Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login

The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2017 Fund Drive.

E-mail this page

Conference Information

Full Title: 5th AISB Workshop: Figurative Language: Its Patterns and Meanings in Domain-Specific Discourse

Short Title: AISB5
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Start Date: 18-Aug-2014 - 19-Aug-2014
Contact: Andrew Gargett
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL:
Meeting Description: 5th AISB Workshop, jointly organized as a workshop of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham

'Figurative language: Its patterns and meanings in domain-specific discourse',
18-19 August 2014, University of Birmingham, UK

Forms of figurative language such as metaphor and metonymy are key resources for communicating domain-specific information in an accessible way (e.g. in political discourse, presenting an argument can be described as 'attacking an opponent's position', or in health discourse, infection can be described in terms of microbes 'attacking someone's body'). Modelling such patterns of communication is a key aim of academic disciplines such as linguistics, discourse studies, and psycholinguistics, and understanding such phenomena is an emerging goal within Artificial Intelligence and the related field of Natural Language Processing. A particularly interesting current area of research is work on automatically generating as well as understanding metaphor, which are both emerging as important sites for addressing long-standing problems in linguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science.

To facilitate communication about such efforts, we are planning a two-day workshop on modelling the meanings and patterns of health and political conflict, where discourse in these domains typically gives rise to some of the richest and most figurative forms of human discourse. The workshop will take place at the University of Birmingham, and will be jointly organized through the University's Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) as well as the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).

Keynote speeches will be given by:

Professor Shlomo Engelson Argamon (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)
Dr. Veronika Koller (Lancaster University, UK)
Dr. Josef Ruppenhofer (Hildesheim University, Germany)
Dr. Tony Veale (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Please note the following regarding registration:

- AISB events are abstract-only and free for all AISB members.
- Registration for the event is free but participants who are not members of the University of Birmingham must become AISB members, and prospective participants who are not at the University of Birmingham need to be current AISB members as a condition of registration. This applies to speakers and audience alike.
- Such membership can be arranged and paid for in advance by submitting a completed application form to the Executive Office. Those submitting such applications are then eligible to a year's membership of the Society.
- Because this workshop is sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, participants from the University need not become members of AISB, although they are encouraged to consider the possibility.
- Please note that AISB is in effect a cognitive science society, not a society that is focussed narrowly on computational models. Events organized by AISB are often in non-computational areas (such as linguistics, philosophy, psychology and the arts). We strongly welcome new members from such areas.
- It should also be pointed out that there are special, very low membership rates for attendees who are students, unemployed or retired.
- For further information, please see:
- Please also be aware that due to venue restrictions, we have set a limit of 50 places for the workshop.
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Philosophy of Language; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.2481

Calls and Conferences main page