LINGUIST List 11.2642

Wed Dec 6 2000

Calls: Languages of the Americas, Hybrid Logics

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  1. Carrie Dyck, Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 6)
  2. Nadine Gisler, Special Issue on Hybrid Logics

Message 1: Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 6)

Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 11:50:31 -0330
From: Carrie Dyck <>
Subject: Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 6)

The call for papers for the 6th Annual Workshop on the Structure and
Constituency of the Languages of the Americas appears below. Information
is also posted at the following web site/

WSCLA 6 - Call for Papers March 23-25, 2001

Contact the organizers:

The main goal of this workshop is to bring together linguists working 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).

As an incentive to come to our remote location, 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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Message 2: Special Issue on Hybrid Logics

Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 06:53:48 -0700
From: Nadine Gisler <>
Subject: Special Issue on Hybrid Logics



Head Office: 5101C-50 Street, Wetaskiwin AB, T9A 1K1, Canada (Phone:
+1-780-352-1912 / Fax: +1-780-352-1913)
Email: <> or <> / Web-Site:

This information is for members of various scientific communities, also
interested in Natural and Artificial Intelligence, Manufacturing, etc:

1. 2001: Extension of submission deadlines:
Upon request of a large number of prospective authors we are extending the
submission deadlines for the following events:

1. 1. SOCO/ISFI 2001 (Soft Computing/Intelligent Systems for Industry)
Paisley, U.K., June 26 - 29, 2001
new: submission deadline January 15, 2001

1. 2. WMC 2001 (World Manufacturing Congress)
Rochester, NY, USA, September 24 - 27, 2001
new: submission deadline January 31, 2001

1. 3. DI-TESA 2001 (Distributed Intelligence in Technology, Economic and
Social Applications)
Rochester, NY, USA, September 24 - 27, 2001
new: submission deadline January 31, 2001

2. New Events in 2002:

2.1. Neuro-Fuzzy NF 2002
Capitolio de la Habana, Cuba
January 15 - 18, 2002
submission deadline: May 31, 2001

2.2. Autonomous Intelligent Systems ICAIS 2002
Deaking University, Geelong Campus, Australia
February 12 - 15, 2002
submission deadline: June 30, 2001

2.3. Intelligent Systems and Applications ISA 2002
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
December 15 - 18, 2002'2002.htm
submission deadline: February 28, 2002

The ICSC/NAISO Operating Division Canada is merging with ITSTransnational in
Holland to ensure the quality of the ongoing and future projects world wide.
Additional email addresses and fax numbers will be publicized on the ICSC
home page. Please watch for updates:

staff members ICSC
December 1: incoming: Susan Shippelt
December 1: outgoing: Ilkka Tervonen

Nadine Gisler
ICSC/NAISO Operating Division
International Computer Science Conventions and
Natural & Artificial Intelligence System Organization
5101C-50 Street, Wetaskiwin AB, T9A 1K1, Canada
Phone: +1 780 352 1912
Fax: +1 780 352 1913
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