LINGUIST List 16.740

Fri Mar 11 2005

Calls: Syntax/UK; Comp Ling/Phonology/Psycholing/France

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        1.    Anders Holmberg, Structure of Parametric Variation
        2.    Jean Véronis, Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech

Message 1: Structure of Parametric Variation

Date: 09-Mar-2005
From: Anders Holmberg <>
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:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-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).

Deadline extension (15th April)
The Structure of Parametric Variation

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

September 5th-7th 2005 (just after the LAGB meeting in Cambridge)

Invited speakers: Mark Baker (Rutgers), Martin Haspelmath (Max-Planck-Institut,
Leipzig), 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
( by April 15th 2005. The programme will be
finalised by May 1st 2005.

Thanks to generous support from the AHRB (AR14458) no conference fee will be
charged. Inexpensive accommodation will also be readily available. Further
details about the venue and accommodation will soon be available on our project
website (

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

Message 2: Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech

Date: 09-Mar-2005
From: Jean Véronis <>
Subject: Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech

Full Title: Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech
Short Title: DiSS'2005

Date: 10-Sep-2005 - 12-Sep-2005
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Contact Person: Jean Véronis
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics;
Phonology; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech 2005, an ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop
2nd Call for Papers

DiSS 05 is the 4th meeting of the successful series of interdisciplinary
workshops on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech.

It will be held in the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, France, on September
10-12, 2005 and organised by the DELIC team of the University of Provence.

The meeting is timed to allow participants at INTERSPEECH (Lisbon, September
4-8) to attend.

Previous meetings (Berkeley, 1999; Edinburgh, 2001; Gothenburg, 2003) have seen
papers addressing normal disfluency from a wide range of disciplines, from
automatic speech recognition and computational linguistics to linguistic
analysis, psycholinguistics (production and comprehension), and beyond. Papers
comparing normal disfluencies to those occurring in communication disorders are
also welcome.

We hope to maintain this interdisciplinary approach in 2005 and would therefore
welcome submission of 4-page papers by April 8, 2005, for review. Once accepted,
papers may be revised and extended to 6 pages in preparation for publication in
the workshop proceedings.

Papers should be submitted by email to in RTF format. The
template for submission is available on the workshop website:

For further information about the workshop, please visit the website at:

or contact the organisers at

Kind Regards,

The DiSS Planning Team

* Jean Veronis DELIC, Université de Provence, France.
* Robert Eklund Teliasonera, Sweden.
* Robin Lickley Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, UK.
* Liz Shriberg SRI International and International Computer Science
Institute, USA.
* Åsa Wengelin Lund University, Sweden.

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