LINGUIST List 11.1973

Tue Sep 19 2000

Calls: Paradigm Uniformity

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  1. Tracy Hall, Conference on Paragigm Uniformity

Message 1: Conference on Paragigm Uniformity

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 09:24:33 +0200
From: Tracy Hall <>
Subject: Conference on Paragigm Uniformity


8-10 March, 2001

Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Berlin, Germany

- C A L L F O R P A P E R S -

Paradigm uniformity, or analogical leveling, had a long tradition in
pre-generative linguistics (e.g. Kurylowicz 1949) but played a relative
minor role in generative phonology, since the relationship between
related words in this approach was usually established by means of the
phonological cycle. Recently paradigm uniformity has been revived in a
number of Optimality-Theoretic studies in which output-output
constraints are posited.
The theme of this conference is the role of paradigm uniformity,
especially with respect to phonological theory. In addition to three
invited speakers there will be slots for approximately 15 papers.
Invited speakers who have agreed to participate are:

Outi Bat-El, Tel-Aviv University
Rene Kager, Utrecht University
Donca Steriade, UCLA

Abstracts are invited on papers dealing with any aspect of paradigm
uniformity. Some possible topics are the following:

1. What kinds of paradigmatic effects are attested in synchronic and
diachronic grammars?
2. Are there paradigmatic effects which hold for specific subsets of
morpho-logically related words (e.g. leveling in inflectional
paradigms)? What characterizes these subsets?
3. Are there paradigmatic effects which involve allophonic features? If
so, are there restrictions on which features can be subject to leveling?

4. Is it necessary to distinguish between a lexical and a postlexical
level or can the data motivating these levels be eliminated by involving
paradigm uniformity?
5. What kinds of typological generalizations with repect to paradigm
uniformity can be made?

Papers will be 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes discussion. Deadline
for submission of abstracts is 2. January, 2001. There will be no
conference fees. Send four copies of a one-two page abstract (three
anonymous, one camera ready with name and affiliation) to:

 CPU organizers
 Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
 Jaegerstr. 10-11
 10117 Berlin

Phone: +49-30-20192-570 (T. A. Hall)
+49-30-20192-574 (David Holsinger)
+49-30-83872311 (Renate Raffelsiefen)
+49-30-20192-422 (Marzena Rochon)
Fax: +49-30-20192-402


The ZAS website (soon to include information on the CPU) can be found at

This conference is being organized by T. A. Hall, David Holsinger,
Renate Raffelsiefen, and Marzena Rochon with support of the ZAS.
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