Conference: FDSL 11

The 11th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL-11) celebrating the 20th anniversary of FDSL. The conference will take place from 2 December to 4 December 2015.
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20-minute presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion) on Slavic syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics, psycholinguistics and computational linguistics. Additionally two workshops are scheduled: “L1-acquisition of syntax in the Slavic languages”!organized by Teodora Radeva-Bork (University of Potsdam) and „Grammaticalization and language change“ organized by Peter Kosta (University of Potsdam).

INVITED SPEAKERS
Damir Cavar (Indiana University Bloomington)
Malgorzata Cavar (Indiana University Bloomington)
Željko Bošković (University of Connecticut)
Joanna Błaszczak (University of Wrocław)
Anna Zaliznjak (Russian Academy of Sciences)

Important dates
Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2015  31 May, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2015 30 July 2015
Conference: 2-4 December 2015

Program: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/fileadmin01/projects/fdsl11/Program_FDSL11.pdf

Conference website: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/fdsl11/index.html

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20-minute presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion) on Slavic syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics, psycholinguistics and computational linguistics. Additionally two workshops are scheduled: “L1-acquisition of syntax in the Slavic languages” organized by Teodora Radeva-Bork (University of Potsdam) and „Grammaticalization and language change“ organized by Peter Kosta (University of Potsdam).
Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 May 2015.

How to submit abstracts

Abstracts must be anonymous and no longer than one page (margins: 2.5 cm or 1 inch, size of characters: 12 points, Times New Roman, spacing: single). An additional page for references, figures and data can be also included. Abstracts should be in PDF format, with all non-standard fonts embedded.
Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs by 15 May 2015. Please indicate whether your submission is for the main conference or for one of the workshops, or for both. An individual may submit at most one single and one co-authored paper.

Reviewing procedure

The abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by external referees. Preference will be given to original work and to presentations not duplicated at other major conferences.Authors will be notified by 15 July 2015 whether their abstract was accepted.

Publication of conference papers

As usual papers will be published.Publication guidelines with detailed information will be made available on the conference homepage in due time.Papers submitted for publication will be reviewed. Only those submissions that are recommended by the reviewers will be included in the volume.

Organizing committee
Peter Kosta, Teodora Radeva-Bork

Conference email
fdsl11@uni-potsdam.de

Workshop 1: L1-acquisition of syntax in the Slavic languages

organized by Teodora Radeva-Bork (University of Potsdam)

Invited speakers
Natalia Gagarina (ZAS Berlin)
Sergey Avrutin (Utrecht University)

Extended abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2015

The workshop will focus on various aspects of the first language acquisition of syntax in the Slavic languages. The workshop pursues a two-fold goal. On the one and, it aims to provide a floor for the presentation of acquisition data from a broad variety of Slavic languages. On the other hand, it motivates a discussion of the intrinsic properties of the syntax acquisition of the individual Slavic languages and consequently urges an analysis of the Slavic data in a comparative perspective. Generally, it will be interesting to see what empirical evidence the acquisition data may (or may not) provide for current syntactic theories. L1 Slavic data from monolingual, multilingual as well as from typical and atypical acquisition may be presented.

Some of the phenomena that can be discussed in view of the Slavic L1 acquisition data are word order properties, clause structure in the early stages, acquisition of the (non)pro-drop parameter, morphosyntactic features, verbal categories, binding and coreference, functional categories, passive etc. This list of topics is by no means exhaustive and papers discussing other related issues are welcome.

A publication of the workshop papers is planed. The volume should contribute to the research on language acquisition in a cross-linguistic perspective by shedding light on current acquisition research on Slavic.

How to submit abstracts

Abstracts must be anonymous and no longer than one page (margins: 2.5 cm or 1 inch, size of characters: 12 points, Times New Roman, spacing: single). An additional page for references, figures and data can be also included. Abstracts should be in PDF format, with all non-standard fonts embedded.
Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs by 31 May 2015. An individual may submit at most one single and one co-authored paper.

Workshop 2: Grammaticalization and typology of Anti-Causatives and Causatives as problem of SM/CI interfaces
organized by Peter Kosta (University of Potsdam)

Invited speakers:
Itziar Laka (Universidad del Pais Vasco, UPV/EHU)
Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University)

During the past 40 years research of Causativity and Anti-Causativity belonged to the central themes of the general and comparative resp. typological linguistics. In this respect it is astonishing, that in our opinion from the Slavic side this subject was treated, if at all, still very marginally in the past.

Our interest to launch a workshop on Slavic (Anti-)Causativity is motivated by the fact that Causatives and Anti-Causatives require a more appropriate analysis, which touches an interface of morphology, semantics, lexicon, word formation syntax and, foremost the SM/CI interfaces. Therefore it is also replicable to the later Minimalistic Program (with the inclusion of Distributive Morphology) and other formal models of grammar. Since the topic includes also aspects of Sound-Meaning competition of event and argument structure of the predicate, the problem of verbal classification (e.g. Vendler’s states, events, actions, achievements and accomplishments) and aspectuality comes into play.

The participants of this workshop (the number is limited and there will be a strict reviewing procedure) are encouraged to submit abstracts with an exact description of their theoretical approach, the languages and also a short list of data included. One page abstract and one page of data including also a short list of publications should be attached.

Abstracts for the workshop should be submitted via EasyAbs by 31 May 2015.

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