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LINGUIST List 16.3051

Mon Oct 24 2005

Calls: General Ling/Canada;Applied Ling/Ireland

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

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        1.    Martina Wiltschko, Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas 11
        2.    Martin Howard, Joint Conference of British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) / Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL)

Message 1: Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas 11
Date: 18-Oct-2005
From: Martina Wiltschko <wmartinainterchange.ubc.ca>
Subject: Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas 11

Full Title: Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas 11
Short Title: WSCLA 11

Date: 31-Mar-2006 - 02-Mar-2006
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Contact Person: Martina Wiltschko
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca/wscla

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2005

Meeting Description:

The central objective of this workshop is to bring together linguists who are engaged in research on the formal study of the Aboriginal languages of the Americas so that they may exchange ideas across theories, language families, generations of scholars, and importantly, across the academic and non-academic communities who are involved in language maintenance and revitalization.


March 31st - April 2nd 2006

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada


Invited speakers
Donna Gerdts (SFU)
Andrea Willhelm (UAlberta)

Invited student speakers
Heather Bliss (U Calgary)
Marianne Milligan (U Wisconsin, Madison)

Call for Papers
Quantization: form and function

Languages of the Americas differ in non-trivial ways from the Indo-European languages in the expression of ''quantization''. This includes (but is not limited to) forms that measure: quantity, size, frequency, duration, and degree. In many Indo-European languages, such expressions are often category-specific in the following way:

quantity -- plural/singular on count NOUNS
size -- diminuitive marking on NOUNS
frequenczy -- adverbs of frequency modifying VERBS
duration -- aspect marking on VERBS
degree -- comparative/superlative marking or degree modifiers on ADJECTIVES

It is striking that, in many of the languages of the Americas quantizing expressions of the above sort are not always associated with the same categories as their notional equivalents in Indo-European langauges (e.g., number is often marked on verbs in the form of ''pluractional'' marking). This raises important question that go beyond the immediate scope of ''quantization'' per se.

-Does the difference in the mapping from function to category reflect a difference in the form and function of the quantizing expressions themselves?
-Does this difference reflect a difference in the categories that are quantized? (Are NOUNS, VERBS, and ADJECTIVES universal or not?
-Does this difference correlate with the difference between ''inflectional'' and ''polysynthetic'' languages?

Another striking feature of quantizing expressions is that they are often formed by means of reduplicative processes or other non-concatenative morphology. This again raises a number of interesting questions:

-What is the status of non-concatenative processes in current theories of phonology?
-Are there formal correlates of the quantization function?
-Is there an inherent correlation between the form (reduplication) and its function?

We invite papers dealing with the forms and functions of quantizing expressins in analysis of languages of the Americas, including all aspects of the grammar: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language acquisition and language use.

Papers in the core areas of formal linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) within any formal theoretical framework will also be considered.

The special sessions on this year's theme (''quantization'') will be commented on by selected commentators.

Following the tradition of this workshop, we dedicate the final day to a linking between our research and important work being done on language preservation and revitalization (details will be announced later).

Abstract requirements:

-Abstracts are invited for 20 minutes talk (with 10 minutes discussion) or a poster
-Abstracts should be single space, 12 pt type, examples and references can be on a second page
-Abstracts should be submitted as a .pdf or Microsoft Word document
-Please send two copies of the abstract, one with no identifying information and a second including your name and affiliation below the title
-Please, indicate whether you would like to be considered for a talk, or an abstract or both.

In the body of the e-mail include the following information:
-title of abstract
-special session
-talk or poster
-e-mail address
-faculty, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or independent status

Abstracts should be submitted to the following e-mail address: wscla11interchange.ubc.ca

Deadline for abstracts to be received
December 1st 2005

Notification of Acceptance
Mid January 2006

Further information is available at

Message 2: Joint Conference of British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) / Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL)
Date: 18-Oct-2005
From: Martin Howard <mhowardfrench.ucc.ie>
Subject: Joint Conference of British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) / Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL)

Full Title: Joint Conference of British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) / Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL)

Date: 07-Sep-2006 - 09-Sep-2006
Location: Cork, Ireland
Contact Person: Lucette Murray
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

Theme: ‘From Applied Linguistics to Linguistics Applied: Issues, Practices, Trends’

This joint BAAL / IRAAL conference will be held in Ireland’s second city of Cork, located on Ireland’s southern coast, and European Capital of Culture, 2005. The conference venue will be in historic University College, Cork, which was founded in 1845, and is located within 10 minutes’ walking distance of the city-centre. Cork is served by regular flights with low-cost airlines from cities across Britain and Europe, with frequent connections from other continents.

Conference Organisers: Maeve Conrick / Martin Howard
Department of French
University College, Cork
Tel: +353.(0)21.4902653 / 4902520
Fax: +353.(0)21.4903284
e-mail: mconrickfrench.ucc.ie / mhowardfrench.ucc.ie

Plenary speakers: Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck College, University of London
-Paul Fletcher, University College, Cork
-Patsy Lightbown, Concordia University, Montréal
-Michael McCarthy, University of Nottingham

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics for presentations in the form of 20-minute conference papers during parallel sessions, as well as posters which will be on display during the conference. Papers may also be presented as part of a number of Special Interest Group tracks which may be available, including UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum, Corpus Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Multi-modality, Language Teaching and Learning, Language in Africa, and Language and Gender.

Abstracts of up to 300 words in length (including the title and references), should be sent as an e-mail attachment to the Conference Secretary, Lucette Murray, e-mail: lucetteiol.ie

Please indicate in the abstract whether you wish your abstract to be considered for a conference paper during the parallel sessions or SIG tracks, or as a poster. The abstract should also include your name, academic affiliation, contact address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

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