LINGUIST List 16.475

Wed Feb 16 2005

Calls: Semantics/UK; General Ling/Canada

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        1.    Joost Zwarts, Formal Semantics and Cross-Linguistic Data
        2.    Kristin Johannsdottir, NorthWest Linguistic Conference

Message 1: Formal Semantics and Cross-Linguistic Data

Date: 15-Feb-2005
From: Joost Zwarts <>
Subject: Formal Semantics and Cross-Linguistic Data

Full Title: Formal Semantics and Cross-Linguistic Data

Date: 15-Aug-2005 - 19-Aug-2005
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Joost Zwarts
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 09-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen the ties between formal semantic
methods and theories on the one hand and data from lesser-studied languages
across the world on the other hand. Both formal semantics and descriptive and
typological linguistics will benefit from more interaction in this area. The
workshop aims to provide a forum for advanced PhD students and researchers to
present and discuss their work with colleagues and researchers who work in the
broad subject areas represented at ESSLLI.

Formal semantics and cross-linguistic data
15-19 August 2005

organized as part of
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
8-19 August, 2005 in Edinburgh

Workshop Organizers:
Helen de Hoop
Joost Zwarts

Workshop Topics:
Most formal semantic and pragmatic work is done on (Indo) European languages,
especially English. Only a small, but growing, number of formal semanticists are
involved in descriptive and typological linguistics involving languages from
other continents and some promising work has already been done on topics such as
quantification, number, tense, aspect, and modality. We think it is of utmost
importance for the development of formal semantic and pragmatic theories to
broaden the empirical database. In this way, linguistic typology can provide us
with a new perspective on semantic and pragmatic analyses, while in addition
formal accounts can offer more precise criteria for a proper treatment of
semantic and pragmatic variation. For this workshop, we solicit original
contributions that either apply formal semantics-pragmatics in the analysis of
lesser-studied languages or in which theory formation crucially draws on data
from such languages or comparison between languages.

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing an application of
formal semantic methods to cross-linguistic data. Submissions should not exceed
10 pages/5000 words and be in PDF format. Please send your submission
electronically to on or before March 9, 2005. The submissions
will be reviewed by the workshop's programme committee. The accepted papers will
appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final
versions will be 18 May 2005.

Workshop format:
The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It will
consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the second
week of ESSLLI. There will be 2 slots for paper presentation and discussion
per session. On the first day the workshop organizers will give an introduction
to the topic.

Invited speakers
Martina Faller
Donka Farkas and Henriette de Swart

Workshop Program Committee
Veneeta Dayal
Martina Faller
Donka Farkas
Helen de Hoop
Henriette de Swart
Yoad Winter
Joost Zwarts

Sponsored by the NWO PIONIER Project 'Case Cross-Linguistically'

Important Dates:
Submissions: March 9, 2005
Notification: April 18, 2005
Preliminary programme: April 23, 2005
ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2005
Final papers for proceedings: May 18, 2005
Final programme: June 22, 2005
Workshop dates: August 15-19, 2005

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register
for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond
to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number of
additional fee waiver grants will be made available by the OC on a competitive
basis and workshop participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation. Workshop
speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local
organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.

Further Information:
About the workshop:

Message 2: NorthWest Linguistic Conference

Date: 15-Feb-2005
From: Kristin Johannsdottir <>
Subject: NorthWest Linguistic Conference

Full Title: NorthWest Linguistic Conference
Short Title: NWLC

Date: 09-Apr-2005 - 10-Apr-2005
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Contact Person: Kristin Johannsdottir
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Feb-2005

Meeting Description:

The NorthWest Linguistic Conference is mainly a student conference - a
cooperation between the University of Washington, the University of British
Columbia, the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. However
submissions from students in other schools are welcome, as well as from

Last Call for Papers

The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia is pleased
to host the 21st Northwest Linguistics Conference from April 9-10, 2005. We
invite graduate students to submit abstracts in any area of linguistics for
presentations and posters. Presentations will be 20 minutes followed by 10
minutes of discussion.

The Northwest Linguistics Conference is a graduate student conference which was
started in 1983 with the dual purpose of encouraging interaction among students
in the region (UBC, SFU, UVic, UW, UNBC) and providing a chance for people to
present their work in a friendly and lively forum.

Submission Details: Presentations will be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes
for discussion and questions.

+ Abstracts should be one page in length with references on a separate page.

+ Abstracts may be submitted via email (to in PDF,
plain text, or Word format. Abstracts may also be submitted by mail (see below
for address) or fax (604 822-9687) although submissions by e-mail are absolutely

+ Please include title, author, affiliation and contact information in the body
of the email, or on a separate sheet. Please also indicate whether you are a
faculty member or a graduate student and whether you prefer to do a poster or a

+Notice, extended deadline is February 22nd.

Contact Info:

Email Address:

Fax: 604 822-9687

Mailing Address:
NWLC Department of Linguistics
1866 Main Mall, Buchanan E270
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z1 Canada

Web Site:

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