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Tue Nov 30 1999


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  1. Dick Hudson, LAGB spring meeting 2000: University College London

Message 1: LAGB spring meeting 2000: University College London

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 08:53:03 +0000
From: Dick Hudson <>
Subject: LAGB spring meeting 2000: University College London


 Spring Meeting 2000: University College London

 First Circular and Call for Papers

The 2000 Spring Meeting of the LAGB will be held from Thursday 6th to
Saturday 8th April at University College London. The local organiser
is Karen Froud (

NB Arrangements for BOOKING ACCOMMODATION are different from previous
conferences: you are strongly recommended to book accommodation using
the form in THIS CIRCULAR, rather than waiting till the second
circular. See details about booking at 5.

1. Geography				2. Accommodation
3. Travel				4. Events
5. Booking				6. Call for papers
7. How and when to submit an abstract	8. Format of abstracts
9. Content of abstracts			10. Conference bursaries
11. Communications			12. Future meetings
13. The LAGB committee			14. Separate conference
15. Booking form

1. Geography
Situated in the Bloomsbury area in the centre of London, University
College London is within easy reach of many of London's delights: the
British Museum and some of Bloomsbury's most beautiful squares and
gardens, the bustle and clubs of Soho, the shopping centres at Oxford
Street and Regent Street, the market at Covent Garden, Leicester
Square's cinemas and restaurants, Theatreland on Drury Lane, bookshops
on Charing Cross Road, and many others.
UCL forms an integral part of this busy part of London, and its unique
city centre location means that the range of facilities and
entertainments within a short distance of the university buildings is
second to none.

2. Accommodation
The accommodation for conference participants is in two locations, both
within five minutes' walk from the conference location. 

+ Accommodation in Ramsay Hall (Maple Street, W1) , one of UCL's halls
of residence, consists of single bedrooms, with hand wash basins and
shared bathroom facilities, offered on a half-board basis
(i.e. breakfast and dinner provided) at the bargain price of �28.00
per person per night. This can be booked through the local organiser
(see 5).

+ Accommodation in the Tavistock Hotel (Tavistock Square, WC1)
consists of either single or twin bedrooms with ensuite facilities,
television and radio, and the price includes full breakfast. The
Tavistock also has a wine-bar and restaurant, and a pay garage is
available for guests. Prices are �65.00 per night for a single room
and �83.60 for a twin room. If you choose to book hotel
accommodation, please contact the Tavistock Hotel directly on 0171 636
8383 (you have to ask for reservations), saying that you are attending
the LAGB conference as they have reserved a certain number of rooms
for us (our contact there is Shauna, who is the reservations manager).

Please note that accommodation in Central London in the spring is at a
premium, and the rooms reserved for our conference delegates will be
allocated on a first-come first-served basis: please complete and
return the attached booking form as quickly as possible to be sure of
a place. UCL accommodation must be requested and paid for by February
22nd 2000 at the latest; accommodation can be requested later than
this but without any guarantee of success.
Conference presentations will take place in the main building of the
College on Gower Street.

3. Travel
Public transport links to UCL are excellent. It is five to ten
minutes' walk from the British Rail and Underground stations at Euston
and King's Cross. It is also very close to several other stations for
the London Underground: Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines),
Euston Square (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines),
Goodge Street (Northern line) and Russell Square (Picadilly line - a
direct link from Heathrow airport) are all within ten minutes'
walk. Buses, including the A2 direct service to and from Heathrow
airport, run to and from nearby Russell Square, King's Cross and
Euston Station. Gatwick and Luton airports are readily accessible via
British Rail links from King's Cross Thameslink, and trains to and
from Stansted airport run from Liverpool Street Station (a short tube
journey from Euston Square). Black cabs are also readily available,
though these can prove expensive. Driving in London is not recommended
because of the high density of traffic and the difficulty and expense
of parking. UCL cannot offer parking facilities to conference
delegates, though parking if required is available (for a fee) at
nearby hotels.
Further travel details, including a map of the London Underground,
London Bus Services map, and a London Connections map, will be sent
out with the booking packs.
4. Events at the conference

+ The Linguistics Association lecture (Thursday evening), delivered by
Professor Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh). The title will be "The
Syntactic Process".
+ A workshop (Thursday afternoon) on grammar and intonation, organised
jointly by Jill House and John Maidment (both UCL). The speakers will
include Carlos Gussenhoven (Nijmegen). 

+ A language tutorial (Friday) on Bengali by Gillian Ramchand (Oxford).

+ A wine party (Thursday evening).

+ A meeting (Friday afternoon) of the Linguistics At School section on the
subject of the National Literacy Strategy, with a presentation from the
DfEE's NLS team.

Note that the LAGB conference will be preceded by a short conference in
UCL which will be organised separately but which will use the same
accommodation. See the notice at 14.
Enquiries about the LAGB meeting should be sent to the Meetings Secretary
(address at 13). Full details of the programme will be included in the
Second Circular, to be sent out in February. 

5. Booking
UCL accommodation cannot be guaranteed unless booked before February
22nd 2000, so it is important to book accommodation NOW, rather than
waiting till the second circular. The conference fee and lunches may
be paid for later, but accommodation must be paid for when
booked. (Payment cannot be refunded after 22nd February.)
Accommodation in UCL (at the prices quoted) may still be available
after this date, but it cannot be guaranteed. The second circular will
contain another booking form which may also be used for accommodation
as well as for unpaid conference fees and lunches.

6. Call for Papers
Members are invited to offer papers for the Meeting; abstracts are
also accepted from non-members. The LAGB welcomes submissions on any
topic in the field of linguistics; papers are selected on their
(perceived) merits, and not according to their subject matter or
assumed theoretical framework.

7. How and when to submit an abstract
Abstracts must be submitted on paper (not by email or by fax). SEVEN
anonymous copies of the abstract, plus ONE with name and affiliation,
i.e. CAMERA-READY, should be submitted, and should be sent in the
format outlined below to the President (address at 13). You must write
your address for correspondence (email or surface) on the BACK of the
camera-ready copy. (Even if several authors are named on the front,
there should be only one name and address for correspondence.)
Papers for the programme are selected anonymously - only the President
knows the name of the authors. Where possible, authors should supply
an email address to which the committee's decision may be sent. All
decisions will be made by January 26th, and will be communicated by
January 28th, so please send an email to the President
( if you have not received your decision by that
Abstracts must arrive by 7th January. Abstracts may also be submitted
now for the meeting after the next one, but must be clearly marked as
such. (In general the abstract deadlines for the autumn and spring
meetings are soon after 1st June and 1st January respectively, so an
abstract sent to reach the President by that date will always be in

8. Format of abstracts
Abstracts must be presented as follows: The complete abstract
(i.e. the one containing your title and your name) must be no longer
than ONE A4 page (21cm x 29.5cm) with margins of at least 2.5cm on all
sides. You may use single spacing but type must be no smaller than 12
point. If the paper is accepted the abstract will be photocopied and
inserted directly into the collection of abstracts sent out to
participants, so the presentation should be clear and clean.

	The following layout should be considered as standard:

 (title) Optimality and the Klingon vowel shift
 (speaker) Clark Kent (
 (institution) Department of Astrology, Eastern Mars University

The normal length for papers delivered at LAGB meetings is 25 minutes
(plus 15 minutes discussion). Offers of longer papers (40 minutes)
will also be considered: please explain why your paper requires more
time than usual, and whether you would accept a 25-minute slot if the
committee cannot offer more. If you request 40 minutes, please write
this on each of the anonymous abstracts.
The committee will plan the programme as soon as it has selected the
successful abstracts, so please indicate on the anonymous abstracts if
you cannot present your paper on either the second or third day of the
conference (7th or 8th April). It is very difficult to reschedule
papers after the programme has been planned.

9. Content of abstracts
The following guidelines may be useful:
+ You should clearly describe the paper's general topic. (The topic
may be a problem of theory or analysis or set of data which have not
previously been analysed.)
+ You should describe your treatment of the topic, and how it relates
to previous work on the same topic. (When referring to previous work,
it is enough to quote "Author (Date)" without giving full
bibliographical details.) It is not acceptable simply to promise `a
+ You should explain how you will justify your treatment, and quote
crucial evidence - you must trust the committee (and other conference
attenders) not to steal your ideas before you have presented them. If
you are taking a stand on a controversial issue, summarise the
arguments which lead you to take up this position.

10. Conference Bursaries
Up to 10 bursaries are available for unsalaried members of the
Association (e.g. PhD students) with preference given to those who are
presenting a paper. Applications should be sent to the President, and
must be received by the deadline for abstracts. Please state on your
application: (a) date of joining the LAGB (applicants must have been a
member at least since the date of the previous meeting); (b) whether
or not you are a student; (c) if a student, whether you receive a
normal grant; (d) if not a student, your employment
apply for funding should include all the above details WITH THEIR
ABSTRACT. The bursary normally covers a significant proportion of the
conference expenses and of travel within the UK.

11. Communications with the membership

Internet home page: The LAGB internet home page is now active at the
following address:

Electronic network: Please join the LAGB electronic network which is
used for disseminating LAGB information and for consulting members
quickly. It can be subscribed to by sending the message "add lagb" to:

Nominations for speakers: Nominations are requested for future guest
speakers; all suggestions should be sent to the Honorary Secretary.

Changes of address: Members are reminded to notify the Membership
Secretary of changes of address. An institutional address is
preferred; bulk mailing saves postage.

12. Future Meetings

7-9 September 2000 		University of Durham.
5-7 April 2001 			University of Leeds.
Autumn 2001			University of Reading.
Spring 2002 (provisional) University of Leicester.

The Meetings Secretary would very much like to receive offers of
future venues, particularly from institutions which the LAGB has not
previously visited.

13. The LAGB committee
President 			Professor Richard Hudson
Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, Gower
Street, LONDON WC1E 6BT.

Honorary Secretary 		Professor Anna Siewierska
Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, LANCASTER LA1 4YW

Membership Secretary		Dr. David Willis
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Manchester, MANCHESTER M13 9PL.

Meetings Secretary		Dr. Marjolein Groefsema
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Hertfordshire, Watford Campus,

Treasurer			Dr. Paul Rowlett
Dept. of Modern Languages, University of Salford, SALFORD M5 4WT.

Assistant Secretary		Dr. Gillian Ramchand
Linacre College, Oxford University, OXFORD OX1 3JA.

14. Separate conference

In addition to the LAGB Spring Meeting, the Department of Phonetics
and Linguistcs at UCL is organising a CONFERENCE ON THE INTERACTION
BETWEEN SYNTAX AND PRAGMATICS. This conference will concentrate on
Topic and Focus, but abstracts from other areas that bear on the
interface between syntax and pragmatics will also be
considered. Invited speakers are Luigi Rizzi and one other (to be

The conference is partly supported by the LAGB and UCL. It will be
held at UCL before the LAGB meeting, on 5-6 April. The deadline for
submissions is 14 January 1999. Details about submission of abstracts
will be given in separate mailings.

Further details will be posted shortly. For more information contact:
Syntax/Pragmatics Conference Committee, Department of Phonetics and
Linguistics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT,
OR (Dirk Bury).

15. Booking form
Please send this form and your payment to the local organiser, Karen Froud.
You may pay by credit card, so you can use either paper (Department of
Phonetics and Linguistics, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT) or email
( ).

A. Accommodation
This form should be used only for booking UCL accommodation (in Ramsay
Hall). For hotel booking, see 2 above. 

Room plus breakfast and dinner,  �28 per night - fully refundable up to
22nd February.
		Night of Weds 5th April 			�.........
		Night of Thurs 6th April			�..........
		Night of Friday 7th April			�..........
(For other nights, please contact the local organiser.)

B. Meals - must be booked by Friday March 3rd.
		Lunch Thurs 6th April,  �6		�..........
		Lunch Friday 7th April,  �6		�..........
		Lunch Saturday 8th April,  �6		�..........

C. Conference fee - may be paid at any time before the conference, but MUST
be paid by all participants, regardless of whether they use conference
accommodation and meals.
 �20 (LAGB member), �25 (non-member)			�..........

D. Total enclosed						�.........

E. Your details
Email address:
Mailing address (if you want conference details on paper):

F. Payment method:
F1. Sterling cheque payable to "University College London"		........

F2. Credit card: Visa/Mastercard		........
		Card number:		........
		Expiry date:		........
		Name on card:		........
		Billing address:		........
		Signature (if by post)

(Please note that we do not have an email secure link for credit-card

Special requirements

Please contact the local organiser directly for special dietary
requirements or for baby-sitting.

Richard (= Dick) Hudson

Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, 
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
+44(0)171 419 3152; fax +44(0)171 383 4108;
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