SLE Workshop

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Ivan A. Sag (sag@Csli.Stanford.EDU)
Tue, 27 Jan 98 10:05:29 PST


Invitation to Workshop during the 31st SLE Conference at St. Andrews, 26-30 August, 1998 Workshop organizer: Werner Abraham, Groningen (E-mail: ABRAHAM@LET.RUG.NL, FAX: +31-50-363 58 21) Workshop topic: `Spoken and written languages; their structural and typological differences' The workshop aims at presentations in the following subfields to the general title: Parsing strategies divided between spoken and written vernaculars; typological differences and historical changes initiated by parsing rather than logical-structural triggers (such as, as the underwritten himself will claim in a contribution to the workshop, the Upper German preterite decay); typological differences between genetically closely related languages such as Afrikaans, Yiddish and dialectal Germans (more or less strongly svo) vs. written German (sov); what me- diates between sov and svo other than (Charles Fries' claim) distinctions of morphological case? It will be shown in the paper referred to above that distinctions of a discourse-functional sort and their prerequsites in structural terms (wide middle field!) can contribute to the upkeeping of sov despite the fact that case morphology is rather weak (dialectal German and Dutch). Organization: (especially younger) colleagues interested should contact organizer at Groningen with an abstract covering an adjacent topic no longer than one page (for a 20-30 minutes presentation). The intention is to submit a collection of thematically unified papers to FoL as a self-contained volume. Deadline: June 1, 1998 Heed: To attend the conference you need to be a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Please contact the local organizers, Dr. Christopher Beedham and Dr. Isabel Forbes, Dept. of German, School of Modern Languages, The University, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9PH, Scotland/UK, cb1@st-and.ac.uk, FAX (01334) 46 36 77, home page: http://www.st-and.ac.uk/academic/modlangs/SLE98/SLE98.html Mail/fax 1-page abstracts to: Werner Abraham, Duits-Letteren-RUG, Oude Kijk in 't Jat Straat 26, NL-9712 EK Groningen


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