[Lingtyp] Cfp: Lexical Functional Grammar

Ida Toivonen IdaToivonen at CUNET.CARLETON.CA
Thu Jan 11 19:24:01 UTC 2018

LFG18: The 23rd International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference

                                  17 July - 19 July 2018
                             University of Vienna, Austria

Conference website: http://lfg2018.univie.ac.at/

Conference e-mail (NOT for abstract submission): dewei.che 'at' univie.ac.at

Abstract submission deadline:  15 February 2018, 23:59 GMT

Abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system at

Invited speakers:  T.B.C., see conference website for up-to-date information

Workshop: a workshop on "Information Structure: Form and Interpretation" will
be held on 20 July 2018. This workshop invites contributions on the marking and
interpretation of information structure, including focus, topic, contrast and givenness
in the context of non-transformational grammars. Further information is provided below,
and please see http://lfg2018.univie.ac.at/program/workshop/ for full details.

LFG18 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.


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should describe original, unpublished work.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


Deadline for abstracts:  15 February 2018, 23:59 GMT
Notification of acceptance:  30 March 2018
Conference:  17 July - 20 July 2018


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: two pages total
for text, plus one page for diagrams and examples. 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-

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


As a pre-conference event, on 16 July 2018, there will be a whole-day boat trip on the
Danube from Vienna to Wachau, a picturesque valley west of Vienna. The cost of the trip
is about 50 euros and there will be an option in the registration form to select this
trip. The price includes the boat ride with stops at sights along the way, lunch, dinner
and wine tasting.


This workshop invites contributions on the marking and interpretation of information
structure, including focus, topic, contrast and givenness in the context of non-
transformational grammars. These may include, but need not be limited to, contributions

     A.    Information structure marking in lesser studied languages; what categories
           need to be distinguished to account for distributional facts? How are they
           encoded, and what options are there for mapping them onto a universal
           representation of IS functions?
     B.    Different ways of focus marking: Ways to model the influence of syntactic
           position, morphological marking and prosodic marking on the signalling of IS
           categories, across languages, but also in languages that combine several of
     C.    IS ambiguities: Patters in which the same form is compatible with different
           sizes, or even locations, of pragmatic focus/topic etc ('focus projection').
           How to model these, and what patterns are attested?
     D.    Prosodic Structure in LFG, especially those aspects apparently relevant for
           IS-marking, i.e. stress, accent, tones and phrasing.
     E.    IS Semantics: What machinery (multidimensional meanings, underspecified
           representations, structured meanings…) is needed to account for the semantics
           of IS marking, and how to implement them e.g. using glue semantics.
     F.    IS Pragmatics: What are the pragmatic conditions on the use of IS categories,
           i.e. how do pragmatic rules make reference to such labels as 'focus', 'topic',

Submission for the workshop should NOT be made on the EasyChair submission system, but
should be sent direct to adams.bodomo 'at' univie.ac.at AND daniel.buring 'at' univie.ac.at.


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

Program Chairs (Email: lfg18 'at' easychair.org)

John Lowe, University of Oxford
Ida Toivonen, Carleton University

Local conference organizers (Email: dewei.che 'at' univie.ac.at)

Adams Bodomo, University of Vienna
Daniel Buring, University of Vienna
Che Dewei, University of Vienna
Hasiyatu Abubakari, University of Vienna
Izabela Jordanoska, University of Vienna


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

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