LINGUIST List 14.1578

Tue Jun 3 2003

Calls: General Ling/Norway; Syntax/Finland

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  1. peter.svenonius, CASTL Conference in Linguistics
  2. Seppo Kittil�, Syntactic functions

Message 1: CASTL Conference in Linguistics

Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 13:40:50 +0000
From: peter.svenonius <>
Subject: CASTL Conference in Linguistics

Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics Conference in
Short Title: CASTL

Date: 02-Oct-2003 - 04-Oct-2003
Location: Tromsoe, Norway
Contact: Asbjoern Bartnes
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2003

Meeting Description:
CASTL Conference in Linguistics in Tromsoe, Norway, October 2-4, 2003
Conference announcement and CALL for POSTERS

The Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL) at
the University of Tromsoe is arranging a conference in linguistics on
October 2-4 to mark the first year of its operation. The confirmed
speakers are:

Mark BAKER (Rutgers)
Joan BRESNAN (Stanford)
Guglielmo CINQUE (Venice)
Katherine CROSSWHITE (Rochester)
Stuart DAVIS (Indiana)
Richard KAYNE (NYU)
Junko ITO (UCSC)
Paul de LACY (Cambridge)
Moira YIP (UCL)

The themes of the conference are central issues that CASTL aims to
investigate, namely formal analyses of natural language phenomena in a
broad cross-linguistic perspective. These include:

* universal scales in phonology
* segment strength and positional neutralization
* the nature of prosodic representations
* interactions between phonology and morphology

* the status of parameters in linguistic theory and their relevance to
* the nature of displacement and locality
* the architecture of clause structure and extended projections
* the representation of argument structure and other lexical semantic
properties of words
* the properties of categories such as _noun_ and _verb_

See CASTL's website ( for further
information. Inquiries may be directed to Asbjoern Bartnes

One-page abstracts are being solicited for posters for the
conference. All abstracts will be considered which treat natural
language phenomena using formal tools of linguistic analysis, but
those which bear on the abovementioned themes may be preferred. Topics
with comparative or typological relevance, or which treat understudied
languages, are encouraged.

Address for abstracts:
Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2003
Length limit for abstracts: One page (see below)

Abstract instructions:
Prepare one anonymous abstract for review, and one camera-ready
version with title of poster/paper, name of author, and affiliation on
three separate lines at the top. Use pdf, Word, or plain text (rtf
ok). Include contact information (most importantly, an e-mail address
where you can be reached in July) in the body of the e-mail.

Abstract formatting requirements:
Abstracts must not exceed one page of text in twelve-point with
one-inch margins on A4 paper (at most 50 lines of text including title
etc.; for US paper an equivalent text box has about 0.6'' margins top
and bottom and 1.2'' margins left and right). An additional page may
be added for examples and references. To improve readability, the
examples may be inserted into the body of the text, but the text must
not exceed 50 lines including the three lines for title, author, and

Abstract Committee:
Peter Svenonius
Curt Rice
Knut Tarald Taraldsen
Ove Lorentz
Anders Holmberg
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Message 2: Syntactic functions

Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 11:19:32 +0300 (EEST)
From: Seppo Kittil� <>
Subject: Syntactic functions


The Linguistic Association of Finland is organizing a symposium on

Syntactic Functions - Focus on the Periphery

to be held in Helsinki, Finland, November 14 - 15, 2003.

The symposium will bring together linguists interested in questions
dealing with syntactic functions. We invite papers addressing
theoretical questions as well as papers taking a specific (empirical)
viewpoint of one (or more) particular language(s). We especially
encourage papers that concentrate on the syntactic status and
description of "peripheral" constituents - such as adnominal and
adverbial modifiers, adpositional phrases, converbs, adjuncts,
discourse particles, various clause-size constituents etc. Possible
themes include:

- language specific problems in determining the syntactic function
of (a) specific constituent(s)
- the critical examination of principles used to define syntactic
- the borderlines between "the core" and "the periphery" or between
obligatory and optional constituents
- the status of syntactic functions - are they primitives or

Furthermore, we warmly welcome scholars working on spoken language:
What kind of syntactic functions are there in spoken language? Does
the evidence from spoken language challenge the traditionally assumed
syntactic functions? Other topics relating to syntactic functions are
equally welcome.

Invited speakers:
� Christian Lehmann (University of Erfurt)
� Maria Vilkuna (Research Institute for the Languages of Finland)

� lectures by invited speakers
� presentations by other participants (20 min + 10 min for discussion)
� posters

Symposium venue:
House of Sciences (administered by the Federation of Finnish Learned
Societies and situated in the heart of Helsinki city centre), Address:
Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, Finland.

Homepage of the symposium:

The deadline for submission of abstracts (in English; max 500 words)
is July 31, 2003. Please submit your abstract by e-mail to the
following address: <>. The
abstract should be included in the body of the message. Please
indicate clearly whether your abstract is intended as a poster or a
section paper. E-mail submissions are strongly recommended. If,
however, you send your abstract by ordinary mail, please provide an
e-mail address as a contact address.

Participants will be notified about acceptance by September 1, 2003.
The abstracts will be published on the web pages of the symposium:

The deadline for registration is October 1, 2003. Register by e-mail
to the address above.

Registration fees:
� general: EUR 50
� members of the association: EUR 25
� undergraduate students free

Participants from abroad are requested to pay in cash upon arrival.
Participants from Finland may send the registration fee by giro
account no 800013-1424850 to The Linguistic Association of Finland
(SKY) / Symposium or pay in cash upon arrival.

Please visit the web pages of the symposium at

The organizing committee (

� Chair:

Juhani Klemola, Department of English, University of Vaasa, P.O. Box
700, FIN-65101 Vaasa, <>

� Other members:

Marja Etel�m�ki, Department of Finnish, P.O. Box 4, FIN-00014
University of Helsinki, <>

Seppo Kittil�, Department of General Linguistics, H�meenkatu 2 A 8,
FIN-20014 University of Turku, <>

Leena Kolehmainen, Department of German, P.O. Box 24, FIN-00014
University of Helsinki, <>

Matti Miestamo, Department of General Linguistics, P.O. Box 9,
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, <>

Jussi Ylikoski, Finno-Ugrian Languages, Fennicum, FIN-20014 University
of Turku, <>
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