LINGUIST List 10.1457

Tue Oct 5 1999

Calls: Optimization of Interpretation, PACLIC 14

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  1. Fabien Reniers, Conference on the Optimization of Interpretation
  2. Masahito KAWAMORI, PACLIC 14

Message 1: Conference on the Optimization of Interpretation

Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 12:18:08 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Fabien Reniers <>
Subject: Conference on the Optimization of Interpretation

Conference on the
Location: UiL OTS, Utrecht University
Date: 4-5 January, 2000
Extended Deadline: 15 October 1999

Full Message:


Call for Papers for the
Conference on the Optimization of Interpretation
Location: UiL OTS, Utrecht University
Date: 4-5 January, 2000

Invited speakers: 
 REINHARD BLUTNER (Humboldt University, Berlin)
 GISBERT FANSELOW (University of Potsdam)
 BARBARA PARTEE (Umass, Amherst)
 PAUL SMOLENSKY (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) 

Petra Hendriks, Helen de Hoop, Fabien Reniers, Frank Wijnen

The aim of this conference is to elucidate the processes that
characterize natural language interpretation. The basic question is
whether interpretation can be characterized as an optimization
problem. By testing candidate interpretations against a set of ranked
constraints in a parallel fashion, interpretation can attain the high
speed that is typical of normal language processing. Constraints that
play a role can be semantic, pragmatic, syntactic or intonational in
nature. The interpretation that arises for an utterance within a
certain context maximizes the degree of constraint satisfaction and is
as a consequence the best alternative (hence, optimal interpretation)
among the set of possible interpretations.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together theoretical and
empirical considerations on the optimization of interpretation.

The conference includes four presentations by invited speakers
as well as a forum with invited participants. 

Invited forum participants:
 Renate Bartsch (University of Amsterdam)
 Ken Drozd (University of Groningen)
 Wietske Vonk (MPI, Nijmegen)
 Henk Zeevat (University of Amsterdam)

The conference has additional room for 10 selected talks of 40
minutes, including discussion. Authors should submit five copies of an
anonymous abstract of one to two pages and one camera-ready copy
indicating the author's name, affiliation, address and e-mail
address. Please send your abstract to:

 Optimization of Interpretation
 c/o Fabien Reniers
 Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
 Trans 10
 3512 JK Utrecht
 The Netherlands

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submission is October 15, 1999. 
Authors will be notified of acceptance by October 25.
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Message 2: PACLIC 14

Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 16:39:14 +0900 (JST)
From: Masahito KAWAMORI <>
Subject: PACLIC 14



 February 15-17, 2000

The Logico-Linguistic Society of Japan is pleased to announce that the
14th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
(PACLIC 14) will be held at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, on
February 15-17, 2000. The Conference is an annual meeting of scholars
with a wide range of interest in theoretical and computational
linguistics from the Pacific Asia region.

PACLIC 14 solicits papers treating any field in theoretical and
computational linguistics, including, but not limited to, syntax,
morphology, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis,
typology, corpus linguistics, formal grammar theory, natural language
processing, and computer applications.

Submission may be made either for a long paper or a short paper. The
long paper should not exceed 20 letter- or A4-sized pages, with font
size 11 point, double spaced throughout. The maximum length for the
short paper is 2000 words. The first page of the submitted paper
should bear the following information: the title of the paper, the
name(s) of the author(s), affiliations, mailing address, and Email
address for correspondence. E-mail submission is also acceptable (but
no fax submissions). The e-mail submission should be in such popular
formats as ASCII plain text, PDF, PostScript, MS Word, and LaTeX.
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. The
submission should be sent to either of the following addresses.


 * For Hard-Copy Submission:

 c/o Akira Ikeya,
 Chiyogaoka 4-7-4, Asao-ku,
 Kawasaki 215-0005

 * For Electronic Submission:



 Preliminary paper submission due: November 10, 1999 (Extended)

 Notification of acceptance: December 10, 1999 (Extended)

 Camera-ready copy due: January 15, 2000 


 Invited Speaker:

Commemorating the last PACLIC conference of the 20th century,
Professor Masayoshi SHIBATANI of Kobe University will give a lecture entitled:

		 The Grammar of Internal States:
		 A Cognitive-Typological Study



 Akira Ikeya, Toyo Gakuen University, Japan


 Chu-Ren Huang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (co-chair)
 Chungmin Lee, Seoul National University, Korea (co-chair)
 Lin-Shan Lee, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (co-chair)
 Young-Hern Lee, Chosun University, Korea (co-chair)
 Kim Teng Lua, National University of Singapore (co-chair)
 Byung-Soo PARK, Kyung Hee University, Korea (co-chair)
 Benjamin K. T'sou, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (co-chair)
 Jhing-fa Wang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (co-chair)


 Masahito Kawamori, NTT Research Labs., Japan.
 Jaewoong Choe, Korea University, Korea
 Yasunari Harada, Waseda University, Japan
 Kaoru Horie, Tohoku University, Japan
 Kiyoshi Ishikawa, Hosei University, Japan
 Chiharu Uda Kakuta, Dohshisha University, Japan
 Beom-mo Kang, Korea University, Korea
 Kazuhiko Ozeki, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan


 Suk-Jin Chang, Seoul National Univeristy, Korea
 Samuel W. K. Chan, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
 Zhao-Ming Gao, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan
 Jin Guo, Motorola, Singapore
 One-Soon Her, National Chenchi University, Taiwan
 Hsue-hueh Hsu, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
 Akira Ishikawa, Sophia University, Japan
 Makoto Kanazawa, Chiba University, Japan
 Jong-Bok Kim, Kyung Hee University, Korea
 Ik-Hwan Lee, Yonsei University, Korea
 Kiyong Lee, Korea University, Korea
 Charles C. Lee, National Chiao Tun University, Taiwan
 Hai Zhou Li, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Singapore
 Yuji Matsumoto, Nara Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,
 Yoshihiko Nitta, Nihon University, Japan
 Toshiyuki Ogihara, U of Washington, USA
 Hsiao-Chuan Wang, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
 Jie Xu, Singapore National University, Singapore
 Kei Yoshimoto, Tohoku University, Japan

For further information, please visit our website:

or you can contact:

 Dr. Masahito KAWAMORI,

 NTT Research Laboratories.
 3-1 Morinosato Wakamiya,
 Atsugi, Kanagawa, 243-0198
 Phone : +81-462-40-3624
 Fax : +81-462-40-4705

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