LINGUIST List 15.858

Fri Mar 12 2004

Calls: General Ling/France; Applied Ling/UK

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  1. comorovski, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions
  2. valwagnerfr, Educating Legal English Specialist

Message 1: Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions

Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 15:00:03 -0500 (EST)
From: comorovski <>
Subject: Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions

Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions 

Date: 09-Aug-2004 - 13-Aug-2004
Location: Nancy, France
Contact: Ileana Comorovski
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2004 
This is a session of the following conference: 16th European Summer
School in Logic, Language and Information

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Questions 	
			 Last Call for Papers

		 	-- Submission deadline: MARCH 15 --

	Workshop: Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions
 August 9-13, 2004

 Organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language
	and Information (ESSLLI), August 9-20, 2004 in Nancy, France

Workshop organizers:
- Ileana Comorovski, University of Nancy 2 (
- Manfred Krifka, Humboldt-University & Zentrum fur Allgemeine
 Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin (

Workshop Purpose:
The investigation of questions has deepened our understanding of
syntax (e.g. the constraints on syntactic dependencies), of semantics
(e.g., the representation of non-declarative information) and of
pragmatics (e.g., the nature of speech acts). However, researchers
often took little notice of research on questions (and answers) in
adjacent fields. For example, syntacticians interested in multiple
constituent questions were unaware of the interpretation of different
types of multiple questions, and semanticists disregarded important
pragmatic factors like speaker bias. This workshop tries to bring
together researchers that transcend such boundaries. The goal is to
gain not only a more profound understanding of questions, but of the
interaction of syntax, semantics and pragmatics in general.

Workshop Topics:
We invite contributions on typologically diverse languages, on
problems that draw on insights across sub-disciplines; a
non-exhaustive list of relevant phenomena is given below:
- multiple questions
- alternative questions
- embedded questions
- quantification into questions
- exhaustive and non-exhaustive questions
- biased questions
- questions and information structure: discourse-linking, topic, focus.
- echo questions
- intonation in sentences with interrogative interpretation
- theoretically relevant diachronic changes

Analyses of questions in context and of question-answer pairs are
particularly welcome.

Submission details:

We invite the submission of two-page anonymous abstracts for 20-minute
presentations (followed by ten minutes of discussion) to the following

Please write ''ESSLLI questions workshop'' in the subject heading and
the following information in the body of the message: title of paper,
author's name, affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number, and
postal address. Abstracts may be sent as attached files in PDF format
(preferred), in RTF format, as plain text, or in MS Word format. The
accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by

Invited speakers:
- Chris Barker (San Diego)
- Joachim Sabel (Brussels)
- Robert van Rooy (Amsterdam)

Workshop program committee:
The workshop organizers and the invited speakers.

Important dates:
- Submission deadline: MARCH 15, 2004
- Notification: April 19, 2004
- ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2004
- Preliminary program: April 23, 2004
- Final papers for proceedings: May 15, 2004

Local arrangements/Financial aid:
All workshop partipants will be required to register for ESSLLI. The
registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the
early student/workshop speaker registration fee, if done before May 1,
2004. Otherwise, it will correspond to the student/workshop speaker
registration fee. A number of fee waiver grants will be made available
by the ESSLLI Organizing Committee on a competitive basis and workshop
participants are eligible to apply for those. Workshop speakers who
have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local organizing
committee to ask for the possibility for a grant. ESSLLI offers no
reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation.

The workshop organizers are likely to be able to (partially) reimburse
the ESSLLI fee and/or to (partially) fund the travel expenses of a
limited number of workshop speakers.

This workshop is partly sponsored by the University of Nancy 2, ATILF
(Analyse et traitement informatique de la langue française), and the
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) through the project ''Syntax and
Semantics of Questions and Answers'', at the ZAS, Berlin.
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Message 2: Educating Legal English Specialist

Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 14:11:06 -0500 (EST)
From: valwagnerfr <>
Subject: Educating Legal English Specialist

Educating Legal English Specialist

Date: 10-Nov-2004 - 12-Nov-2004
Location: EDINBURG, United Kingdom
Contact: Jessica WILSON-YOUNG
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Applied Lingusitics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2004 

Meeting Description:

This series of annual symposiums for language teacher educators is now
in its eleventh year. Our aim is to provide a forum in which language
teacher educators, and those in disciplines related to the theme of
the symposium, can report on research, explore ideas, update
themselves on current developments and, in general, share their
professional interests with others in a friendly and informal
atmosphere. The maximum number of participants (who come from all over
the world) is normally about 50, with about 30 of these presenting
papers Dear Colleague

Educating Legal English Specialists: 11th Symposium for Language
Teacher Educators

We have pleasure in attaching the first Call for Papers and would
appreciate it if you could draw it to the attention of those
interested in attending or giving a paper. The symposium will take
place from 10 -12 November 2004 at the Institute for Applied Language
Studies, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences,
University of Edinburgh. Registration fees, which include refreshment
at breaks and an informal reception on Wednesday 10 November, are as

 Attending symposium

 Giving paper
 £ 85

Provisional Programme

The Symposium will open at 3 pm on 10 November with a plenary session
followed by two concurrent sessions and an informal reception. On
Thursday 11 November there will be concurrent sessions (normally 30
minutes + discussion time) from 9.00 am to 17.45 as well as a one hour
plenary, with breaks for coffee and lunch. On Friday 12 November there
will be sessions from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, including a plenary and a
review, with a break for coffee.

We hope to attract a wide variety of participants, as at previous
Symposiums, and expect this one to be a stimulating and rewarding
occasion. Publication of the conference papers in either book or CD
Rom format is currently under investigation.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the Symposium please
contact the Symposium Administrator, Jessica Wilson-Young, at

Yours sincerely

Jill Northcott

on behalf of the Symposium Organising Committee.

The University of Edinburgh

Institute for Applied Language Studies (IALS)

11th Symposium for Language Teacher Educators

Educating Legal English Specialists

³ ³ ³ ³ EDINBURGH ³ ³ ³ ³

Wednesday 10th November - Friday 12th November 2004

Call for Papers


This year's symposium will focus on Educating Legal English
Specialists. We are looking for contributions from a wide variety of
Legal English specialist educators, including Legal English teachers
and trainers, trainers of Legal English teachers, language and law
researchers, legal translator trainers and legal professionals
involved in training.

Our aim is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for all those
involved in aspects of Legal English specialist education in order to
explore the different dimensions of the process and enhance our joint
understanding by making connections between professions and

Possible areas for papers include:

 a.. Case studies of Legal English educational contexts
 b.. Legal English teacher education programmes: content and
 c.. Training Legal translators e.g. for European Accession-related
 d.. Academic Legal English contexts and research
 e.. Legal language discourse studies

Proposals for papers (30 minutes + discussion time) or workshops (60
minutes) should reach the organisers not later than 30th June.If you
have any queries about the suitability of your paper, please contact
the symposium organisers at the address below.

 To obtain a proposal form, or for further information, write to 
Ms Jessica Wilson-Young, Symposium Administrator, at or
at the Institute for Applied Language Studies, 21 Hill Place, Edinburgh 
9DP, Scotland.

Jill Northcott
Section Head
English for Business and Law
Institute for Applied Language Studies
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh
21 Hill Place
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