LINGUIST List 7.324

Fri Mar 1 1996

Calls: Georgetown Ling Society, Constraints in Optimality

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  1. Jeff Deby, GLS 1996 Call for Papers
  2. "D.G. Gilbers", constraints in Optimality Theory

Message 1: GLS 1996 Call for Papers

Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 18:01:57 EST
From: Jeff Deby <>
Subject: GLS 1996 Call for Papers

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 The Georgetown Linguistics Society

 linguistic re/production
	 	 identities & ideologies		

			 GLS 1996
	 October 11-13, 1996 at Georgetown University


 Plenary Speakers
 * Livia Polanyi * Susan Philips * William O'Barr *
* Marcyliena Morgan * Judith Irvine * Shirley Brice Heath *

 Symposium Organizers
 * Charlotte Linde * Amy Sheldon *
 * Heidi Hamilton * Patricia O'Connor * Deborah Tannen *

 Details on workshops with plenaries will appear in future mailings

The theme of GLS 1996, Discourse as Mosaic: linguistic re/production
of identities and ideologies, captures the multiple ways in which
linguistic features and strategies create and reflect coherent social
meanings. We encourage papers and symposia which illuminate how local
linguistic practices produce and reproduce identities andd ideologies,
and how, in turn, identities and ideologies simultaneously constrain
those practices. The metaphor of mosaic stems from this relationship:
the interaction of small and large patterns to yield a coherent whole.
Works submitted may include, but are not limited to, such areas as
discourse in the media, the workplace, the classroom, everyday
conversation, and in medical, political, legal, religious, and other
institutional contexts. Papers and symposia should be based on
naturally occurring language data.

Abstracts and symposium proposals must be received by GLS no later
than Monday, March 18, 1996.

Individual presentation of papers will be 20 minutes long with 10
additional minutes for discussion. Please send three copies of an
anonymous 500-word double-spaced abstract (hard copy preferred, e-mail
accepted). On a separate sheet, provide your name, paper title,
mailing and e-mail address, phone number, and institutional
affiliation. In addition, please submit a 100 word summary of the
paper for the conference program.

The GLS invites proposals for two-hour symposia. Please send all
abstracts for presentation in a symposium together, accompanied by a
cover letter which explains how the individual presentations relate to
one another and to the themes of the symposium and the conference.
The cover letter should provide the organizer's name, mailing and
e-mail address, phone number, and institutional affiliation. In
addition, please submit a 100 word summary of the entire symposium for
the conference program.

REGISTRATION. Please send your name and affiliation, mailing and
e-mail addresses, telephone number, and a check made payable to
"Georgetown University" to the address below.

Registration fees:
 Student Non-Student
Before September 20: $20.00 $35.00
After September 20: $30.00 $45.00

For further information:
GLS 1996, Department of Linguistics
Box 571051, Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1051
Telephone: (202) 687-6166
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Message 2: constraints in Optimality Theory

Date: Fri, 01 Mar 1996 10:25:08 +0100
From: "D.G. Gilbers" <>
Subject: constraints in Optimality Theory
 BCN Workshop
 Conflicting Constraints

 Groningen University
 July 5, 1996


In Optimality Theory (OT), grammars are sets of simultaneous, soft
constraints. Viewing a grammar as a set of simultaneous
well-formedness constraints instead of viewing it as a set of
operations in a sequential algorithm, is already a standard view in
The aim of this workshop is to discuss the nature and ranking of the
constraints in OT. Issues for discussion involve universality,
learnability, optionality, modularity, and compositionality. We
welcome contributions for 30-minute presentations (inclu

 Invited speakers:

 Luigi Burzio (Johns Hopkins University)
 John McCarthy (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
 Bruce Tesar (Rutgers University)

Abstracts should be restricted to two pages, including examples and
references. Three copies of abstracts should be submitted, two
anonymous, and one mentioning the author's name and affiliation. The
deadline for submission of abstracts: March 15, 1996

Abstracts should be sent to:

 Dicky Gilbers & Helen de Hoop
 Department of Linguistics
 BCN, University of Groningen
 Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
 9712 EK Groningen
 The Netherlands

Information:		e-mail:,
				fax: +31-50-3636855

No abstract submissions by FAX or e-mail, please.

The workshop will take place during the first BCN summer school. BCN is a
 multidisciplinary graduate school of approximately 65 PhD-students
and 170 staff members, working in five Faculties (Mathematics and
Natural Sciences/ Medicine/Psychology/Arts/Ph
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