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Fri Oct 10 1997

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Message 1: Berkeley Linguistics Society, Conference 24, Second Call.

Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 19:52:15 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: Berkeley Linguistics Society, Conference 24, Second Call.

BLS 24

The Berkeley Linguistics Society is pleased to announce its
Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting, to be held February 14-16, 1998. The
conference will consist of a General Session and a Parasession on
Saturday and Sunday, followed by a Special Session on Monday.

General Session: The main session will cover areas of general
linguistic interest.
Invited speakers:
	STEPHEN PINKER, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
	LEN TALMY, University at Buffalo
	ANNA WIERZBICKA, Australian National University

Parasession: Phonological Universals and Phonetics.

The parasession will accept papers bearing on all aspects of the
relationship between Phonological Universals and Phonetics, where
"universals" can be interpreted broadly. To what extent are
phonological universals predicted or motivated by phonetic factors
including, but not restricted to; articulatory constraints,
aerodynamic properties of sound, or storage mechanisms of phonetic
information? Conversely, what do phonological universals predict about
synchronic and diachronic phonetics? What might the difference be
between phonological and phonetic universals?

Invited speakers:

PATRICE BEDDOR, University of Michigan
BJORN LINDBLOM, University of Stockholm and University of Texas,
IAN MADDIESON, University of California at Los Angeles
JOHN OHALA, University of California, Berkeley
MARIA-JOSEP SOLE, University of Barcelona

Special Session: Indo-European Subgrouping and Internal Relations.

The Special Session will feature research on Indo-European subgrouping
and internal relations from any framework, including formal,
functional, cognitive, sociolinguistic, and historical approaches. In
the last twenty years we have come to understand the internal
diachrony of Hittite, which has begun to make clear some of the
desiderata Anatolian imposes on any theory of PIE. But new
archaeological evidence has also been very prominent both for Italic
and Celtic, which has generated a lot of new work on the very early
(reconstructed) histories of both branches and on their internal
linguistic relations, their relation to each other, and their relation
to their neighbors (e.g. Germanic). Additionally, there has been an
immense amount of work on the prehistory of Tocharian, which has in
turn led to some reconsideration of its position in the family tree.
All in all, most especially in the analysis of the IE verbal system,
but also in other areas, there is a fair amount of recent work which
assumes/implies highly divergent subgroupings of the IE family.

Invited speakers:

JAY JASANOFF, Cornell University
CRAIG MELCHERT, University of North Carolina
DON RINGE, University of Pennsylvania

We encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and welcome
papers from related disciplines, such as Anthropology, Cognitive
Science, Computer Science, Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Society's
Proceedings, and authors who present papers agree to provide
camera-ready copy (not to exceed 12 pages) by May 15, 1998.
Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes with 10 minutes for
questions. We ask that you make your abstract as specific as
possible, including a statement of your topic or problem, your
approach, and your conclusions.

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In
case of joint authorship, one address should be designated for
communication with BLS. 

Send abstracts to: BLS 24 Abstract Committees, 2337 Dwinelle Hall,
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-2650. Abstracts for the
general session, special session, and parasession must be received by
4:00 p.m., November 7, 1997. Emailed abstracts will be accepted on
the condition that they be included as ACSII text in the message
themselves, or be included as a text file, saved in Word, MacWrite, or
Clarisworks, and encoded in Binhex. Length restrictions for emailed
abstracts are 500 words plus the equivalent of one typed page for
references. We may be contacted by e-mail at

Registration Fees: Before February 7, 1998; $15 for students, $30 for
non-students; after February 7, 1998; $20 for students, $35 for

For more specific information about submission procedures, please visit
the BLS web site at, email
us at, or call us at 510/642-5808.

Berkeley Linguistics Society
2337 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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