LINGUIST List 5.363

Mon 28 Mar 1994

Calls: Workshop on `Object Positions in Benue-Kwa', AMTA 94

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  • RENE MULDER, call for papers
  • Joseph Pentheroudakis, T

    Message 1: call for papers

    Date: Fri, 25 Mar 1994 13:03:40 call for papers
    From: RENE MULDER <>
    Subject: call for papers

    Workshop on `Object Positions in Benue-Kwa'

    Leiden University June 1-3, 1994 ANNOUNCEMENT / CALL FOR PAPERS

    The Department of African Linguistics and the Department of Linguistics are organising a workshop on the syntax of object positions in Benue-Kwa. We invite original, unpublished work on any topic related to this theme.

    The Benue-Kwa grouping generally displays surface SVO word order. However, OV orders are frequently found with auxiliaries (S Aux O V) and in nominalizations (O V-nominalizer). A nother related form of variation concerns the existence and linearization of double objects, with some languages allowing both [V OTheme OGoal] and [V OGoal OTheme], others just [V OGoal OTheme], and others lacking surface double objects altogether. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for discussion of descriptive and theoretical developments, with the goal of identifying loci of variation.

    How can one account for the correlation between OV/VO order and auxiliary type? What is the status of `Object Agreement' across Benue-Kwa? How does the relative order of objects bear upon the question of `basic word order'? How does the syntax of the object position bear upon theories of Case and agreement? How are double objects related to verbal diathesis, and specifically to applicatives? How do double objects interact with specificity and focus?

    Abstracts Abstracts are invited for 25-minute talks (+10 minutes discussion).

    Send 3 anonymous copies and 1 copy with the name of author(s) and institution(s).

    On a separate sheet, indicate name of author(s), title of the paper, address and affiliation, telephone number, fax, and e-mail address (if available).

    The abstract should indicate the data covered, outline the arguments presented, and include any broader implications of the work. If necessary, append a page of data and/or references.

    Deadline for receipt of abstracts is April 15th, 1994

    (program announced by April 28th, 1994) Send abtracts to: For more information, contact Benue-Kwa Workshop Rose-Marie D chaine, Vakgroep ATW Vakgroep ATW e-mail: Rijksuniversiteit Leiden Postbus 9515, RA 2300 Leiden The Netherlands

    ====================================================================== *Greenberg's original Benue-Congo (Cross River, Bantu) was found not to be distinct from Kwa (Kru, Ewe, Akan, Yoruba, Nupe, Edo, Idoma, Igbo, Ijo, etc.), and the two were grouped together as Benue-Kwa in 1982.

    Message 2: T

    Date: Thu, 24 Mar 94 15:08:43 PST
    From: Joseph Pentheroudakis <>
    Subject: T

    AMTA 655 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 310 Washington, DC 20005

    AMTA Conference 1994: Partnerships in Translation Technology CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

    The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) is organizing its first full-fledged conference, to be held on 6-8 October 1994 at the Columbia Inn in Columbia, Maryland. The overall intent of the conference is to bring MT researchers, developers, and users to share the latest information on MT and forge partnerships for addressing the challenge of language barriers that impede communication on the information highway. The program is designed to offer something for everyone who has an interest in MT and, by so doing, to cultivate contacts between users and developers and between developers and researchers. It is also intended to set the stage for stronger partnerships between AMTA and the other regions of the International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT).

    The conference will cover a broad range of MT topics through panels, papers, demonstrations, and exhibits over three days of sessions. Preliminary tutorials on intellectual property rights in the MT field and on matching up MT users and MT environments are being planned for 5 October.

    We expect to have sessions on the following areas:

    PC MT systems Assessing translatability Knowledge-based MT Workstation MT systems Current Solutions Statistical MT Translator Workstations MT Evaluation Corpus cooperation MT & desktop publishing Speech MT Future directions in MT MT economics Assessment of MT needs MT System demonstrations

    We invite papers on any of these topics. Extended abstracts (up to ten pages) are due by July 8; authors will be notified of acceptance by mid-August. Submissions should be sent to Eduard Hovy at the address below; electronic submissions in plain ASCII format are encouraged, and should be sent to

    AMTA 655 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 310 Washington, DC 20005

    Program Chairs: Eduard Hovy Joseph Pentheroudakis USC/Information Sciences Institute Microsoft Corp, 9S/1160 4676 Admiralty Way One Microsoft Way Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-6695 Redmond, WA 98052-6399 tel: (310) 822-1511 tel: (206) 936-3528 fax: (310) 823-6714 fax: (206) 936-7329 email: email: