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LINGUIST List 19.815

Tue Mar 11 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/UK; General Ling,History of Ling/Germany

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        1.    Dunstan Brown, Creating Infrastructure for Canonical Typology
        2.    Jacques Jayez, ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems

Message 1: Creating Infrastructure for Canonical Typology
Date: 11-Mar-2008
From: Dunstan Brown <d.brownsurrey.ac.uk>
Subject: Creating Infrastructure for Canonical Typology
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Full Title: Creating infrastructure for canonical typology’

Date: 09-Jan-2009 - 10-Jan-2009
Location: Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Anna Kibort
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/events.html#infrastructure

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Typology

Call Deadline: 29-Aug-2008

Meeting Description:

The Surrey Morphology Group proposes to bring together linguists from different perspectives to outline the issues relevant for the creation of an ontology for Canonical Typology in the form of a Community of Practice Extension (COPE) within the GOLD ontology for linguistics (Farrar and Langendoen 2003; see also: www.linguistics-ontology.org/gold.html). Contributions may address the following issues: the canonical criteria for defining different morphosyntactic features (case, gender, number, etc.); defining canonical criteria for syntax-morphology interaction (agreement, government, head, modifier, etc.); practical issues for the fieldworker; issues of computational implementation and reasoning. We invite papers on these and related topics from computational linguists, fieldworkers, typologists, as well as researchers working on ontologies.

Confirmed Speakers:
- Nicholas Evans (Australian National University)
- Scott Farrar (University of Washington)
- Frank Seifart (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Call for Papers

'Creating infrastructure for canonical typology'
University of Surrey, 9-10 January 2009
Conference hosted by the Surrey Morphology Group

Papers are invited for a two-day conference addressing issues relevant for the creation of an online infrastructure for Canonical Typology (Corbett 2005, 2006). Linguists' intuitions about what are particular instances of a phenomenon, such as a case or agreement, can differ because of differences in the choice of criteria which they take to be definitional. The canonical approach allows us to address these differences by taking defining properties and placing them in a multidimensional space. In this way, we can treat, for example, issues of whether particular constructions fit under the rubric 'agreement' or 'case' as a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a canonical ideal. An ontology for this approach therefore requires a mapping out of the criteria that linguistic typologists use for defining linguistic constructs.

Anonymous abstracts (500 word maximum) should be sent as an attachment by e-mail to a.kibortsurrey.ac.uk by 29 August 2008, with contact information contained in the body of the message. Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 31, 2008. Any questions may also be sent to the above address.

Corbett, Greville G. 2005. The canonical approach in typology. In: Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Adam Hodges and David S. Rood (eds) Linguistic Diversity and Language Theories. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 25-49.
Corbett, Greville G. 2006. Agreement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Farrar, Scott and D. Terence Langendoen .2003. A linguistic ontology for the Semantic Web. GLOT International 7 (3), 97 - 100.

Message 2: ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems
Date: 11-Mar-2008
From: Jacques Jayez <jjayezens-lsh.fr>
Subject: ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems
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Full Title: ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems

Date: 11-Aug-2008 - 15-Aug-2008
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact Person: Jacques Jayez
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://elico.linguist.jussieu.fr/fc-esslli08.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 27-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

Approaches to the description and modelling of free choice items.

Organised as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2008 (http://www.illc.uva.nl/ESSLLI2008/), 4–15 August, 2008 in Hamburg, Germany

The deadline for the workshop 'Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems' hosted by ESSLLI 2008 has been extended to March 27.
Go to http://elico.linguist.jussieu.fr/fc-esslli08.html for detailed information.

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