Johan van der Auwera auwera at CHELLO.BE
Thu Jun 5 20:01:28 UTC 2003

at Kazan State University, Tatarstan Republic, Russia
May 11-14, 2004

The second international symposium on the languages spoken in Europe and
North and Central Asia (LENCA) will take place at Kazan State University,
Tatarstan, Russia, on May 11-14, 2004. Kazan is the capital of the
Tatarstan Republic in Russia. The topic of the symposium is argument structure
and grammatical relations in the languages spoken in this area. The first
symposium on the languages belonging to the LENCA-group was at the
Udmurt State University, Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia, 2001.
The languages spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia belong to several
major language families. The Indo-European, Uralic and Turkic languages are
the largest language families in Europe and North and Central Asia. In addition,
Tungusic and Palaeo-Siberian languages belong to the indigenous languages of the
area. In Central Asia, the area overlaps with the area of the Mongolic languages,
and in the Southeast, the Sinitic languages. In the South, the area also
borders on the languages spoken in the Caucasus, and the western part of the
main area of the Semitic languages is located on the border of the languages
spoken in Southern Europe. During the course of history, this area has been a
meeting place of numerous cultural and linguistic strands. In most cases, this
large area is multi-cultural and multilingual, and many people living in the
area know, in addition to their native language, some other languages spoken
in the area. Among these languages, the Indo-European languages are best known,
but most of the languages spoken in the eastern part of this large area are poorly
known even among linguists. New research would also provide material for research
on the contacts among these languages, and on the study of the universals of
language. For that reason, papers on the languages bordering on the area are also
welcome in the symposium. When collecting new information about these languages,
it is also possible to gather new information for cross-linguistic studies.
The symposium will last for four days, and if needed, parallel sections can be
arranged. Particularly thinking of work in progress, also a separate poster section
will be arranged. The abstracts to be submitted to the Programme Committee
should not exceed four pages. The abstracts will be published for the symposium,
and also an internet version of the abstracts will be available. Authors are
encouraged to write their papers so that most of the papers to be presented in the
symposium could be published later.

Plenary Speakers

Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
John Hawkins, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Lars Johanson, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Alexandr E. Kibrik, Moscow State University, Moscow
Masayoshi Shibatani, Rice University, Houston
Anna Siewierska, University of Lancaster, Lancaster

Important dates

Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 30, 2003
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2004
Dates of the symposium: May 11-14, 2004

The abstract can be submitted in electronic form or as a paper copy.
The electronic versions should be in plain text or in HTML or LaTeX,
and should be sent to kazan at The paper copies should be sent
to University of Helsinki, Department of General Linguistics
(International Symposium on Argument Structure) (Attn. Dr. Pirkko Suihkonen),
University of Helsinki, Department of General Linguistics,
P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20), 00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, Finland,
or to Kazan State University, Department of Computer Science
(International Symposium on Argument Structure), (Attn. Prof.
Valery Solovyev), ul. Kremlevskaya 18, 420008 KAZAN, Russia.
E-mail address for the symposium: kazan at

Official languages of the symposium: English, Russian, French, German, and Tatar

Co-Chairs of the Programme Committee

Prof. Dr. Bernard Comrie
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 LEIPZIG, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)-341 99 52 301
Fax: +49-(0)-341 99 52 119

Prof. Dr. Valery Solovyev
Kazan State University
Department of Computer science
Chair of the Cognitive science laboratory
Kremlevskaya Str. 18
420008 KAZAN, Russia
Phone: +7 8432 616914
Fax: +7 8432 387525

Dr. Pirkko Suihkonen
University of Helsinki
Department of General Linguistics
P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20 A)
Phone: +358-(0)9-191 21723
Fax: +358-(0)9-191 29307

Programme Committee:

Prof. Dr. Anders Ahlqvist, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Prof. Dr. Michael Fortescue, University of Copenhagen, Institute for General
and Applied Linguistics, Copenhagen
Prof. Dr. L?szl? Honti, Universit? degli Studi di Udine, Instituto di
Glottologia e Filologia Classica, Udine
Prof. Dr. Juha Janhunen, University of Helsinki, Institute for Asian and
African Studies, Helsinki
Prof. Dr. Lars Johanson, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department
of Oriental Studies / Johannes Gutenbert-Universit?t Mainz, Seminar f?r
Orientkunde, Mainz
Prof. Dr. Natalia I. Pushina, Udmurt State University, Institute of Foreign
Languages an Literature, Department of English Grammar and History,
Prof. Dr. Pekka Sammallahti, University of Oulu, Department of Finnish,
Saami and Logopedics, Oulu
Prof. Dr. Hans-J?rgen Sasse, Universit?t zu K?ln, Institut f?r
Sprachwissenschaft, Cologne
Prof. Dr. Alan Timberlake, University of California at Berkeley, Department
of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Berkeley

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