LINGUIST List 11.214

Wed Feb 2 2000

Calls: Non-Lexical Semantics, Phonology

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  1. Richard Zuber, Non-Lexical Semantics, France
  2. Tobias Scheer, Phonology: 2nd Round Table in Phonology, France

Message 1: Non-Lexical Semantics, France

Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 18:04:44 +0100
From: Richard Zuber <>
Subject: Non-Lexical Semantics, France

 Call for papers for the next conference on

The conference will be hosted by the University of Paris 7 (France), and
will take place from May 25 to 27, 2000.

There will be three one-hour talks by invited speakers, and the rest of the
talks will consist papers selected by the program committee. Submissions
of abstracts (in English or in French) for 30-minute contributed talks
(with 10 additional minutes for discussion) on any topic in the semantic
analysis of natural languages, with a strong preference for non-lexical
semantics, are welcome.
Authors should submit 5 copies of (so called "anonymous") abstracts, no
more than two pages (but not significantly less than 2 pages) long. Data
allowing us to identify and contact the author (or authors) should be given
separately. Authors of accepted papers agree to submit a written version
for publication. This does not mean, however, that their papers will
automatically be published.

E-mail submissions will be accepted (but only if in LaTex, Word or PS). In
this case authors shoud send a title page with author's name, etc. in
addition to the anonymous two page abstract.

Abstract deadline: March 13, 2000.

Send abstract to:

Conf�rence de S�mantique Non-lexicale
Universite Paris 7
 Case 7003
2 Place Jussieu
75251 Paris Cedex 05,

The e-mail address to which the abstracts should be sent: is: This is also the e-mail address for

The program of the conference will be completed around the 19th of April at
which time conference information will be made available. For
organizational reasons we would like to be able to estimate the number of
submissions and possible participants well in advance. For this reason we
invite any person which would like to submit an abstract or to attend the
conference to let us know as soon as possible (by e-mail).

Program Committee:
R. Zuber - chair (CNRS, Paris), F. Corblin (University Paris 4), B. Laca
(University of Paris 8), D. Lacombe, (University of Paris 7), F. Recanati
(CNRS, Paris), J. Jayez (EPHESS, Paris)
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Message 2: Phonology: 2nd Round Table in Phonology, France

Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2000 18:53:06 +0100
From: Tobias Scheer <>
Subject: Phonology: 2nd Round Table in Phonology, France

 2nd Round Table in Phonology of the GDR 1954

 Templatic and concatenative aspects in phonology

 The Phonology of French: usage, variety and structure

 Bordeaux/ France

 8-10 June 2000

 Call for papers

 Deadline for submission of a one-page abstract: 15 March 2000

The research group (GDR) in Phonology of The French National Center for
Scientific Research (CNRS) invites submissions for its annual Round Table.
This year's venue in Bordeaux roots in the conference on Lenition and
Fortition that was held in Nice last year.

Bordeaux will be structured as follows:
1. General session: Any topic related to phonology
2. Thematic session 1: The Phonology of French: usage, variety and
structure (cf. description below)
3. Thematic session 2: Templatic and concatenative aspects in phonology
(cf. description below)

We invite submissions for 35 min. presentations plus 10 min. discussion for
both the general and thematic sessions.

Please send submissions for the general and the first thematic session to
Laurence Labrune Laurence <>

Submissions designed for the second thematic session should be directed to
Tobias Scheer <>

Pactical information (hotel reservation, how do I get to... etc.) will be
sent to participants later on, and is available upon request from aurence
Labrune <>

All relevant and updated information is also available at

The organising committee
Laurence Labrune
Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie
Jean-Michel Tarrier
Joaquim Brand�o de Carvalho
Philippe S�g�ral
Tobias Scheer

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1. First thematic session
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This workshop session is intended for members of the research project "The
phonology of French: usage, variety and structure" to meet and discuss the
advances and results of field work surveys recently conducted under a commun
protocol elaborated by J. Durand and C. Lyche (1998).

The organisers:
Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie
Laurence Labrune
Jean-Michel Tarrier

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Second thematic session
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We take for granted that the [-concatenative] character of a form is
defined by the morphological segregation of consonants and vowels (like in
the prototypical Semitic case "three consonants carrying the lexical
meaning, one vowel per grammatical morpheme, the latter being inserted into
the former").
In the same way, it is admitted that a language is [+templatic] iff it
recurs to one or several syllabic templates that constrain the overall
volume and the particular association of melodic units (cf. Semitic again).
Two types of languages are commonly described with respect to these
criteria, where [a concatenative] and [-a templatic] go hand in hand:

(1) [+concatenative] and [-templatic]: Indo-European
(2) [-concatenative] and [+templatic]: Afro-Asiatic

[Note: [+concatenative] is to be understood as "exclusively concatenative"
here since all languages that possess non-concatenative structures recur to
concatenation elsewhere in their grammar.]

We would like to talk about the following issues (the order given is

I. Phonological phenomena which are the consequence of:
(a) the segregation of consonants and vowels,
(b) the existence of templatic structures,
(c) concatenative operations,
(d) any other kind of morphological activity (tonal morphology,
reduplication, etc.).

II. Are there but phonological consequences of morphological activity
(concatenation, interpenetration etc.), or can we also speak about
morphological effects of phonological operations such as, e.g.,
syllabification, accentuation, etc.?
For instance, does the existence of C/V-segregation or templates rest on
nothing else than morphological analysis (cf. Semitic), or may we also
postulate such features on purely phonological grounds (syllabic structure,
stress patterns)?

III. Can a concatenative morphology be templatic at the same time?
Likewise, may a non-concatenative morphology be non-templatic? Are you
aware of data that illustrate one of the two logically possible though
rarely considered cases in (3,4):

(3) [+concatenative] and [+templatic]: ??
(4) [-concatenative] and [-templatic]: ??

There seems to be good evidence in favour of the existence of (3), namely
within central parts of the morphology of certain Indo-European languages.
Whether (4) exists is an open question.

IV. At which level of abstraction may both concatenative and templatic
morphologies be unified? Or, alternatively, which is the theoretical status
of the morphological opposition that is described by [+/-concatenative,
+/-templatic]? In any event, theory must be able to derive the fact that
the existence of templatic morphology always implies the existence of
concatenation, the reverse being false.

The organisers
Joaquim Brand�o de Carvalho <>
Tobias Scheer <>
Philippe S�g�ral <>
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