LINGUIST List 14.2934

Mon Oct 27 2003

Calls: Typology/Russia; Lang Description/Germany

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  1. solovyev, Typology of Argument Structure and Grammatical Relation
  2. gippert, A World of Many Voices: Interfaces in Language Documentation

Message 1: Typology of Argument Structure and Grammatical Relation

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 15:57:56 +0000
From: solovyev <>
Subject: Typology of Argument Structure and Grammatical Relation

Typology of Argument Structure and Grammatical Relations in Languages
Spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia
Short Title: LENCA-2

Date: 11-May-2004 - 14-May-2004
Location: Kazan, Russia
Contact: Pirkko Suihkonen
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Typology 
Subject Language Family: Altaic, Uralic, Unclassified
Indo-European, Indo-European 
Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2003

Meeting Description:

CENTRAL ASIA (LENCA-2) at Kazan State University, Tatarstan Republic,
Russia May 11-14, 2004

The second international symposium on the languages spoken in Europe
and North and Central Asia (LENCA) will take place at Kazan State
University, Tatarstan, Russia, on May 11-14, 2004. Kazan is the
capital of the Tatarstan Republic in Russia. The topic of the
symposium is argument structure and grammatical relations in the
languages spoken in this area. The first symposium on the languages
belonging to the LENCA-group was at the Udmurt State University,
Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia, 2001. The languages spoken in Europe and
North and Central Asia belong to several major language families. The
Indo-European, Uralic and Turkic languages are the largest language
families in Europe and North and Central Asia. In addition, Tungusic
and Palaeo-Siberian languages belong to the indigenous languages of
the area. In Central Asia, the area overlaps with the area of the
Mongolic languages, and in the Southeast, the Sinitic languages. In
the South, the area also borders on the languages spoken in the
Caucasus, and the western part of the main area of the Semitic
languages is located on the border of the languages spoken in Southern
Europe. During the course of history, this area has been a meeting
place of numerous cultural and linguistic strands. In most cases, this
large area is multi-cultural and multilingual, and many people living
in the area know, in addition to their native language, some other
languages spoken in the area. Among these languages, the Indo-European
languages are best known, but most of the languages spoken in the
eastern part of this large area are poorly known even among
linguists. New research would also provide material for research on
the contacts among these languages, and on the study of the universals
of language. For that reason, papers on the languages bordering on the
area are also welcome in the symposium. When collecting new
information about these languages, it is also possible to gather new
information for cross-linguistic studies. The symposium will last for
four days, and if needed, parallel sections can be
arranged. Particularly thinking of work in progress, also a separate
poster section will be arranged. The abstracts to be submitted to the
Programme Committee should not exceed four pages. The abstracts will
be published for the symposium, and also an internet version of the
abstracts will be available. Authors are encouraged to write their
papers so that most of the papers to be presented in the symposium
could be published later.

Plenary Speakers 

Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
John Hawkins, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 
Lars Johanson, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz 
Alexandr E. Kibrik, Moscow State University, Moscow 
Masayoshi Shibatani, Rice University, Houston 
Anna Siewierska, University of Lancaster, Lancaster 
Marianne Mithun, University of California, Santa Barbara
Vladimir Nedjalkov, Institute for linguistic researches,

Important dates 

Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 30, 2003
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2004
Dates of the symposium: May 11-14, 2004 

The abstract can be submitted in electronic form or as a paper copy.
The electronic versions should be in plain text or in HTML or LaTeX,
and should be sent to The paper copies should be
sent to University of Helsinki, Department of General Linguistics
(International Symposium on Argument Structure) (Attn. Dr. Pirkko
Suihkonen), University of Helsinki, Department of General Linguistics,
P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20), 00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI,
Finland, or to Kazan State University, Department of Computer Science
(International Symposium on Argument Structure), (Attn. Prof. Valery
Solovyev), ul. Kremlevskaya 18, 420008 KAZAN, Russia. E-mail address
for the symposium:

Official languages of the symposium: English, Russian, French, German,
and Tatar

Co-Chairs of the Programme Committee 

Prof. Dr. Bernard Comrie
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 LEIPZIG, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)-341 99 52 301
Fax: +49-(0)-341 99 52 119

Prof. Dr. Valery Solovyev 
Kazan State University
Department of Computer science 
Chair of the Cognitive science laboratory 
Kremlevskaya Str. 18
420008 KAZAN, Russia
Phone: +7 8432 616914
Fax: +7 8432 387525 

Dr. Pirkko Suihkonen 
University of Helsinki
Department of General Linguistics
P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20 A)
Phone: +358-(0)9-191 21723
Fax: +358-(0)9-191 29307 

Programme Committee:
Prof. Dr. Anders Ahlqvist, National University of Ireland, Galway,
Prof. Dr. Michael Fortescue, University of Copenhagen, Institute for
General and Applied Linguistics, Copenhagen
Prof. Dr. L�szl� Honti, Universit� degli Studi di Udine,
Instituto di Glottologia e Filologia Classica, Udine
Prof. Dr. Juha Janhunen, University of Helsinki, Institute for Asian
and African Studies, Helsinki
Prof. Dr. Lars Johanson, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz,
Department of Oriental Studies / Johannes Gutenbert-Universit�t
Mainz, Seminar f�r Orientkunde, Mainz
Prof. Dr. Natalia I. Pushina, Udmurt State University, Institute of
Foreign Languages an Literature, Department of English Grammar and
History, Izhevsk
Prof. Dr. Pekka Sammallahti, University of Oulu, Department of
Finnish, Saami and Logopedics, Oulu
Prof. Dr. Hans-J�rgen Sasse, Universit�t zu K�ln, Institut
f�r Sprachwissenschaft, Cologne
Prof. Dr. Alan Timberlake, University of California at Berkeley,
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Berkeley
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Message 2: A World of Many Voices: Interfaces in Language Documentation

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 11:50:35 +0000
From: gippert <>
Subject: A World of Many Voices: Interfaces in Language Documentation

A World of Many Voices: Interfaces in Language Documentation 
Short Title: DOBES-Conference

Date: 04-Sep-2004 - 05-Sep-2004
Location: Frankfurt / Main, Germany
Contact: Jost Gippert
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Typology, Language Description, General
Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics
Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2004

Meeting Description:

International conference on language documentation as an
interdisciplinary research area (Linguistics, Anthropology, Speech
Communities, and Technology), organised within the DOBES
(Documentation of Endangered Languages) Programme of the Volkswagen


Interfaces in Language Documentation:
Linguistics, Anthropology, Speech Communities, and Technology

University of Frankfurt / Main
4th - 5th of September, 2004

First Circular

The DOBES (Documentation of Endangered Languages) Programme will
organise a conference on language documentation as an
interdisciplinary research area, pending funding from the Volkswagen
Foundation. The conference will take place in conjunction with a
summer school on the documentation of endangered languages at the same
venue (Frankfurt, Sep. 1-11th 2004).

The organising team consists of Arienne Dwyer, Jost Gippert, Raquel
Guirardello, David Harrison, Ulrike Mosel, Peter Wittenburg (DOBES
members), and Marcel Erdal, Bernd Nothofer, and Rainer Vo�en (local


The conference will bring together experts in the field of language
documentation and also representatives of endangered speech
communities, and focuses on two themes:
- the impact of language documentation techniques and technologies on
linguistic methodologies and theories, such as new insights from
research on (a) text corpora, (b) spontaneous spoken language, (c)
non-verbal communication, and (d) the joint research of linguists and
- the impact of active cooperation between speech communities and
outside researchers on methods and goals and on power relationships
between participants: (a) conflicts and compromises between the goals
of the linguists and the speech community; (b) innovative cooperative
methodology; (c) the linguists' contribution to language maintenance
and revitalisation.

Researchers who are members of endangered-language communities are
particularly encouraged to submit abstracts.

Accepted papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation plus 10
minutes for discussion. To allow for in-depth discussion, conference
sessions will be plenary, and the conference will conclude with a
roundtable discussion. The organisers intend to publish the conference
papers in printed form.

The DEADLINE for abstracts is the 1st of February, 2004. 

Please send your one-page abstract (in any format) to Jost Gippert
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