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LINGUIST List 18.891

Fri Mar 23 2007

Calls: General Ling/Greece; Phonology/France

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


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        1.    Elissavet Nouchoutidou, 4th Athens Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics
        2.    Te-hsin Liu, Problems with surface-based generalizations


Message 1: 4th Athens Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics
Date: 22-Mar-2007
From: Elissavet Nouchoutidou <enouchouphil.uoa.gr>
Subject: 4th Athens Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics


Full Title: 4th Athens Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics
Short Title: APC 4

Date: 01-Jun-2007 - 03-Jun-2007
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Elissavet Nouchoutidou
Meeting Email: enouchouphil.uoa.gr

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:
In 2001 the 1st Athens Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics was hosted by the
University of Athens. Since then, it has been organized biennially with the aim
of bringing together postgraduate students from within the various areas of the
discipline in order to discuss their research.

2nd Call for Papers
The 4th Athens Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics will take place on 1-3
June 2007 at the University of Athens.

We are pleased to announce the following invited speakers:
Gaberell Drachman (University of Salzburg)
Angeliki Malikouti-Drachman (University of Salzburg)

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) and
poster presentations of current postgraduate research. We welcome all
presentations on any topic in linguistics.

Abstract submission: 30 March 2007
Notification of acceptance: 20 April 2007
The languages of the conference are Greek and English.

Abstract submission guidelines:
- Abstracts should be sent electronically as attachment files (Word or PDF),
with ''abstract submission'' in the subject field to enouchouphil.uoa.gr.
- Length: up to 400 words.
- The abstract should be anonymous. The author's name, academic affiliation and
area of research should be included in the body of the e-mail.
- In the body of the message, please indicate ''presentation'' or ''poster
session''.
- If you are using any special font, please attach it to the message.
Only electronic submissions will be considered.

Presenters will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the
Proceedings of the 4th Athens Postgraduate Conference.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and to seeing you soon in Athens.

The Organizing Committee
Message 2: Problems with surface-based generalizations
Date: 22-Mar-2007
From: Te-hsin Liu <liu.tehsingmail.com>
Subject: Problems with surface-based generalizations



Full Title: Problems with surface-based generalizations

Date: 08-Oct-2007 - 09-Oct-2007
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Te-hsin Liu
Meeting Email: liu.tehsingmail.com
Web Site: http://home.kimo.com.tw/tehsinl/

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 07-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:
This conference is to be held in Paris, organised by Paris 8 University and UMR
7023.

Since the advent of Optimality Theory (OT) advocating the replacement of rules
by violable constraints, this model faces a number of challenges that appear to
be related to its initial commitment to evaluating a set of surface
'candidates'. One problem is that we have no satisfactory criterion as to which
and how many candidates should be evaluated for a given input. As is shown by
Steriade's (2001) work on the typology of repairs for the constraint against
voiced stops, the only repair attested for violations of such a constraint is
final devoicing. Other potential strategies, such as nasalization, syncope,
metathesis and epenthesis, are not attested. While syncope and epenthesis are
frequent processes among languages, they are never chosen as repair strategies
for final obstruent voicing. However, standard OT has no way to rule out these
possibilities elegantly, and this is far from being the only problem for the
theory. In order to account for problematic opacity facts, several attempts have
been proposed. Thus, Calabrese (2005) proposes to re-establish serialism, the
principle at the heart of classical generative phonology. On the contrary,
Carvalho & Klein (2006) suggest developing a theory of the input, arguing that
phonological representations should explain the reasons of the variable
behaviour of speakers vis-à-vis opacity.
We organize a two-day workshop, addressing any topic related with the above
issues, couched in any theoretical framework. The empirical domains can include
loanwords, word games, sociolinguistic variation, etc.
Speakers will have the opportunity to present a 20-minute talk, followed by 10
minutes of discussion.

Depuis l'avènement de la théorie de l'optimalité (OT) qui prône le remplacement
des règles par des contraintes violables, la phonologie se trouve face à des
défis qui résultent de son engagement initial, fondé sur l'évaluation d'un
ensemble de ''candidats'' de surface. Comme le démontre le travail de Steriade
(2001) portant sur la typologie des stratégies de réparation de la contrainte
interdisant les codas voisées, la seule réparation attestée est le dévoisement
final. D'autres stratégies potentielles, telles la nasalisation, la syncope, la
métathèse ou l'épenthèse, ne sont pas attestées. Alors que l'épenthèse et la
syncope sont des processus fréquents dans les langues, ils ne sont jamais
choisis comme stratégie de réparation pour éviter une coda voisée. Or OT
standard est incapable d'exclure ces possibilités d'une façon élégante. Et ceci
est loin d'être la seule difficulté rencontrée par la théorie. Plusieurs
tentatives ont eu lieu qui essaient d'apporter une solution au problème posé à
OT par l'opacité. Ainsi Calabrese (2005) propose de rétablir le sérialisme, le
principe central de la phonologie générative classique. De leur côté, Carvalho &
Klein (2006) suggèrent de développer une théorie de l'input, seul à même
d'expliquer les raisons du comportement variable des locuteurs.
Nous organisons un colloque de deux jours, portant essentiellement, mais non
obligatoirement, sur des sujets en rapport avec les problématiques ci-dessus, et
sans exclusive de cadre théorique. Les domaines empiriques possibles iraient
jusqu'à inclure les jeux de mots, les emprunts, la variation socio-linguistique,
etc.
Nous sollicitons la soumission de résumés pour une présentation de 20 minutes,
suivie de 10 minutes de discussion.

Invited speakers/Conférenciers invités:
Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley)
Haike Jacobs (University Nijmegen)
Sharon Peperkamp (Université de Paris 8)
Tobias Scheer (Université de Nice)

Format of Abstracts:
- an anonymous text no longer than two pages in either French or English;
- page format: A4, 2,5 cm margins on all four sides, 12-point font, simple line
spacing;
- the body of the message contains the title of the presentation proposed as
well as the name, the affiliation, and the electronic address of all authors;
- the abstract, in PDF format, is attached to the message.

La procédure de soumission se présente de la manière suivante:
- résumé anonyme de 2 pages maximum rédigé en français ou en anglais;
- format: A4, marges d'au moins 2,5 cm de chaque côté, police taille 12,
interligne simple;
- le corps du message contiendra le titre de la communication proposée, ainsi
que le nom, l'affiliation, et l'adresse électronique de chacun des auteurs;
- le résumé sera transmis sous la forme d'un fichier PDF attaché à ce message.

Advisory Board/Comité scientifique:
Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho (Paris 8 University & UMR 7023)
Marc Klein (Paris 10 University)
Mohamed Lahrouchi (UMR 7023)
Michela Russo (Paris 8 University & UMR 7023)
Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8 University & UMR 7023)

Organizing Committee/Comité d'organisation:
Kadija Aboufarah (Paris 8 University & UMR 7023)
Te-hsin Liu (Paris 8 University & UMR 7023)
Marcela San Giacomo (Paris 8 University)



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