LINGUIST List 13.2473

Sun Sep 29 2002

Calls: Internet & Lang, Verb Initial Syntax

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  1. Susan Herring, The Multilingual Internet
  2. Andrew Carnie, Verb Initial Syntax Workshop - Call for papers

Message 1: The Multilingual Internet

Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1904 04:09:24 -0500
From: Susan Herring <>
Subject: The Multilingual Internet

Call For Papers



Brenda Danet Susan Herring
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Indiana University
and Yale University Bloomington

 In today's multilingual, global world, hundreds of millions
of people are communicating on the Internet not only in its
established lingua franca, English, but also in many other
languages. To date, the research literature in English on the
features of computer-mediated communication has focused almost
exclusively on emergent practices in English, neglecting
developments within populations communicating online in other
languages. This is a Call for Papers for a special issue of the
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, a peer-reviewed online
journal. We may also edit a follow-up book on the same theme,
containing a wider selection of papers, with a major publisher.

Papers may relate to instant messaging, private email, postings to
listserv lists and newsgroups, text-only chat, e.g., on IRC or MOOs,
visually enhanced chat, or SMS (short message service) in mobile
phone use.

We invite papers on topics such as:

- The influence of the local language on the use of a medium, e.g.,
the distinctive features of email or chat in languages with specific
font-related requirements (e.g., French, Russian, Hindi, Arabic,
Korean, Chinese).

- Cultural constraints on the use of the medium, e.g., how traditional
requirements for deference in Japanese language and culture are
realized or modified in online communication; Italian non-verbal and
verbal expressivity as realized in typed chat.

- Comparison of the distinctive features of email or chat in two or
more language-culture groups or sub-groups with differing cultural
orientations, e.g., Austrian German versus German German.

- Chat in situations of diglossia--differentiation between spoken and
written languages and dialects (e.g., Moroccan spoken Arabic and how
it is being realized in typed chat).

- Code-switching in bilingual or multilingual online communication.

- The clash between requirements of formality in the letter-writing
tradition in a given language-culture constellation and the trend
toward speech-like patterns in online textual communication.

- Language and play with culture, including play with identity
(e.g., via nicknames).

- A comparison of online communication within the same language-
culture group but in different languages, e.g., Israeli chat in
English versus Hebrew.

- The effects of the English language or global "netspeak" (Crystal,
2001) on email and chat in the local language.

- Online communication in English by non-native speakers, focusing
on language and culture issues.

Submission procedures:

Potential authors should submit a preliminary proposal of 500-1000
words by November 30, 2002 (earlier submissions are encouraged).
The proposal should describe the research question, the data and
methods of analysis, preliminary findings/observations and their
broader significance, and should include selected references. The
proposal should also include a tentative paper title.

Authors whose proposals are accepted for inclusion will be invited
to submit a full paper of roughly 7,000-10,000 words by April 15,
2003. Since JCMC is an interdisciplinary journal, authors should
plan for papers that will be accessible to non-specialists. If you
have a potentially suitable paper that is already published or
slated for publication elsewhere, we would also like to hear from
you, as it might be possible to republish high quality articles in
the follow-up book.

Questions? Proposal ideas? Please address all correspondence
electronically to both co-editors: Brenda Danet
( and Susan Herring (

A Web version of this Call for Papers is available at:
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Message 2: Verb Initial Syntax Workshop - Call for papers

Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 09:23:34 -0700 (MST)
From: Andrew Carnie <carnieU.Arizona.EDU>
Subject: Verb Initial Syntax Workshop - Call for papers

			--- Call for Papers ---

	 Workshop on the Syntax of Verb Initial Languages
			University of Arizona,
			 Tucson, Arizona.
			February 21,22,23, 2003

Partly supported by the Dept of Linguistics, University of Arizona and
the National Science Foundation.

Invited Speakers (Partial List -- more speakers will be announced later)
James McCloskey, UCSC
Sandra Chung, UCSC
Judith Aissen, UCSC
Jamal Ouhalla, UC Dublin
Lisa deMena Travis, McGill
Felicia Lee, UBC
Henry Davis, UBC
Diane Massam, Toronto
Arthur Holmer, Lund U.

The syntax of many unrelated verb initial languages are surprisingly
similar in ways that might have an explanation in terms of Universal
Grammar. In this workshop, we bring together researchers who work on a
wide variety of verb initial languages to consider such questions as: Is
there a universal derivation of V-initial order? Are there any true
syntactic correlates to the order? What explains these correlates? While
the workshop will focus on theoretical explanations for typological
properties, papers on any aspect of the syntax of verb initial languages
are welcome.

Call for papers
	We have a limited number of slots available for 30min talks
(+15 for discussion). 5 copies of anonymous abstracts, of no more than 1
page, + 1 page for data/references (12 point font, 1 inch margins)
should be submitted to:

		Verb Initial Syntax Workshop, Program Committee
		Department of Linguistics
		Douglass 200E
		University of Arizona,
		Tucson AZ 85721 USA

Authors should also include a separate page with address and contact

Deadline:	October 31, 2002.

Electronic submissions must arrive before 5pm PST. They must be in PDF
format (Sorry no other formats are acceptable), and should be sent to

Pending budgetary availablity, we may have some travel funds for
abstract-selected speakers.

Andrew Carnie, Sheila Dooley Collberg, Heidi Harley
Organizers, Verb Initial Syntax Workshop.

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