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Sat Nov 13 1999

Calls: Amerindian Langs-WSCLA 5

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 17:54:23 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: Amerindian Langs-WSCLA 5


Workshop on Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas

To be held at the University of Toronto, March 24-26, 2000

The main goal of this workshop is to bring together linguists working
together on formal analyses of indigenous languages of North, Central, and
South America.

We invite papers which address the theme of this year's conference:

	What is a Word? Formal Domains

The theme for this year's workshop is: What is a Word?: Formal
Domains. Linguists have always been aware that the linguistic concept
of word, while seeming straightforward to speakers of a language, is
very difficult to capture formally. Aboriginal languages of the
Americas have much to contribute to this question, as words in these
language range from the extremely agglutinative words of Inuktitut to
the more fusional words of Algonquian and Athapaskan. The notion of
'word' in these languages is often defined on phonological grounds,
yet morphological and syntactic considerations often suggest that more
than one domain is involved, with a lack of isomorphism between the
phonological and morphosyntactic constructs.

Invited speakers:
	Phil Branigan and Marguerite MacKenzie, Memorial University of

	Karin Michelson, State University of New York at Buffalo

	Kevin Russell, University of Manitoba

Invited student speakers:
	Matthew Beach, McGill University

	Susan Blake, University of British Columbia

Papers in the core areas of formal linguistics (phonetics, phonology,
morphology, syntax, semantics) within any formal theoretical framework
will also be considered.

Following the tradition of this workshop, we dedicate the final day to a
linking between our research and important work being done on language
preservation and revitalization. This year the session will be on language
and education.

Invited speaker:
	John O'Meara. Lakehead University

This talk will be followed by a roundtable discussion on this topic by all
workshop participants.

Please submit a one page abstract (a second page with references and
extra examples may be included). Abstracts should be submitted in
four copies, at least one of which should be camera-ready. Abstracts
may be submitted by e-mail, but these must not contain diacritics that
e-mail cannot handle. Abstracts being submitted by email should be
sent as attachments, preferably in Word, Rich Text Format, or
WordPerfect formats, in descending order of preference. All
submissions should provide the following items of information on a
card separate from the abstract itself: (i) name, (ii) address (iii)
affiliation, (iv) telephone number, (v) e-mail address, (vi)
faculty/graduate student/postdoctoral fellow/independent scholar

Limited funds may be available to partially cover travel expenses for
graduate students. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a
travel subsidy.

Abstracts should be sent by snail-mail to:

Department of Linguistics
University of Toronto
130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 3H1

or by e-mail to:

For further information, see our web site at

The deadline for abstracts to be received is Friday January 14, 2000.

The program will be announced in mid February.

Advance registration for the workshop is $30 Canadian for non-students
(US $25) and $20 Canadian for students (US $12). On-site registration
will be in Canadian funds only: $40 for non-students and $20 for

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