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LINGUIST List 16.1754

Sat Jun 04 2005

Calls: Text/Corpus Ling/Germany; Lang Acquisition/China

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        1.    Wiebke Ramm, 'Subordination' vs. 'coordination' in sentence and text from a cross-linguistic perspective (Workshop at the DGfS annual conference)
        2.    Bill Wang, 3rd International Conference on Formal Linguistics & the 2nd Yuelu Workshop on Language Acquisition


Message 1: 'Subordination' vs. 'coordination' in sentence and text from a cross-linguistic perspective (Workshop at the DGfS annual conference)
Date: 02-Jun-2005
From: Wiebke Ramm <wiebke.rammilos.uio.no>
Subject: 'Subordination' vs. 'coordination' in sentence and text from a cross-linguistic perspective (Workshop at the DGfS annual conference)


Full Title: 'Subordination' vs. 'coordination' in sentence and text from a
cross-linguistic perspective (Workshop at the DGfS annual conference)

Date: 22-Feb-2006 - 24-Feb-2006
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Contact Person: Wiebke Ramm
Meeting Email: wiebke.rammilos.uio.no
Web Site:
http://www.hf.uio.no/forskningsprosjekter/sprik/english/activities/dgfs06-ag.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus
Linguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

'Subordination' vs. 'coordination' in sentence and text from a cross-linguistic
perspective

Workshop at the 28th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS),
Bielefeld, 22-24 February 2006.

Organised by

Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen and Wiebke Ramm,

Dept. of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
(Institutt for litteratur, områdestudier og europeiske språk - ILOS),
University of Oslo, Norway

Common in many approaches to the description and representation of discourse
structure is the observation that discourse units can be organised
hierarchically (subordinating) or non-hierarchically (coordinating). This is
also reflected in the way how the respective discourse relations are
characterised in these approaches. Examples are the distinction between
subordinating and coordinating discourse relations in the framework of Segmented
Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT) (Asher & Lascarides 2003, Asher & Vieu
2005) - 'Elaboration' and 'Narration' being the prototypical representatives of
the two -, the distinction between 'nucleus-satellite relations' and
'multinuclear relations' in Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST) (Mann & Thompson
1988), or the distinction between 'Hauptstruktur (main structure)' and
'Nebenstruktur (side structure)' in Klein and v. Stutterheims (1992) 'Quaestio'
approach.

The distinction between subordination and coordination is also important for the
description of syntactic and semantic relations on sentence level, as is
well-known. However, relatively few attempts have been made so far to investigate

i) the relation between the discourse-related and the sentence-related (pairs
of) notions, in particular, the impact the choice between syntactic
subordination (adjunction etc.) vs. coordination has on discourse structure, and

ii) possible language-specific differences with respect to
a) the realisation of 'subordinating' and 'coordinating' discourse relations, on
the one hand, and
b) language-specific preferences for either a hierarchical organisation of
discourse information by means of complex sentence structures or a 'flat' form
of information packaging by means of sequences of independent sentences (cf.
Fabricius-Hansen 1999), on the other hand.

The study of multilingual parallel texts / parallel corpora (in a broad sense)
can make an important contribution to these research areas and thus improve the
understanding of how information packaging on sentence and text level are
related. We therefore invite contributions based on parallel texts/corpora
and/or language comparison, including but not limited to topics such as the
following:

* syntactically adjoined structures from the perspective of information
structuring on discourse level
* 'subordinating' vs. 'coordinating' discourse relations / clause combining and
their realisation
* connectives and punctuation as a means to structure discourse and signal
discourse relations

This workshop is intended for linguists working in the following areas:
text/discourse linguistics, syntax/semantics/pragmatics interface, contrastive
linguistics, corpus linguistics.

References:
Asher, N. & Lascarides, A. 2003. Logics of conversation: Studies in natural
language processing. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
Asher, N. & Vieu, L. 2005. Subordinating and coordinating discourse relations.
In: Lingua 115, 591-610.
Fabricius-Hansen, C. 1999. Information packaging and translation: Aspects of
translational sentence splitting (German - English/Norwegian). In: Doherty, M.
(ed.): Sprachspezifische Aspekte der Informationsverteilung. Berlin. 1999. 175-214.
Klein, W. & v. Stutterheim, C. 1992. Textstruktur und referentielle Bewegung.
In: LiLi 86, 67-92.
Mann, W.C. & Thompson, S.D. 1988. Rhetorical Structure Theory: Toward a
functional theory of text organization. In: Text 8, 243-281.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS:

Abstracts of papers should be up to one page long (using 2.5 cm margins on each
side and 12 pt font size). The body should include the following information:
author's name(s), affiliation, email address, and title of abstract.

Presentations should last 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for questions and
discussion). Depending on the number and quality of abstracts we receive, there
may be room for a few longer presentations (45 min. + 15 min. quest./disc.).
Make sure to indicate in your message whether you would be interested in
extending your presentation.

All abstracts should be submitted in English or German only, in Word (RTF)
and/or PDF format. Please save and send your abstract in PDF format if it
contains special fonts, tables, etc.

Your submission should be sent electronically to both organisers:

c.f.hansenilos.uio.no
wiebke.rammilos.uio.no

Note that the workshop is part of the DGfS conference. All participants must
register for the conference. Note also that in accordance with the DGfS
guidelines no speaker is allowed to give a talk in more than one workshop of the
DGfS main conference.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 September 2005.
Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2005.
Provisional programme: 1 December 2005.
DGfS Conference: 22-24 February 2006.
Message 2: 3rd International Conference on Formal Linguistics & the 2nd Yuelu Workshop on Language Acquisition
Date: 02-Jun-2005
From: Bill Wang <billhaolingchina.org>
Subject: 3rd International Conference on Formal Linguistics & the 2nd Yuelu Workshop on Language Acquisition



Full Title: 3rd International Conference on Formal Linguistics & the 2nd Yuelu
Workshop on Language Acquisition

Date: 23-Sep-2005 - 25-Sep-2005
Location: Changsha, Hunan, China
Contact Person: Chunyan Ning
Meeting Email: ningchunyanlingchina.org
Web Site: http://lingchina.3322.org/workshop2/en/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language
Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Phonology;
Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 10-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

The Last Call for Papers

The Third International Conference on Formal Linguistics
and the Second Yuelu Workshop on Language Acquisition

September 23-25, 2005
Hunan University, Changsha, China
Organized by
Institute of Cognitive Science and Department of Linguistics
Hunan University

Abstract Deadline: June 15, 2005

The Third International Conference on Formal Linguistics and the Second Yuelu
Workshop on Language Acquisition will be held in conjunction during September
23-25, 2005 at the Institute of Cognitive Science, Hunan University, Changsha,
China. Invited plenary speakers include:

Rosalind Thornton (Macquarie University)
''Bringing out hidden structure in child language''
Stephen Crain (Macquarie University)
''Bringing out hidden meaning in child language''
Naoki Fukui (Sophia University)
''Minimalism and Parameters''

SUBMISSIONS:

Papers on any topic in the following fields are welcome:

1) Formal syntax, semantics and phonology
2) Child language acquisition
3) Language acquisition in unusual circumstances (including sign language,
second language and language disorders)
4) Language emergence and language change

Priority will be given to (i) papers that relate to current issues and debates
in linguistic theory; (ii) papers that address learnability issues; and (iii)
papers that integrate data from the languages of China with linguistic theory
and acquisition theory. Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation
and 5 minutes for discussion. Please limit abstracts to one page, double-spaced,
in 11-point font. An additional page may be used for references and tables.
Please submit your abstract in rtf, doc or pdf file. An online abstract
submission form and online submission procedures are available at
http://lingchina.3322.org/workshop2/en/abstract.php.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Abstracts due: June 10, 2005.
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2005.

FOR MORE INFORMATION,
Contact Ning Chunyan, ningchunyanlingchina.org cyncyusyahoo.com or at
+86-731-8821875



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