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LINGUIST List 18.1293

Mon Apr 30 2007

Calls: General Ling/Canada; Applied Ling,Lang Acquisition/USA

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Eric Mathieu, 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
        2.    Rebecca Foote, 30th Annual Second Language Research Forum

Message 1: 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
Date: 28-Apr-2007
From: Eric Mathieu <nels38uottawa.ca>
Subject: 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

Full Title: 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
Short Title: NELS 38

Date: 26-Oct-2007 - 28-Oct-2007
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Eric Mathieu
Meeting Email: nels38uottawa.ca

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Jul-2007

Meeting Description:

The 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

Invited Speakers:

Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard University)

Rose-Marie D├ęchaine (University of British Columbia)

Bruce Hayes (University of California, Los Angeles)

Irene Heim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The October 2007 meeting will include a main session, a poster session, and two
special sessions, one on phonology and one on semantics. The invited speakers
for the main session are Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard) and Rose-Marie D├ęchaine (UBC).

The phonology special session is entitled 'Abstractness without innateness?' The
invited speaker is Bruce Hayes from UCLA. Some of the founding assumptions of
Generative Phonology involve abstract units such as distinctive features, timing
units, syllables, and constraints. The innateness of these units has been seen
as an important part of their nature. Recent work has sought to undermine the
claim that innate primitives are necessary for phonological theory, often
drawing more directly upon more concrete factors such phonetics and language
change as sources of explanation. However, a reduction in the explanatory role
of innateness does not entail a reduction in the role of abstractness in
phonology. We are soliciting abstracts for talks addressing the role of
abstractness in phonology at a time when innateness is under attack, e.g.: (i)
Evidence for the existence of abstract units in phonology, independent of
assumptions about innate abstract units, e.g. in acquisition, variation, change,
production, perception, processing, etc.; (ii) Evidence for sources of abstract
units other than Universal Grammar; (iii) Evidence that abstract units must be

The semantics session will be on pronouns and binding. The invited speaker is
Irene Heim from MIT. This workshop aims to bring together research on pronouns
and binding from a semantic perspective. We hope the workshop will result in a
snapshot of current research, providing an overview of where things are, as well
as indications of where they might be going. We have conceived the topic rather
broadly. Possibilities include the interpretation of (specialized) pronouns,
features, the semantics of binding, reciprocity, cross-linguistic perspectives,
etc. In terms of framework, we hope to bring together papers in the tradition of
formal semantics and work in its interfaces. Papers presented in this workshop
may be included in the general NELS Proceedings to be published by the GLSA. The
Journal of Semantics has agreed to publish a special issue with a selection of
papers, and all papers presented at the workshop will be eligible for submission
(with publication depending on the outcome of standard reviewing procedures). We
would like to dedicate this workshop to the memory of Tanya Reinhart, and add it
to the series of events that honor her. She was to have been our invited
speaker. Irene Heim will address aspects of her work in her presentation.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion), and a
poster session, on any aspect of theoretical linguistics. Submissions are
limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author. Abstracts are also
invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion) for the workshop on
Phonology and the workshop on Semantics (see main page for description).

Abstract submission should be sent to nels38uottawa.ca. When submitting your
abstract, please specify the sessions you would like to be considered for: Main,
Poster, or one of the two special sessions.

Abstracts should take the form of a PDF document, should be anonymous, and
limited to one page (using 1'' margins on all sides and 11pt font size) and a
second page containing examples and references. Any non-standard fonts should be
embedded in the PDF document.

Submission Deadline: July 9, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: August 15, 2007
Notifications of acceptance will be sent on August 15, 2007. All other authors
will be contacted by August 27, 2007

Conference Dates: October 26-28, 2007

Conference website: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~nels38/index.htm
Message 2: 30th Annual Second Language Research Forum
Date: 27-Apr-2007
From: Rebecca Foote <rkphilliuiuc.edu>
Subject: 30th Annual Second Language Research Forum

Full Title: 30th Annual Second Language Research Forum
Short Title: SLRF-2007

Date: 11-Oct-2007 - 14-Oct-2007
Location: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
Contact Person: Rakesh Bhatt
Meeting Email: SLRF-2007uiuc.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 10-May-2007

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce that the 30th Annual Second Language Research Forum
(SLRF-2007) will be hosted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

1) Dates of the Conference: Thursday, October 11th through Sunday, October 14th,

2) Place of the Conference: Illini Union at the UIUC campus.

3) Theme of the Conference: 'Second Language Acquisition and Research: Focus on
Form and Function' which will highlight the interconnections and interfaces
between form and function in SLA research and practices and will explore the
implications of these interfaces for second language pedagogy.

New deadline for submission - May 10, 2007

We invite proposals for papers, posters, and thematic colloquia investigating
form and function in SLA from any of the following research areas:

Formal approaches to SLA
Functional approaches to SLA
Conversation analysis (CA for SLA)
Testing and assessment
Heritage language acquisition
Psycholinguistic approaches to SLA
Classroom research
SLA pedagogy
Naturalistic SLA
Learner corpora and SLA

Abstract submission will be done online, on the SLRF 2007 website:
http://www.slrf-2007.uiuc.edu. Click on the ''Abstracts'' link on the left, and
follow the instructions there.

Only online PDF submissions at the site specified above will be accepted.
Abstracts should be anonymous. They must be limited to 400 words for papers or
posters, and 500 words (plus individual abstracts submitted separately) for
thematic colloquia. Each author may submit no more than one individual and one
co-authored abstract.

Submission Deadline: May 10, 2007 (new deadline)
Notification of Acceptance: July 1, 2007

Please contact the SLRF 2007 organizers at slrf-2007uiuc.edu with any questions.

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