34th Colloquium of Linguistics
34. Linguistisches Kolloquium
34e Colloque Linguistique
September 7-10, 1999
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Faculty of Applied Linguistics and
Cultural Studies, Germersheim

Call for Papers
We cordially invite you to participate in the 34th Colloquium of Linguistics, which will take place at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Faculty of Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Germersheim, from September 7 to September 10, 1999. The motto of this year's conference will be "Linguistics on the Way into the New Millennium". Continuing the tradition of the colloquium, there will be no restrictions regarding the choice of topics. The conference languages are English, German, and French. Presentations should not exceed 30 minutes which includes 10 minutes of discussion. The deadline for abstracts is May 31, 1999. A volume of abstracts will be available at the conference. The proceedings with the full papers will be published after the conference with Peter Lang-Verlag.

In a break with tradition, this year the conference program will be supplemented by a number of tutorials. Each tutorial comprises three hours and is intended to give a concise introduction to a specific field for audiences with a different focus of research.

We are particularly happy to offer you a bus excursion to the old city of Heidelberg with a guided tour through the castle on Thursday, September 9. On the way, we will stop in Speyer, whose Cathedral (Kaiserdom) is part of the UNESCO’s world cultural heritage.

Please do not hesitate to bring this announcement to the attention of interested colleagues. More detailed and up-to-date information is presented on our website at

Prof. Dr. Dieter Huber                                  Dr. Reinhard Rapp

Important Dates
May 31, 1999
  • Submission of abstracts 
  • Registration (reduced rate) 
  • Registration for tutorials & excursion 
  • Hotel reservation 
Nov. 30, 1999
  • Submission of full papers for the conference proceedings
Preliminary Program
Tue, Sept. 7
Guided Tour
 Wed, Sept. 8
Opening & Papers
 Thu, Sept. 9
Excursion to Heidelberg
and Speyer
 Fri, Sept. 10
Papers &
Conference End



Prof. Peter Hellwig: 
Natural Language Parsing, Part 1 

Christian Otto: 
Sprachtechnologie für das Internet




Prof. Peter Hellwig: 
Natural Language Parsing, Part 2 

Prof. Uta Seewald-Heeg: 
Maschinelle Übersetzung 

Prof. Sydney M. Lamb:  
The Neurocognitive Basis of Language

The Tutorials take place during the first full day of the conference (Sept. 7, 1999). Therefore, the official opening is on the second day. For each tutorial, a description can be found on a separate page.

Conference Site

The Faculty of Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies (FASK) of the University of Mainz is located in Grmersheim in the south-west of Germany on the Rhine between the cities of Mannheim and Karlsruhe. It can easily be reached by car, train, and airplane. With its 2500 students, more than 1000 of whom coming from 70 different foreign countries, the faculty is known as one of the world’s largest institutions dedicated to the training and education of translators and interpreters. Within walking distance from the faculty, six hotels and the student’s residence are available with single rooms priced between 30 and 90 DM per night. Meals are provided by the university canteen, the cafeteria, and by a number of restaurants (with lunch specials). The main attractions in and around Germersheim are its fortress, the German wine road, the Palatinate Forest with Hambach Castle, Speyer, Heidelberg, the Castle Park in Schwetzingen and the Old Abbey in Maulbronn.

Conference Address
Please send all correspondence to the following address:

34th Colloquium of Linguistics
c/o Dr. Reinhard Rapp
Universität Mainz, FASK
D-76711 Germersheim

Phone: +49(0)7274 / 508-457
Fax: +49(0)7274 / 508-429

Conference Fee

The conference fee is 100 DM for early registration (120 DM after May 31, 1999). This sum includes the registration fee and will, among other things, cover pre-conference materials, tea and coffee, the guided tour through Germersheim on Tuesday and the reception on Wednesday. It will not, however, cover meals, accomodation, proceedings, the excursion to Heidelberg (30 DM), and the tutorials (20 DM per tutorial, written documentation included). Accepted currencies are DM and Euro (exchange rate: 1 Euro = 2 DM).

Bank Account

The total amount (registration fee, excursion, and tutorials) should be transferred until May 31, 1999 to the following university account:

Account holder: Universität Mainz
Account number: 550 015 11
Bank code number: 550 000 00
Bank: Landeszentralbank Mainz
Details of payment: 
 6101 28201 2300 514 
34th Colloquium of Linguistics 
"name of participant"
Travel Support
For a limited number of scientists from Eastern Europe - subject to confirmation from our sponsors - there will be partial travel support available. Several conditions and restrictions apply. The deadline for applications is May 31, 1999. Please send requests  to the address given above.

Please fill out a printed copy of  the registration form and send it to us together with your abstract and a copy of your bank remittance by regular mail.

Your abstract should be submitted in the following format :
Surname, Name (Affiliation and place) 


Text of the abstract (between 200 and 300 words). Please send us a printout and an electronic copy on a diskette (format: MS-Word, RTF, HTML, or ASCII). E-mail submission of the abstract is also accepted. Your submission will be confirmed within two weeks.