LINGUIST List 11.2552

Sun Nov 26 2000

Calls: Corpus Linguistics, Generative Syntax

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  1. Paul Rayson, Corpus Linguistics 2001
  2. Alison Henry (Prof), Generative syntax

Message 1: Corpus Linguistics 2001

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 10:01:29 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Rayson <>
Subject: Corpus Linguistics 2001


Lancaster University (UK), 30 March - 2 April 2001


Incorporating a celebration of the life and works of Geoffrey Leech, with
invited talks from: 

Prof. Douglas Biber - "Historical shifts in modification patterns with
complex noun phrase structures: How long can you go without a verb?" 
Prof. Jennifer Thomas - "Negotiating meaning: a pragmatic analysis of
indirectness in political interviews" 
Prof. Geoffrey Sampson - "Thoughts on Twenty Years of Drawing Trees" 
Prof. Mick Short - "Style in Fiction and Non-fiction: A Corpus-based
approach to Speech, Thought and Writing Presentation" 

Corpus Linguistics 2001 will be a forum for all concerned with the
computer-assisted empirical analysis of natural language. Our definition
of 'corpus' is broad, and we therefore welcome those working on
substantial literary texts or other kinds of text collection as well as
more 'traditional' corpus linguists.

Similarly, we wish to encourage further cross-fertilization between work
occurring in language engineering (e.g. information extraction, parsing)
and linguistics. We believe that corpus linguists should be aware of the
latest developments in language processing. We also believe that language
engineers should be aware of the findings and needs of corpus linguists.

The aims of Corpus Linguistics 2001 are: 

1. to encourage dialogue between those working on similar issues in
different languages and between areas with a (perhaps as yet untapped)
potential to interact.

2. to encourage dialogue between researchers using corpora in linguistics
and those using corpora in language engineering. 

3. to celebrate the life and works of Geoffrey Leech. 

Geoffrey Leech reaches 65 in 2001, and as part of the celebrations for
this event, a special series of lectures will be given during the
conference by four invited speakers who have worked closely with Geoff at
various stages in his career: Doug Biber, Jenny Thomas, Geoff Sampson and
Mick Short.

For the main conference, papers of ca. 20 minutes are invited on topics
such as: 

 corpus-based studies of any language level in any language 
 contrastive corpus linguistics 
 computer-aided studies of style 
 corpus- or text-based lexicography 
 corpus/text building, encoding and annotation 
 development of corpus-based language engineering tools 
 applications of computer-aided text analysis in non-linguistic fields
 (market research, advertising, media studies, sociology,
 psychology, etc.) 

Proposals for workshops (half day or full day) are also invited. Topics
broadly in line with the theme of the conference will be considered.
Workshops will be held on the 29th March. The conference language will be



Abstracts of up to one page should be submitted to the Programme Committee
by 1st Dec 2000. As well as an outline of the paper, the abstract should
include the authors' names, affiliations, and contact addresses (including
e-mail and fax numbers). Electronic submissions are welcome.


Abstracts of two pages should be submitted to the Programme Committee by
1st Dec 2000. The abstract should include the names of the organizers,
their contact details, and the projected number of papers to be presented
at the workshop. Workshop organizers should also indicate whether they
wish to generate a set of proceedings for their workshop.

Those proposing a software demonstration should additionally indicate in
detail what (if any) hardware and software requirements they have.


Proceedings will be produced from the conference. Additionally, selected
papers will appear in an edited collection to be published in honour of
Geoffrey Leech.


Deadline for abstracts: 1 December 2000 

Proposers notified of acceptance of workshops: 8 December 2000 

Authors notified of acceptance of papers: 15 December 2001 

Deadline for full papers (for proceedings): 13 February 2001 [Full details
will be sent with notices of acceptance.] 


Local committee 

Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Andrew Wilson (Lancaster University) 
Paul Rayson (Lancaster University)

General committee 

Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Lodz University)
Jock McNaught (UMIST)
Charles Meyer (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Ruslan Mitkov (Wolverhampton University)
Wolf-Dieter Syring (Greifswald University)


Programme Committee
Corpus Linguistics 2001
Department of Linguistics and MEL
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT

Tel: +44 1524 593024
Fax: +44 1524 843085
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Message 2: Generative syntax

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 17:21:16 -0000
From: Alison Henry (Prof) <>
Subject: Generative syntax


Motivating Movement: explaining the displacement property in natural language


Conference Dates: 26-28 January 2001

University of Ulster at Jordanstown

Invited speakers

Liliane Haegeman Lille

Jim McCloskey UCSC

David Pesetsky MIT

This conference aims to bring together syntacticians to consider what
is probably one of the key issues in syntactic theory. Why do
languages have (apparent) processes which move elements in
sentences/derivations? Is this an 'imperfection' of the system? What
triggers displacement? What is the nature of EPP?

Papers are invited on syntax (including acquisition and syntactic
change) which throw light on why apparent movement exists, how it
should be handled in syntactic theory, or the nature of 'movement'
processes in particular languages or sentence types.

Guidelines for submission of abstracts:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 30 November 2000

Abstracts should not exceed two pages in 12-point font.

Abstracts should be submitted to:

Motivating Movement Conference
c/o Prof. Alison Henry
Linguistics Division
School of Psychology and Communication
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
BT37 0QB
N Ireland

Send 6 anonymous copies plus one with name and 
affiliation, plus

a 3X5 card giving name, affiliation, paper title, address, 

address, telephone.

or by email to :

with Motivating Movement Conference as the subject or by fax to:

02890-368251 (within UK)

+44-2890-368251 (from outside UK)

clearly marked 'Motivating Movement Conference'
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