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Thu Oct 3 1996

Calls: Colloquium on objects, New Zealand Ling Conf

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  1. Dirk NOEL, Colloquium on Objects
  2. ("Donn Bayard, Anthropology Dept., Univ. of Otago, Dunedin, NZ"), 1997 New Zealand Linguistics Conference

Message 1: Colloquium on Objects

Date: Tue, 01 Oct 1996 10:49:44 +0200
From: Dirk NOEL <>
Subject: Colloquium on Objects
CALL FOR PAPERS for the First CoLLaTE Colloquium on

Objects -- Grammatical relations and semantic roles

University of Gent, 23 and 24 May 1997

One of the areas of linguistics which has evolved the most the last
few years is no doubt the study of grammatical functions: from the
idealized vue of traditional grammar, where morphosyntax, semantics
and pragmatics intersect to define a limited number of functions --
like those of 'subject' and 'object', which risk being inefficient
amalgams and the source of much confusion -- one has moved on to a
more modular conception of grammatical functions, which distinguishes
between syntactic relations, semantic roles like 'agent' and
'patient', and pragmatic functions, usually the pair 'theme' -

The way the research has developed it has tended to favour marked
functions, mainly the subject, but also oblique functions which are
semantically more limited, like the 'dative'. Objects, on the other
hand, have traditionally received a fairly poor treatment; they are
defined by opposition and are not assigned positive characteristics, a
good example being the treatment of the semantic role of

This colloquium, however, wants to put forward more direct approaches
in which objects are considered on their own and for their own sake,
and not as a foil for other functions, or as a supplier -- through
diathesis -- of "derived" subjects. The aim will not only be to
characterize objects on the morphosyntactic, semantic and pragmatic
levels, but also to determine how these interact, to reconsider the
links between objects and the lexicon, and to revisit the question of
the intermediary levels between words and phrases (support verbs,
syntagmatic composition).

The colloquium will be open to different theoretical approaches,
either general or contrastive, but the organizers would especially
welcome contributions in which Germanic and Romance languages are

One-page abstracts should be sent to Bart Defrancq, French Department,
University of Gent, Blandijnberg 2, B-9000 Gent, before 1 November

For more information, contact or visit the
CoLLaTE Web site:
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Message 2: 1997 New Zealand Linguistics Conference

Date: Tue, 01 Oct 1996 17:06:50 +1300
From: ("Donn Bayard, Anthropology Dept., Univ. of Otago, Dunedin, NZ") < ("Donn Bayard, Anthropology Dept., Univ. of Otago, Dunedin, NZ")"> ("Donn Bayard, Anthropology Dept., Univ. of Otago, Dunedin, NZ")>
Subject: 1997 New Zealand Linguistics Conference

The Twelfth New Zealand Linguistics Conference will be held at Knox
College, University of Otago, Dunedin, from Wednesday November 26th
through Friday November 28th, 1997.

All papers will be allotted a 45-minute time slot, which should allow
for a 30-35 minute presentation with ample time for discussion. At
this stage all that is necessary is to indicate your interest in
attending, and if you wish the title of your paper. A request for
abstracts and a registration form will accompany the second circular,
to be sent out in early 1997. However, your indication of attending
will determine whether or not you receive the second circular, so
please let us know if you plan to come.

The registration fee will be NZ$40 ($10 for students); this includes
abstracts, all morning and afternoon teas, and a wine and cheese
evening at Knox on the first day of the conference. It is expected
that most participants will be accommodated at the conference venue,
Knox College. This is the second-oldest of the University of Otago's
halls of residence, dating from Edwardian times. It is directly
across from Dunedin's Botanic Gardens, which has very handsome floral
displays at this time of year, and is only a 15-20-minute walk through
the Gardens to the University's main campus 1.25 km to the
south. Participants at the Seventh Conference in 1987 speak highly of
the accommodation standards and quality of food provided by Knox.

	Bed and Breakfast at Knox	$33 per day
	Lunch at Knox 			$9
	Dinner at Knox			$14
Total for full room and board:		$56 per day

In addition to the wine and cheese evening on the night of the 26th, a
cash bar service will be provided in the Knox Buttery before and after
dinner at Knox.

The conference dinner will be held at Knox on the evening of Thursday
the 27th. Given the popularity of our conference dinner at the last
meeting, we have again settled on an Italian theme, featuring a wide
range of dishes including vegetarian ones. A menu will accompany the
second circular. The cost for the dinner will be $36 (not including
wine). All prices include NZ Goods and Services Tax.

Donn Bayard
Anthropology Department
University of Otago
P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand
FAX: (INTL.) +64-3-479-9095
 (NZ) 03-479-9095

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