LINGUIST List 9.1837

Thu Dec 24 1998

Calls: Formal Grammar, Afroasiatic

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  1. Richard Oehrle, FG99 Call for Papers
  2. Ennaji, Hamito-semitic Conference & Institue: Call for papers

Message 1: FG99 Call for Papers

Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 12:10:45 -0500 (EST)
From: Richard Oehrle <>
Subject: FG99 Call for Papers


 		 August 7-8, 1999,
		 Utrecht, The Netherlands


FG99 is the 5th conference on Formal Grammar held in conjunction with
the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, which
takes place in 1999 in Utrecht. Previous meetings were held in
Barcelona (1995), Prague (1996), Aix-en-Provence (1997), and as part
of the Joint Conference on Formal Grammar, Head-Driven Phrase
Structure Grammar, and Categorial Grammar (FHCG98) held in
Saarbruecken last August.


FG99 provides a forum for the presentation of new and original
research on formal grammar, especially with regard to the application
of formal methods to natural language analysis.

Themes of interest include, but are not limited to,

* formal and computational syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and phonology; 
* model-theoretic and proof-theoretic methods in linguistics; 
* constraint-based and resource-sensitive approaches to grammar;
* foundational, methodological and architectural issues in grammar.

Previous conferences in this series have welcomed papers from
a wide variety of frameworks.

SPECIAL SESSIONS and INVITED SPEAKERS. There will be a symposium on 

	Grammatical Resources and Grammatical Inference

Invited speakers will be announced with the circulation
of the second call for papers in early January.


We invite E-MAIL submissions of abstracts for 30-minute papers (including
questions, comments, and discussion).

A submission should consist of two parts: 

- an information sheet (in ascii), containing the name of the author(s), 
 affiliation(s), e-mail and postal address(es) and a title; 

- an abstract, consisting of a description of not more than 5 pages 
 (including figures and references). Abstracts may be either in plain 
 ASCII or in (unix-compatible encoded) postscript, PDF, or DVI. 

Abstracts can be sent to (Geert-Jan M. Kruijff)


March 1, 1999


April 30, 1999


A full version of each accepted paper will be included in the
conference proceedings, to be distributed at the conference. Full
papers are due June 30, 1999.


Anne Abeill'e	 (Paris)		Gosse Bouma	 (Groningen)
John Coleman (Oxford)		Mary Dalrymple (Xerox Parc) 
David Dowty	 (Ohio State)		Elisabet Engdahl (Gotenborg)
Daniele Godard (Lille)		Jack Hoeksema	 (Groningen)
Polly Jacobson (Brown)		Mark Johnson	 (Brown)
Ruth Kempson 	 (London)		Shalom Lappin (London)
Anton Nijholt (Twente)		Owen Rambow	 (Cogentex)
Mark Steedman	 (Edinburgh)


Web site for ESSLLI XI:

Web site for FG99 :

The organizers:

Geert-Jan Kruijff
Glyn Morrill
Paola Monachesi
Dick Oehrle

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Message 2: Hamito-semitic Conference & Institue: Call for papers

Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 11:35:16 +0500
From: Ennaji <>
Subject: Hamito-semitic Conference & Institue: Call for papers

Last Call for Papers: 
 Conference on the Morpho-Syntax of Hamito-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 Hamito-semitic
languages to be held at the University of Fez, Morocco, March 15-17,

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

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

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


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 institute will feature lectures and
seminars on minimalist theory and the morphology and syntax of
hamito-semitic languages. Leading scholars in the field are invited to
teach a few courses.The deadline for the receipt of course proposals for the
institute is January 12, 1999.

Registration fee for students and researchers wishing to attend the
institute: US$25.

To participants: 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.


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
-hamito-semitic languages and Universal Grammar
- Minimalist approaches to hamito-semitic languages
-The acquisition of morphosyntax

Hamito-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 Hamito-semitic studies are inspired by the generative
trend. However, in the light of the new developments in the
Minimalist Theory, Hamito-semitic languages have been overlooked. The
aim of this conference is to discuss new researches in the syntax of
Hamito-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 Hamito-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 Hamito-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.


Moha Ennaji
Fatima Sadiqi
Mohamed Moubtassime
Souad Slaoui
El Hassan Saidi
Ahmed Makhoukh
Ahmed Chergui-Saber

For further Contacts, please CONTACT:

Professor Moha Ennaji
For the Generative Grammar Reseach Group (GERGG)
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<>
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