LINGUIST List 10.1394

Thu Sep 23 1999

Calls: 18th Scandinavian Conf/Ling,Final Submissions

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  1. 18-SCL, 18th Scandinavian Conf. of Linguistics, 2000

Message 1: 18th Scandinavian Conf. of Linguistics, 2000

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 17:24:06 +0200
From: 18-SCL <>
Subject: 18th Scandinavian Conf. of Linguistics, 2000


18th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics

Venue:	Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Date:	Thursday, May 18th - Saturday, May 20th, 2000

- Optimality Theory (with reference to either phonology or syntax)
- Language and Prehistory
- Linguistic Relativity
- Dialectology and Language Variation

Conference fees:
Regular fee:					SEK 400
Students:					SEK 300
Members of the Nordic Association of Linguists:	SEK 200

A banquet will be held on the evening of May 19th. This is not included in
the conference fee.

We invite abstracts for talks on all areas of linguistics. We particularly
welcome suggestions with some bearing on the listed topics. Each talk is
allotted 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for discussion). The length of each
abstract is restricted to one A4 page.

Deadline for abstracts: 				Jan 15th, 2000
Notification of acceptance: 				Feb 15th, 2000.

Abstracts should be sent to:

Since we intend to post abstracts on the conference website we urge
participants to submit abstracts electronically. The abstract should be in
ASCII and should form the body of an email message. To avoid formatting
difficulties please do not send the abstract as an attachment.

We also welcome suggestions from researchers who are willing to organize
workshops at 18-SCL. Please state the topic of the workshop you wish to
suggest or organize.

Deadline for workshop suggestions: 			Nov 15th, 1999.
Notification of acceptance for workshops: 		Nov 30th, 1999.

Contact information:


18-SCL Organizing Committee
Dept of Linguistics and Phonetics
Lund University
Helgonabacken 12
SE-223 62 Lund

fax: +46 46 222 4210

18th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
Organizing Committee
Dept of Linguistics and Phonetics
Lund University
Helgonabacken 12
SE-223 62 Lund
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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 12:35:39 +0200
From: Snippets <>

This is to announce one last time that SEPTEMBER 30 is 
the deadline for submissions to the first issue of the 
syntax-semantics newsletter _Snippets_. The editorial 
statement for the journal follows.

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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 

 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

6. Review Board.

Sigrid Beck (University of Connecticut)
Rajesh Bhatt (University of Texas)
Valentina Bianchi (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)
Daniel Buring (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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