LINGUIST List 10.827

Fri Jun 4 1999

Calls: History/English, Topic & Focus/Chinese

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  1. Robert Stockwell, SHEL-1, First Circular
  2. Sze-Wing Tang, International Symposium on Topic and Focus in Chinese

Message 1: SHEL-1, First Circular

Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 22:41:37 -0800
From: Robert Stockwell <StockwelHUMnet.UCLA.EDU>
Subject: SHEL-1, First Circular

Studies in the History of the English Language: SHEL-1

	Place: 	UCLA
	Date: 	May 26-28, 2000
		First Session: Friday Evening
		Inauguration Lecture

		Second and Third Sessions:
		Saturday Morning and Afternoon

		Conference Banquet and Second Plenary:
 Saturday Evening
 Fourth Session: Sunday Morning

Purpose and Objectives:

In Europe the biennial conferences known as ICEHL (International
Conference on English Historical Linguistics) have served the field of
English Language Studies well, giving the field both focus and
recognition that it almost certainly would not have achieved
otherwise. These conferences have taken place at leading English
Language research centers over the past twenty years, each conference
organized and managed by the faculty of the conference site: Durham,
Odense, Sheffield, Amsterdam, Cambridge, Helsinki, Valencia,
Edinburgh, Poznan, Manchester.

In North America, despite the presence of many major scholars in the
field, Historical English Linguistics -- the History of the English
Language told in the light of contemporary linguistic sophistication
- has not emerged with the same kind of recognizable personality. 
Many scholars who do this kind of work are to a significant extent
servants also of other fields such as general linguistics, medieval
studies, dialectology, applied linguistics, and teacher training.

What we hope to do by organizing SHEL is begin to provide the same
kind of focus for English Historical Linguistics in North America as
the focus achieved in Europe by the ICEHL series, in North America for
Germanic Linguistics by GLAC (Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference),
for American Dialectology by the American Dialect Society, for Social
Dialectology by NWAVE, and of course for General Linguistics by the
LSA. We are not in competition with any of these series or
organizations; we believe, however, that a weekend meeting dedicated
entirely to linguistic issues in the History of English will be an
energizing and useful academic experience. We begin modestly: a
non-existent budget, no organization, just a conference. Anne Curzan
is organizing a pedagogical worshop at SHEL-1, parallel with the
research-oriented sessions, and will host SHEL-2 in Seattle. A SHEL-3
offer has already emerged; a brief organizational meeting may be
necessary to plan future events.

Featured Speakers: Richard Bailey (Michigan), Thomas Cable (Texas),
Anthony Kroch (Penn), Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford)

Featured Topic: The year 2000 is a good time to take stock: in
additional to the general historical English language topics addressed
at the meeting, we have asked our featured speakers, and we hereby ask
all our participants, to focus on the accomplishments and failures in
their areas in the past hundred years, and also to direct their
attention toward problems the field has failed to solve and that
therefore remain for the 21st century. In that sense, we are convening
a "millennium" event in the hope that it will energize and possibly
redirect the course of historical English language research in

Abstract Deadline: December 15, 1999. Our preliminary plan is to allow
all participants twenty minutes for presentation, with an additional
ten minutes of discussion. Please send one page abstracts in three
copies, single-spaced Times Roman, 6-inch lines, one-inch margins top
and bottom (these will be included in the conference Handbook) to:

			Professor Donka Minkova
			Department of English, UCLA
			405 Hilgard Avenue
			Los Angeles, CA 90095

Advisory Committee: Noriko Akatsuka, Henning Andersen, Anne Curzan, Ed
Keenan, Henry Ansgar Kelly, Christopher Stevens

Workshop: While we wish to keep the focus of the conference clearly on
the research aspects of this field, we recognize that most of the
likely participants are engaged professionally in the teaching of
courses on the history of English. Anne Curzan is therefore organizing
a workshop focused on an area of particular pedagogical concern to the
participants. Prospective participants should contact:

Social Events: On Friday Evening, May 26, the UCLA Linguistics Department
will host a reception for all participants as a retirement occasion in
honor of Robert Stockwell, whose lecture that evening will also inaugurate
the Conference.

A Saturday evening Banquet option will be included in the registration
package. Reservations for the new J. Paul Getty Museum near UCLA for
those interested will be made for Friday, May 26 at 11 a.m.

Travel and Accommodation: All major airlines fly into Los Angeles. The
area airport closest to UCLA is Los Angeles International (LAX). We
are exploring accommodation options, but we don't expect to be able to
offer single occupancy en-suite rooms at less than $80 per
night. Further travel and hotel details will be provided in January

We are looking forward to welcoming you at UCLA.
Registration form available on
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Message 2: International Symposium on Topic and Focus in Chinese

Date: Tue, 01 Jun 1999 15:00:35 +0800
From: Sze-Wing Tang <>
Subject: International Symposium on Topic and Focus in Chinese


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


We are pleased to announce that 'International Symposium on Topic and
Focus in Chinese' will be held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
in late June or early July 2000. The date will be announced as soon as
the details are finalized. The symposium is jointly organized by the
Linguistic Society of Hong Kong and Department of Chinese and Bilingual
Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (with 10 minutes for
discussion) in all areas of research on topic and focus from any
theoretical perspectives with special emphasis on Chinese or Chinese in
comparison with other languages. Areas of interest include, but are not
limited to, syntax, semantics, phonology, and language acquisition.
Papers from interdisciplinary areas are encouraged.

Abstracts may be written in Chinese or English and should be no more
than one standard size page (A4 or letter size) in length. Abstracts
should be in at least 12-point type with margins of at least 1-inch,
single-spaced. Please provide four copies of an anonymous abstract and
one camera-ready original with the name(s) of author(s) and affiliation.
Along with the abstract send a 3" x 5" card listing: (1) title of the
paper, (2) name(s) of the author(s), (3) affiliation(s), (4) mailing
address, and (5) email address. Submissions are limited to a maximum of
one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstracts should be sent to the following address. Email and fax
submissions cannot be accepted.

International Symposium on Topic and Focus in Chinese
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is December 31, 1999. Notification of
acceptance will be sent by email by March 15, 2000. A selection of
papers will be considered for publication after the symposium.
Inquiries can be addressed to ''. For more
information, visit our website at

Dingxu Shi and Sze-Wing Tang
on behalf of the Organizing Committee,
International Symposium on Topic and Focus in Chinese
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