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LINGUIST List 20.615

Thu Feb 26 2009

Calls: Morphology/Germany; Socioling,History of Ling/Canada

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Artemis Alexiadou, Roots
        2.    Carol Percy, Prescriptivism(e) & Patriotism(e)

Message 1: Roots
Date: 26-Feb-2009
From: Artemis Alexiadou <artemisifla.uni-stuttgart.de>
Subject: Roots
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Full Title: Roots

Date: 10-Jun-2009 - 12-Jun-2009
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact Person: Artemis Alexiadou
Meeting Email: artemisifla.uni-stuttgart.de
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Phonology; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers working in different
frameworks of word formation to discuss roots and their interaction with
grammatical formatives.

Call for Papers

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2009

Roots: Word formation from the perspective of "core lexical elements"

Across frameworks, a certain amount of consensus has emerged that word formation
involves a 'core lexical element' (also called 'root') in combination with a
structural template. The former part provides the idiosyncratic aspects of word
meaning, while the latter provides the grammatically relevant facets of word

Despite this basic agreement, no consensus exists concerning the nature of roots
and their exact role in word formation processes. In the recent literature, we
find at least two understandings of the notion 'root' and of the term
'grammatically relevant facets of meaning'. For instance, for researchers
working within Distributed Morphology or exo-skeletal approaches, the root is
seen as the minimal invariable core which words share once all functional
formatives have been abstracted away. Roots do not determine the structures in
which they appear, and functional structure is seen as the bearer of meaning
specification. Thus grammatically relevant facets of meaning are the
structurally relevant aspects. On the other hand, for researchers such as Levin
& Rappaport Hovav, the root is the core of word meaning in that its semantics
determine the range of event structures it can combine with.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers working in different
frameworks to discuss roots and their interaction with grammatical formatives.
Possible questions for discussion include the following:

Do roots have ontological types which constraint the structures they might be
associated with? As not all roots can occur in all contexts, how can we restrict
root insertion? Do we need diacritics on roots in order to determine this, i.e.
diacritics that determine class membership, as in e.g. Embick & Halle (2005)?
How much meaning is included in the root in isolation: no meaning at all, as
argued by Acquaviva (2007), very underspecified aspects of meaning, as stated in
Marantz (2001) and Arad (2003), fully specified meaning including argument
structure licensing, as in Levin & Rappaport Hovav (2005) and Doron (2003)?
If roots have meaning, where is this assigned? In addition, where is root
phonology assigned? When are roots inserted in the structure, early as in Embick
(2000) and Harley (2006) or late as in (Marantz 1997)? Furthermore, is
non-compositional meaning only associated with the roots themselves or can it
involve bigger chunks of structure as well, as argued by Marantz (2003), Borer
(2008), Alexiadou (2008), Harley (2008)?

Turning to the question of argument licensing, if the root determines argument
structure, does it do so on its own or via the mediation of functional
structure? Related to this question is the issue of whether external and
internal arguments are introduced in a similar or in a distinct fashion.
Finally, it has been suggested that languages differ as to the number of roots
they have for one particular class (e.g. English has many manner of motion
roots, while the Romance languages have much fewer, Levin & Rappaport Hovav
2005: 240). What is then the cross-linguistically stable semantic core? How
does the root inventory of a language interact with its functional
vocabulary/event template in order to yield variation across languages?

Invited Speakers:
Paolo Acquaviva, Hagit Borer, Edit Doron, David Embick,
Heidi Harley, Alec Marantz, Malka Rappaport Hovav

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts are invited for 40 minute talks (30'+10') relevant to the conference
theme. Submissions are limited to one single-authored and one joint-authored

The abstracts should be sent by e-mail to: roots.workshopgooglemail.com

Please include the word ABSTRACT in the subject line of the e-mail.
In the body of the message, please include the names of the author(s),
affiliation(s), abstract title and an e-mail address.

Abstracts should take the form of a PDF document. Abstracts should be limited to
two pages (11pt font size) and a third page containing examples and references.
Abstracts should be anonymous.

Submission Deadline: 15 March 2009

Notification of Acceptance: ca. 1 April 2009
Message 2: Prescriptivism(e) & Patriotism(e)
Date: 26-Feb-2009
From: Carol Percy <linguistic.prescriptivismutoronto.ca>
Subject: Prescriptivism(e) & Patriotism(e)
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Full Title: Prescriptivism(e) & Patriotism(e)
Short Title: P&P 2009

Date: 17-Aug-2009 - 19-Aug-2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Carol Percy
Meeting Email: linguistic.prescriptivismutoronto.ca
Web Site: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/prescrip/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; History
of Linguistics; Lexicography; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 27-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

Prescriptivism and Patriotism from Nationalism to Globalization
August 17-19, 2009. New College, University of Toronto, Canada.

Prescriptivisme et Patriotisme: du Nationalisme à la Mondialisation
17-19 août 2009, New College, University of Toronto, Canada.

Second Call for Papers

This international French/English bilingual conference explores historical and
contemporary connections between linguistic prescriptivism and political
patriotism. What roles have domestic politics, globalization, or transnational
migration patterns played in the emergence of linguistic varieties like Standard
English, Scots, Singlish, International French, Chiac, English and French
creoles? And to what extent have these varieties been shaped by prescriptive
attitudes and instruments like dictionaries?

'Prescriptivism and patriotism' is inspired by previous meetings and
publications on linguistic prescriptivism: one at the University of Sheffield
with a symposium on eighteenth-century English (2003); another at the University
of Catania on prescriptivism in later modern English more generally (2006).

We welcome proposals for papers and panels in and about either French or English
or their associated creoles.

The conference theme of linguistic prescriptivism - the idea that one language
or dialect is better than another and ought to be the norm for the whole speech
community - has strong but not straightforward connections with politics, both
domestic and international. In a global context, local languages and local
varieties of international languages have risen in both overt and covert
prestige as expressions of identity, especially after a former colony's
independence. Yet international Englishes remain useful economic tools and
retain prestige. In such settings as Singapore, the media's use of Singlish and
the government's promotion of Good English are in conflict as models of national
identity. Moreover, while similar tensions between local and global models of
identity and legitimacy pervade la francophonie, the particularity of its
linguistic politics can be illustrated by contrasting Quebec with the minority
communities in the rest of Canada. Finally, the role of the media in
establishing language norms raises the broader question of the instruments of
prescription and the social authority of their agents. Prescriptivism is often
associated with such top-down mechanisms as government policies, language
academies, and schools.

As a result of new circumstances, the Conference Committee is welcoming a second
round of proposals for what will be a very limited number of accepted papers on
historical and contemporary topics that explore the connections between
linguistic and political patriotism. Very special consideration will be given to
papers presented in French on questions relating to French Canada.

While this conference has its basis in language studies and linguistics, we hope
to further dialogue with scholars engaged in linguistic research in such fields
as anthropology, education, history, literary studies, political science,
sociology, translation, theatre and film, and/or aboriginal, African, Asian,
Canadian, Caribbean, and other area studies. Approaches might include language
contact, missionary linguistics, post-colonial theory, diaspora studies,
Anglophone and Francophone identities, alterity studies, gender and linguistic
nationalism, and creoles.

Plenary speakers include Hélène Cajolet-Laganière, Université de Sherbrooke; Ian
Lancashire, University of Toronto; Isabelle Léglise, CNRS, France; and Lynda
Mugglestone, University of Oxford.

Talks should be no longer than twenty minutes in length. Those interested in
participating are invited to submit abstracts of 250-500 words, in English or in
French, describing their proposed papers, with a provisional title, and
specifying the language of the talk. The deadline for submissions is March 27, 2009.

Electronic submissions should be sent as MS-Word attachments and the name of any
document referred to in the covering letter. Please include a brief CV including
citizenship, institutional affiliation(s), and status (i.e., grad student,
post-doc, faculty, independent scholar). Papers will be considered for
publication in the proceedings.

Enquiries and submissions to Carol Percy (Department of English at New College)
at linguistic.prescriptivismutoronto.ca

Deuxième Appel à Communications

Ce colloque international sera consacré aux liens historiques et contemporains
entre le prescriptivisme linguistique et le patriotisme politique. Il abordera
deux questions qui préoccupent les chercheurs. Quel est le rôle que jouent la
politique domestique, la mondialisation et les migrations transnationales dans
l'émergence ou l'évolution des variétés de l'anglais ou du français (e.g. le
singlish, l'écossais, le chiac, l'anglais standard, le français international,
les créoles anglais et français) ? Dans quelle mesure ces variétés ont-elles été
modelées par des attitudes prescriptives et des instruments normatifs comme les
dictionnaires? Le colloque 'Prescriptivisme et patriotisme' s'inspire de
rencontres et de publications antérieures sur le prescriptivisme linguistique,
dont un premier colloque à l'Université de Sheffield sur l'anglais du XVIIIe
siècle (2003) et un second à l'Université de Catania sur le prescriptivisme dans
l'anglais moderne (2006).

Le prescriptivisme linguistique - l'idée qu'une langue ou un dialecte a plus de
valeur que d'autres et devrait ainsi constituer la norme pour la communauté
linguistique entière - entretient avec la politique, tant domestique
qu'internationale, des liens évidents et cependant complexes. Dans un contexte
de mondialisation, les langues régionales et les variétés régionales de langues
internationales ont acquis un prestige accru en tant qu'expressions de
l'identité, prestige tant voilé que déclaré. Et ce, particulièrement pour les
colonies ayant accédé à l'indépendance. Pourtant, les anglais internationaux
demeurent utiles comme outils économiques et gardent leur prestige. Dans des
régions telles que Singapour, deux modèles d'identité nationale s'affrontent :
l'emploi du singlish par les media et la promotion du " Good English " par
l'État. Par ailleurs, la francophonie vit des tensions semblables entre les
modèles d'identité et de légitimité un peu partout sur son territoire, mais avec
ses particularités propres, comme en témoigne le contraste entre le Québec et
les milieux minoritaires ailleurs au Canada. Enfin, le rôle que jouent les media
dans la mise en place de normes linguistiques soulève la question plus large des
instruments de la prescription et de l'autorité sociale de leurs agents. Le
prescriptivisme est souvent associé avec des mécanismes provenant d'en haut,
comme les directives émanant de l'État, les Académies linguistiques et l'école.

Les circonstances nous permettent maintenant d'accueillir une deuxième série de
propositions de communications sur des thèmes historiques et contemporains qui
examinent les rapports entre le patriotisme linguistique et le patriotisme
politique. Le nombre de place étant très limité, une considération particulière
sera accordée aux propositions qui porteront sur le Canada français et qui
seront présentées en français.

Bien que le colloque se situe dans le cadre de la linguistique, nous espérons
ouvrir le dialogue à tous ceux et celles qui s'intéressent à la langue dans des
domaines aussi divers que l'anthropologie, les sciences de l'éducation,
l'histoire, les études littéraires, les sciences politiques, la sociologie, la
traductologie, les études théâtrales et cinématographiques, les études
autochtones et les études régionales (canadiennes, africaines, antillaises,
asiatiques, etc.). Les thèmes abordés incluent, par exemple, le contact
linguistique, la linguistique des missionnaires, la théorie post-coloniale, les
études diasporiques, les identités anglophones et francophones, l'altérité, le
genre et le nationalisme linguistique, et les créoles.

Les conférenciers pléniers sont Hélène Cajolet-Laganière, Université de
Sherbrooke; Ian Lancashire, University of Toronto; Isabelle Léglise, CNRS,
France; et Lynda Mugglestone, University of Oxford.

Les communications ne devraient pas dépasser vingt minutes. Les propositions de
communication (250-500 mots), en anglais ou en français, doivent mentionner le
titre provisoire, le thème et la langue de la communication. Elles devront
parvenir à l'adresse ci-dessous au plus tard le 27 mars, 2009.

Veuillez soumettre la proposition en document attaché MS-Word, en mentionnant
dans le courriel les noms de tous les documents attachés. Veuillez inclure un
bref curriculum vitae comprenant votre citoyenneté, votre affiliation et votre
statut. Les communications seront considérées pour la publication des actes du

Carol Percy (Department of English, New College)

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