LINGUIST List 9.1564

Fri Nov 6 1998

Calls: Contact Languages, European Summer School

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  1. D.G. Gilbers, Languages in Contact
  2. Bart Geurts, Logic Linguistics and Information

Message 1: Languages in Contact

Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 16:21:17 +0200
From: D.G. Gilbers <>
Subject: Languages in Contact

Conference on Languages in Contact

Groningen University
November 25-26, 1999


A conference on languages in contact will be held on November 
25-26, 1999, at the University of Groningen. This conference will 
include sessions devoted to descriptive and theoretical aspects of 
language contact. 

The aim of this conference is to discuss language contact. Issues for 
discussion involve pidgins and creoles, minorities and their 
languages, Diaspora situations, 'Sprachbund' phenomena, 
extralinguistic correlates of variety in contact situations, 
problems of endangered languages and the typology of these languages.

We particularly welcome reports on contact phenomena between 
languages in Russia, their survival and the influence of Russian. 
This includes Yiddish and Mennonite dialects of Low-German. There 
will be a special session devoted to this topic: languages in contact 
with Russian.

The conference will be held on the occasion of the degree of honorary 
doctor in St Petersburg of Dr Tjeerd de Graaf.

We welcome contributions for 30-minute presentations (including 10 
minutes of discussion). 

Invited speakers, in alphabetical order:

Liya Bondarko (University of St Petersburg)
Evgenij Golovko (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Pieter Muysken (University of Leiden)
Sally Thomason (University of Pittsburg)

Abstracts should be restricted to two pages, including examples and 
references. Two copies of abstracts should be submitted, one 
anonymous, and one mentioning the author's name, affiliation, postal 
address and e-mail address. The deadline for submission of abstracts: 
April 1, 1999.

Abstracts should be sent to:

The organizing committee 
John Nerbonne, Jos Schaeken, Dicky Gilbers
Department of Linguistics
University of Groningen
Oude Kijk in `t Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands


fax: +31-50-3636855
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Message 2: Logic Linguistics and Information

Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 19:50:22 +0200
From: Bart Geurts <>
Subject: Logic Linguistics and Information


 ESSLLI-99 workshop on

 Focus and presupposition in multi-speaker discourse

 University of Utrecht, 9-13 August 1999


The workshop is part of the 11th European Summer School "Logic Linguistics
and Information" (ESSLLI), to be held in Utrecht from 9-20 August 1999.

The ESSLLI Summer School is organized under the auspices of the European
Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI). Previous ESSLLI
Summer Schools have been highly successful, attracting around 500 students
from Europe and elsewhere. The school has developed into an important
meeting place and forum for discussion for students and researchers
interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and

For more information on ESSLLI'99 see:


The aim of the workshop is to explore the interrelation between theories of
focus, theories of presupposition and their implementation in a formal
theory of dialogue.

Topics to be discussed include:

- The relation between focus and presupposition.
- The role of answer focus in formal models of questions-answer exchanges.
- The treatment of presupposition in multi-speaker discourse.
- The relation between deaccentuation, contextual givenness, 
 and presupposition.
- The role of focus and deaccenting in establishing discourse coherence.


Paper presentations will be 45 minutes long (including 15 minutes for

Abstracts should not exceed 1500 words, and can be submitted either by
email or by regular mail.

Email submissions should be in postscript or plain ascii. Please include
"ESSLLI workshop" in the subject line of your message, and send it to:

Abstract submissions by regular mail should consist of 3 copies, and be
addressed to:

 Bart Geurts
 Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 Postbox 310
 NL-6500 AH Nijmegen
 The Netherlands

Workshop speakers are required to register for the Summer School. However,
workshop speakers will be able to register at a reduced rate to be
determined by the Organizing Committee.


- Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 1 March 1999
- Notification of acceptance: 1 May 1999
- Workshop to be held: August 9-13

For any questions, please contact the organizers:

Bart Geurts
University of Osnabrueck &
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

Manfred Krifka
University of Texas at Austin

Rob van der Sandt
University of Nijmegen
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