, IV International Congress of SILFI - Call for papers

Message 1: NAPhC Call for Papers

Date: Fri, 03 Sep 1999 16:17:22 -0400
From: Charles Reiss <>
Subject: NAPhC Call for Papers

Call for papers

First North American Phonology Conference (NAPhC)

The Linguistics Program at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec will
host the First North American Phonology Conference (NAPhC) from
April 28-30th, 2000. We are founding this conference in association with
a number of Canadian Universities in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and we
expect the conference to be held every other year on a rotation among
these, and perhaps other, institutions in North America. 

Abstract submission is invited on any area of theoretical phonology, 
although, in recognition of the ten-year anniversary of the 
publication of Inkelas and Zec's "Phonology-Syntax Connection", 
we especially hope to have submissions on phonology above the word

Papers may be submitted and presented in French or English.

We are pleased to announce that the following phonologists
have all agreed to be invited speakers at the conference:

Abigail Cohn (Cornell)
Sharon Inkelas (Berkeley)
Glyne Piggott (McGill)
Keren Rice (Toronto)
Donca Steriade (UCLA)

Accepted papers will be allotted 40 minutes, including discussion time.
Abstracts must be submitted electronically to

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is December 15, 1999.
Preferred formats in decreasing order are pdf, ps, plain text, 
WORD (Mac or Windows), WordPerfect (Mac or Windows). 
Word and Wordperfect users should use no other phonetics
fonts than SIL Doulos (available at If you make a ps file
under Windows or Mac, please verify its integrity before sending it.

Further information will be available at
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Message 2: IV International Congress of SILFI - Call for papers

Date: Sat, 04 Sep 1999 01:17:46 +0200
From: Elisabeth Burr <>
Subject: IV International Congress of SILFI - Call for papers

International Society for Italian Linguistics and Philology (SILFI)

 6th International Conference

 " Tradition & Innovation"
Italian Linguistics and Philology at the start of a New Millennium

 June 28th - July 2nd 2000
 Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH
 Duisburg, Germany


We cordially invite you to participate in the 6th International
Conference of the International Society for Italian Linguistics
and Philology (SILFI), which following Siena (1988), Cambridge
(1991), Perugia (1994), Madrid (1996), and Catania (1998) will
be held in Duisburg, from June 28th to July 2nd 2000.


SILFI, the sole international society of Italian Linguistics and
Philology was founded at a very informal level in early Sep-
tember, 1985, during the 7th International Conference on
Historical Linguistics, held at Pavia. It was founded in order
to promote the study of Italian linguistics and philology and to
bring together all those working in Italian studies in Italy and all
over the world.
The congresses of SILFI are open to all scholars working in the
vast field of Italian linguistics and philology. At the General Meeting,
the right to vote is, however, reserved to official members of SILFI.

SILFI currently has about 200 members. Membership fees cover the
two years in between two congresses. They can also be paid during
the congress
Membership fees for the period 2000-2002 are:
Students & PhD-students: 25,00 DM (ca. Euro 12,50)
others: 40,00 DM (ca. Euro 20,00)
Exchange rate: 1 EURO = ca. 2 DM


In order to allow as many scholars of Italian linguistics and philology
to participate and exchange research results, research in progress, ex-
periences and ideas, congresses of SILFI are generally open to all
topics of Italian linguistics and philology. Tradition has it, however,
that each time one section of the congress is reserved in advance for
a specific topic.
Following the decision of the last congress held in Catania, the topic
of this section at the congress in Duisburg will be:

 "italiano parlato / Spoken Italian"

As the motto of the congress in Duisburg "Tradition & Innovation"
indicates, the aim of the congress is to bring together the wealth of
know- ledge gained by using traditional resources and methodolgy with
projects which either try to exploit the possibilities offered by the
electronic media for research and teaching or try to find new ways of
integrating scientific studies with society. The topic "Spoken
Italian" seems to be an excellent starting point for such an

For more information see:


20 December 1999 - Submission Deadline for papers/panel proposals
10 January 2000 - Submission of Posters/Demos of electronic projects
10 February 2000 - Notification
28 June 2000 - Evening - Opening of the conference
02 July 2000 - Midday - Closure of the conference



The main conference language is obviously Italian. However, French and
English can also be used. No translation is provided.



SILFI, next to work on "Spoken Italian" welcomes work
across the wholefield of Italian linguistics and philology,
including (but not limited to):

- History of Italian
- Synchronic and diachronic linguistics
- Dialectology and Geolinguistics
- Diatopic, diastratic and diaphasic varieties 
- Comparison between Italian and other languages
- Textual scholarship (textual anlysis, text critique, text edition ecc.)
- Language and literature

Furthermore, SILFI, in accord with the general motto of its congress
in Duisburg, encourages

- submissions of electronic or multimedial projects which can be of
 interest for Italian linguistics and philology (corpora, electronic
 collections of literary and non literary texts, grammars, virtual clas-
 ses/universities, philological and teaching tools etc.)
- work that makes use of computing methodology
- well reflected contributions on how traditional and innovative
 approaches can be combined or more active collaboration between
 them can be furthered
- the presentation of projects which are devoted to furthering the
 integration of scientific research with society by orienting lin-
 guistic and philological research to the reality of the region where
 the university is based.



Submissions should be limited to original work. Work in pro-
gress is also welcome. All papers should, however, include
background survey and / or reference to previous work. Authors
are encouraged to include in their paper reflections on the relevance
of their work to the general motto of the conference "Tradition &
All proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee.



In the interest of fostering lively debate, we invite:

- Sessions or papers which illuminate (or incite) debates within a
 field of Italian linguistics and philology
- Papers which situate projects with respect to current debates and
 previous work, or explore the theoretical ramifications of new de-
- Sessions which dramatize methodological differences, or which
 explore a variety of approaches
- Sessions or papers which show ways how traditional work, mul-
 timedial projects and computing methodology can fruitfully interact



Proposals may be of four types:

academic papers
themed panel sessions
demonstrations of electronic/multimedial projects or software

The type of submission should be specified in the header of the


Proposals for academic papers (1.000 -1.500 words) should
describe original work.
Those that concentrate on a particular application of com-
puting methodology in Italian linguistics and/or philology
should cite traditional as well as computer-based approaches to
the problem and should include some critical assessment of the
computing methodologies used.
All proposals should include conclusions and references,
and should indicate a familiarity with previous work in the
Individual papers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation, in-
cluding questions and discussion.
Proposals are due: December 20th, 1999


Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:
1. Three papers on a topic, either exploring it in depth, or presenting
 differing views on it. The panel organizer should make sure the session
 schedule leaves room for discussion. The session organiser should
 submit a 500-word statement describing the session topic, plus 1.000-
 word abstracts for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing
 to participate in the session;

2. A panel of four to six speakers on a topic. The speakers should either
 present different facets of the topic or they should introduce a debate
 on it. In either case, the panel organiser should make sure that there is
 enough time left for discussion among the panelists and the audience.
 The panel organiser should submit an abstract of 1.000 words descri-
 bing the panel topic, how it will be organised, the names of all the
 speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate 
 in the session.
Proposals are due: December 20th, 1999 


Poster presentations and demonstrations of electronic/multimedial projects
or software are designed to give researchers an opportunity to present late-
breaking results, significant work in progress, well-defined problems, or
research that is best communicated in conversational mode.
By definition, poster presentations are less formal and more interactive
than a standard talk. Poster presenters have the opportunity to exchange
ideas one-on-one with attendees and to discuss their work in detail with
those most deeply interested in the same topic. Each presenter is provi-
ded with about 2 square metres of board space to display their work.
They may also provide handouts with examples or more detailed infor-
mation. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference, but
a block of time separate from paper sessions will be assigned when pre-
senters should be prepared to explain their work and answer questions.
Specific time will also be assigned for project or software demonstrations.
Proposals for posters and demos should be about 500 words long, and
should indicate the type of hardware, if any, that would be required if
the proposal were accepted. These proposals should also include an
indication of the relation of this research to previous and related work.
Proposals are due: January 10th, 2000 


Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged, either through
the web at
or by e-mail to

with the subject line <Author's surname> "Submission for SILFI 2000"

or by sending a floppy to the address given below.

Submission of papers by post or fax is possible as well. Proposals
have to be typed, however. Please send your proposal to:

Elisabeth Burr
President of SILFI
FB 3/Italianistik
Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH
Geibelstrasse 41
47048 Duisburg
FAX: +49 203 379 3122



Please pay particular attention to the format of submissions
given below.

Submissions which do not conform to this format may well be re-
turned to the authors for reformatting, or may not be considered
if they arrive very close to the deadline.

All submissions should beginn with the following information:

TYPE OF PROPOSAL: paper, panel session, poster or demonstration
TITLE: title of paper, panel session, poster or demo
KEYWORD: three keywords (maximum) describing the main contents
of the paper or session

AUTHOR: name of first author (used for contact purposes)
AFFILIATION: of first author
E-MAIL: of first author
CONTACT ADDRESS: full postal address of first author or, in the
case of a panel session, of the organiser
FAX NUMBER: of first author or of organiser
PHONE NUMBER: of first author or of organiser

If submitting a paper, poster or demo proposal, together with
others, please give the additional following information:
AUTHOR: name of second author
AFFILIATION: of second author
E-MAIL: of second author (repeat these three headings as necessary)

If submitting a panel session proposal consisting of three papers,
please include, at the start of each participant's section, the title of
the paper and the name, affiliation and e-mail of each author. All pa-
nel sessions will be treated as a unit.

Electronic proposals should take the form of ASCII or HTML files.
Where necessary, a header should indicate the combinations of
ASCII characters used to represent characters outside the ASCII
or ISO 8859/1 range. Notes, if needed, should take the form of end-
notes rather than foot-notes.
Those who submit abstracts containing graphics and tables are asked
to send or fax a copy of the abstract in addition to the one sent in elec-
tronic form.



Although the University of Duisburg is well furnished with electronic
lecture theatres you have to let us know which equipment, if any, you
require for your presentation.

If you require special software, we recommend that you bring it on your
own laptop computer, and allow time before your session or demo to
test-drive the LCD projector.

If you wish to bring data on standard media /floppies, CD, Zip or Jazz
drive), but do not require special software to be installed, simply let us
know what your requirements are, and we will make the necessary equip-
ment available. If you have any questions, please let us know.



We intend to provide a book of abstracts to all conference participants.
In addition, we intend to publish abstracts on the conference web page at:

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.



Gabriella Alfieri, Universita' degli Studi di Catania (Italy)
Elisabeth Burr, Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH Duisburg (Germany)
Paolo D'Achille, Universita' degli Studi di Roma3 (Italy)
Ioern Korzen, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) (Denmark)
Cristina Lavinio, Universita' di Cagliari (Italy)
Tjasa Miklic, Universa v Ljubljani (Slovenia)
Maria Teresa Navarro, UNED Madrid (Spain)
Salvatore Trovato, Universita' di Catania (Italy)



Elisabeth Burr Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH Duisburg
Susanne Moerters Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH Duisburg 
Anna-Maria Arnuzzo Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH Duisburg
Elisabeth Dwucet technical design and implementation of the Web-suite

The confernce is organized by the Italian Department of Duisburg
University with the support of Duisburg University and the Faculty for
Modern Languages and Literatures.



The University of Duisburg is situated at the eastern border
of Duisburg. It can be easily reached by car, train, and airplane.
The nearest airport is Duesseldorf, which is only about 15 km
away and connected to Duisburg by metro. The university is
well connected by trams with the centre of Duisburg where most
hotels are situated. A limited number of single and double rooms
and a few family appartments (maximum capacity is 3 adults)
will be available from 27 June until 02 July in the nearby
Academy "Wolfsburg" (
for moderate prices, i.e.

per night and person in a
single room: DM 41
double room: DM 36
family appartment: DM 36
Breakfast: DM 12
Meal (midday): DM 18,50
Meal (evening): DM 12,00

Information about which hotels offer reduced prices for conference
participants will soon be available at the conference web site.

Meals can be taken in the university canteen which offers also a
very good selection of (ecological) salads and vegetables (costs
between DM 2,70 and DM 6,00), in the university cafeterias where
also small meals are provided, or in a number of restaurants within
walking distance from the university.
If you would like to have lunch in the university canteen, please say
so when registering for the conference.
For information about the university see:
For information about Duisburg see:
For information about hotels see also:



The conference fee is
70 DM for early registration (100 DM after 15 March 2000).
Students and PhD students pay half price.
The conference fee includes the registration fee and will, among
other things, cover the book of abstracts, tea and coffee during
the breaks. It will not, however, cover meals and accomodation.
Accepted currencies are DM and EURO (exchange rate 1 EURO
ca. = 2 DM)


Online registration is strongly encouraged. Please find
registration information on the conference web site at:

For those who do not have access to the Web, a
registration form is provided below.



For a limited number of scholars from Eastern Europe - subject
to confirmation from our sponsors - there will be partial travel
support available. Several conditions and restrictions apply.
Please find the information on the conference web site.



Please send all correspondence to the following address

6th International Congress of SILFI 
c/o Elisabeth Burr
President of SILFI
FB 3/Italianistik 
Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH
Geibelstrasse 41
D-47048 Duisburg

Phone: (+49) 203379 1957 or 2616
Fax: (+49) 203 379 3122


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In case you are not able to register over the Internet, please
return this registration form to:

6th International Congress of SILFI 
c/o Elisabeth Burr 
President of SILFI 
FB 3/Italianistik 
Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet GH
Geibelstrasse 41
D-47048 Duisburg
Fax: (+49) 203 379 3122

Registration will be effective on receipt of payment
(details for payment are provided below).

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URL for Home Page or C.V.:
(please begin with http://) 



Student/PhD student [ ]	(DM 25.-)
Normal [ ] (DM 40.-)	

I will NOT be staying at the Academy "Wolfsburg" [ ]
I would like to stay at the Academy "Wolfsburg"
in a single room (DM 41.- deposit with registration) [ ]
in a double room (DM 36.- deposit per person with registration) [ ]
in a family appartment (DM 36.- deposit per person with registration) [ ]
Please indicate the number of persons [ ]

If you register for a place at the Wolfsburg could you
please indicate the number of persons who would like
to take their breakfast there: [ ]

I wish to take my meals in the university canteen [ ]
(between DM 2,70 and DM 6,00)

	[ ] STUDENT [ ] EARLY [ ] AFTER 15 March 2000
 [ ] NORMAL [ ] EARLY [ ] AFTER 15 March 2000

STUDENT: early DM 35, AFTER 15 March 2000 DM 50
NORMAL: early DM 70, AFTER 15 March 2000 DM 100

FINANCING: My university/institution will contribute to the expenses
 [ ] YES [ ] NO 
(this question is being asked in case we 'win in the lottery')

 to: Dr. Elisabeth Burr
 on behalf of SILFI
 account: 0317014629
 at bank: Stadtsparkasse Duisburg
 BLZ: 350 500 00

 Expiration date:
 Holder's name on the card:
 Date and Signature :

Registration fees include, among others, registration to the conference,
the book of abstracts, tea and coffee during breaks.

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PD Dr.'in Elisabeth Burr
FB 3/Romanistik Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet
Geibelstrasse 41 47048 Duisburg
+49 203 3791957
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