Each Spring scholars with diverse backgrounds and theoretical
perspectives gather for three days of talks and discussion, followed
by our annual CLS banquet. The conference is divided into a Main
Session, comprised of talks on a broad range of linguistic issues, and
one or more Parasessions, comprised of talks on more particular issues
within a sub-field of the discipline. The 46th annual meeting of the
Chicago Linguistic Society will be held April 8-10, 2010 at the
University of Chicago. The conference will include a general session
and parassesions devoted to Reevaluating the Semantics-Pragmatics
Interface, Multilingualism, and Probablistic Theories of Grammar.
John Goldsmith, University of Chicago
We welcome papers from all major linguistic subfields and frameworks as well as
from related cross-disciplinary areas. Papers relating to one of the parasession
themes will be given preference.
Reevaluating the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface
Beth Levin, Stanford University
Chris Barker, New York University
This parasession will discuss new approaches to semantics, pragmatics, and their
Anna Escobar, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champagne
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University
This paressesion will discuss multilingualism, including but not
limited to L1 affects on L2, learning in a multilingual environment,
and language contact.
Probabilistic Theories of Grammar
Jason Eisner, John Hopkins University
Jason Riggle, University of Chicago
This parasession will explore issues with probabilistic theories of phonology,
morphology, syntax, and semantics, with topics including parameterization,
estimation, and parsing.
Each talk will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for
questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS Proceedings.
Anyone may submit one abstract as the sole author and a second as co-author, or
two as co-author. All abstracts must be submitted online at
Abstracts must conform to the following specifications:
– PDF format, with filename ”Paper Title” (e.g., The Morphophonemics
– 12-point font, 1-inch margins.
– Include title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, language,
language family, linguistics subfield).
– Abstract may be no more than 500 words in length. Data, keywords,
and references are not included in the final count, but please include
all data in the main text of the abstract. Do not put data on a
separate page. Total abstract (including data and references) should
not exceed 2 pages.
– Author name(s) must not appear on the abstract or file name!
Submissions are anonymized and the author’s name will be associated
with the abstract by the Easy Abstract system.
Please note that abstracts submitted to CLS 46 will be evaluated under
a two-tiered review system involving both external and internal
All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Friday, January 15,
2010. The authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by late
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