LINGUIST List 13.1911

Sat Jul 13 2002

Calls: Typology, Semantics of Productivity

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  1. Johan van der Auwera, ALT V - Call for papers
  2. Peter Bosch, "Explaining Productivity" - 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS

Message 1: ALT V - Call for papers

Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 14:08:46 +0200
From: Johan van der Auwera <>
Subject: ALT V - Call for papers

ALT V - Call for papers

The fifth International Conference of the Association for Linguistic
Typology (ALT V) will be held at the Universita di Cagliari, Sardinia,
from Monday September 15 to Thursday September 18, 2003. The
conference will follow the Summer School in Linguistic Typology, also
at the Universita di Cagliari, from Monday September 1 to Friday
September 12 2003. The local organizer for ALT V will be Ines Loi

Members and non-members wishing to present a paper at ALT V are asked
to send six copies of a one-page abstract to the chair of the program
committee, Walter Bisang, to reach him no later than January 1,
2003. A second page (six copies) may be attached to the abstract
listing data. The abstract itself should contain no identification of
the author. A separate sheet should be included which contains the
title of the abstract, the name(s) of the author(s), and one mailing
address, with telephone, fax, and e-mail address as available.

The committee accepts submission via fax or e-mail (with the abstract
as part of the message rather than by attachment), but abstracts may
be sent by regular mail as well.

The time allotted for presentation and discussion is 30
minutes. Members may also submit abstracts for symposia, including the
names of participants and the amount of time requested. Participants
may not be involved in more than two abstracts, of which at most one
may be single-authored. English is the preferred language at the

Address for mailing ALT abstracts:

Walter Bisang
Institut fur Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
Johannes-Gutenberg Universitat Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
D-55099 Mainz

Fax: +49-6131-392-3836

By February 15, 2003 the program committee will convey its decision on
acceptance of papers to those submitting abstracts. The committee
consists of Balthasar Bickel, Walter Bisang (chair) Osten Dahl, Aditi
Lahiri, Vera Podlesskaya, and Lindsay Whaley.
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Message 2: "Explaining Productivity" - 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS

Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 21:14:32 +0200
From: Peter Bosch <>
Subject: "Explaining Productivity" - 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS

Workshop "Explaining Productivity" - SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline 9 August, 2002

Abstracts are invited for papers to be presented at the Workshop
"Explaining Productivity," taking place at the 25th Annual Meeting of
the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS)in Munich (February 26 - 28,

Workshop Organizer: Peter Bosch, Inst. of Cognitive Science,
University of Osnabrueck

One of the essential features of human language is its productivity:
the built-in option for the construction of new forms - words,
phrases, sentences, texts - derived on the basis of simple and complex
forms already known, and new uses, functions, or meanings for these
forms in new contexts.

Classic Generative Grammar has gone a long way explaining the
productivity of I-language (commonly under the name of "creativity")
by means of recursion of categorial rules, and Formal Semantics -
guided by the postulate of compositionality - has been equally
successful on the semantic side. In combination with a theory of
genetically determined Universal Grammar this model leaves however
little room for the role of the individual's linguistic experience and
for E-language.

Over the past decade, and usually independently, approaches in
Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Neuroinformatics, Computational
Linguistics, Language Technology as well as in theoretically less
committed approaches in descriptive linguistics, have worked on
complementary models for the explanation of productivity that put less
weight on categorial rules and instead focus on patterns of linguistic
experience, quantitative data, and mechanisms for projecting
linguistic knowledge to new contexts and situations that are inspired
by analogy.

There has been only little discussion across the boundaries of the
approaches just sketched, and the discussion that there has been is
limited to phenomena of Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax. The
Workshop is interested in the semantic side of productivity - not in
the sense of excluding matters of phonological, morphological and
syntactic productivity, but in the sense of looking at their semantic
aspects as well as at contextual and situational parameters.

Topic areas and methodology for the Workshop:
Indexicality, compositionality, semantics of word formation and
derivation, semantics for "constructions," discourse semantics,
language contact, language development, historical linguistics, The
methodology of the workshop is explicitly interdisciplinary and
presentations from Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Computational
Linguistics, Neuroinformatics, are explicitly invited.

Papers offered for presentation should be explicitly addressed at the
question of how particular forms of semantic productivity are to be

The presentation may be in English or German, although presentation in
English is encouraged. Time for presentation will be 30 minutes
(including discussion). A maximum of 15 papers can be accepted for the
Workshop. Intending participants are warned that the regulations of
DGfS explicitly exclude presentations by the same person at more than
one of the workshops at the DGfS conference.

Abstracts must not exceed one page A4 (12-point font, 2.5 cm margins),
but references and materials may be attached on separate sheets (which
will not be printed in DGfS's conference brochure but only in the
workshop materials) and must be submitted as either ASCII or RTF
documents (no PS or PDF because they may have to be reformatted).


Please send your abstract by email to, Peter Bosch,
Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck,
Kolpingstr. 7, 49069 Osnabrueck, Germany, fon: (+49 541) 969 6224,

Professor Dr. Peter Bosch
Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Osnabrueck
Kolpingstrasse 7 /Room 314
D-49074 Osnabrueck, Germany
fon: (+49 541) 969 6224
fax: (+49 541) 969 6229
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