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LINGUIST List 22.1920

Tue May 03 2011

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Typology, General Linguistics/Canada

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        1.     Kate Wu , 42nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

Message 1: 42nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
Date: 02-May-2011
From: Kate Wu <kate.wuutoronto.ca>
Subject: 42nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
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Full Title: 42nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
Short Title: NELS42

Date: 11-Nov-2011 - 13-Nov-2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Alex Motut
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://linguistics.utoronto.ca/nels42/index.html

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

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2011

Meeting Description:

The University of Toronto Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce that the 42nd annual meeting of the Northeastern Linguistics Society will take place between Nov. 11 - 13, 2011 at the University of Toronto.

This year, our special session theme will be ‘Diversity and Universals: The Role of Typology and Linguistic Universals in Linguistic Theory.’

In addition to the General Session, we will have one workshop focusing on this theme in theoretical linguistics broadly, and a second workshop focusing specifically on these issues in the empirical domain of aboriginal languages of North America, especially Canada. Either of these workshops can host talks focusing on any sub-discipline of linguistics (i.e. syntax, semantics, phonology, phonetics, morphology, etc.) as long as they address the theme.

Connected to these themes, we are pleased to announce our invited and plenary speakers:

Lisa Matthewson
Associate Professor of Linguistics
University of British Columbia
Plenary Speaker

David Pesetsky
Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Plenary Speaker

Martina Wiltschko
Associate Professor of Linguistics
University of British Columbia
Special Invited Speaker

Keren Rice
University Professor of Linguisticsand 2011 Killam Prize Recipient
University of Toronto
Special Invited Speaker

Mark Baker
Professor of Linguistics
Rutgers University
Special Invited Speaker

More information will be available soon. Please visit our website at:


Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for talks and posters on all topics of theoretical linguistics for the General Session. In addition, there will be two workshops related to our theme. Talks will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions. There will also be a poster session as part of the General Session.

Submissions are limited to one single-authored talk/poster and one co-authored talk/poster. Abstracts should be at most 2 pages (min. 11 point font, 1-inch margins), including references and data.

The deadline for submissions is July 1st. Abstract submission will open shortly (Please do not submit abstracts via Linguist List. We will be opening an abstract submission system on our website starting in early May.)

Workshop/Special Session Theme:

Inspired by recent debates triggered by Evans and Levinson's (2009) 'The Myth of Language Universals' in Brain and Behavioural Science, and similar articles in Nature and Science, we invite abstracts for our special session theme that focus on exploring these issues from a theoretical perspective. These recent debates have highlighted the role of typology in the formulation of linguistic theories, and questioned the meaning of 'linguistic universals' in linguistic theory.

Rather than a new iteration of these debates, these workshops will focus on exploring, within current theoretical frameworks, answers to the following questions:

1) What is the role of typology in linguistic theory? What contributions does the study of language typology contribute to theoretical linguistics?
2) What do we mean when we posit 'linguistic universals'? What is the empirical basis of these universals, and how does the search for such universals contribute to our understanding of linguistic diversity?

When submitting an abstract, please indicate whether you would like to be considered for one of the following workshops, or for the General Session.

Submissions to the workshops may be considered for the General Session:

- Diversity and Universals: Typology and Linguistic Universals
- Diversity and Universals: Languages of North America/Canada

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