LINGUIST List 12.3009

Mon Dec 3 2001

Calls: Morphology, Archaeology & Ling of Australia

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  1. Nabil Hathout, erratum (Third Forum of Morphology)
  2. Patrick McConvell, ARCLING II conference

Message 1: erratum (Third Forum of Morphology)

Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 12:55:10 +0100
From: Nabil Hathout <>
Subject: erratum (Third Forum of Morphology)


Third Forum of Morphology


DATE : September (19)-20-21, 2002
PLACE : University of Lille 3, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France.

* 1rst call for abstracts : November 20th 2001.
* Submission deadline : March 31rst 2002.
* Notification of acceptance : May 15th 2002.
* Preliminary programme : June 15st, 2002
* Meeting : September (19)-20-21 2002.


THEMATIC (unabridged text on our web site)

The question of the units we need to assume in order to account for
morphological phenomena has to be considered in a new light since the
morpheme has been given up as the single unit in morphology. First of
all, it is now possible to distinguish various types of units and,
second, those different units are correlated to hypotheses about the
way linguistic signs work. These changes can be clearly seen in the
recent literature. Consider, for instance: (i) the growing importance
of the distinctions argued for by Matthews between word1 (word-form),
word2 (lexeme) and word3 (syntactic word); (ii) the fact that the
status of stems has become clearer; (iii) the classification of
morphological rules according to the type of unit they take as their
input or output (stem>stem, stem>word, word>word); (iv) the central
position given to the lexeme within hierarchical representations of
lexicon; (v) the way the typing of morphological units is used to
block or licence morphological derivations; etc. The question of
morphological units also arises within prosodic morphology (especially
in its OT version), which assumes distinct units such as affix, root,
word, etc. without saying anything about them except that they must
exist; this makes it all the more urgent to clarify their exact status
within morphological theory. In short, the moment seems favourable for
undertaking a reflection on morphological units. This meeting will be
by"th a step in this process of reflection and an opportunity to
raise new questions on this topic. Among possible themes of
discussion, we can list the following:

I. CHARACTERISING MORPHOLOGICAL UNITS Along what dimensions must these
units be defined? Are there principles limiting the proliferation of
these dimensions? Which units are indispensable and which can be
given up? Besides allomorphy or suppletion, what type of variation is
allowed within morphological units? What can we infer from this on the
nature of the linguistic sign?

II. THE FUNCTION OF UNITS What types of phenomena does the
 of such and such unit allow us to account for ? Do the distinctions
between various types of units play a crucial role in certain

III. REPRESENTING UNITS How should we represent the different types of
units? What relationships must be assumed between them in a
hierarchical representation of lexical knowledge?

IV. TYPOLOGY What is the possible range of interlinguistic variation
ex hibited by the minimal sign (word or lexeme) across languages? Do
the marks which end word3 units belong to identifiable types? To what
extent is it sound to speak of stem languages or root languages? Why
do phenomena such as allomorph y or suppletion appear so rarely in
some languages and so widely in others?

V. PSYCHOLINGUISTICS Do speakers perceive morphological units? And if
so, which ones? Are there differences between the units perceived by
speakers and thosehypothesized by linguists? Can such differences give
hints as to how a morphological system might change in the future?
What role does writing play with respect to the transmission, the
stability and the perception of morphological units?

lang uage processing and corpus-based studies bring to the study of
morphological units? Do they shed light upon (ir)regularities which
would have remained unno ticed otherwise?

VII. HISTORY Does the way in which morphological units were used in
his torical and comparative linguistics shed light on the distinctions
we need today?

Georgette Dal (University of Lille 3)
Bernard Fradin (LLF, CNRS)
Francoise Kerleroux (University Paris 10 Nanterre)
Nabil Hathout (ERSS, CNRS)
Marc Plenat (ERSS, CNRS)
Michel Roche (University of Toulou se Le Mirail)
The programme committee will be backed up by a broad reviewing

WORKING LANGUAGES The working languages will be English and French.

ORGANISATION This meeting is organised by the GDR 2220 Description et
modE9lisation en morphologie the UMR 8528 SILEX and the University of
Lille 3. If you need more information on details concerning the
organisation of the meeting contact For
other types of infor mation, contact

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE Your submission should consist of 1) An anonymous
abstract no longer than 2 pages (A4 format) in times 12 (bibliography

The abstract must indicate clearly the subject matter, the theoretical
fram ework (if any) and the conclusions of your contribution. 2) A
separate page on which are indicated : your name, affiliation, postal
address, email address a nd the title of your contribution.

Electronic submission is encouraged provided that the abstract and the
personal details page are sent as separate attachments in either
postscript, rtf or Word format. The submissions must be sent to
mailto:ForumMorphol3linguist. before March 31, 2002. If
electronic submission is not possible, 3 hard copies of the abstract
plus the separate page with personal details must reach the organising
committee at the following address before March 31, 2002 :

Bernard Fradin Forum de Morphologie 3, LLF Tour centrale Case 7031 2
place Jussieu F-75251 PARIS CEDEX 05

SELECTION CRITERIA Authors are invited to submit original unpublished
work. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least two
speciali sts of the domain. Decisions will be based on the following
criteria :

* Importance and originality of the paper.
* Empirical foundation of the account. 
* Accuracy of the scientific content.
* Layout and clarity of the paper. 
* Relevance to the topic of the meeting.

TALKS The time allotted for presentation is 30 minutes. 10 more
minutes will be left for discussion. Il will be possible to use an
overhead projector o r video-projector.

PROCEEDINGS As was the case for the former Forums de Morphologie, the
proceedings of the meeting will be published in the Silexicales
collect ion (UMR SILEX University of Lille 3). The organisers will do
their best to publish the proceedings soon after the meeting.

Before June 30th.
Student: 35 Euros
Faculty member: 60 Euros
After June 30th.
Student: 40 Euros
Faculty member: 70 Euros

Registration fees include the preproceedings of the meeting, coffe and
lunches that will be taken on the campus on the 20th and 21st. To
register, you must mail your payment together with your completed
registration form to

Daniele Monseur 3rd Forum de Morphologie UMR 8528 " SILEX " Univer
site de Lille 3 BP 149 F-59653 VILLENEUVE D'ASCQ CEDEX

It will be possible to download the registration form from our website.

Payment will be made in euros with a cheque or money order that is
made payable to Agent comptable de l'UniversitE9 Lille 3. (We cannot
accept credit card payment).

ACCOMODATION, TRANSPORTATION/ACCESS : information will be posted on
our web site.

VENUE The meeting will be held at the Maison de la Recherche located
on the Lille 3 campus. The Maison de la Recherche is at a walking
distance (10 mn) from the underground station 'Pont de bois'. More
information on our website.

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Message 2: ARCLING II conference

Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 17:02:21 +1100
From: Patrick McConvell <>
Subject: ARCLING II conference

The Second Conference on the Archaeology and Linguistics of Australia

National Museum of Australia and Australian Institute of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Canberra, 1-4 October 2002

The last decade has advanced our knowledge of Australian indigenous
languages and the archaeological record, and has also seen an upsurge
in hypotheses and controversies in prehistory, including linguistic
prehistory. The time is ripe to assess the discoveries and theories,
and to provide a forum for cross-fertilisation between Australian and
world prehistory; and between the different disciplines which
contribute to our overall understanding of prehistory. ARCLING II has
been planned for 2002 to bring together archaeologists, linguists and
others to record progress made and map out the challenges we now face.

The first ARCLING conference was held in Darwin in 1991, bringing
together leading archaeologists, linguists and anthropologists from
Australia and overseas to share ideas and build foundations for an
interdisciplinary approach to the prehistory of Australia, drawing on
international work of a similar kind. This resulted in the publication
of Archaeology and Linguistics: Aboriginal Australia in Global
Perspective edited by Patrick McConvell and Nicholas Evans, published
by Oxford University Press. We call for proposals for papers for
ARCLING II: see below for details.

Contact: Dr. Patrick McConvell, Convener, Planning Committee
Email: phone: +61-2-62461116; fax 

Conference Organisation
The conference will be divided into seven thematic sessions (see
'Conference Topics' below) and at least one session for other papers
not falling into session themes. The thematic sessions will include
invited speakers. The conference will last 4 days (Tuesday-Friday,
9-5) with four sessions a day of 90 minutes each. Each of the topics
will take up roughly two sessions. About 100-120 people will attend
and it will be held without parallel sessions in a single theatre with
rooms nearby for smaller meetings , receptions,book displays as
necessary. 7 keynote papers of 45 minutes (30 minutes + 15
questions/discussion) will be invited (one for each session). Another
18 papers of 30 minutes (20 minutes+ 10) will be selected from
abstracts submitted, and distributed between sessions.

Submission of Abstracts
If you wish to give a paper, please send a title and abstract to
Patrick McConvell by 15 February 2002. This should be a Word or RTF
attachment to an email message of between 200 and 500 words. In the
message, you may optionally specify if you wish the talk to be part of
any of the thematic sessions (topics) already identified, and any
equipment you will need for presentation. Notification of acceptance
of papers will take place in March 2002. Abstracts of all papers
invited or accepted will be available on the conference web-site from
March 2002, and full papers by September 2002. Papers will be 8000
words long maximum.

Registration will be A$220 if paid before March 1 2002 and A$275 after
that date. We plan to have on-line registration available in January

Check the conference website for accommodation details from December
19 2001.In the interim, see the AIATSIS conference accommodation
details ( and the
accommodation information for the September 2001 ALS meeting

The new National Museum and AIATSIS buildings overlook Lake Burley
Griffin in the centre of Canberra. Meals and refreshments are
available throughout the day at the National Museum, and the
Australian National University campus is close by. The ACTION bus
Route 34 which serves the Museum also goes through the ANU campus
(including University House) and the University of Canberra, and to
Canberra City and the National Library. For information about
Canberra: and

Conference theme: "Echoes of ancient footsteps: archaeological and
linguistic evidence in Australian culture history" The conference aims
to identify signatures of migration and language shift in prehistoric
language speads, especially among hunter-gatherers in Australia, and
refine methods of constructing stratigraphy and chronology, by
combining evidence of proto-cultures and culture contact from
archeology, linguistics and other branches of anthropology.

Conference Topics
1: Methods and models in interdisciplinary prehistory
2: Language spread among Hunter-gatherers
3: Perspectives from genetics and biological anthropology
4: Hunter-gatherers: spreads in the interior
5: Coasts, islands and the peopling of the Sahul periphery
6: Artifacts: Technology and terminology
7: Stories, places and names: Indigenous landscapes and views of the past

For further details see
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