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LINGUIST List 23.4084

Tue Oct 02 2012

Calls: General Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Oct-2012
From: Matthew Faytak <mfberkeley.edu>
Subject: Berkeley Linguistics Society, 39th Annual Meeting
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Full Title: Berkeley Linguistics Society, 39th Annual Meeting
Short Title: BLS 39

Date: 16-Feb-2013 - 17-Feb-2013
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Contact Person: Matthew Goss
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/bls/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

The 39th Annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, to be held on February 16-17, 2013, comprises a Special Session on Space and Directionality in Language, two distinct Parasessions (Languages of Southeast Asia, Human Prehistory through Linguistics), and a General Session.

Please check the BLS website for the most up-to-date information regarding the conference:


Call for Papers:

The Berkeley Linguistics Society extends a call for papers from diverse sub-areas of linguistics. Contributions to all sessions are invited. Invited speakers are listed below.

Special Session: Space and Directionality in Language

The BLS 39 special session invites papers pertaining to all aspects of space and directionality in language, a phenomenon that concerns linguists and researchers in many related fields. We invite submissions form all linguistic subfields and theoretical frameworks, and we strongly encourage interdisciplinary work spanning two or more disciplines, such as anthropology and psychology.

The special session aims to investigate the encoding of space and directionality in signed and spoken languages, as well as the conceptualization and partitioning of these dimensions. Relevant topics for papers include but are not limited to spatial categorization, gesture, deixis and indexicality, directional morphology, and sound symbolism.

Invited Special Session Speakers:

J├╝rgen Bohnemeyer, University at Buffalo
Eve Danziger, University of Virginia
Joost Zwarts, Utrecht University

Parasession: Languages of Southeast Asia

This parasession is dedicated to papers on the languages of Southeastern Asia, including but not limited to languages of the Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tai-Kadai, and Tibeto-Burman families. We welcome papers from diverse theoretical frameworks and sub-fields of linguistics.

Invited Parasession Speakers:

Marc Brunelle, University of Ottawa
Peter Jenks, University of California, Berkeley

Parasession: Human Prehistory through Linguistics

This parasession explores new approaches to understanding the prehistoric distribution of humans, their population movements, and their ways of life through application of theoretical linguistics. Relevant topics for papers include but are not limited to phylogenetic and comparative-method studies in historical linguistics, explorations of phonological and morphosyntactic typology in physical space, and linguistic paleontology.

Invited Parasession Speakers:

Russell Gray, University of Auckland

General Session

The General Session covers all areas of linguistic research. We welcome proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks as well as papers on language-related topics from other disciplines (e.g., cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, anthropology, literature, areal studies). Papers submitted to the Special Session or Parasessions may be considered for the General Session as well.

Abstracts must be received via email at bls_submissionsberkeley.edu by Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST.

No late submissions will be accepted. Authors will be notified of decisions concerning abstracts by mid-December.

Submission Guidelines:

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In the case of joint authorship, one email address should be designated for official communication with BLS.

Abstracts must clearly present a specific thesis statement and include a description of topic, approach, and conclusions.

Abstracts must fit on one page with margins no smaller than .5 inch and must be written in font no smaller than 10-pt (1-inch margins and 12-pt font are preferred).

Data and examples must be given within the body of the text.

Please include references on a separate page.

To preserve anonymity during the review process, authors should not include their names or otherwise reveal their identity anywhere in the abstract.

Abstract length must be 500 words or less, not including references but including examples.

Abstracts that do not fit these specifications will not be considered.

Electronic Submissions:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically as an email attachment to bls_submissionsberkeley.edu.

Abstracts should be formatted as Adobe Acrobat PDF files using the following file naming convention:

Last name of primary author.General or thematic session.BLS38 abstract.pdf

The body of the email message must contain the following information:

- Paper title
- Session (Thematic Session, General Session) *
- Name(s) of author(s)
- Affiliation(s) of author(s)
- Email address for each author
- Designation of email address for official communication in the case of joint authorship
- Phone number for each author
- Please list up to three subfields (in decreasing order of relevance) from among the following as possible categories for your submission:

1. Phonetics
2. Phonology
3. Morphology
4. Syntax
5. Semantics
6. Pragmatics
7. Historical linguistics
8. Sociolinguistics
9. Cognitive linguistics
10. Psycholinguistics
11. Other (must specify)

Send electronic submissions to bls_submissionsberkeley.edu, with the subject line 'BLS 39 Abstract'.

* Please note that papers submitted to the Special Session or Parasessions may be considered for the General Session as well.

Presentation and Publication:

Presentations are allotted 20 minutes, as well as 10 minutes for questions. Presented papers are published in the BLS Proceedings. Authors agree to provide camera-ready copy (up to 12 pages) by May 13, 2013. In order to expedite publication of papers, BLS will digitally publish the proceedings from the 39th Annual Meeting.

Please send any inquiries to: blsberkeley.edu.

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