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LINGUIST List 19.639

Tue Feb 26 2008

Calls: General Ling/UK;Applied Ling/Australia

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

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        1.    Koji Kawahara, Biolinguistics: Acquisition and Language Evolution
        2.    Maria Herke, 35th International Systemic Functional Congress

Message 1: Biolinguistics: Acquisition and Language Evolution
Date: 25-Feb-2008
From: Koji Kawahara <kk512york.ac.uk>
Subject: Biolinguistics: Acquisition and Language Evolution
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Full Title: Biolinguistics: acquisition and language evolution

Date: 02-Jul-2008 - 04-Jul-2008
Location: York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Koji Kawahara
Meeting Email: lang504york.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.york.ac.uk/conferences/bale2008/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

Conference on biological aspects of human language with specific focus on
language acquisition and language evolution, Department of Language and
Linguistic Science, University of York

Call for Papers

A major goal of current linguistic research is to understand the unique language
ability of human beings. A central question is the nature of our genetic
endowment for language, as reflected in its acquisition and its neurological and
biological underpinnings. The key questions of language acquisition include the
extent and role of innate knowledge of linguistic structure and the interaction
of such knowledge with the ambient language input to which children are exposed.

Language evolution, similarly, questions the possible origin of a unique
'language faculty'. Hypotheses regarding both acquisition and evolution must
confront the issue of the interaction of Universal Grammar with other human
cognitive and perceptuomotor capacities. At the same time, cultural and
historical perspectives on evolution are also needed, as are insights from
interdisciplinary fields such as psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology,
genetics and computational modelling. This conference would like to invite
contributions for these or other disciplines which can address any or all of the
three topics named in our title.

Each talk will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Anyone may
submit one abstract as the sole author and a second as co-author, or two as

All abstracts must be submitted by 11 am GMT, on Monday, March 31, 2008.
Abstracts should conform to the following specifications:

PDF format, with file name ''Lastname'' (e.g., Chomsky.pdf).

Typed in 12 pt and 1-inch margins.

Abstract should be no more than 500 words in length. Data, graphics, and
references are not included in the final count, but please interleave data with
the main body of the abstract. There is no limit in total abstract (including
data, graphics and references).

Author name(s) should not appear on the main body of the abstract.

For abstract submission, please visit our
Message 2: 35th International Systemic Functional Congress
Date: 24-Feb-2008
From: Maria Herke <isfc2008ling.mq.edu.au>
Subject: 35th International Systemic Functional Congress
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Full Title: 35th International Systemic Functional Congress
Short Title: ISFC 2008

Date: 21-Jul-2008 - 25-Jul-2008
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Contact Person: Maria Herke
Meeting Email: isfc2008ling.mq.edu.au
Web Site: http://minerva.ling.mq.edu.au/isfc/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic
Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation; Typology

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

We are delighted to call for contributions in the form of papers, workshops and
colloquia to ISFC 2008, to be held at Macquarie University
(http://www.mq.edu.au/), Sydney, Australia, 21-26 July 2008.
The Congress will be preceded by a Pre-ISFC seasonal (winter / summer)
Institute, to be held at UNSW (the University of New South Wales;
http://www.unsw.edu.au/), Sydney, Australia, 14-19 July, 2008.

Call for Papers

Congress Theme: Voices Around the World
Congress Website: http://minerva.ling.mq.edu.au/isfc/
Congress Email: isfc2008ling.mq.edu.au
Pre-Congress Email: isfc.instituteunsw.edu.au

The theme of the 35th ISFC is Voices Around the World, emphasizing the rich
multi-faceted nature of contributions to systemic functional linguistics around
the world and the centrality of all the regions that make up the global systemic
functional community and promoting regional resonances and complementarities.
Like the theme of previous ISFCs, this theme is intended to be broad and
inclusive. It is intended to be multiply interpretable, promoting regional
contributions in terms of:

- Engagement with the rich range of languages and other semiotic systems around
the world as objects of study;
- Engagement with the varied contexts of research and application around the
regions of the world, including problems arising both in academic institutions
and in the wider communities and also the implications of conducting systemic
functional work in different languages;
- Engagement with the different institutional environments in which systemic
functional linguistics is taught and in which systemic functional linguistics
informs educational efforts the different curricular contexts in which systemic
functional linguistics operates;
- Engagement with the different ''dialects'' and ''registers'' of systemic
functional linguistics around the world, with an emphasis on both commonalities
and complementarities.
- Engagement with different ''metalanguages'' close enough to systemic
functional linguistics to allow for inter-translatability and cross-fertilization.

The congress theme of Voices Around the World will be supported not only by the
programme subcommittee of the local organizing committee but also by a special
regional subcommittee.

Relating to the congress theme of Voices Around the World, the congress will be
designed to promote the development of:

- Resource Networks around the world networks for sharing resources across
regions and across institutions, taking advantage of the regional and global
systemic functional communities during a period when resources sharing is
increasingly being supported by technological developments at the same time as
individual institutions are increasingly being positioned to compete with one
another in local and national contexts;
- Research Networks around the world networks for pursuing research defined in
terms of fields such as educational linguistics, translation studies,
computational linguistics, multimodal studies, stylistics or themes such as
systemic organization, complexity, semogenesis, helping to identify synergies
and to develop collaborative research projects, potentially drawing on new
sources of funding.

Existing Resource and Research Networks will be supported in the organization of
the programme through workshops and papers, and the formation of new networks
will be encouraged and supported. In addition, these Networks will be supported
in the programme through a forum for reporting on and comparing activities
relating to different fields and themes. The Resource Networks can be compared
with the development of repositories in linguistics, as within the Linguistic
Data Consortium, and the Research Networks can be compared with the research
networks established by AILA (and the earlier scientific commissions) and with
research networks more generally supported by funding agencies.

Contributions: Papers, Workshops and Colloquia
Submissions of proposals for three forms of contribution are invited for
consideration papers, workshops and colloquia:
Submission Deadline:
- Paper: 1 March, 2008
- Workshop: 1 March, 2008
- Colloquium: 1 March, 2008
- Paper: 40 minutes: 30 for presentation + 10 for discussion
- Workshop: 3 hours 30 minutes
- Colloquium: 3 hours 30 minutes
- Paper: Succinct report on research or exploration of issues by individual or team
- Workshop: Analysis, description, modelling or methodology in joint exploratory
mode or tutorial mode
- Colloquium: Development of Resource Network or Research Network
- Paper: Abstract of around 200 words by presenter(s)
- Workshop: Abstract of around 400 words by workshop convenor(s)
- Colloquium: General abstract of around 200 words by convenor(s) of colloquium
plus specific abstracts of around 200 words each by individual presenters

Proposal abstracts should contain the following information:
1. Title: Title of proposed contribution
2. Presenters: Names of presenters and institutional affiliation and address,
including email address; specification of convernor(s) in the case of workshops
and colloquia and upon acceptance of abstract, also photograph
3. Timetable: For workshops and colloquia, the time table of activities or
presentations within the 3:30 hour slot
4. Presentational requirements: Dataprojector, overhead projector, whiteboard,
special AV equipment
5. Presentation - Aim: Succinct statement of the aim of the contribution
6. Presentation - Background: Relationship to previous and current work within
systemic functional linguistics, with key references
7. Presentation - Body: Description of the main part of the presentation
8. Presentation - References: List of references cited in the abstract
9. Presentation - Key terms: Key terms identifying the field(s) the of presentation

Electronic submission details to be announced on the ISFC 2008 website. Only
electronic submissions will be considered.
Deadline: 1 March, 2008
All submissions of papers, workshops and colloquia will be refereed.
For early acceptance, please contact us at the ISFC address.

Important Dates:
ISFC 2008 and pre-ISFC 2008 Institute dates
Important dates leading up to ISFC 2008 and the pre-ISFC 2008 Institute are:
- 1 March, 2008 Abstract (papers, workshops, colloquia) submission
- 1 April, 2008 Notification of acceptance
- 15 April, 2008 Deadline for early-bird ISFC 2008 and pre-ISFC 2008 Institute
- 1 June, 2008 Deadline for ISFC 2008 and pre-ISFC 2008 Institute registration
- 14-19 July, 2008 Pre-ISFC 2008 Institute
- 21-26 July, 2008 ISFC 2008

The pre-ISFC 2008 course offerings will be announced separately.

Other conferences in the region:
ISFC 2008 and the pre-Congress Institute will be preceded and followed by other
conferences and institutes in the region, including two in Australia before ISFC
and the Institute and one in Singapore after ISFC and the Institute, as well as
one in Hong Kong:
- 4-6 July, 2008 LingFest 2008, International Lexical-Functional Grammar Annual
Conference 2008
- 7-11 July, 2008 ALI 2008, Australian Linguistics Institute will be held July
7-11, 2008 (http://www.lingfest.arts.usyd.edu.au/).
- 30 July - 1 August, 2008 4-ICOM, The Fourth International Conference on
Multimodality, hosted by the Multimodal Analysis Lab directed by Kay O'Halloran
at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
(http://multimodal-analysis-lab.org/conf/ ).
- 11-15 August, 2008 (tentative dates) HCLS-C2, the Second Conference organized
by the Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies
(http://www.hallidaycentre.cityu.edu.hk/index.html ), on the theme of
translation (details to be announced), at Hong Kong City University, Hong Kong.

The ISFC 2008 organizers do not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses,
thefts, damage, delays, or any changes to its printed or electronic information
resulting from unforeseen events.

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