LINGUIST List 8.1424

Sat Oct 4 1997

Calls: Romance Languages

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  1. Lisa A. Reed, Romance Languages

Message 1: Romance Languages

Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 07:26:04 -0500
From: Lisa A. Reed <>
Subject: Romance Languages

Call for Papers


April 16-19, 1998
The Pennsylvania State University

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: November 28, 1997

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks on any aspect of Romance
linguistics for the Twenty-Eighth Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages
to be held April 16-19, 1998 at The Pennsylvania State University.

Authors are asked to send ten (10) copies of an anonymous abstract and one
additional copy with the author's name and affiliation. (The latter will be
reproduced in the Meeting Handbook if the paper is accepted for
presentation.) Abstracts should be no more than one page (letter size) in
length with an additional page for references only (please, no data on the
second page). All margins should be at least one inch wide, and in at least
12-point type. Also include a typewritten 3'' x 5'' card with paper title,
name of author(s), affiliation(s), address, phone number, and e-mail
address. To facilitate the review process, please indicate the primary area
of linguistics addressed in the paper. Submissions are limited to a maximum
of one individual and one joint abstract per author.

E-mail submissions or faxed abstracts cannot be accepted.

Notification: No later than March 6, 1998.

All LSRL submissions should be sent to:

LSRL 28 Organizing Committee
Marc Authier, Barbara Bullock, & Lisa Reed Department of French
The Pennsylvania State University
Room 325, Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802-6203

Phone: (814) 863-2814

For more detailed information concerning LSRL, including the conference
proceedings, please consult our webpage at


Sessions of refereed papers: April 17th-April 19th
Syntax and phonology papers will be presented in parallel sessions.
All phonology papers will be given on Saturday, April 18th.

Plenary speakers:
Richard Kayne (NYU): April 16th (evening)
Karen Zagona (University of Washington): April 17th
Donca Steriade (University of California, Los Angeles): April 18th

Outreach lecture on historical linguistics: April 17th (evening)
Philip Baldi (Penn State)

Concurrent Workshop on Mathematical Linguistics (WML): Friday, April 17
See below for more information

Reception: April 17th (evening)

Banquet: April 18th (evening)

Book exhibits: April 17th and April 18th


What should linguists expect from mathematical linguistics?

Friday, April 17


The WML will have two goals. First, it will provide an opportunity for
specialists in mathematical linguistics to discuss the latest technical
developments in the field. Secondly, it will explore the potential
relevance of research in mathematical linguistics for theoretical
linguistics. At present, many theoretical linguists assume that the formal
apparatus developed in mathematical linguistics is of little use to their
endeavors in accounting for natural language phenomena. This is likely due
to the fact that such hotly debated issues as the context-freeness of
natural language seem to have been put to rest. However, there are new
developments in theoretical computer science which have reopened the
question of whether or not natural language should be treated as a
mathematical object.


For the purposes of the WML, "mathematical linguistics" is to be understood
as formal language theory as it is applied to natural language description.
Thus, the workshop will focus on language as a syntactical object
describable by means of a formal grammar. Work on new mathematical results
from such a viewpoint is welcome.


The workshop will include invited as well as refereed talks. Authors are
encouraged to submit papers on any topic related to the goals of the
workshop. The amount of time allotted to each presentation will be 30-45


The deadline for the submission of papers is January 17, 1998. Manuscripts
should not exceed 4000 words, and should include an abstract of no more
than 250 words. They must be sent electronically in LaTeX format to:,

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee on the
basis of their scientific value, their relevance to the goals of the
workshop and their potential for generating constructive discussion.

Authors will be notified of the decision of the Program Committee by
February 17, 1998.


Robert C. Berwick (MIT)
Carlos Martin-Vide (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
Walter J. Savitch (University of California, San Diego)


Given space considerations, the total number of workshop attendees will be
limited to 50. All participants must register for the 28th Linguistic
Symposium on Romance Languages at a cost of $40 US for non-students and $25
US for students. Attendees can either preregister at or register on site the day of the workshop. There
is no additional registration fee for the WML.


To be determined

For further information on the WML, see the GRLMC webpage at:

All events supported by the Penn State Research and Graduate Studies Office
of the College of the Liberal Arts; Continuing and Distance Education; The
International Partnerships and Academic Linkages; the Department of French;
the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; the Center for
Linguistics; the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies;
the Department of Psychology; and the Department of Philosophy.
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