LINGUIST List 11.2304

Wed Oct 25 2000

Calls: Berkeley Ling Society, Structure/Constituency

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  1. andrew k simpson, Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 27
  2. Carrie Dyck, Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas

Message 1: Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 27

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 18:02:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: andrew k simpson <aksimpsosocrates.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 27


The Berkeley Linguistics Society is pleased to announce its
Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting, to be held February 16-18, 2001. 
The conference will consist of a General Session and a Parasession.

Parasession: Language and Gesture

The Parasession invites papers on all aspects of the interaction of
gesture and language (both signed and spoken). We also welcome work
dealing with related issues in acquistion, psycholinguistics and
cognitive science, as well as papers with historical and
sociolinguistic perspectives.

Invited Speakers:

SUSAN DUNCAN, University of Chicago

SUSAN GOLDIN-MEADOW, University of Chicago

SCOTT LIDDELL, Gallaudet University

General Session

The General Session will cover all areas of linguistic interest. We
encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and also
welcome papers on language related topics from disciplines such as
Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Literature, Neuroscience and

Invited Speakers:

ELISABETH SELKIRK, University of Massachussetts, Amherst

LEONARD TALMY, State University of New York at Buffalo

SARAH THOMASON, Univeristy of Michigan


Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Society's
Proceedings, and authors who present papers agree to provide
camera-ready copy (not to exceed 12 pages) by May 15, 2001.
Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes with 10 minutes for

Your abstract should be as specific as possible, including a statement
of your topic or problem, your approach, and your conclusions. Please
send 10 copies of an anonymous one-page (8 1/2" x 11") abstract.
Abstracts may be at most four hundred words. The reverse side of the
single page may be used for data and references only. Along with the
abstracts send a 3" x 5" card listing:

(1) paper title

(2) session (General Session / Parasession)

(3) name(s) of author(s)

(4) affiliation(s) of author(s)

(5) address to which notification of acceptance or rejection should be
mailed (Nov-Dec 2001)

(6) contact phone number for each author

(7) email address for each author

**for General Session submissions only:
(8) subfield (Syntax, Phonology, etc.)

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In
case of joint authorship, one address should be designated for
communication with BLS.

Send abstracts to: BLS 27 Abstracts Committee, 1203 Dwinelle Hall,
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

Alternatively, we will accept abstracts submitted via e-mail. Only
those abstracts formatted as ASCII text or as a Microsoft Word (Mac
version strongly preferred) attachment will be accepted. The text of
the message must contain the information requested in (1)-(8) above.
Electronic submissions may be sent to

Abstracts must be received in our office (not postmarked) by 4:00 p.m.,
November 24, 2000. We cannot accept faxed abstracts.

Registration Fees: For advance registration we can only accept checks
in US dollars drawn on US banks. Please make the checks payable to
Berkeley Linguistics Society, and send them to:
 BLS 27 Organizing Committee 
 Department of Linguistics 
 1203 Dwinelle Hall 
 University of California, Berkeley 
 Berkeley, CA 94720-2650 

Received in our office by February 2, 2001: Students	$20
						 Non-students	$40

After February 2, 2001: Students	$25
						 Non-students	$40

***Accommodations: BLS will arrange for ASL interpretation if services are
requested through before January 22, 2000.***

We may be contacted by e-mail at

Information about transportation to the conference, hotels, and
restaurants in the Berkeley area will be posted on our website shortly.

Berkeley Linguistics Society
1203 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone/Fax: 510-642-5808

find information on BLS meetings and availability of proceedings at:
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Message 2: Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 13:07:26 -0230
From: Carrie Dyck <>
Subject: Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas

Information on the 6th Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the
Languages of the Americas is presented below. The website is located at:

WSCLA 6 - Call for Papers March 23-25, 2001
Contact the organizers:

The main goal of this workshop is to bring together linguists working,
together on formal analyses of indigenous languages of North, Central, and
South America. We invite papers which address the theme of this year's

The Role of Hierarchies in Linguistic Analysis.

Among the typological properties which distinguish many languages of the
Americas from the Indo-European type is the apparent use of grammatical
'hierarchies' as a basis for sentence grammar. Some of the better known
examples of such phenomena include the Algonquian 'participant hierarchy'
and the Athapaskan 'animacy hierarchy', both of which influence the use of
verbal voice and inflection by speakers of languages in these families.
Typically, the effects of these grammatical hierarchies are pervasive in
the grammars of the languages in which they are found. Linguistic theory
has not yet provided a clear picture of the foundation on which such
hierarchies are constructed, or of the way that use of grammatical
hierarchies and the hierarchies themselves may differ across languages.
Several alternatives have been considered in the literature: the
hierarchies might be based in lexical semantics, in morphology, in
morpho-semantic features, in phrase structure, in constraint rankings
and/or alignment, in pragmatics/deference customs, or in mapping relations
which connect disparate modules of the grammar. It is also possible that
the hierarchies themselves arise epiphenomenally from the interactions of
more fundamental constraints located in one or more of these areas of the
grammar. Evaluating these various alternatives involves broader theoretical
questions as well, concerning the role of competing constraints in
grammatical derivations. Such questions are in fact central to recent
debates concerning abstractness and economy in Optimality Theory and in
Minimalist Syntax. This is an opportune moment to bring together these
theoretical issues with the range of data familiar to linguists who work on
languages of the Americas. The theme of this conference will be: "What is
the role of hierarchies in linguistic analysis?".

We will invite papers dealing with the foundations and functions of
hierarchies in analysis of languages of the Americas, including all aspects
of the grammar: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language
acquisition and language use.

Invited speakers:
* Judith Aissen, University of California at Santa Cruz
* Julie Brittain, MIT
* Alana Johns, University of Toronto

Invited student speaker: * Doug Wharram, University of Connecticut

Papers in the core areas of formal linguistics (phonetics, phonology,
morphology, syntax, semantics) within any formal theoretical framework will
also be considered.

Following the tradition of this workshop, we dedicate the final day to a
linking between our research and important work being done on language
preservation and revitalization. This year the session will be on
incorporating linguistic knowledge into Native language curriculum.
Invited speaker: * Robert Leavitt, Faculty of Education, University of New

This talk will be followed by a roundtable discussion on this topic by all
workshop participants.

Please submit a one page abstract (a second page with references and extra
examples may be included). Abstracts should be submitted in four copies, at
least one of which should be camera-ready. Abstracts may be submitted by
e-mail, but these must not contain diacritics that e-mail cannot handle.

Abstracts being submitted by email should be sent as attachments,
preferably in Word, Rich Text Format, or WordPerfect formats, in descending
order of preference.

All submissions should provide the following items of information on a card
separate from the abstract itself:
i. name
ii. address
iii. affiliation
iv. telephone number
v. e-mail address
vi. faculty/graduate student/postdoctoral fellow/independent scholar status

Abstracts should be sent by snail-mail to:
Department of Linguistics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Box 4200
St. John's, Newfoundland,
Canada A1C 5S7
or by e-mail to:

The deadline for abstracts to be received is Friday January 12, 2001. The
program will be announced in mid February.

Proceedings (preliminary information):

The proceedings of WSCLA 6 will be published by the University of British
Columbia WP in Linguistics. For further information, look for updates on
this site, or e-mail the UBCWPL editors (Eun-Sook Kim or Suzanne Gessner).
(See the website, for their e-mail

One-time-only arrangements have been made to produce a thematic issue of
Linguistica Atlantica, the journal of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic
Association (APLA). Selected papers on the theme of WSCLA6 will be
published in this refereed venue. Further information and a style sheet
will be forthcoming.


Carrie Dyck
Department of Linguistics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's NF A1B 3X9

My office: SN-3041
My office phone: 709-737-8170
My home phone: 709-726-8817
Department office phone: 709-737-8134
Department fax: 709-737-4000
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