LINGUIST List 11.2611

Sat Dec 2 2000

Calls: Modality/Contemporary Eng, Construction Grammar

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  1. Roberta Facchinetti, Modality in Contemporary English
  2. Hans Christian Boas, Construction Grammar

Message 1: Modality in Contemporary English

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 18:11:58 +0100
From: Roberta Facchinetti <>
Subject: Modality in Contemporary English


 "Modality in Contemporary English"
 International Conference, 6-8 September 2001,
 University of Verona, Italy

The International Conference on "Modality in Contemporary English"
will be held in Verona, Italy, on 6-8 September 2001. The conference
aims at fostering interaction between scholars from different
theoretical backgrounds but with a common interest in English
modality, with specific reference to the Present-day, hence promoting
discussions, exchanging ideas and reporting recent progress on a
variety of issues related to this field.

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Paper proposals are welcomed on all aspects of verbal and non-verbal
modality in Present-day English. We particularly solicit work describing
research in the following fields:

- syntax and semantics of modal elements
- modality and phonetics / prosody
- modality and sociolinguistics
- modality and pragmatics
- modality and language teaching

Authors should submit an anonymous abstract of at most 3 A4 pages,
including figures/tables and references, together with a separate page
specifying the author's names, affiliation, surface mail address, and
e-mail address.

We strongly encourage electronic submission (.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf),
preferably as an attachment. Please, send abstracts to:
Prof. Roberta Facchinetti ( If sent by surface mail,
please include disk.
Deadline for abstracts submission: 28th February 2001
Notification of acceptance: 30th March, 2001

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Those who wish to attend the conference, whether presenting a paper or not,
should register by 15th December 2000. To register, please visit:

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WORKSHOP: "Modal expressions in ICE-GB: issues of retrieval"
In conjunction with the conference, a workshop will be held by Bas Aarts
(Reader in Modern English Language, University College London) and Sean
Wallis (Research Fellow, University College London). The workshop will
introduce the ICE-GB corpus, discuss how to retrieve a variety of modality
features by means of the programme ICECUP, specifically developed for the
corpus, and finally provide a hands-on session allowing delegates to
experiment with the corpus and the software themselves.

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Keynote speaker: Frank PALMER (Professor Emeritus, former Professor of
Linguistic Science, University of Reading, England)

The following have also accepted to give a paper:
- Jennifer COATES (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University
of Surrey Roehampton, England)
- Maurizio GOTTI (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University
of Bergamo, Italy)
- Geoffrey LEECH (Professor in English Linguistics, University of
Lancaster, England)
- Maria LIMA (Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University of
Salerno, Italy)
- Stephen J. NAGLE (Professor of English, Director of International
Coastal Carolina University, U.S.A.)

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The venue of the conference will be the University of Verona, located near
the historical centre of the town and within walking distance to most
hotels. The Language Centre and the Faculty of Arts have new, well-equipped,
airy classrooms for the conference. Internet access will be provided for all
the delegates throughout the conference.

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There will be a full social programme, including university reception, a
tour of Verona, conference dinner, and a whole day excursion to Venice
(post-conference tour).

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The conference is jointly organized by the Language Centre and the Faculty
of Arts of the University of Verona. The scientific and organizing committee
- Prof. Roberta Facchinetti (, Faculty of Education,
University of Verona
- Prof. Cesare Gagliardi (, Faculty of Languages,
Head of the Language Centre, University of Verona
- Dr Anna Zanfei (, Language Centre, University of

Enquiries about the conference should be directed to:

International Conference on "Modality in Contemporary English"
Organizing Committee
c/o Prof. Roberta Facchinetti
Faculty of Education
University of Verona
Via S. Francesco, 22
37129 Verona
Fax: +39 045 8028705

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December 15th, 2000: early registration deadline
February 28th, 2001: abstract submission deadline
March 30th, 2001: notification of acceptance
September 6th - 8th, 2001: Conference

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Message 2: Construction Grammar

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 14:42:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Hans Christian Boas <hcbICSI.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Construction Grammar



		 April 6-8, 2001

 University of California at Berkeley

Reflecting the rapidly growing interest in Construction Grammar, this
conference will serve as a forum for promoting discussion and
collaboration among linguists interested in this line of research. As
a way of acknowledging its roots and in recognition of the Berkeley
scholars who have been instrumental in developing the constructional
research program, the conference will feature three plenary talks by

	Charles Fillmore, UC Berkeley
	Paul Kay, UC Berkeley
	George Lakoff, UC Berkeley

The diversity of constructional research in its various models and
applications will be featured in the talks of the following invited

	Seizi Iwata, Gifu University, Japan
	Knud Lambrecht, University of Texas at Austin
	Ronald Langacker, University of California at San Diego
	Ivan Sag, Stanford University
	Arnold Zwicky, Stanford University

Regular conference papers (20-min. talk plus 10-min. discussion) are
invited on any aspect of linguistic analysis that is concerned with
constructions and/or frames. We welcome work on issues in syntax,
morphology, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, language acquisition,
corpus linguistics, language variation/change, etc. We also encourage
interdisciplinary contributions from fields that intersect with
linguistics and to which the notion of constructions is relevant.


Abstracts of 500 words, with an additional page for graphs, data,
and/or reference if necessary, should be submitted by January 15th,
2001. If you are submitting by regular mail, please provide 5 copies
of your anonymous abstract with the title of the paper at the top and
a 3" x 5" index card including the following information: author's
name and affiliation, title of paper, mailing address, and e-mail
address. All should be mailed to:

Construction Grammar Conference, Dept. of Linguistics, 1203 Dwinelle
Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.

If submitting electronically (in ASCII, making sure that special
formatting, characters, diacritics, etc. are not a problem), please
send the text of your abstract to iccg2001ICSI.Berkeley.EDU and
include the author information listed above as part of your
message. Upon acceptance, authors will be requested to submit a short
descriptive abstract (150 words) for a conference booklet to be
distributed among the conference participants.


Deadline for long abstracts:		January 15th, 2001
Authors notified of acceptance:		February 1st, 2001
Deadline for short abstracts:		March 1st, 2001

Organizing committee:

Hans C. Boas, Mirjam Fried , Josef Ruppenhofer, Eve Sweetser.

For more information about the conference please check the website 
or direct your inquiries to the conference organizers at

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