LINGUIST List 16.541

Wed Feb 23 2005

Calls: Socioling/UK; Syntax/UK

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        1.    Carmen Llamas, UK Language Variation and Change 5
        2.    Michelle Sheehan, Structure of Parametric Variation


Message 1: UK Language Variation and Change 5

Date: 23-Feb-2005
From: Carmen Llamas <c.llamasabdn.ac.uk>
Subject: UK Language Variation and Change 5


Full Title: UK Language Variation and Change 5
Short Title: UKLVC5

Date: 12-Sep-2005 - 14-Sep-2005
Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Carmen Llamas
Meeting Email: c.llamasabdn.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/langling/resources/colloquia.html


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical
Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

The fifth meeting of the UK Language Variation and Change conference, held in
Aberdeen, Scotland, welcomes submission of abstracts on any aspect of language
variation and change.

Keynote speakers:

Nik Coupland (Cardiff University)
Paul Foulkes (University of York)
Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona)

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS: PLEASE NOTE MARCH 1st DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words (including references) and must be
submitted in one of the following electronic formats; word document (.rtf or
.doc), pdf, or in the body of an email message. They should be sent to
abdn.ac.uk> on or before 1 March 2005. Oral presentations will be
expected to last 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts should include the following information:

~ Preferred presentation type (oral or poster)
~ Author(s) name and title
~ Author(s) affiliation
~ Title of paper/poster
~ Abstract
~ References (if appropriate)

You will be notified on or soon after April 15th on whether or not your abstract
has been accepted. There will be no parallel sessions for oral presentations. We
would therefore encourage submission of abstracts for poster presentations,
particularly as posters will be displayed in a prominent position for the
duration of the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Aberdeen!
Best regards
Carmen Llamas

Message 2: Structure of Parametric Variation

Date: 23-Feb-2005
From: Michelle Sheehan <Michelle.Sheehanncl.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: 01-Mar-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).

Final Call for papers
The Structure of Parametric Variation

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

September 5th-7th 2005

Invited speakers: Mark Baker (Rutgers), 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 any proposed parametric
correlation. These include:

- evidence for or against parametric clustering of the type classically
described for the null-subject parameter in Rizzi (1982)
- evidence for or against implicational relations among parameter settings
- evidence for or against the role of historical or areal factors in determining
typological and parametric correlations
- evidence for or against different surface triggers for parameter settings
- evidence for or against limiting parametric variation 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, although we are particularly interested in papers using data from
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.holmbergdur.ac.uk) by
March 1st 2005. The programme will be finalised by May 1st 2005.

The programme committee: Anders Holmberg (Durham/Newcastle), Ian Roberts
(Cambridge), David Willis (Cambridge), Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge).

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