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LINGUIST List 18.3112

Tue Oct 23 2007

Calls: General Ling,Phonology/USA; Syntax/Netherlands

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

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        1.    Natasha Abner, 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
        2.    Kristina Riedel, Movement and Word Order in Bantu

Message 1: 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
Date: 22-Oct-2007
From: Natasha Abner <nabnerucla.edu>
Subject: 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
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Full Title: 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
Short Title: WCCFL

Date: 16-May-2008 - 18-May-2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contact Person: Robyn Orfitelli
Meeting Email: rorfitelliucla.edu
Web Site: http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/wccfl27/Home.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL) 27

The 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics

May 16 - 18, 2008
University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, USA

Invited Speakers
Hagit Borer - USC
Elliott Moreton - UNC
Liina Pylkkänen - NYU

General Session
Abstracts from all areas of formal linguistics and from any theoretical
perspective are invited for 20-minute talks in the general session.

Special Session I: Experimental Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics
Support for formal linguistic theories can often be found in empirical study.
Abstracts that use objective measures to address issues in syntax, semantics, or
pragmatics are invited for 20-minute talks in this special session.

Special Session II: Explaining Phonological Typology: Channel or Analytic Bias?
One problem in addressing phonological typology has been the compatibility of
data with both cognitive and phonetic predispositions. This session solicits
papers which address and attempt to tease apart the effects of such biases.

Instructions for Abstract Submission
Abstracts must be at most one page long on a letter-size sheet (8''1/2 by 11'')
with one-inch margins and typed in at least 11-point font. An optional second
page is permitted for data and references. Abstracts must be anonymous.

Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2
joint abstracts per author.

Abstracts must be submitted in one of the following formats:
PDF attachment
PS attachment
Hardcopy (only if absolutely necessary)

We strongly encourage electronic submissions, which should be submitted at the

Hardcopy submissions should include the information below on a separate sheet,
along with ten copies of the abstract.

Author Information
Name(s) of author(s)
Title of talk
Area of specialization
E-mail address(es)
Postal address(es)

Hard copies should be sent to the WCCFL 27 postal address:

WCCFL 27 Abstracts Committee
Department of Linguistics
University of California-Los Angeles
3125 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543

Deadline for Submission
January 15, 2008, 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time
(Abstracts must be received by this time.)
Notification of Acceptance
February 15, 2008

Electronic submissions will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of the
abstract. For those submitting their abstracts through regular mail, please
include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish to receive confirmation.

Please visit our web-site for more information:

Message 2: Movement and Word Order in Bantu
Date: 22-Oct-2007
From: Kristina Riedel <k.riedellet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Movement and Word Order in Bantu
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Full Title: Movement and Word Order in Bantu

Date: 07-Mar-2008 - 08-Mar-2008
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact Person: Kristina Riedel
Meeting Email: bantu_conferencelet.leidenuniv.nl
Web Site: http://www.lucl.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?m=9&c=541

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Language Family(ies): Narrow Bantu

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2007

Meeting Description

The 'Movement and Word Order in Bantu' Conference aims to bring together
linguists with different theoretical perspectives to discuss word order and
morphology and their links to information structure.

Movement and Word order in Bantu

Date: 7 and 8 March 2008

Organisers: Kristina Riedel and Jenneke van der Wal, Bantu Syntax Project, LUCL

Word order and information structure have increasingly attracted attention in
both empirical and theoretical research. Bantu languages provide a rich testing
ground for the investigation of how information structure is encoded because
they employ a variety of morphological, syntactic and intonational markings of
information structure. Our aim with this conference is to bring together
Bantuists working from different theoretical perspectives to discuss among
others the following issues:

Is there movement in wh-questions and/or in topic and focus constructions?

Is there a direct correlation between particular morphemes - such as for example
subject and object markers, conjoint/disjoint markers and focus particles - and
information structure? If so, what are the theoretical implications?

What is the structure of the left and right periphery and the middle field in
Bantu? Are there designated focus and/or topic projections?

What is the typology of focus and wh-positions in Bantu? Do different positions
correlate with any systematic interpretational differences?

Which topicalization positions and/or strategies are available in Bantu? Do they
show any systematic differences in interpretation?

Call for Papers

We invite abstracts for presentations dealing with these and related questions.
Time for presentations is 30 minutes including discussion. Abstracts should be
no longer than one page A4, including data and references, with 2.5 cm margins
and 12 point font size. Please send two copies of your abstract. One of these
should be anonymous, and one should include your name, affiliation and email at
the top of the page, directly below the title. Abstracts should be submitted
electronically, in PDF, RTF, DOC format. Email abstracts to:
bantu_conferencelet.leidenuniv.nl by 1 November 2007.

Invited speakers
Katherine Demuth (Brown University)
Laura Downing (ZAS)
Lutz Marten (SOAS)
Jochen Zeller (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Important dates
1 November 2007: deadline for the submission of abstracts
15 December 2007: notification of acceptance
7 and 8 March 2008: conference

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