LINGUIST List 13.1339

Mon May 13 2002

Calls: Balkan & South Slavic Ling, Romance Corpus Ling

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  1. Brian Joseph, Prize Competition Announcement
  2. Claus Pusch, Calls: Romance corpus linguistics

Message 1: Prize Competition Announcement

Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 12:25:00 -0400 (EDT)
From: Brian Joseph <>
Subject: Prize Competition Announcement

ANNOUNCING -- The 2002 Competition for:

The Kenneth E. Naylor Young Scholar's Prize in 
South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics

In memory of Kenneth E. Naylor, Balkanist and South Slavic linguist
par excellence, the Naylor Professorship in South Slavic Linguistics
in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and
Literatures at The Ohio State University established in 1999 a prize
of $500 for the best unpublished paper by a young scholar on a topic
in Balkan or South Slavic linguistics. The third such competition is
now officially open.

We thus solicit papers written in English by young scholars - defined
for this competition as an advanced graduate student (who is beyond
his/her first year of study) or someone who is no more than three
years beyond the awarding of the Ph.D. degree at the time of
submission -- that treats some topic either in Balkan linguistics,
taking a comparative approach and treating at least two languages of
Southeastern Europe, or in any of the South Slavic languages on their
own or in relation to the other languages of the Balkans.

In order to be eligible, the submitted paper must be unpublished, and
not under consideration for publication at the time of submission;
however, papers that have appeared in an issue of a "Working Papers"
series are still eligible for consideration in the competition. Those
that have appeared in conference proceedings volumes of any sort are
not eligible, unless they are substantially revised and/or expanded.
Written versions of papers that have been presented at a conference
are eligible, as are papers based on chapters of dissertations or
M.A. theses (but not raw dissertation chapters or M.A. theses
themselves). In all cases, however, the Committee will look for
self-contained scholarly articles of publishable quality that treat
some relevant topic (as spelled out above) in an interesting and
insightful way, following any appropriate approach (historical,
synchronic, sociolinguistic, etc.) and any theoretical framework.

Interested scholars should submit four copies of the paper along with
an abstract (no longer than 250 words) and a cover sheet with the
title of the paper, the author's name, affiliation, mailing address,
e-mail address, phone and fax numbers, date of entrance into an
appropriate graduate program or of awarding of Ph.D. (as the case may
be), and US social security number, if the author has one (having one,
though, is not a requirement), to:
	Naylor Prize Competition
 	Dept. of Slavic & East European Languages & Literatures
	232 Cunz Hall
	The Ohio State University
	Columbus, Ohio USA 43210-1215.
The deadline for receipt of the papers in the Department for this, the
third, competition is SEPTEMBER 30, 2002. The Screening Committee,
consisting of the Naylor Professor and former speakers in the annual
Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture series, expects to make the
announcement of the winner by January 30, 2003. The winning paper
will be published (after any necessary revisions) in an issue of the
journal Balkanistica. The Committee reserves the right not to award
the Prize in a given year.

Please address any inquiries to the Naylor Professor, Brian D.
Joseph, at the above address or via e-mail at
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Message 2: Calls: Romance corpus linguistics

Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 09:57:57 +0200
From: Claus Pusch <>
Subject: Calls: Romance corpus linguistics


Corpora and Historical Linguistics:
Investigating Language Change through Corpora and Databases

organized by the Department of Romance Languages of Albert-Ludwig

Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), September 11th-13th, 2003


The description and explanation of diachronic language change requires
the examination, analysis and comparison of texts and linguistic
evidence that come from very different periods, genres, registers and
traditions of speaking. The 2nd Freiburg Workshop on Romance Corpus
Linguistics will be dedicated to the question how the methods and
techniques of modern corpus linguistics can be put to use in order to
investigate language change and which innovative insights may result
from the application of corpus linguistic methods in the field of
historical linguistics.

Language change shall be considered, in this context, on different
levels: as long-term change that modifies profoundly the language(s)
involved, even altering its (their) typologic structure, which
requires for an adequate corpus-linguistic treatment databases with an
important diachronic deepness and which include evidence that comes
inevitably from written sources only; and as middle- and short-term
change, that emerges already from the comparison of very few text or
speaker generations and for which the constitution of corpora with
reduced diachronic depth, maybe including both written and spoken
language data, is sufficient.

In line with the principles of the 1st Workshop (2000), the 2nd
Freiburg Workshop on Romance Corpus Linguistics will comprise the
following two panels:

* Panel A "Corpus projects, language data management and tools for
analysis": This panel will be open for the presentation of currently
on-going or completed corpus and database projects; the main focus
will be on projects with a historical perspective on long-, medium- or
short-term language change.

* Panel B "Corpus-based diachronic studies on Romance languagues": For
this panel, contributions on diachronically oriented research on
specific questions and phenomena, empirically based on corpora and
databases, are invited.

Furthermore, a half-day para-workshop will be organized within the
conference, where the machine-readable treatment and mark-up of
historical texts and diachronic language data will be exemplified,
illustrated and discussed.

Paper submissions: Please submit paper proposals by sending an
abstract (approx. 250 words) including your name, academic
affiliation, mail and e-mail address. Abstracts in electronic form
(ASCII, MS-WORD or PDF files), sent as e-mail attachments to
<>, are strongly encouraged. The deadline for
submission of papers is March 15th, 2003. Papers may be read in
German, any Romance language, and English. Confirmation of acceptance
of your paper will be sent out before March 30th, 2003. If there are
more proposals than panel slots, a part of the contributions will be
presented during a poster session.

For more information on the conference, on fees, social program,
travel and accomodation, etc., please have a look at the conference
web page at <>;, or contact the
workshop's convenor:

Claus D. Pusch
Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Romanisches Seminar
Werthmannplatz 3, D-79085 Freiburg im Breisgau
Fax +49 / 7 61 / 2 03 31 95
E-mail <>.
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