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Sat Feb 20 2010

Calls: Lang Documentation, Ling Theories, General Ling, Typology/USA

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        1.    Ken Safir, African Anaphora (Afranaph) Project Development Workshop 1

Message 1: African Anaphora (Afranaph) Project Development Workshop 1
Date: 19-Feb-2010
From: Ken Safir <safirruccs.rutgers.edu>
Subject: African Anaphora (Afranaph) Project Development Workshop 1
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Full Title: African Anaphora (Afranaph) Project Development Workshop 1
Short Title: APDW1

Date: 10-Dec-2010 - 11-Dec-2010
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Contact Person: Ken Safir
Meeting Email: safirruccs.rutgers.edu
Web Site: http://www.africananaphora.rutgers.edu

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

Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic; Khoisan; Niger-Congo; Nilo-Saharan

Call Deadline: 24-May-2010

Meeting Description:

The Afranaph Project, http://www.africananaphora.rutgers.edu/, which was
originally designed to explore empirical patterns of anaphoric phenomena in the
languages of Africa, is expanding its empirical scope, using the infrastructure
developed in the last six years, to initiate explorations in other domains of
grammar in the languages of Africa and perhaps beyond. The purpose of this
workshop is to encourage the development of research that exploits our data and
our database, to consider proposals for new domains of research that suit our
methodology and resources, and to bring together those who have worked on the
project or the languages that are studied in it and to consider how the project
can be developed over the next several years as a platform for research into new
empirical domains.

Call for Papers

We envision a workshop conference involving linguistic theorists, linguists
specializing in comparative African linguistics, and native speaker language
consultants already working with our project (with the understanding that these
are usually overlapping categories). Three sorts of conference presentations are
appropriate to our goals.

A) Proposals for new research topics (NRT) to be developed in collaboration with
Afranaph. See the guidelines and opportunities for NRT proposals below.
B) Papers on any linguistic topic that in some way exploits our existing Afranaph
resources.
C) Papers that explore topics that include the analysis of languages that are
currently explored in posted Afranaph resources.

Most of the NRT papers will ultimately be invited based on pre-conference
interactions as described below, but we stress that we are prepared to consider
NRT presentations from researchers we currently do not know if they initiate
conversations with us about the projects they would like to develop.

Papers that fall into the other two categories will be accepted based on the
result of competitive abstract evaluation (though it does not hurt to contact us
before submitting to test the waters). Approximately 8-10 papers will be
selected for presentation at the workshop in addition to the 6-8 NRT papers. The
NRT presenters will be 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for questions and the
other talks will be 30 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions.

The Submission Deadline for all abstracts, including NRT abstracts, is May 24
and decisions will be made no later than June 15. The early deadline is designed
to provide time for those who may need lead time to acquire visas. Money is
available to support travel and lodging for most conference participants, but
the amounts available may or may not be enough to fully cover travel and
lodging, depending on how many selected participants are traveling from a
considerable distance.

Abstracts should not exceed two pages including examples and references and must
be in 10pt type or larger. Please submit your abstract electronically to
safirruccs.rutgers.edu or mail your abstract so it arrives by May 24, 2010 to
Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University, 18 Seminary Place, New Brunswick,
NJ 08901-1184.

Our present plan is for the APDW-1 Proceedings to be electronically published on
the Afranaph site, but alternative plans for publication will also be discussed
at the workshop.

More on NRT abstracts

NRT presentations should be research proposals that draw attention to empirical
domains relevant to active questions in linguistic investigation and the topic
should be a good match for our elicitation methodology, our network of NSLCs,
and our dissemination infrastructure (i.e., the website and the database). In
the latter regard, NRT proposals must show thoughtful familiarity with the
Afranaph site and database. Those interested in submitting a proposal of this
kind must contact us well in advance for assistance in formulating their
proposal (including help exploring our resources and their limits. We will
consider between 6-8 proposals of this kind for presentation at the conference.

After the workshop, two or three NRT proposals will be selected for further
development of pilot projects to be supported by Afranaph. Presenters of the
selected proposals will be invited back for a small workshop in Spring, 2011 to
sharpen the new research goals, to develop elicitation materials, to consider
issues of database design relevant to the new research, and to participate in
trial elicitations, all with an eye toward helping participants develop their
own larger proposals for new outside funding.

P.S. Please take a look at our site (www.africananaphora.rutgers.edu) for
application information about postdoctoral positions with the Afranaph project
available for 2011-2012
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