Revista CHIMERA – Petición de contribuciones

CHIMERA: Romance Corpora and Linguistic Studies invites submissions for its vol. 8 (2021). CHIMERA intends to promote a stronger connection among the academic communities of the Romance languages speaking countries in Europe and overseas. From 2014, the journal publishes one issue per year.

CHIMERA accepts original articles focusing on the analysis of both spoken and written corpora from any theoretical perspective and about all areas of linguistic research. The journal also publishes reviews regarding books, corpora (accounting for resource building initiatives and innovative annotation practices), and tools for the corpus analysis.

We would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for our next issue. Articles will be in their electronic version as soon as they are accepted and ready, without waiting for the assembly of a complete issue. The current issue will be open till December 2021.

Research papers should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (including references). Short papers and reviews should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Submissions should be written in any Romance language or in English. All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the scientific committee and will only be accepted if they are recommended for acceptance with minor revisions. Priority will be given to articles that display a strong theoretical background, solid methodology in corpus linguistics, and an innovative approach.

Experimental approaches to Romance morphosyntax

Full Title: Experimental approaches to Romance morphosyntax
Date: 31-Aug-2021 – 03-Sep-2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Senta Zeugin
Web Site
Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2020

Meeting Description:

Convenors: Senta Zeugin1, Albert Wall2, Philipp Obrist1, Johannes Kabatek1, Patrick Santos Rebelo1 (1Universität Zürich, 2Universität Wien)

Workshop description:
In the last decades, addressing linguistic issues by experiments has become an established practice in linguistic research. Nonetheless, experiments are significantly more common in certain areas of linguistics and in the study of certain languages. In this workshop, we propose to focus on linguistic fields and languages that only more recently have seen a surge in experimental studies, namely morpho-syntactic features in Romance.

While researchers have been prolific in applying and adapting experimental approaches to some languages, others lag behind. Germanic languages, English and German in particular, feature a wide range of different experimental studies, whereas significantly less work has been done on Romance. However, especially in more recent years, Romance languages are making up ground, and several topics have been addressed from an experimental point of view, e.g. different aspects of pronoun resolution (Demestre et al. 1999, de la Fuente & Hemforth 2013), Differential Object Marking (Nieuwland et al. 2013, Wall 2015 and Wall et al. 2020a on Spanish; Zeugin on Catalan; Montrul 2019 on Spanish and Romanian), or Bare Nouns (Wall 2014, Beviláqua et al. 2016). Other examples of morpho- syntactic features analysed in recent studies include clitic doubling (von Heusinger & Tigau 2019 on Romanian), subject omission (Soares et al. 2020 on Portuguese), leísmo (Rodríguez-Ordóñez on Spanish and Basque), as well as morphological processing (Crepaldi et al. 2014 for Italian) and issues at the syntax-information structure interface (Abeillé & Winckel 2019). This is but a small selection of morpho-syntactic features that can be studied via experimental methods and is by no means intended as a limitation for possible workshop papers. We also strongly encourage papers analysing several languages or dialects via parallel or comparable experiments (e.g. Ionin et al. 2011, Wall et al. 2020a & 2020b), thus providing a more robust basis for cross-linguistic comparison.

The aim of this workshop is to give visibility to these recent developments and to bring together the corresponding lines of research, deriving the greatest possible benefit of such a platform for researchers working on similar topics. Concentrating on Romance languages ensures a high degree of cross-linguistic comparability and transfer of insights, while at the same time offering a wide range of cross-linguistic variation of morpho-syntactic features to explore.

Check here for the full call for papers including references.

Call for papers:

We invite papers addressing one or several of the following questions:
– How can experimental methods inform linguistic theory?
– What are the advantages and best practices in the application of null hypothesis testing vs. exploratory data analysis?
– Are some methods more/less suited to the study of specific Romance morpho-syntactic features?
– What are the advantages of a combination of different experimental methods or of experimental and non-experimental methods?
– What is the potential of comparative/parallel studies applying experimental methods to several languages?

Possible topics include:
– Papers addressing one or several specific morpho-syntactic features
– Papers with a focus on one or several Romance languages (or Romance languages in contact with other languages)
– Papers combining different experimental methods or experimental and non- experimental methods in studying Romance morpho-syntactic features
– Experimental approaches with a comparative/variational focus
– Discussions of specific methodological aspects of experiments, e.g. experimental setup, Likert scales vs. magnitude estimation, statistical analysis of experimental data etc.

We invite you to submit preliminary abstracts (max. 300 words) for a 20-minutes presentation in PDF or word format to senta.zeuginuzh.ch by 15-Nov-2020. If the workshop proposal is accepted, all selected participants will be invited to submit their full abstracts (max 500 words) to the general call for papers of SLE 21 before January 15 2021.

Conference on Language Acquisition in Romance Languages

Plenary Speakers

Anna Cardinaletti
Natascha Müller
Laurice Tuller

The Conference on Language Acquisition in Romance Languages intends to gather people working on the acquisition of language from a generative perspective. Usually the local organizers of every edition publish a collection based primarily on papers from the workshop. Papers are selected on the basis of blind-refereing and their contribution to specific themes of particular interest arising from the workshop. Papers are invited for oral and poster presentations in the area of the acquisition of Romance languages. All topics in the fields of (typical and impaired) first and second language acquisition from a generative perspective will be considered. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. The best abstracts will be published in the new Journal “Words”, a Journal on Language Acquisition, Processing and Disorders.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract (in English) for review. No more than two first-authored abstracts may be submitted. Abstracts must be at most one page long on an A4 with one-inch margins and typed in 12-point font. An optional second page may include data and references. Abstracts must be anonymous. Please indicate if you wish to submit for the main session or the workshops.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail as a word attachment to the following address: romanceturn@gmail.com. Please, name your word file with the first author’s surname (e.g., brown.doc), use ‘Romance Turn Abstract’ in the Subject header and include the information in (1) – (7), which should constitute the body of the message.

1. Name(s) of author(s)
2. Affiliation(s)
3. Title of talk
4. Topic keywords
5. Event: Main session, Workshop on Clitic Pronouns, Workshop on Locality
6. E-mail address(es)
7. Postal address of first author

Authors may submit up to two first-authored abstracts.

Extended deadline for receipt of abstracts: 15th February 2021. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 23th February 2021.

Workshop on the acquisition of Locality
Facing Locality will take place during the Romance Turn in Ibiza-Eivissa. This workshop intends to gather people working on any aspect of syntax that may involve locality effects. Nowadays there are theoretical explanations that assume that elements in the sentence are generated in situ and other explanations that assume movement. In case of movement, we can find Locality effects that restrict the interpretation of traces. All topics on any aspect that might involve locality effects and its acquisition will be considered: head movement, operator movement, Wh-questions, Relative Clauses, Pronouns, Anaphora …

Workshop on the acquisition of Clitic Pronouns
Meeting Clitics will take place during the Romance Turn in Ibiza-Eivissa. This workshop intends to gather people working on any aspect of the acquisition of clitic pronouns. Nowadays there are theoretical explanations that assume that clitics are morphemes of the verb and other explanations that assume that they are constituents in the sentence. Also, some proposals assume that clitics have their own designated position, while others assume that they move. With respect to the acquisition of clitics, some studies find clitic omission, sometimes depending on linguistic properties (e.g. participle agreement, object drop). All topics on clitic pronouns and its acquisition will be considered.