LINGUIST List 28.772

Thu Feb 09 2017

Calls: General Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 07-Feb-2017
From: Susan Pintzuk <>
Subject: 4th Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation
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Full Title: 4th Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation
Short Title: FWAV4

Date: 29-Jun-2017 - 30-Jun-2017
Location: York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Caitlin Light
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 24-Mar-2017

Meeting Description:

The fourth annual Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation (FWAV4) is a two-day conference hosted by the University of York (UK). Previous conferences were held at the University of Iceland in 2013 and 2015 and the City University of New York.

We seek to connect research that pursues formal analyses of linguistic variation, in all domains of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), with a particular focus on the connection between models of grammar and intra-speaker variation, rather than more traditional micro-variation or sociolinguistics. The purpose of FWAV is to bring researchers together in order to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms which underlie (and the relationship between) intra-speaker variability, language acquisition, and language change.

Invited Speakers:

Nicole Holliday (Pomona College)
Anton Karl Ingason (University of Iceland)

Call for Papers:

We invite papers on all aspects of formal analysis of the mechanisms of language variation and change. Research which makes use of annotated historical and synchronic corpora, or the results of which are derived from experimentation, are particularly welcome. Papers may address, but are not restricted to, one or more of the following questions:

- How are language variation and variability encoded in the linguistic system (e.g. multiple grammars, variable rules, etc.)?
- Can formal models of cross-linguistic parametric variation also deal with intra¬speaker variability? Conversely, can formal models of intra¬-speaker variability make predictions regarding parametric variation?
- What do formal analyses predict to be possible or impossible, in terms of variation and trajectories of change? What are the limits of variation?
- How does variability in the input affect language acquisition? How do language processing systems deal with variability?
- What role does variability play in processes of grammaticalization?
- Is it possible to establish that apparent variants are truly functionally equivalent in the grammar of an individual speaker?
- How do we make the best use of statistical tools for formal linguistic analysis in this domain of research?

We invite abstract submissions for 30-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be no more than one page in length, with an additional page for examples and references, in 12-point type, US Letter size or A4 paper with 1‑inch/2.5cm margins, in PDF format. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Please submit your abstract via the following EasyChair link:

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