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  1. , BLS 18: Call for Papers
  2. "Joyce Neu, Penn State University", Two Conference Announcements / Calls for Papers
  3. John E. Koontz, English Lexical Materials

Message 1: BLS 18: Call for Papers

Date: 24 Sep 91 12:02:08 EST
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Subject: BLS 18: Call for Papers
 BLS 18
The Berkeley Linguistics Society is pleased to announce its
Eighteenth Annual Meeting, to be held February 15-18, 1992. The
conference will consist of a General Session and a Parasession.
A Special Session on areal topics will be held on February 14,
1992, in conjunction with the larger conference.
General Session
The main session will cover areas of general linguistic interest.
Invited speakers at this session include:
WILLIAM BRIGHT, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado
VICTORIA FROMKIN, Department of Linguistics, UCLA
Parasession: The Place of Morphology in a Grammar
We invite papers discussing the interaction of morphology with
other components of the grammar. Particularly relevant issues
include the autonomy/non-autonomy of morphology (morphology-
syntax and morphology-phonology mismatches), principles of
morpheme ordering, bracketing paradoxes, derivation vs.
inflection, noun-incorporation, etc. Particularly welcome are
in-depth analyses of complex morphological systems and
psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic evidence for any or all of
the above. Invited speakers are:
MARK BAKER, Department of Linguistics, McGill University
SHARON INKELAS, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland
 and UC Berkeley
JOHN MCCARTHY, Department of Linguistics, University of
 Massachusetts at Amherst
DAVID PERLMUTTER, Department of Linguistics, UCSD
Special Session: The Typology of Tone Systems
We invite abstracts that address typological or parametric
similarities and differences arising as areal features (e.g. SE
Asian vs. Mexican vs. West African), genetic features (e.g.
Tibeto-Burman vs. Oto-Manguean vs. Nilo-Saharan) or in individual
languages, including isolates and understudied languages in the
Amazon, Papua New Guinea, etc. Invited speakers are:
LARRY HYMAN, Department of Linguistics, University of California
 at Berkeley
JAMES MATISOFF, Department of Linguistics, University of
 California at Berkeley
Abstracts are invited for all three sessions. We encourage
proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and welcome papers
from related disciplines, among them Anthropology, Cognitive
Science, Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology. All
correspondence should be addressed to:
 Berkeley Linguistics Society
 2337 Dwinelle Hall
 University of California
 Berkeley, CA 94720
 Phone: 415-642-5808/415-642-2757
Papers delivered at the conference will be published in the
Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley
Linguistics Society. We will not accept papers which are to be
published elsewhere. Speakers will be allowed 20 minutes for
presentation and 10 minutes for questions. To submit an abstract
for one of the sessions, send ten copies of an anonymous 500-word
proposal (one page, unreduced) to the above address. You may
append, if appropriate, a second page containing the data
referred to in the abstract and/or bibliographic references for
any works cited. We ask that you make your abstract as specific
as possible, including a statement of your topic or problem, your
approach, and your conclusions. Abstracts should be accompanied
by a single 3 x 5 card with: (1) the title of the paper, (2) the
session for which the paper is to be considered (General Session,
Parasession, or Special Session), (3) if for the General Session,
the area in which the abstract is to be judged (Discourse
Analysis, Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Philosophy of
Linguistics, Phonetics/Phonology, Pragmatics/Sociolinguistics,
Psycholinguistics, or Syntax/Semantics), (4) the author's name,
(5) the author's affiliation, and (6) the address and phone
number, both home and office, at which the author wishes to
receive notification in mid-December, 1991, of acceptance or
rejection. Authors must not identify themselves on the abstract.
Abstracts for the General Session and Parasession must arrive at
our office before 5:00, November 18, 1991, those for the Special
Session before 5:00, December 6, 1991. Because all preparations
for the conference must be made before the end of the fall
semester, we are unable to accept late abstracts. (Registration
Fees: Before February 7th, 1992: $10 for students, $15 for
non-students; After February 7, 1992: $15 for students, $20 for
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Message 2: Two Conference Announcements / Calls for Papers

Date: Tue, 24 Sep 91 09:55 EDT
From: "Joyce Neu, Penn State University" <JN0PSUVM.BITNET>
Subject: Two Conference Announcements / Calls for Papers
I'm passing this on from my list, SLART-L (Second Language
Acquisition Research and Teaching).
 - - The original note follows - -
 Date: Mon, 23 Sep 1991 16:22:42 CDT
 Sender: SLA Research and Teaching <SLART-LPSUVM.BITNET>
 Subject: Two Conference Announcements / Calls for Papers
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ( Announcement One) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Please Post.
 Sixth Annual International Conference on
 Pragmatics & Language Learning
 April 2-4, 1992
 Organized by
 The Division of English as an International Language
 and Its
 Intensive English Institute
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keynote Speakers include:
Susan Ervin-Tripp
University of California
at Berkeley
Bruce Fraser
Boston University Braj B. Kachru
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign
Tom McArthur
Editor, English Today
The focus of this conference will be on the interaction of prag-
matics, discourse analysis, and conversation analysis with the
learning of a second or foreign language (especially English) in
either formal or informal surroundings. Papers are invited on
any of the following or related topics:
1. the place of pragmatic competence in the overall competence of a
 second/foreign language learner
2. research into specific facets of English discourse
3. contrastive pragmatics/discourse analysis
4. integrating pragmatics into the language program
Papers should be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for discussion.
Please submit three copies of a one page abstract, together with
a 3x5 card with the author's name, affiliation, address, phone
number, and the title of the paper.
Lawrence F. Bouton and Yamuna Kachru (Conference Co-Chairs)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
707 South Mathews Avenue, 3070 Foreign Languages Building
Urbana, IL 61801
[Phone: (217) 333-1506; Fax: (217) 244-3050]
Notification of acceptance sent by FAX or by mail by December 20.
Conference Coordinating Committee: Eyamba G. Bokamba; Lawrence F. Bouton;
Thomas Gould; Yamuna Kachru; Cindy Meyer-Giertz
See also announcement of a Conference on WORLD ENGLISHES TODAY to
be; held April 1-3, 1992. This conference is in conjunction with
the 6th Annual International Conference on Pragmatics & Language
(For information concerning registration & housing call Cindy
Giertz at 217-333-1506).
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ( Announcement Two) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Please Post
April 1-3, 1992
A Conference In Celebration Of
In Conjunction With
The Sixth Annual Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning
Organized By
The conference will begin with position papers on the diffusion
of English and its linguistic, sociological, political and peda-
gogical implications. There will also be panels organized
around central themes with extended opportunities for participa-
tion and questions from all session participants. The themes of
the conference will include:
1. GLOBAL SOCIOLINGUISTIC PROFILE. World Englishes within the
 sociolinguistic context of the 1990s: Spread or curtailment?
2. STANDARDS AND NORMS. Issues of and approaches to Standardization and
 Codification: What are the theoretical and pedagogical problems and
 their possible solutions?
3. LITERARY CREATIVITY AND THE CANON. Creativity in literatures in
 World Englishes. Implications of the multicultural identities and
 pluricentricity of Englishes and extension of the canon on discourse
 strategies and styles.
 intelligibility, comprehensibility and interpretability. (Coor-
 dinators and Chairs: Larry E. Smith, East-West Center, and Cecil
 L. Nelson, Indiana State University)
5. TESTING ENGLISH ACROSS CULTURES. World Englishes and test
 construction. Is there a need to account for multinorms and
 cultural diversity? (Coordinator and Chair: Fred Davidson, UIUC)
 on the World's major languages and literatures, and its social, literary
 and cultural implications.
7. THE POWER OF ENGLISH. The power and politics of English:
 Strategies and sociopolitical implications of control.
8. TEACHING WORLD ENGLISHES. World Englishes in the classroom: issues
 related to teaching and curriculum.
Three copies of an abstract of at least 300 words, not exceeding
one single-spaced page, must be received by November 15, 1991;
include a 3x5 card with author's name, address, professional
affiliation, title of the paper, phone number, e-mail address,
and/or fax number.
Address: Chair, Conference on World Englishes, Division of
Applied Linguistics, University of Illinois, 4088 Foreign Lan-
guages Building, 707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801,
USA. Phone: (217)333-1506; Fax (217) 244-3050
(For information concerning registration & housing call Cindy
Giertz at 217-333-1506).
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Message 3: English Lexical Materials

Date: Tue, 24 Sep 1991 10:10:11
From: John E. Koontz <>
Subject: English Lexical Materials
Taken from Usenet's sci.lang. Warning: This seems to be a commercial
message. While not of direct interest to me, it may interest other Linguist
[Moderators' note: The following commercial announcement is posted as a
service to interested subscribers. But we wish to make clear that LINGUIST
does not endorse any commercial product.]
Forwarded message follows:
 From: (Grady Ward)
 Newsgroups: sci.lang
 Subject: language databases
 Date: 23 Sep 91 23:02:42 GMT
 Organization: Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, Sausalito, CA
 Lines: 61
Computational linguists:
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