08 February 2015

Hard Core Linguists

Psycholing Workshop on Tuesday

Shayne Sloggett writes:

The psycholing workshop will be having its first evening meeting at 8:00 this Tuesday (2/10) at Amanda's and my apartment. For our first meeting we'll be having an informal discussion of Frazier 1995, which is an assessment of constraint satisfaction models of language processing.

SSRG meets this Wednesday

Leland Kusmer writes:

Based on the results of the poll, SSRG will be held on alternate Wednesday evenings, starting next Wednesday, February 11th, at 7:30pm. I'll be hosting this one. We’ll discuss plans for the rest of the semester.

As always, please RSVP so I know how much food to buy


Syntax Workshop this Thursday

The syntax workshop meets at 10AM on Thursday, Feb. 12, in N451. Kyle Johnson will talk about Andrews Amalgams.

Claire Moore-Cantwell at Ben Gurion

Claire Moore-Cantwell is giving a talk at Ben Gurion University of the Negev during her visit there Tuesday and Wednesday. The title of her talk is: "Probabilistic phonotactics: What’s in the grammar and how can we tell?"

Barbara Pearson at AAAS

Barbara Pearson writes:

I am in San Jose at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting with her Linguistics for Everyone Committee. With representatives from UMass, UMD, OSU and U Arizona, plus some volunteers from Stanford, I organized an LSA booth at Family Science Days, a weekend of science activities for people from preschool to the senior center. I think this is the first time language science has been represented there. Activities coordinators are Cecile McKee, Elly Zimmer, and Kathryn Campbell-Kibler. I promise to return with a whole suite of cool linguistics outreach activities!

If you, or someone you know, will be at the AAAS this year, be sure you (or they) come by Booth 36.

Final Call: Sinn und Bedeutung

Sinn und Bedeutung 20 with Workshop: "Experimental Methodology in Semantics and Pragmatics"

9-12 September 2015 -- University of Tuebingen

Tuebingen, Germany

Conference website

***Call Deadline: 15 February 2015***

The University of Tübingen is proud to host the 20th Sinn und Bedeutung.

Invited Speakers:

Luisa Marti (UQML)

Uli Sauerland (ZAS)

Junko Shimoyama (McGill)

-- Special Session --
Semantic Theory Evolves Continuously – Here’s Our Workshop! (STECHOW)

In addition to the oral presentations and poster sessions, there will be a special workshop celebrating 20 years of Sinn und Bedeutung, and to honour Arnim von Stechow and his contribution to the field of semantics:

Special Session Organisers:

Doris Penka (University of Konstanz)

Sarah Zobel (University of Tübingen)

Special Session Speakers:

Sigrid Beck (University of Tübingen)

Irene Heim (MIT)

Barbara Partee (UMass, Amherst)

Viola Schmitt (University of Vienna)

For more information about STECHOW, go here.

There is also a special Workshop: Experimental Methodology in Semantics and Pragmatics, which is accepting abstracts for 20 minute talks. For more information about this workshop, go here.

For questions or enquiries please write to:

sub20.tuebingen at gmail.com

Call for Papers: Conference on Formal Grammar

The 20th Conference on Formal Grammar

Barcelona, Spain,

August 8-9, 2015                 


Collocated with the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

         ** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 22, 2015 **


FG-2015 is the 20th conference on Formal Grammar, to be held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, which takes place in 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
Previous Formal Grammar meetings were held in Barcelona (1995), Prague (1996), Aix-en-Provence (1997), Saarbrücken (1998), Utrecht (1999), Helsinki (2001), Trento (2002), Vienna (2003), Nancy (2004), Edinburgh (2005), Malaga (2006), Dublin (2007), Hamburg (2008), Bordeaux (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Ljubljana (2011), Opole (2012), Düsseldorf (2013) and Tübingen (2014).


FG provides a forum for the presentation of new and original research on formal grammar, mathematical linguistics and the application of formal and mathematical methods to the study of natural language. Themes of interest include, but are not limited to,
* formal and computational phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics;* model-theoretic and proof-theoretic methods in linguistics;* logical aspects of linguistic structure;* constraint-based and resource-sensitive approaches to grammar;* learnability of formal grammar;* integration of stochastic and symbolic models of grammar;* foundational, methodological and architectural issues in grammar and linguistics;* mathematical foundations of statistical approaches to linguistic analysis.
Previous conferences in this series have welcomed papers from a wide variety of frameworks.


We invite **electronic** submissions of original, 16-page papers (including references and possible technical appendices). Authors are encouraged to use the Springer-Verlag LNCS style

The submission deadline is **February 22, 2015**.

Papers must be submitted electronically at EasyChair:


Papers should report original work which was not presented in other conferences. However, simultaneous submission is allowed, provided that the authors indicate other conferences to which the work was submitted in a footnote. Note that accepted papers can only be presented in one of the venues.

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by at least three reviewers. Accepted papers will be published as a volume in the Springer LNCS series, under the FoLLI subline, either separately or jointly with the papers from FG-2016, depending on the number of accepted papers.


* February 22, 2015: Deadline for paper submission

*April 19, 2015: Notification of acceptance

* May 31, 2015: Camera ready copies due

* August 8-9, 2015: Conference dates