LINGUIST List 13.2921

Mon Nov 11 2002

Calls: Optimality Theory/Universal Language

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  1. Jennifer Spenader, Workshop on Optimality Theory, Stockholm Sweden
  2.>, Journal of Universal Language

Message 1: Workshop on Optimality Theory, Stockholm Sweden

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 15:26:35 +0100
From: Jennifer Spenader <>
Subject: Workshop on Optimality Theory, Stockholm Sweden

Full Title: Stockholm Workshop on Variations within Optimality Theory

Short Title: Variations within OT
Date: 26-Apr-2003 - 27-Apr-2003
Meeting URL:
Meeting Email:
Contact Person: Jennifer Spenader

Meeting Description: 

Recently there has been a proliferation of different "dialects" of
optimality theory (OT); e.g. bi-directional optimality theory,
stochastic optimality theory, primitive optimality theory, etc. This
workshop aims to bring together researchers using different forms of
OT in different fields within linguistics, including phonetics,
phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. The emphasis
is on how different OT dialects support or fail to support the
analysis of a certain problems in order to make their differences and
similarities more transparent. The characteristics of the different
forms of OT and how they relate to different problems, rather than the
characteristics of the analysed problems themselves, should be the
central focus of submitted abstracts.

Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2003

We invite abstracts on all topics related to optimality theory,
including, but not limited to:

- comparisons between different forms of OT
- comparative studies of the same problem within more than one form of OT
- application of an OT-dialect to a problem in a field new to that dialect
- discussions of the inability of some forms of OT to handle certain problems
- discussions of the meta-characteristics of the different types of OT
- discussions of learning algorithms for different types of OT and how they 
measure up with different data
- discussions of computer implementations of OT dialects and their 

In addition to talks we may also make time for demonstrations of
computer implementations of OT-algorithms.


All authors should submit an anonymous extended abstract. The length
of abstracts for talks should be at most 5 single-column pages (each
accepted talk will have a duration of 30' plus 10' discussion).
Proposals for program demonstrations should be at most 3 single-column
pages. All submissions should also include a separate cover page
specifying the authors' names, affiliation, address, and e-mail
address and title of the paper.

The abstracts should be submitted electronically (in LaTeX,
postscript, html, ascii, .doc or pdf format) to:


The relevant information (fees, booking, etc.) pertaining to that
point can be found at the website (
by following the link to the registration.

Abstracts due: February 1st
Acceptance notice: March 1st
Final version due for proceedings: April 9th
Workshop dates: April 26-27

Paul Boersma (University of Amsterdam)

Paul Boersma (Univ. of Amsterdam), Anders Eriksson (Stockholm Univ.),
Oesten Dahl (Stockholm Univ.), Hanjung Lee (Chapel Hill), Tomas Riad
(Stockholm Univ.), Jennifer Spenader (Stockholm Univ.), Henk Zeevat
(ILLC Amsterdam)

The workshop will take place at Stockholm University. The local
organizers are Jennifer Spenader, Anders Eriksson, and Oesten Dahl.


News about the workshop will be posted on the workshop's web page at
Questions can be sent to

Information about Stockholm University:
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Message 2: Journal of Universal Language

Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 11:29:10 -0500 (EST)
From:> <>
Subject: Journal of Universal Language


The Journal of Universal Language calls for papers for the JUL 4:1,
which will be published in March, 2003.

As a token of our gratitude, the authors whose paper will appear in
the Journal of Universal Language will be given the $1,000 honorarium
(which is subject to taxation ).

Topic Areas:
The Journal of Universal Language is concerned with various areas of
artificial language, universality in language, and language typology.
The editors encourage the submission of papers on proposed themes as
well as on other topics relevant to the interest of the Journal of
Universal Language. Each volume contains two issues, published in
March and September. The language of publication is English.

1. The length of a manuscript should not exceed 25 pages.
2. A 200-word abstract should be given at the beginning of
each manuscript.
3. Manuscripts should be submitted on A4 paper, with the
margins at least 4cm on all four sides of each sheet.
They may be single-spaced and/or double-sided, if desired.

Important Dates:
No Submission deadline: We accept manuscripts throughout the year.
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2003 Submission of
camera-ready papers: March 15, 2003


1. Electronic submissions are acceptable. Acceptable file formats are
Portable Document Format (.pdf) and MS Word (.doc). Please send your
file in an attachment to

2. For hard copy submissions, please send 3 copies, accompanied by a
cover letter which includes the author's name, affiliation, address,
and home or office phone number, to:

Jin-young Tak, Editor
Department of English Language/Literature, Sejong University
Dasan-gwan 435 Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, Korea

For more information:

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