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Calls: Disc Analysis, Phonology, Semantics, Syntax/USA

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 26-Jan-2017
From: Jeffrey Runner <>
Subject: Experimental and Corpus-based Approaches to Ellipsis
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Full Title: Experimental and Corpus-based Approaches to Ellipsis
Short Title: ECBAE

Date: 29-Jul-2017 - 29-Jul-2017
Location: LSA Institute, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Contact Person: Jeffrey Runner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2017

Meeting Description:

Experimental and Corpus-based Approaches to Ellipsis.

July 29 2017

2017 LSA Institute
The University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Invited Speakers :

Lyn Frazier (UMass, Amherst) and Andrew Kehler (UC, San Diego)

Ellipsis is a central phenomenon at the interface between syntax, semantics, phonology and discourse. It has been, and continues to be, the focus of numerous publications (see e.g., Craenenbroek and Termmerman 2017). Despite a huge amount of theoretical work (from, e.g., Hankamer and Sag 1976 to current work by Johnson, Kehler, Merchant, van Craenenbroek) and a long tradition in psycho- and neurolinguistic experimentation (from Murphy 1985 and Tanenhaus and Carlson 1990 to current work by Frazier, Runner, Kertz, Kaan, etc.), major questions remain open, most centrally the question of whether it is necessary to hypothesize the existence of unpronounced syntactic structure at the ellipsis site.

Call for Papers:

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers who have been working on elliptical phenomena (VP ellipsis, sluicing, gapping, RNR, etc.) in various languages, with special emphasis on solid empirical data, specifically through experimentation (acceptability and eye-tracking experiments, in particular) and corpus investigations. Contributions will be welcome concerning

(i) The syntax and semantics of ellipsis using experimental methods;
(ii) The way corpus data can be brought to bear on theoretical questions;
(iii) How corpus data can interact with experimental results;
(iv) The presentation of new resources, such as ellipsis annotation (e.g. Bos and Spenader 2011, Anand and McCloskey 2015).

A round table will be organized during the workshop on the creation of one or more ellipsis databases allowing researchers to share their data and experimental materials.

A special issue journal publication is planned for a selection of contributions to the workshop.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts must not exceed two A4 pages in length with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins on all four sides, 12pt font size, single line spacing. Examples should be interleaved with the text. An additional two A4 pages may be included for references, tables and figures. Abstracts should be submitted as .pdf documents via easychair:


Submission Deadline: March 26 2017
Acceptance notification: April 29 2017
Workshop: July 29 2017


Anne Abeillé (U. Paris Diderot,
Philip Miller (U. Paris Diderot,
Jeffrey Runner (U. Rochester,

Conference website:

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