LINGUIST List 10.1589

Fri Oct 22 1999

Calls: Gen'l Ling/Berkeley, Interdisciplinary/DIAGRAMS

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  1. bls, Final Call/Gen'l Linguistics/Berkely Ling Society
  2. Bernd Meyer, Interdisciplinary/DIAGRAMS 2000

Message 1: Final Call/Gen'l Linguistics/Berkely Ling Society

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 00:22:00 -0700
From: bls <>
Subject: Final Call/Gen'l Linguistics/Berkely Ling Society

Berkeley Linguistics Society 26


February 18-21, 2000. University of California, Berkeley 

General Session: 
The General Session will cover all areas of general linguistic interest. 

 Invited Speakers 
 ELLEN PRINCE, University of Pennsylvania 
 MICHAEL TOMASELLO, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
 SHERMAN WILCOX, University of New Mexico 
 WALT WOLFRAM, North Carolina State University

Parasession: Aspect

The Parasession invites papers on aspectual systems and related phenomena
from various theoretical/formal, historical, cognitive, 
functional, sociolinguistic, and typological perspectives, as well as
descriptive work and field reports. 

 Invited Speakers 
 BETH LEVIN, Stanford University 
 ANGELIKA KRATZER, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
 MANFRED KRIFKA, University of Texas, Austin

Special Session: Syntax and Semantics of the Indigenous Languages of the

The Special Session will feature research on the indigenous languages of
the Americas. Papers addressing both synchronic and 
diachronic issues are welcome. 

 Invited Speakers 
 EMMON BACH, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
 MARIANNE MITHUN, University of California, Santa Barbara 
 JERRY SADOCK, University of Chicago

We encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and welcome
papers from related disciplines, such as Anthropology, 
Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology. 

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Society's
Proceedings, and authors who present papers agree to provide 
camera-ready copy (not to exceed 12 pages) by May 15, 2000. Presentations
will be allotted 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes 
for questions. 

We ask that you make your abstract as as specific as possible. Include a
statement of your topic or problem, your approach, and your 
conclusions. Please send 10 copies of an anonymous one-page (8 1/2" x 11",
unreduced) abstract. The reverse side of the page may be 
used for data and references only. 

Along with the abstract send a 3"x5" card listing: 

 #paper title;
 #session (General, Parasession, or Special);
 #for general session abstracts only, subfield, viz., Discourse Analysis,
	Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Philosophy and 
	Methodology of Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics,
	Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, or Syntax;
 #name(s) of author(s);
 #affiliation(s) of author(S);
 #e-mail address to which notification of acceptance or rejection should
	be sent;
 #primary author's office and home phone numbers;
 #primary author's e-mail address, if available.

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In case of
joint authorship, one address should be designated for 
communication with BLS. 
Please send abstracts to: 

 BLS 26 Abstracts Committee 
 1203 Dwinelle Hall 
 University of California, Berkeley 
 CA 94720-2650.

Abstracts must be received by 4:00 p.m., October 29, 1999. We may be
contacted by e-mail at We 
will not accept faxed abstracts. 
We strongly encourage submission by e-mail. Please use the subject header
"Abstract", and include all the author 
information in the body of the e-mail. Electronic submissions may be sent

Plain text abstracts should be sent in the body of the e-mail, following
the author information. Acceptable formats are (in a descending 
order of preference): 

1. Adobe PDF;
2. Microsoft Word;
3. Microsoft RTF;
4. Plain text

Abstracts in formats other than plain text should be sent as an attachment
to your e-mail. PDF and PostScript files should have all fonts 
embedded. Wirh the exception of SIL IPA fonts, please include any
non-standard fonts that you use (including all non-SIL IPA phonetic 
and mathematical fonts). If you send your abstract in any format other than
plain text, please allow for time to solve any technical 
difficulties that may arise. 

Acknowledgment of receipt will be via e-mail. If you cannot use e-mail,
please make note of this and provide us with your postal 

Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail by November 20, 1999. 

Registration Fees: Before February 5, 2000; $15 for students, $30 for
non-students; After February 5, 1999; $20 for students, $35 for 

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Message 2: Interdisciplinary/DIAGRAMS 2000

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 16:23:51 +1000
From: Bernd Meyer <>
Subject: Interdisciplinary/DIAGRAMS 2000

 An International Conference
 on the
 Theory and Application of Diagrams

 University of Edinburgh
 September 1-3, 2000

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Diagrams 2000 is the first event in a new interdisciplinary conference
series on the Theory and Application of Diagrams.

Driven by the pervasiveness of diagrams in human communication and by
the increasing availability of graphical environments in computerised
work, the study of diagrammatic notations is emerging as a research
field in its own right. This development has simultaneously taken
place in several scientific disciplines, including, amonst others:
cognitive science, artificial intelligence and computer science.
Consequently, a number of different workshop series on this topic have
successfully been organised during the last few years: Thinking with
Diagrams, Theory of Visual Languages, Reasoning with Diagrammatic
Representations, and Formalizing Reasoning with Visual and
Diagrammatic Representations.

Diagrams are simultaneously complex cognitive phenonema and
sophisticated computational artifacts. So, to be successful and
relevant the study of diagrams must as a whole be interdisciplinary in
nature. Thus, the workshop series mentioned above have decided to
merge into Diagrams 2000, as the single interdisciplinary conference
for this exciting new field. Diagrams 2000 provides a forum with
sufficient breadth of scope to encompass researchers from all academic
areas who are studying the nature of diagrammatic representations and
their use by humans and in machines. It is intended to become the
premier international conference series in this field and will attract
participants from applied linguistics, architecture, artificial
intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, education, graphic
design, history of science, human-computer interaction, philosophical
logic, psychology and others.

The conference will consist of technical sessions with presentations
of refereed papers and tutorials which are intended to bridge the gap
between the various disciplines and foster the development of a common

Some examples of the broad topics and issues that papers might cover

* psychological/educational investigations of how people reason or
 learn with diagrams;
* computational reasoning with and interpretation of diagrams;
* usability issues concerning diagrams;
* classification and formalization of abstract properties of diagrams;
* descriptions of particular diagramming notations and their use.

We invite submissions of research papers that focus primarily on
diagrams or diagram use by human or computer. Other than this, there
are no particular restrictions on the field of study or the specific
topics of the papers. The papers will be peer reviewed. It is planned
to publish the proceedings as a volume in the Springer series Lecture
Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

Appropriate research methodologies and approaches include, amongst
others: experimental investigation; rigorous empirical observation and
analysis; computational modelling of the processes of reasoning with
diagrams; implementation of systems deploying diagrams; knowledge
accumulated from reflection on extensive practice; analysis of a
particular diagramming notation; mathematical proofs of complexity and
expressiveness of classes of diagrams.

For further information and details of electronic submission of papers
see the conference web site:

Program Chairs: Michael Anderson, University of Hartford (USA); Peter
Cheng, University of Nottingham (UK); Volker Haarslev, University of
Hamburg (Germany).

Program Committee: Tom Addis, Gerard Allwein, Nigel Birch (EPSRC),
Alan Blackwell (WWW organization), Jo Calder (Local organiation), B.
Chandrasekaran, Maria Francesca Costabile, Gennaro Costagliola, Max
Egenhofer, George Furnas, Janice Glasgow, David Gooding, Mark D.
Gross, Corin Gurr (Local organization), Pat Hayes, Mary Hegarty,
Mateja Jamnik, Stefano Levialdi, Robert Lindsay, Ric Lowe, Kim
Marriott, Bernd Meyer (Publicity organization), N. Hari Narayanan,
Patrick Olivier, David Barker-Plummer, Clive Richards, Eric Saund,
Barbara Tversky.

Important Dates in 2000:
March 13 Deadline for submission of Papers
May 8 Notification of authors
June 2 Camera ready copies due
July 31 Deadline for early registration
September 1-3 Diagrams 2000 conference
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