second announcement parts-of-speech conference amsterdam june 2006

Hengeveld, P.C. P.C.Hengeveld at UVA.NL
Mon Nov 21 20:51:23 UTC 2005

Second Announcement


Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication
University of Amsterdam
June 8-10, 2006

Deadline coming up!

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for PoS2006 is coming up. In view of this deadline we send you an update on the organization of the conference in this second announcement. Note that abstracts have to be in our possession by December 5, 2005. See below for further details on abstract submission.

The conference

The problem of the classification of classes of words and the systems in which they occur is a central one in linguistics. Word class distinctions often constitute the point of departure for much theoretical as well as descriptive work without, at times, being understood sufficiently in terms of their universal validity. In terms of the language system, word class distinctions have been claimed to correlate with distinct phonological patterns, morphological operations, syntactic distribution, semantic classes, and communicative functions. Given these many ramifications within the language system, it is not surprising that natural languages differ from each other typologically with respect to how word class distinctions manifest themselves in their lexicon and syntax. Moreover, word class distinctions may be expected to play a central role in acquisition and loss, in diachronic change and in language contact. And finally, they may be expected to be an important cue in language processing.

In view of the above, the conference programme covers the widest possible range of perspectives on parts of speech and parts-of-speech systems, including:
	- Parts of speech in language typology, including sign language typology
	- Parts of speech from various theoretical perspectives
	- Parts of speech in acquisition and loss
	- Parts of speech in language processing
	- Parts of speech in processes of grammaticalization
	- Parts of speech in language contact
The aim of the conference is to bring together specialists from all these various areas in order to enhance the exchange of research results across the traditional boundaries between the linguistic subdisciplines.

Invited speakers

The following colleagues have confirmed their participation as a keynote speaker

Mark Baker, McGill University
Nicholas Evans, University of Melbourne
Christian Lehmann, University of Erfurt

Programme Committee

The programme committee consists of Umberto Ansaldo, Jan Don, Kees Hengeveld (chair), Michiel van Lambalgen, and Roland Pfau.

The Conference Programme

The programme will mainly consist of plenary lectures, in order to meet the aim of enhancing the exchange of research results. A rigorous and anonymous selection procedure will be applied. A long poster session organized thematically will compensate for the small number of slots available for lectures.

Venue, dates

The conference starts Thursday June 8, 2006 at 14.00 in the afternoon, and ends with a conference dinner Saturday night, June 10, 2006. The conference venue is the 'PC Hoofthuis', Spuistraat 134, NL-1012 VB  Amsterdam. This is a university building located in the very center of Amsterdam.


The conference hotel is Hotel Résidence Le Coin, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 5, 1012 CP  Amsterdam, tel. 020-5246800, website: <>. We have blocked a number of rooms at this hotel at the following prices:

Single room			EUR 85
Double room			EUR 95
Deluxe double room		EUR 110

Prices do not include breakfast. If you are interested in this option please contact the hotel directly at <lecoin at>, using the reference 'parts-of-speech conference'. You should make your reservation before March 15, 2006.

A second option for accomodation that may be cheaper is to get a package deal including flight and hotel from your local touroperator.

Other hotel options and availability of rooms may be checked at <>.


Given the role the quality of the abstract plays in the selection procedure, it should contain at least the following items: a clearly defined and well-motivated research question; the crucial examples illustrating the relevance of the research question; and the main conclusions the paper arrives at. Abstracts should have a length of a maximum of 1000 words including data and references, and should not contain the name of the author. References to the literature cited should be given. References containing the name of the author may also be given but will be suppressed before the abstract is sent to the programme committee. Please indicate in the accompanying message whether you want to present a paper or a poster.  Abstracts should be submitted electronically to the secretary of the programme committee, Gerdien Kerssies, at pos-fgw at This email-address will be operative from July 15, 2005, onwards. Please insert the phrase "pos-abstract" in the subject line. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is December 1, 2005. Notification of acceptance will be sent out February 1, 2006, at the latest.

Conference Fee

The regular conference fee is EUR 80. Students and unemployed colleagues pay EUR 40. The fee covers participation in the conference, conference materials, and a conference dinner on Saturday. Payment of the conference fee may be done on the spot. We do, however, ask you to preregister for the conference.


Preregistration is possible through the conference website as of January 1, 2006.


The conference website is regularly updated. The website address is: 

How you can reach us: 

The email address for all matters related to the conference programme is 
<pos-fgw at>

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