LINGUIST List 13.2290

Thu Sep 12 2002

Calls: Comparative Diachronic Syntax,ComputationalLing

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  1. Jeroen van de Weijer, Call: Comparative Diachronic Syntax
  2. Steven Krauwer, EACL2003: 2nd Call for Workshop Proposals, deadline Oct 1

Message 1: Call: Comparative Diachronic Syntax

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 16:39:10 +0200
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <>
Subject: Call: Comparative Diachronic Syntax


Conference on Comparative Diachronic Syntax

University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics (ULCL), 29-30 August 2003

Description of Conference Topic

In the synchronic study of syntax, the comparative approach has been
highly successful in uncovering insights into the nature of syntactic
principles and the variation that they allow. In fact, it may not be
an overstatement to say that modern syntax is to a large extent based
on comparative work. It is certainly true that any analysis of
language-specific data will not be considered successful if it cannot
be made responsive to data from other languages.

In the diachronic study of syntax, the role of cross-linguistic
comparative concerns is somewhat less clear. While diachronic
investigation focusing on typology and grammaticalisation has produced
an important body of comparative work, it is sometimes rough-grained
and often neglects issues of syntactic structure. Diachronic study
from other perspectives, while it may be more fine-grained and
structure-conscious, tends to ignore questions of cross-linguistic

It therefore appears that there is still a need to explore the
implications of a principled comparative stance to historical
syntactic change. This conference hopes to stimulate discussion of the
possibilities and problems that such a stance would create, with
reference to specific case histories or more general issues in the
study of syntactic change. Among the questions that could be addressed
are the following:

� what can a comparative perspective contribute to our understanding
of some specific syntactic change or set of changes in a language?

� what is the exact contribution that models of comparative synchronic
syntax can make to the study of diachrony?

� are there types of diachronic syntactic phenomena that may be
particularly well or ill suited to comparative analysis?

� does comparative diachronic analyis place special demands on the
kinds of data that are required?

Call for papers

Key-note speaker at the conference will be Professor Ian Roberts
(University of Cambridge; confirmed). There are ten to twelve slots
for further papers on the conference topic.

Abstracts are invited for 40-minute papers (followed by 15 minutes
discussion). The abstract should have a maximum length of two pages,
including any references, and should reach the address below before 1
December 2002, preferably in the form of an e-mail message or
attachment. Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail by 1
February 2003.

Contact address

Conference on Comparative Diachronic Syntax
Dr. Wim van der Wurff
Department of English
P.O. Box 9515
NL-2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands


For all further information, see the ULCL website at

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Message 2: EACL2003: 2nd Call for Workshop Proposals, deadline Oct 1

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 14:06:09 +0200 (MEST)
From: Steven Krauwer <>
Subject: EACL2003: 2nd Call for Workshop Proposals, deadline Oct 1

 EACL-03: 2nd Call for Workshop Proposals

 Proposal submission deadline: October 1, 2002

 The EACL-03 Organizing Committee invites proposals
 for workshops to be held at EACL-03.

EACL-03 will take place in Budapest, Hungary, April 12-17, 2003 with
workshops being held on Sunday and Monday, April 13 and 14, 2003.

* Workshop topics

 EACL-03 workshops provide organizers and participants with an
 opportunity to focus intensively on a specific topic within
 computational linguistics. Often, workshops concentrate on specific
 topics of technical interest (e.g., parsing technologies), particular
 areas of application for language processing technologies (e.g., NLP
 applied to IR), or community-wide issues that deserve attention (e.g.,
 standardization of resources and tools).

 We welcome proposals on any topic that is of interest to the EACL
 community, but we particularly encourage proposals that broaden the
 scope of our community through the consideration of new or
 interdisciplinary techniques or applications.

 We also encourage topics that are specific to the EACL community such
 as resources and tools for European or Mediterranean languages.

* Workshop format

 Traditionally, workshops are shaped as mini-conferences, but we
 encourage proposers to consider other formats that exploit the fact
 that smaller settings allow for more interaction between participants
 (discussions, panels, working sessions). The default duration of a
 workshop is one day, but longer or shorter durations can be proposed
 (but should be justified).

 Please note that capacity limitations may cause us to request the
 organizers to shorten a workshop or to merge it with another workshop
 in a related area.

* Financial guidelines

 The workshop organisers will benefit from the standard logistic
 facilities provided for the conference e.g., room, equipment, coffee,
 proceedings. Any additional cost should be covered by the organisers
 (especially invited speakers, PC meetings etc.).

* Registration fees

 Participants pay a registration fee which is dependent on the duration
 of the workshop. Participants not registered for the main conference,
 pay a higher fee.

* Proposals

 Workshop proposals should provide sufficient information to evaluate
 the quality and importance of the topic, and the size of the
 interested community. Proposals should be 2-4 pages and contain the
 following information:
 * A title and brief description of the workshop topic.
 * The target audience and projected number of participants along
 with support for the projected count. Supporting evidence could
 include a list of potential submitters, a list of conferences that
 contained papers on the proposed topic, the number of new
 companies focused on this topic, or recent funding initiatives
 that address this topic.
 * Resource needs such as room size and number of days. Include any
 special requirements for technical support (computer
 infrastructure, etc.).
 * The name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address, and
 webpage of each chair. In addition, indicate the chairs'
 background in the workshop area.
 * A preliminary programme committee

 Proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, in plain ASCII text,
 as soon as possible but no later than OCTOBER 1, 2002.

 The subject line should be: "EACL-03 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL".
 Please e-mail proposals and any inquiries to the Workshop Chair,
 Steven Krauwer (

* Timetable of Important Dates:

 Workshop proposals due: Oct. 1, 2002
 Notification of acceptance: Oct. 7, 2002
 Deadline for receipt of workshop Call for Papers and other publicity
 material: Oct. 21, 2002
 Send out Call for Papers: Nov. 1, 2002
 Suggested deadline for workshop paper submissions: Jan. 1, 2003
 Suggested deadline for notification of workshop paper acceptance: Jan.
 21, 2003
 Suggested deadline for camera-ready workshop papers: Feb. 13, 2003
 Workshop Dates: Apr. 13-14, 2003

* Workshop Committee:

 Steven Krauwer (ELSNET / Utrecht University), Chair
 Jean-Pierre Chanod (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble)
 Ernst Buchberger (�FAI, Vienna)

* Additional Information:

 Conference website:
 Workshop website:
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