CALL FOR PAPERS
(Apologies for multiple postings)
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 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
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.
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
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
The deadline for registration is October 1, 2004. Register by e-mail to
the address above.
- 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
Check for information updates at the symposium website:
Chair: Urpo Nikanne
Åbo Akademi University
Marja Etelämäki (University of Helsinki)
Pentti Haddington (University of Oulu)
Arja Hamari (University of Turku)
Jarmo Jantunen (University of Joensuu)
Seppo Kittilä (University of Turku)
Leena Kolehmainen (University of Helsinki)
Harry Lönnroth (University of Tampere)
Marja Nenonen (University of Joensuu)
Helena Pirttisaari (University of Helsinki)
Heli Pitkänen (University of Joensuu)
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