School of English

Orthographic Databases and Lexicons

Ninth International Workshop on Writing Systems and Literacy
Brighton, UK, September 4th-5th 2014

University of Sussex

CALL FOR PAPERS

This workshop is the ninth in a series of international meetings devoted to the issue of writing systems. Earlier themes included ‘What Spelling Changes’ (1997), ‘Writing Language’ (2000), ‘From Letter to Sound’ (2002), ‘Mapping graphemes onto phonemes’ (2004), ‘Constraints on Spelling Changes’ (2006), ‘Typology of Writing Systems’ (2008), ‘Units of Language - Units of Writing’ (2010) and ‘The Architecture of Writing Systems’ (2012). Previous meetings were held in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Cologne (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium) and Braunschweig (Germany). This ninth workshop will take place in Brighton (UK).

The writing systems workshops have offered a forum for discussion between researchers from a range of different countries and linguistic backgrounds, working in a variety of fields of writing research such as theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and language education.

The focus of this 9th workshop is the use of databases and lexicons. Especially welcome are contributions on the following questions:

  • What kind of orthographic information is available in databases?
  • In what ways can mono- and crosslingual information be incorporated?
  • To what extent can rule-based information be employed in lexicons and/or databases?
  • How can the relationship between orthography and phonology be represented in databases/lexicons?
  • What practical purposes (e.g. computational, pedagogic, lexicographic) can be served by databases/lexicons?

INVITED SPEAKERS: Viorica Marian (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University); Boris New (Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition, Université de Savoire).

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Lynne Cahill (School of English, University of Sussex), Anneke Neijt (Dutch Department, University of Nijmegen), Beatrice Primus (German Department, University of Cologne), Terry Joyce (Tama University, Tokyo).

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • First Call for proposals September 2013
  • Second Call for proposals March 2014.
  • Submission deadline April 11th, 2014.
  • Notification of acceptance May 9th, 2014.
  • Workshop 4th - 5th September 2014.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (Font: Times New Roman 12, line spacing: 1.5). Speakers will have 30 minutes for their presentation, and 15 minutes for discussion and questions. Please submit abstracts electronically (rtf, pdf, doc, docx).

CONTACT:  awll9@sussex.ac.uk

ASSOCIATION WEBPAGE: http://faculty.tama.ac.jp/joyce/awll/index.html

PARTICIPATION: Researchers who would like to attend the workshop without presenting a paper are also welcome. Registration details will be available nearer the date of the workshop.  The workshop program and the abstracts of the accepted papers, along with travel and accommodation information will be circulated electronically well before the workshop.