LINGUIST List 13.1151

Wed Apr 24 2002

Calls: Ling & Literary Studies, Sociolexicology

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  1. Viatcheslav Iatsko, Problems in Linguistics and Literary Studies
  2. Stefan Grondelaers, Call for papers-request

Message 1: Problems in Linguistics and Literary Studies

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 09:21:44 +0700
From: Viatcheslav Iatsko <>
Subject: Problems in Linguistics and Literary Studies

Problems in Linguistics and Literary Studies

An international conference

Abakan, Russia, November 25-27, 2002

The conference is organized by the Institute of Philology, Katanov
State University of Khakasia, Abakan, Russia. Deadline for papers is
May 30 2002. For topics, travel information and other details see

Ph.D, Prof.
Katanov State University of Khakasia
92 Lenin St., Abakan, Russia 655000

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Message 2: Call for papers-request

Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 19:31:43 -0400
From: Stefan Grondelaers <\.be>
Subject: Call for papers-request

Call for papers

A Symposium on Quantitative Sociolexicology

University of Leuven, Belgium
October 24-25, 2002

Organised by the research unit "Quantitative lexicology and
variational linguistics" of the University of Leuven

Made possible by the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO)
(Onderzoeksgemeenschap Cognitieve Linguistiek)


This workshop intends to bring together those researchers in the field
of variational lexicology and diachronic vocabulary studies that use
quantitative methods. Although such methods have been used less
intensively in the study of lexical variation and change than they
have been employed in the field of phonetics, morphology, or other
linguistic variables, there is a growing body of quantitative research
on the distribution of words over language varieties and the diffusion
of lexical changes over time. The symposium intends to create a forum
for the confrontation and the comparison of the different approaches

Structure & schedule

The workshop will take place on Thursday October 24 and Friday October
25, and it will consist of 5 plenary sessions (1 hour) and a limited
number of regular sessions (40).

Invited speakers include:

Nigel Armstrong (University of Leeds)
Harald Baayen (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen & 
University of Nijmegen)
John Nerbonne (University of Groningen)
Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki)

In order to ensure a highly focused event with maximal interaction
between the participants, the number of regular presentations will be
limited to 15 at most, and there will be no parallel sessions.


If you are interested in presenting a lecture at the symposium, please
submit a one page abstract by June 1 at the latest. Notification of
acceptance will follow by June 15.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to Dirk Geeraerts, Stefan
Grondelaers & Dirk Speelman at the following address:


Relevant topics include:

1. Lexical standardization and the diffusion of standard vocabularies
2. The lexicon in pluricentric languages
3. Lexical innovation, lexical loss, and the rate of vocabulary change
4. Lexical dialectometry and stylometry
5. The relationship between lexical and non-lexical variables as
markers of language varieties
6. Empirical methods (corpus analysis, statistical techniques) for
studying lexical variation and change

You may focus either on past research in connection with the workshop
theme, or introduce new data or methodologies pertaining to the theme.
Observe that the topic of the conference is to be taken in a
prototypical sense. We are primarily interested in studies that
combine three features: a lexical focus, a quantitative method, and a
variational or diachronic perspective. Time permitting, however, we
may accommodate papers that combine just a few of these features, like
quantitative studies of variation and change that are not primarily
lexical, or diachronic and variational lexical studies that do not
employ quantitative methods.

Additional information

Information about the organisers, the conference venue, and
accommodation & fees can be found at our conference website

Dirk Geeraerts - Stefan Grondelaers - Dirk Speelman
Research unit "Quantitative lexicology and variational linguistics"
Department of Linguistics
University of Leuven
Blijde-Inkomststraat 21
B-3000 Leuven
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