LINGUIST List 8.477

Mon Apr 7 1997

Calls: Lang Development, Lang Acq

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  1. Christopher Hall, BU Conference on Language Development
  2. Bart Hollebrandse, Calls: Language Acquisition (reminder)

Message 1: BU Conference on Language Development

Date: Fri, 4 Apr 1997 08:29:39 -0500
From: Christopher Hall <>
Subject: BU Conference on Language Development



 The 22nd Annual

 Boston University Conference on Language Development
 Call for Papers

 November 7, 8, and 9, 1997

 Keynote Speaker: Annette Karmiloff-Smith, University College London
 Plenary Speaker: Luigi Rizzi, University of Siena



All topics in the field of language acquisition will be fully
considered, including:

 Bilingualism Narrative
 Cognition & Language Neurolinguistics
 Creoles & Pidgins Pragmatics
 Discourse Pre-linguistic Development
 Exceptional Language Signed Languages
 Input & Interaction Sociolinguistics
 Language Disorders Speech Perception & Production
 Linguistic Theory (Syntax, Semantics, Phonology,
	 Morphology, and Lexicon)

Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research.
Presentations will be 20 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for questions.


 1) six copies of an anonymous, clearly titled 450-word
 summary for review;

 2) one copy of a 150-word abstract for use in the conference
 program book if abstract is accepted. If your paper is
 accepted, this abstract will be scanned into the 
 conference handbook. No changes in title or authors will 
 be possible after acceptance.
 3) for EACH author, one copy of the information form printed
 at the bottom of this message.
Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledgment
of receipt. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by late
July. Pre-registration materials and preliminary schedule will be
available in late August, 1997.

All authors who present papers at the conference will be invited to
contribute their papers to the Proceedings Volumes. Those papers will
be due in January, 1998.

Note: All conference papers will be selected on the basis of abstracts
submitted. Although each abstract will be evaluated individually, we
will attempt to honor requests to schedule accepted papers together in
group sessions.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by May 19, 1997.

Send submissions to:

 Boston University
 Conference on Language Development
 704 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 101
 Boston, MA 02215 U.S.A.

 Telephone: 617-353-3085
 E-mail: (automated-reply info mailer)


 Author Information Form (fill one out completely for EACH author)


Topic area: Audiovisual requests:

Full name: Affiliation:

Current address: Summer address if
 different, and dates:

Current e-mail: Summer e-mail:

Current phone number: Summer phone if different:

*To accommodate as many papers as possible, we reserve the right to
limit each submitter to one first authorship and if circumstances
warrant, to limit each submitter to two papers in any authorship

*Please indicate whether, if your paper is not one of the 90 initially
selected for presentation, you would be willing to be considered as an
alternate. (If you indicate that you are willing to be considered,
this does not commit you to accepting alternate status if it should be
offered to you.)

__Yes, consider me as an alternate if necessary

__No, please do not consider me as an alternate

Please indicate how you received the 1997 Call for Papers:

__e-mail/electronic __surface mail __word of mouth

Please indicate how you wish to receive the 1998 Call for Papers:

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Message 2: Calls: Language Acquisition (reminder)

Date: Thu, 03 Apr 1997 11:10:44 -0800
From: Bart Hollebrandse <>
Subject: Calls: Language Acquisition (reminder)



 New Perspectives on Language Acquisition:

 Minimalism and Pragmatics

 University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 June 2,3 and 4 1997

This conference creates a stage for a discussion on new perspectives
on Minimalism and its relation to other areas in linguistics. The
emphasis of the conference will be on the contribution of acquisition
research to theoretical linguistics.

The conference has the intention to explore the following three
(sub-)fields and their interfaces:
-syntax, for instance issues dealing with Merger Theory, the
exploration of formal features and functional categories, as well as
issues involving complementation.

-pragmatics, for instance on Theory of Mind (mental representations of
the world), binding interfaces.

-semantics, for instance phenemena involving aspect and events.

The relations between the pragmatic, the syntactic and the semantic
components, as well as their internal development is the focus of this
conference. For instance, the opacity of complements plays a major
role in the study of long distance Wh-movement (see work by Roeper and
De Villiers). Other topics that involve these subfields could be
negative polarity (e.g. John denied that anything happened), sequence
of tense constructions (e.g. John said he was happy = John said he is
happy) and various issues in the acquisition of binding.

The conference pays special attention to Afro American English and
SLI. Papers will be selected on quality of the content and according
to the coherence of the conference.

invited speakers: David Lebeaux (N.E.C.), Michelle de Graff (M.I.T.),
		Frans Zwarts (University of Groningen) 

participants:Angelika Kratzer (UMass), Thomas Roeper (UMass), Jill de
 Villiers (Smith College)

Proceedings will be published in a volume of the University of
Massachusetts Occasional Papers (G.L.S.A., Amherst).

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: April 11, 1997.
Notification of acceptance by April 25 1997.

Talks are 20 minutes, 10 minutes discussion. Send 4 hard copies of a
one page abstract to the following address (no e-mail submissions):

 New Perspective on Language Acquisition
 Linguistics Department
 University of Massachusetts
 South College
 Amherst, MA 01003

Bart Hollebrandse
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