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LINGUIST List 21.3855

Sat Oct 02 2010

Calls: Germanic, General Ling, Historical Ling/USA

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        1.    Justin Glover, 8th Biennial Graduate Student Conference

Message 1: 8th Biennial Graduate Student Conference
Date: 30-Sep-2010
From: Justin Glover <germconfindiana.edu>
Subject: 8th Biennial Graduate Student Conference
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Full Title: 8th Biennial Graduate Student Conference

Date: 25-Feb-2011 - 27-Feb-2011
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Contact Person: Justin Glover
Meeting Email: germconfindiana.edu
Web Site: http://www.indiana.edu/~germconf/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

This conference concerns itself with opacity and meaning in Germanic
linguistics, language, and culture.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of
inquiry, with a special focus on matters relevant to the Germanic languages:
1. Historical Linguistics: comparative methods/reconstruction; limitations of
manuscript/inscription evidence; gaps in the data and their implications;
principles and models of historical change
2. Phonology/Phonetics/Morphology: underlying representations; opacity
phenomena (underapplication/overapplication); rules of (supposed)
absolute neutralization
3. OT: Paradigm Uniformity; Stratal OT; models of variation
4. Syntax: Transformation/Movement (with and without traces); barriers to
movements
5. Second Language Acquisition: learnability problems; overgeneralization
and undergeneralization; positive & negative evidence
6. Psycholinguistics: evaluation of measurement instruments and their
potential to indicate 'competence' rather than only 'performance'
7. Sociolinguistics: principles and mechanisms of variation and dialect
change
8. Pragmatics: discourse analysis; 'reading between the lines' for linguistic
generalizations

Call For Papers

The Critical Blot: Opacity and Meaning in German Linguistics, Literature,
and Culture

Keynote Address: Benjamin Bennett (University of Virginia)
Plenary Address: Joe Salmons (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Modern linguistics has turned from mere etymologies to the search for the
abstract laws of languages, beginning as early as August Wilhelm von
Schlegel's 1815 condemnation of the philological irregularities in Grimms'
Altdeutsche Wälder. Linguists such as the German Jacob Grimm and the
Dane Rasmus Christian Rask began to answer this call. This path arguably
led to the advent of the Neogrammarian hypothesis at the University of
Leipzig in the late 19th-century, which is associated with names such as
Verner, Sievers, Braune, Behagel, Osthoff, Paul, Noreen, Brugmann,
Delbrück and Leskien.

The surface form, i.e., what we actually see and hear of language, is
relatively easy to observe. On the other hand, what lies behind the surface
has driven analyses and entire theories of linguistics and has led to the
development of myriad scholastic and empirical methods. These in turn
have led to reconstructed historical forms, abstract underlying forms,
conspiracies of rules, and constraints that suggest linguistic objects that
never appear on the surface. At what point do the data block us from
deeper inquiry beyond speculation? Is a better, more perceptive method of
inquiry or type of evidence possible? What paths lie before us, as yet
unexplored, in our continuous quest to quantify and formalize languages?

Deadline for Abstracts: November 15, 2010
Please send a 1-2 page anonymous abstract, with a separate cover sheet
indicating the author's name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address to:
germconfindiana.edu
For more information, visit: http://www.indiana.edu/~germconf/
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