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LINGUIST List 19.527

Thu Feb 14 2008

Calls: Lang Acq/USA; Phonology/Canada

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

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        1.    Robert Wilson, Texas Foreign Language Education Conference 2008
        2.    Charles Reiss, Fifth North American Phonology Conference

Message 1: Texas Foreign Language Education Conference 2008
Date: 13-Feb-2008
From: Robert Wilson <robert.wilsonmail.utexas.edu>
Subject: Texas Foreign Language Education Conference 2008
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Full Title: Texas Foreign Language Education Conference 2008
Short Title: TexFLEC 2008

Date: 25-Apr-2008 - 26-Apr-2008
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Contact Person: Robert Wilson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/flesa/texflec/tex2008/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 16-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

Reaching for Words: Language Education and Socioeconomic (Im)mobility

Keynote presentations by:
Dr. Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Judith Liskin-Gasparro, University of Iowa

Call for Papers

Proposals for presentations are requested in the following areas: language planning and language politics; teaching practices; material development; assessment and evaluation of language education; center-periphery scholarship; language power and application; integrative/instrumental motivation; internal/external motivation; language maintenance and additive multilingualism; and heritage language learning. Presentations should explore some aspect(s) of the impact of globalization on foreign/second language education in various geographical and cultural contexts.

Selected proceedings from the conference will be published in Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, the Foreign Language Education Program's journal.

The purpose of TexFLEC, the Texas Foreign Language Education Conference, is to provide a forum for the discussion of research, theory and practice in the fields of Second/Foreign Language Education, Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics. This conference is interdisciplinary by nature, and allows for a dissemination of ideas across academic fields. TexFLEC is open to practitioners and researchers at all academic levels. The core goal of the conference is to encourage critical thinking about topical issues relating to language and education.

Message 2: Fifth North American Phonology Conference
Date: 13-Feb-2008
From: Charles Reiss <reissalcor.concordia.ca>
Subject: Fifth North American Phonology Conference
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Full Title: Fifth North American Phonology Conference
Short Title: NAPhC5

Date: 09-May-2008 - 11-May-2008
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Contact Person: Charles Reiss
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://linguistics.concordia.ca/naphc5/

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

Fifth North American Phonology Conference
Concordia University, Montreal

Theme: Phonology as Symbolic Computation

May 9-11, 2008

Second Call for Papers

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2008

Invited Speakers:
Andries Coetzee, Michigan
John Kingston, UMass
David Odden, Ohio State
Bridget Samuels, Harvard

Recent work in phonology has met with a number of recalcitrant problems.

1. Probabilistic and exemplar-based models of phonological learning and phonological computation have failed to deal with the same conceptual and empirical challenges that led to the demise of their empiricist, behaviorist forebears.

2. Objections against the computational complexity associated with derivations with multiple levels of representation have turned out to have been ill-grounded, and stubborn problems of analysis have forced 'two-level' theorists to allow complex derivations to sneak back in, as in the Stratal, Harmonic Serialism and Candidate Chains models of recent work in Optimality Theory.

3. The grounding of constraints in markedness 'theory' remains an elusive goal that fails on both logical and empirical grounds to provide explanations.

In this context, we invite papers on the prospects of future research in Good Old Fashioned Phonology (GOFP, an adaptation of Haugeland's Good Old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence). That is, we propose an exploration of phonology as a substance-free, symbolic computation system. Papers critiquing GOFP are also very welcome.

A substance-free theory considers the formal properties of a grammar without regard for transduction between symbols in the grammar and the input and output systems involved in language acquisition and use. Relevant sources for this position in phonology and elsewhere are Hjelmslev and Uldall (see Fudge 2006:88), Chomsky and Halle (1968), Kaplan 1987, Hale and Reiss (2000, 2008) and Pylyshyn (2003).

Formal topics might include the use of quantifiers or operator-variable structures, computation of locality, computational power of phonological grammars, and formal grammar and biolinguistic considerations.

Abstracts should be sent in pdf format to cogscialcor.concordia.ca, up to
3 pages in length. Anonymity is not required.

Deadline: March 1, 2008

Concordia Linguistics Program http://linguistics.concordia.ca
Concordia Linguistics Student Association http://linguistics.concordia.ca/lsa/
Concordia Cognitive Science Group http://linguistics.concordia.ca/ccsg/

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