LINGUISTIC ASSOCIATION OF CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES (LACUS)
ASSOCIATION DE LINGUISTIQUE DU CANADA ET DES ETAS-UNIS (ALCEU)
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LACUS FORUM
To Be Held at RICE UNIVERSITY,
July 25-29, 2000
CONFERENCE THEME: SPEAKING AND COMPREHENDING
David McNeill, University of Chicago
Marianne Mithun, University of California, Santa Barbara
Michel Paradis, McGill University (presidential address)
Sherman Wilcox, University of New Mexico
Automated Production and Recognition of Speech:
Problems and Solutions
Tuesday, July 25, 1:30 - 5:00
To be presented by
Dr. Nancy Niedzielski,
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Rice University
Consultant, Panasonic Technologies, Inc.
CALL FOR PAPERS
While papers relating to the conference theme are especially
invited, abstracts are welcomed on all subjects in linguistics and
interdisciplinary areas involving language. Papers accepted for the
program will be scheduled for either 15 minutes or 25 minutes, with
5 minutes allowed for discussion. This list of topics relating to
the theme is intended as suggestive rather than comprehensive:
The Mental Lexicon in Action
Parallel vis-à-vis Serial Processing
Factors Governing Choice of Lexeme
Factors Governing Choice of Syntactic Construction
The Linguistic Encoding of Complex Processes (e.g., of motion)
Testing Grammatical/Phonological Descriptions for Operational Plausibility
Phonological Information in Speaking and Comprehending: One System or Two?
Grammatical Information in Speaking and Comprehending: One System or Two?
Experimental Phonetic Evidence for the Process of Speech Production
Experimental Evidence for the Process of Speech Recognition
The Role of Speaking/Comprehending in Linguistic Change
Conceptual Categories and Lexical Categories in Action
Computer Simulation of Production/Comprehension
Pragmatic Factors in Speaking and Understanding
The Role of World Knowledge in Comprehending
Individual Variation in Interpretation of Discourse
Slips of Tongue and Mind in Speech Production
Formulation Processes in Language Production
Production/Comprehension of Sign Language
Production/Interpretation of Poetic Discourse
Slips in Comprehending: Misunderstanding
Speech Production of the Developing Child
Producing and Interpreting Metaphors
The Use of Gestures in Speaking
Automated Speech Recognition
Automated Speech Synthesis
Negotiating Discourse Topics
The Process of Translating
GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACTS
Maximum length: 450 words (not including references). The abstract
should fit on one 8 1/2"x11" page. (If references
do not fit on the page, they may be put on a
separate page, but in that case they will not
appear in the meeting handbook.)
Anonymity: The abstract should not identify the author(s).
Topic Designation: At top of page (at upper left, above the
title), name a topic (or two topics) to identify
the area(s) in which your paper lies. Choose a
topic name from the list above if appropriate, or
feel free to name Another topic if none of those
on the list fits properly, or if you are submitting
an abstract that does not fit the conference theme.
What to Submit: Submit abstracts via e-mail. Send also 3 camera-
ready copies via snail mail (entire abstract on
a single page, with wide margins - see above), for
reproduction in the meeting handbook, along with
information card (see below). Those without access
to e-mail should send16 hard copies via snail mail.
Where to Submit: Lois Stanford, Chair, LACUS Conference Committee
Linguistics Department, 4-36A Assiniboia Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E7, Canada
Due Date: 15 January 2000
DESIRABLE PROPERTIES OF ABSTRACTS
Evaluators of abstracts will appreciate your attention to these
Informative but brief title
Clear statement of the problem or questions addressed
Clear statement of the main point(s) or argument(s)
Clear indication of relevance to related work
Avoidance of jargon
References to literature (not included in 400-word limit)
Also send by snail mail (with the 3 hard copies) a 3x5" card
with the following information:
E-mail and snail-mail addresses (primary author only)
Telephone number (primary author)
Title of paper
Audio-visual equipment required (beyond overhead projector)
Eligibility for prize (if applicable - see below)
Time desired -- 15 or 25 minutes (plus discussion time)
Proposals for panels or special sessions are also welcome.
Please contact Lois Stanford or Syd Lamb right away with your ideas
(see addresses below).
Continuing a tradition started by former president Kenneth Pike,
a committee consisting of the President, the President-Elect,
and former Presidents of LACUS will select the winner of the annual
Presidents' Prize, with an award of $500, for 'the best paper' by
a junior scholar. For purposes of this prize, 'junior scholar' is
defined as one who has had a doctoral degree for less than ten
years and has not yet attained a tenured position.
The Presidents' Predoctoral prize, with an award of $100, will be
given for 'the best paper' by a student who has not yet received
a doctor's degree.
For purposes of these prizes, 'best paper' is defined as that which
in the judgement of the committee makes the most important
contribution to knowledge. Organization and presentation may also
The prizes will be awarded at the annual banquet, to be held at the
end of the meeting, Saturday, July 29th.
Only single-authored presentations will be considered.
Junior scholars and predoctoral scholars should identify their
status on the information card sent in with the hard-copy
abstracts, to indicate their eligibility for one of the prizes.
Limited funds to assist scholars coming from countries with
weak currencies may be available. For information contact the
Conference Committee Chair.
Selected papers presented at the meeting will be published,
with appropriate revisions, in LACUS Forum XXVII.
Rice University is located in the heart of Houston, Texas,
bounded on the north and south by attractive residential areas,
on the west by the Rice Village, which contains a wide variety of
stores and restaurants, and on the east by Hermann Park (with a
large zoo) and the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest
medical center, which includes two leading medical schools.
Located nearby are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and a museum of science and medicine.
A short distance away is the renowned Menil Collection.
For information on the University, see
For information on the Linguistics Department, see
Houston is served by two airports, Bush Intercontinental Airport
and Hobby Airport. The latter is closer to the Rice campus, but
the former has more flights coming in and departing.
The largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United
States, Houston boasts many fine restaurants, which offer
ethnically diverse cuisines at reasonable prices. Several good
ones are located in the Rice Village, close to the university.
Near Houston is NASA, which provides many fine exhibits related
to the American space program.
Temperatures in July are usually hot in the afternoons (mid-
nineties Farenheit, mid-thirties Celcius), but all buildings on
campus and all hotels and restaurants are well air-conditioned.
Hotel accommodations will be available at the edge of campus,
within easy walking distance to the conference rooms.
Accommodations will also be available on campus.
The LACUS website will be updated frequently as further details
become available. See
Detailed information will be sent to all LACUS members and to
nonmember authors of accepted abstracts in March.
ADDRESS QUESTIONS about the conference to:
Lois Stanford firstname.lastname@example.org
Syd Lamb <email@example.com
Lois Stanford, University of Alberta, Chair
Ruth Brend, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Angela Della Volpe, California State University, Fullerton
Sydney Lamb, Rice University (local arrangements chair)
Michel Paradis, McGill University
William Sullivan, University of Florida