LINGUIST List 11.197

Mon Jan 31 2000

Calls: Ling/Phonetics Conf, SYNTAX-SEMANTICS JOURNAL

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  1. palek, Linguistics and Phonetics Conference-LP2000

Message 1: Linguistics and Phonetics Conference-LP2000

Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 07:20:03 +0100 (MET)
From: palek <>
Subject: Linguistics and Phonetics Conference-LP2000

First Call for Papers

LP 2000 : Item order - its variety and linguistic and phonetic consequences
 To be held at Charles University, Prague
 August 21st -25th, 2000

LP 2000 [Linguistics and Phonetics] is organized by the Department of
Linguistics and Phonetics of Charles University in Prague in
cooperation with The Ohio State University and Prague-based Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty. It is the fifth in a series of LP conferences
established after the democratic changes in 1989.

The theme of the last three conferences (LPs 1994 (Prague), 1996
(Prague) and 1998 (Columbus, OH) ) was item order in various contexts:
typology, universals, speech production, processes of prosodic
patterns in discourse and others. (see the proceedings of the

The term item order covers any linguistic unit such as phoneme,
morpheme, syllable, word, phrase, clause, sentence, utterance,
etc. The aim of LP 2000 is to contribute to the explanation of the
role of item order in the theory of universal grammar and in
parametric variation (namely in the process of linearization) in
various languages.

Proposed topics: 

a) the role of item order in various grammatical systems (such as
consequences for movements, optional and free movements -
i.e. scrambling and free word order, symmetry and asymmetry in syntax)

b) the role of item order in the structure of phonetic organization of
utterances (phonemoidicity vs phonology, prosody).

c) the role of item order for semantic and pragmatic understanding of
sentences and discourse

d) the various forms of representation of item order (including
orthographic transcription systems, written language etc), sign

Similarly as at LP'98 in Columbus Ohio, we plan to hold workshops devoted to 
individual areas of interest. 

Proposed workshops to date: 
I. Prosodic organization of speech in discourse (chaired by Osamu Fujimura): 
II. Word order in typologically different languages / Armenian, Thaiwanese,
 Korean, Czech, among others / 

The list of workshops will be permanently update as suggestions come
in (see

We expect your proposals for lectures not later than February 29, 2000
Abstracts of papers should be made available by March 15, 2000

 Preliminary application form

Surname First and second name 



Mailing address

* I will arrange for accommodation myself
* I request the organizers to arrange my accommodation

Please, send your Preliminary application form to: 

Or contact the organizers directly (linguistics) or (phonetics)

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Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 18:48:03 +0100
From: Snippets <>

The first issue of the syntax-semantics newsletter _Snippets_ is now
out, and on its way to those institutions that requested copies. Its
contents are:

 Issue 1

 1. David Gil. Riau Indonesian: a VO language with 
 internally headed relative clauses.
 2. Ray Jackendoff. Curiouser and curiouser.
 3. Pauline Jacobson. Extraction out of _tough_.
 4. Winfried Lechner. Bivalent coordination in 
 5. Jeffrey Lidz. A three-legged chicken.
 6. Ian Roberts. Auxiliary reduction and negation
 reduction - a rough sketch.
 7. Uli Sauerland. "How many"-questions and 
 pair-list situations.

The issue will also be made web-accessible in the coming weeks, at a
site to be announced on the Linguist list.

This message is to announce that the deadline for submissions to the
second issue is APRIL 1, 2000.

The editorial statement for the journal follows.

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Journal title: SNIPPETS.

Editors: Carlo Cecchetto, University of Siena
	 Caterina Donati, University of Urbino
	 Orin Percus, NSF/ University of Milan


1. Purpose.

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.

The best examples of what we have in mind are the earliest _Linguistic
Inquiry_ squibs. Some of these posed unobserved puzzles. For
instance, a squib by Postal and Ross in LI 1:1 ("A Problem of Adverb
Preposing") noted that whether or not we can construe a
sentence-initial temporal adverb with an embedded verb depends on the
tense of the matrix verb. A squib by Perlmutter and Ross in LI 1:3
("Relative Clauses with Split Antecedents"), challenging the
prevailing analyses of coordination and extraposition, noted that
conjoined clauses neither of which contain a plural noun phrase can
appear next to an "extraposed" relative that can only describe groups.
Other squibs drew attention to particular theoretical assumptions.
For instance, a squib by Bresnan in LI 1:2 ("A Grammatical Fiction")
outlined an alternative account of the derivation of sentences
containing _believe_ and _force_, and asked whether there were
principled reasons for dismissing any of the underlying assumptions
(among them that semantic interpretation is sensitive to details of a
syntactic derivation). A squib by Zwicky in LI 1:2 ("Class
Complements in Phonology") asked to what extent phonological rules
refer to complements of classes. None of these squibs was more than a
couple of paragraphs; all of them limited themselves to a precise
question or observation.

One encounters many short comments of this kind in the literature of
the seventies. We feel that there no longer is a forum for them. We
want _Snippets_ to help fill that gap.

2. Content.

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 things:

 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.

3. Submission details.

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_.

APRIL 1, 2000. We will accept electronic submissions at the 

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.

4. Editorial policy.

Submissions will be reviewed by our editorial board, and review will
be name-blind both ways. While we guarantee a response within 3
months of submission, _we will only provide a yes/no response to the
submitter_. We will not request revisions (barring exceptional
cases). Space constraints mean that we may reject a large proportion
of submissions, but with this in mind we allow resubmission (once) of
the same piece.

5. Distribution.

Our initial plan is to publish 2 or 3 times a year, with a maximum of
10 full pages for each edition. Our goal in publishing this
newsletter is to provide a service to the linguistics community, and
_Snippets_ will therefore be _free_ and _without copyright_. There
will be a limited number of copies, which we will send to institutions
on request. Individuals who wish to take advantage of the newsletter
should therefore ask their institutions to request a copy, and make
their own copy of the institution's version. Individuals who are not
affiliated with an institution should contact us at the address

6. Review Board.

Sigrid Beck (University of Connecticut)
Rajesh Bhatt (University of Texas)
Valentina Bianchi (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)
Daniel Buring (UC Santa Cruz)
Danny Fox (Harvard Society of Fellows)
Roumyana Izvorski (USC)
Hisatsugu Kitahara (Keio University)
Josep Quer (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
Norvin Richards (MIT)
Anna Roussou (University of Cyprus)
Uli Sauerland (Universitaet Tuebingen)
William Snyder (University of Connecticut)
Michal Starke (University of Geneva)

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