LINGUIST List 9.1617

Mon Nov 16 1998

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Semi-lexical Heads

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  1. Richard Sproat, Association for Computational Linguistics
  2. Norbert Corver, Workshop on Semi-lexical Heads

Message 1: Association for Computational Linguistics

Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 20:55:17 -0500
From: Richard Sproat <>
Subject: Association for Computational Linguistics

 Call for Tutorial Proposals

 The ACL'99 (Association for Computational
 Linguistics, 1999) Program Committee invites
 proposals for the Tutorial Program for
 ACL '99, to be held at the University of
 Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, June
 20--26, 1999. The tutorials for ACL '99
 will be held on June 20th.

 Each tutorial should be well-focused so
 that its core content can be covered in a
 three hour tutorial slot (including a 30
 minute break). In exceptional cases,
 6-hour tutorial slots are possible as

 There will be space and time for at most
 four three-hour tutorials.

 Submission Details

 Proposals for tutorials should contain:

 * A title and brief (< 500 word)
 content description of the tutorial
 * The names, postal addresses, phone
 numbers, and email addresses of the
 tutorial speakers, with
 one-paragraph statement of the
 speaker's(s') research interests and
 areas of expertise.
 * Any special requirements for
 technical needs (computer
 infrastructure, etc.)

 Proposals should be submitted by
 electronic mail, in plain ASCII
 (iso8859-1) text as soon as possible, but
 no later than December 18th, 1998.

 The subject line should be:

 Please Note: Proposals will not be
 accepted by regular mail or fax.

 Please submit your proposals and any
 inquiries to:

 Richard Sproat, ACL '99 Tutorials Chair
 Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
 600 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ
 07974 USA

 Practical Arrangements

 Accepted tutorial speakers must provide
 descriptions of their tutorials for
 inclusion in the Conference Registration
 material by March 1, 1999. The
 description must be provided in three
 formats: a latex version that fits onto
 1/2 page; an ascii (iso8859-1) version
 that can be included with the email
 announcement; an HTML version that can be
 included on the Conference home page.

 Tutorial speakers will provide tutorial
 materials, at least containing copies of
 the overhead sheets used, by May 1, 1999.

 The current ACL policy is that tutorials
 are reimbursed at the following rate:
 $500 per session plus $25 per registrant
 in the range 21-50 plus $15 per
 registrant in excess of 50. Note that
 this is per tutorial, not per presenter:
 multiple presenters will split the
 proceeds, the default assumption being an
 even split. The ACL does not usually
 cover travel expenses except where the
 presenter(s) cannot get them through the
 usual mechanisms: for ACL members we
 assume that they would be coming to the
 meeting anyway. For people who are not
 ACL members, we would expect to pay for
 costs that they cannot get reimbursed

 Important Dates

 Submission Deadline for Tutorial
 18 Dec 1998
 Notification of acceptance of Tutorial
 28 Dec 1998
 Tutorial descriptions due to Tutorial
 1 Mar 1999
 Tutorial course material due to Tutorial
 1 May 1999
 Tutorials Date:
 20 June 1999
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Message 2: Workshop on Semi-lexical Heads

Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 14:27:57 MET
From: Norbert Corver <>
Subject: Workshop on Semi-lexical Heads



	Tilburg University, Thursday 20 May and Friday 21 May 1999

Invited Speakers:	Joseph Emonds (University of Durham)
			Hubert Haider (University of Salzburg)
			Elisabeth Loebel (University of Cologne)


The distinction between lexical/major categories, on the one hand, and 
functional/minor/grammatical categories, on the other, is at the 
heart of present-day grammatical theory, but plays an equally central 
role in theories on language acquisition, code switching, aphasia, 
etcetera. In the course of time, various diagnostic criteria have 
been proposed which distinguish the one class from the other: e.g. 
productivity, distribution, lack versus presence of semantic content. 
Although for certain clear-cut cases (e.g. the distinction between 
Noun and Determiner), this distinction is quite straightforward, 
there are many lexical items for which it is less easy to decide 
whether they side with the lexical categories or with the functional 
ones. The category P is a well-known case of uncertainty. Although it 
seems less functional in a sense than a determiner, it is more 
"grammatical" than N, V and A. Some people have argued that a 
distinction should be made within the class of prepositions between 
the lexical ones and the grammatical or functional ones (cf. Van 
Riemsdijk 1990; Zwarts 1992) This gradualness on the 
lexical-functional "scale" is characteristic of other categories as 
well and is reminiscent of Ross's (1972; 1973) notion of squish, 
which refers to degrees of nouniness (or verbiness) of syntactic 
categories. Emonds (1985) speaks bout grammatical nouns, verbs, 
adjectives and prepositions, and also refers to them as disguised 
lexical categories. Another appropriate term would be SEMI-LEXICAL 
heads, i.e. heads which are hybrid in the sense that they display 
both lexical and functional/grammatical characteristics.

What kinds of lexical items might possibly be considered 
semi-lexical? For the nominal domain, Emonds (1985) refers to such 
items as the pro-form "one" in "the good ones", reflexive "self" (cf. 
"selves"), and "thing" as it occurs in "something good". Classifiers 
and quantity-designating nominals in pseudopartitive constructions 
like "three grains of sand" might be considered semi-lexical as well. 
Within the verbal domain, semi-lexical candidates might arguably be: 
auxiliary verbs (see Emonds 85 for this claim), certain verbs 
featuring in verb clusters in Germanic Verb Raising constructions, 
verbs in serialization constructions, etcetera. Within the adjectival 
domain, one might take such quantifiers as "many", "few", "much" as 
instances of semi-lexical adjectives. The above is just a brief 
sketch of potential semi-lexical heads. Presumably, there are many 

Here are some of the more concrete questions that might arise in 
the study of semi-lexical heads:
What types of semi-lexical nouns, verbs, adjectives and prepositions 
can be distinguished? What distinguishes them from truly lexical 
categories and in what sense are they different from truly 
grammatical functors? Is this distinction expressed in terms of their 
lexical feature-composition, and if so, what features are involved? 
What is their assembling property; i.e. how do they combine in 
syntactic structure and how do they project syntactically? Are they 
involved in idiosyncratic displacement phenomenona, and if so, what 
feature of the semi-lexical head triggers this? What is the licensing 
function of semi-lexical heads? What makes them interpretable at the 
interface levels? Also from a diachronic point of view, the question 
arises how lexical heads develop gradually into semi-lexical ones. Is 
there cross-linguistic variation in the range of semi-lexical heads 
and if so, what does this variation reside in? Besides the question 
of how semi-lexical heads behave in the syntactic component, 
questions arise about their behavior in other components: Are there 
morphological processes characteristic of semi-lexical heads? As 
concerns the lexicon, the question arises how they are stored in the 
lexicon and what distinguishes their lexical entry from that of truly 
lexical categories.

Abstracts are invited for 30 minutes talks (with an additional ten 
minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous, and should be 
no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with 
margins of at least 1-inch, font size 11/12. Submissions are limited 
to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. 
Please provide 5 anonymous abstracts and one camera-ready original 
containing title,author's name and affiliation. Submissions by 
e-mail or fax can be accepted, provided a camera-ready original is 
received within one week after the deadline. A separate card should 
contain the title of the paper, author's name, affiliation, address, 
telephone number and e-mail address. 

We have the intention to publish (a selection of) the papers.
We expect to be able to partially reimburse you for travel and/or 
vhotel expenses, but precise figures are not available as yet.


Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Monday 1 February, 1999.

Abstracts should be sent to the following address:

	Norbert Corver
	Grammar Models Group
	Department of Linguistics
 Tilburg University
	P.O.Box 90153
	5000 LE Tilburg
	The Netherlands

Phone: +31 13 4662773
Fax: +31-13-4663110

Organizing committee: Norbert Corver & Henk van Riemsdijk

Information about accommodation and travel information will be 
made available at the Grammar Models Web Site, which is accessible at:
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