LINGUIST List 12.134

Sat Jan 20 2001

Calls: Topic/Focus, Forensic Linguists

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  1. Matthew Gordon, Topic/Focus Workshop
  2. Diana Eades, International Association of Forensic Linguists: IAFL conference

Message 1: Topic/Focus Workshop

Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 14:49:22 -0800
From: Matthew Gordon <>
Subject: Topic/Focus Workshop


Topic and focus: a workshop on intonation and meaning

July 20-21, 2001

University of California, Santa Barbara
(in conjunction with the 2001 LSA Summer Institute)

The aim of this workshop is to explore the effects of various kinds of
topicalization and focus on intonation. It is especially hoped that
the workshop will lay the groundwork for future collaborative efforts
between linguists devoted to the study of meaning and linguists
engaged in the quantitative study of intonation. Both descriptive
and theoretical papers on any aspects of the relationship between
intonation, on the one hand, and topic and/or focus, on the other
hand, are welcome. Talks will be 30 minutes with an additional 10
minutes for discussion. Papers may deal with intonational aspects of
topic and/or focus in all variety of languages including those which
are relatively underdocumented. Possible topics for discussion
include the following.

 * theoretical work on topic and focus phenomena in particular languages
 * experimental work on the perception and/or production of focus and topic
 * the appropriate representation of intonational and semantic categories,
 including models of discourse
 * cross-linguistic assessment of the required inventory of pragmatic
 * the relation between semantics and pragmatics in the study of focus and
topic phenomena
 * the relation between the semantic categories and their prosodic
realization, and the influence of more general prosodic principles on it
 * the justification of categories like focus and topic in the absence of
prosodic or morphological clues
 * the categorical/gradient nature of the phonetic realization of intonation
contours associated with semantic categories

Abstracts should be a single page, with an additional page for
data/references if needed. Abstracts should be submitted
electronically and should include contact information (name,
affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone number) in the
body of the mail. The abstract should either be pasted into the email
or should be an attachment (preferred formats are as an ASCII text
file or PDF). If these formats present problems, it is also possible
to attach an MSWord document. Email submissions should be sent to

Abstracts should be received by March 15, 2001. Notification of
acceptance will be made by April 30, 2001. Further information about
the workshop and the LSA Institute is located at the Institute website

Inquiries about the workshop may be
directed to the workshop organizers: 
Matthew Gordon (, 
Daniel B=FCring (,
Chungmin Lee (
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Message 2: International Association of Forensic Linguists: IAFL conference

Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 13:31:23 -1000
From: Diana Eades <>
Subject: International Association of Forensic Linguists: IAFL conference

The fifth conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists
will be held at the University of Malta from 30 June till 2 Jluy. Deadline
for submission of abstracts is 10 February. Details on
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