LINGUIST List 11.1205

Sun May 28 2000

Calls: Language Contact, FoLLI Dissertation award

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  1. Martin Haspelmath, Language Contact/Areal Convergence, Leipzig 2001
  2. Christof Monz, FoLLI Dissertation award

Message 1: Language Contact/Areal Convergence, Leipzig 2001

Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 16:30:13 +0000
From: Martin Haspelmath <>
Subject: Language Contact/Areal Convergence, Leipzig 2001

Call for papers

(Sprachkontakt und areale Konvergenz),

a workshop as part of the 2001 annual meeting of the DGfS (Deutsche
Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft), Leipzig, 28 Feb - 2 Mar 2001

Workshop organizers:
Walter Bisang (Uni Mainz) and
Martin Haspelmath (MPI Leipzig)

Contact is a well-known source of language change. Contact-induced
structural convergence of languages from different families within a
coherent geographic area often results in a linguistic area or
Sprachbund. Finally, Dryer (1989, 1992) discusses large linguistic areas
of continental size in the context of word-order typology. If there
exist large zones of convergence such as those discussed by Dryer, the
next question is to what extent it is possible to draw conclusions about
universals given the actual statistical distribution of the structural
features of the world's languages.
 The workshop deals with the areal distribution of one or more
linguistic phenomena and their interrelations. Moreover, we wish to
discuss the following motivations for structural convergence:
 Sociolinguistics: Which sociolinguistic conditions favour the
propagation of linguistic structures? The following sociolinguistic
motivations are often discussed in the literature: Maxims of linguistic
activities, constellations of political dominance (substrate,
superstrate, adstrate), social networks. After Thomason & Kaufman (1988) 
as well as in recent findings on language intertwining, it has also
been shown that in extreme contact situations language change does not
only affect the lexicon but also central parts of morphosyntax.
 Cognition: Are there structures of particular cognitive
attractiveness which are recurrent in a number of contact areas? If one
understands grammaticalization as part of language change, the
considerable degree of unidirectionality as observed in paths of
grammaticalization may hint at cognitive factors determining language
 Discourse pragmatics: Elements of higher structural levels seem
to be borrowed more easily than those of lower levels. Thus, the
connector 'but' is borrowed more frequently than adverbial subordinators
such as 'because' or 'if'.

Send an abstract of 200 to 400 words to one of the following addresses
(preferably by e-mail) by 15 August 2000:

Walter Bisang
Johannes Gutenberg-Universit�t Mainz
Institut f�r Allgemeine und Vergleichende
D-55099 Mainz
Tel./Fax: +49 6131 39-22778/39-23836

Martin Haspelmath
Max-Planck-Institut f�r evolutionaere Anthropologie
Inselstr. 22
D-04103 Leipzig
Tel.: +49 341 9952 307, Fax +49 341 9952 119

(The DGfS annual meeting consists of 12 parallel thematic workshops,
each of which has room for up to 20 30-minute papers. In addition, there
will be plenary talks, this time on the general theme of "language and
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Message 2: FoLLI Dissertation award

Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 17:57:14 +0200
From: Christof Monz <>
Subject: FoLLI Dissertation award

2000 FoLLI Dissertation Award
Call for Nominations

The European Association for Language, Logic and Information (FoLLI)
is inviting nominations for the 2000 edition of the FoLLI Dissertation
Award to be awarded annually to an outstanding dissertation in the
fields of Language, Logic and Computation.

FoLLI gratefully acknowledges sponsorship of this prize by funds from
the Spinoza Prize awarded to Johan van Benthem. We are happy to
announce that an amount of 1000 EURO will be allocated to one or more
award recipients.

It is at the discretion of the Prize Committee to allocate the prize
money to a single nominee or to divide the prize among two recipients.

Ph.D. theses in the fields of Language, Logic and Computation by authors
who completed the Ph.D. degree between 1/1/99 and 12/31/99.

Submission Details
1. A letter of nomination by the thesis supervisor. (N.B.
 Self-applications by Ph.D. holders are not possible. Each
 application must be sponsored by the thesis supervisor.)

 The letter from the student's Ph.D. advisor should verify that the
 degree was conferred between 1/1/99 and 12/31/99.

2. Two additional letters of support, including at least one letter from
 a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that awarded the
 Ph.D. degree.

3. An abstract of the thesis, prepared by the author of the thesis and
 not to exceed five pages in length

4. A hard copy of the dissertation

All materials have to be sent as hard-copy to Mr. Marco de Vries, FoLLI
Secretary, Plantage Muidergracht 24, 1018 TV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
Authors are advised to have their Ph.D.thesis available on the Web, if

Submissions Deadline
All materials have to be received by June 10, 2000.

Prize Committee
 Anne Abeille
 Natasha Alechina
 Patrick Blackburn
 Nissim Francez
 Paul Gochet (chair)
 Valentin Goranko
 Markus Kracht
 Larry Moss
 Francesco Orilia
 Manfred Pinkal
 Christian Retore
 Rob van der Sandt

Further Details
Please consult the FoLLI web site at for further 
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