LINGUIST List 10.14

Thu Jan 7 1999

Calls: Computational Semiotics, Minimalist Grammars

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  1. Dr. Gerd Doeben-Henisch, Computational Semiotic Systems II, Dresden Oct-99
  2. RLMG, Resource Logics and Minimalist Grammars

Message 1: Computational Semiotic Systems II, Dresden Oct-99

Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 21:53:24 +0100
From: Dr. Gerd Doeben-Henisch <>
Subject: Computational Semiotic Systems II, Dresden Oct-99


 Theory, Implementation, Semiotic Relevance

 as part of the

 9th International Semiotic Congress of the German Semiotic Society


 7th International Congress of the IASS-AIS

LOCATION: Dresden, Technical University
DATE: October 4-5,7-8
ORGANIZATION: Dr. Gerd Dben-Henisch

 Rodney Clarke (Wollongong, Australia)
 Gerd Dben-Henisch (Frankfurt, Germany)
 Louwrence Erasmus (Pretoria, South Africa)
 Ricardo Gudwin (Campinas, Brazil)
 Alexander Mehler (Trier, Germany)
 Burghard Rieger (Trier, Germany)


This workshop is considered as a further exploration of the paradigm of
computational semiotic systems. In this we are following especially the
discussions of Amsterdam96 and ISAS98.


According to the paradigm of COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE we are applying
algorithms which are backed up by formal theories. These theories can be

PURE theories like a mathematical structure or EMPIRICAL ones; in that
we need additionally methods of measurement and hypothesis testing.

According to the paradigm of SEMIOTICS we need a concept of what is a
or a sign process. Ideally, not everything should be called a 'sign'. We

prefer to use the concept of 'sign' in the context of 'sign processing
systems'. A system (a human person, a machine, a plant...) can have
states which allow the 'processing of signs'.

It is one of the goals of the conference to sharpen the commonly shared
opinion about what could/ should be the main elements of a
Semiotic System [CSS]'.

(For more information about a possible scientific framework for CSSs


 The philosophy of science point of view
 The epistemological point of view
 Formal mechanisms to represent formal theories for semiotic systems

 Formal mechanisms to realize concrete semiotic systems
 Relationship between formal theories and concrete systems
 Relationship between traditional concepts of sign/ sign function
and the
 concept of semiotic systems
 Semiotic systems and pragmatics
 Possible implications of semiotic systems for semiotics as a
 Semiotic systems related to empirical theories
 Semiotic systems related to philosophical theories
 Concept formation triggered by perception
 Generation of meaning structures triggered by sign expressions
 Meaning structures and their relationship to the experience of the

 Meaning structures and planned behavior
 The role of drives/ desires/ emotions in the generation of meaning
 The role of memory within meaning
 Role of the actual situation with regard to memory, planning and
 The concept of space within meaning and world experience
 The concept of time within meaning and world experience
 Reflection as an overall implicit structure of semiotic systems
 Types of inference processes within world experience, meaning,
 and language learning
 A formal model of learning functions related to the acquisition of
 Software architecture of semiotic systems
 Semiotic systems distributed in networks
 The world interface of semiotic systems as constraint for possible
 The study of the inter-relationship among "signs", "knowledge" and
 Knowledge representation using the semiotic paradigm


March 15, 1999: Submissions deadline for paper

May 1, 1999: Notification of acceptance or rejection

July 30, 1999: Printable versions received


Abstract (max. 300 words) and paper (up to 25 pages, 12points, 1.5
have to be written in English and have to be accompanied by the address
the main author. The papers have to be transmitted by email in the
Format (this is what the Congress Organizers want)


Planned by the Congress Organizers


INM - Institut fr Neue Medien
Dr. Gerd Dben-Henisch
60314 Frankfurt
TEL: +49-(0)69-941 963 -10 (or -34)
FAX: +49-(0)69-941 963 - 22


Prof. Dr. Walter Schmitz
Vice-President for Education
Technical University Dresden
Mommsenstrasse 13
D-01062 Dresden
TEL: +49-(0)351-463-6201
FAX: +49-(0)351-463-7769

URL: 9th International Semiotic Congress of the German Semiotic Society
URL: 7th International Congress of the IASS-AIS =

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Message 2: Resource Logics and Minimalist Grammars

Date: Thu, 07 Jan 1999 15:54:08 +0100
From: RLMG <>
Subject: Resource Logics and Minimalist Grammars

ESSLLI`99 workshop on
(deadline for submissions: March 15th 1999)
Utrecht, 16-20 August 1999

Christian Retor (IRISA, Rennes) and 
Edward Stabler (UCLA, Los Angeles)


A workshop held as part of the 11th European Summer School in Logic,
Language and Information (ESSLLI`99), August 9-20 1999, Utrecht

First call for papers

ESSLLI`99: The main focus of the European Summer Schools in Logic, Language
and Information is the interface between linguistics, logic and computation.
It is organized under the auspices of the European Association for Logic,
Language and Information (FoLLI). Foundational, introductory and advanced
courses together with workshops cover a wide variety of topics within six
areas of interest: Logic, Computation, Language, Logic and Computation,
Computation and Language, Language and Logic. Previous summer schools have
been highly successful, attracting around 500 students from Europe and
elsewhere. The school has developed into an important meeting place and
forum for discussion for students and researchers interested in the
interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information. ESSLLI-99 will
take place at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 9-20. In
its second week it will feature a worskshop on resource logics and
minimalist grammars. Its aim is to provide a forum for advanced Ph.D.
students and other researchers to present and discuss their work on the
connection between minimalist grammars and resource logics.

WORKSHOP BACKGROUND: There has been a growing interest in connections
between resource-logical theories of grammar and the minimalist grammars of
the transformational tradition in syntax. A good understanding of these
connections will reveal substantial differences that can be debated, and the
prospects also look good for identifying a valuable common ground. In
particular, the rich descriptive tradition of transformational theory may
become more accessible to resource-logical frameworks, and the relatively
well-understood mathematical foundations of resource-logical frameworks may
stimulate a more sophisticated understanding of the mechanisms of minimalist
grammars. Linear logic is a neat and well studied logic from a proof
theoretical perspective which is able to handle both logic for syntax (like
the Lambek calculus) and logic for semantics (like intuitionistic logic),
and it also appears to be a sensible framework for a logical treatment of
minimalist grammars.

This workshop aims to bring together PhD students and other researchers in
the respective traditions to explore these developments. Topics of interest
include but are not limited to:

 * applications of linear logic, multimodal categorial logic, and other
 resource logics to linguistic problems
 * formal and computational studies of minimalist and other generative
 * studies of linguistic semantics from the perspective of either
 * assessments of the common ground and differences among these approaches
 to language

WORKSHOP AIMS: This workshop aims to:

 * provide a setting for researchers from various traditions to present
 and discuss recent work on resource logics and minimalist grammars
 * facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers working in these
 respective areas
 * foster a spirit of collaborative research

CALL FOR PAPERS: Researchers in the area, including PhD students and young
researchers, are invited to submit short papers (between 8 and 12 pages
long) describing their thesis/research topic, approach and results. Talks
will be 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion/questions. Authors
are also encouraged to submit a list of topics they would like to see
discussed at the workshop. This will help to identify issues for discussion
and debate.


Submissions should be sent to:
Submissions will be accepted in the form of either PostScript or
self-contained LaTex.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by May 1st 1998. The deadline
for receipt of
revised papers to appear in the workshop proceedings is June 1st 1998.

WORKSHOP FORMAT: The workshop will consist of five sessions of 90 minutes
each held over five days. There will be either two or three presentations at
each session with time for questions and discussion. It is hoped to have at
least one invited paper from a senior researcher working in the field.

PUBLICATION: After the workshop, authors will have the opportunity to submit
papers for possible publication in the new electronic journal "Language and
Computation", which is supported by Oxford University Press. There will be
more details in the next announcement.

REGISTRATION: Workshop contributors will be required to register for

March 15th, 99: Deadline for submissions
May 1st, 99: Notification of acceptance
June 1st, 99: Deadline for final copy
August 16th, 99: Start of workshop

FURTHER INFORMATION: To obtain further information about ESSLLI-99
please visit the ESSLLI-99 home page at or send an
email to .
For further information on the workshop visit the site of the workshop or send an email to
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