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LINGUIST List 17.723

Wed Mar 08 2006

Calls: Applied Ling/Canada;Writing Systems/Netherlands

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

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        1.    Lydia White, Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America
        2.    Anneke Neijt, Constraints on Spelling Changes (5th International Workshop on Writing Systems)

Message 1: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America
Date: 06-Mar-2006
From: Lydia White <galana.2006mcgill.ca>
Subject: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America

Full Title: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America
Short Title: GALANA 2

Date: 17-Aug-2006 - 19-Aug-2006
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Contact Person: Lydia White
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.arts.mcgill.ca/linguistics/EVENTS/conferences/galana

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 27-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

GALANA provides a forum for researchers working on language acquisition in different contexts (L1 acquisition, L2 acquisition, bilingualism, language disorders) from a generative linguistic perspective.

(apologies for duplicated messages)


The Department of Linguistics at McGill University is pleased to
announce the second meeting of

Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2)

To be held at McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

August 17 - 19, 2006

Plenary Speakers

-Joe Pater
University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

-Bonnie Schwartz
University of Hawaii

Invited Panel: The Acquisition of Functional Categories

-Jonathan Bobaljik
University of Connecticut

-Katherine Demuth
Brown University

-Donna Lardiere
Georgetown University

-Jürgen M. Meisel
University of Hamburg

-Jeannette Schaeffer
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Abstracts on the following topics are invited:

- First Language Acquisition
- Second Language Acquisition
- Bilingualism
- Language Disorders

Abstracts should be 500 words (plus 1 extra page for examples, figures,
trees, references, etc.). Size 12 font and 1 inch margins.

Deadline for abstracts: March 27, 2006

Please do not submit any abstracts before March 1st 2006. A confirmation email will follow within 48 hours of receipt of your abstract. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact us at galana.2006mcgill.ca.

Talks will be 20 minutes +10 minutes for discussion.

You will be informed by May 15th 2006 as to whether your paper has been

The abstract should include a title but no names or affiliation.

Please include the word count at the bottom of the abstract.

Submission limit: no more than 2 submissions per person, only one as
primary author.

Abstracts should be submitted as email attachments, in pdf format, to

In the body of your email, please include

Author name(s)
Author affiliation(s)
Address and email of 1st author
Status: student/faculty member/other
Preference for paper or poster.
If your paper is not accepted for oral presentation, please indicate if
you are willing to present it as a poster.

Please indicate whether your abstract involves:
L1 acquisition
L2 acquisition
Language Disorders

and whether it involves:

Also, please list 3 keywords/phrases that best describe the content of
your abstract.

Further information available at

Email: galana.2006mcgill.ca

Message 2: Constraints on Spelling Changes (5th International Workshop on Writing Systems)
Date: 06-Mar-2006
From: Anneke Neijt <a.neijtlet.ru.nl>
Subject: Constraints on Spelling Changes (5th International Workshop on Writing Systems)

Full Title: Constraints on Spelling Changes (5th International Workshop on Writing Systems)

Date: 21-Sep-2006 - 22-Sep-2006
Location: Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
Contact Person: Anneke Neijt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ru.nl/WrittenLanguage

Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems

Call Deadline: 01-May-2006

Meeting Description:

This lustrum workshop offers a forum of discussion between researchers from different fields of writing research (theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics or language education), from different countries and working on different languages.


Constraints on Spelling Changes
Fifth International Workshop on Writing Systems
Center for Language Studies, Interfaculty Research Unit for Language and Speech, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, October 5 - October 6, 2006.

The aim of this series of workshops is to focus on all aspects of scientific research of written language. In particular, we welcome:

- Psycholinguistic research on the influence of deep or more surface orthographies on pronunciation and morphological awareness, on learning to read and spell, and on dysfunctions in reading and spelling.

- Research evaluating alternative spelling methods, within one language, or across languages, taking not only the perspective of the writer, but also addressing the question how (different) writing systems take the reader's perspective into account when representing the sounds of a language.

- Computational models that shed light on the relation between sounds on the one hand, and letters, diacritics and punctuation on the other hand.

The topic of the present workshop, constraints on spelling changes, is inspired by the ongoing spelling reforms for languages such as Dutch and German. It will address the (limited) possibilities of optimizing writing systems, such as learnability, and linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, historical and practical constraints. We plan to publish a selection of papers of the workshop as an issue of the journal 'Written Language and Literacy'.

Submission deadline: May 1, 2006
Notice of acceptance: June 1, 2006

FORMAT OF SUBMISSIONS: Authors should submit abstracts of max. 1 page for 30 minute presentations, with 15 minutes discussion. Please submit abstracts electronically (rtf, pdf or Word) to E.Segerspwo.ru.nl.

PARTICIPATION: Researchers who want to attend the workshop without presenting a paper are also invited. Such participants should register at the address above, iwtssecrmpi.nl. Information on lodging and travel directions, the program and the abstracts of the accepted papers will be circulated electronically well before the workshop.

FURTHER INFORMATION: www.ru.nl/WrittenLanguage

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