Conference: CLS 50

Date: Apr. 10, 2014 – Apr. 13, 2014
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Contact: Adam Singerman
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Meeting Description
The 50th annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society will be held at the University of Chicago from April 10 to April 13, 2014. To celebrate half a century of CLS, we are planning a very special conference, with invited speakers, talks by University of Chicago faculty members, and parasessions on specific areas of linguistic inquiry. Details and a call for abstracts will be announced in fall 2013.

Invited Speakers
Bruce P. Hayes (University of California, Los Angeles)
Daniel Lassiter (Stanford University)
Gregory M. Kobele (University of Chicago)
Jessica Coon (McGill University)
Jonathan David Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
Katalin É. Kiss (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Pauline Jacobson (Brown University)


Parasession Descriptions:


What restrictions do locality conditions place on syntax, phonology, morphology, and their respective interfaces? Possible topics for this parasession might relate to locality constraints on syntactic dependencies, word formation, and allomorphy, as well as to phonological phenomena determined by local relations. Abstracts pertinent to all aspects of locality, as well as analyses challenging such accounts, are encouraged.

Experimental and Probabilistic Methods:

How can we use experimental and/or computational methods to advance linguistics research? We seek abstracts that address the applicability and refinement of experimental work and probabilistic models for a wide array of linguistic subfields, ranging from phonetics and phonology through morphology and syntax to semantics and pragmatics.

Information Structure:

How do natural languages express discourse notions such as topic and focus? For this parasession we welcome research that explores how information structural notions are manifested in and interact with the grammar proper.

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