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LINGUIST List 18.814

Thu Mar 15 2007

Calls: Gen Ling/Germany; Gen Ling/USA

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

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        1.    Cornelia Endriss, Workshop on Different Kinds of Specificity
        2.    Shakthi Poornima, Niagara Linguistic Society

Message 1: Workshop on Different Kinds of Specificity
Date: 15-Mar-2007
From: Cornelia Endriss <endrissuni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Workshop on Different Kinds of Specificity

Full Title: Workshop on Different Kinds of Specificity

Date: 06-Jul-2007 - 07-Jul-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Cornelia Endriss
Meeting Email: endrissuni-potsdam.de
Web Site: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~endriss/funny-indefinites/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2007

Meeting Description
This workshop aims at bringing together researchers working on theoretical
and empirical aspects of specificity across languages.

Call for Papers
Funny Indefinites
Workshop on Different Kinds of Specificity Across Languages


Berlin, Germany
July 6-7, 2007

Workshop Description
The workshop aims at bringing together researchers working on theoretical
and empirical aspects of specificity. The notion of specificity is an
intensively investigated and debated topic and there are many very
different conceptions of specificity around: it has been proposed that
specificity should be captured by a notion of speaker's reference (Fodor
and Sag 1982), that it has to be linked to the notion of
presuppositionality or familiarity (Enç 1991), and that it is simply a
matter of scope (Quine 1956). These different conceptions have lead to
quite diverse formalisations. Furthermore, the interconnection of
topicality and specificity has often been addressed (e.g. Cresti 1995), but
the role that information structure plays for the notion of specificity is
still not well understood.

On the empirical side, there has been intensive research on the detection
and examination of specificity markers in different languages. However,
what has been less acknowledged so far is the fact that there are vast
differences among specificity markers - across languages and within one
language. What is usually regarded as specific indefinites is by no means a
homogeneous class. Different kinds of specific indefinites behave
differently in a number of respects: whether they have to be given/familiar
or unique, whether some kind of speaker-hearer-asymmetry for referent
identification is involved, what scope they take in the context of other
quantifiers, negation, attitude verbs, and intensional/modal operators.
Little attention has been paid to these unexpected differences so far (but
important first steps have been made in Prince 1981, Ionin 2006 on
indefinite 'this' vs. 'a certain' or Schwarz 2001, Farkas 2002 on 'some'
vs. 'a certain' and others).

This workshop is designed to close these gaps. We aim at bringing different
theoretical strands together thus furthering fruitful discussion. We invite
talks that further our theoretical understanding of specificity, for
instance by discussing differences among specific indefinites within one
language as well as by presenting and investigating more of these 'funny
indefinites' cross-linguistically. Furthermore, we would like to learn more
about the connection of specificity and information structure and
topicality in particular.

Submission Details
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract, which should not exceed
2 pages including references. Please send your submission by April 30, 2007
via EasyChair at http://www.easychair.org/FI07/ and follow the instructions

Workshop Format
The workshop will take place on two consecutive days and will feature
several invited as well as submitted talks of 35 minutes plus 10
minutes discussion time.

Invited Speakers
- Donka Farkas, University of California
- Anastasia Giannakidou, University of Chicago
- Klaus von Heusinger, University of Stuttgart
- Tania Ionin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Paula Menéndez Benito, MIT
- Yoad Winter, Technion & NIAS
- Jae-Il Yeom, Hongik University

Workshop Organizers
- Cornelia Endriss, University of Osnabrueck
(endriss at uni-potsdam.de)
- Stefan Hinterwimmer, Humboldt University Berlin
(stefan.hinterwimmer at rz.hu-berlin.de)
- Manfred Krifka, Humboldt University Berlin
(krifka at rz.hu-berlin.de)
- Sophie Repp, Humboldt University Berlin
(sophie.repp at rz.hu-berlin.de)

Important Dates
Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2007
Notification: June 1, 2007
Workshop dates: July 6-7, 2007

Further Information
The workshop is organized by project A2 ''Quantification and
Information Structure'' of the SFB 632 ''Information Structure'' and
supported by the Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and
Universals Research (ZAS), Berlin.
Message 2: Niagara Linguistic Society
Date: 15-Mar-2007
From: Shakthi Poornima <poornimabuffalo.edu>
Subject: Niagara Linguistic Society

Full Title: Niagara Linguistic Society
Short Title: NLS

Date: 28-Sep-2007 - 29-Sep-2007
Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Contact Person: NLS Submission
Meeting Email: niagaralingsocietygmail.com
Web Site: http://linguistics.buffalo.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2007

Meeting Description:

The Graduate Linguistics Association at the University at Buffalo (State
University of New York) is pleased to announce that the VII Niagara Linguistic
Society (NLS) Conference will take place at the University at Buffalo on
September 28th and 29th, 2007. The Niagara Linguistic Society is a student-run
organization, which for over six years has provided a forum for linguists in the
northeastern United States and neighboring Canada.

Presentations will be 30 minutes in length, with an additional 10 minutes for

- Abstracts must be in an area of linguistics.
- Abstracts should be no longer than 1000 words with an additional page for
references and/or data.
- Please include appropriate contact details in the body of your e-mail: name(s)
of author(s), affiliation, main contact author, e-mail address and phone number.
- Do not include any identifying information in your abstract or file name, as
the selection process is intended to be anonymous.
- Abstracts should be in Microsoft Word or Portable Document (PDF) format.
- More than one abstract may be submitted per person; however, only one paper
per person will be accepted for presentation. The only exception may be in
instances where one of the papers has multiple authors.

E-mail abstracts to niagaralingsocietygmail.com with ''NLS Submission'' in the
subject line by June 1st, 2007. Notification of acceptance will be sent by
e-mail during the first week of July.

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