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.
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
- 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.
we describe those in our theories?
- According to some linguistic theories, lexical meanings are
during conversation. What are the limits of flexibility of word
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.
- Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
- Jussi Niemi (University of Joensuu, Finland)
- Minna Laakso (University of Helsinki, Finland)
- lectures by invited speakers
- presentations by other participants (20 min + 10 min for discussion)
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
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
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,
The abstracts will be published on the web pages of the symposium
The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday 12th
of November. You can still register by e-mail to the address
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Check for information updates at the symposium website: http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/tapahtumat/lexicon/lexicon.shtml
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