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LINGUIST List 19.228

Sat Jan 19 2008

Calls: Morphology,Psycholing/Germany; Text/Corpus Ling/China

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

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        1.    Gereon Mueller, Scales
        2.    Richard Xiao, Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies

Message 1: Scales
Date: 18-Jan-2008
From: Gereon Mueller <gereon.muelleruni-leipzig.de>
Subject: Scales
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Full Title: Scales

Date: 29-Mar-2008 - 30-Mar-2008
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Gereon Mueller
Meeting Email: scalesuni-leipzig.de
Web Site: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~va

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2008

Meeting Description:

The goal of this workshop is to address empirical and theoretical aspects of
scales (or hierarchies), as they are relevant for grammatical phenomena like
argument encoding and diatheses (see, e.g., Silverstein 1976, Comrie 1981,
Aissen 2003), by bringing together research from typology, grammatical theory,
and psycholinguistics.

Abstract Submission
Email to: scalesuni-leipzig.de

Abstracts should be anonymous, no more than one page, in pdf format; 12pt, at
least 2cm margins on all sides, for 30 minute talks (40 minute slots). Name,
affiliation, and title of the abstract should be included in the body of the email.

Reimbursement: Speakers will be partially reimbursed.

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2008 (Notification of
acceptance: February 5, 2007)

The workshop will combine 10 presentations selected from the submitted abstracts
with contributions by members of Forschergruppe 742 (including Balthasar Bickel,
Petr Biskup, Ina Bornkessel, Michael Cysouw, Uwe Junghanns, Martin Haspelmath,
Andrej Malchukov, Gereon Mueller, Jochen Trommer).

Workshop Description:

Since the discovery of scales (or hierarchies) for grammatical categories in the
70s, many cross-linguistic generalizations have been noted in the
functional-typological literature, especially in domains such as person/number
marking, argument encoding by case or agreement (Silverstein 1976, Dixon 1979),
and diatheses and direction marking (Comrie 1981, DeLancey 1981). The
formulation of scales as ''implicational hierarchies'' has enabled researchers
in this area to formulate some of the most robust generalizations on language.
More recently, the concept of scales has received considerable attention in
grammatical theory as well. In particular, the work of Aissen (1999, 2003) has
triggered a surge of research occupied with the question of how the effects of
scales are related to general principles of morpho-syntactic theory. Also,
recent work in psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic theorizing has argued for
cross-linguistic principles of language processing which employ the notion of a
scale. The idea is that scales may help to guide incremental argument
interpretation by serving to shape the interpretive relations than are
established between different arguments online (Bornkessel & Schlesewsky 2006).

In this workshop we would like to discuss empirical and theoretical aspects of
scales including (but not restricted to) the following.

(i) How well-established is the cross-linguistic evidence for implicational
scales? Recently, different potential counter-examples have been discussed (see
Filimonova 2005, Haude 2007). The question is especially pressing as the
availability of large databases (WALS, TDS) and recent comprehensive field work
studies promise a better understanding of the relevant empirical
generalizations. Also, is there evidence for new scales that have so far gone
unnoticed? And could it be that scales are organized in a meta-hierarchy with
respect to each other?

(ii) What is the status of scales in grammatical theory? Are they part of
grammar itself (Noyer 1992, Aissen 1999, 2003) or rather epiphenomena? If the
latter, are they epiphenomena of (a) functionality or frequency distributions in
language use (Bresnan, Dingare & Manning 2001, Newmeyer 2002, Hawkins 2004,
Haspelmath 2008), or (b) derivable from other grammatical mechanisms such as
feature geometry or/and syntactic movement (Harley & Ritter 2002, Bejar 2003)?
What is the relation between feature hierarchies and the order of
functional projections in syntax (Cinque 1999, Starke 2001)?

(iii) Which role do scales play in the language processing architecture? Should
they be afforded an independent status or can they be viewed as epiphenomena of
other information types (e.g., frequency of occurrence)? Is there evidence for
the interaction of different scales during language processing and, if so, how
does this interaction take place?


Aissen, Judith (1999): Markedness and Subject Choice in Optimality Theory,
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 17, 673-711.

Aissen, Judith (2003): Differential Object Marking: Iconicity vs. Economy,
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 21, 435-483.

Bejar, S. (2003): Phi-Syntax: A Theory of Agreement. PhD thesis, University of

Bornkessel, I. & Schlesewsky, M. (2006): The extended argument dependency model:
A neurocognitive approach to sentence comprehension across languages.
Psychological Review 113, 787-821.

Bresnan, Joan, Shipra Dingare & Christopher Manning (2001): Soft Constraints
Mirror Hard Constraints: Voice and Person in English and Lummi. In: Proceedings
of the LFG 01 Conference, University of Hong Kong.

Cinque, Guglielmo (1999): Adverbs and Functional Heads, Oxford University Press,

Comrie, Bernard (1981): Language Universals and Linguistic Typology. Blackwell,

DeLancey, Scott (1981): An interpretation of split ergativity and related
patterns. Language 51, 626-657.

Dixon, R.M.W. (1979): Ergativity, Language 55:59-138.

Filimonova, Elena (2005): 'The noun phrase hierarchy and relational marking:
problems and counterevidence', Linguistic Typology 9, 77-113.

Harley, H. and Ritter, E. (2002): A feature-geometric analysis of person and
number. Language 78, 482-526.

Haspelmath, Martin (2008): Frequency vs. Iconicity in Explaining Grammatical
Asymmetries. To appear in: Cognitive Linguistics 19.1

Haude, Katharina (2007): A grammar of Movima, PhD thesis, Radboud University,

Hawkins, John A. (2004): Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars. Oxford: Oxford
University Press.

de Hoop, Helen & Lamers, Monique (2006): Incremental distinguishability of
subject and object. In: L. Kulikov, A. Malchukov & P. de Swart (eds). Case,
Valency and Transitivity. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Newmeyer, Frederick (2002): Optimality and Functionality: A Critique
of Functionally-Based Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Natural Language
and Linguistic Theory pp. 43-80.

Noyer, Rolf (1992): Features, Positions and Affixes in Autonomous Morphological
Structure. PhD thesis, MIT.

Silverstein, Michael (1976): Hierarchy of Features and Ergativity. In:
R. Dixon, ed., Grammatical Categories in Australian Languages. Australian
Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra, pp. 112-171.

Starke, Michal (2001): Move Dissolves into Merge: a Theory of Locality; PhD
thesis, University of Geneva.
Message 2: Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies
Date: 17-Jan-2008
From: Richard Xiao <RXiaouclan.ac.uk>
Subject: Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies
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Full Title: Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies
Short Title: UCCTS

Date: 25-Sep-2008 - 27-Sep-2008
Location: Hangzhou, China
Contact Person: Richard Xiao
Meeting Email: RXiaouclan.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.sis.zju.edu.cn/sis/sisht/dlwy/UCCTS2008main.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 21-Mar-2008

Meeting Description
The international symposium on Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation
Studies is sponsored jointly by Zhejiang University, University of Central
Lancashire, Beijing Foreign Language Studies, Shandong University, and Lancaster
University, with the aim of exploring the creation and use of corpora in
contrastive and translation studies. The first conference will be held at
Zhejiang University in the scenic city of Hangzhou, China during 25th - 27th
September 2008.

Keynote Speakers
Michael Barlow (Auckland University)
Silvia Bernardini (Bologna University)
Defeng Li (Shandong University / SOAS, University of London)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Kefei Wang (Beijing Foreign Studies University)

We invite papers that are related to, but not restricted to, the following themes:
- Design and development of comparable and parallel corpora
- Processing of multilingual corpora
- Using corpora in translation studies and teaching
- Using corpora in cross-linguistic contrast
- Corpus-based comparative research of source native language, translated
language and target native language
- Corpus-based research of interface between contrastive and translation studies

Abstract Submission
Please email your abstract as a Microsoft Word attachment to:

Abstract Format
-Title in bold on all copies
-Name, affiliation, address, telephone, and email address on a separate cover page
-Text of no more than 300 words
-Single spaced, Times New Roman 12, justified

Important Dates
21st March 2008: Deadline for submission of abstracts
Early May 2008: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
1st June 2008: Early bird registration starts
31st July 2008: Early bird registration closes
31st July 2008: Deadline for submission of full papers
1st August 2008: Ordinary registration opens
31 August 2008: Ordinary registration closes
[On-site registration is acceptable only if there are places available.]

Presentation Format
Papers are allocated to 20-minute slots plus five minutes of discussion.

Conference Fees
Participants from outside China: 150 GBP / 300 USD
Participants from China: 900 yuan

Conference Publication
At least one author per paper is required to register for the paper to be
included for publication. The template for full paper will be sent together with
the notification of acceptance.
Conference proceedings will be published online after the conference. Selected
papers will be published in an edited volume with Routledge and/or in a special
issue of Languages in Contrast.

Conference Language

Programme Committee
Dawn Archer (University of Central Lancashire)
Michael Barlow (University of Auckland)
Silvia Bernardini (University of Bologna)
Lianzhen He (Zhejiang University)
Huaqing Hong (National Institute of Education, Singapore)
Defeng Li (SOAS, University of London)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Scott Songlin Piao (Manchester University)
Paul Rayson (Lancaster University)
Kefei Wang (Beijing Foreign Studies University)
Anne Wichmann (University of Central Lancashire)
Richard Xiao (Zhejiang University / University of Central Lancashire)
Jiajin Xu (Beijing Foreign Studies University)
Ming Yue (Zhejiang University)

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