LINGUIST List 7.651

Thu May 2 1996

Calls: Ling Assoc. Great Britain, Cognitive Science Sofia

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  2. Boicho Kokinov, CogSci96 in Sofia


Date: Wed, 01 May 1996 13:20:50 GMT
From: "billy clark" <>


	Autumn Meeting 1996: University of Wales Institute Cardiff

	First Circular and Call for Papers

The 1996 Autumn Meeting will be held from Saturday 7 to Monday 9
September at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. Local
Organisers: Janig Stephens (, Helen Pandeli

Events: The Henry Sweet Lecture 1996 will be delivered by Professor
Janet Fodor (CUNY) and is entitled "Setting parameters: fewer but
better triggers."

There will be a Workshop on "Learnability and language acquisition for
linguists", organised by Stefano Bertolo (MIT). Language Acquisition
is regarded by many as one of the most fundamental problems in
Linguistics: how do children acquire, effortlessly and swiftly,
systems of rules as complicated as those that are necessary to
characterise a natural language? This question has a methodological
counterpart in the related question: are there any descriptively sound
linguistic theories that must be abandoned because they rely on
systems of rules that are provably impossible for a human to learn?
This introductory mini-course addresses this second methodological
question: how should linguistic research be shaped by the formal and
empirical requirements of learnability and language acquisition
respectively? The course is tutorial in nature and presupposes no
previous knowledge of these topics. This session of the meeting will
be chaired by Robert Borsley and will be divided in two parts. In the
first part Stefano Bertolo will introduce fundamental concepts and
results from formal learning theory (criteria of successful learning,
classes of hypotheses, modes of presentation and properties of
learning functions) and assess the psychological plausibility of some
of the available alternatives. The second part will discuss the
learnability consequences of the Principles and Parameters Hypothesis
with respect to descriptively and empirically motivated problems in
Syntax (Martin Atkinson), Phonology (Jonathan Kaye) and Diachronic

There will be a Language Tutorial on Mohawk, given by Professor
Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara). Mohawk is a
language of the Iroquoian family, which also includes Oneida,
Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Huron, Tuscarora, Cherokee, and several
other lesser known languages. It is spoken primarily in six
communities in Quebec, Ontario, and New York State. There are several
thousand speakers, and some children are now learning the language
again as a mother tongue. The language is of special interest
typologically for a number of reasons. The match between morphological
and syntactic categories is not always as might be expected. There are
three quite distinct morphological categories: nouns, verbs, and
particles. Morphological nouns are generally used as nominals
syntactically, but morphological verbs may be used as predicates, as
nominals, or as full clauses in themselves. The language is also of
special interest for its high degree of productive polysynthesis. All
verbs are finite and contain obligatory pronominal prefixes referring
to their core arguments. They show an agent-patient pattern, which
interacts with aspect in interesting ways. There is highly productive
noun incorporation, which speakers use skillfully for both lexical and
discourse purposes. Overall, the language provides an interesting look
at the way functions may be spread over morphological and syntactic
patterns, and the consequences of certain cross-linguistic

There will be a Wine Party on the Saturday evening, following
Professor Fodor's lecture.

Enquiries should be sent to the Meetings Secretary (address below).

Call for Papers: Members and potential guests are invited to offer
papers for the Meeting; abstracts are also accepted from
non-members. The LAGB welcomes submissions on any linguistics or
linguistics-related topic. Abstracts must arrive by 4 June 1996 and
should be sent in the format outlined below to the following address:
Professor G. Corbett, Linguistic and International Studies,University
of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 5XH. Papers for the programme are
selected anonymously - only the President knows the name of the

Abstracts must be presented as follows: submit SEVEN anonymous copies
of the abstract, plus ONE with name and affiliation,
i.e. CAMERA-READY. The complete abstract containing your title and
your name must be no longer than ONE A4 page (8.27" x 11.69") with
margins of at least 1" on all sides. You may use single spacing (not
more than six lines to the inch) and type must be no smaller than 12
characters per inch. Type uniformly in black (near-letter
quality on a word processor) and make any additions in black.
It is preferable to print out the abstracts using a laser printer,
since if the paper is accepted the abstract will be photocopied and
inserted directly into the collection of abstracts sent out
to participants.


The following layout should be considered as standard:
	(title) Optimality and the Klingon vowel shift
	(speaker) Clark Kent
	(institution) Department of Astrology, Eastern Mars University

The following guidelines may be useful:
1. Briefly state the topic of your paper.
2. If your paper is to involve an analysis of linguistic material, give
 critical examples, along with a brief indication of their critical
3. State the relevance of your ideas to past work or to the future
	development of the field. If you are taking a stand on a controver-
	sial issue,summarise the arguments which lead you to take up this

Normal length of papers: 25 minutes (plus 15 minutes
discussion). Squibs (10 minutes) or longer papers (40 minutes) will
also be considered: please explain why your paper requires less or
more time than usual.

Conference Bursaries: There will be a maximum of 10 bursaries
available to unsalaried members of the Association (e.g. PhD students)
with preference given to those who are presenting a
paper. Applications should be sent to the President, and must be
received by 4 June 1996. Please state on your
(a) date of joining the LAGB; (b) whether or not you are an undergraduate or
postgraduate student; (c) if a student, whether you receive a normal grant; (d)
if not a student, your employment situation. STUDENTS WHO ARE SUBMITTING
AN ABSTRACT and wish to apply for funding should include all the above details

Guests: Members may invite any number of guests to meetings of the
association, upon payment of a stlg5 guest invitation fee.

Professor Greville Corbett, Linguistic and International Studies,
University of Surrey, GUILDFORD, Surrey, GU2 5XH.

Honorary Secretary
Dr. David Adger, Dept. of Language and Linguistic Science,
University of York, Heslington, York. YO1 5DD.

Membership Secretary
Dr. Kersti Boerjars, Department of Linguistics, University of
Manchester, MANCHESTER M13 9PL.

Meetings Secretary
Dr. Billy Clark, Communication Studies, Middlesex University, Trent
Park, Bramley Road, LONDON N14 4XS. e-mail:

Dr. Paul Rowlett, Dept. of Modern Languages, University of Salford,
Salford M5 4WT. e-mail:

Assistant Secretary
Dr. April McMahon, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Cambridge,
Sidgwick Avenue, CAMBRIDGE CB3 9DQ.

BLN Editor
Dr. Siew-Yue Killingley, Grevatt and Grevatt, 9 Rectory Drive,

Internet home page:

NOTE: Our Spring 1997 meeting, at the University of Edinburgh from
7th-9th April, is adjacent to GALA '97, also at the University of Edinburgh,
4th-6th April. Further information:
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Message 2: CogSci96 in Sofia

Date: Thu, 02 May 1996 13:15:30 MST
Subject: CogSci96 in Sofia

 3rd International Summer School
 Cognitive Science
 Sofia, July 21 - August 3, 1996

 First Announcement and Call for Papers

The Summer School features introductory and advanced courses in
Cognitive Science, participant symposia, panel discussions,
student sessions, and intensive informal discussions.
Participants will include university teachers and researchers,
graduate and senior undergraduate students.

International Advisory Board

Elizabeth BATES (University of California at San Diego, USA)
Amedeo CAPPELLI (CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Cristiano CASTELFRANCHI (CNR, Roma, Italy)
Daniel DENNETT (Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)
Ennio De RENZI (University of Modena, Italy)
Charles DE WEERT (University of Nijmegen, Holland )
Christian FREKSA (Hamburg University, Germany)
Dedre GENTNER (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Christopher HABEL (Hamburg University, Germany)
Joachim HOHNSBEIN (Dortmund University, Germany)
Douglas HOFSTADTER (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana,
Keith HOLYOAK (University of California at Los Angeles, USA)
Mark KEANE (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
Alan LESGOLD (University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
Willem LEVELT (Max-Plank Institute of Psycholinguistics,
Nijmegen, Holland)
David RUMELHART (Stanford University, California, USA)
Richard SHIFFRIN (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)
Paul SMOLENSKY (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
Chris THORNTON (University of Sussex, Brighton, England)
Carlo UMILTA' (University of Padova, Italy)
Eran ZAIDEL (University of California at Los Angeles, USA)

Two Sciences of Mind: Cognitive Science and
 Consciousness Studies - Sean O'Nuallain (NCR, Canada)
Contextual Reasoning - Fausto Giunchiglia (University of
 Trento, Italy)
Diagrammatic Reasonning - Hari Narayanan (Georgia Tech, USA)
Qualitative Spatial Reasoning - Schlieder (Hamburg and
 Freiburg University, Germany)
Language, Vision, and Spatial Cognition - Annette
 Herskovits (Boston University)
Situated Planning and Reactivity - Iain Craig (University
 of Warwick, UK)
Anthropology of Knowledge - Janet Keller (University of
 Illinois, USA)
Cognitive Ergonomics - Antonio Rizzo (University of Siena,
Psychophysics: Detection, Discrimination, and Scaling -
 Stephan Mateeff (BAS and NBU, Bulgaria)

Participant Symposia
Participants are invited to submit papers reporting completed
research which will be presented (30 min) at the participant
symposia. Authors should send full papers (8 single spaced
pages) in triplicate or electronically (postscript, RTF, MS Word
or plain ASCII) by May 31. Selected papers will be published in
the School's Proceedings. Only papers presented at the School
will be eligible for publication.

Student Session

Graduate students in Cognitive Science are invited to present
their work at the student session. Research in progress as well
as research plans and proposals for M.Sc. Theses and Ph.D.
Theses will be discussed at the student session. Papers will not
be published in the School's Proceedings.

Panel Discussions

Cognitive Science in the 21st century
Symbolic vs. Situated Cognition
Human Thinking and Reasoning: Contextual, Diagrammatic, Spatial,
Culturally Bound

Local Organizers

New Bulgarian University, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
Bulgarian Cognitive Science Society


TEMPUS SJEP 07272/94

Local Organizing Committee

Boicho Kokinov - School Director, Elena Andonova, Gergana
Yancheva, Veselka Anastasova


Registration Form: as soon as possible
Deadline for paper submission: May 31
Notification for acceptance: June 15
Early registration: June 15
Arrival date and on site registration July 21
Summer School July 22-August 2
Excursion July 28
Departure date August 3

Paper submission to:
Boicho Kokinov
Cognitive Science Department
New Bulgarian University
21, Montevideo Str.
Sofia 1635, Bulgaria

Send your Registration Form to:
(If you don't receive an aknowledgement within 3 days, send a
message to
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