LINGUIST List 12.1394

Mon May 21 2001

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  1. pbosch, Sinn & Bedeutung VI - Semantics of Natural Language
  2. Wiebke Brockhaus, Linguistics Association of Great Britain - LAGB Autumn Meeting 2001

Message 1: Sinn & Bedeutung VI - Semantics of Natural Language

Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 10:08:34 +0200
From: pbosch <>
Subject: Sinn & Bedeutung VI - Semantics of Natural Language

		 Call for Papers


 6th Annual Meeting of the
 Gesellschaft f�r Semantik

University of Osnabrueck, October 8th - 10th, 2001

We are happy to announce the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft
fuer Semantik, which will take place at the new Institute for
Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrueck 8th-10th October, 2001.

Call for Papers
We invite the submission of anonymous abstracts for papers to be
presented at the conference on any topic of relevance to current
research in the semantics of natural language.

Abstracts must state clearly the problem the paper addresses and give
a sketch of the solution proposed sufficient for the
evaluation. Abstracts must be no longer than 2 pages(1000 words) and
should include relevant references. They must be submitted as .txt or
.rtf files to . Presentation slots at the conference will
be 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Up to 42 contributed
papers will be accepted. Notification about acceptance by 1st August,

Deadline for Abstracts is 1st July, 2001.

Student Papers
A number of presentation slots will be reserved for student papers and
a small number of grants for student participation will be available
(more information on this shortly via the conference website).

Invited Guest Speakers
Bart Geurts (Berlin & Nijmegen)
Shalom Lappin (London)
Mark Steedman (Edinburgh)

Program Committee
Peter Bosch (University of Osnabrueck,
Paul Dekker (University of Amsterdam),
Regine Eckardt (University of Konstanz),
Bart Geurts (University of Nijmegen
 & Humboldt Universitaet Berlin),
Siegfried Kanngiesser (University of Osnabrueck),
Sabine Reinhard (University of Osnabrueck),
Ede Zimmermann (University of Frankfurt)

For further information please watch the website of
the conference:
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Message 2: Linguistics Association of Great Britain - LAGB Autumn Meeting 2001

Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 09:34:32 +0100
From: Wiebke Brockhaus <>
Subject: Linguistics Association of Great Britain - LAGB Autumn Meeting 2001

 The Linguistics Association of Great Britain

 Autumn Meeting 2001: University of Reading

 First Circular and Call for Papers

The 2001 Autumn Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great
Britain will be held at the University of Reading, from 4 to 6
September 2001. The local organisers are Eric Haeberli
( and Spyridoula Varlokosta

Lying in the heart of the Thames valley, just 40 miles west of London,
Reading offers the best of town life with the peace of some of
England's finest countryside. Whilst it boasts the remains of one of
England's largest and richest abbeys, the burial place of Henry I, and
a heritage dating back to Roman times, it accommodates its modernity
with ease. Set in the middle of England's 'Silicon Valley', Reading
has become one of the fastest growing centres for business, shopping,
transport and leisure. There is also beautiful scenery nearby in the
Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs, and both Oxford and London are
less than 30 minutes away by train.

The conference venue is the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences
Building on the Whiteknights campus. Whiteknights is a 300-acre
country park campus with beautifully maintained grounds and a lake.

Accommodation: Whiteknights Hall, located near the Faculty of Letters
and Social Sciences Building, offers comfortable single rooms with
bathroom facilities, as well as single rooms with washbasins and
shared bathroom facilities.

Travel: Reading is within easy reach of both London Heathrow and
Gatwick airports. There is a frequent Railair coach service from
London Heathrow airport. The service picks up from all four terminals
and drops off at Reading Station. The journey time is about 40
minutes. There is also a direct rail connection with London Gatwick
airport with an hourly service and a journey time of 90 minutes. There
are direct rail links to all of the major cities on the West Coast.
There is a regular high-speed rail link to Central London (Paddington)
as well as stopping trains to Clapham and Waterloo. Reading Station is
about a half an hour's walk from the Whiteknights campus but there are
many direct buses to the University as well as a taxi rank at the
station. The M4 motorway provides ready access to London, Wales and
the South West, and there is an express coach service to London which
also stops outside the main gate of the University.

Events: The Henry Sweet Lecture 2001 will be delivered
by Professor Larry Horn (Yale).

There will also be a Workshop on Pragmatics and Anaphora,
organised by Yan Huang (University of Reading).

The Language Tutorial will be on Chamorro and is to be
given by Thomas Klein (University of Manchester).

There will, as now customary, also be a Linguistics at School session.
This session is organised by the LAGB Education Committee (Sue Barry,
Anthea Fraser Gupta, Dick Hudson and Ewa Jaworska) and asks, "Why are
the British such poor language learners?".

Because this LAGB Meeting overlaps with the 34th Annual BAAL meeting
('Unity and Diversity in Language Use', 6-8 September 2001), which is
also being held on the Whiteknights campus, there will be a special
event on Saturday 6 September, designed for members of both the LAGB
and BAAL. Details of this session will be made available in the Second

Enquiries about the LAGB Autumn Meeting 2001 should be sent to the
Meetings Secretary (address below). Full details of the programme will
be included in the Second Circular, to be sent out in July.

Call for Papers:

Members are invited to offer papers for the Meeting; abstracts are
also accepted from non-members. The LAGB welcomes submissions on any
topic in the field of linguistics; papers are selected on their
(perceived) merits, and not according to their subject matter or
assumed theoretical framework.

How and when to submit an abstract

Abstracts must be submitted on paper (not by email or by fax). FIVE
anonymous copies of the abstract, plus ONE with name and affiliation,
i.e. CAMERA-READY, should be submitted, and should be sent in the
format outlined below to the President (address below). You must write
your address for correspondence (e-mail or surface) on the BACK of the
camera-ready copy. (Even if several authors are named on the front,
there should be only one name and address for correspondence.)

Papers for the programme are selected anonymously - only the President
knows the name of the authors. Where possible, authors should supply
an email address to which the committee's decision may be sent.

Abstracts must arrive by 1 June 2001. Abstracts may also be submitted
now for the meeting after the next one, but must be clearly marked as
such. (In general the abstract deadlines for the autumn and spring
meetings are soon after 1st June and 1st January respectively, so an
abstract sent to reach the President by that date will always be in

Format of abstracts

Abstracts must be presented as follows: The complete abstract
(i.e. the one containing your title and your name) must be no longer
than ONE A4 page (21cm x 29.5cm) with margins of at least 2.5cm on all
sides. You may use single spacing but type must be no smaller than 12
point. If the paper is accepted the abstract will be photocopied and
inserted directly into the collection of abstracts sent out to
participants, so the presentation should be clear and clean. The
following layout should be considered as standard:

(title) Optimality and the Klingon vowel shift
(speaker) Clark Kent (
(institution) Department of Astrology, Eastern Mars University

The normal length for papers delivered at LAGB meetings is 25 minutes
(plus 15 minutes discussion). At the AGM in Leeds (April 2001) it was
decided that 40-minute papers would no longer be available in regular
sessions. However, members (and non-members) are invited to submit
proposals for 'panels', i.e. themed sessions typically occupying a
two- hour slot. It would then be up to the organiser of the panel and
the contributors to determine the length of individual papers.

The committee will plan the programme as soon as it has selected the
successful abstracts, so please indicate on the anonymous abstracts if
you cannot present your paper on one of the conference days. It is
very difficult to reschedule papers after the programme has been

Content of abstracts

The following guidelines may be useful: You should clearly describe
the paper's general topic. (The topic may be a problem of theory or
analysis or set of data which have not previously been analysed.) You
should describe your treatment of the topic, and how it relates to
previous work on the same topic. (When referring to previous work, it
is enough to quote "Author (Date)" without giving full bibliographical
details.) It is not acceptable simply to promise a solution'. You
should explain how you will justify your treatment, and quote crucial
evidence - you must trust the committee (and other conference
attendees) not to steal your ideas before you have presented them. If
you are taking a stand on a controversial issue, summarise the
arguments which lead you to take up this position.

Conference Bursaries

Up to 10 bursaries are available for unsalaried members of the
Association (e.g. PhD students) with preference given to those who are
presenting a paper. Applications should be sent to the President, and
must be received by the deadline for abstracts. Please state on your
application: (a) date of joining the LAGB (applicants must have been a
member at least since the date of the previous meeting); (b) whether
or not you are a student; (c) if a student, whether you receive a
normal grant; (d) if not a student, your employment
apply for funding should include all the above details WITH THEIR
ABSTRACT. The bursary normally covers a significant proportion of the
conference expenses and of travel within the UK.

Communication with the membership

Home page: The LAGB home page on the Web can be found
at the following address:

Electronic network: Please join the LAGB electronic network,
which is used for disseminating LAGB information and for
consulting members quickly. It can be subscribed to by
sending the message "add lagb" to:

Nominations for speakers: Nominations are requested for
future guest speakers; all suggestions should be sent to the
Honorary Secretary.

Changes of address: Members are reminded to notify the
Membership Secretary of changes of address. An institutional
address is preferred; bulk mailing saves postage.

Future Meetings

9-11 April 2002
Edge Hill College of Higher Education
17-19 September 2002

Spring 2003 (provisional)
University of Sheffield

The Meetings Secretary would very much like to receive
offers of future venues, particularly from institutions the LAGB
has not previously visited.

The LAGB Committee

Professor April McMahon
Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of
Sheffield, 5 Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD

Honorary Secretary
Dr Ad Neeleman
Dept. of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College
London, Gower Street,
London WC1E 6BT

Membership Secretary
Dr David Willis
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick
Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA

Meetings Secretary
Dr Marjolein Groefsema
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Hertfordshire, Watford
Campus, Aldenham, Herts. WD2 8AT

Dr Wiebke Brockhaus
Dept. of German, University of Manchester, Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9PL

Assistant Secretary
Dr Gillian Ramchand
Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Walton Street, Oxford
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