Second Call for Papers: Lexical-Functional Grammar 2019

  • 17 Dec 2018 14:34
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    LFG19: The 24th International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference

    8 July - 10 July 2019

    Australian National University, Canberra

    Conference website:

    Conference e-mail (NOT for abstract submission): lfg19anu 'at'

    Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2019, 23:59 GMT

    Abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system at

    Invited speakers:

    Kersti Börjars (University of Manchester) and Louisa Sadler (University of Essex)

    LFG19 welcomes work within the formal architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar as well as typological, formal, and computational work in the 'spirit of LFG' as a lexicalist approach to language employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The conference aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested in non-derivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the interaction of (perhaps violable) constraints from multiple levels of structuring, including those of syntactic categories, grammatical relations, semantics and discourse.

    As Australia and the region are home to many of the world’s languages, we welcome papers applying LFG approaches to describing lesser studied languages.

    We will also organise a workshop on the ‘Syntax and Morphology Interface in LFG’ on 10th July 2019. For more information see below.

    There will be a Teach-in on LFG for Historical Linguistics on 6th July 2019, organised in conjunction with ICHL24 (1st-5th July 2019, also held in Canberra).


    The main conference sessions will involve 45-minute talks (30 min + 15 min discussion), and poster presentations. Contributions can focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational. Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.


    As in previous years, we are hoping to hold a special session that will give students the chance to present recent PhD dissertations (or other student research dissertations). The dissertations must be completed by the time of the conference, and they should be made publicly accessible (e.g., on the World Wide Web). The talks in this session should provide an overview of the main original points of the dissertation; the talks will be 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

    Students should note that the main sessions are certainly also open to student submissions. Students who present papers in either session will receive a small subvention towards their conference costs from the International LFG Association (ILFGA).


    Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019, 23:59 GMT

    Notification of acceptance: 29 March 2019

    Conference: 8 July - 10 July 2019


    The language of the conference is English, and all abstracts must be written in English.

    All abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system. Submissions should be in the form of abstracts only. Abstracts can be up to three A4 pages, including figures and references. Abstracts should be in 10pt or larger type, with margins of at least 2cm on all four sides, and should include a title. Omit name and affiliation (including in PDF document properties), and avoid obvious self-reference.

    Please submit your abstract in .pdf format (or a plain text file). If you have any trouble converting your file into .pdf please contact the Program Committee at the address below. (On the Easychair submission system, if you upload your abstract as a .pdf file, please simply type 'abstract attached' in the abstract box.)

    The number of submissions is not restricted. However, in the interests of high participation and broad representation, each author should be involved in a maximum of two oral papers and can only be a single author of one. There are no restrictions on poster presentations. Authors may want to keep this in mind when stating their preferences concerning the mode of presentation of their submissions.

    All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least three referees. Papers accepted to the conference can be submitted to the refereed proceedings, and will be published, subject to acceptance, online by CSLI Publications. (Please note that papers submitted to the proceedings are no longer automatically accepted for publication in the proceedings.) See for recent proceedings.


    On 10th July 2019 we will hold a workshop on the ‘Syntax and Morphology Interface in LFG’ .

    The purpose of the workshop is to bring together fieldwork-based research in the morphology of underdocumented languages and the cutting-edge theoretical research in LFG.

    We invite abstracts on any topic on the syntax-morphology interface, based on first-hand data from underdescribed languages. We welcome contributions in any framework in the spirit of LFG. Descriptive papers based on fresh data of individual languages from Australasia-Pacific regions are equally welcome.

    Abstracts for the workshop should *NOT* be submitted via the main Easychair system. Abstracts should be submitted in .pdf format to lfg19anu 'at' by 15 February 2019, 23:59GMT. Please make sure that your subject email is “Syntax and Morphology Interface Workshop”. Information about the title of your abstract and the author(s) must be included in the body text of your email. Abstract formatting and length specification are the same as for the main conference.

    For further information see


    There will be a pre-conference excursion (bush walk) on the 7th July 2019. More information will be made available in early 2019.


    If you have queries about abstract submission or have problems using the EasyChair submission system, please contact the Program Committee.

    Program Chairs (Email: lfg19 'at'

    John Lowe, University of Oxford

    Agnieszka Patejuk, Polish Academy of Sciences and University of Oxford

    Local conference organizers (Email: lfg19anu 'at'

    I Wayan Arka

    Elisabeth Mayer

    Jane Simpson

    Avery Andrews


    Further information about LFG as a framework for linguistic analysis is available at the following site:

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