LINGUIST List 12.738

Fri Mar 16 2001

Calls: Discourse Structure, Aquisition/Verb Grammar

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  1. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Information Stucture, Discourse Structure & Discourse Semantics (ESSLLI)
  2. dabitt, Aquisition of Verb Grammar and Verb Arguments

Message 1: Information Stucture, Discourse Structure & Discourse Semantics (ESSLLI)

Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 12:29:45 -0000
From: Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova <>
Subject: Information Stucture, Discourse Structure & Discourse Semantics (ESSLLI)

 (deadline for submission: March 30, 2001)

 ESSLLI Workshop on

Information Stucture, Discourse Structure and Discourse Semantics

 August 20-24, 2001
 Helsinki (Finland)


 The workshop is endorsed by
 SIGSEM: and


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This workshop aims to provide a forum for recent research on interactions
between information structure (as a component of sentence-level semantics),
discourse structure and discourse-level semantics.

We hope that the participants will concentrate on investigating the
interactions between IS and DS, with the goal of understanding how
sentence-level semantic devices that make up IS symbiotically serve the
needs of discourse cohesion and coherence. We seek contributions advancing
beyond descriptive frameworks towards an explanatory account of how IS and
DS, in whatever framework, interact to refer to and update a dynamically
evolving representation of discourse context. The submitted papers will be
refereed by the PC.

See for more details.

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Enric Vallduvi
(Dept de Traduccio, Universitat Pompeu Fabra,

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Full papers addressing the above issues are solicited, not exceeding 5000
words including references. Each paper must contain a 5-10 lines abstract. A
postscript or pdf version of the paper should be submitted (zipped) by
e-mail to

by the submission deadline given below. In an accompanying email message,
please provide the following information:
Paper title:
Contact author:
5-10 lines abstract:

We strongly encourage the use of LaTeX. The workshop proceedings will be
prepared using LaTeX and authors will be required to provide the final
versions of their papers in LaTeX.

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 March 30 Submission deadline
 April 30 Notifications of acceptance/rejection to authors
 May 20 Final version of papers in LaTeX for the proceedings due
 August 20-24 Workshop dates

Note that all workshop participants must register as particpants of ESSLLI.
The early registration fees apply to authors of accepted papers.

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 Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (organizer, co-chair)
 Mark Steedman (organizer, co-chair)
 John Bateman
 Daniel Buering
 Elisabet Engdahl
 Bart Geurts
 David Traum
 Maria Vilkuna
 Bonnie Webber

We are looking forward to your submissions :-)

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ing. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Dr.
Center for Computational Linguistics 	ICCS, Division of Informatics
Charles University				University of Edinburgh

Malostranske nam. 25.				2 Buccleuch Place
118 35 Praha 1					Edinburgh, EH8 9NW
Czech Republic 					Scotland

tel. 00420 - 2 - 2191 4288			tel. +44-(0)-131-6504412
fax. 00420 - 2 - 2191 4309			fax. +44-(0)-131-6506626
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Message 2: Aquisition of Verb Grammar and Verb Arguments

Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 17:53:52 +0100
From: dabitt <>
Subject: Aquisition of Verb Grammar and Verb Arguments

Call for papers


Zentrum f�r Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Universalienforschung und
Typologie, Berlin
15-17 November 2001

Dagmar Bittner,
Natalia Gagarina,
Insa Guelzow

It has often been proposed that children begin the process of language
acquisition with a special emphasis on the verb or on verb-like
structures. Whether or not this could be proved cross-linguistically in
detail it could be assumed that the acquisition of the verb and of its
grammar plays a central role in early language acquisition. In this
conference we hope to bring together researchers with an interest in one
of the following aspects which we regard as related to the acquisition
of the grammar of the verb:

- finiteness
- verb inflection
- word order of the verb and verbal arguments
- subjects and objects
- argument structure
- case inflection

Cross-linguistic analysis of these processes will help to draw attention
on the details of the single processes and shed light on their
interrelatedness in early language acquisition. Furthermore they should
provide insight into the impact of particular target languages on these
processes while at the same time leading to a better understanding of
the general cognitive aspects of the acquisition of the basic
grammatical structure of utterances. Papers on any of the topics
mentioned above dealing with first language acquisition in mono- and
bilingual children between 1 to 3 years of age are welcome. Papers
focussing on interrelations among some of these aspects are especially

Abstracts should be up to 500 words in length and should outline the
research question as well as the language(s) and the age range of
children studied.
Three copies of abstracts, two anonymous, should be sent by electronic
or regular mail to Insa Guelzow or Natalia Gagarina by June 30st, 2001.
If you submitting electronically, please include the abstract in the
body of the message (do not send attachments!). You will be informed by
the mid of July of acceptance.
Please send your abstracts to:
Insa Guelzow:
Natalia Gagarina:

Zentrum f�r Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Universalienforschung und
J�gerstr. 10/11
D-10117 Berlin

A second circular will be sent out in September with information
concerning travel and accommodation.

Presentations of 40 minutes in length (25 min presentation + 15 min
discussion) will be given at a plenary session. Conference languages are
English and German.

We plan to publish a book of the papers dealing with the impact of verb
acquisition on other acquisitional processes. Texts to be included in
this volume will be reviewed by outside readers.

Scientific Committee:
J�rgen Weissenborn
Klaus-Michael K�pcke
Dagmar Bittner

Coordinators to be consulted on practical and academic matters:

Dagmar Bittner
Universit�t Potsdam
Institut f�r Linguistik
PO Box 60 15 53
D-14415 Potsdam

Natalia Gagarina
Zentrum f�r Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Universalienforschung und
J�gerstr. 10/11
D-10117 Berlin
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