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LINGUIST List 16.2993

Sun Oct 16 2005

Calls: General Ling/USA;General Ling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Charles Chang, The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
        2.    Jarek Weckwerth, 37th Poznan Linguistic Meeting

Message 1: The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
Date: 16-Oct-2005
From: Charles Chang <charleschangberkeley.edu>
Subject: The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Full Title: The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
Short Title: BLS 32

Date: 10-Feb-2006 - 12-Feb-2006
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Contact Person: Charles Chang
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.linguistics.berkeley.edu/BLS/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Australian; Austronesian; Central Papuan; East Papuan; North Papuan Mainland-D'Entrecasteaux; Nuclear Papuan Tip; Nuclear West Central Papuan; Papuan Tip; Peripheral Papuan Tip; West Central Papuan; West Papuan

Call Deadline: 04-Nov-2005

Meeting Description:

BLS 32 will consist of a General Session on all topics, a Parasession on argument structure, and a Special Session on the languages of Oceania. It will be held at UC Berkeley on 10-12 February 2006. Note that this is the weekend before President's Day weekend.

The Thirty-Second Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society


The conference will consist of a General Session, a Parasession, and a Special Session. It will be held 10-12 February 2006. Note that this is the weekend before President's Day weekend.


The General Session will cover all areas of linguistic interest. We encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and also welcome papers on language-related topics from disciplines such as Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Literature, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

Stephen Anderson, Yale University
Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago
Jose Hualde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University

PARASESSION: Theoretical Approaches to Argument Structure

The Parasession will aim to explore the different ways in which argument structure is represented in the cognitive, functional, and generative traditions broadly construed. Submissions will be considered that are couched in any cognitive, functional, or generative framework, including but not limited to: Construction Grammar, HPSG, LFG, Minimalism. Submissions that reexamine the fundamental assumptions of a framework are particularly welcome. Also welcome are submissions that introduce new data from understudied languages or other disciplines, as well as those that draw a connection between argument structure and other areas, such as event structure and lexical semantics.

Beth Levin, Stanford University
Laura Michaelis, University of Colorado at Boulder

SPECIAL SESSION: The Languages and Linguistics of Oceania

The Special Session will focus on the languages of Oceania, including the Australian, Austronesian, and Papuan languages. We welcome submissions on all aspects of these languages, including syntax, semantics, phonology, phonetics, morphology, pragmatics, typology, classification, historical issues, sociolinguistics, language contact, and cross-linguistic comparison.

Claire Bowern, Rice University
Andrew Pawley, The Australian National University
Norvin Richards, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


DEADLINE: Abstracts must be received in our office (not postmarked) by

5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Friday, 4 November 2005

No late submissions can be accepted. Authors will be notified of (non)acceptance by mid-December.

GUIDELINES: An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In the case of joint authorship, one address should be designated for communication with BLS. Abstracts should be as specific as possible, with a statement of topic, approach, and conclusions, and must fit on one page in 12-point font with 1'' margins. So that the review process may remain anonymous, authors should not include their names or otherwise reveal their identity anywhere on this page. Data and examples must be given within the body of the text rather than at the end, though references may be included on a separate page if necessary.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS: Electronic submissions must be formatted as Adobe Acrobat PDF files with the author's name as filename. The body of the e-mail message must contain the following information:

(1) paper title
(2) session (General Session/Parasession/Special Session)
(3) name(s) of author(s)
(4) affiliation(s) of author(s)
(5) e-mail or postal address where notification of acceptance should be sent
(6) phone number for each author
(7) e-mail address for each author
(8) subfield(s) (e.g. syntax, phonology, etc.: in the case of multiple subfields, list in order of decreasing relevance)

Send electronic submissions to bls_submissionsberkeley.edu .

POSTAL SUBMISSIONS: Submissions may also be made via postal mail. The anonymous abstract should be accompanied by a separate sheet listing the information in (1)-(8) above. Send abstracts plus information sheets in one envelope to the address below.

BLS 32 Abstracts Committee
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650

PRESENTATION AND PUBLICATION: Presentations are allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Presented papers are published in the BLS Proceedings. Authors agree to provide camera-ready copy (up to 12 pages) by 15 May 2006.


All attendees, including presenters, must register for the conference. For advance registration, we can accept only checks or money orders drawn on US banks in US dollars, made payable to the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

The registration fee, if received in our office by 31 January 2006, is:

Students $20
Non-students $40

The fee for on-site registration or registrations received after 31 January 2006 is:

Students $25
Non-students $55

Send advance registration to the address below.

BLS 32 Registration
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650

BLS will arrange ASL interpretation if requested before 1 December 2005.

Please check our website at http://www.linguistics.berkeley.edu/BLS/ for updates. The conference schedule will be posted in January. Questions may be directed by e-mail to blsberkeley.edu .

Message 2: 37th Poznan Linguistic Meeting
Date: 16-Oct-2005
From: Jarek Weckwerth <wjarekifa.amu.edu.pl>
Subject: 37th Poznan Linguistic Meeting

Full Title: 37th Poznan Linguistic Meeting
Short Title: PLM2006

Date: 20-Apr-2006 - 23-Apr-2006
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Zofia Malisz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://elex.amu.edu.pl/ifa/plm/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2005

Meeting Description:

Poznan Linguistic Meeting is an annual general linguistics meeting organised by the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz Unviersity, Poznan, Poland. The leitmotif of this year's PLM will be 'Reaching Far: Distant Countries, Distant Disciplines'.

37th Poznan Linguistic Meeting
PLM2006, 20-23 April 2006, Poznan, Poland


PLM2006 Call for Papers

We are happy to announce that the 37th Poznan Linguistic Meeting will take place on 20-23 April 2006 in Poznan, Poland.

The Meeting will be organised by the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, in association with the Poznan College of Modern Languages. The leitmotif of this edition is going to be ''Reaching Far: Distant Countries, Distant Disciplines''.

So far, the following sessions have been proposed:

- Southern Hemisphere Englishes [see below for details];
- Language and Medicine [more information available from the www site of the Center for Speech and Language Processing PoznaƄ at http://elex.amu.edu.pl/ifa/cslp/];
- In search of the logic of communication;
- History of English dialects;
- Linguistic typology [see below for details];
- Text technology [see below for details].

Papers for these sessions are warmly invited; however, we also strongly encourage all colleagues interested in organising their own sessions/workshops to contact us with ideas and proposals.

Each paper will be given 30 minutes, including 5-10 minutes for discussion. Poster presentations are also an option.

The language of the conference is English.

The submitted papers will be reviewed by an International Advisory Board.

Submission deadline: 15 January 2006

Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2006

All relevant information regarding the abstract submission procedure, International Advisory Board, venue, fees, travel, accommodation etc. is available from our www site at http://elex.amu.edu.pl/ifa/plm/.

Looking forward to seeing you in Poznan!

PLM2006 Organising Committee
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk
Jaroslaw Weckwerth
Zofia Malisz
Grzegorz Michalski

Contact details:
PLM2006 Organising Committee
School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University
Collegium Novum
al. Niepodleglosci 4
61-874 Poznan, Poland
tel: (+48 61) 829 3506, fax: (+48 61) 852 3103

Distant Countries: Southern Hemisphere Englishes

The motivation for this session has come from at least three sources.

Firstly, as a general linguistics conference organised by a School of English functioning in an L2 setting, PLM has recently discussed varieties of English from an ESL perspective on a number of occasions. The ''Focus on Accents'' session at PLM2003, and the joint PLM2004/PASE panel ''The model of English pronunciation for foreign learners: Three dictionaries, one model?'' examined the issue of selecting a model of English pronunciation to be used in EFL/ESL teaching. Leading experts in the field, including Peter Roach, Peter Trudgill, John Wells and Clive Upton, participated in the events. The two sessions focussed almost entirely on RP, General American, and Jenkins' (2000) Lingua Franca Core as possible options; ''antipodean'' Englishes have been largely disregarded. However, it is evident that in recent decades Australian English has grown as a regional standard in Oceania and South Asia.

Secondly, southern hemisphere Englishes, and New Zealand English in particular, have spawned considerable research interest in recent years, especially in the field of historical dialectology and sociolinguistics (e.g. Blair and Collins 2001; Gordon et al. 2004; Trudgill 2004). The findings from this research are significant for both English dialectologists and sociolinguists in general.

Finally, there has been increasing focus on the complex relations between English and the local indigenous languages. This area has seen much discussion especially in the new political reality of South Africa, where the status of English seems to have been rapidly changing.

For all these reasons, the PLM2006 Organising Committee have decided to devote a special session to Southern Hemisphere Englishes during the forthcoming Poznan Linguistic Meeting.

We invite papers on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

- The current state of Australian, New Zealand and South African English, including sociolinguistic variability, and the role of Australian English as a growing regional standard;
- The history of Australian, New Zealand and South African English, including relations with other varieties of English;
- All aspects of Black South African English.
- The interactions of indigenous languages with English in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Each paper will be given 30 minutes, including 5-10 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts should be prepared in accordance with the guidelines available from the Meeting's www page, and submitted by e-mail to Jaroslaw Weckwerth at wjarekifa.amu.edu.pl.

Linguistic Typology

We are pleased to announce that the programme of the PLM 2006 will include a session on linguistic typology. Contributions taking an empirical approach and matching one or more of the following descriptions are cordially invited:

- Broad typological investigations showing the principled ways of cross-linguistic variation;
- Small-scale comparisons of ''distant'', i.e. genetically and geographically unrelated languages;
- Detailed descriptions of particular phenomena in individual languages from a typological point of view.

Conference presentations follow the usual format of twenty minutes for the presentation itself and ten minutes for ensuing discussion. The language of the conference is English.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by e-mail to


Deadline for submission: 15 January, 2006. Notification of acceptance: 2 February, 2006.

Session organisers:
Nicole Nau (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
Szymon Slodowicz (Christian Albrecht University, Kiel)

Text technology and targeting linguistic resources with modern methods

The Text Technology workshop will target the creation, maintenance, access and automatic analysis of all kinds of linguistic resources with the means of modern methods related to information modelling and markup languages. By language resources we understand all sorts of material used and created by linguists such as corpora (both spoken and written language), treebanks, lexicons/dictionaries and grammars, but also software architectures and tools for processing these resources. As the creation of this material is time consuming, error prone and hence expensive, the need exists to bundle activities by exchanging data, using it over a long period of time, and to gain as much help by software systems in the process of creation and maintenance of these resource as possible.

Additionally, due to the long life span of language resources, a special requirement is that they are also accessible over time (and new computer platforms) so that generic application programming interfaces are needed to make them available to a widespread community of researchers. Therefore, the workshop is dedicated to the non-exclusive study of the following areas:

- information modelling of linguistic resources;
- use of XML and other text technological means for language resources;
- new developments in markup languages;
- querying linguistic information from marked up resources;
- archiving of language resources;
- documenting language resources;
- generic statistical analyses of language resources.

These topics are focussing on a linguistic and computational linguistic audience of people applying the technology in every day research. Hence, contributions should be relevant for at least one of these target groups.

Submissions and questions should be directed to Alexander Mehler or Thorsten Trippel (University of Bielefeld) at alexander.mehleruni-bielefeld.de or thorsten.trippeluni-bielefeld.de.

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