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LINGUIST List 19.64

Tue Jan 08 2008

Calls: Linguistic Theories/UK; Language Documentation/USA

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

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        1.    Reiko Vermeulen, Workshop on Information Structure
        2.    Lyle Campbell, Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America

Message 1: Workshop on Information Structure
Date: 08-Jan-2008
From: Reiko Vermeulen <r.vermeulenucl.ac.uk>
Subject: Workshop on Information Structure
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Full Title: Workshop on Information Structure
Short Title: IS Workshop

Date: 13-Sep-2008 - 15-Sep-2008
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Reiko Vermeulen
Meeting Email: is-workshopling.ucl.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/is/

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2008

Meeting Description

Workshop on Interface-based Approaches to Information Structure
Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London

Workshop on Interface-based Approaches to Information Structure

Date: 13 - 15 September 2008
Location: University College London, UK
Workshop Website: http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/is/

Invited Speakers
Daniel Büring
Gisbert Fanselow
Edwin Williams

Call for Papers

Ever since the debate between generative semantics and interpretive semantics,
one of the central questions in grammatical theory is to what extent
interpretation can be tied to syntactic position. Currently, there is a trend
towards an isomorphic mapping, found in work on thematic interpretation (Baker
1988, Hale & Keyser 1993, 2002, Ramchand to appear), ordering of adverbs and
adjectives (Cinque 1999), the interpretation of indefinites (Diesing 1992,
Meinunger 2000, Adger 1993), etc. The same idea has also been used in the area
of information structure, most explicitly in Rizzi (1997) and subsequent work.

In this workshop, we are interested in recent developments in information
structure, and in particular in approaches that do not necessarily tie pragmatic
interpretation to specific syntactic positions. One motivation behind these
approaches is the expectation that they may lead to a more constrained syntax.
We believe that information structure is a fruitful area to investigate the
mapping between syntax and interpretation, as the same discourse notion can be
expressed by various means, such as pitch accent, word order, morphological
markers and so on. The rich variety in the type of empirical data creates a good
testing ground for distinct hypotheses about the mapping.

There are two broad questions that we would like to explore. The first is how
the syntactic distribution of discourse-related items can be explained without
relying on designated functional projections. Proposals currently on the market
argue that this can be achieved by exploiting independently motivated properties
of the interfaces. The idea has been implemented in a variety of ways.
Zubizarretta (1998), for example, relies on prosody, Neeleman & van de Koot (to
appear) and Kucerova (2007) utilise the interpretative component, while Wagner
(2007) makes use of both.

The second question is whether traditional notions like topic and focus can be
taken as grammatical primitives. Various researchers have attempted to reduce
the number of notions that grammar can refer to in this domain. There have been
proposals that derive focus from givenness (Krifka 1998, Schwarzschild 1999,
Sauerland 2004) and that aim to decompose contrastive topics (Büring 2003,
Wagner 2007). A better understanding of these notions opens up the possibility
of discovering new empirical generalisations. These may not only affect the
relation between syntactic position and interpretation, but also the
correspondence between interpretation and prosodic cues such as pitch accent and
stress (for relevant discussion, see Dilley 2005 and Xu 2007).

This workshop aims to provide a space to discuss and compare interface-based
proposals and consider the issues that may be challenging for them. Proposals
that account for the syntactic distribution in terms of semantics alone, for
example, may encounter difficulties in explaining the fixed positions of focus
and topic in languages like Basque, Hungarian and Turkish. Similarly, for
analyses that account for the syntactic distribution of focus in terms of
nuclear stress assignment alone, it is surprising that focus assignment in
Chadic languages may correspond to differing prosodic phrasing (Kenstowicz 1985).

Abstracts are invited for a 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute
commentary by a designated commentator. Accepted authors will be asked to submit
a preliminary version of their papers (up to 15 pages) for the commentators.
Selected papers from the workshop will be considered for peer-reviewed book

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. Abstracts should
be at most 2 pages in 12-point font with 1'' margins, including data and
references. Authors requested to submit two copies of their abstract, one with
their name and one anonymous. Abstracts must be submitted as a pdf attachment
to: is-workshopling.ucl.ac.uk. The names of the files should be
surname-named.pdf and surname-anon.pdf.

The body of the e-mail should contain the following information:
1. Name(s) of author(s)
2. Title of talk
3. Affiliation(s)
4. E-mail address(es)

Important Dates:
Submission deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2008
Notification of acceptance: early May 2008
Deadline for draft for commentators: 15 June 2008
Responses from commentators: mid-August 2008
Workshop: 13 - 15 September 2008

Organising Committee
Ad Neeleman
Ivona Kucerova
Reiko Vermeulen

Message 2: Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
Date: 07-Jan-2008
From: Lyle Campbell <lyle.campbelllinguistics.utah.edu>
Subject: Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
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Full Title: Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
Short Title: CELCNA

Date: 28-Mar-2008 - 30-Mar-2008
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Contact Person: Tamrika Khvtisiashvili
Meeting Email: tamrikakhotmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 18-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America (CELCNA)
Papers or posters on any aspect of American Indian languages, in particular on
documentation or revitalization.

Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
Deadline for Abstracts: Jan. 18, 2008

Dates: Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America (4th
annual CELCNA), March 28-30, 2008, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sponsors: Smithsonian Institution, American Philosophical Society, and CAIL
(Center for American Indian Languages, University of Utah)

Keynote speakers: MaryAnn WILLIE (Navajo Nation, U of Arizona), Michael KRAUSS
(U of Alaska)

Call for Papers

Papers or posters are invited on any aspect of American Indian languages, in
particular on documentation or revitalization. American Indian participants are
especially invited. Papers are 20 minutes each in length, with an additional 10
minutes for discussion.

Deadline: for Abstracts: Jan. 18, 2008. The Program Committee will announce
results about Feb. 1.

Papers and posters can be presented in English or Spanish; abstracts can be
submitted in English or Spanish. There will some be Spanish language sessions,
and those working with indigenous languages of Latin America are encouraged to
come and participate.
Habrán algunas sesiones en español, y por eso se invitan ponencias y posters en
español; los abstracts también pueden ser enviados en español. Son muy
cordialmente invitados todos los que trabajan con lenguas indígenas de América

Workshop on teaching American Indian languages (and language revitalization),
Thursday, March 27; all interested are warmly invited - no cost (just
registration for CELCNA).

Abstract guidelines: Abstracts, no longer than 500 words (a paragraph or two
will do), should include paper title, name of author(s), affiliation. Abstracts
should be submitted by e-mail, in Microsoft Word document, RTF, or PDF. Include
contact details for January to April 2008. Only one abstract per person (except
where a paper has multiple authors). Address: Send abstracts to:
cail.utahgmail.com (by Jan. 18, 2008).

Registration: $25 (students $15) (tribal elders, no cost)

Accommodations: University Guest House - 100 yards from the meeting venue and
from CAIL. To book accommodations, contact the Guest House directly (mention
University Guest House University of Utah
110 South Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-5036
Toll free: 1-888-416-4075 (or 801-587-1000), Fax 801-587-1001
Website www.guesthouse.utah.edu
(Please make reservations early; rooms will be held for the conference only
until early March.)

Additional information: Contact Tamrika Khvtisiashvili hotmail.com>,
or for particular questions, Lyle Campbell at
lyle.campbelllinguistics.utah.edu. If you need information not easily arranged
via e-mail, please call: Tel. 801-587-0720 or 801-581-3441 during business
hours, or Fax 801-585-7351.

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