Conference: LAGB 2015

2015 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be held in University College London, 15-18 September 2014. The conference will be held in Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF, UK.

Conference website: http://www.lagb.org.uk/lagb2015/home

Programme: http://www.lagb.org.uk/lagb2015/programme

Workshop on Morphological Complexity – Friday 18 September 2015

This workshop will be held in conjunction with Rachel Nordlinger’s Linguistics Association Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain 2015.

Plenary speaker

  • Rachel Nordlinger (University of Melbourne) – ‘Mapping morphological complexity across the Daly River languages of northern Australia’

Further information

Details on how to register for this event and other sessions taking place as part of LAGB 2015 will be available in May 2015. We particularly invite submission to the conference on topics related to this workshop, which will be scheduled on a day adjacent to the workshop. To submit a paper or themed session to the conference please see the Call for Papers and Themed Sessions.

Workshop on the Current Status of Underlying Representations in Phonology – Wednesday 16 September 2015

This workshop, organised will be held in conjunction with Larry Hyman’s Henry Sweet Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain 2015.

Plenary speaker

  • Larry Hyman (UC Berkeley) – ‘Why underlying representations?

Background

Phonology is a rapidly changing and increasingly varied field, having traveled quite some distance from its original structuralist and generative underpinnings. In those days the concerns of the ordinary traditional phonologist might be summarized as “what’s the underlying form, and how do we bring it to the surface?” In many circles today, however, there has been a relative lack of interest in questions of representation–and for different reasons. On the one hand, the output-driven nature of optimality theory and its concept of the richness of the base have placed the emphasis on motivating surface forms, with some going as far as to insist that all constraints be grounded in the phonetics–and that there are no underlying representations. At the other end, there’s been the assault from morphology: alternations that traditionally justified abstract morphophonemic (“systematic phonemic”) representations are now often viewed as non-automatic morphologically conditioned “rules”, if not allomorphy, “constructions”, or “lexical organization”. At the same time, focus has shifted from the traditional techniques of phonological analysis which have been increasingly enhanced, if not replaced by experimental, instrumental, statistical and computational approaches to the study of sound systems. As a result, the boundaries between phonetics and phonology, on the one hand, and phonology and morphology, on the other, are as unclear as ever. In this workshop, papers are sought that address the current status of underlying representations in phonology: Do we need abstract lexical representations? phonemes? morphophonemes? something else? If yes, why? If no, what do we put in their place? Another way to think of it is to return to Kiparsky’s old question, “How abstract is phonology?” How do current models of phonology which invoke strata and/or underspecification, ranked constraints, empty elements, principles of various sorts etc. bear on the issue of underlying representations in phonology?

Further information

Details on how to register for this event and other sessions taking place as part of LAGB 2015 will be available in May 2015. We particularly invite submission to the conference on topics related to this workshop, which will be scheduled on a day adjacent to the workshop. To submit a paper or themed session to the conference please see the Call for Papers and Themed Sessions.

Call for Papers and Themed Sessions
The LAGB welcomes submissions on any topic in the field of linguistics. We particularly welcome papers from areas of linguistics that have not been well represented in previous meetings in order to capture the diversity of linguistics research currently undertaken in the UK and beyond.
All abstracts will be blind-peer-reviewed by an international committee of reviewers. Both members and non-members are invited to offer papers for the meeting.  The length for papers delivered at the LAGB 2015 meeting is 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes discussion).

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 April 2015. Notification of acceptance will be made in early June 2015.

Abstracts can be submitted to be included in the general sessions, or as part of a themed session (see below). We particularly welcome submissions that cover themes related to the two workshops taking place at the conference on.

The deadline for submissions to is Wednesday 1 April 2015. 

If you are applying for a conference bursary (available only for student members and unwaged members), your abstract should be submitted in the normal way using the EasyChair system, but you must also fill in a bursary application form on the LAGB website: http://www.lagb.org.uk/bursary

LAGB 2015 Summer School

This new addition to the LAGB Annual Meeting programme provides postgraduate students with the opportunity to attend masterclasses in linguistics, receive training opportunities, meet linguists and socialise with other postgraduate students from across the UK. The one-day LAGB Summer School will take place on Tuesday 15 September 2015. This event is co-organised by the LAGB Committee and the LAGB Student Committee.

This day-long summer school will be held at University College London on the day before the main session on the conference and will be followed by a social event for Student members organised by the LAGB Student Committee.

Note that this event is free to student members of the LAGB.

 

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