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LINGUIST List 18.296

Fri Jan 26 2007

Calls: Phonology/UK; Comp Ling,Hist Ling,Phonology/Czech Republic

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

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        1.    Patrick Honeybone, 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting
        2.    John Nerbonne, Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting

Message 1: 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting
Date: 25-Jan-2007
From: Patrick Honeybone <patrick.honeyboneed.ac.uk>
Subject: 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting

Full Title: 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting
Short Title: 15mfm

Date: 24-May-2007 - 26-May-2007
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Patrick Honeybone
Meeting Email: patrick.honeyboneed.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.englang.ed.ac.uk/mfm/15mfm.html

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

Special session: 'Where is allomorphy?', featuring (in alphabetical order)
Ricardo Bermudez-Otero, Mirjam Ernestus, John McCarthy, Glyne Piggott

Held in Manchester, UK; organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the
University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, the Universite
Toulouse-Le Mirail, the Universite Montpellier-Paul Valery and elsewhere.

We are pleased to announce our 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting (15mfm). The
mfm is the UK's annual phonology conference, with an international set of
organisers; it is held in late May every year in Manchester. The meeting has
become a key conference for phonologists from all corners of the world, where
anyone who declares themselves to be interested in phonology can submit an
abstract on anything phonological in any phonological framework. In an informal
atmosphere, we discuss a wide range of topics, including the phonological
description of a wide variety of languages, issues in phonological theory,
aspects of phonological acquisition and implications of phonological change.

Special Session
There is no conference theme - abstracts can be submitted on anything, but,
following the success of such sessions in previous years, a special themed
session has been organised, entitled 'Where is allomorphy?' This will feature
invited speakers and conclude in an open discussion session when contributions
from the audience will be very welcome. Abstracts which attempt to deal overtly
with the issues involved with this (from any perspective) are certainly welcome.

Special Session Speakers (in alphabetical order)
- Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (University of Manchester)
- Mirjam Ernestus (Radboud Univeristy & Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen)
- John McCarthy (University of Massachusetts)
- Glyne Piggott (McGill University)

Abstract Submission
This is a summary - please consult the website for full details

- There is no obligatory conference theme - abstracts can be submitted on
anything. Abstracts should be sent to Patrick Honeybone as attachments to an
email (patrick.honeyboneed.ac.uk) by 1st March 2007.

- Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4, with 2.5cm or one inch
margins, single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12, and with normal
character spacing.

- Please send two copies of your abstract - one of these should be anonymous and
one should include your name, affiliation and email address at the top of the
page, directly below the title. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by
members of the organising committee and advisory board.

- Please use one of these formats for your abstract: pdf, Word, or plain text.
If you need to use a phonetic font in your abstract, either embed it in a pdf
file, or use the Doulos SIL font.

- Full papers will last around 25 minutes with around 5 minutes for questions,
and there will be a high-profile poster session lasting one and a half hours.
Please indicate whether you would prefer to present your work as an oral paper
or a poster, or whether you would be prepared to present it in either form.

- If you need technical equipment for your talk, please say so in the message
accompanying your abstract and we will do our best to provide it, although this
cannot be guaranteed.

- We aim to finalise the programme, and to contact abstract-senders by around
31st March.

Further important details concerning abstract submission are available on the
conference website - please make sure that you consult these before submitting
an abstract: www.englang.ed.ac.uk/mfm/15mfm.html


Organising Committee
The first named is the convenor and main organiser - if you would like to attend
or if you have any queries about the conference, please feel free to get in
touch with me (patrick.honeyboneed.ac.uk, or phone +44 (0)131 651 1838).
- Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh)
- Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Manchester)
- Philip Carr (Montpellier-Paul Valery)
- Jacques Durand (Toulouse-Le Mirail)

Advisory Board
- Jill Beckman (Iowa)
- Bert Botma (Leiden)
- Mike Davenport (Durham)
- Daniel L. Everett (Illinois State)
- Paul Foulkes (York)
- S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne)
- John Harris (UCL)
- Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Manchester)
- Martin Krämer (Tromso)
- Aditi Lahiri (Konstanz)
- Ken Lodge (UEA)
- Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut)
- Glyne Piggott (McGill)
- Curt Rice (Tromso)
- Catherine O. Ringen (Iowa)
- Tobias Scheer (Nice)
- James M. Scobbie (QMUC)
- Dan Silverman (McGill)
- Moira Yip (UCL)
Message 2: Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting
Date: 25-Jan-2007
From: John Nerbonne <j.nerbonnerug.nl>
Subject: Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting

Full Title: Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting
Short Title: CompHistPhon

Date: 28-Jun-2007 - 28-Jun-2007
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Contact Person: John Nerbonne
Meeting Email: j.nerbonnerug.nl
Web Site: http://www.let.rug.nl/alfa/Prague/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Phonology

Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

This workshop of the ACL Special Interest Group on Computational
Morphology and Phonology will feature especially work on computing in
service of historical phonology. The vision is to systematize William Jones's
(1786) criterion that 'strong affinities' that could not be 'accident', and give it
algorithmic form.

We deliberately define the scope of the workshop broadly to include
problems such as identifying spelling variants in older manuscripts,
searching for cognates, hypothesizing and confirming sound changes and/or
sound correspondences, modeling likely sound changes, the relation
between synchronic social and geographic variation to historical change, the
detection of phonetic signals of relatedness among potentially related
languages, phylogenetic reconstruction based on sound correspondences
among languages, dating historical changes, or others.

We are emphatically open to papers applying techniques from other areas to
problems in historical phonology such as applying work on confusable
product names to the modeling of likely sound correspondences or the
application of phylogenetic analysis from evolutionary biology to the problem
of phonological reconstruction.

The workshop will be open to all areas of computation applied to morphology
and phonology. Papers will be on substantial, original, and unpublished
research on any aspect of computational phonology and computational
morphology. But we wish to focus on papers on historical phonology.

Brett Kessler, Washington University, St. Louis, will deliver the keynote on
word similarity metrics and multilateral comparison.

See http://www.let.rug.nl/alfa/Prague for details on 8-pp. abstracts including
formatting instructions.

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