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Sun Aug 07 2011

Calls: Pragmatics/USA

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Message 1: LSA Organized Session in Memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and Discourse
Date: 07-Aug-2011
From: Sophia Malamud <sophia.malamudgmail.com>
Subject: LSA Organized Session in Memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and Discourse
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Full Title: LSA Organized Session in Memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and Discourse

Date: 05-Jan-2012 - 08-Jan-2012
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Contact Person: Sophia Malamud
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 05-Sep-2011

Meeting Description:

LSA Organised Session on Information Structure and Discourse: In Memory of Ellen F. Prince
Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting
Portland, Oregon - January 5-8, 2012

Organizers:

Sophia A. Malamud, Brandeis University
Eleni Miltsakaki, University of Pennsylvania

The management of hearer's (reader's) attention is an integral part of cooperative communication in any language. The discourse, below and above the level of the sentence, is thus structured in a way that allows the hearers to focus their attention on various expressions and entities evoked in discourse, and to ensure that information about them is entered into their knowledge-store in a coherent way. The informational notions of givenness and newness that are relevant across languages, as well as language-specific tools that speakers utilise to manage information in discourse have been the subject of much ongoing research. These tools may include particular syntactic constructions or intonation contours, word order and referential devices, as well as special morphology. In turn, information structure affects interpretation, including truth-conditions of sentences, and the computation of presuppositions and implicatures.

We will hold an organised session on Information Structure and Discourse at the 2012 annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. In addition to reviewed talks, the session features work by the students, colleagues, and collaborators of Ellen F. Prince, to honour her memory, to celebrate her impact on the field of linguistic pragmatics, and to further her life's work in this field by presenting current work to the LSA audience.

Ellen F. Prince was a pioneer in the field of linguistic pragmatics, producing seminal work on the typology and linguistic marking of informational status, on the discourse functions of syntactic constructions, including insights from cross linguistic studies in Yiddish and English, language contact phenomena, and the study of reference and salience in the Centering framework. In the course of her work, she also pioneered the use of naturally-occurring data in linguistic research, long predating the advent of electronic corpora.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions of papers for 20-minute talks (15 min presentation, 5 min for questions), presenting current research addressing discourse phenomena, including information structure, attentional status of linguistic expressions and their meanings, the relationship between coherence and reference, and phenomena at the discourse-syntax-semantics interface that emerge in situations of language contact and change. Research based on experimental or corpus data is particularly encouraged.

Please email all submissions to the session organisers at lsa2012.princegmail.com. The subject of the email must be 'LSA session abstract'. Please include the following information in the email:

- Name, affiliation, and email address for each author
- The title of the paper

The deadline for all submissions is Monday, September 5.

The abstracts should be anonymous, and conform to the following guidelines:

1. Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.
2. An abstract, including examples, if needed, must be no more than 1000 words and no more than two pages in length, in type no smaller than 11 point and preferably 12 point; margins should be at least .5 inches on all sides. References should be included on a third page.
3. Your name should only appear in the accompanying email. If you identify yourself in any way on the abstract (e.g. 'In Smith (1992)...I'), the abstract will be rejected without being evaluated. In addition, be sure to anonymise your .pdf document by clicking on 'File,' then 'Properties,' removing your name if it appears in the 'Author' line, and resaving before uploading it.
4. Abstracts that do not conform to the format guidelines will not be considered.
5. Your paper has not appeared in print, nor will appear before the LSA meeting.
6. A 150 word abstract, intended for publication in the Meeting Handbook, will be requested from all authors of accepted papers. The title and authors must be the same as those in the originally submitted abstract. The deadline will be October 1. This deadline, must be observed or the paper will be withdrawn from the program.
7. You must be an LSA member in order to present at the conference.




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