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LINGUIST List 18.3687

Mon Dec 10 2007

Calls: General Ling/USA; General Ling/USA

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        1.    J. Michael Terry, Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches
        2.    Akinloye Ojo, 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics


Message 1: Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches
Date: 09-Dec-2007
From: J. Michael Terry <jmterryunc.edu>
Subject: Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches
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Full Title: Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches
Short Title: WLV

Date: 24-Apr-2008 - 26-Apr-2008
Location: Amherst, MA, USA
Contact Person: Kathy Adamczyk
Meeting Email: kaalinguist.umass.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

This workshop will bring together researchers from the US and abroad for a
discussion of the treatment of variation within current formal linguistic
theory. Participating researchers will address the following themes:

- The status of linguistic features in grammar and their relation to the way
languages and dialects vary
- Intra-speaker variability due to selection of multiple grammars or parameters
- Patterns of variation in language acquisition

Call for Posters

Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches

Center for the Study of African American Language
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
University of Massachusetts at Amherst


April 24th -26th, 2008


Recent trends in linguistic theory have led to increased interest in the role of
features and formal grammar in language variation, its expression as dialectal
difference, and speakers' choices of forms within dialects. While it is true
that research on dialects of English has focused mainly on the impact that
social factors have on the use of linguistic constructions, variation in
dialects of languages such as Italian, German, Dutch, and Flemish have been
productively analyzed using variation models developed within theoretical
syntax. This workshop will bring together researchers from the US and abroad for
a discussion of the treatment of variation within current formal linguistic
theory.

While the speakers have been invited to participate (see list to follow), in
recognition of the scope of the topic and the many contributions to research in
this area, slots have been reserved for posters selected from submitted
abstracts. Submissions which present research on any topic consistent with the
themes of the workshop will be considered. Please send a one-page anonymous
abstract to kaalinguist.umass.edu. The title ''WLV Abstract'' should be in the
subject line. Include your contact information in the body of the email message:
name, address, email address, affiliation. The abstracts must be received by
midnight on February 1, 2008. Applicants will be notified as to whether their
abstracts have been accepted by February 25, 2008.

Invited Speakers

David Adger
Sjef Barbiers
Lisa Green
Randall Hendrick
Alison Henry
Richard Kayne
William Labov
Andrew Nevins
Jeffrey Parrott
Tom Roeper
Cristina Schmitt
Elisabeth Selkirk
William Snyder
Joe Stemberger
J. Michael Terry
Christina Tortora
James Walker
Tracey Weldon
Charles Yang
Message 2: 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
Date: 08-Dec-2007
From: Akinloye Ojo <akinloyeuga.edu>
Subject: 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
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Full Title: 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
Short Title: 39ACAL

Date: 17-Apr-2008 - 20-Apr-2008
Location: Athens, Georgia, USA
Contact Person: Akinloye Ojo
Meeting Email: akinloyeuga.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

Abstracts for individual papers and panel proposals are invited for the 39th
Annual Conference on African Linguistics that will be held on April 17 to 20,
2008 at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. The Conference Theme is
'Linguistic Research and the Plight of Endangered Languages in Africa.' A
special invitation is being made for papers that report or highlight field work
and research in the areas of language documentation, the creation of
orthographies and language engineering on the African continent.
The organizers of the ACAL 39 would like to invite papers that address the
conference theme, or any other topic relating to African languages and linguistics.

The 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (39TH ACAL)

will be held on April 17 - 20, 2008 at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Call for Papers

Abstracts for individual papers and panel proposals are invited for the 39th
Annual Conference on African Linguistics that will be held on April 17 to 20,
2008 at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.

Conference Theme

''Linguistic Research and the Plight of Endangered Languages in Africa''

Special Invitation
Papers that report or highlight field work and research in the areas of language
documentation, the creation of orthographies and language engineering on the
African continent.

The organizers of the ACAL 39 would like to invite papers that address the
conference theme, or any other topic relating to African languages and linguistics.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Morphology
- Phonetics
- Phonology
- Pragmatics
- Semantics
- Syntax
- Sociolinguistics
- Language acquisition
- Language planning
- Language pedagogy
- Language use
- Language contact
- Language variation
- Computational linguistics
- The influence of African languages in the African Diaspora
- Other areas of linguistic research in Africa

Abstracts

- Abstracts can be written in English, French, Swahili, Yoruba, Manding or any
language spoken on the African continent.
- Abstracts should be 250 word maximum, in a 12-point font.
- A short 100 word summary must accompany abstracts submitted in a language
other than English.
(Conference presentations can be made in the same language used on the abstract
but copies of the summary or main ideas in English must be provided prior to
the conference).
- Abstracts must contain the full names, affiliation and contact information of
the author(s).
- Abstracts must be submitted by email (word attachments preferred) to either of
the following addresses: ACAL39gmail.com or acalingeorgiayahoo.com
- Abstracts containing special characters should be prepared and submitted in
PDF. format.

Submission by fax is not acceptable. If you do not have regular access to
e-mail, you may submit one copy of your abstract by regular mail on a 3.5 inch
floppy disk (Microsoft Word documents only):
ACAL 39
African Studies Institute
321 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-0000

Deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals: January 16, 2008

ACAL39 Organizing Committee



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