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LINGUIST List 18.78

Thu Jan 11 2007

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Cameroon; General Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <danlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Charles Nah, 2nd SignPost GradConf: Globalisation: Building Bridges?
        2.    Dora Alexopoulou, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses

Message 1: 2nd SignPost GradConf: Globalisation: Building Bridges?
Date: 27-Dec-2006
From: Charles Nah <signpost_deyahoo.com>
Subject: 2nd SignPost GradConf: Globalisation: Building Bridges?

Full Title: 2nd SignPost GradConf: Globalisation: Building Bridges?
Short Title: SignPost II

Date: 26-Apr-2007 - 28-Apr-2007
Location: University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
Contact Person: Charles Nah
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2007

Meeting Description:

SignPost, the postgraduate forum of the University of Yaounde I, is organising its second annual graduate conference on the theme, Globalisation: Building Bridges? 300-word abstracts on language, linguistics and literature (and related disciplines) are requested.
Send abstracts to: signpost_deyahoo.com
Deadline: February 15, 2007

Theme: Globalisation: Building Bridges?

Man, through his mobility, has witnessed the intriguing paradox of spatial reduction and experiential expansion. The evolution of this process, aided by technological advancements, has seen the transformation of the world into a ''global village'' and has resulted to contacts, confluences and conflicts in (aspects of) power, identities, values and visions. The study of languages and literatures are among the domains most affected by globalisation phenomena. This is due to their polyvalent qualities as cultural and ideological vectors and currencies with / through which other values and fields are transacted and communicated. Language and literature have, as such, served to define convergence centres and divergence polarities.
It is this prism of paradoxes and contradictions that the phenomena of globalisation is constantly soliciting interrogations and explorations manifested in dialectic dynamics of globalisation versus localisation, the centres versus the peripheries, unity in diversity, otherness and many such conditions that characterise literary and linguistic globalisation.

We are seeking abstracts for papers that address the issues raised above and the following:

Universality, globalisation and relativism
Regional integration and identity negotiation
Re-writing the periphery
Reconstruction of otherness
Border crossing
Reductionism in literature
Language triangulation
African languages and linguistics
Linguistic (postcolonial) identities
Cameroon Pidgin English

Send 300-word abstracts to signpost_deyahoo.com
Call deadline: February 15, 2007
Registration fee - 5.000 f cfa
Notification of accepted abstracts - February 25th 2007.
Questions or inquiries to the e-mail address above or (237) 794 48 11 or (237) 734 25 15

Message 2: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses
Date: 26-Dec-2006
From: Dora Alexopoulou <ta259cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses

Full Title: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses
Short Title: REL07

Date: 13-Sep-2007 - 15-Sep-2007
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Dora Alexopoulou
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2006-7/relativeclauses.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Jan-2007

Meeting Description:

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses

Interdisciplinary approaches to Relative Clauses
Final Call for papers

Call deadline: 8th of January 2007

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses
13-15 Sept 2007
Cambridge, UK

Invited Speakers
Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Elisabet Engdahl (Gothenburg)
Suzanne Flynn (MIT)
Ted Gibson (MIT)
Ed Keenan (UCLA)
Ruth Kempson (King's College London)
Jim McCloskey (UC Santa Cruz)
Colin Phillips (Maryland)
Florian Jaeger (Rochester) and Tom Wasow (Stanford)

Organisers: Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge and Dept. of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Contact: Dora Alexopoulou (ta259cam.ac.uk)
Conference website: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/index.html
Sponsors: Dept. of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics (Cambridge), the Scandinavian Studies Fund (Cambridge), and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Cambridge (CRASSH).

Relative clauses are complex constructions grammatically, yet very frequent and highly productive crosslinguistically. Understanding their properties is, thus, fundamental for theories of grammar, linguistic typology, language acquisition and processing. Many of their structural and interpretive properties have now been investigated and there is a growing body of work on their acquisition and processing. However, there have been insufficient efforts to integrate insights and results across different subdisciplines. Building on the success of the preparatory ''Workshop on the Typology, Acquisition and Processing of Relative Clauses'' (Leipzig 2005, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology), the conference aims to bring together researchers investigating relative clauses from different perspectives: linguistic typology, grammatical theory, processing, first and second language acquisition, computational/corpus linguistics and historical linguistics. There is currently considerable interest in relative clauses throughout the language sciences and we expect contributions from all relevant subfields. We especially encourage paper submissions on the following topics:

Head internal relative clauses.
Relative clauses in languages like Japanese where the relative clause is closely related to other types of prenominal modification.
Relative clauses in 1st language acquisition.
Relative clauses in 2nd language acquisition from speakers with varying L1s.
Relative clauses in Scandinavian languages.
Resumption in relative clauses.
Processing of relative clauses, in particular, in different language types.
Production models of relative clauses.
Comprehension models of relative clauses.

Please note that, thanks to an award from the University of Cambridge Scandinavian Studies Fund, registration fees will be waived for papers on Scandinavian languages.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission: 8th of January 2007
Notification of acceptance: 7th of March 2007
Early Registration: June 2007
Conference: 13-15 Sept. 2007

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion) and/or poster presentations on any aspect of relative clauses. Abstracts should be submitted to http://www.easychair.org/REL07/ in PDF format, by the 8th of January 2007. Abstracts are limited to one page (using 1'' margins on all sides and 11pt font size) and a second page containing examples/data and references. Any non-standard fonts should be embedded in the PDF document. Abstracts should include a header with the name(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail contact of author(s).

Please contact the conference organisers at relatives2007rceal.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Organising Committee
Dora Alexopoulou (Lille/Cambridge)
Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
John Hawkins (Cambridge)
Gaby Hermon (Delaware)
Ruth Kempson (King's College London)
Teresa Parodi (Cambridge)
Colin Phillips (Maryland)
Ian Roberts (Cambridge)
Tom Wasow (Stanford)
John Williams (Cambridge)

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