14.870, Calls: Pronouns/Logic, Lang & Information

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Subject: 14.870, Calls: Pronouns/Logic, Lang & Information

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Date:  Tue, 25 Mar 2003 14:03:49 +0000
From:  wmartina at interchange.ubc.ca
Subject:  Workshop on the Form and Function of Pronouns

Date:  Sun, 23 Mar 2003 15:54:01 -0500 (EST)
From:  "NASSLLI'03 Bloomington, Indiana" <nasslli at indiana.edu>
Subject:   NASSLLI-2003 Student Session

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 25 Mar 2003 14:03:49 +0000
From:  wmartina at interchange.ubc.ca
Subject:  Workshop on the Form and Function of Pronouns

Workshop on the Form and Function of Pronouns

Date: 19-Sep-2003 - 21-Sep-2003
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Contact: Martina Wiltschko
Contact Email: wmartina at interchange.ubc.ca

Linguistic Sub-field: Syntax
Call Deadline: 25-Apr-2020

Meeting Description:

Workshop on the Form and Function of Pronouns
University of British Columbia
Department of Linguistics

Organizers: Martina Wiltschko, Rose-Marie D├ęchaine

Invited Speakers:
Norbert Hornstein (University of Maryland)
Paul Kroeber (Indiana University)
Elizabeth Ritter (University of Calgary)
Hotze Rullmann (University of Calgary)
Ken Safir (Rutgers University)
Leslie Saxon (University of Victoria)
Edwin Williams (Princeton University)

Although pronouns are present in all natural languages, pronoun
inventories of specific languages vary considerably in terms of their
morphology and their semantic function. This raises the following two
questions. First, what formal property of human language accounts for
the fact that all languages have pronouns? Second, what determines the
variation that observed in pronominal elements as regards their
internal and external syntax?

On one view, function drives form: a pronoun is an element which can
replace another noun and its function is to avoid repetition of the
same noun-phrase ("what universally characterizes a pronoun are its
referential role and function" Bresnan 2001: 4). Such functionally
based accounts are challenged by the fact that within and across
languages there may be several pronominal forms. For example, the
formal properties of English personal pronouns like she and he differ
significantly from that of demonstrative pronouns like that or this,
both in terms of their internal composition (internal syntax), and
their occurrence in different positions (external syntax). Although
these differences are widely acknowledged in both the descriptive and
the theoretical literature, there is no analysis which adequately
accounts for the problem of unity and diversity as it manifests itself
in the domain of pronoun inventories.

On another view, the function of a pronoun is a by-product of its
form; i.e. form drives function. On this view, the fact that pronouns
are universally present in human languages follows from their status
as nominal expressions. That they are nominals can be seen from the
classical structuralist criterion of substitution: since pronouns are
used as substitutes for other nominals (e.g. A girl came into the
room. She sat down.), they must themselves be nominal
expressions. Since nominal expressions (e.g. the girls, those cats)
seem to be present in all languages, and since pronouns are a sub-type
of nominal expression (they are not content words), we then expect
pronouns to be present in all languages.
The form/function debate has broad implications since pronouns are an
important diagnostic tool (e.g. the criterion of substitution
mentioned above). In addition, pronouns have been used to test more
general claims about the structure of language (syntax), the relation
of structure to meaning (syntax-semantics and syntax-pragmatics
interface), the relation of structure to internal composition
(syntax-morphology interface).

We invite abstracts for that address these issues from a theoretical
and/or empirical perspective. Each of the refereed presentations will
be 30 minutes followed by a discussion period.

Abstract requirements: Preferably by e-mail send anonymous abstracts
in the following format:
	2 pages (including data), 12 point type, 1 inch margins

Please send your abstract as a pdf or word attachment to the following

wmartina at interchange.ubc.ca

The subject of the message should read: abstract
In the body of the message include the following information:

1. Name of author/s
2. Title of abstract
3. Institutional affiliation
4. Mailing address
5. e-mail address
6. telephone number
7. fax number

If you wish to be considered for a travel subsidy, pleas indicate your
academic status (faculty, student, post-doc)

If you have to send your abstract by regular mail please send 5
anonymous copies to the following address:

Martina Wiltschko (Pronoun workshop)
Department of Linguistics
E 270 - 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

The workshop program will be announced in the middle of May 2003
Information about the workshop will soon be up at the website of the
department of linguistics (UBC)at: http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca (Note
the site is not yet in place).

If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please contact the
organizers at the above e-mail address.

-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  Sun, 23 Mar 2003 15:54:01 -0500 (EST)
From:  "NASSLLI'03 Bloomington, Indiana" <nasslli at indiana.edu>
Subject:   NASSLLI-2003 Student Session

This is a RE-POST of the CFP for the NASSLLI Student Session.  By
popular demand the deadline has been extended until APRIL 12th 2003.
Please extend the word to colleagues who may not have received the
first CFP.

C a l l   f o r   P a p e r s

Second North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and

June 17-21, 2003, Bloomington, Indiana

NASSLLI '02 Continues North American Summer School Tradition
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Following last year's founding of a North American counterpart to the
European Summer School for Logic, Language and Information, this
year's NASSLLI will be at Indiana University. It will again feature a
Student Session where students can network and get feedback on their
work -- both from faculty and student attendees. This CFP solicits
submissions to the student session.

Topics of Interest
- -----
The areas of interest are

	Logic -- including work on problems of mathematical or
                  philosophical  interest
	Language -- including descriptive or theoretical work in formal
	Language and Logic -- applications of logic to natural language
	Language and Computation -- theoretical and empirical work in
                  computational linguistics
	Logic and Computation -- automated theorem-proving and related
	Computation -- artificial intelligence or related areas of
                  computer science

Work integrating several of these areas is of particular interest.

- ---
The Student Session papers should describe original, unpublished
work that has been completed. However, no previously published papers
should be submitted.

All authors must be at the pre-doctoral level; submissions co-authored
by non-students will be discarded.

Format of Submission
- ---
Full papers, not to exceed 10 pages, are to be submitted by email as
Adobe Portable Document Files (PDF).  This file must include a
separate identification page including the following pieces of

   Title: title of the submission
   First author: firstname lastname
   Address: address of the first author
   Last author: firstname lastname
   Address: address of the last author
   Short summary: abstract (5 lines)
   Subject area (one or two of): Logic | Language | Computation
   Other Conferences Submitted To:

Neither this identification page, nor any bibliography counts towards
the 10 page limit.

Since reviewing will be blind, the body of the paper should omit
author names and addresses. Furthermore, self-references that reveal
the author's identity (e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991)... ")
should be avoided. It is possible to use instead references like
"Smith (1991) previously showed..."

The PDF of the paper is to be enclosed in an email duplicating the
information on the identification page. Use US Letter paper and LaTeX
if possible; accepted papers will need to be resubmitted without page

Please email submissions to John Hale <hale at cogsci.jhu.edu> by the
extended deadline of APRIL 12th 2003.

- ---
At least one author needs to register for NASSLLI '03 in order to be
in the student session. Accepted papers will be available at the
Summer School in the Student Session Proceedings (tentative plans
exist for on-line dissemination as well). One of the authors will give
a 20-minute talk with up to 10 minutes for discussion.

- --

***EXTENDED*** Submissioin deadline		: April 12th, 2003
Author notifications				: May 1st, 2003
Revisions in accepted papers due by		: June 1st, 2003
NASSLLI-2003 Student Session			: June 17-21, 2003.

Confirmed Student Session Program Committee Members
- --
Julia Hockenmaier, University of Edinburgh
Gerhard Jaeger, Potsdam University
Greg Kobele, UCLA
Yevgeniy Makarov, Indiana University
Gideon Mann, Johns Hopkins University
Jens Michaelis, Potsdam University
Rachel Sussman, University of Rochester

Please direct any questions about the NASSLI-03 student session to John
Hale <hale at cogsci.jhu.edu>.

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