Linguists’ Day 2021

Friday 22 October 2021, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

This year’s edition of the annual Linguists’ Day of the LSB (Linguistic Society of Belgium) will be organised on Friday 22 October 2021 at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Call for papers

We invite submissions for papers (20’ presentation + 10’ discussion) on any topic in linguistics. Papers can be in any of the three Belgian national languages (Dutch, French, German) or in English. Abstracts cannot exceed 500 words (without references) and should clearly indicate the topic, the objectives, data and method and (provisional) results. Deadline for submission is Wednesday 30 June 2021. Please submit your abstract via EasyChair. At the beginning of September 2021, you will be informed about acceptance of your abstract.

Venue

All activities (lectures and lunch) will be organised on the Etterbeek Campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene) within walking distance from the Etterbeek train station and the Pétillon metro station. Note that if the public health situation makes it impossible to organise the Linguists’ Day on campus, the conference will take place online.

Conference fee

Attendance is free of charge (this holds for both members and non-members). If you want to present at the conference, you are required to become a member of the LSB. This means that you have to be registered on the website and have paid the annual contribution of € 40 if you wish to obtain the latest volume of the Belgian Journal of Linguistics for 2018, € 20 without.

Award

The LSB board will be organising a Best Paper Presentation Award for PhD students. If you wish to participate, please mention this explicitly in your abstract.

Important dates

  • 30 June 2021: deadline submission abstracts
  • early September 2021: notification of acceptance
  • 22 October 2021: Linguists’ Day

On behalf of the organizers
Thomas Hoelbeek
Laura Rosseel

International Workshop on the Expression of Contrast and the Annotation of Information Structure in Corpora

18-19 November 2021 
Location: Online or hybrid (in Leuven + streaming), Belgium 

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on the encoding and analysis of information-structural concepts, and particularly contrast, in naturally attested data. 

In the last decades, quite some attention has gone to the concept of contrast in research on information structure. There is an ongoing discussion about the role of contrast in the conceptual framework: while most linguists consider contrast to be compatible with both focus and topic, creating the subtypes contrastive focus and contrastive topic (Repp & Cook 2010; Repp 2010, 2016; Büring 2016; Cruschina 2021b), some have argued that contrast is an autonomous information-structural category (Vallduví & Vilkuna 1998; Molnár 2002). A lot of researchers study the interaction of contrast with other domains of language, in particular syntax (Repp 2009; Lahousse et al. 2014; Cruschina & Remberger 2017; Cruschina 2021a) and prosody (Brunetti et al. 2010; Brunetti et al. 2012; Repp & Drenhaus 2015; Riester et al. 2020; Seeliger & Repp 2020). Moreover, contrast has been shown to be encoded by different linguistic means, such as contrastive adverbials (e.g. Csűry 2001; Hamma & Haillet 2002; Dupont 2019; Harthan 2019; Brysbaert & Lahousse 2020), and clefts (e.g. Hedberg 1990; Davidse 2000; Scappini 2013; Destruel & Velleman 2014; Lahousse & Borremans 2014; Lahousse et al. 2014; Bourgoin 2017). 

From a methodological point of view, this workshop mainly focuses on the identification of information-structural concepts (such as contrast) in naturally attested language. The annotation of these concepts in corpora of spontaneous speech is not straightforward (Ritz et al. 2008; Cook & Bildhauer 2011, 2013) and the concept of contrast proves to be particularly difficult in this respect, because it can be superposed on both topics and foci, and can be marked by various prosodic, syntactic and lexical means. Although a few initiatives have recently been taken to develop annotation guidelines for information structure (Götze et al. 2007; Brunetti et al. 2016; De Kuthy et al. 2018; Riester et al. 2018), there is no consensus on the “best practice”.

Call for Papers: 

The questions addressed in this workshop include (but are not limited to): 
– How can the concept of contrast be defined? 
– What is the link between contrast and other concepts of information structure (topic and focus)? How can we deal with “overlaps” between or “combinations” of information-structural concepts? 
– How does contrast interact with syntax / prosody / lexicon / etc. ? 
– How is contrast encoded in spontaneous language in different languages? Which prosodic / syntactic / lexical means are used to mark contrast? 
– Which information-structural concepts are particularly challenging to annotate in corpora, and may lead to poor inter-annotator agreement? 
– Are the existing annotation methods cross-linguistically applicable? Are there differences between text types, discursive genres, …? 
– How is contrast controlled for in experiments? How can this feed into corpus research? 

Submission guidelines: 
– Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion. 
– Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages (including references, examples, tables and figures), in Times New Roman font size 12, with margins of at least 2.5 cm (1 inch). 
– Abstracts should be written in English. 
– Submissions are limited to a maximum of two per author (with at most one single-authored paper). 
– Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format through EasyChair by 20 August 2021: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=contrastannotationis

Important dates: 
– 20 August 2021: deadline for abstract submission 
– 20 September 2021: notification of acceptance 
– 20 October 2021: deadline for registration 
– 18-19 November 2021: workshop (fully online or hybrid (in Leuven + streaming), in line with the sanitary restrictions at that moment)

PLIN Day 2021: Linguistics applied to Business Language in a multilingual and multicultural world

2021 PLIN Day, Friday May 7h, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and/or online (depending on the COVID19-related situation and measures)

CALL for short papers – Deadline extended until 15 February 2021

The PLIN Day is an annual one-day thematic conference hosted by the Linguistics Research Unit of the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). The conference has established itself over the years as an international forum for the exchange of ideas among scholars and has brought together researchers from all over the world.

The 2021 PLIN Day will take place on Friday, May 7th and is devoted to “Linguistics applied to Business Language in a multilingual and multicultural world”. It offers academics, professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students an excellent opportunity to access, share and discuss cutting-edge research in the field. The following (non-exhaustive) list of themes will be covered this year:

  • The use of (corpus) linguistic methods in the study of organizational communication and/or the characteristics of business language
  • Research on techniques and practices for clear and simple communication within organizations. This includes techniques for simplifying documents issued by organizations in order to enhance accessibility.
  • The challenges of the use of “English as a lingua franca” in organizational communication and, more generally, of communication in English between native and non-native speakers within organizations.
  • Intercultural communication in multilingual business communication

The core of the conference will consist in keynote sessions but participants will also have the opportunity to present their most recent research and/or work in progress during a ‘short papers’ session.

Keynote speakers

Isabelle Clerc, Université de Laval
Thierry Fontenelle, European Investment Bank
Michael Handford, Cardiff University
Geert Jacobs, Universiteit Gent

CALL for short papers

In addition to the keynote sessions, a ‘short papers’ session will be organized to enable participants to present their most recent research and/or work in progress. We invite abstracts (between 300 and 500 words) addressing topics such as:

  • (Corpus) linguistic methods applied to the study of organizational communication
  • Analyses of functional and formal characteristics of business language
    • Clear and simple (written or oral) communication within organizations
    • “English as a lingua franca” in organizational communication
    • Communication in English between native and non-native speakers within organizations
    • Intercultural communication in multilingual business communication

We welcome contributions about languages other than Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

The short papers will be presented in English (10-minute presentation + 5 minutes for questions).

Abstract submissions (in English, between 300 and 500 words) should be sent by 15 February 2021 to the following address: plindayucl@uclouvain.be. Abstracts submitted as an attached document need to be anonymized (the name/s of the author/s should feature in the email message).

Acceptance for short papers will be notified by 15 March 2021.

For more informationhttps://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/ilc/plin/plinday2021.html 

Important dates

15 February 2021: New deadline for abstract submissions
1 March, 2021: Registration opens
15 March 2021: Notification of acceptance for a short paper presentation
7 May, 2021: PLINDay 2021

Organizing committee

Sylvie De Cock, Université catholique de Louvain 
Thomas François, Université catholique de Louvain
Philippe Hiligsmann, Université catholique de Louvain
Adeline Müller, Université catholique de Louvain
Tran Hanh Trang Pham, Université catholique de Louvain
Laura Penha-Marion, Université catholique de Louvain

Scientific committee

Andrea Catellani, Université catholique de Louvain
Isabelle Clerc, Université de Laval
Sylvie De Cock, Université catholique de Louvain 
Amandine Dumont, Université catholique de Louvain
Thierry Fontenelle, European Investment Bank
Thomas François, Université catholique de Louvain
Michael Handford, Cardiff University
Philippe Hiligsmann, Université catholique de Louvain
Geert Jacobs, Universiteit Gent
Adeline Müller, Université catholique de Louvain
Sandrine Roginsky, Université catholique de Louvain
Lieve Vangehuchten, Universiteit Antwerpen

International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy

The International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy has been established as an international forum for building and developing research on psychotherapy from a conversation analytic perspective. In 2021, the focus of the conference will be the psychotherapy relationship.

Interest in the relationship between therapist and client has been central from the earliest days of psychotherapy. There is much agreement that the therapeutic relationship bears a significant relation to treatment outcome; it can help make therapy effective and provide a healing context for change. Most of the research on the therapy relationship to date has used quantitative methods drawn from clients, therapists or observers’ appraisal (e.g., based on questionnaires or checklist type measures). Much less energy has been committed to the detailed examination of the specifics of in-therapy events and how that may develop our qualitative understanding of how a therapy relationship is achieved through therapists’ and clients’ talk and conduct.

Conversation Analysis (CA), which examines the moment-by-moment sequential organization of social interaction in everyday and institutional contexts, has provided many insights into our understanding of how important psychotherapeutic ‘business’ is accomplished. This includes the psychotherapy relationship, but also many other kinds of important phenomena grounded in talk & conduct such as the alliance, empathy, emotional displays, epistemics and change, just to name a few.

Call for Papers:

The overarching theme of this conference pertains to the psychotherapeutic relationship. Interest in the relationship between therapist and client has been central from the earliest days of psychotherapy. There is much agreement that the therapeutic relationship bears a significant relation to treatment outcome; it can help make therapy effective and provide a healing context for change. Most of the research on the therapy relationship to date has used quantitative methods drawn from clients, therapists or observers’ appraisal (e.g., based on questionnaires or checklist type measures). Much less energy has been committed to the detailed examination of the specifics of in-therapy events and how that may develop our qualitative understanding of how a therapy relationship is achieved through therapists’ and clients’ talk and conduct.

Conversation Analysis (CA), which examines the moment-by-moment sequential organization of social interaction in everyday and institutional contexts, and related disciplines have provided many insights into our understanding of how important psychotherapeutic ‘business’ is accomplished. This includes the psychotherapy relationship, but also many other kinds of important phenomena grounded in talk & conduct such as the alliance, empathy, emotional displays, epistemics and change, just to name a few.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from an international community to discuss new findings, methodological innovations and practical applications in this growing area of applied CA work. We welcome submissions that align with the conference theme, but also papers that address any relevant aspects of interactional practices used in psychotherapeutic contexts. Submissions that address relevant neighbouring forms of institutional practice (e.g., psychiatric consultations; psychological assessment; support-oriented help lines, home support visits, coaching and counselling) are also welcome. We hope the conference will be of interest to people from a variety of academic backgrounds (including psychotherapy, counselling, psychiatry, social work, linguistics, psychology, and sociology) and to practitioners from a wide-range of institutional settings who employ therapeutic practices in their work. Information regarding the conference format (e.g., in person or online) will be provided later in the year.

PRESENTATION FORMATS:

  1. Conference Paper
  • Brief report on empirical work addressing some relevant aspect of psychotherapeutic interaction
  1. Data Session
  • Discussion of video- or audio recordings and transcripts of psychotherapeutic interactions and/or sequences
  1. Workshop
  • Interactive forum that addresses important connections between psychotherapy and interaction research

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Please visit our website: https://www.iccap.ugent.be

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Submission will open February 1. All submissions must be sent to: iccap2021@ugent.be. Please only use the submission form when you submit your abstract. The programme committee will send notices of acceptance by May 1, 2021.

CONFIRMED PLENARY SPEAKERS:
Professor Robert Elliott, University of Strathclyde/Glasgow
Professor Alexa Hepburn, Rutgers University/ New Jersey

We look forward to seeing you in Ghent in October!

CONTACT INFORMATION
Please direct any questions to Claudio Scarvaglieri or Peter Muntigl at iccap2021@ugent.be

For further information please consult our conference website: https://www.iccap.ugent.be

Construction grammars in and between minds, communities, computers

The international conference ICCG11 will take place at the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Belgium, 18-20 August 2021. ICCG11 will cover a broad range of topics related to various constructionist approaches to language, including but not limited to cognitive construction grammar, embodied construction grammar, fluid construction grammar, radical construction grammar, sign based construction grammar, frame semantics. The conference also acts as a forum of discussion between different approaches. The theme of this edition of the conference is the following: how do constructions model language in minds, communities, or computers? Submissions for presentations, posters, or workshops are particularly welcomed along the lines of this theme, but submissions may also be related to other aspects of constructionist linguistics.

Call for Papers:

PRESENTATION FORMATS:
Full papers will be allotted 20 minutes, followed by 5-7 minutes for discussion. Posters will be presented in a special session and remain on display during the conference.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS FOR THE GENERAL SESSION:
Abstracts for General Session papers and posters can be submitted until 15 February 2021. Please visit https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/construction-grammars/calls-and-circulars/, where you will also find a submission template (or go to the submission facility directly: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccg11).

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts should also list three to five keywords.

Since all abstracts will be submitted to blind review, no author-specific information must be available in the text of the abstract or in the file metadata.

Abstracts will not be edited for typing, spelling, or grammatical errors after submission. Therefore, abstracts should comply with the layout requirements:
– Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 11. Margins should be set at 2,54 cm (1 inch) all around.
– References will have a hanging indent of 1,27 cm (0.5 inch).
– Submit the abstract as a .doc, .docx or .odt document. If it contains special characters, please send a PDF version to iccg11uantwerpen.be.

EXISTING SUBMISSIONS:
If you already submitted an abstract for the conference during the first call before postponement due to COVID19, the following guidelines apply:
– In case your abstract was accepted, it remains accepted
– You are given the opportunity to revise your accepted abstract until the new submission deadline
– If you plan on presenting on a different topic instead, please make a new submission (do not replace an existing submission in this case!)
– If you no longer want to present your accepted abstract, please notify us, so that we can remove it
– In case your abstract was not accepted, you are free to submit a new, revised version of your abstract, which will be treated as a new submission

MULTIPLE PAPERS:
One person may submit a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author). Note that keynote papers within workshops count as ordinary papers.

EVALUATION:
Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by two members of the Scientific Committee. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by Scientific Committee members and one by the workshop convenor(s).

NOTIFICATIONS:
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 March 2021.

AFLS 2020: ‘Le français aujourd’hui, entre discours et usages’

15-17 June 2020, Brussels

AFLS 2020 : Colloque de l’ AFLS (Association d’études en langue française)

The conference will be an opportunity to explore the French language in relation to all aspects of its variation(s), and also to consider discourses around the language, whether by specialists or other. 

Invited speakers: 
Dalila Ayoun (University of Arizona) 
Carole Etienne (Laboratoire ICAR, CNRS) 
Jean-Marie Klinkenberg (Université de Liège) 
Marie-Louise Moreau (Université de Mons)

Call for Papers: 

Abstracts for presentation of papers are invited in the following areas, among others: 
– variation in French (geographical, diaphasic, diastratic, diamesic); 
– relations between language, discourse and society; 
– representations of language and linguistic practices; 
– discourses on the norm; 
– French as a first language, second language, language of instruction, etc.; 
– French in social networks; 
– French in language contact situations; 
– French in the francophone space; 
– language policy surrounding French; 
– etc. 

A special panel will be devoted to the theme of variation in the expression of the future in French. Proposals are welcome for other panels. 

The languages of the conference are both French and English, with proposals to be written in the language intended for the presentation. Presentations will be 30 minutes (20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions). 
Abstracts (400 words maximum, title and references included) should be submitted by the deadline of 31 January 2020 at https://afls2020.sciencesconf.org/. Abstracts should be anonymous, and should indicate the subject area(s) (e.g. from the above list above).

27th International conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar

17-19 August 2020, KU Leuven (Belgium)

HPSG is a well-developed, precisely formalized theory of grammar whose architecture is based on the notion of constraint satisfaction. Linguistic objects are modeled as feature structures organized via a system of types and constraint inheritance, drawing key insights from research in object-oriented paradigms. The HPSG community values explicit, large-scale grammar development and explores psycholinguistic models, as well as the development of efficient computational systems for processing natural languages using HPSG grammars. 

The 27th International Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar will be held on August 17 – 19, 2020 at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Abstracts are invited that address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to or in the spirit of the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and/or Sign-Based Construction Grammar. 

Conference Format: 
The HPSG 2020 conference will consist of a two-day main conference, preceded by a half-day workshop on Treebanking. 

Invited Speakers for the main conference: 
Laura Michaelis, University of Colorado Boulder 
Gert Webelhuth, Goethe University Frankfurt 

Keynote speaker for the workshop on Treebanking: 
Gosse Bouma, University of Groningen 

Venue: 
The HPSG 2020 Conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts (Erasmushuis) at the KU Leuven, Belgium.

Second Call for Papers: 

Submission Deadline: February 29th, 2020 

The 27th International Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar will be held on August 17th – 19th, 2020 at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Abstracts are invited that address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to or in the spirit of the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and/or Sign-Based Construction Grammar. 

Submissions:  
Two types of submissions are admitted both for the main conference and the workshop: 
  *   Long papers (4-page abstract + 1 page data, figures & references; 30 minute presentation + 10 minute discussion) 
  *   Short papers (2-page abstract + 1 page data, figures & references; 15 minute presentation + 5 minute discussion) 

Please note that abstracts submitted for the ”long paper” track can be accepted as ”short papers” (and vice versa). Only ”long papers” will appear in the proceedings. 

All abstracts (written in English) should be submitted in PDF format via: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hpsg-27-leuven-2020 . 

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. The submissions should not include the authors’ names, and authors are asked to avoid self-references. Please direct any questions to the Program Committee Chair (anke.hollerphil.uni-goettingen.de). 

A call for contributions to the proceedings will be issued after the Conference. Proceedings of previous conferences are available at: http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/HPSG/ . 

Important Dates: 
Abstract submission deadline: February 29th, 2020 (12 midnight GMT) 
Notifications of acceptance: May 1st, 2020 
Conference proceedings submission: October 15th, 2020 

Local Organizing Committee Chairs: 
Frank Van Eynde (KU Leuven, Belgium) 
Liesbeth Augustinus (KU Leuven, Belgium) 
Any questions to the local organization should be posted to: frank@pricie.ccl.kuleuven.be 

The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution (APRAR)

05-06 May 2020 
Palace of the Academies (Brussels), Belgium 

The international conference on “The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution” (APRAR) is a joint initiative of the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (Centre for Linguistics CLIN) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the Department of English and German Philology at the Universidad de Granada (Spain). The theme of the conference ties in with the research topic of the ANACOR project (ANACOR: A corpus-based approach to anaphora resolution in second language acquisition: beyond the interfaces), a research project based at the Universidad de Granada. 

The conference will take place at the Palace of the Academies (Brussels, Belgium) on 5-6 May 2020. 

Conference website: https://sites.google.com/view/aprar2020/homepage

Plenary Speakers: 
– Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh) 
– Ianthi Maria Tsimpli (University of Cambridge) 
– Jacopo Torregrossa (Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main) 

Theme of the Conference: 
Referring to entities is a fundamental aspect of languages. It allows to refer to things and people in the world. Speakers can opt for different referential expressions (e.g. overt and null pronouns, noun phrases, proper names, etc.) to indicate a particular entity in discourse and listeners have to be able to select the correct referent according to the speaker’s intention. This is often known as anaphora resolution. When acquiring, processing and resolving reference, several factors are involved, such as information status (topic/focus), the syntactic position of the antecedent, the accessibility of the referent, the number of potential or competing antecedents, the distance between the referential expression and its antecedent, etc. 

Objectives: 
The aim of this conference is to address reference and anaphora resolution. The following topics will be discussed: 
– The processing and acquisition of reference/anaphora resolution in different populations (native speakers, L2 learners, bilinguals, children, heritage speakers, attriters, etc.). 
– The multiple factors that constrain reference/anaphora resolution (morphosyntactic, semantic, discursive and cognitive factors). 
– Reference/anaphora resolution across typologically similar/different languages. 
– Methodological approaches to reference/anaphora resolution (corpus, experimental, etc). 
– Theoretical models that account for reference/anaphora resolution. 
– Any combination of the above topics. 

PhD Workshops: 
The conference will also host two hands-on workshops on methodological approaches to reference/anaphora resolution: 

– Workshop 1 (corpus methods): Annotating and analysing anaphora resolution with UAM Corpus Tool software (Nobuo Ignacio López-Sako & Ana Díaz-Negrillo, Universidad de Granada). 
– Workshop 2 (experimental methods): Designing a psycholinguistic experiment on anaphora resolution in the Open Sesame software (Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada). 

These workshops are intended for PhD students but are also open to all types of researchers. 

Scientific Committee: 
An Vande Casteele – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Cristóbal Lozano – Universidad de Granada 
Renata Enghels – Universiteit Gent 
Stefanie Keulen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Marcus Callies – Universität Bremen 
Alex Housen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Ana Díaz-Negrillo – Universidad de Granada 
Pedro Guijarro Fuentes – Universitat de les Illes Balears 
Nobuo Ignacio López-Sako – Universidad de Granada 
Amaya Mendikoetxea – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 
Despina Papadopoulou – University of Thessaloniki 
Jacopo Torregrossa – Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main

Call for Papers: 

We invite the submission of abstracts for full papers. Abstracts for an oral presentation (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion time) must not exceed 500 words, including references, and should mention the main research question(s), methodology, data and (expected) results. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please submit your abstract via EasyChair: 
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aprar2020

Important Dates: 
– 15/02/2020: Abstract submission deadline 
– 15/03/2020: Notification to authors 
– 15/03/2020: Registration opens 
– 30/03/2020: Early bird registration closes 
– 01/04/2020: Final program publication 
– 15/04/2020: Late bird registration closes 
– 05-06/05/2020: Conference

24th DiscourseNet Conference

Discourse and Communication as Propaganda: digital and multimodal forms of activism, persuasion and disinformation across ideologies

18-20 May 2020,  Brussels, Belgium

This conference provides a forum for researchers who seek to analyze, challenge, and (re)think the concept and the practice of propaganda in the light of contemporary forms of discourse and communication across the ideological spectrum. 

We invite authors to examine the relationship between concepts such as propaganda, ideology, hegemony and discourse in today’s digital environment. Both empirical and theoretical contributions are welcome.

Call for Papers: 

The notion of propaganda was seminal to the field of communication studies in the beginning of the 20th century. It derives its negative connotations from the way mass media have been intentionally used by state and corporate actors for partisan interests. Even though the term ‘propaganda’ may have grown out of fashion – both inside and outside of academia – its practices have not. 

Notions such as ‘public relations’, ‘advertising’, ‘political marketing’, ‘public diplomacy’, ‘political marketing’ and ‘advocacy’ have now transplanted propaganda even though they often refer to similar discursive strategies of persuasion or (dis)information. As the term ‘propaganda’ grew less popular new terms emerged in order to label similar communication strategies that shape contemporary discourse and communication until this day. 

Many critical approaches in discourse studies have treated propagandistic modes of communication through the lenses of ‘ideology’, ‘hegemony’, ‘discourse’ and ‘power’. However, whereas all propaganda is ideological, not all ideology manifests itself as propaganda. Likewise, whereas all propaganda operates through discourse and communication, not all discourse or communication performs the function of propaganda. 

Different forms of critical discourse studies have paid attention to ideological phenomena, but the term propaganda is remarkably absent from this field of inquiry. This may be explained with reference to underlying theoretical premises of specific discourse theoretical and discourse analytical approaches, a hypothesis that may also be explored at this conference. 

In a global context marked by ‘a return of the political’, by an intensification of political debates across the political spectrum, and by a (re-)articulation of old and new political fault lines crossing local, regional, national and/or transnational contexts, the seemingly outdated notion of propaganda may provide a useful entry point for examining the (partially) strategic modes of communication practiced by activists on all sides of the ideological spectrum. 

If propaganda is no longer associated exclusively with traditional institutional actors such as the state or corporations, the political and communicative strategies of social and political actors such as eco-activists, AltRight trolls, neoliberal think tanks or the peace movement may be (re)thought in terms of propaganda. This brings us back to the old question whether (specific forms of) propaganda hinder or facilitate democracy. It also leads us to explore uses of digital and algorithmic propaganda in contemporary populist projects. 

Regardless of the question whether and how the term propaganda is used, ‘strategies’ of white, black and grey propaganda are practiced on an everyday basis while new ways of doing propaganda continue to be developed. In fact, propaganda practices are constantly being adapted to specific social, political and technological developments. As new technologies become available, the range of actors able to practice propaganda expands. 

We especially welcome papers that rethink the notions of propaganda and activism in relation to key concepts in discourse studies. Such notions include power, subjectivity, reflexivity, critique, identity, context, language use and multimodal communication. Papers may also focus on the ethical problems that come with propagandistic activities. 

For abstract submission, visit: https://dn24.sciencesconf.org/

BCGL 12: Suppletion, allomorphy, and syncretism

Brussels, December 16-17 2019.

CRISSP is proud to present the twelfth instalment of the Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL), devoted to suppletion, allomorphy, and syncretism.

Workshop description

Suppletion is a form of morphological irregularity whereby a change in a grammatical category triggers a change in word form, with a different (suppletive) root substituting for the normal one (e.g. in the past tense of go, the irregular form went replaces the regular goed). Allomorphy is (in a certain sense) the mirror image of suppletion, namely a change in the form of an affix that is triggered by the presence of a particular type of root (e.g with the root ox the irregular plural morpheme -en replaces the regular form -s). Both suppletion and allomorphy raise the question of how to get the correct distribution of forms: how to pair the correct root with the correct allomorph, and how to correctly restrict the occurrence of the suppletive roots. If all lexical insertion is done at terminal nodes, then suppletion and allomorphy point to some ‘action at a distance’: a head α influences the realisation of another head β (e.g. the V and the T node in the case of go + PST, the N and the Num node in the case of ox + PL). This raises the question of locality: how far apart can α and β be? A range of different views has been proposed in the literature, such as the claim that α and β are local if no overt node intervenes (Embick, 2010; Calabrese, 2015), if they form a span (Abels & Muriungi, 2008; Svenonius, 2016; Merchant, 2015; Haugen & Siddiqi, 2016), if they belong to the same phase (Moskal, 2013a; Embick, 2010; Moskal, 2015), if α is accessible to β (Moskal, 2013b; Moskal & Smith, 2016), if no XP or Xn (n > 0) intervenes (Bobaljik 2012 and Bobaljik & Harley 2017 respectively), if no γ intervenes (Siegel, 1978; Allen, 1978; Embick, 2003; Bobaljik, 2012; Kilbourn-Ceron et al., 2016), or if they form a constituent (Caha, 2017a; De Clercq & Vanden Wyngaerd, 2017).

Syncretism is the identity of forms across different (but related) grammatical categories (e.g. the pronoun you is both 2SG and 2PL). Syncretism is widely believed to be informative about the underlying grammatical system, across a variety of approaches, whether typological (Haspelmath, 2003), formal (Caha, 2009; Bobaljik & Sauerland, 2013), or paradigm-based (McCreight & Chvany, 1991; Plank, 1991; Johnston, 1996; Wiese, 2008). Syncretism may accordingly be used to structure paradigms in such a way that syncretic cells are always adjacent, i.e. avoiding ABA patterns. Caha’s (2009) study of *ABA patterns in Case marking paradigms furthermore interprets syncretism in terms of structural containment: if the structure of the more complex Case suffixes properly contains that of the less complex ones, then *ABA follows. The study of syncretism in morphology in this approach translates into a study of underlying structural relationships.

We welcome contributions addressing suppletion, allomorphy, and/or syncretism in various formal models (Distributed Morphology, the Exo-Skeletal Model, Minimalist Morphology, Nanosyntax, etc.). Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What is the mechanism by which roots and affixes select one other? How are different classes of roots selecting different allomorphs represented in the lexicon? Can root size determine the selection of the allomorph (Caha et al., 2019)?
  • What is the boundary (if any) between suppletion and phonological readjustment of a root, e.g. in the pair givegave (Halle & Marantz, 1993; Embick & Marantz, 2008; Borer, 2003, 2013)?
  • Is root suppletion restricted to the functional part of the vocabulary, as claimed in Marantz (1997), or does it apply more broadly, as claimed by Haugen & Siddiqi (2013); Harley (2014) (but see Borer 2014)?
  • Is there a prefix/suffix asymmetry in allomorphy, and if so, why (Moskal, 2013a)?
  • Are there ways to derive *ABA patterns that do not rely on strict containment, as suggested in Bobaljik & Sauerland (2018); Caha (2017b)?
  • Which approach to deriving syncretism yields the best results, the one in terms of underspecification (i.e. the Subset Principle; Halle 1997), or the one in terms of overspecification (the Superset Principle; Starke 2009), or perhaps other types of approaches (e.g. McCreight & Chvany 1991)?
  • What are the locality conditions governing suppletion, allomorphy, and syncretism?

Invited speakers

  • Heidi Harley (U of Tucson, Arizona)
  • Hagit Borer (QMUL, London)
  • Michal Starke (Masaryk U, Brno)

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8½ inch by 11 inch or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 2 per author, at least one of which is co-authored. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please submit your abstract using the EasyChair link for BCGL11: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bcgl12

Important dates

  • First call for papers: June 12, 2019
  • Second call for papers: August 16, 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline: September 15, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: October 16, 201
  • Conference: December 16-17, 2019

Conference webpage

http://www.crissp.be/bcgl-12-suppletion-allomorphy-and-syncretism/

Conference location

CRISSP – KU Leuven Brussels Campus
Stormstraat 2
1000 Brussels
Belgium