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Wed 20 Oct 1993

Confs: Corpus Linguistics, CLS 30

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  1. Gavin Burnage, Corpus Linguistics: Seminar by John Sinclair
  2. Chicago Linguistic Society, Announcing CLS 30

Message 1: Corpus Linguistics: Seminar by John Sinclair

Date: Tue 19 Oct 1993 14:40:40
From: Gavin Burnage <>
Subject: Corpus Linguistics: Seminar by John Sinclair


 Oxford University Computing Services



 Professor John Sinclair
 University of Birmingham

 Habakkuk Room, Jesus College, Oxford
 Monday 25th October 1993

 All are welcome; wine will be served afterwards.


Gavin Burnage
British National Corpus
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road 0865-273280 (work)
OXFORD OX2 6NN 0865-273275 (fax)
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Message 2: Announcing CLS 30

Date: Tue, 19 Oct 93 20:42:48 CDAnnouncing CLS 30
From: Chicago Linguistic Society <>
Subject: Announcing CLS 30

 the 30th Regional Meeting
 of the Chicago Linguistic Society
 April 14-16, 1994

 General Session
 April 14-15

 We invite original, unpublished work on any topic of general
 linguistic interest.

 April 15-16

 Variation and Linguistic Theory

The treatment of variation has proved to be a thorny issue in both
synchronic and diachronic linguistics. How should linguistic theory
account for the apparent fact that a given rule may apply only
variably, or that one form may freely alternate with another? Do
grammars allow for variable rules, and, if so, how should such rules
be formulated and constrained? Or, should variation be interpreted as
a sign that two or more grammars are competing? Are these options
mutually exclusive? Papers in all sub fields of linguistics relating
to these issues are invited. They should address the relationship
between variation and linguistic theory and discuss how considerations
from both areas may help shape a more integrated view of grammar.
Possible areas for consideration (including but not limited to
 Continua in linguistic categorization
 Variation in performance vs. competence
 Homogeneity vs. heterogeneity of grammars and speech communities
 The nature of linguistic variable
 Defining contextual markedness
 Individual vs. community grammars
 Functional vs. mechanical explanations

Invited Speakers
 Joan W. Bresnan, Stanford University (General Session)
 Janet Pierrehumbert, Northwestern University
 Anthony Kroch, University of Pennsylvania
 Salikoko S. Mufwene, University of Chicago
 Gillian Sankoff, University of Pennsylvania
 Gregory R. Guy, York University
 Richard Kayne, CUNY

Abstracts (for both general session and parasession):
Please submit ten copies of a one-page, 500-word, anonymous abstract
(for a 25-minute paper), along with a 3X5" card with your name,
address, phone number, e-mail address, title of paper, and indication
of whether the paper is intended for the main session or the
parasession. The abstract should clearly indicate the data covered,
outline the arguments presented, and include any broader implications
of the work. If necessary, append a page of data and/or references.
An individual may present at most one single and one co-authored

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 15th 1994

 Send abstracts to: For more information, or
 Chicago Linguistic Society to get on our e-mail list:
 1010 E. 59th Street
 Chicago, Illinois 60637
 (312) 702-8529

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