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LINGUIST List 18.2400

Mon Aug 13 2007

Calls: Psycholing/Taiwan; General Ling/Brazil

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

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        1.    Chun-chieh Hsu, Processing of East Asia Related Languages
        2.    Leo Wetzels, Amazonian Languages, Phonology and Syntax

Message 1: Processing of East Asia Related Languages
Date: 13-Aug-2007
From: Chun-chieh Hsu <cchsu22mail.ncku.edu.tw>
Subject: Processing of East Asia Related Languages
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Full Title: Processing of East Asia Related Languages
Short Title: PEARL 2007

Date: 28-Oct-2007 - 29-Oct-2007
Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
Contact Person: Chun-chieh Natalie Hsu
Meeting Email: pearl2007nckugmail.com
Web Site: http://conf.ncku.edu.tw/pearl07/

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Oct-2007

Meeting Description:

The conference provides a forum for researchers from all over the world to
report original work on any aspect of cognitive processing in the target
languages. The aim of the conference is to promote discussion of
interdisciplinary research into processing major East Asian languages.

Call for Abstracts
Submission Deadline: October 10, 2007

The 12th International Conference on the
Processing of East Asia Related Languages (PEARL)
National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
December 28-29, 2007

The 12th International Conference on the Processing of East Asia Related
Languages (PEARL) - formerly under the name of International Conference on the
Cognitive Processing of Chinese and East Asian Languages - will be held by the
Institute of Cognitive Science, National Cheng Kung University, in Tainan, the
historical capital of Taiwan, from December 28 to 29. The conference welcome
presentations of research work in all areas of language processing, including
(but not limited to)

- Language production
- Syntactic processing
- Language and thought
- Speech perception and production
- Computational models of language processing
- Character and word processing
- Lexical access
- Sentence processing
- Reading comprehension
- Acquisition and pedagogy (either as a first/ second language)
- Neural mechanisms
- Bilingualism
- Language disorders
- Sign language processing

Presentations may be delivered as oral papers or as interactive posters. Each
abstract is limited to 300 words and must be written in English. Please prepare
your abstract as a WORD file with the following information:
- Title of abstract
- Name(s) of author(s), email addresses, and affiliation(s) of author(s)
- Body of abstract
- Corresponding author's contact data (email address, phone, regular mail address)
- Presentation preference: Oral, Poster, or No preference
- Topic category (e.g. sentence processing)

Submission Instructions:

Submission Deadline: October 10, 2007
1. Send your abstract to the following email address: PEARL2007NCKUgmail.com
2. Use '' PEARL07_the first author's last name_first name'' as the file name
(e.g. PEARL07_Lee_Peter.doc)
3. Use ''abstract_PEARL07'' in the Subject area of the email.
4. A template of the abstract can be found at the conference website

Notification date: November 10, 2007.

Contact email: pearl2007nckugmail.com

Institute of Cognitive Science
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan
Message 2: Amazonian Languages, Phonology and Syntax
Date: 13-Aug-2007
From: Leo Wetzels <wlm.wetzelslet.vu.nl>
Subject: Amazonian Languages, Phonology and Syntax
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Full Title: Amazonian Languages, Phonology and Syntax

Date: 03-Dec-2007 - 08-Dec-2007
Location: Manaus Amazonas, Brazil
Contact Person: Frantomé Pacheco
Meeting Email: frantomeuol.com.br

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2007

Meeting Description:

This conference is the first of a series of three meetings, as part of an
internationalization project between the research centers CELIA Paris, INPA
Manaus, UFAM Manaus, Leiden University, and the VU University Amsterdam. The
themes to be discussed at the first meeting are 'morpho-syntactic alignment' and
'nasal harmony'. Although the nature of the meeting is that of a seminar for
which most of the contributors are individually invited, there is space in the
program for 5 or 6 more speakers, which we hope to be able to invite as a result
of this announcement. Also, the meeting is open for students and scholars that
are interested in assisting without presenting a paper.

Papers are invited that relate to the themes described below.
Deadline for submission of abstracts, October 1, 2007
Notification of acceptance between October 10 and October 15, 2007
Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to Frantomé Pacheco of the local organizing
committee no later than October 1, 2007: frantomeuol.com.br. Only PDF files
will be accepted. One copy of the abstract should be anonymous both in the body
of the text and the filename, while another copy should be headed by the name of
the author(s) and affiliation. Please make sure all fonts and figures are
correctly rendered. Also attach a separate file containing: title, author's name
and address, affiliation and e-mail address.

Description of the conference themes (only submissions that deal with these
themes will be considered for presentation)

The term ''vowel harmony'' is generally used either to designate long distance
nasal spreading (i.e. spreading of the nasal feature beyond the immediately
contiguous segment), or to refer to a type of contrastive nasality in languages
where the nasal feature seems to characterize a prosodic constituent or a
morpheme, rather than a segment. Nasal harmony systems are regularly found in
South-American languages, where their presence often goes hand in hand with the
existence of contour stops comprising a nasal and an oral phase in syllables
with an oral nucleus, which, in turn, typically arise in consonant systems in
which a triple voiceless-voiced-nasal contrast is lacking. Recent research on
nasal harmony has aimed at identifying the relevant phonological and
morphological parameters involved in nasal harmony systems, often based on
secondary data. In addition, various proposals were made to explain the
emergence of contour segments as the manifestation of underlying sonority, or as
the phonetic enhancement of voicing. For the African language Ikwere, Clements
and Osu have demonstrated the relevance of a class of non-obstruent sounds which
'naturally' combine with nasality. In the light of Clements and Osu's findings,
it seems worthwhile to study the aerodynamic properties of voiced stops in
South-American languages that have nasal harmony, to see if the Ikwere
explanation can be extended to these languages. For this conference, papers
featuring research based on primary data and careful laboratory analysis that
could shed new light on the parameters and properties of nasal harmony systems
in South-American lowland languages, on the relation (if any) between the
underlying consonant system and the emergence of contour stops, or on the
aerodynamic properties of segments that are targets for nasal spreading are

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