LINGUIST List 10.1999

Wed Dec 22 1999

Calls: Indonesian Ling, Semantic Approximation

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  1. David Gil, Symposium on Malay / Indonesian Linguistics
  2. Leo Obrst, KR-2000 Workshop on Semantic Approximation, Granularity, & Vagueness

Message 1: Symposium on Malay / Indonesian Linguistics

Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 20:44:58 +0700
From: David Gil <>
Subject: Symposium on Malay / Indonesian Linguistics

PKBB, Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
University of Delaware, Newark
Association for Linguistic Typology

Call for Abstracts

The Fourth International

26 - 27 July 2000
Jakarta, Indonesia


Persons wishing to present a paper at the symposium are 
invited to submit a one-page abstract, by regular mail, 
email, or fax, to David Gil, at any of the following 

Department of Linguistics, 
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

fax: 49-341-9952119

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2000


Early submission procedure:

Abstracts may be submitted right away, or at any time before 
the 15 April deadline.

Persons submitting their abstracts early will be notified 
immediately whether their paper has been accepted for 
presentation at the symposium, and, in case of acceptance, 
will immediately be sent an official letter of invitation.
(The early submission procedure is designed to make it easier 
for some participants to apply for funding and leave.) 


Papers to be presented at the symposium should be concerned 
with the Malay / Indonesian language in any of its varieties. 
In addition to the standardized versions of Bahasa Melayu
and Bahasa Indonesia, papers are particularly welcome dealing 
with non-canonical varieties such as Betawi Malay, 
Jakarta Indonesian, Peranakan Malay, Bazaar Malay, 
and regional dialects of Malay and Indonesian. 
Papers may be in any of the subfields of linguistics, and may 
represent variegated approaches and diverse theoretical 
persuasions. Presentations at the symposium will be delivered 
in English.



Bambang Kaswanti Purwo
Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya

Peter Cole 
University of Delaware

David Gil 
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology	

Uri Tadmor
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


The Symposium is being held immediately after the
PELBBA conference, 24 - 25 July 2000, also at 
Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya.
For information regarding PELBBA please contact
Bambang Kaswanti Purwo,
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Message 2: KR-2000 Workshop on Semantic Approximation, Granularity, & Vagueness

Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 09:28:24 -0500 (EST)
From: Leo Obrst <>
Subject: KR-2000 Workshop on Semantic Approximation, Granularity, & Vagueness

 Second call for papers

	 	*** Workshop on Semantic Approximation, Granularity, and Vagueness ***
	 April 11, 2000
	 A Workshop of the Seventh International Conference on
	 Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
	 April 12-16
	 Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
	It has been recognized in recent years that similar issues, problems, and
	approaches underlie research on semantic approximation, partiality,
	granularity (abstraction, precisification), and vagueness in four fields:
	- knowledge representation in artificial intelligence (formalization of
	context, spatial and temporal knowledge bases)
	- formal modeling (including denotational semantics, finite model theory and
	descriptive complexity) in computer science
	- formal ontology in analytical philosophy
	- formal semantics and pragmatics in natural language (discourse
	interpretation, semantics of plurals, tense, aspect,
	Some commonalities include the use of modal, temporal, and higher-order
	logics and possible worlds semantics for characterizing the dynamic
	interpretation of context, the employment of mereological and topological
	methods for modeling concepts and domains, theories of semantic abstraction
	and precisification, domain modeling using structured formal constructs such
	as partially ordered sets, lattices, boolean algebras, categories, topoi,
	It might also be said that the notion of similarity requires a notion of
	semantic approximation, that one gauge of semantic approximation is location
	on a scale from more precise (or concrete or specific) to less precise (or
	abstract or general), but that such a gauge is inherently multidimensional.
	In addition, the notion of a boundary region between conceptually
	approximate objects may have to be explicated: How does one know that A is
	approximately but not quite B? How does one determine with increasing
	confidence an object to be in the extension of one predicate rather than
	another, for example, that an object is tall or is red? How should we
	interpret the formal constructs we use to characterize these notions of
	approximation, granularity, and abstraction, i.e., linguistically (as
	technical vocabulary only) or ontologically (the formal objects have real
	existence), and what are the implications of how we interpret these?
	This workshop intends to bring together researchers in the computer science,
	artificial intelligence, linguistics, and philosophy communities for the
	exchange of ideas and approaches to address issues they may have in common,
	such as:
	- Approximation, Partiality, Indefiniteness, and Vagueness
	- Similarity, Commonality, Accessibility
	- Abstraction and Precision: Notions of Semantic/Pragmatic Granularity
	- Dynamic Interpretation and Incremental Meaning
	- Formal Structures for Domain Models of Approximation
	- Imprecise Ontologies
	- Computational Implementations and Applications
	Potential applications where the ideas of this workshop can be utilized
	include information integration on the web, knowledge management,
	multi-agent systems, software component composition, text summarization, and
	natural language understanding.
	Leo Obrst, Ontologies Group, VerticalNet, Horsham, PA, USA
	Inderjeet Mani, Artificial Intelligence Center, The MITRE Corporation,
	McLean, Virginia, USA (
	Paolo Bouquet, Mechanized Reasoning Group, Department of Computer and
	Management Sciences, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
	Pat Hayes, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, University of West
	Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA
	Aris M. Ouksel, College of Business Administration, The University of
	Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, USA
	Maarten de Rijke, Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, University
	of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
	G�rard Becher, GREYC, Universit� de Caen, Caen, France
	Massimo Benerecetti, Department of Computer and Management Sciences,
	University of Trento, and IRST, Trento, Italy
	Brandon Bennett, Division of Artificial Intelligence, School of Computer
	Studies University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
	Patrick Cousot, D�partement de Math�matiques et Informatique (DMI), �cole
	Normale Sup�rieure (ENS), Paris, France
	Chiara Ghidini, Department of Computing and Mathematics, Manchester
	Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
	Angelo Montanari, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University
	of Udine, Udine, Italy
	Manfred Pinkal, Department of Computational Linguistics, Univ. of
	Saarbruecken, Saarbruecken, Germany
	Paul Porter, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington,
	James Pustejovsky, Department of Computer Science and Volen Center for
	Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
	Barry Smith, Department of Philosophy, University of New York at Buffalo,
	Buffalo, New York, USA
	Achille C. Varzi, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA
	Henk Verkuyl, Utrecht Institute for Linguistics OTS, University of Utrecht,
	Utrecht, The Netherlands
	Authors should submit papers on one of the topics addressed by the workshop
	or a related topic, with a maximum length of 10 pages (excluding
	references). Papers should be submitted electronically (in postscript
	format) to no later than January 15, 2000. Author
	names, affiliations, and primary author contact information should accompany
	the submission. Queries should be sent to also.
	January 15, 2000 Submission deadline
	February 15, 2000 Notification of acceptance
	March 8, 2000 Camera-ready copy due
	April 11, 2000 Workshop
	Dr. Leo Obrst, Director of Ontologies
	VerticalNet, 700 Dresher Rd., Suite 100, Horsham, PA 19044
	Phone: 215-315-3558 Fax: 215-784-1965 Cell: 215-353-7385
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