LINGUIST List 16.539

Wed Feb 23 2005

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        1.    Peter Kosta, Formal Description of Slavic Languages
        2.    Laura Downing, International Conference on Focus in African Languages


Message 1: Formal Description of Slavic Languages

Date: 22-Feb-2005
From: Peter Kosta <pkostarz.uni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Formal Description of Slavic Languages


Full Title: Formal Description of Slavic Languages
Short Title: FDSL-6

Date: 30-Nov-2005 - 02-Dec-2005
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Contact Person: Peter Kosta
Meeting Email: fdsl6rz.uni-potsdam.de
Web Site: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/u/slavistik/wsw/fdsl6/fdsl6.htm


Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

Call Deadline: 31-May-2005

Meeting Description:

The Slavic Department of the University Potsdam is pleased to announce the 6th
European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL-6).
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20-minute presentation plus 10-minute
for discussion) on Slavic Syntax, Semantics, Phonology, Morphology,
Computerlinguistics and Sentence Processing. Presentations will be in any Slavic
language, English or German.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is May, 31, 2005

HOW TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS:

Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than one page (an additional page
for references, figures and data can be also included). Attach the anonymous
abstract to an e-mail message as a pdf file or as a file containg plain ascii
text. Abstracts can be sent by regular mail too (4 copies). Include in the body
of the e-mail message the following information:

(1) title of paper;
(2) your name;
(3) complete postal address and affiliation (or home address, if necessary);
(4) telephone and fax numbers;
(5) email address.

If you choose regular mail for submitting your abstract, write the requested
information on a separate sheet of paper.

An individual may submit at most one single and one co-authored paper.

For further information please visit our homepage:
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/u/slavistik/wsw/fdsl6/fdsl6.htm

Postal address:

Universität Potsdam
Institut für Slavistik
FDSL-6 Organizing Committee
Postfach 601553
D - 14415 Potsdam
Germany
Phone: (00 49) 3 31 - 9 77 26 23
Fax: (00 49) 3 31 - 9 77 26 20
e-mail: fdsl6rz.uni-potsdam.de

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified in July 2005.

Those interested in attending FDSL-6 are invited to register their e-mail and/or
postal addresses at the conference address above (e-mail is preferred for
communication).

Organizing Committee:

Peter Kosta
Joanna Blaszczak
Bostian Dvorák
Jens Frasek
Paul Law
Luka Szucsich
Nadine Thielemann

Message 2: International Conference on Focus in African Languages

Date: 22-Feb-2005
From: Laura Downing <fial05zas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: International Conference on Focus in African Languages



Full Title: International Conference on Focus in African Languages
Short Title: FOCUS IN AFRICAN LANGS

Date: 06-Oct-2005 - 08-Oct-2005
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Laura Downing
Meeting Email: fial05zas.gwz-berlin.de
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

The theme of the conference is the expression of information structure in
African languages. The final program is intended to represent a broad range of
African languages and also a broad range of themes and approaches to this topic.

The invited speakers represent this broad range of themes and languages: Enoch
Aboh, Larry Hyman, Victor Manfredi, Stéphane Robert, Russell Schuh.

FINAL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The ZAS (Project P7) and SFB 632 (Humboldt University, Berlin, and the
University of Potsdam) are pleased to announce that they are organizing an:

International conference on FOCUS IN AFRICAN LANGUAGES, to be held at the ZAS,
Berlin, from 6-8 October 2005.

Invited Speakers (confirmed):
Enoch Aboh, Larry Hyman, Victor Manfredi, Stéphane Robert, Russell Schuh.

The theme of the conference is the expression of information structure in
African languages. Papers are particularly welcome discussing the following
aspects of Information Structure:

- Formal marking of information structure, including focus particles
- Suprasegmental encoding of information structure
- The interaction of suprasegmental and segmental encoding of information structure
- Fixed positions for the expression of topic, focus
- WH-questions and question-answer pairs
- Focus vs. topic: how can these be distinguished?
- Topic-focus organization vs. thetic statements
- Types of focus

Papers will be chosen by the organizing committee on the basis of abstracts
submitted. The final program is intended to represent a broad range of African
languages and also a broad range of themes and approaches to this topic.

In conjunction with the Conference, the following Workshop will be held:
Date: Sunday, 9 October 2005
Theme: Information structure in Bantu languages
(co-organized with the London-Leiden-Berlin Bantu Grammar network:
http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/users/lm5/bantu_project.htm)

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: 3 April 2005
Program finalized: 1 June 2005

Abstract submission information:
Abstracts should be no longer than one page (approximately 500 words of text),
including data and references. (Font size must be at least 12 point Times or
equivalent; the margins should be at least 1 inch (2,5 cm) on all sides or
equivalent.)
Talks are 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Please indicate on the abstract if you would like it to be considered for the
workshop on Bantu languages.
We prefer for the abstracts to be submitted electronically, as an attachment
sent to the email address below. Please submit the abstract as a pdf file, if
possible. MSWord is acceptable if the abstract contains no special fonts. In
case of electronic submission, attach the abstract without name and affiliation
and send this information separately in the body of the message. If the
abstract is faxed or sent by post, two copies of the abstract should be
submitted, one anonymous and the other including the author's name and
affiliation just under the title. Mailed abstracts must be sent in time to be
received by the deadline.

Address: FiAL, ZAS, Jaegerstr. 10-11, D-10117 Berlin, Germany.
email: fial05zas.gwz-berlin.de; Fax: +49-30-201.92.402
webpage: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/ibfc/

Organizing and Abstract Review Committee:
Tom Gueldemann, Laura Downing, Sabine Zerbian (ZAS); Brigitte Reineke, Ines
Fiedler, Katharina Hartmann, Anne Schwarz, Malte Zimmermann (Humboldt); Lutz
Marten (SOAS) and Lisa Cheng (Leiden) for the Bantu workshop.

Participants in the Berlin Focus conference are encouraged to attend the Gur
Workshop held at the University of Bayreuth, Germany on 12 - 14 October 2005:
Theme: '' Aktuelle Fragen der Gursprachenforschung. Zwischen Ton und Text''
["Current questions in Gur Language Research: Between Tone and Text"]
http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/departments/afrikanistik/tagu/gurcon1.html

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