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The Linguistic Association of Finland
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THE LEXICON:

ITS STATUS IN THE THEORY OF LANGUAGE

Symposium to be held in Turku, November 18-19, 2004

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Linguistic Association of Finland is organizing a symposium on "The lexicon: its status in the theory of language" to be held in Turku, Finland, November 18-19, 2004.

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The purpose of the symposium is to concentrate on the theoretical issues concerning the lexicon. We invite papers addressing theoretical questions as well as papers taking a specific (empirical) viewpoint on one (or more) particular language(s). The status of the lexicon has a central part in any theory of language. Thus, it is a topic that is common among linguists from different schools of thought. At the same time, the views on the proper treatment of the lexicon differ across the broad field of linguistics, and there is therefore room for genuine debate.

Problems concerning the lexicon are for instance the following:

  • What kinds of information can be lexicalized?
  • What are the constraints for phonological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic information in the lexical entries?
  • How is this information represented formally?
  • How does lexicalization take place in the history of language?
  • How should the theories deal with constructions (more or less idiosyncratic syntactico-semantic mappings that are larger than a word)?
  • Are constructions a part of the lexicon or a domain of their own? And regardless of the answer: what is the relationship between constructions and the more traditional lexical items?
  • How is the lexicon organized?
  • There are different kinds of relations between lexical items. How should
    we describe those in our theories?
  • According to some linguistic theories, lexical meanings are negotiated
    during conversation. What are the limits of flexibility of word meanings,
    and what is the starting point for the negotiation?
  • What kind of possibilities are there for lexical typology or for gaining typologically significant insights of the lexicon? What kind of lexical regularities are of typological significance and common for a larger group of languages?

We encourage contributions broadly from diverse areas of linguistics, including traditional theoretical linguistics, experimental psycholinguistics, linguistic work on spoken language, etc.

Invited speakers:
  • Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Jussi Niemi (University of Joensuu, Finland)
  • Minna Laakso (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Activities:
  • lectures by invited speakers
  • presentations by other participants (20 min + 10 min for discussion)
  • posters
Symposium venue:

The Åbo Akademi University, Humanities building (Arken), Tehtaankatu 2. Turku.

For further information on the location, see the Åbo Akademi university web site: http://www.abo.fi

Abstracts:

The deadline for submission of abstracts (in English; max 500 words) is July 31, 2004. Please submit your abstract by e-mail to the following address:

lexicon-organizers (at) utu.fi

The abstract should be included in the body of the message. Please indicate clearly whether your abstract is intended as a poster or a section paper.
E-mail submissions are strongly recommended. However, if you prefer sending your abstract by ordinary mail (address below), please provide an e-mail address as a contact address.

Participants will be notified about acceptance by September 1, 2004.
The abstracts will be published on the web pages of the symposium at http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/tapahtumat/lexicon/lexicon.shtml

Registration:

The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday 12th of November. You can still register by e-mail to the address above.

Registration fees:

  • general: EUR 50
  • members of the association: EUR 25
  • undergraduate students free

Participants from abroad are requested to pay in cash upon arrival.

Participants from Finland may send the registration fee by giro account
no 800013-1424850 to The Linguistic Association of Finland (SKY) /
Symposium or pay in cash upon arrival.

In case you have further questions please email lexicon-organizers@utu.fi

Check for information updates at the symposium website: http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/tapahtumat/lexicon/lexicon.shtml

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