LINGUIST List 10.326

Tue Mar 2 1999

Calls: ESSLLI '99, Transformational Grammar at LSA

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  1. amalia, ESSLLI'99 Student Session - Final Call
  2. Stanley Dubinsky, Workshop on the Role of GFs in Transformational Syntax -- Final Call

Message 1: ESSLLI'99 Student Session - Final Call

Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 22:14:12 +0200
From: amalia <>
Subject: ESSLLI'99 Student Session - Final Call

 !!! Concerns all students in Logic, Linguistics and Computer Science !!!
 !!!Please circulate and post among students !!!
 !!! We apologize if you receive this message more than once. !!!

 August 9-20, 1999, Utrecht, The Netherlands
 Deadline : March 15th, 1999

We are pleased to announce the Student Session of the 11th European
Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI'99) organized
by the University of Utrecht under the auspices of the European
Association for Logic, Language and Information (FOLLI) and located at
the University of Utrecht in August 1999. We will welcome submission
of papers for presentation at the ESSLLI'99 Student Session and
appearance in the proceedings.

This is going to be the fourth ESSLLI Student Session and it will
provide, like the other editions, an opportunity for ESSLLI
participants who are students to present their own WORK IN PROGRESS
and get feedback from their colleagues and fellow-students. It is
desired that papers presenting creative and innovative ideas will be
submitted. The ESSLLI'99 Student Session encourages submissions from
students at any level, from undergraduates - before completion of the
Master Thesis as well as postgraduates - before completion of the PhD
degree. We will not accept papers co-authored by non-students. As in
the previous editions, the ESSLLI'99 Student Session will consist of
paper presentations. The ESSLLI'99 Student Session has its own
timeslot in the school's schedule: 60 minutes every day for two weeks,
provided that a sufficient number of good quality papers is
accepted. Each presentation will last 30 minutes (including 10 minutes
of discussion).


The Student Session papers should describe original, unpublished work,
completed or in progress that demonstrates insight, creativity, and
promise. No previously published papers should be submitted. Papers
will cover topics within the six ESSLLI subject areas (Logic,
Linguistics, Computation, Logic&Linguistics, Logic&Computation,
Linguistics&Computation). The accepted papers will be published in
the ESSLLI'99 Student Session proceedings, which will be made
available during ESSLLI'99, together with the readers of the courses.


Student authors should submit an anonymous extended abstract headed by
the paper title, not to exceed 5 pages of length exclusive of
references and a separate identification page (see below). Note that
the length of the full papers will not be allowed to exceed 10 pages.
Since reviewing will be blind, the body of the abstract should omit
author names and addresses. Furthermore, self-references that reveal
the author's identity (e.g., " We previously showed (Smith,
1991)... ") should be avoided. It is possible to use instead
references like " Smith (1991) previously showed...". To identify
each paper, a separate identification page should be supplied
containing the paper's title, the name(s) of the author(s), the
author(s)s'affiliation and complete address(s) a short (5 lines)
summary and a specification of the subject area to which the paper
belongs. The subject areas considered are: Logic, Linguistics,
Computation, Logic&Linguistics, Logic&Computation, and Linguistics &


The student authors should submit their papers electronically to:

For any submission a plain ASCII text version of the identification page
should be sent separately by email, using the following format:

Title: <title>
Author: <name of the first author>
Address: <affiliation and address of first author>
Author: <name of the last author>
Address: <affiliation and address of last author>
Short summary (5 lines): <summary>
Subject area (one of):
Logic | Linguistics | Computation | Logic and Linguistics | Logic and
Computation | Linguistics and Computation
Please always submit the identification page in a separate message.
The submission should be in one of the following formats:

- Self-contained Latex source (the most encouraged)

- PostScript

- ASCII text

You can find more information about submission requirements at :


In order to present a paper at ESSLLI'99 Student Session, every
student author has to register as a participant
( at ESSLLI'99. However,
authors of accepted papers will be eligible for a reduced registration
fee. For all information concerning ESSLLI'99 please consult the
ESSLLI'99 web site:


As in other editions of ESSLLI Summer Schools (1996, 1998), Kluwer
Academic Publishers will offer a prize for the Student Session best paper.
The prize of 1000 Dfl consists of a free choice of Kluwer books displayed
during the school.


Deadline for submission: March 15, 1999
Notifications: May 16, 1999
Final version due: June 15, 1999
ESSLLI'99 Student Session: August 9-20, 1999


Chairwoman: Amalia Todirascu (University "Al.I.Cuza" of Iasi and ENSAIS

Area co-chairs:
 - Language and Computation: Richard Moot (University of Utrecht)
 - Computation: Dirk Nowotka (Turku Center for Computer Science)
 - Logic: Quintijn Puite (University of Utrecht)
 - Language: Esther Kraak (University of Utrecht)
 - Logic and Computation: Catherine Piliere (UHP-LORIA, Nancy)
 - Logic and Language: Fabien Reniers (University of Utrecht)

If you have specific questions about the student session please do not
hesitate to contact the chair.

Computer Science Department
University " Al.I.Cuza " of Iasi
16, Berthelot Str.
Iasi 6600

and (until 30th April 1999)

Laboratoire d'Informatique et d'Intelligence Artificielle
Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Arts et d'Industrie Strasbourg
24, Bd. de la Victoire
67084 Strasbourg Cedex

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Message 2: Workshop on the Role of GFs in Transformational Syntax -- Final Call

Date: Mon, 01 Mar 99 17:05:15 EST
From: Stanley Dubinsky <DUBINSKVM.SC.EDU>
Subject: Workshop on the Role of GFs in Transformational Syntax -- Final Call

FINAL CALL for Presentation Proposals (deadline March 15, 1999)
The Role of Grammatical Functions in Transformational Syntax,
A workshop at the 1999 LSA Linguistic Institute.

Location of Workshop: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dates of Workshop: July 10-11, 1999

William D. Davies (University of Iowa) and
Stanley Dubinsky (University of South Carolina)

This (NSF-funded) workshop will explore the place of grammatical
functions (GFs) in transformational theories of syntax, which since
Chomsky 1965 have held GFs such as subject and object are not
primitives of the theory but are definable in terms of phrase structure
configurations. Recent instantiations of these theories, such as
Principles & Parameters and the Minimalist Program, have undergone
revisions which incorporate principles utilizing GFs in a way that
appears to admit their roles as primitives, as in the Extended Projection
Principle, the introduction of functional phrase structure projections
such as AgrS and AgrO, and other innovations. These innovations
raise the fundamental question of whether or not GFs can indeed be
configurationally defined on phrase structure representations.

The workshop will bring together the work of leading researchers
relating to these issues, including:
 * the ways in which GFs have been incorporated into current
 transformational theories;
 * whether unitary configurationally defined GFs can be identified
 in current transformational syntax;
 * if configurational definitions of GFs have been reduced to
 axioms of the theory, the degree to which these structural
 representations of GFs yield significant insights;
 * the inventory of GFs that must be recognized in the theory;
 * and whether all languages instantiate all projections involved
 in defining Gfs.

The core workshop invited participants include:
Alex Alsina (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona),
Mark Baker (Rutgers University),
Chris Collins (Cornell University),
Howard Lasnik (Connecticut University),
Diane Massam (University of Toronto),
James McCloskey (University of California, Santa Cruz),
Frederick Newmeyer (University of Washington),
Norvin Richards (Kanda University of International Studies), and
Lisa Travis (McGill University).

Currently, the workshop includes 8 invited presentations.
Plans call for 6 to 8 additional presentations to be selected
from proposals proposals submitted researchers interested in this topic.

Presentations will be 35 minutes in length, leaving 20 minutes for
questions and discussion. Further information is available at:

Those interested in participating in this workshop should submit
a two-page abstract (inclusive of data and references) in type no
smaller than 12 point, with one inch margins all around.
Abstracts that do not conform to these guidelines will not be
considered. Please include with your abstract, your name,
affiliation, postal address, and e-mail address.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to the following addresses: (Stanley Dubinsky) and (William Davies).
Please send your abstract either as plain ASCII (.txt) or as an
attachment in RTF, Word, or Wordperfect.

If you are unable to submit your abstract as an e-mail file or
attachment, you may send a hardcopy together with a Word or
Wordperfect version on disk to:

Stanley Dubinsky
Linguistics Program
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

The deadline for receipt of proposal abstracts is March 15, 1999.
Notification of inclusion in the program will be made via e-mail
by April 15, 1999. Because each presentation will be paired with
a discussant, a written version of the presentation must be made
available for circulation to other workshop participants by June 1,
1999 (six weeks before the workshop).
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