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Call for Papers

13-16 July 2009
Trinity College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Conference website:  www.lfg09.net
Conference e-mail (NOT for abstract submission):  Anna Kibort <ak243 'at' cam.ac.uk>

Abstract submission receipt deadline:  15 February 2009, 11:59 pm GMT
Abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system at:
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LFG 2009 welcomes work within the formal architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar as well as typological, formal, and computational work within 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.

Further information about LFG as a syntactic theory is available at the following sites:


The main conference sessions will involve 45-minute talks (30 min. + 15 min. discussion), and poster/system 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 Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.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. The International LFG Association (ILFGA) will pay the conference fees for the students presenting at the student session.

Students should note that the main sessions are certainly also open to student submissions.


Deadline for abstracts:  15 February 2009
Acceptances sent out:  31 March 2009
Conference:  13-16 July 2009


Abstracts for talks, posters/demonstrations and the dissertation session must be received by February 15, 2009. All abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system. Submissions should be in the form of abstracts only. Abstracts can be up to two A4 pages in 10pt or larger type and should include a title. Omit name and affiliation, and obvious self-reference. Note: we no longer ask for a separate page for data and figures (c-/f- and related structures). They can be included in the text of the abstract, obeying the overall two-page limit. Please submit your abstract in .pdf or .doc format. If you have any trouble converting your file into any of these formats, please contact the Program Committee at the address below.

While the number of submissions is not restricted, at most one single-authored submission or two first-authored submissions per person will be accepted for oral presentation. 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 by at least three people. Papers will appear in the proceedings, which will be published online by CSLI Publications. Selected papers may also appear in a printed volume published by CSLI Publications.


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

Program Committee - Email:  lfg09 'at' easychair.org

  • Martin Forst, Palo Alto Research Center, United States of America
  • Louisa Sadler, University of Essex, United Kingdom

Local conference organiser - Email:  ak243 'at' cam.ac.uk

  • Anna Kibort, University of Surrey and Cambridge University, United Kingdom

INFORMATION about the venue and the conference, as well as accommodation and registration details will be posted on the conference website.

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