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Calls: Systemic workshop, GALA '95, Optimality in syntax

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  1. Antonia Sanchez Macarro, CALL PAPERS-systemic workshop
  2. "C.H.Koster Gala95 F.Wijnen", GALA'95: Call for Papers
  3. , Call for abstracts: optimality in syntactic theory

Message 1: CALL PAPERS-systemic workshop

Date: Thu, 2 Feb 95 12:17:54 +01CALL PAPERS-systemic workshop
From: Antonia Sanchez Macarro <>
Subject: CALL PAPERS-systemic workshop

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Call for Papers



26 - 29 July 1995


 Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for papers (20 minutes will be allowed for each
 presentation, with 10 minutes extra for questions and discussion) on any aspect
 appropriate to the title LANGUAGE AS CHOICE. Papers may have a highly specific
 focus, or be on more general topics; workshop proposals are particularly
 encouraged. A one-page abstract should be submitted by 10 February 1195. (The
 deadline has been extended). Notification of abstracts accepted will be given
 by 15 March 1995.

Mailing Address:
 Dr. Antonia Sanchez
 Depto. Filologia Inglesa y Alemana
 Facultad de Filologia
 Universitat de Valencia
 Blasco Ibanez 28 46010 Valencia

Tel: + 34 6 3864262
Fax: + 34 6 3864161
E.mail: Sanchezma

For any further information, please contact the above address
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Message 2: GALA'95: Call for Papers

Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 11:09:54 +GALA'95: Call for Papers
From: "C.H.Koster Gala95 F.Wijnen" <>
Subject: GALA'95: Call for Papers

 Assembly on

 University of Groningen
 The Netherlands
 7-9 September 1995

 The conference aims to bring together researchers willing to
 discuss the merits and constraints of different theoretical
 approaches to language acquisition, in particular generative
 linguistics, constructionism, dynamic systems modelling, and

 Invited Speakers

 Harald Clahsen University of Essex
 Annette Karmiloff-Smith MRC London
 Kim Plunkett University of Oxford
 Luigi Rizzi University of Geneva
 Paul van Geert University of Groningen

 Abstract Submissions

 Abstracts may cover all aspects of language acquisition relating
 to the core areas of linguistics, including phonology,
 morphology, syntax, semantics and the interfaces. Selection of
 abstracts will be based on not only their quality but also their
 potential to contribute to the conference's interactive

 Abstract submissions should include:

 1. Five (5) copies of a ONE-PAGE, double-spaced abstract of
 the paper (no posters), preferably in 12-point font or
 type, with a title. OMIT name and affiliation. Reviewing
 will be anonymous.

 2. A 10cm by 15cm (or 3" by 5") card with the title of the
 paper, the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, mailing
 address, and e-mail address. Also specify any necessary AV

 Abstracts should provide a complete overview of the research that
 will be presented: a statement of the main hypotheses, a brief
 account of the method, data gathering and results, and a summary
 of the conclusions reached.
 The deadline for abstract submissions is APRIL 15, 1995. Any
 submissions that arrive after this date will not be accepted.

 Abstracts should be sent to:

 GALA 1995
 University of Groningen
 Department of Linguistics
 Postbus 716
 9700 AS Groningen

 Inquiries should be sent to the above address, or by e-mail to: Up to date information with regard to the
 conference, including registration information, can also be found

 This document can be retrieved from the above WWW site or through
 FTP, via anonymous log-in to:, /pub/Linguistics/events/gala

 PLEASE NOTE: abstract submissions via e-mail will not be

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Message 3: Call for abstracts: optimality in syntactic theory

Date: Sat, 04 Feb 1995 16:43:47 Call for abstracts: optimality in syntactic theory
From: <hagstromMIT.EDU>
Subject: Call for abstracts: optimality in syntactic theory

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 To be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
 Cambridge, MA, May 19-21 1995.

Syntactic research in a variety of frameworks is assigning a growing
role to the notion of comparison. This work, which is at the forefront
of current research, includes theories involving principles of economy
and optimality. Much of this work is still unpublished or in formative
stages (Legendre, Raymond, and Smolensky (1993), Grimshaw (1993),
Pesetsky (1994), Chomsky (1989, 1993, 1994)). The relevant data vary
from one account to another, but empirical comparisons of these proposals
now can and should be undertaken.

)From May 19-21, 1995, MIT will be hosting a workshop to explore and
clarify particular issues of syntactic theories in which comparison
plays a significant role. The workshop will consist of invited talks
and talks selected from anonymously submitted abstracts. Abstracts are
invited to address the following questions:

* What is the nature of the candidate or reference set for comparison?
Which linguistic objects compete for the best choice?

* What criteria determine the optimal output from a set of candidates?

* Does the grammar compare derivations (as with the Economy principles of
Chomsky (1989, 1993)) or representations (as in the Optimality Theoretic
analyses developed for phonology by Prince and Smolensky (1993)).

* Is language acquisition or variation explained by parameterization or
constraint re-ranking?

* What are the computational implications and requirements of the
different approaches?

Invited talks will be presented by:

Joan Bresnan, Stanford
Noam Chomsky, MIT
Jane Grimshaw, Rutgers
David Pesetsky, MIT
Paul Smolensky and Geraldine Legendre, Johns Hopkins University
Edward Stabler, UCLA

Submissions for consideration must be received by March 15, 1994, via
mail or fax transmission. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be
requested to provide a more complete paper by mid-April to prepare
focused discussion.

We may be able to assist with travel costs for student or unemployed
presenters. Eight or nine 30-minute time slots are reserved for
accepted papers, each with an additional 10 minutes for questions and

Abstracts should be anonymous and not longer than two pages. Mailing

 Good Enough
 MIT 20D-219
 77 Massachusetts Avenue,
 Cambridge, MA, 02139

Mailings should include six copies of an anonymous abstract with a cover
sheet indicating the paper title, author's name, affiliation, address,
phone number, and email address. Fax transmissions may be made to
(617) 253-5017, attention: David Pesetsky, and should also include the
cover sheet.

Any further questions may be addressed by email to
More detailed conference information will also be made available via
anonymous ftp to, in the pub/good-enough directory.

References cited above:

Chomsky, N. (1989), "Some Notes on Economy of Derivation and
Representation." In Laka, I. and A. Mahajan (ed.) _MIT Working Papers
in Linguistics 10, Cambridge: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

Chomsky, N. (1993), "A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory," in
Hale, K. and J. Keyser (ed.) _A View From Building 20_, Cambridge: MIT

Chomsky, N. (1994), "Bare Phrase Structure," Occasional Paper #5,
Cambridge: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

Grimshaw, J. (1993), "Minimal Projection, Heads, and Optimality," ms.
Rutgers University [available by anonymous ftp from,
as pub/OT/papers/], to appear in Linguistic Inquiry.

Legendre, G., W. Raymond, and P. Smolensky (1993) "An Optimality-
Theoretic Typology of Case and Grammatical Voice Systems," _Proceedings
of the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society_,
Berkeley, CA, 464-478.

Pesetsky, D. (in prep.), _Syntax at the Edge: Optimality Effects in
Sentence Grammar_ [handouts only available by anonymous ftp from, as pub/OT/papers/].

Prince, A. and P. Smolensky (1993), _Optimality Theory: Constraint
Interaction in Generative Grammar_, RuCCs Technical Report #2, Rutgers
University Center for Cognitive Science, Piscataway, New Jersey [to
appear, MIT Press].
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