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LINGUIST List 17.3804

Fri Dec 22 2006

Calls: Phonetics/UK; Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <danlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    John Maidment, Phonetics Teaching & Learning Conference 2007
        2.    Anton Benz, Bidirectional Optimality Theory

Message 1: Phonetics Teaching & Learning Conference 2007
Date: 21-Dec-2006
From: John Maidment <johnmphon.ucl.ac.uk>
Subject: Phonetics Teaching & Learning Conference 2007

Full Title: Phonetics Teaching & Learning Conference 2007
Short Title: PTCL2007

Date: 24-Aug-2007 - 26-Aug-2007
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: John Maidment
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2007

Meeting Description:

PTLC2007 is concerned with the teaching and learning of phonetics in all its guises. This year's meeting is jointly organised by UCL, the University of Westminster, and the Subject Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies. It will take place from midday Friday 24th August 2007 to early evening Sunday 26th August 2007 at UCL.

Please refer to the conference website early in the new year for details on paper submission.

Message 2: Bidirectional Optimality Theory
Date: 21-Dec-2006
From: Anton Benz <benzzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Bidirectional Optimality Theory

Full Title: Bidirectional Optimality Theory
Short Title: BiOT07

Date: 04-May-2007 - 05-May-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Anton Benz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/BiOT.html

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 05-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

Bidirectional Optimality Theory - Foundations and Applications.

Bidirectional Optimality Theory
May 4th-5th, 2007,
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany

This conference will be held as the second part of the double conference on:

Contrast and Bidirectional Optimality Theory
May 3rd-5th, 2007,
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany

Bidirectional Optimality Theory (Bi-OT) emerged at the turn of the millennium as a fusion of Radical Pragmatics and Optimality Theoretic Semantics. It stirred a wealth of new research in the pragmatics-semantics interface and heavily influenced e.g. the development of evolutionary and game theoretic approaches. This conference is dedicated to discussions of foundational issues, presentations of new linguistic applications, and comparisons with other frameworks. We invite Bi-OT related original research contributions which could address a wide variety of themes including, but not restricted to, the following topics:

- contrast and other discourse relations
- argument structure
- conversational implicatures
- underspecification and semantic meaning
- language acquisition
- language evolution and history
- language typology
- embodiment of language
- computational models
- etc.

The organisers are planning to publish a selection of the results of the conference either as a special issue of a journal or as a book.

Invited Speakers:
Maria Aloni, Amsterdam
Reinhard Blutner, Amsterdam
Helen de Hoop, Nijmegen
Henk Zeevat, Amsterdam

Authors should submit an anonymous abstract. The length of abstracts for talks should be at most 2 single-column pages including literature. All submissions should include a separate cover page specifying the authors' names, affiliation, address, e-mail address and title of the paper. The abstracts should be submitted electronically (pdf, ps or doc format) to: biot07zas.gwz-berlin.de

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submissions: March 5th, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: March 23rd, 2007
Conference: May 4th-5th, 2007,

Reviewing Board:
Maria Aloni, Amsterdam
Anton Benz, Berlin
Reinhard Blutner, Amsterdam
Helen de Hoop, Nijmegen
Gerhard Jaeger, Bielefeld
Manfred Krifka, Berlin
Yukiko Morimoto, Berlin
Anatoli Strigin, Berlin
Henk Zeevat, Amsterdam

Anton Benz
Manfred Krifka

The conference is organised as part of the ZAS projects P13a/b on ''Bidirectional Optimality Theory'' and ''Implicative Scales and Genetic Learning in OT-Grammars.''

The workshop will be preceded by an affiliated workshop on Contrast which is open to those attending the BiOT workshop:

3rd Workshop on Contrast: Contrast - towards a closer definition
May 3rd - 4th, 2007,
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany
URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/contrast.html

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