LINGUIST List 9.1666

Mon Nov 23 1998

Calls: Student Conference, Chamito-semitic Syntax

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  1. Wi-Vun T. Chiung, Student Conference
  2. Ennaji-Sadiqi, Chamito-semitic Conference & Institute

Message 1: Student Conference

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 11:09:05 -0600
From: Wi-Vun T. Chiung <taiffalomail.utexas.edu>
Subject: Student Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS
for
The Sixth Annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics - UTASCIL

Deadline for Abstracts: 5PM, Friday, December 11th, 1998
Date: Thursday, February 18th, 1999
Location: The University of Texas at Arlington

Papers for this conference are invited in all areas of linguistics. Students
from any educational institution are encouraged to submit their research and
share insights they have discovered in the field. Presentations will last
for 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion and questions. This is a great
low-pressure opportunity to develop professional skills!

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, December 11th.
Notifications of acceptance will be distributed on January 19th. Abstracts
should be written on a single page with an (optional) additional page for
graphs and/or references. Please, provide 5 copies of your anonymous
abstract with the title of the paper at the top and a 3x5 index card
including the following information:
	1. Your name
	2. Affiliation
	3. Address, phone number, and email address
	4. Title of paper
Papers should be delivered to Dr. David Silva's mailbox in Hammond Hall
(Program in Linguistics, Box 19559, University of Texas at Arlington,
Arlington, TX 76019-0559) by the deadline. 

For more information, contact Dr. David Silva (817) 272-3161 (Daviduta.edu)
or Teresa Jade (817) 795-7622 (tjadecyberrramp.net).
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Message 2: Chamito-semitic Conference & Institute

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 23:01:56 +0500
From: Ennaji-Sadiqi <estryfesnet.net.ma>
Subject: Chamito-semitic Conference & Institute

2nd Call for Papers: 
v Conference on the Morpho-Syntax of Chamito-semitic languages

 The University of Fez, Morocco, March 15-17,1999.
 
The Conference will be followed by an Institute on the same theme from 18 to
20 March 1999.

Announcing the 1999 Conference on the Morpho-syntax of Chamito-semitic
languages to be held at the University of Fez, Morocco, March 15-17,
1999.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: December 30, 1998

All submissions must comprise: i) three copies of the abstract and ii)
one card with full name, affiliation, title of the paper, address, fax
number and e-mail.

The paper abstracts must be at most 2-pages long (including examples
and references).

Papers will be presented in English, French and Arabic.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified in the end of January
1999.

The abstract may be sent by surface mail, fax or e-mail to:

Professor Moha Ennaji
For the Generative Grammar Reseach Group (GERGG)
SIDI MOAHMED BEN ABDELLAH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Letters, Department of English
BP 50 Fs 30 000 Morocco
Tel: +212 5 61 09 10
Fax: +212 5 64 08 44
E-mail: Ennaji<estryfesnet.net.ma>


There will be 18 talks in all, each 40 minutes long with an additional
15 minutes for discussion.

The University can pay for board and lodging during the conference,
but cannot afford to pay for transportation. Participants are
requested to make their travel arrangements early.

As a follow up to this conference, a three-day spring institute will
be organized on March 18-20, 1999 for the benefit of graduate students
and researchers. This mini-institute will feature lectures and
seminars on minimalist theory and the morphology and syntax of
chamito-semitic languages. Invited leading scholars in the field will
teach a few courses.


CONFERENCE TOPICS AND AIMS

The major suggested topics to be discussed during the conference are:

-Morphology: inflection and derivation paradigms
-Word order variation
-syntactic variation
-syntax and semantics
-diachronic studies
-comparative studies
-chamito-semitic languages and Universal Grammar
- Minimalist approaches to chamito-semitic languages
-The acquisition of morphosyntax

Chamito-semitic languages have generally been associated with
descriptive and diachronic linguistics. They have been described and
analyzed at the phonological, morphosyntactic and semantic levels by
functional, structural and generative schools of linguistics.

Today most Chamito-semitic studies are inspired by the generative
trend. However, in the light of the new developments in the
Minimalist Theory, Chamito-semitic languages have been overlooked. The
aim of this conference is to discuss new researches in the syntax of
Chamito-semitic languages within the framework of the latest
approaches in generative syntax. The ultimate goal is to establish the
parameters of these languages and bring changes and improvements to
the Minimalist Theory on the basis of empirical data.

New data and comparative studies are encouraged in order to strengthen
or disconfirm the principles of minimalism and UG.

This Conference will focus on similarities and differences between the
various Chamito-semitic languages, using the minimalist theoretical
framework and empirical knowledge. Comparisons between dialects and
languages that are genetically related will be made to check
parametrization in UG, on the one hand, and to analyze the syntax of
these languages on formal grounds.

The major aim of this conference, then, is to shed light on the
progress made in Chamito-semitic morphology and syntax, as well as
focus on the data and theoretical perspectives. Contributions from
related subjects like semantics, language variation and language
acquisition will be welcome. Hypotheses and predictions will be
postulated and tested according to different principles and parameters
determined by UG.


For further Contacts, please e-mail:

Ennaji<estryfesnet.net.ma>
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