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Tue Oct 14 1997

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  1. bls, Berkeley Linguistics Society, Conference 24, Second Call.

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

Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 20:07:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: bls <>
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
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</ul>

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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