Contributions of the Eighth International Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages – FDSL VIII 2009 University of Potsdam, December 2-5, 2009
Preface The University of Potsdam was – after 1997, 2001 and 2005 – from 2 to 5 December 2009 already for the fourth time the host of one of the most internationally renowned Slavic linguistic conferences. The 8th European Con- ference on Formal Description of Slavic languages has gathered more than 100 participants from 25 countries in Europe, Israel, Asia and the USA. We are most delighted to present the contributions of the Conference Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL VIII) in this issue. After the formal linguistics has experienced an enormous boom in recent decades worldwide, it is now the Slavic languages which shift more and more into the focus of the formal language description. The current conference, hosted by the University of Pots- dam and the Institute for Slavic Studies, provided participants the opportunity to talk about the latest state of research on formalization of grammars and thus to develop new joint projects. The program included a total of 75 lectures in three sections. During the three-day events, more than 100 participants from various parts of the world took part in this international venue. They devoted interesting models and methods of the so-called Principles-Parameters framework and other formal frameworks. The focus has been put on the accuracy of this theory in the field of phonology, morphology, machine translation, semantics and syntax of Slavic and other languages. The participating scientists were here to include also relevant directions of the computational and corpus linguistics. Among the highlights of the meeting, five panels...
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