LINGUIST List 10.1455

Tue Oct 5 1999

Calls: Formal Ling/AFLA7, Comp Ling/COLING 2000

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  1.> (M.A.F. Klamer), Formal Linguistics/AFLA7 in Amsterdam
  2. Hans Uszkoreit, Computational Linguistuics/COLING 2000 CFP

Message 1: Formal Linguistics/AFLA7 in Amsterdam

Date: Mon, 4 Oct 99 10:30:10 MET
From:> (M.A.F. Klamer) <>
Subject: Formal Linguistics/AFLA7 in Amsterdam

The Seventh Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association
Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands11-13 May 2000
Abstract deadline: 1 February 2000

Invited speakers confirmed so far:
I Wayan Arka (Universitas Udayana, Bali, Indonesia), Ellen Broselow (SUNY, 
Stony Brook), Adrian Clynes (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)
William Foley (Sydney University), Harry van der Hulst (Leiden University)

Abstracts are invited for 30 minute talks (20 minute presentations + 10 
minute question period) on any aspect of formal linguistics (e.g., phonology, 
phonetics, semantics, morphology, language acquisition, language contact) of 
any Austronesian language. Applicants are limited to one singly-authored and 
one jointly-authored abstract. 

Abstracts relating to this year's main themes (see below) are particularly 
encouraged, though abstracts on other topics will also be considered. 

An award of US$500 will be granted to an Austronesianist from Irian Jaya. 

This year, the conference will have two main themes, the first of which is of 
a more morpho-syntactic nature: Argument Marking.

The second theme is Iconicity. This theme is more phonological and/or 
semantic, though presentations relating to syntactic or morphological 
iconicity are also very welcome. 

Both themes may be approached from a synchronic and diachronic perspective.


To which extend does the language have ergative characteristics? If it has 
split/fluid intransitivity, how should this be formally accounted for? Is 
there evidence of diachronic change from an abs-erg system to a nom-acc 
system, or vice versa?
(N.B. The working definition of ergativity to be used used here is: The 
identical morpho-syntactic marking of the single argument of intransitive 
predicates and the complement of transitive predicates (S=O), versus a 
different morpho-syntactic marking of the agent of transitive predicates 

What is the nature of mixed syntactic categories in Austronesian languages 
(e.g., CP/IP, or IP/NP)? 
If a language has 'precategorical' roots, what does this imply for formal 
theories that take e.g. the Noun-Verb distinction as fundamental?
How should the surface homophony between finite forms and nominalised forms 
in especially the Eastern Austronesian languages be formally accounted for?

Argument--non argument status: 
What is the role of referential specificity or grammatical definiteness in 
determining argument status in the language?
In case the language has double argument marking, which element marks the 
argument: the pronoun/pronominal clitic/affix, the full NP, or combinations 
of the two, and how do the two relate?
What is the syntactic status of the (optionally) dropped element? Is this 
type of pro-drop always licensed by rich morphology, and if not, how should 
the drop be licensed?
Are there languages that, in addition to the classic typology of arguments 
vs. adjuncts, have elements occupying an intermediate status, and what are 
the theoretical implications thereof?

Phonology-syntax interaction


Does the language have lexical items displaying sound-meaning relations that 
are not arbitrary (e.g. onomatopeics, ideophones, special words for sense 
impressions, nicknames, terms of endearment, etc.), Or are there other 
non-arbitrary/iconic links between structure and semantics, at the level of 
morphology or syntax?
How may we characterise these items in structural and semantic terms?
What are the model-theoretic implications of a direct link between structure 
and semantics as exhibited by such iconic elements? What, for example, are 
the implications of the existence of such lexical elements for a theory of 
the lexicon, e.g., do different lexical strata have their own phonology, and 
how are these phonologies related to each other and to semantics?


Abstracts should be one page long, with an additional page for data or 
references. Submissions may be made by regular mail or email. We intend to 
publish a selection of the papers as conference Proceedings. 

To submit an abstract by regular mail, send 3 anonymous copies of the abract 
to the address below. Also include an index card bearing your name, 
affiliation, mailing and email address, the subdiscipline of your abstract 
(phonology, syntax, etc.) and status (student or non-student).

For submissions by email, send one copy of your abtract in the body of an 
email message (please avoid attachments), along with your name, addresses, 
subdiscipline, and status to:

For more information, please contact this email address, or write to the 
address below.

DEADLINE for receipt of abstracts: February 1, 2000

AFLA VII, c/o Marian Klamer
Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Geert Booij, Aone van Engelenhoven, Rob Goedemans, Marian Klamer, Bert 
Remijsen, Hein Steinhauer, Ruben Stoel, Lourens de Vries 

This conference is made possible with the support of: the Faculty of Arts of 
the Free University in Amsterdam, the Holland Institute of generative 
Linguistics (HIL), the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), the 
Irian Jaya Studies project (ISIR) and the School of Asian, African and 
Amerindian Studies (CNWS) of Leiden University, the Royal Dutch Academy of 
Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific 
Research (NWO). 
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Message 2: Computational Linguistuics/COLING 2000 CFP

Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 20:41:21 +0200
From: Hans Uszkoreit <>
Subject: Computational Linguistuics/COLING 2000 CFP

Status: RO

 The 18th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

 COLING 2000

 will be organised under the auspices of the
 International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) in

 Saarbruecken (conference), Luxembourg (workshops) & Nancy (tutorials)

 Tutorials: 29/30 July, 2000
 Conference: 31 July - 4 August, 2000
 Post-Conference Workshops: 5/6 August, 2000


COLING 2000 will provide the foremost opportunity at the beginning of
the new millenium to exchange original research papers on a very broad
range of topics in computational linguistics. Accordingly, the program
committee now solicits suitable hitherto unpublished contributions of
high quality on every aspect of the field.

In line with the practice established in previous COLING conferences,
authors will be asked to place their submission in one of two

 * Regular papers, of not more than seven pages, presenting results of
 original completed research, and
 * Project notes, of five pages or less, describing ongoing research
 or demonstrating a system.

All papers should describe original work, completed or in progress,
rather than merely planned, and clearly indicate the current state of
advancement of the work. No previously published papers should be
submitted. Simultaneous submission to other conferences is allowed
provided it is explicitly indicated on the identification page.


 * The first step in submitting a paper to COLING 2000 is to complete
 a Paper Submission Form. Authors can update the information in the
 form right up to the deadline for submissions (15th January, 2000).
 * The layout and format of papers is described here.
 * The program committee encourages electronic submission of papers,
 * But hard copy is also acceptable.

Camera Ready Copy


 Deadline for submission: 15th January, 2000.

 Notification to authors: 18th March, 2000.

 Arrival in Saarbr=FCcken of final camera-ready copy : 24th June,

 COLING 2000 Homepage:

 Call for Papers with all forms and instructions:


 Organization Chair Program Chair
 Hans Uszkoreit Martin Kay
 DFKI Language Technology Lab Xerox Palo Alto Research
 Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3 Center
 66123 Saarbruecken 3333 Coyote Hill road
 Germany Palo Alto, CA 94304

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