LINGUIST List 15.2217

Tue Aug 3 2004

Calls: Ling Theories/Netherlands; Syntax/Germany

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  1. n.elouazizi, The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches
  2. schulte, Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Identification and Representation of Verb Features and Verb Classes

Message 1: The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches

Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2004 18:44:22 -0400 (EDT)
From: n.elouazizi <n.elouazizilet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches


The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic:
Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches

Date: 14-Jan-2005 - 16-Jan-2005
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Noureddine Elouazizi
Contact Email: n.elouazizilet.leidenuniv.nl 
Meeting URL: http://www.ulcl.leidenuniv.nl 

Linguistic Sub-field: Linguistic Theories 
Call Deadline: 10-Aug-2004 

Meeting Description:

THEME DESCRIPTION
The Afroasiatic languages of Africa and the Middle East have a rich
morphology for verbal derivation and inflection. Unlike the basically
affixal morphological systems of Indo-European languages, Afroasiatic
morphology is pervaded by a wide variety of purely morphological
alternations that are internal to the stem. In Classical Arabic, for
instance, there is a clear sense in which verbs and nouns like kataba
"he wrote", kaataba "he corresponded", and kitaabun "book" are
morphologically related to one another by means of the consonantal
structure of the root, although they do not share discrete strings of
segments in concatenated morphemes. In comprising three discontinuous
morphological components (the root, the stem template, and the vowel
melody) the verb phrase structure in Afroasiatic is radically
different from the one in Indo-European languages.

The study of the root and pattern dichotomy goes back as early as the
traditional treatments of medieval Arab and Hebrew grammarians. Within
the generative research tradition, research on these
morpho-phonological aspects started with McCarthy's (1979) seminal
work. Recent advances within the framework of government phonology
have shown that the stem template itself has internal
structure. Furthermore, verbal derivation follows a systematic and
hence predictable apophonic path (Guerssel and Lowenstam 1986; S�g�ral
1986, 2000; Bendjaballah 1999, 2001). For the purely syntactic aspect,
root-and-pattern morphology poses a challenge, since the basic
morphological units do not correspond in any way to distinct syntactic
positions.

TOPICS

The purpose of this interdisciplinary symposium is to provide a
meeting ground for experts to exchange views and findings on a central
topic of comparative and theoretical Afroasiatic linguistics. Within
the general theme of verbal configurational structure in Afroasiatic
languages, the following questions are of particular interest to the
meeting:
- What is the internal structure of the VP/P? Given the inflectional
role of the vowels, how does the structure of the verb relate to the
tense/aspect domain?
- How much internal structure is present in templatic morphology and
what is its relation to the derivation of VPs? In which respect does
apophony reflect syntactic derivation?
- What is the status of stem pattern/binyanim that encode grammatical
voice alternations (causative, middle, reciprocal) and situation
aspect (stative, inchoative)? Are they listed in the lexicon together
with a root entry (Borer 2004) or are they associated with distinct
voice heads (Doron 2003).
- What is the position of the subject? Can subjects be licensed within
the vP or is subject raising obligatory?
- What are the mirco- and macroparameters of crosslinguistic variation
in the verbal domain?

INVITED SPEAKERS

Edit Doron (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jean Lowenstamm (CNRS - Universit� 7, Paris)
Ur Shlonsky (Universit� de Gen�ve) 
Jacqueline Lecarme (CNRS - Universit� 7, Paris)
Jamal Ouhalla (University College Dublin)
Sabrina Bendjaballah (CNRS, Universit� Lille III) 

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of
discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and limited to one page
(using 1'' margins on all sides with at least 11pt font size) with an
additional page containing data and references. Non-standard fonts
should be avoided. In case used, they should be embedded in a
pdf-document. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual
and one joint abstract per author.

The abstracts should be sent by e-mail to both of the following email
addresses: n.elouazizilet.leidenuniv.nl and
C.H.Reintgeslet.leidenuniv.nl

All abstracts should be submitted as attachments and the body message
includes the following information: title of the paper, author's
name(s), affiliation, phone and email address.

Abstracts will be selected on a competitive basis after a review by a
reviewing committee. All authors who will be selected to present their
work at the conference will be invited to submit their papers for a
volume publication.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Euro	August 10th, 2004 		Deadline to submit the abstracts 
Euro	September 05th, 2004	 Notifications of Acceptance. 
Euro	November 19th , 2004 Early Registration deadline
Euro	January 14th-16th, 2005	 Conference dates 


REGISTRATION INFORMATION
All attendees, including speakers, are expected to register for the 
meeting. 

For more information, visit ULCL website: http://www.ulcl.leidenuniv.nl. 
A conference designated webpage will soon appear on that
website. Should you have any other questions or comments, please feel
free to contact the organizers.

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Message 2: Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Identification and Representation of Verb Features and Verb Classes

Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2004 08:15:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: schulte <schultecoli.uni-sb.de>
Subject: Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Identification and Representation of Verb Features and Verb Classes


Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Identification and Representation of
Verb Features and Verb Classes

Date: 28-Feb-2005 - 01-Mar-2005
Location: Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany
Contact: Sabine Schulte im Walde
Contact Email: schultecoli.uni-sb.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/conf/Verb-Workshop-05/ 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics, General Linguistics,
Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Syntax, Lexicography, Neurolinguistics,
Cognitive Science, Language Acquisition 
Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2004

Meeting Description:

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together researchers from
linguistic domains such as lexicography, computational linguistics,
psycholinguistics, and neuroscience, in order to discuss their
perspectives on verb senses, verb features and verb classes.

Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Identification and Representation
 of Verb Features and Verb Classes

 February 28 - March 1, 2005

 Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
 Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

 http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/conf/Verb-Workshop-05/

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Workshop Description

Verbs and their features have always received wide attention in
various disciplines concerned with linguistic research, since their
contribution is essential to the structure and the interpretation of
language. In recent years, the availability of new lexical resources
and increasingly large corpora, the application of empirical methods
and statistical algorithms and the development of technical devices
such as eye-trackers and magnetic resonance imaging has led to
advances in several linguistic areas. This interdisciplinary workshop
brings together researchers from linguistic domains such as
lexicography, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and
neuroscience, in order to discuss their perspectives on verb senses,
verb features and verb classes.

The aim of this workshop is to contribute to an exchange of new ideas
and methods. The focus of the workshop is on the identification and
representation of verb features at the syntax-semantic interface and
verb classes as generalisations and organisational means for
verbs. The workshop addresses questions such as (but not restricted
to):
- how human beings describe and classify verbs,
- which verb features are universal vs. language-specific, 
- which verb features are relevant to distinguish verb senses, 
- how we can obtain verb features and verb classes automatically,
- which kinds of verb features and verb classes are useful for NLP
applications,
- which kinds of features and classes are useful for capturing human
processing generalisations,
- how verbs are represented in the brain.


Workshop Chairs

Katrin Erk (Computational Linguistics, Saarland University)
Alissa Melinger (Psycholinguistics, Saarland University)
Sabine Schulte im Walde (Computational Linguistics, Saarland
University)


Invited Speakers

Christiane Fellbaum (Department of Psychology, Princeton University)
Jean-Pierre Koenig (Linguistics Department, University of Buffalo)
Paola Merlo (Departement de Linguistique, Universite de Geneve)


Program Committee

Miriam Butt (Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz)
Sonja Eisenbei� (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Charles Fillmore (Linguistics Department, University of California at
Berkeley)
Adam Kilgarriff (Information Technology Research Institute, University
of Brighton)
Anna Korhonen (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
Ken McRae (Department of Psychology, The University of Western Ohio)
Martha Palmer (Department of Computer and Information Science,
University of Pennsylvania)
Manfred Pinkal (Computational Linguistics, Saarland University)
Suzanne Stevenson (Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto)
Gabriella Vigliocco (Department of Psychology, University College London)


Submission

We invite submissions of papers on the area of interest. Papers could
be original completed work, work in progress, or position papers.

Submissions must conform to the workshop template specifications,
which are available at
http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/conf/Verb-Workshop-05/submission.html and
must not exceed 6 pages.

Submissions should be emailed to verb-workshop-05coli.uni-sb.de in
PDF, Postscript or Word format. The deadline for submissions is
October 15, 2004.


Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: October 15, 2004
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2004
Registration deadline: January 15, 2005
Camera ready papers due: January 31, 2005
Workshop dates: February 28 - March 1, 2005
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