LINGUIST List 10.910

Tue Jun 15 1999

Calls: Spanish Semantics & Pragmatics, Contact Ling

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  • Javier Gutierrez-Rexach, Semantics and pragmatics of Spanish
  • Alazne Landa fiplaarm, Seminar on Contact Linguistics-ESSE5 2000 in Helsinki

    Message 1: Semantics and pragmatics of Spanish

    Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 11:49:09 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Javier Gutierrez-Rexach <>
    Subject: Semantics and pragmatics of Spanish


    to be held at the Ohio State University (Columbus), November 6, 1999.

    The conference attempts to bring together researchers interested in the areas of Spanish semantics and pragmatics to discuss the foundations of these disciplines, potential points of interaction/divergence, empirical analyses of Spanish, and contrastive issues with respect to other Iberian/Romance languages. The conference is essentially interdisciplinary (formal and applied presentations are invited).

    Some of the topics to be considered are the following: (i) Current theoretical trends and their applications to Spanish: Relevance Theory, Discourse Representation Theory, Dynamic Semantics, Generalized Quantifiers, Cognitive Semantics, etc. (ii) Interfaces with other linguistic components: syntax, phonology (intonation), etc. (iii) The analysis of discourse markers (iv) Clauses in discourse (v) Negation, quantification, mood (vi) Declaratives and non-declaratives


    Abstracts are invited for 20 min. presentations (followed by 10min discussion) The deadline for submission of abstracts (in Spanish or English; max 500 words) is July 1, 1999. Please submit your abstract by e-mail to the following addresses: E-mail submissions are strongly recommended. Include the following information with your abstract: author's name, affiliation, address, phone, fax and e-mail address.

    If, however, you send your abstract by ordinary mail, please provide an e-mail address as a contact address.

    Participants will be notified about acceptance by August 1, 1999.


    A book containing selected papers from the workshop will be published

    For further information, please contact the members of the organizing committee:

    Javier Gutierrez-Rexach Dept. of Spanish & Dept. of Linguistics The Ohio State University 266 Cunz Hall 1841 Millikin Road Columbus, OH 43201-1229 USA Phone: (614) 292-1533 Fax: (614) 292-7726 E-mail:

    Eduardo de Bustos Guadano Dept. of Logic and Philosophy of Science UNED P. Senda del Rey, s/n 28040 Madrid SPAIN Phone: (91) 398-6931 Fax: (91) 398-6677 E-mail:

    Message 2: Seminar on Contact Linguistics-ESSE5 2000 in Helsinki

    Date: Sat, 12 June 1999
    From: Alazne Landa fiplaarm <Alazne>
    Subject: Seminar on Contact Linguistics-ESSE5 2000 in Helsinki

    Fifth Meeting of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE5-2000) Seminar on Contact Linguistics

    Call for papers ESSE5-2000 in Helsinki

    Helsinki will be one of the cultural capitals of Europe for the year 2000. In the same year the city will celebrate its 450th anniversary. These events will give an additional flavour to ESSE5-2000 as the timing coincides with the Helsinki festivals. The conference will take place at the Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki, beginning at 2 p.m. on FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, and concluding with the Conference Banquet on TUESDAY, AUGUST 29.

    The University of Helsinki was founded in 1640 and it has over 30,000 students. The Centre Campus of the University is located in the very heart of the city. Accommodation for conference participants will be provided within walking distance of the conference site (for information see The Messenger VIII/2, 1999 and the conference homepage:

    The conference is divided into SEMINARS, PANELS and WORKSHOPS. You can find below the description of the Seminar on Contact Linguistics. One-page abstracts (c. 200 words) should be submitted by 15 October, 1999, to the seminar convener (Alazne Landa, by ESSE members planning to participate in this seminar.


    It is only very rarely, if at all, that we find languages spoken in completely isolated environments. As a matter of fact, it is currently believed that around 75-80% of the earth\146s population are bilingual or multilingual. In other words, most languages in the world are spoken in some sort of contact situation or another. The linguistic impact of such a contact between languages is the object of study of contact linguistics.The purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum for the discussion of current research in contact linguistics, with special focus on (but not limited to) English in contact with other languages and English in contact with itself. Some of the topics that will be covered in the seminar include the following: Language/dialect contact on the threshold of twenty-first century Europe, language/dialect convergence and death, and other contact-induced linguistic changes and processes (synergy, borrowing, code-switching, code-shifting, loss of linguistic restrictions, pragmatic transfer, linguistic attrition, pidginization, creolization and decreolization), language/dialect formation, grammatical permeability, the grammar of contact Englishes and other contact languages, bilingual acquisition, emigre language acquisition, the acquisition and socio-linguistic status of minority languages, diglossia, language contact in the emergence and/or historical development of languages, etc. Papers dealing with the contribution of contact linguistics to the theory of language, genetic linguistics, and related linguistic disciplines are especially encouraged.

    Send your abstract by October 15, 1999 to:

    Alazne Landa Universidad del Pa\237s Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Facultad de Filolog\237a y Geograf\237a e Historia Departamento de Filolog\237a Inglesa y Alemana Paseo de la Universidad, s/n - Apartado 2111 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz Basque Country - Spain

    Tel. +34 (945) 01 39 30. Fax: +34 (945) 14 42 90 e-mail: