LINGUIST List 12.2895

Mon Nov 19 2001

Calls: Linguistics-Real World,Afroasiatic Linguistics

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  1. Lois Stanford, Call for Papers: LACUS 2002
  2. Robin Thelwall, Call: NACAL 30

Message 1: Call for Papers: LACUS 2002

Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 15:30:49 -0700
From: Lois Stanford <>
Subject: Call for Papers: LACUS 2002

Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States
Association de Linguistique du Canada et des �tats-Unis

To Be Held at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
July 30 - August 3, 2002

Conference Theme: 


Carrie Cameron, President, Culture and Communication
Adele Goldberg, University of Illinois
George Heidorn, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
Adam Makkai, U of Illinois at Chicago, Presidential Address


While papers relating to the conference theme are especially invited,
abstracts are welcomed on all subjects in linguistics and
interdisciplinary areas involving language. Papers accepted for the
program will be scheduled for either 15 minutes or 25 minutes, with 5
minutes allowed for discussion.

The following list of topics relating to the theme is intended as
suggestive rather than comprehensive:


1. The real-world use of language: 
Conversational interaction
Corpus linguistics
2. Real-world applications of linguistics: 
Enhancing intercultural communication
Enhancing intracultural communication 
Legaleze, User manuals, etc.
Language teaching
Language maintenance and revitalization
Computational Linguistics 
Translation, Grammar Checking, 
Artificial Intelligence, 
Automatic Speech Recognition and Production
Other commercial applications: 
Naming, Speech recognition and generation, 
Input methods for Chinese characters, etc.
Applied lexicography
3. Real-world evidence in linguistics, including 
Experimental phonetics, Psychoacoustics,
4. The neurological basis of language


Maximum length: 400 words (not including references). References
should be limited to two or three (additional references may be
included on a separate page, but in that case they will not appear in
the meeting handbook.) Please do not include tables or figures in the

Anonymity: The abstract should not identify the author(s).

What to Submit: Please submit abstracts only by e-mail. Preferably,
send the abstract as an e-mail attachment, in rich text format (.rtf)
or the equivalent.

Accompanying Information: In the body of your e-mail (not part of the
attachment) send the following information: 
1. Author's name(s) and affiliation(s). 
2. Title of paper. 
3. Presentation time desired --15 or 25 minutes. 
4. Audio-visual equipment required (beyond overhead projector). 
5. Eligibility for prize (if applicable -- see below).
6. Name a topic (or two topics) to identify the area(s) in which your
paper lies. Choose a topic name from the list above, or feel free to
name another topic if you are submitting an abstract that does not fit
the conference theme.

Where to Submit: Lois Stanford

Those without access to e-mail should send the abstract and
accompanying information via snail mail, to:

Lois Stanford, Chair, LACUS Conference Committee
Linguistics Department, 4-32 Assiniboia Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E7, Canada

Due Date for Abstracts: 15 January 2002


Evaluators of abstracts will appreciate your attention to these desiderata: 
Informative but brief title 
Clear statement of the problem or questions addressed 
Clear statement of the main point(s) or argument(s) 
Informative examples 
Clear indication of relevance to related work 
Avoidance of jargon and polemic 
References to literature (not included in 450-word limit)


You do not have to be a member of LACUS to submit an abstract. If your
abstract is accepted, you must be a member to present your paper at
the meeting. Members will automatically receive the publication
resulting from the conference.


Proposals for panels or special sessions or workshops or tutorials are
also welcome. Please contact Lois Stanford <>
or Syd Lamb ( right away with your ideas.


Continuing a tradition started by the late Kenneth Pike, a committee
consisting of the President, the President-Elect, and former
Presidents of LACUS will select the winner of the annual Presidents'
Prize, with an award of $500, for 'the best paper' by a junior
scholar. For purposes of this prize, 'junior scholar' is defined as
one who has had a doctoral degree or its equivalent for less than five

The Presidents' Predoctoral prize, with an award of $100, will be
given for 'the best paper' by a student who has not yet received a
doctor's degree.

For purposes of these prizes,' best paper' is defined as that which in
the judgement of the committee makes the most important contribution
to knowledge. Organization and presentation may also be considered.

The prizes will be awarded at the annual banquet, to be held at the
end of the meeting, Saturday, August 3rd.

Only single-authored presentations will be considered for prizes. A
person who has won the same prize twice will no longer be eligible.

Junior scholars and predoctoral scholars should identify their status
in the e-mail message sent in with the abstracts, to indicate their
eligibility for one of the prizes.


Limited funds to assist scholars coming from countries with weak
currencies may be available. For information contact the Conference
Committee Chair.


A panel of referees will select certain papers presented at the
meeting for publication, with appropriate revisions, in LACUS Forum


The University of Toledo is located near the intersection of
Interstate highways 80/90 and 75, about one hour south by car from
Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. The URL for the University of
Toledo is
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Message 2: Call: NACAL 30

Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 10:25:53 -0700
From: Robin Thelwall <>
Subject: Call: NACAL 30

NACAL 30 - N. American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics
NACAL 30 will be held in Houston from 22-24 March 2002. Papers and
participation are open to all interested scholars. Topics of papers
should include some aspect of an Afroasiatic language.

This is also the venue for the American Oriental Society 22-25 March
Please email Robin Thelwall <> for further
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