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LINGUIST List 17.169

Wed Jan 18 2006

Calls: Bantu/Romance Ling/UK;Ling Theories/Japan

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


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        1.    Cecile De Cat, The Bantu-Romance Connection
        2.    Toshio Ohori, 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar


Message 1: The Bantu-Romance Connection
Date: 17-Jan-2006
From: Cecile De Cat <c.decatleeds.ac.uk>
Subject: The Bantu-Romance Connection



Full Title: The Bantu-Romance Connection

Date: 26-May-2006 - 27-May-2006
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Cecile De Cat
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.modern.lang.leeds.ac.uk/BantuRom/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The Bantu-Romance Connection project aims to bring together specialists of Bantu and Romance languages to explore striking morpho-syntactic similarities between these two unrelated language families, in an effort to better understand the nature of linguistic structure, its diversity and constraints.

Second call for papers

-Attendance to this workshop is limited to 30 participants (as required by the European Science Foundation). If you are keen to attend, please submit an abstract!

Meeting Description:

The Bantu-Romance Connection project aims to bring together specialists of Bantu and Romance languages to explore striking morpho-syntactic similarities between these two unrelated language families, in an effort to better understand the nature of linguistic structure, its diversity and constraints.

Bantu and Romance languages display a number of morpho-syntactic similarities, including null subjects, object clitics, rich gender/class agreement systems, and extraposition of arguments resulting in a variety of surface word orders. Yet most scholars of Romance have little awareness of Bantu linguistic structures, and many Bantuists are not fully aware of the syntactic diversity of Romance languages. We would like to begin remeding this situation by proposing a 2-day workshop dedicated in equal parts to each language group. The format of the workshop will encourage debate as well as informal discussion between scholars.

A number of questions arise regarding the surface similarities found in these two language groups: Are the syntactic structures underlying these surface similarities really the same? or are they actually different, and how can we tell? What is the diversity of structures permitted in each of these domains, and how are they represented across these two language groups?

To address these questions, presentations and posters will be centred around three themes:

- The structure of the Determiner Phrase
- Clitics, agreement and object drop
- Focus, topic and Information Structure

Invited speakers:

Anna Cardinaletti (Università di of Venezia, Italy)
Vicki Carstens (University of Mississippi, USA)
Joao Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
Mara Frascarelli (Università di Roma Tre, Italy)
Giuliana Giusti (Università di Venezia, Italy)
Nancy Kula (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
Marie Labelle (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Lutz Marten (SOAS, UK)
Yukiko Morimoto (Zentrum für allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Germany)
Nhlanhla Thwala (School for Oriental and African Studies, UK)
Marianna Visser (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Roberto Zamparelli (Università di Bergamo, Italy)

Submissions are invited for 12 posters (4 per theme, including 2 per language family). Preference will be given to those that demonstrate an interest in exploring these issues cross-linguistically. Contributions addressing acquisition issues are welcome.

Submission format: maximum 2 pages of A4, font size 12pt. Please email an anonymous version to c.decatleeds.ac.uk, including your name, affiliation and contact details in the body of the message.

Deadline for submission: 10 February 2006

Acceptance will be announced by 20 February 2006



Message 2: 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar
Date: 16-Jan-2006
From: Toshio Ohori <tohoriboz.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
Subject: 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar



Full Title: 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar
Short Title: ICCG4

Date: 01-Sep-2006 - 03-Sep-2006
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Seiko Fujii
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://gamp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~iccg2006/iccg2006.html

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The Fourth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG4), September 1-3, 2006, University of Tokyo, Japan


SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
The Fourth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG4)
September 1-3, 2006
University of Tokyo, Japan
http://gamp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~iccg2006/iccg2006.html

E-mail (general inquiries): iccg4komabaecs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp
E-mail (abstracts and program): iccg4programecs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for ICCG4, which marks the fourth occasion on which researchers engaged in Construction Grammar, and the study of grammatical constructions in general, gather together from around the world. As in the past ICCGs, the main purpose of ICCG4 is to provide a forum for presenting construction-based research in its various models and applications. ICCG4 also aims to deepen our understanding of Frame Semantics, which is a twin brother of Construction Grammar. In addition, a special feature of ICCG4 is that we hope to promote mutual exchange of ideas between practitioners of Construction Grammar and Japanese scholars from various backgrounds who share a construction-based approach to language.

Plenary speakers:
Collin Baker (International Computer Science Institute)
Charles J. Fillmore (ICSI & University of California at Berkeley)
Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
Yukio Hirose (University of Tsukuba)
Knud Lambrecht (University of Texas at Austin)
Yo Matsumoto (Kobe University)
Jan-Ola Ostman (University of Helsinki)
Masayoshi Shibatani (Rice University & Kobe University)
Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Abstracts for regular conference papers (20 min. talk plus 10 min. discussion) are invited on any aspect of linguistic analysis that is concerned with grammatical constructions and/or semantic frames. We welcome work on issues in syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, language acquisition, corpus linguistics, language typology/change, etc. In addition, we are considering the possibility of having poster sessions. See 6-i below.

All abstracts (which must be in English) must be submitted electronically, as attachment files in PDF format, to the following address by February 1st (late submission will be considered until February 20):

iccg4programecs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp

The guidelines for abstract submission are as follows:
1. An author may submit at most one single or one joint abstract of which he/she is the principal author. It is, however, possible to combine presentation of an individual paper with (a) joint paper(s) of which he/she is not the principal author. In the case of joint authorship, the first author's address should be designated for communication with ICCG4.
2. In order that the abstracts be reviewed anonymously, authors should not include their names or otherwise reveal their identity anywhere on the abstract.
3. The length of each abstract should be approximately 500 words, not including references. In addition, authors may add figures, tables, and/or graphs. The total length of each abstract must be limited to two pages.
4. Abstracts must be formatted as Adobe Acrobat PDF files with the (principal) author's name as filename (in letters of the English alphabet only). In addition, please also submit the file in MS Word format at the same time if possible.
5. All abstracts must adhere to the following formatting specifications (a sample file is on the ICCG4 website).
a. A4 size
b. top margin: 45 mm (or 1.77'')
c. top/left/right margin: 30 mm (or 1.18'')
d. font: Times/Times New Roman or similar font in 12 point
e. spacing: single-space
6. The body of the e-mail message must contain the following information:
a. paper title
b. name(s) of author(s)
c. affiliation(s) of author(s)
d. e-mail address where notification of (non-)acceptance should be sent
e. e-mail address for each author
f. postal address of the principal author
g. subfield(s) (e.g. syntax, phonology, etc.: in the case of multiple subfields, list in order of decreasing relevance)
h. three key phrases (e.g., tense, aspect, argument structure, clause-combining, etc.)
i. If you prefer to give a poster rather than a regular paper, please indicate this preference by writing ''POSTER IF POSSIBLE'' here.
7. The header (Subject) of the e-mail should be: Abstract Submission

For updates, please check the website of ICCG4 at:

http://gamp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~iccg2006/iccg2006.html

If you have questions about your abstract, please direct such inquiries to:

iccg4programecs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Authors will be notified regarding acceptance by April 15, 2006. Upon acceptance, work will be started on publishing the abstracts in a conference booklet to be distributed among the conference participants. (Revised) abstracts of accepted papers must reach the same e-mail address iccg4programecs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp by May 15, 2006. Authors will be notified of the details in due course.

DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT DATES
The deadline for submitting abstracts: February 1st, 2006
(Late submission will be considered until February 20.)
Notification of the result of selection: April 15, 2006
The deadline for submitting (revised) abstracts of accepted papers: May 15, 2006
Early registration deadline: June 1st, 2006





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