LINGUIST List 13.342

Thu Feb 7 2002

Calls: Sociology of Language,Phrase Structure Grammar

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  • Tope Omoniyi (PhD), Call for Additional Papers:The Sociology of Language and Religion Colloquium
  • Stephen M. Wechsler, THIRD CALL FOR PAPERS: HPSG-2002

    Message 1: Call for Additional Papers:The Sociology of Language and Religion Colloquium

    Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 22:20:39 -0500
    From: Tope Omoniyi (PhD) <>
    Subject: Call for Additional Papers:The Sociology of Language and Religion Colloquium


    The Sociology of Language and Religion Colloquium University of Surrey Roehampton Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH, June 20-22, 2002


    The Sociology of Language and Religion International Colloquium will bring together established and budding academics from around the world. The interface, which the colloquium seeks to explore will shed further light on the complexity of multiple identities and attendant problems in their hierarchisation. It will debate the essentialism of national, ethnolinguistic and religious group memberships and examine potential frameworks for analysing the associated discourses. Academics as well as policy makers, especially those charged with the management of multiculturalism and diversity, will benefit from the debates. Ultimately, all of these will contribute to a better understanding of human society and the management of societal harmony.

    Submission: Although a core of discussants made up of distinguished academics have been lined up, the response to the initial publicity for this colloquium has necessitated that a few independent submissions be accommodated. Please visit the colloquium webpage for details on themes of interest: (

    Submissions should include: - Author's name and affiliation - Address - E-mail address - Title of paper - Keywords - Abstract (200 words) All submissions must reach the organising committee at by April 15th, 2002. The colloquium programme will be published in mid-May.

    Message 2: THIRD CALL FOR PAPERS: HPSG-2002

    Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 22:21:40 -0500
    From: Stephen M. Wechsler <>


    HPSG-2002 9th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea 8-9 August 2002


    The 9th International Conference on HPSG will take place on 8-9 August 2002, on the campus of the Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. The conference will be co-hosted by the Linguistic Society of Korea (LSK) and the Center for the Study of Language, Kyung Hee University, as part of the LSK Summer Conference 2002.

    HPSG-2002 solicits abstracts for presentations that address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to the framework of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar.


    Robert Borsley (University of Essex) Robert Levine (Ohio State University) Ivan Sag (Stanford University)

    SPECIAL AUG. 7 LSK SYNTAX WORKSHOPS of interest to the HPSG community:

    The Linguistic Society of Korea Conference will take place at the same location on 5-7 August, 2002, immediately preceding HPSG-2002. The final day of the LSK Conference, August 7, will feature two syntax workshops directed at people working in HPSG and other theoretical frameworks, on these topics:

    * Perspectives on Complex Predicates

    * Perspectives on Inversion

    LSK invites abstracts for these workshops. Information and descriptions of the workshops appear below. For more information on the LSK meeting, see or contact Jong-Bok Kim,


    We invite E-MAIL submissions of abstracts for 30 minute presentations on any topic related to HPSG. Your abstract must have two parts:

    1) an information page in plain text format, containing - author name(s) - affiliation(s) - e-mail and postal address(es) - title of paper

    2) An extended abstract with title, not more than 5 (five) pages long, including all figures and references. Abstracts may be either in plain ASCII, PostScript, or PDF format. A successful abstract clearly describes the issues, presents an analysis (if appropriate) and presents evidence for any proposals made, including samples of data.

    If your mailer allows attachments, then please send part (1) in the message body, and part (2) as an attachment. (Otherwise send both in message body.)

    Abstracts should contain the subject heading 'HPSG-02 abstract' and should be sent to:

    All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so authors are asked to avoid obvious self-references in their abstracts.

    Presentations will last 30 minutes + 10 minutes discussion.


    15 February 2002


    1 April 2002


    Stephen Wechsler, chair Olivier Bonami Chan Chung Takao Gunji Andreas Kathol Jong-Bok Kim Louise McNally Tsuneko Nakazawa Carl Pollard Frank Richter Ivan Sag Peter Sells Melanie Siegel Eun-Jung Yoo


    Jong-Bok Kim School of English, Kyung Hee University Tel: 82-2-961-0892

    Questions about HPSG-2002? on submission of abstracts: Stephen Wechsler, on conference arrangements: Jong-Bok Kim,

    LINGUISTIC SOCIETY OF KOREA SYNTAX WORKSHOPS Aug. 7, 2002 Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea (same site as HPSG-02)


    Invited Workshop participants: Peter Sells (organizer); Dani´┐Żle Godard; others TBA

    Complex Predicates-- for example certain causative, resultative, serial verb, and light verb constructions-- are predicates composed of more than one grammatical element (either morphemes or words), each of which contributes part of the syntactic and semantic information more typically associated with a single head. Complex Predicates are found in many (perhaps all) languages, and often show quite similar combinations of argument structure despite radically different overt expressions across languages. They raise several analytical questions: How are the composite argument structures formed and represented (e.g. exactly what is combined, and how does that combination happen)? What is the range of permissible argument structure combinations (i.e. the semantic and syntactic typology of complex predicates)? What is the set of permissible structural representations for a given type (e.g. causatives)?

    Different theoretical approaches such as HPSG, LFG, and GB/MP, offer different perspectives and formal tools for the exploration of these questions. This workshop will air diverse views on this topic, with the goal of achieving greater insight into the questions above and other related issues. We invite abstracts for 30 minute presentations that address any empirical or theoretical issues relevant to the analysis of Complex Predicates, from any theoretical perspective.


    Invited Workshop participants: Ivan Sag & Robert Levine (co-organizers); Howard Lasnik; Robert Borsley

    Inversion -- the patterned positional alternation of lexical elements-- has been of central importance in the development of most frameworks for syntactic analysis. Inversion phenomena are diverse, including interrogative-related initial position in Germanic, Romance and other language families (e.g. English subject-auxiliary inversion), second position phenomena, extraction-related `stylistic' inversion in Romance, VSO languages, etc. A range of approaches to inversion have been offered: transformational frameworks treat inversion phenomena in terms of operations such as Head Movement; HPSG and other constraint-based, lexicalist (CBL) frameworks allow alternate structures (inverted and non-inverted) to be directly generated; and some LFG treatments take a middle ground, positing the Head-Movement-like notion of 'extended head', whereby a word can lie outside the phrase it heads, but in a constraint-based setting. The purpose of this session is to bring together researchers working in transformational and CBL frameworks to arrive at a deeper understanding of the theoretical and empirical issues at stake in the different approaches to inversion that have been explored. Contributions to this session may address any empirical or theoretical issues relevant to the analysis of inversion phenomena.

    We invite abstracts for 30 minute presentations addressing any aspect of inversion, using any theoretical framework.

    LSK Workshop abstracts should be a single page, with an additional page for data/references if needed. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to . The abstract should either be pasted into the email or should be an attachment as an ASCII text file, Word, PS or PDF file. Please use the subject header ``LSK 2002 Workshop Abstract: Your last name and first name initial''. Include all the author information (the title of the paper, workshop title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and the address, phone number and e-mail address of the primary author) in the body of the e-mail.

    Deadline for LSK Workshop abstract submission: March 15, 2002. Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2002. For more information see or contact Jong-Bok Kim,