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LINGUIST List 17.232

Tue Jan 24 2006

Calls: Syntax/Romania;Lang Acquisition/Japan

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


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        1.    Virginia Hill, Interface Legibility at the Edge
        2.    Miki Shibata, 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association


Message 1: Interface Legibility at the Edge
Date: 23-Jan-2006
From: Virginia Hill <motaunbsj.ca>
Subject: Interface Legibility at the Edge



Full Title: Interface Legibility at the Edge

Date: 25-Jun-2006 - 27-Jun-2006
Location: University of Bucharest, Romania
Contact Person: Virginia Hill
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 07-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this conference is to discuss current issues on the syntax/semantic/pragmatic interface(s) such as observed at the left periphery of CPs. The questions addressed include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- What are the grammatical properties of the edges (Chomsky 2000, 2001, 2005) of the highest CP borders (e.g., Rizzi 1997, 2001, 2004) that make them legible at the interface with discourse? What are the contributions of the edges in the domains of tense and aspect with respect to the grammatical representation of discourse and temporal dependencies (e.g., Smith 2004, Higginbotham 1995, 2004, Nunes and Thompson. 1995, Stowell 1998, 2004)?

- If other sorts of phases also have higher borders including vP, PP, and DP (e.g., Adger 2003, Den Dikken 2003, Torego 2002, Uriagereka 2003), is the role of the edges of these domains parallel to the role of the edges of the highest CP borders, and what is their specific contribution to legibility in the domain of discourse (e.g., Declerck and Reed 2001, Edgington 2003, Haegeman 2001, Speas & Tenny 2003)?

- If discourse is reduced to additive conjunction of sentences (chunks), as summed in certain semantic theories, such as Dynamic Theories of Meaning and Discourse Representation Theory (e.g., Kemp 1982, Kemp and Reyle 1993, Chierchia 1995, Groenendijk and Stokhof 1990, Poesio and Zucchi 1992), to what extent do the edges of higher borders of phases determine the syntax/semantic and or semantic/pragmatic connection?

- If variation is external to the grammar, and the properties of the edge of a phase are determinant in parameterization (e.g., Kayne 2005), to what extent do the syntax/semantic/pragmatic interface(s) trigger parametric resettings (e.g., Roussou and Roberts 2003)?


Abstracts are invited for 30 minute slots (20 minutes presentation, followed by a 10 minute discussion). Abstracts should be in .pdf format, a maximum of two pages long, in a font not smaller than 12 pt, with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides. E-mail your abstract to motaunbsj.ca no latter than March 7, 2006. Notification of acceptance will be sent on April 3.

Invited Speakers:
James Higginbotham, USC College
Ian Roberts, Cambridge University
Margaret Speas, UMASS
Tim Stowell, UCLA

Organizers:
Anna Maria Di Sciullo (UQAM): di_sciullo.anne-marieuqam.ca
Virginia Hill (UNBSJ): motaunbsj.ca

Organizing committee at UNBSJ:
Dorina Ceapa
Jacqui Clydesdale
Allison MacKinnon

Sponsors:
-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Interface Asymmetries (Di Sciullo)
-SSHRCC Standard Research project on Merge and Move across the Border (Hill)
-Department of English-University of Bucharest



Message 2: 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association
Date: 23-Jan-2006
From: Miki Shibata <mshibatall.u-ryukyu.ac.jp>
Subject: 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association



Full Title: 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association
Short Title: J-SLA2006

Date: 20-May-2006 - 21-May-2006
Location: Daito-Bunka University, Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Shigenori Wakabayashi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.intsurf.ne.jp/~ykt/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association (J-SLA2006) will be held at Daito-Bunka University in Tokyo, Japan between May 20 and 21, 2006. A plenary speaker is Professor Antonella Sorace (The University of Edinburgh) and his talk is entitled 'Optionality at the syntax-discourse interface in near-native L2 speakers'.

(1) Academic areas:
Abstracts for papers are invited on any theoretical or empirical area of research in SLA.
(2) Time length of presentations:
Abstracts are welcomed for 30 minute talks or poster sessions on any aspect of second language acquisition. Individual papers will be allotted 45 minutes (30 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of discussion).
(3) Deadline for receipt of abstracts:
E-mail: February 28, 2006
Postal mail: February 28, 2006 (postmarked)
(4) Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2006
(5) Abstract Submission Procedure:

* By e-mail:
Please paste the abstract (1600 characters in Japanese or 1000 words in English) into the message window of your e-mail client or an attachment file and write ''J-SLA Abstract Submission'' in the subject line. Please give the title of the paper, your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and type of proposal (paper or poster) as a list at the end of the message. Please note at the bottom of the abstract (before the list) whether you are willing to participate in the poster session if your paper is not accepted as an oral presentation. Send the message to following e-mail address:
yuichiarion.ocn.ne.jp (Yuichi Tomita)

* By post:
Please submit five copies of your abstract (1600 characters in Japanese or 1000 words in English printed on A4). On a separate sheet of A4 paper, please give the title of the paper, your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and type of proposal (paper or poster). Please note at the bottom of the abstract whether you are willing to participate in the poster session if your paper is not accepted as an oral presentation. Please send the documents (five copies of the abstract and one information sheet) to the following address:
Yuichi Tomita, 493-2 Izui, Hatoyama-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama-ken, Japan 350-0305

(6) Notes regarding abstract submission:
- Figures and tables are not counted as part of the word limit, but should be included in the abstract. The total length of the abstract should not exceed two pages of A4 paper.
- Please give the title of the abstract at the top and the number of words at the bottom.
- Please do not put the name of the presenter on the abstract.
- Please send a short version of the abstract (no more than 300 characters in Japanese or 100 words in English) and include it with the proposal on a separate sheet of A4 paper or at the bottom of the e-mail message.
(7) General Notes
- All presenters must be members of J-SLA at the time of the conference.
(It is not necessary for co-presenters to be members.)
- Information on joining J-SLA may be found at the following website: http://www.intsurf.ne.jp/~ykt/
- No financial support for transportation and accommodation will be offered.
- The language of presentations may be either Japanese or English.
For more information, please contact Shigenori Wakabayashi: swkbys37tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp





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