LINGUIST List 8.506

Sat Apr 12 1997

Calls: Events workshop, Glow conference

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  1. Carol L. Tenny, workshop on events as grammatical objects
  2. Shravan Vasishth, Glow Conference in India, 1998

Message 1: workshop on events as grammatical objects

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 09:55:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: Carol L. Tenny <>
Subject: workshop on events as grammatical objects

A workshop on the topic of "Events As Grammatical Objects, from the
combined perspectives of lexical semantics, logical semantics and syntax"
is being organized to take place at the LSA Summer Institute, at Cornell
University, for June 26-27, 1997. Information on the workshop is also
available on the homepage:

The workshop will bring together researchers from these three areas
specifically to address this issue, with the aim of fostering and
encouraging joint or cooperative research across these disciplines. The
workshop will focus on questions in four specific areas relating to events
in grammar, which are especially promising areas for dialogue between
lexical semanticists, logical semanticists, and syntacticians: 

1. Grammatical components of complex events:
Causation, inchoativity and stativity are three elements that have been
identified in various semantic representations of event structure. Are
lexical semantic representations and logical semantic representations
employing these concepts equivalent? Should these two approaches represent
the same kinds of information?

 2. Event structure and the syntax and semantics of adverbs:
What types of adverbs are sensitive to event structure representations?
How should they be represented syntactically and semantically?

3. The grammaticalizeability of events, and events versus non-events. 
What is the true nature of the elements of causation, inchoativity and
stativity that have been identified in various semantic representations?
What makes them grammaticalizeable? Are they derived or primitive? What is
the relevance of agentivity, volition, affectedness and other ingredients
of lexical verb meaning, to these elements? Are the grammaticalizeable
aspects of events the same for syntax and semantics?

4. Deriving syntactic structure from a grammar of events:
What syntactic constituents or elements have some identity in event
semantics? and vice versa? Does syntax look at the same event properties
as semanticists have identified? Can we articulate a general place for the
stage/individual contrast within a general grammar of events? 

Invited participants will present talks and/or commentary on these and
related questions. There are also a handful of slots remaining for
submitted presentations in the four areas above. If you are interested in
presenting some material, send three copies, by May 10, of a one-page
description of the material you wish to present to:
Events Workshop
Carol Tenny
Department of Linguistics, CL-2186
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Please include your name, affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address,
and telephone number. Indicate which of the four areas you are addressing.

Selections will be made on the basis of the following criteria: interest
and substantiveness of content; relevance to the themes of the workshop;
and potential for generating constructive dialogue between syntacticians,
lexical semanticists, and logical semanticists. Papers do not have to
present a fully developed thesis; talks on interesting linguistic
phenomena are welcome if they make clear the relevance of the phenomenon
for event-structure, and for syntax/semantics dialogue.
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Message 2: Glow Conference in India, 1998

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 18:46:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: Shravan Vasishth <>
Subject: Glow Conference in India, 1998


 The GLOW Colloquium (Extraordinary) 1998
 Hyderabad, India
 January 20-22, 1998
 Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages,
 Hyderabad, India
 Call for Papers
 We are happy to announce that the GLOW organization has agreed to
 a GLOW colloquium in Hyderabad (India), which will be the first
 meeting of GLOW to be held in Asia. This is in response to a need
 expressed by some Asian linguists for a geographically more
 accessible GLOW. (The Hyderabad colloquium will be in addition to
 the GLOW colloquium in Tilburg in the same year.)
 The aim is to bring together current theoretical discussion in
 Europe and America and language data and analysis sourced from
 ongoing work in universities in the Asian region.
 This extraordinary GLOW colloquium
 * will follow the GLOW pattern of organization for the conference
 programme, and its procedure for selection of abstracts
 * will, as the first GLOW meeting in Asia, aim to focus generally
 on Asian generative linguistics, but will not be further
 restricted with respect to theme.
 Invited Speakers: To be announced.
 Abstract Submission
 The colloquium will consist of approximately 20 talks of 45 minutes
 each, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Abstracts may not
 exceed 2 pages with at least a 1 inch margin on all four sides and
 should employ a font no smaller than 12 pt. They should be sent
 anonymously in tenfold, accompanied by a camera-ready original with
 the author's name, address and affiliation, to
 GLOW Selection Committee
 c/o. K A Jayaseelan
 Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages
 Hyderabad 500007, India
 Phone: (91)(40) 701 8131 (Work)
 (91)(40) 701 7512 (Home)
 Fax: (91)(40) 701 8402
 Submission by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
 Deadline for submission of abstracts: September 15, 1997
 The GLOW Workshop
 Verb Typology of African and Asian Languages
 January 23, 1998
 Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages
 Hyderabad 500007, India
 Three anonymous copies accompanied by a camera-ready original with
 the author's name, address, and affiliation should be sent to
 GLOW Workshop
 c/o. K A Jayaseelan
 Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages
 Hyderabad 500007, India
 Deadline for submission of abstracts: September 15, 1997
 General Information
 Speakers will be given accommodation and food in the guest houses
 of CIEFL and neighbouring science Institutes, free of charge. Non-
 speaker participants will be offered inexpensive University
 accommodation and food on a first-come basis. We regret that we are
 not in a position to offer even partial reimbursement for speakers'
 travel, but hope that lower living expenses in Hyderabad will
 partly make up for this. (Hyderabad can also provide hotel
 accommodation of acceptable standard at very inexpensive rates
 compared to Europe.)
 The Venue
 The Colloquium and the Workshop will be held in the main building
 of the Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages
 Hyderabad is on the tourist map of India, being an old city
 (founded c. 1500 A.D). It has a distinctive Deccani muslim culture.
 It is well-connected by air and rail to Bombay, Delhi and Madras,
 and also to tourist resorts like Goa. The town has some good eating
 places and a long tradition of excellent cuisine. The weather in
 January is temperate (between 24 and 12 degrees C).
 International air-fares are at their annual lowest during the
 period beginning January 12th. Participants may be able to make a
 further saving by booking tickets early.
 The Hyderabad airport receives very few international flights; so
 international travellers usually arrive at Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta
 or Madras and change to a domestic airline. Make sure that you have
 a confirmed ticket on the domestic sector.
 "Pre-paid" taxis are available at the Hyderabad airport. (Ask for
 'Arts College', a nearby landmark.)
 Conference Fee
 A conference fee of (Indian) Rs 750 or US$ 25 must be paid by bank
 draft drawn in favour of GLOW Colloquium, CIEFL, Hyderabad. Payment
 by credit cards cannot be accepted.
 National Currency
 The national currency is the (Indian) Rupee. The current exchange
 rates are (approximately)
 US$ 1 = Rs 36
 Sterling = Rs 57
 DM 1 = Rs 20
 FF 1 = Rs 6
 A tourist visa is recommended. We can send an official letter of
 invitation for other types of visas (if required).
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