CfP: Information Structure and Discourse - LSA Organized Session in memory of Ellen F. Prince

Sophia A. Malamud smalamud at
Wed Aug 3 16:27:53 UTC 2011

Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting
* Portland, Oregon, January 5-8 2012
Organized Session in memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and

Ellen F. Prince was a pioneer in the field of linguistic pragmatics,
producing seminal work on the typology and linguistic marking of
informational status, on the discourse functions of syntactic constructions,
including insights from cross linguistic studies in Yiddish and English,
language contact phenomena, and the study of reference and salience in the
Centering framework. In the course of her work, she also pioneered the use
of naturally-occurring data in linguistic research, long predating the
advent of electronic corpora.

We invite submissions of papers for 20-minute talks (15 min presentation, 5
min for questions), presenting current research addressing discourse
phenomena, including information structure, attentional status of linguistic
expressions and their meanings, the relationship between coherence and
reference, and phenomena at the discourse-syntax-semantics interface that
emerge in situations of language contact and change. Research based on
experimental or corpus data is particularly encouraged.

Please email all submissions to the session organisers at
lsa2012.prince at The subject of the email *must be* "*LSA session
abstract*". Please include the following information in the email:
        -- Name, affiliation, and email address for each author
        -- The title of the paper

The deadline for all submissions is Monday, September 5.

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