LINGUIST List 2.170

Friday, 26 Apr 1991

Misc: NLP, Dummy There, Japanese/Korean Conference

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  1. Uwe Hauck, Analogy in NL-Processing
  2. Jan Olsen, Dummy there
  3. , Reminder

Message 1: Analogy in NL-Processing

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 91 17:09:19 MEZ
Subject: Analogy in NL-Processing
Does anyone know of some publications concerning Analogies in connection
with natural language processing. I am expecially interested in the
way people handle analogies and in which ways they are invented in
common language.

Every little bit of information is welcome, references, own comments or
abstracts of text accessible via one way or the other.
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Message 2: Dummy there

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 91 16:55:09 +0200
From: Jan Olsen <>
Subject: Dummy there
Even if examples involving dummy there with transitives have already
been noted in the literature, I think there is still something quite
interesting to be found out, viz. why this type of construction appears
to be restricted to the set of verbs mentioned in Alexis Manaster Ramer's
Tue 23 posting. Here are some observations:
a) take place corresponds to Dutch gebeuren or German passieren, which have
a sein/zijn perfect. Nobody would have any doubts that these verbs are
b) enter the room: motional verbs switch to a sein/zijn perfect in German/
Dutch whenever the goal of the movement is specified (but unless an NP in
VP needs case, but that might be accounted for in terms of differences in
the case assignment properties of the two perfect auxiliaries). So maybe
some sort of "ergativity" (in Burzio's sense) might be involved
c) the same might apply to await, since it is a psych-predicate, in a sense.

If you look at German data, the only verbs for which one can be sure that
they have an underlying subject (instead of a direct or indirect object
surfacing with nominative case) are non-motional agentive verbs. So maybe,
the data with there suggest that there may show up only of the verb does
not select a thematic subject in Spec-IP (or whatever term you perfer), and
that it is only agentive verbs which have this property.
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Message 3: Reminder

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 91 11:30:59 PDT
Subject: Reminder

SEPT. 6-8, 1991
Deadline for the Submission of Abstracts: May 22, 1991
This conference is intended to provide a forum for presenting research
in Japanese and Korean linguistics, thereby facilitating efforts to
deepen our understanding of these two languages which have striking
typological similarities. The first SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JAPANESE/KOREAN
LINGUISTICS CONFERENCE was held in August, 1989 at UCLA; its proceedings
have been published as "Japanese/Korean Linguistics" by CSLI (The Center
for the Study of Language and Information) and are distributed by the
University of Chicago Press. The proceedings of the second conference
will also be published by CSLI.
Papers in Japanese and Korean linguistics are invited for presentation
at the conference; papers comparing the two languages are especially
welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: syntax,
semantics, phonology, morphology, pragmatics, historical linguistics,
typology, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and
discourse. Presentations are 20 minutes long, and will be followed by a
short question period. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is
May 22, 1991.

Abstract submissions should be sent to one of the addresses below, and
should include:

1) Six (6) copies of a one-page abstract with a title; name and
affiliation should be omitted from the abstract. The one-page limit
should be strictly observed; the second page may be used only for
2) A 3" by 5" card with the title of the paper, the name of the
author(s), the mailing address of the author, and the author's
affiliation, phone number and e-mail address or e-mail contact. If your
summer address, phone number and e-mail address will be different, BE
SURE to include your summer information as well.
3) A self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish to be notified that
your abstract has been received. (Very Good Idea!!)

Syntax, semantics, phonology and morphology:
Hajime Hoji
Dept. of Linguistics
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1693

Other topics:
Patricia Clancy
Dept. of Linguistics
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Authors of accepted papers will be notified immediately after review by
e-mail or by telephone (about June 23). Further information will be
sent out, along with the conference program, by the end of June.

There will be a registration fee of $15 for students and $20 for
non-students. If you pre-register by sending in your fee with your
abstract, registration will cost $10 for students and $15 for
non-students. Checks should be made out to: J/K Linguistics Conference.
The book "Japanese/Korean Linguistics" can be ordered either directly
from the Press or through a local bookstore. UCP's address: 11030 S
Langley Ave, Chicago, IL 60628.
Orders may also be placed by phone at 800-621-2736. Any questions that
cannot be answered by Chicago, can be directed to us at CSLI. (E-mail

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