LINGUIST List 25.1096
Mar 05 2014
FYI: 2015 LSA Institute
- Call for Workshop Proposals
Editor for this issue:
Uliana Kazagasheva <ulianalinguistlist.org>
2015 LSA Institute -
Call for Workshop Proposals
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The 2015 Linguistic Institute will take place
July 6-31, 2015 on the campus of the University
of Chicago, with the theme ‘Linguistic Theory
in a World of Big Data'. We believe this theme
serves to highlight a growing interest within
the field of linguistics to test theory with
increasingly larger data sets, such as data
from extensive linguistic fieldwork and
documentation, data from crowd-sourcing over
the web, and corpus data from archival
recordings and/or written sources. We envision
that this theme captures several areas of
emerging disciplinary interests such as the
breakdown of a longstanding fundamental
distinction between the categorical, discrete
nature of linguistic competence and usage-based
gradient variation. With increased scholarly
attention being directed toward the gradient
characteristics of both linguistic knowledge
and use and toward the probabilistic properties
that language knowledge and use may exhibit,
some of the necessary groundwork is in place
for moving towards a unifying theoretical
For more information on the Institute, see
We are requesting initial, informal proposals
for potential workshops to be hosted in
conjunction with the Institute. These proposals
are to be submitted by April 1, 2014. We are
happy to host a meeting of a regular conference
or of a one-time-only workshop, particularly
workshops that are consistent with the
Institute theme. As at previous Institutes, the
general assumption is that funding for
workshops is the responsibility of their
organizers, and that workshops have no or
minimal registration fees to allow them to be
maximally accessible to Institute participants,
who are primarily students.
Classes at the Institute will be offered
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with
Wednesdays being reserved for informal
activities. This leaves the weekends free for
workshops and conferences to be offered
concurrently with the Institute. The specific
available dates are listed below:
- July 5 (the weekend before the official start
of the Institute)
- July 11-12
- July 18-19
- July 25-26
Proposals should contain the following
- The title of the workshop.
- The name of the sponsoring organization (if
- The names, institutional affiliations, and
e-mail addresses of the organizers.
- The proposed length of the workshop or
conference (e.g. half-day, one full day, two
- The format of the event (e.g. method of
selecting speakers, length of talks and
discussion, use of commentators, etc.).
- Any available information about the
- A brief, one paragraph description of the
workshop (and how it relates to the Institute
theme, if applicable).
- Expected number of participants.
- Any special facility needs.
- Anticipated sources of funding.
If your workshop needs to be on a specific
weekend, please specify the dates. If not,
indicate that any of the available weekends
will be possible.
Please note that April 1, 2014 is not a formal
deadline for workshop proposals. You may
propose a workshop at a later date, but it may
not be possible to accommodate proposals
received after this date. Workshop proposals
will not be subjected to outside evaluation;
however, should we receive more proposals than
we can accommodate, we will select among them
according to the date submitted and fit with
the overall Institute.
Submit your workshop proposals as .doc or .pdf
files to lsa2015.uchicago
gmail.com by April 1, 2014.
Questions about workshops may also be directed
to this e-mail address.
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Page Updated: 05-Mar-2014