14.708, Calls: Ling Theory, AZ USA/General Ling, Norway

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Subject: 14.708, Calls: Ling Theory, AZ USA/General Ling, Norway

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Date:  Mon, 10 Mar 2003 19:19:04 +0000
From:  karimi at u.arizona.edu
Subject: Western Conference on Linguistics 2003

Date:  Wed, 05 Mar 2003 11:40:22 +0000
From:  dorothee.beermann at hf.ntnu.no
Subject:  Trondheim Summer School in Linguistics

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Date:  Mon, 10 Mar 2003 19:19:04 +0000
From:  karimi at u.arizona.edu
Subject: Western Conference on Linguistics 2003

Western Conference on Linguistics 2003
Date: 26-Sep-2003 - 28-Sep-2003
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
Contact: Simin Karimi
Contact Email: wecol2003 at sbs.arizona.edu

Linguistic Sub-field: Linguistic Theories
Subject Language: 01-May-2003

Meeting Description:

Western Conference on Linguistics is a conference for all areas of
linguistic theory.


WECOL 2003
Western Conference on Linguistics
September 26-28, 2003
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Invited speakers:   	Joe Emonds
                        Esther Torrego

Deadline for Abstracts: May 1, 2003
Acceptance/rejection notification:  June 15, 2003

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks in all areas of linguistic
theory. Abstracts should be anonymous, and should be no longer than
one page, with one inch margins, in typeface no smaller than 12
characters per inch. An additional page with examples and references
may be included. Authors should identify themselves on a separate
page, and should include the title and author's address, affiliation,
telephone number, and e-mail address.

Abstracts may either be sent as an attachment to
wecol2003 at sbs.arizona.edu , or to the following address:
Simin Karimi, Chair
Conference Committee WECOL 2003 Department of Linguistics
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

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Date:  Wed, 05 Mar 2003 11:40:22 +0000
From:  dorothee.beermann at hf.ntnu.no
Subject:  Trondheim Summer School in Linguistics

Trondheim Summer School in Linguistics

Short Title: TROSS
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Date: 23-Jun-2003 - 27-Jun-2003
Call Deadline: 17-Mar-2003

Contact Person: Lars Hellan
Meeting Email: multiverb at hf.ntnu.no
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Trondheim Summer School

Multi-verb Constructions in Constraint-Based Grammar
in macro- and micro-typological perspectives

June 23 - 27, 2003

The Trondheim Summerschool consists of three days of courses (June
23-25) and a two days workshop on multi-verb constructions (June

The following announcement contains a call for papers for the
workshop.  The Deadline of submission is March 17th

Monday, June 23  -   Wednesday June 25:

Miriam Butt, UMIST:
Introduction to LFG and its applications to multi-verb constructions

11.00 - 12.15
Stephen M. Wechsler, University of Texas at Austin:
Introduction to HPSG and its applications to multi-verb constructions

14.00 - 15.15
Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu, University of Ghana:
Introduction to a 'micro-comparative' perspective on multi-verb
constructions in the Volta Basin area (including Ga, Dangme, Gurune,
Ewe, and other languages)

15.45 - 17.00
Kweku E. Osam, University of Ghana:
Introduction to the structure of Akan: its verbal and multi-verbal


Verbal Predicates and Complex Predicates in LFG
Miriam Butt, UMIST

This course will provide a brief introduction to the treatment of
verbal predication (argument structure, grammatical relations, linking
theory) in LFG and then move on to examine the problems posed by
complex predication as discussed in Alsina 1996, Butt 1995 and Mohanan
1994. The data ranges over periphrastic and morphological causatives
in Bantu, Romance and South Asian languages such as Urdu,Marathi and
Malayalam, as well as N-V complex predicates in Hindi and V-V complex
predicates in Urdu. The synchronic evidence will be augmented by a
look at some of the available historical evidence with respect to
light verbs and complex predication. Finally, the course will wind up
with a look at a recent implementation (Butt and King 2003) of Urdu
V-V complex predicates via the Restriction Operator (Wedekind and
Maxwell 1993) within the XLE grammar development platform.

Introduction to HPSG and its application to multi-verb constructions
Stephen M. Wechsler, University of Texas at Austin

This course will first review the framework of Head-Driven Phrase
Structure Grammar, focusing especially on those aspects most relevant
to the analysis of multi-verb constructions. Then we will look at
specific HPSG analyses of such constructions, including serial verbs,
causatives, light verbs, and related phenomena. Approaches have
included `argument attraction' (in which VALENCE items are effectively
transferred from a lower to higher verb); and crucial use of a
structured semantic CONTENT field where verb meanings combine. We will
also compare the proposal by Andrews and Manning 1999 (`Complex
Predicates and Information Spreading in LFG', CSLI Publications),
which blends ideas from LFG and HPSG.

Introduction to multi-verb constructions in the languages of the Volta
Basin Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu, University of Ghana

Most languages of the Volta Basin (both ''Kwa'' and Gur) exhibit
multi-verb constructions even within the structures associated with a
single lexical verb. The first day will be devoted to examining the
internal morpho-syntax of verb expressions in languages of the
southern part of the area, particularly Ga and Dangme. Special
attention will be given to headedness in this context. The second day
will similarly examine features associated with the verb in the
languages of the northern part, especially Gurene and Dagaare, drawing
attention to what the northern and southern languages have in common
(or not). The third and final lecture will be devoted to attempting an
area-wide classification of constructions involving more than one
lexical head verb.

Introduction to the structure of Akan: its verbal and multi-verbal
system Kweku E. Osam, University of Ghana

Akan is a Kwa language spoken in Ghana. This course will focus on the
verbal system of the language by examining its verbal morphology which
essentially involves its tense-aspect system. The view that Akan is an
aspect oriented language will be demonstrated with data from the
language. In addition, there will also be a discussion of some of the
verbal alternations in the language, with a focus on how these
relations impinge on grammatical and semantic relations. A core
component of the course will be to present the facts of the multi-verb
system (focusing on serialisation) in the language.

The ensuing workshop focuses on the same and related themes, with
invited talks as well as selected papers. The invited speakers are
Felix Ameka, University of Leiden, Miriam Butt, UMIST, Mary Esther
Kropp Dakubu, University of Ghana, and Stephen M. Wechsler, University
of Texas at Austin. There will be about 10-12 selected papers (see
below). Participants in the workshop are welcome to also attend the

The Deadline for submission has been extended to March 17th

We invite papers for 40 min. talks (30 min. presentation + 10
min. discussion). The contributions should address the topics of
multi-verb and complex predicate constructions, possibly with data
from other language areas than those in focus for the course, and not
necessarily presented in the frameworks highlighted in the course.

Maximum length of abstracts is 3 pages.
The following information should be provided on a separate page or in
the body of the email:

(for each author:)

Please let us know, together with your official submission, if you are
a student. We have special time slots reserved for student papers.

(for author of contact:)

Regular Mail:
- Four copies of the abstract/paper.
- A card or cover sheet with author information.
- Address:

Department of Linguistics, NTNU,
7491 Trondheim

Include the author information in the body of your email message.
Include or preferably attach your abstract. The preferred file
formats are PDF or plain ASCII; also Word attachments will be fine.

multiverb at hf.ntnu.no

Abstracts should be received by March 17
Notification of acceptance will be given on April 10.

Participation fee for the whole 5-day period is NOK (Norwegian crowns)
400 (to be paid on the site). For the courses only, or the workshop
only, the fee is NOK 200. Participants will have to arrange
accommodation themselves, but the organizers will provide
recommendations. (For Norwegian students participating in the program
'Nasjonale Forskerkurs', some special arrangements apply - please
contact the organizers for further information.)

Links to more information about the area and the university:


More details will be provided in later announcements.

Greetings, and hoping to see you in Trondheim in the last week of June!

Organizing committee:

Lars Hellan: lars.hellan at hf.ntnu.no
Dorothee Beermann : dorothee.beermann at hf.ntnu.no
Eli Andenes: eli.andenes at hf.ntnu.no

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