Call for Papers

LFG15 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 site:


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 Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.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 students who present in this session will receive a subvention towards their conference costs from the International LFG Association (ILFGA).

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


  • Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2015
  • Acceptances sent out: 30 March 2015
  • Conference: 18 July - 20 July 2015


Abstracts for talks, posters/demonstrations and the dissertation session must be received by February 15, 2015. 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 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 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, the number of oral presentations per participant is limited. Each author can be involved in a maximum of three papers that are presented orally, and can only be the first author of a single paper. The program committee will have discretionary powers to vary these rules in particular situations as they see fit. 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 by at least three people. Papers accepted to the conference can be submitted to the refereed 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: lfg15 'at'

  • John Lowe, University of Oxford
  • Ida Toivonen, Carleton University

Local conference organizers (Email: enquiry [at]

  • Ryo Otoguro (Waseda University)
  • Yasunari Harada (Waseda University)
  • Akira Ishikawa (Sophia University)
  • Michiko Nakano (Waseda University)
  • Sachiko Shudo (Waseda University)
  • Yoshio Ueno (Waseda University)