LINGUIST List 13.2405

Sat Sep 21 2002

Calls: Internet & Lang, Comparative Diachronic Syntax

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  1. Santiago Posteguillo G�mez, Internet and Language conference
  2. Jeroen van de Weijer, Comparative Diachronic Syntax

Message 1: Internet and Language conference

Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 17:12:14 +0200
From: Santiago Posteguillo G�mez <>
Subject: Internet and Language conference

Dear Colleagues,

We are organising the 1st International Conference on Internet and Language. 
This is intended as a forum of discussion for linguists and researchers in 
areas such as Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Literary Studies or 
Translation, among other disciplines, who are involved in the use or study of 
Internet, either as a research or teaching resource or as a linguistic 
phenomenon in itself. We welcome papers in relation to the panels listed below:

1.	Internet and Literary Studies
2.	Internet and Translation
3.	Internet and Language Use / Linguistics and digital genres
4.	Internet and Languages for Specific Purposes
5.	Internet and Foreign Language Teaching / Second Language Acquisition

English, Spanish and Catalan are the official languages of the conference. 
Papers in other languages may be considered depending on their interest in 
relation to the topic of the conference.

Our intention is to receive full papers by February 2003 so as to be able to 
edit Conference Proceedings in the second semester and then distribute the 
published proceedings in the conference in September 2003.


The Conferece will be held at Universitat Jaume I in Castell�n (

Conference Dates

The Conference is to take place on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September 2003.

Important dates for submission of abstracts and papers

December 20 	100-200 word abstracts submitted to the above mentioned email 

February 5	Full papers are to be sent to the above mentioned addresses.

February 20 	Authors receive referee's comments.

March 5	Authors are to submit the final version of their papers.

March 10	Deadline for Conference fee payment. Late payments will be 
charged 20 euro extra.

Sept. 18-20 	Conference Proceedings are distributed among participants.

Abstracts and full papers are to be emailed to one of the following addresses:

and mailed (two copies and a floppy disk version) to the following regular 

Santiago Posteguillo G�mez
Dept. de Filologia
Universitat Jaume I
Castell�n, 12080, Espa�a / Spain


Plenary speakers

The following speakers have confirmed their participation in the Conference:

Prof. Santiago Gonz�lez Fern�ndez Corugedo (Universidad de Oviedo)

Professor Santiago Gonz�lez Fern�ndez Corugedo has published many books and 
articles on a number of different topics in the area of English Studies on such 
fields as literature or the history of English Language. Lately, he has 
combined this on-going research with several lectures on the relevance of 
Internet and computer resources for English Philology studies in the 
universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Valladolid, Jaume I de Castell�, La 
Laguna, La Rioja, Sevilla or Salamanca, among others. He has also given 
graduate courses on this same topic, and has special interest on the following 
subjects: the epistemological influence of computer science on critical 
editions, the use of computer tools for English philologists and for linguistic 
research, hypertext, and the specific use of computing tools for Mediaeval 

Prof. Naomi S.Baron (American University, Washington, DC)

Professor Naomi S. Baron is interested in the effects of technology on 
language. Her current research program includes such questions as: the 
source of email style, the effect of notions of privacy and public face on 
the way we write, the impact of social attitudes and of digital technology on 
copyright, the influence of mobile phone technology on interpersonal 
communication, the fate of handwriting in a digital age, and the future of
written culture. She has published many books and articles on these and 
other topics related to language acquisition, computers and language, and 
linguistic theory. Recently, her book Alphabet to Email: How Written 
English Evolved and Where It's Heading (Routledge, 2000) was "Highly 
Commended" in the English Speaking Union's Duke of Edinburgh English 
Language Award Competition.

Dr Francisco Yus (Universidad de Alicante)

Dr Francisco Yus is Senior lecturer at Universidad de Alicante. He has been 
teaching and investigating on a variety of linguistic aspects focussing on 
theoretical linguistics, relevance theory, and pragmatics, among other topics. 
Dr Yus has published many papers on these subjects and more recently he has 
published Ciberpragm�tica (Ariel, 2001) where he explores different linguistic 
and pragmalinguistic aspects of Internet communication.

Dr Rafael Alejo (Universidad de Extremadura)

Dr Rafael Alejo is Senior Lecturer at Universidad de Extremadura. He has been 
researching in different areas within linguistics and languages for specific 
purposes, with a special focus on cultural differences in language 
communication and the specificity of business and economics discourse. Dr Alejo 
has published many papers on these and other subjects. He has also investigated 
the applicability of Internet resources for English language teaching and is co-
author of Aprender Ingl�s en Internet (Universidad de Extremadura, 1997).

Conference fee

Participants in the conference presenting a paper are to pay a fee of 120 euro. 
This fee includes registration and a copy of the Conference Proceedings edited 
in two volumes.

Other participants attending the conference are to pay 80 euro. Students' fee 
is 40 euro.

Further information will be forwarded in relation to:

a)	the official website of the conferences which is to be found in 
Internet shortly,
b)	information on accommodation and travel
c)	information on excursions and official conference dinner
d)	full program of the conference

For information regarding the conference you may contact:

Santiago Posteguillo at or Mar�a Jos� Esteve at or any other member in the Scientific & Organising 

We all look forward to seeing you at Universitat Jaume I and making your stay a 
pleasant and rewarding one next September.

Kind regards,

The Scientific and Organising Committee

Amparo Alcina (Universitat Jaume I) 
Alicia Bola�os (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
Mar�a Jos� Esteve (Universitat Jaume I)
M�nica Moro (Universitat Jaume I)
Elena Ortells (Universitat Jaume I)
Jordi Piqu� (Universitat de Val�ncia)
Santiago Posteguillo (Universitat Jaume I
Jos� Ram�n Prado (Universitat Jaume I)
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Message 2: Comparative Diachronic Syntax

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 09:19:45 +0200
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <>
Subject: 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 comparison. 

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
January 2003, preferably in the form of an e-mail message or
attachment. Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail by 1
March 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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