LINGUIST List 14.573

Thu Feb 27 2003

Calls: Diachrony of Writing/General Ling

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  1. soerenw, The Diachrony of Writing
  2. jjayez, 36th International Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

Message 1: The Diachrony of Writing

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 03:40:17 +0000
From: soerenw <>
Subject: The Diachrony of Writing

The Diachrony of Writing

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark 
Date: 11-Aug-2003 - 15-Aug-2003 
Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: S�ren Wichmann
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): Writing Systems 

This is a session of the following conference:
16th International Conference of Historical Linguistics

Meeting Description: 
The purpose of this session is to explore the question of how
different writing systems have developed over time. The organizer not
only welcomes papers on general issues concerning the development of
writing but also papers that investigate local variations in
particular systems. Please see the ICHL home page for more detailed
information. NB: The dead-line for submission of abstracts is March 1.
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Message 2: 36th International Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 06:20:55 +0000
From: jjayez <>
Subject: 36th International Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

36th International Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

Short Title: 36th SLE
Location: Lyon, France 
Date: 04-Sep-2003 - 07-Sep-2003 
Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Afifa Zenati
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 
The theme of this international meeting is ''Linguistics and data :
types of data and language comparison''. It is open to all scholars
interested in promoting discussions, exchanging ideas and reporting on
recent progress in a variety of issues related to data processing in
different languages and language comparison. The aim of the Meeting is
to examine issues related to Language data processing and to compare
the processing of different languages, whether the data is oral or
written. The new technological means, in particular the managing of
data (the making-up of large data-bases for example) enable linguists
to tackle problems differently and it probably brings about new
representations of what languages are. Therefore, our scientific
relationship to linguistic objects of study is most certainly
changing. But we would like to understand how the changes are coming
about, what their origins are and what perspectives they give us on
the analysis of Language and of languages.

We especially welcome contributions on the following issues:
- The modes in which this ''new'' form of linguistics is being
elaborated : What has enabled the making-up of data-bases? What
methodological choices have been guiding, are guiding or will be
guiding this elaboration? How are they applied? What is the aim of
their development? How does a historical perspective on these issues
inform us?
- Language comparison: How is linguistic diversity taken into account
in the processing of the data? How can we develop and use a
contrastive approach when we have enormous amounts of heterogeneous
information? What is the impact of diachronic and comparative
approaches on descriptions and theories?

We would be glad to welcome a great variety of types of data (audio,
video, transcriptions). The possibilities offered by the new software
will be taken into account (quantitative analyses, which facilitate
the processing of more and more texts, prosodic analyses, image
processing, etc.). But we would also like to tackle the problems
linked to data transcription, encoding and processing in difficult
cases (Sign languages, languages that don't have a writing system,
child language...) without forgetting the role of interpretation in
the transcription process.

In a more general way, in an epistemological perspective, we will
question ourselves on the status of data in linguistic analysis: Is it
possible to do linguistics without data? Does studying language mean
studying languages ? Since when has there been a need to compare
languages? In what perspectives has it been done? What is the status
of typology?
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