[HPSG-L] LFG20: First Call for Papers

John Lowe john.lowe at orinst.ox.ac.uk
Fri Oct 18 08:43:28 EDT 2019

First Call for Papers

                     LFG20: The 25th International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference

                                  23 June - 25 June 2020
                                    University of Oslo

Conference website: TBA

Conference e-mail (NOT for abstract submission): lfg-2020 'at' iln.uio.no

Abstract submission deadline:  15 February 2020, 23:59 UTC-12 (midnight anywhere on Earth)

Abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system at

Invited speakers:
Tatiana Nikitina (CNRS, Paris) and Helge Dyvik (University of Bergen)

Workshop: 26 June 2020. We invite proposals for workshops to be held on the day following the main conference. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, please contact lfg-2020 'at' iln.uio.no. The deadline for workshop proposals is 30 November 2019.

LFG20 welcomes work within the formal architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar as well as typological, formal, and computational work within the 'spirit of LFG' as a lexicalist approach to language employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The conference aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested in non-derivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the interaction of (perhaps violable) constraints from multiple levels of structuring, including those of syntactic categories, grammatical relations, semantics and discourse.

LFG20 will be preceded by two other linguistics conferences being held in Oslo: the 12th International Conference of Nordic and General Linguistics, June 15-17, and the 12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference, June 18-20.


The main conference sessions will involve 45-minute talks (30 min + 15 min discussion), and poster presentations. Contributions can focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational. Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.

As in previous years, we are hoping to hold a special session that will give students the chance to present recent PhD dissertations (or other student research dissertations). The dissertations must be completed by the time of the conference, and they should be made publicly accessible (e.g., on the World Wide Web). The talks in this session should provide an overview of the main original points of the dissertation; the talks will be 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Students should note that the main sessions are certainly also open to student submissions. Students who present papers in either session will receive a small subvention towards their conference costs from the International LFG Association (ILFGA).


Deadline for workshop proposals: 30 November 2019
Deadline for abstracts:  15 February 2020, 23:59 UTC-12 (midnight anywhere on Earth)
Notification of acceptance:  27 March 2020
Conference:  23 June - 25 June 2020


The language of the conference is English, and all abstracts must be written in English.

All abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system. Submissions should be in the form of abstracts only. Abstracts can be up to three A4 pages, including figures and references. Abstracts should be in 10pt or larger type, with margins of at least 2cm on all four sides, and should include a title. Omit name and affiliation (including in PDF document properties), and avoid obvious self-reference.

Please submit your abstract in .pdf format (or a plain text file). If you have any trouble converting your file into .pdf please contact the Program Committee at the address below. (On the Easychair submission system, if you upload your abstract as a .pdf file, please simply type 'abstract attached' in the abstract box.)

The number of submissions is not restricted. However, in the interests of high participation and broad representation, each author should be involved in a maximum of two oral papers and can only be a single author of one. There are no restrictions on poster presentations. Authors may want to keep this in mind when stating their preferences concerning the mode of presentation of their submissions.

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least three referees. Papers accepted to the conference can be submitted to the refereed proceedings, and will be published, subject to acceptance, online by CSLI Publications. (Please note that papers submitted to the proceedings are no longer automatically accepted for publication in the proceedings.) See http://web.stanford.edu/group/cslipublications/cslipublications/LFG/ for recent proceedings.


There will be a pre-conference excursion on the 22nd June 2020. More information will be provided at a later date.


If you have queries about abstract submission or have problems using the EasyChair submission system, please contact the Program Committee.

Program Chairs (Email: lfg20 'at' easychair.org)

John Lowe, University of Oxford
Agnieszka Patejuk, Polish Academy of Sciences and University of Oxford

Local conference organizers (Email: lfg-2020 'at' iln.uio.no)

Helge Lødrup
Dag Haug


Further information about LFG as a framework for linguistic analysis is available at the
following site:

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