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LINGUIST List 19.2710

Sun Sep 07 2008

Calls: Historical Ling/Germany; Lang Acq/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Søren Wichmann, The Swadesh Centenary Conference
        2.    C.L. Cannizzaro, Relating Asymmetries between Speech & Comprehension in the Acquisition of Language

Message 1: The Swadesh Centenary Conference
Date: 06-Sep-2008
From: Søren Wichmann <wichmanneva.mpg.de>
Subject: The Swadesh Centenary Conference
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Full Title: The Swadesh Centenary Conference

Date: 16-Jan-2009 - 18-Jan-2009
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Søren Wichmann
Meeting Email: wichmanneva.mpg.de
Web Site: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/conference/09_SwadeshCentenary/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Genetic Classification;
Historical Linguistics; History of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

This conference, which celebrates the 100th year birthday of Morris Swadesh, is
intended primarily to bring together scholars working on cutting-edge methods in
historical linguistics and, secondarily, to assess the work and influence of

Call for Papers

Søren Wichmann (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & Leiden
Anthony Grant (Edge Hill University)

Invited Speakers:
Mark Pagel (University of Reading)
Tandy Warnow (The University of Texas at Austin)
Eric W. Holman (University of California, Los Angeles)

We would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for abstracts for the
Swadesh Centenary Conference.

We invite papers applying or discussing quantitatively oriented methods in
historical linguistics, papers on the systematic investigation of languages and
prehistory, and papers relating to Swadesh's work. We expect to publish a book
with a selection of the contributions.

Please send your anonymous 250-500 word abstract to wichmanneva.mpg.de
Deadline for abstract submission: Sept. 30, 2008.
Date of notification of acceptance: October 15, 2008.

For further information see
Message 2: Relating Asymmetries between Speech & Comprehension in the Acquisition of Language
Date: 05-Sep-2008
From: C.L. Cannizzaro <c.l.cannizzarorug.nl>
Subject: Relating Asymmetries between Speech & Comprehension in the Acquisition of Language
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Full Title: Relating Asymmetries between Speech & Comprehension in the
Acquisition of Language
Short Title: RASCAL

Date: 24-Jan-2009 - 25-Jan-2009
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Contact Person: C.L. Cannizzaro
Meeting Email: rascalrug.nl
Web Site: http://www.rug.nl/let/RASCAL2009

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

Relating Asymmetries between Speech & Comprehension in the Acquisition of
Language (RASCAL) Conference

University of Groningen, the Netherlands
January 24th & January 25th, 2009

2nd Call for Papers

In the past decades, research on language acquisition has identified several
asymmetries between production and comprehension in various languages and in
various components of the grammar (e.g., with respect to word order, referring
expressions such as pronouns, tense/aspect, and contrastive stress). Many of
these asymmetries came as a surprise to their investigators, because no
asymmetries are expected under the traditional view of the grammar as a
direction-insensitive system of rules. The aim of this conference is to bring
together empirical and theoretical research addressing symmetries and
asymmetries in language production and comprehension.

Important questions that we hope to address at the conference are: Are
production/comprehension asymmetries purely pragmatic phenomena, or do they
arise in all modules of the grammar? If one language displays a particular
asymmetry, do we find the same asymmetry in other languages? At what ages do we
find such asymmetries and at what age do these asymmetries generally disappear?
Is it methodologically valid to compare performance in production with
performance in comprehension? What is the relation between
production/comprehension asymmetries and general cognitive measures such as
working memory capacity and Theory of Mind abilities?

Invited speakers:
Lila Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University

Panel Discussion:
''Asymmetries in Child Language: Where do they come from?''

We welcome contributions related to the following fields:
- Linguistic Theory
- First language acquisition
- Second language acquisition
- Bilingualism
- Language Disorders
- Cognition & Language
- Psycholinguistics
- Semantics
- Syntax
- Pragmatics
- Discourse & Narrative

The topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
- Symmetries and asymmetries in language comprehension and production
- The relation between production and comprehension and the role of grammar therein
- Methodological problems in comparing performance in comprehension with
performance in production
- Asymmetries between comprehension and production in language disorders

Abstracts are invited for 30 minute talks (with 15 minutes for discussion), as
well as poster presentations. The conference language is English.

Submissions should include:
- A cover page with the title of the paper/poster, all authors' names and
affiliations, and contact information of the 1st author (postal address, email
address, telephone). On the cover page, include 2-4 key words relating to
research fields and indicate whether you would like your abstract to be
considered for a poster, a paper, or both.
- A one-page abstract (single-spaced with at least size 11 font), with an
optional second page for examples, data and references. No identity properties
of the author should be found on the abstract page(s).

Cover page and abstract must be submitted electronically to rascalrug.nl, in
PDF format. Please title the email ''Abstract RASCAL'' + the first author's
last name. All authors will be invited to submit their paper for a journal
proceedings volume.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 22, 2008 and notification of
acceptance will be sent no later than October 27, 2008.

Further information is available on our website:

Organizers: Charlotte Koster, Sanne Kuijper, Gisi Cannizzaro, Petra Hendriks

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