LINGUIST List 8.329

Fri Mar 7 1997

All: Call for LINGUIST Online Conferences

Editor for this issue: Anthony Rodrigues Aristar <>


  1. aristar, Call: LINGUIST Online Conferences

Message 1: Call: LINGUIST Online Conferences

Date: Fri, 7 Mar 1997 20:50:58 -0500
From: aristar <>
Subject: Call: LINGUIST Online Conferences

As many of you know, late last year LINGUIST ran its first on-line
conference, _Geometric and Thematic Structure in Binding_. For those
who did not get an opportunity to participate, the papers and
commentary are available at LINGUIST Websites:

Sites in the USA:

In Germany:

In Russia:

Our report on this conference was published in LINGUIST 7-1704. The
URL is

As this report indicates, we feel that this was a considerable
success, and that this kind of conference format offered some
advantages over the physical conference format. We had 10 excellent
papers, a very large subscription--well in excess of 500
linguists--and much interesting, focused discussion on the issues.
Many more people thus had an opportunity to read the conference
proceedings than would normally be the case, and in a context which
allowed them to consider their responses carefully. The papers and
discussion, what is more, will remain available on the Web at our
sites; this format thus offers much more opportunity for scholars to
make their work available to the linguistic community, and to a much
larger group than would normally be the case. We've therefore decided
that we're going to make on-line conferences a continuing feature of
the LINGUIST List.

We're asking here for your input, and for your help. If we are going
to continue to support conferences of this kind we need volunteers to
serve as their organizers.

We're asking that linguists who are willing to serve as organizers
send us suggestions on conference topics. These can propose
conferences in any area of linguistics, but they should be on a
clearly defined topic, so that discussion, in the electronic medium,
remains sharply focused. Since on-line conferences make their
proceedings so immediately available, we suggest that good topics
would focus on an issue which is of current theoretical importance.
All proposals should explain the importance of the topic being

The deadline for the receipt of such proposals is:

		April 15, 1997

Organizers responsibilities will be as follows. They will:

	1. Define the topic of the conference
	2. Put together a review board to read abstracts
	3. Put together the final conference program
	4. See that conference papers are sent to LINGUIST in an 
	 appropriate format.
	5. Serve as moderator and prime discussant during the conference.
	6. Write a conference report for posting to LINGUIST upon 
	 the completion of the conference.

LINGUIST will be responsible the technical side of the conference: it
will set up the ncessary Web pages, put in place the e-mail list
needed, and ensure that the Web site functions appropriately during
the conference.

We might note that you--not we--will decide what conferences we hold
in the future. In an electronic medium there is no reason why we
cannot hold a number of conferences each year. How many we hold will
decided by the number of volunteers we get to organize them. The only
limit we will place on such on-line conferences is a practical one: we
will hold only one conference a year in each subdiscipline, to ensure
that the quality of papers remains high. In areas where there are
competing theoretical positions--e.g. syntax--we will treat each
theory as a separate subdiscipline.

Anthony, Daniel, and Helen
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