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LINGUIST List 18.2828

Fri Sep 28 2007

Calls: General Ling,Semantics,Typology/USA; General Ling/India

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

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        1.    Hazel Pearson, Workshop on Markedness and Underspecification
        2.    Atreyee Sharma, Students Conference of Linguistics in India

Message 1: Workshop on Markedness and Underspecification
Date: 28-Sep-2007
From: Hazel Pearson <hazelpearsoncantab.net>
Subject: Workshop on Markedness and Underspecification
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Full Title: Workshop on Markedness and Underspecification
Short Title: MUMSA

Date: 29-Feb-2008 - 02-Mar-2008
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Contact Person: Hazel Pearson
Meeting Email: hazelpearsoncantab.net
Web Site: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~mumsa

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2007

Meeting Description

The Workshop on Markedness and Underspecification in the Morphology and
Semantics of Agreement (MUMSA) will bring together researchers from two
disciplinary areas of Linguistics (Morphology and Semantics) and from
typological and formalist backgrounds, who are united by both their object
of study (the categorizations underlying agreement) and their approach
(appeal to competition via underspecification), but who in practice have
little opportunity for cross-pollination. The workshop will make steps
towards filling the voids among these exciting research domains.

Call for Papers

Location: Harvard University
Date: February 29 - March 2, 2008

Jonathan Bobaljik (Univ. Connecticut)
Andrew Nevins (Harvard Univ.)
Uli Sauerland (ZAS, Berlin)

Significant advances have been made in the understanding of both the
morphology and semantics of agreement in recent years. For example, the
last five years have seen, on the one hand, the publication of new
treatments of the range of variation in the morphological expression of
person marking (esp. work by M. Cysouw), and on the other, some of the
first new discoveries about the formal semantics of personal pronouns and
person agreement (especially work by Heim, Kratzer, Sauerland and others).
Yet the results of the two disciplinary areas have been largely isolated
from one another, in part as a result of the increasing degree of
sub-specialization within the field. MUMSA will provide for a balance of
speakers representing morphology and semantics, typology and formal theory.
Roughly two-thirds of the speakers are invited participants, selected from
the cutting edge in each area. The workshop will have a presentation +
invited commentary format to ensure the highest level of integration among
the invited participants. Additional talks will be selected by refereed

Topics for investigation include but are not limited to:
- markedness (in form versus in meaning)
- person (evidence for or against categories such as ''participant'' and
- number (morphologically, there is near consensus in treating singular as
unmarked with respect to plural, yet in the semantic literature, there is
growing evidence for the opposite relationship, see Sauerland et. al. 2005)
- gender (the legacy of Jakobson's view of the feminine:masculine contrast)
- entailment relations among features (morphological and semantic evidence)
and the related question of a feature geometry
- hierarchies (person, number, the question of a markedness reversal 2>1 in
Algonquian agreement systems)

Invited Speakers:
Susana Bejar (Univ. Toronto)
Andrea Calabrese (Univ. Connecticut)
Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard Univ.)
Greville Corbett (Univ. Surrey)
Michael Cysouw (Max Planck, Leipzig)
Daniel Harbour (Queen Mary's. London)
Angelika Kratzer (UMass Amherst)
Orin Percus (Univ. Nantes)
Louisa Sadler (Univ. Essex)
Kenneth J. Safir (Rutgers Univ.)

Abstracts should be sent as anonymous and as two-page PDFs in an email
attachment to mumsa.abstractsgmail.com by November 15th.
Message 2: Students Conference of Linguistics in India
Date: 27-Sep-2007
From: Atreyee Sharma <sconli2gmail.com>
Subject: Students Conference of Linguistics in India
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Full Title: Students Conference of Linguistics in India
Short Title: SCONLI

Date: 08-Jan-2008 - 09-Jan-2008
Location: Delhi, India
Contact Person: Atreyee Sharma
Meeting Email: sconli2gmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2007

Meeting Description

2nd SCONLI (Students Conference of Linguistics in India) - A two-day student
conference will be held at the Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi.
This conference will give students of linguistics an opportunity to present and
discuss their research work

Call for Papers

Abstracts should be submitted electronically in either Word DOC format or plain
text not exceeding 700 words plus at most one more page for data. Other
specifications: Font size - not lower than 11 in Times New Roman; Margins - not
less than 2 cm on all four sides of A4 size paper.

Abstracts should be sent to sconli2gmail.com
on or before 15th November 2007.
Notification of Acceptance/ Rejection of abstracts: 30th November 2007.
Last date for receipt of papers: 10th December 2007.

We invite abstracts that address issues in the following areas:
Historical Linguistics
Computational Linguistics

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