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LINGUIST List 19.3457

Thu Nov 13 2008

Calls: Lang Acquisition/Taiwan; Historical Ling,Syntax, Morpholog/Greece

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ping-Yu Huang, 4th Chinese/English as a Second Language Conference
        2.    Leonid Kulikov, Typology of Labile Verbs: Focus on Diachrony

Message 1: 4th Chinese/English as a Second Language Conference
Date: 13-Nov-2008
From: Ping-Yu Huang <alanhuang25hotmail.com>
Subject: 4th Chinese/English as a Second Language Conference
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Full Title: 4th Chinese/English as a Second Language Conference
Short Title: C/ESL 2009

Date: 16-May-2009 - 17-May-2009
Location: Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Contact Person: Hui-Chin Chang
Meeting Email: ncu3800ncu.edu.tw
Web Site: http://www.lc.ncu.edu.tw/CESL2009/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 10-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The Language Center of National Central University has held the "Chinese/English
as a Second Language Conference on Reading and Writing Instruction" bi-annually
since 2003. We are pleased to announce that this, the 4th C/ESL Reading and
Writing Conference (or C/ESL 2009), is the first to be an international
conference. The invited and keynote speakers will be leading international
scholars, and this call for abstracts is offered as an invitation for
submissions from both Taiwan and around the world.

Call for Papers

The Language Center of National Central University has held the "Chinese/English
as a Second Language Conference on Reading and Writing Instruction" bi-annually
since 2003. We are pleased to announce that this, the 4th C/ESL Reading and
Writing Conference (or C/ESL 2009), is the first to be an international
conference. The invited and keynote speakers will be leading international
scholars, and this call for abstracts is offered as an invitation for
submissions from both Taiwan and around the world.

Keynote Speakers:
Carol A. Chapelle
Carol Chapelle is Professor of TESL/Applied Linguistics and Chair of the
Cross-disciplinary Linguistics Program at Iowa State University. She has served
as President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Editor
of TESOL Quarterly, and Chair of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners. She is
current Co-Editor of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series of Cambridge
University Press. She is widely recognized as the pre-eminent scholar in the
field of CALL.
Carol Chapelle's webpage: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~carolc/

Teng, Shou-Hsin
Professor Teng, Shou-Hsin is a renowned scholar and educator in Chinese
linguistics. He has served as Director of the Department of Asian Languages &
Literatures at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, as founding
Director of the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at
National Taiwan Normal University, and President of the Association of Teaching
Chinese as a Second Language in Taiwan. He has been Visiting Professor at
universities in Beijing and Hong Kong. Currently he is Professor of National
Taiwan Normal University and dedicates himself to research on Chinese structure
and pedagogical grammars.

Invitation to Submit:
We are inviting abstracts for 20 minute presentations (15 minutes plus 5 minute
Q & A). Below are some suggested categories for topics, though submissions need
not be limited to these. To maintain the C/ESL 2009 conference focus, however,
the scope of topics is limited to Chinese or English as a Second Language (CSL
or ESL) and to the language skills of reading and/or writing. Authors of the
papers presented at C/ESL 2009 will be asked to submit a full paper after the
conference for publication in a volume to be published by National Central
University Press.

Suggested Topic Areas:
- Reading or writing instruction in the university curriculum
- Reading or writing for academic purposes or ESP/CSP
- Genre literacy
- Reading or writing and emerging digital literacies (for example, reading or
writing and wikis, blogs, and other web 2.0 technologies)
- Applications of digital technologies to reading or writing instruction
- Instruction for lifelong L2 literacy
- Reading or writing assessment
- Integrating reading and writing
- Extensive second language reading
- Reading and/or writing across the curriculum
- Integrating reading and/or writing in domain instruction
- Materials and curriculum design or evaluation
- Education policy and reading/writing instruction
- Learning style and reading/writing instruction
- Influences of L1 literacy on L2 reading or writing
- Individualizing reading and/or writing instruction
- Contextualizing instruction
- Task-based reading and/or writing instruction
- Collaborative learning in reading/writing classrooms
- Ethnographic or classroom research on reading/writing practices

Submission Guidelines:
A. Language of submissions:
Abstracts primarily addressing CSL (Chinese as a Second Language) should be
written in Chinese.
Abstracts primarily addressing ESL should be written in English.

B. Abstract length:
English abstracts: 800-1000 words
Chinese abstracts: 800-1000 characters

C. Submissions are to be made by email (see below) and should include the
following two attached documents:
(1) Document 1: A completed Abstract Submission Form
(2) Document 2: The abstract

Guidelines for the abstract document:
a. Use Microsoft Word, 11-point Times New Roman, 1 inch margins
b. Include:
- Abstract title: centered, 16-pt font, boldface, limit of 15 words or fewer for
English, 20 characters for Chinese
- For each author: last name, first name, affiliation, country (centered)
- E-mail address of the contact author (centered)
- Keywords (include 3 to 5 key phrases for English or Chinese)
- Abstract content: single-spacing, justified left and right margins
- The abstract should adequately summarize the purpose of the study, the
methods, the major results, and the interpretation/implications.

D. Submissions should be emailed to: ncu3800ncu.edu.tw before January 10, 2009.
In the subject line of the e-mail, please write: C/ESL abstract--(Your Name)
Note: If you do not receive any confirmation email within three days of your
submission, please contact the Language Center of National Central University
via email at ncu3800ncu.edu.tw.

Important Dates:
- Abstract Submissions Due: January 10, 2009
- Acceptance Notification (by email): February 27, 2009
- Camera Ready Submissions Due: April 3, 2009
- Conference Dates: May 16-17, 2009
- Full Paper Submissions Due: August 31, 2009
- Proceedings Publication: December 31, 2009
Message 2: Typology of Labile Verbs: Focus on Diachrony
Date: 12-Nov-2008
From: Leonid Kulikov <L.Kulikovhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Typology of Labile Verbs: Focus on Diachrony
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Full Title: Typology of Labile Verbs: Focus on Diachrony

Date: 03-Apr-2009 - 05-Apr-2009
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Contact Person: Leonid Kulikov
Meeting Email: L.Kulikovhum.leidenuniv.nl
Web Site: http://www.enl.auth.gr/symposium19/

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2008

Meeting Description:

The workshop will bring together scholars interested in labile verbs, i.e. verbs
which can show valency alternation, or changes in syntactic pattern, with no
formal change in the verb (cf. Eng. open, break). It aims to open up new
horizons in the theoretical and typological research of this phenomenon, paying
special attention to its diachronic aspects.

Call for Papers

The term 'labile' refers to verbs or verbal forms which can show valency
alternation, i.e. changes in syntactic pattern, with no formal change in the
verb. Very often (but not always) the term 'labile' is only employed to refer to
verbs (or verbal forms) which can be employed both transitively and
intransitively, as in (1-2); some scholars use other, less widely accepted terms
in this sense, such as 'ambitransitive' (R. M. W. Dixon 1994) or 'optionally
transitive' (J. G. Miller 1993):
(1) English
a. John broke the vase
b. The vase broke
(2) Greek
a. O Janis efage mesimeriano
the:NOM Janis:NOM ate:3SG lunch:ACC
'Janis ate lunch'
b. O Janis efage
the:NOM Janis:NOM ate:3SG
'Janis ate'
(1) exemplifies Patient-preserving lability (P-lability), while (2) instantiates
an Agent-preserving lability (A-lability). Other types of syntactic alternation,
such as locative alternation (cf. John sprayed paint on the wall ~ John sprayed
the wall with paint) or dative shift (Mary gave John an apple ~ Mary gave an
apple to John) are usually treated separately from P- and A-lability. Of
particular interest is P-lability, common in ergative-absolutive languages (for
instance, in many Daghestan languages), quite frequent also in some
nominative-accusative languages (such as English, Greek, German or French), but
(almost) entirely lacking in many others (e.g. in Slavic or Uralic).
Although there are a number of studies dealing with this phenomenon in
individual languages, such as English (e.g. Keyser & Roeper 1984; McMillion
2006), French (Larjavaara 2000), Greek (Alexiadou & Anagnostopoulou 1999, 2004,
Theophanopoulou-Kontou 1983-4, 2004, Tsimpli 1989, 2006) and some others, a
cross-linguistic study of lability is rather neglected (with a few exceptions
such as Letuchiy 2006). Even less attention has been paid to the diachronic
aspects of labile verbs. In many cases, we cannot explain why and how the
lability emerges and disappears. We do not know why in several languages labile
verbs become more productive and the class of labile verbs is constantly
increasing (as in English, Greek or some Daghestan languages), while in some
other languages this class is decreasing (as in Sanskrit) or entirely lacking
(as in modern Turkic or Kartvelian languages). Only a few mechanisms responsible
for the emergence of lability (such as the phonetic merger of transitive and
intransitive forms or the deletion of the reflexive pronoun, attested in the
history of English) are mentioned in the literature. The few studies dealing
with the diachronic aspects of labile verbs, their rise, development or decay
and loss include Kitazume 1996 (on English), Kulikov 2003 (on Vedic Sanskrit)
and Lavidas 2004 (on Greek).
The idea of our workshop is to bring together scholars interested in lability
and to open up new horizons in the research of this phenomenon, paying special
attention to its diachronic aspects. The issues to be addressed include:

Theoretical and descriptive aspects of a study of labile verbs:
- should such verbs be treated as one lexical unit with two different syntactic
uses or as two separate lexical units,
- which of the two constructions may be considered as basic (transitive or

Issues in a synchronic typological study of lability:
- for which semantic and syntactic classes of verbs is the labile pattern
particularly common or uncommon?
- are there any correlations between the grammatical characteristics of a form
and its lability?
- labile patterning of finite vs. non-finite forms (infinitives, participles etc.)
- relationships between labile verbs, voices and valency-changing categories
- types of lability (cf. reflexive lability: Mary washed the baby ~ Mary washed;
reciprocal lability: Mary and John kissed the baby ~ Mary and John kissed; etc.)

Particularly encouraged are papers dealing with diachronic aspects of lability:
- mechanisms of the emergence and expansion of labile verbs (as e.g. in English
or Greek)
- mechanisms of the decay and disappearance of labile verbs (as e.g. in Vedic)
- which semantic and syntactic classes of verbs tend to become labile or non-labile
- lability considered as an instance of syncretism (of transitive and
intransitive) and its possible relationships with other types of syncretism or
grammatical homonymy
- what are the main evolutionary types of lability attested for Indo-European
and other language families and groups with a well-documented history?
- what is the position of Indo-European in a diachronic typological
classification of lability types?

The workshop will be organized within the 19th International Symposium on
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (ISTAL 19), Thessaloniki, Greece, 3-5 April
2009. Please visit http://www.enl.auth.gr/symposium19, where you will also find
practical information.
Only electronic submissions by e-mail will be considered. Abstracts should be
300-500 words long, not exceeding one page (A4). Please send the one-page
abstract of your paper by 31 December 2008 to: L.Kulikovhum.leidenuniv.nl
Applicants will be notified on abstract acceptance by 20 January 2009.

Leonid Kulikov
Nikolaos Lavidas

Alexiadou, A. & Anagnostopoulou, E. 1999: "Non-active morphology and the
direction of transitivity alternations". NELS 29, 27-40.
Alexiadou, A. & Anagnostopoulou, E. 2004: "Voice morphology in the
causative-inchoative alternation: evidence for a non-unified structural analysis
of unaccusatives". In A. Alexiadou, E. Anagnostopoulou & M. Everaert (eds), The
Unaccusativity Puzzle: Explorations of the Syntax-Lexicon Interface. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 114-136.
Dixon, R. M. W. 1994: Ergativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Keyser, S. J. & Roeper, T. 1984: "On the middle and ergative constructions in
English". Linguistic Inquiry 15, 381-416.
Kitazume, S. 1996: "Middles in English". Word 47, 161-183.
Kulikov, L. 2003: "The labile syntactic type in a diachronic perspective: the
case of Vedic". SKY Journal of Linguistics 16, 93-112.
Larjavaara, M. 2000: Présence ou absence de l'objet. Limites du possible en
français contemporain. Helsinki: Helsingin yliopiston verkkojulkaisut.
Lavidas, N. 2004: "Causative alternations: synchronic and diachronic
tendencies". Studies in Greek Language 24, 369-381.
Letuchiy, A. 2006: Tipologija labil'nyx glagolov: Semantičeskie i
morfosintaksičeskie aspekty [A typology of labile verbs: semantic and
morphosyntactic aspects]. PhD Dissertation, Russian State University for
Humanities. [in Russian]
McMillion, A. 2006: Labile Verbs in English: their Meaning, Behavior and
Structure. PhD Dissertation, Stockholm University.
Miller, J. G. 1993: Complex Verb Formation. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Theophanopoulou-Kontou, D. 1983-4: "Patient vs non patient orientation of the
action and the voice distinction in Modern Greek". Glossologia 2-3, 75-90.
Theophanopoulou-Kontou, D. 2004: "The structure of the VP and the mediopassive
morphology. The passives and anticausatives in Modern Greek". Parousia 15-16,
Tsimpli, I.-M. 1989: "On the properties of the passive affix in Modern Greek".
UCL Working papers in Linguistics 1, 235-260.
Tsimpli, I.-M. 2006: "The acquisition of voice and transitivity alternations in
Greek as a native and second language". In S. Unshworth, T. Parodi, A. Sorace &
M. Young-Scholten (eds), Paths of Development in L1 and L2 Acquisition.
Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 15-55.

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