LAGB Annual Meeting 2004: University of Surrey Roehampton

Ivan A. Sag sag at
Sun Mar 14 20:39:35 EST 2004

All, FYI. -Ivan

From: Patrick Honeybone <patrick.honeybone at ED.AC.UK>
Subject: LAGB Annual Meeting 2004: University of Surrey Roehampton

LAGB Annual Meeting 2004: University of Surrey Roehampton

30th August to 2nd September


The 2004 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be
held at the University of Surrey Roehampton, from 30th August to 2nd September.
The local organiser will be Judith Broadbent (J.Broadbent at
This is the first meeting following the new pattern, which was recently adopted
by the Association at its annual general meeting. The 2004 meeting will last
four days and will feature several special events, including two invited
speakers and an invited Language Tutorial.


* The Henry Sweet Lecture 2004 entitled "'Unborrowable' areal traits" will be
delivered by Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara) on the
evening of 30th August.

* There will also be a Workshop on 'Contact, borrowability, and typology',
related to the Henry Sweet lecture, and organised by Yaron Matras (University of
Manchester) and April McMahon (University of Sheffield), also on the afternoon
of 30th August.

* The Linguistics Association Lecture 2004 on 'Null subjects, ellipsis and empty
categories' will be delivered by Anders Holmberg (University of Durham) on 2nd

* There will also be a special, themed session on the topic of 'Null subjects,
ellipsis and empty categories', related to the Linguistics Association Lecture,
also on 2nd September, for which abstracts are now invited. These should be
submitted in the same way as abstracts for the general sessions, but should be
clearly marked that they are intended for the special session.

* There will be a Language Tutorial on Michif, given by Peter Bakker (University
of Aarhus).

* There will be a session on 'Teaching linguistics to students of Modern
Languages' organised by the LAGB's Education Committee, featuring Paul Rowlett
(University of Salford) and Florence Myles (University of Southampton).

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 10th May 2004 (for details of abstract
submission, see below); sets of abstracts may be submitted together for a themed
session (for further details, see below).


The meeting will be held at the University of Surrey Roehampton, Froebel
College. The University of Surrey Roehampton is part of the Federal University
of Surrey, together with the University of Surrey Guildford. Roehampton is made
up of four colleges set in beautiful parkland: Digby Stuart, Froebel, Southlands
and Whitelands. Froebel College was founded in 1892 by a group of people
committed to a radical reform of educational methods. Part of the college is
situated in a Grade II* listed building (Grove House) which is set in four acres
of beautiful heritage gardens.

Accommodation: will be provided on site at Froebel. Single rooms with en suite
facilities are available.

Travel: Roehampton is situated in south London. London Heathrow and Gatwick are
the most convenient airports and the nearest station is Barnes. Trains run
regularly from London Waterloo to Barnes, and London buses and the Underground
connect with USR. Full details will be provided in the second circular.


Members and non-members are invited to offer papers for the Meeting. The LAGB
welcomes submissions on any topic in the field of linguistics; papers are
selected on their (perceived) merits, and not according to their subject matter
or assumed theoretical framework.

Abstracts must be submitted on paper (not by email or by fax). FIVE anonymous
copies of the abstract, plus ONE with name and affiliation, i.e. CAMERA-READY,
should be submitted, and should be sent in the format outlined below to the
President (address below). You must write your address for correspondence (email
or surface, although email is very much preferred) on the BACK of the
camera-ready copy. (Even if several authors are named on the front, there should
be only one name and address for correspondence.) Papers for the programme are
selected anonymously - only the President knows the name of the authors.

As well as individual abstracts, groups of speakers may submit a set of
abstracts for a themed session (or panel) on any subject of their choice. Such
groups will normally take up a whole session, and group members may apportion
their time within that as they wish (ideal numbers of abstracts for such
sessions might be 3, 4, 5 or 6). All the abstracts for such sessions will be
considered together, as a group, and one contact for the whole session should be
provided. Abstracts for such themed sessions should be submitted together, to
the President, with the same format as specified for individual abstracts.

All abstracts should be accompanied by an account of any special requirements
regarding audiovisual equipment (other than an OHP). While we will make every
effort to provide such equipment, we cannot guarantee that it will be available.
The normal length for papers delivered at LAGB meetings is 25 minutes (plus 15
minutes discussion).

Abstracts must arrive by Monday 10th May. The committee will plan the programme
as soon as it has selected the successful abstracts, so please indicate on the
anonymous abstracts if you cannot present your paper on any particular day
during the conference. It is very difficult to reschedule papers after the
programme has been planned.

Abstracts must be presented as follows: the complete abstract (i.e. the one
containing your title and your name) must be no longer than ONE A4 page (21cm x
29.5cm) with margins of at least 2.5cm on all sides. Only the first page of any
abstract submitted will be considered - no appendices or page for references can
be accepted. You may use single spacing but type must be no smaller than 12
points. If the paper is accepted, the abstract will be photocopied and inserted
directly into the collection of abstracts sent out to participants, so the
presentation should be clear and clean.

The following layout should be considered as standard:
(title) Optimality and the Klingon vowel shift
(speaker and email address) Clark Kent (clark at
(institution) Department of Astrology, Eastern Mars University

The following guidelines may be useful:
* You should clearly describe the paper's general topic. (The topic may be a
problem of theory or analysis or set of data which have not previously been

* You should describe your treatment of the topic, and how it relates to
previous work on the same topic. (When referring to previous work, it is enough
to quote "Author (Date)" without giving full bibliographical details.) It is not
acceptable simply to promise a solution.

* You should explain how you will justify your treatment, and quote crucial
evidence - you must trust the committee (and other conference attenders) not to
steal your ideas before you have presented them. If you are taking a stand on a
controversial issue, summarise the arguments which lead you to take up this


Up to ten bursaries are available for unsalaried members of the Association (e.
g. PhD students); preference will be given to those who are presenting a paper,
but if there are not ten applications from those presenting papers, applications
from non-presenting attenders will also be considered. Applications should be
sent to the President (address below), and must be received by the deadline for
abstracts (10th May). If you are submitting an abstract and applying for a
bursary, BOTH SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TOGETHER. If you are not submitting an
abstract, but are still eligible, then you are still encouraged to apply, as we
have been able to award bursaries to non-presenting postgraduates in previous

Applicants for bursaries must be members of the Association, although
applications for membership may be submitted at the same time as applications
for bursaries (applications for membership should be sent to the Membership
Secretary, address below). Please state on your application: (a) date of joining
the LAGB; (b) whether or not you are a student; (c) if a student, whether you
receive a grant or studentship; (d) if not a student, your employment situation.
The bursary normally covers a significant proportion of the conference expenses
and of travel within the UK.


Future Meetings
All meetings are held in late August or early September:

2005   University of Cambridge

The Meetings Secretary would very much like to receive offers of future venues,
particularly from institutions which the LAGB has not previously visited.

Nominations for speakers, workshops and language tutorials (language and/or
speaker) at future meetings are requested; all suggestions should be sent to the
Honorary Secretary. The nominations collected will be voted on by the membership
at the Annual General Meeting, which is held as part of the Annual meeting.



Professor April McMahon,
Department of English Language and Linguistics,
University of Sheffield,
5 Shearwood Road, Sheffield, S10 2TD.
april.mcmahon at

Honorary Secretary
Dr Ad Neeleman,
Department of Phonetics and Linguistics,
University College London,
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.
ad at

Membership Secretary
Dr Diane Nelson,
Department of Linguistics and Phonetics,
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS6 9JT.
d.c.nelson at

Meetings Secretary
Dr Patrick Honeybone,
English Language, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences,
University of Edinburgh, 14 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LN.
patrick.honeybone at

Dr Dunstan Brown,
Surrey Morphology Group, LCIS,
University of Surrey, Surrey GU2 7XH
d.brown at

Assistant Secretary
Dr Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt,
Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages,
University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA.
kmj21 at


Nominations for committee member vacancy
The Membership Secretary is to step down from this year, so nominations are
requested for a replacement. Any member may be nominated by any other member
(and self-nominations are welcome), and nominations should be sent to the
President by 31st July.

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