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LINGUIST List 16.1183

Wed Apr 13 2005

Calls: Syntax/UK; Phonology/Hungary

Editor for this issue: Andrea Berez <andrealinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Anders Holmberg, Structure of Parametric Variation
        2.    Marianna Tóth, 3rd Old World Conference in Phonology


Message 1: Structure of Parametric Variation
Date: 11-Apr-2005
From: Anders Holmberg <anders.holmbergnewcastle.ac.uk>
Subject: Structure of Parametric Variation


Full Title: Structure of Parametric Variation

Date: 05-Sep-2005 - 07-Sep-2005
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Anders Holmberg
Meeting Email: anders.holmbergdur.ac.uk
Web Site: http://people.pwf.cam.ac.uk/mtb23/NSP/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers working on the nature
of parametric variation, including topics such as
- parametric clustering of the type classically described for the null-subject
parameter in Rizzi (1982),
- implicational relations among parameter settings,
- the role of historical or areal factors in determining typological and
parametric correlations,
- different surface triggers for parameter settings,
- whether parametric variation is limited to a specific subpart of the grammar
(functional heads, the lexicon, PF, etc.), and
- evidence regarding the learnability of parametric systems.
The conference is funded by the AHRB through the project 'Null Subjects and the
Structure of Parametric Theory' (AR14458).

A conference on 'The Structure of Parametric Variation' will be held at the
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, September 5th-7th 2005 (just after the
LAGB meeting in Cambridge).

Invited speakers: Mark Baker (Rutgers), Martin Haspelmath (Max-Planck-Institut,
Leipzig), Richie Kayne (NYU), Giuseppe Longobardi (Trieste)

Over the past twenty-five years, the notion of parameter of Universal Grammar
has been the central element in accounting for the observed variation and
predicting the possible variation among grammatical systems. While it has often
been observed that the principles and parameters model of comparative syntax
offers a way of predicting and analysing typological correlations, the theory of
parameters has not been subjected to the systematic and in-depth investigation
it deserves. As a result, certain basic questions concerning the nature of
parametric variation have not been adequately addressed. Perhaps the most
important such question concerns the matter of implicational relations, or, to
use a more neutral term, linkages between cross-linguistically variant
phenomena. The existence of such linkages does not seem to be in doubt, but it
remains unclear how they should be analysed in P&P terms. This is the central
theme this conference is intended to address.

Accordingly, we invite abstracts dealing with topics such as
-parametric clustering of the type classically described for the null-subject
parameter in Rizzi (1982);
-implicational relations among parameter settings;
-the role of historical or areal factors in determining typological and
parametric correlations;
-different surface triggers for parametric settings;
whether parametric variation is limited to a specific subpart of the grammar
(functional heads, the lexicon, PF, etc.);
-evidence regarding the learnability of parametric systems

Papers may deal with these questions from any theoretical or empirical
standpoint, including language acquisition and language change.

Presentations will last one hour each (forty-five minutes for the presentation
followed by fifteen minutes for questions). Abstracts should not exceed two
A4/letter-size pages and be in 12-point type with standard margins. Abstracts
should be submitted by e-mail to Anders Holmberg
(anders.holmbergnewcastle.ac.uk) by April 15th 2005. The programme will be
finalised by May 1st 2005.

The conference is supported by the AHRB as part of the project 'Null subjects
and the structure of parametric theory'. Keep an eye on the project website
http://people.pwf.cam.ac.uk/mtb23/NSP/ and
http://www.newcastle.ac.uk/elll/news/conferences for more information in due course.

Thanks to generous support from the AHRB no conference fee will be charged.
Inexpensive accommodation will also be readily available.

The programme committee: Anders Holmberg (Newcastle), Ian Roberts (Cambridge),
David Willis (Cambridge), Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge).
Message 2: 3rd Old World Conference in Phonology
Date: 12-Apr-2005
From: Marianna Tóth <ocp3nytud.hu>
Subject: 3rd Old World Conference in Phonology



Full Title: 3rd Old World Conference in Phonology
Short Title: OCP3

Date: 17-Jan-2006 - 19-Jan-2006
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Contact Person: Marianna Tóth
Meeting Email: ocp3nytud.hu
Web Site: http://nytud.hu/ocp3

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 07-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

The Theoretical Linguistics Programme of ELTE Budapest and the Research
Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are proud to
host the third Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP3) January 17-19, 2006.
OCP3 welcomes papers and posters from any theoretical perspective, addressing
any topic in phonology.

Keynote speakers:
- John Harris (University College London)
- Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut)
- Donca Steriade (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

OCP3 welcomes abstracts for both papers and posters. We plan presentations to
last about 40 minutes each (thirty minutes for the presentation followed by ten
minutes for questions) depending on the number of presentations.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: September 7, 2005.
Notification of acceptance for program: October 1, 2005.

Abstract requirements
Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format.

All-inclusive abstract length is 2 A4 pages with the following formatting
requirements:
- 2,5 cm margins on top, bottom, left and right,
- in 12 pt Times New Roman (10 pt for references),
- single line spacing, and
- normal character spacing.

The length of the abstract text excluding the title, the name(s) and
affiliation(s) of the author(s), examples, figures and references cannot exceed
50 lines. (We will provide an MS Word and a LaTeX template downloadable from
the OCP3 website.)

Submit two versions of your abstract, an anonymous and a named one, to the
contact address.

The non-anonymous version should start with
- The title of the abstract in boldface and centred
- an open line
- The name(s) of the author(s) in italics and centred
- The affiliation(s) of the author(s) in italics and centred
- an open line
- The body of the abstract, justified (left and right).

The anonymous abstract should start with
- The title of the abstract in boldface and centred
- an open line
- The body of the abstract, justified (left and right).

The files should be called
- ocp3-named-lastname.pdf
- ocp3-anon-lastname.pdf

So, for instance, if the author's name is Jill Hill, she'll send two files
called ocp3-named-hill.pdf and ocp3-anon-hill.pdf.

Please heed these formal requirements and the deadline.



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