LINGUIST List 11.1615

Tue Jul 25 2000

Calls: Semantics/Under-Represented Lang, SNIPPETS

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  1. Lisa Matthewson, The Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA)
  2. Snippets, Syntax-Semantics Journal (Snippets)

Message 1: The Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA)

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 08:40:25 -0400
From: Lisa Matthewson <>
Subject: The Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA)

Announcement and Call for Papers


University of Massachusetts, Amherst

APRIL 20-22, 2001

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst is pleased to announce a special conference on the formal
semantics of under-represented languages of the Americas. The goal of
the conference is to bring together researchers working on languages
or dialects which do not have an established tradition of work in
formal semantics. Examples include native languages of North or South
America, African American English, ASL, Yiddish, or Brazilian
Portuguese. We also invite submissions from those working on child
languages (acquisition of semantics). We especially encourage abstract
submissions from those whose work involves primary fieldwork or
experimentation as well as analysis.

The conference will consist of several panel discussions organized
around language themes, plus general sessions. The paper length for
the general sessions will be 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for
discussion. We strongly encourage the participation of graduate

(so far confirmed):

Emmon Bach (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Leora Bar-El (University of British Columbia)
Sigrid Beck (University of Connecticut)
Maria Bittner (Rutgers University)
Sandra Chung (University of California Santa Cruz)
Molly Diesing (Cornell University)
Lisa Green (University of Texas at Austin)
Ken Hale (MIT)
Irene Heim (MIT)
William A. Ladusaw (University of California Santa Cruz)
Tom Roeper (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
William Snyder (University of Connecticut)
Michael Terry (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Douglas Wharram (University of Connecticut)

Angelika Kratzer and Lisa Matthewson

Hotel Northampton, Northampton, Massachusetts.


Please submit 3 copies of a two-page abstract to the
following address:

Lisa Matthewson / SULA
Department of Linguistics
University of Massachusetts
South College, Box 37130
Amherst, MA 01003-7130

Font should be at least 12 point; if the abstract has to be a little
longer than two pages, that's okay. Include title, author and contact
information on a separate sheet. Abstracts may also be submitted by
e-mail, to

September 20, 2000

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Message 2: Syntax-Semantics Journal (Snippets)

Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 18:49:19 +0200
From: Snippets <>
Subject: Syntax-Semantics Journal (Snippets)

Issue 2 of the syntax-semantics newsletter _Snippets_ is now out. 
It is accessible at the web site

and hard copies are on their way to those institutions that requested
hard copies. (The website contains updated copyright information that
is not present in the hard copies.)

The contents of Issue 2 are:

1. Yves-Ferdinand Bouvier.
 How to passivize French causatives.
2. Dirk Bury.
 Effects of self-attachment and the status of
 functional projections.
3. Heidi Harley.
 Tough-movement is even tougher than we thought.
4. Kerstin Hoge.
 On subject-adverbial effects.
5. Yoshi Okamoto.
 Split antecedents � la movement.
6. Henri Presque.
 On predicting the future.

The deadline for submissions to Issue 3 is

	* OCTOBER 15, 2000 *

- ----------------------------------------------------
>From the SNIPPETS Editorial Statement:

The aim of _Snippets_ is to publish specific remarks that motivate
research or that make theoretical points germane to current work. The
ideal contribution is the ideal footnote: a side remark that taken on
its own is not worth lengthy development but that needs to be said.


We will publish notes that contribute to the study of _syntax and
semantics in generative grammar_. The notes are to be brief,
self-contained and explicit. They may do any of the following

 a. point out an empirical phenomenon that goes against accepted
 generalizations or that shows that some aspect of a theory is
 b. point out unnoticed minimal pairs that fall outside the scope
 of any existing theory;
 c. point out an empirical phenomenon that confirms the
 predictions of a theory in an area where the theory has not
 been tested;
 d. explicitly describe technical inconsistencies in a theory or
 in a set of frequently adopted assumptions;
 e. explicitly describe unnoticed assumptions that underlie a
 theory or assumptions that a theory needs to be supplemented
 with in order to make desired predictions;
 f. propose an idea for a pilot experiment in language acquisition
 or language processing that directly bears on theoretical
 g. call attention to little-known or forgotten literature in
 which issues of immediate relevance are discussed.


We will solicit submissions issue by issue. A new submission
deadline will be announced for each issue, and the submissions that
we receive we will consider only for that issue. The submissions
that we accept will be printed in the upcoming issue; none will be
scheduled for a later issue.

Submissions are to be a _maximum_ of 500 words (including examples),
with an additional half page allowed for diagrams, tables and
references. Given that we envision the submissions themselves as
footnotes, _the submissions may not contain footnotes of their own_. 
The ideal submission is one paragraph; a submission of five lines is
perfectly acceptable. _We will not consider abstracts_. 

We will accept electronic submissions at the address

Paper submissions should be sent to

		Caterina Donati
		Facolta' di Lingue
		Universita' di Urbino
		Piazza Rinascimento 7
		61029 Urbino
We strongly encourage electronic submissions. Electronic
submissions may take the form of the text of an e-mail message, or
an attached file. The attached file should be a simple text file,
a Word file (Mac or Windows), or a Rich Text Format (RTF) file. 

All submissions must state the name and affiliation of the
author(s), and a (postal or electronic) return address.

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