LINGUIST List 30.2337

Tue Jun 04 2019

Calls: Comp Ling, Historical Ling, Morphology, Psycholing, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 04-Jun-2019
From: Sina Bosch <>
Subject: Modelling Gradient Variability in Grammar (Workshop at DGfS 2020)
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Full Title: Modelling Gradient Variability in Grammar (Workshop at DGfS 2020)

Date: 04-Mar-2020 - 06-Mar-2020
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact Person: Judith Schlenter
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2019

Meeting Description:

Constraint-based approaches to language, such as Harmonic Grammar, Optimality Theory, and Gradient Symbolic Computation (Smolensky et al., 2014), represent an alternative to traditional models of grammar to account for variability and gradience within the use and knowledge of language. Recently, these approaches have started to focus on how graded representations model linguistic performance in different speaker groups (Goldrick et al., 2016). In this workshop, we want to bring together different fields of linguistics to investigate grammatical variability from within the system (theoretical linguistics), between individual speakers (psycholinguistics), and try to model variability by means of (weighted) constraint-based approaches (computational linguistics). By modelling the factors influencing variability, we aim to get a clearer picture of the underlying mental representations and processing architectures in the individual and of the grammatical options that are inherent in a linguistic system. The phenomena of interest include (but are not restricted to) syntactic and morphological variation. Some of the questions we aim to address are how much variability the language system allows, how much variability individual speakers or different speaker groups show, and how this variability can be predicted by means of weighted constraints.

Invited speakers:

1) Lara Schwarz (Penn State University)
2) tba

Organizers: Sina Bosch, Ilaria De Cesare, Anna Jessen, Serkan Uygun

Call for Papers:

We encourage contributions from theoretical and empirical research focusing on modelling syntactic and morphological variability in different languages and speaker groups, from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

We invite abstracts for 30-minute slots (20min presentation + 10min discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and not exceed 1 page (A4, Times New Roman, 12pt, single-space), graphs and references can be included on a second page. Please send your abstract electronically in PDF- or in DOC/DOCX-format by July, 15th, 2019 to

The workshop will be part of the 42nd annual meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS 2020) to be held at the University of Hamburg from March 04-06, 2020. Presenters will have to register for the conference and are not supposed to present a talk at any of the parallel DGfS workshops, according to the DGfS regulations.

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: July 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance: Early September, 2019
Workshop: March 04-06, 2020

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