LINGUIST List 10.246

Tue Feb 16 1999

Calls: Deixis/Multimedia Context, Applied Ling.

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  1. root, Deixis - Deadline moved
  2. Assoc Prof Elizabeth M Knutson, Division on Applied Linguistics

Message 1: Deixis - Deadline moved

Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 15:38:26 +0100
From: root <>
Subject: Deixis - Deadline moved

Due to several requests the


 February 25 
 March 1
(but compare the summary of dates below) that was set for the

 ESSLLI-workshop on


 Workshop held in the section 'Language and Computation' as part of the

 'Eleventh European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information'


 August 9-20, 1999, Utrecht, The Netherlands


 Elisabeth Andr'e (DFKI, Univ. of Saarbruecken)
 Massimo Poesio (CogSci/HCRC, Univ. of Edinburgh)
 Hannes Rieser (Bielefeld Univ. & SFB 360)

Questions concerning the workshop may be addressed to any of the organisers.


Deixis has always been at the heart of reference research as widely
known literature in semantics and pragmatics (H.H. Clark,
S.C. Levinson, H. Kamp, D. Kaplan, W.V. Quine) demonstrates. Being
fundamental, it is in the common focus of several disciplines:
Cognitive science, linguistics, philosophical logics, AI, and

Until recently, little was known about the role of pointing and
demonstration in deixis, especially about the coordination of speech
and gesture in deictic contexts. The situation has now changed due to
research in linguistics, ethnomethodology, vision, neuro-computation,
gesture analysis, psychology, and computer simulation.

At present, research is going on at various places, aimed at the
integration of deixis information from e.g. the visual and the
auditory channel. Relevant topics in this new field are
e.g. saliency, focus-monitoring, types of gestures and demonstrations,
and especially the emergence and structure of composite signals but it
also has intimate connections with problems of long standing such as
grounding, mutuality or agents' coordination in discourse.

The workshop will integrate different methodologies, experimental
paradigms, computer simulation including virtual reality approaches
and formal modelling alike. It is addressed to Master-students,
PhD-students and scholars working on philosophical, linguistic or
computational aspects of deixis including gesture.

The following publications might be of help to students looking for
information concerning reference, deixis, gesture recognition and
similar topics:

Clark, H.H.: 1995, Using Language. Cambridge: CUP
Davis, St. (ed.): 1991, Pragmatics. A Reader. New York, Oxford: OUP.
 Chs II and III
Levinson, St.C.: Pragmatics. Cambridge: CUP . Ch. 2
McNeill, D.: 1992, Hand and Mind. Univ. of Chicago Press
Recanati, F.: 1993, Direct Reference. From Language to Thought.
 Oxford UK & Cambridge USA: Blackwell
Wachsmuth, I. and Froehlich, M. (eds): 1998, Gesture and Sign Language in
 Human-Computer Interaction. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer

The workshop will consist of ten sessions (90 min. each) of
presentation and discussion of contributed papers. It will take place
during the ESSLLI-Summer School and will be open to all members of the
LLI- community.

All researchers in the area, but especially Ph.D. students and young
researchers, are encouraged to submit a two-page abstract (hard copy
or e-mail (plain ASCII or (La)TeX) to the following address:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 1, 1999.
Notification of contributors will be given around April 22, 1999.
Contributors of selected papers will be asked to provide extended
abstracts (six pages) in LaTeX-format to be edited as ESSLLI-workshop
notes. The deadline for submission of extended abstracts is May 31,

Workshop contributors will be required to register for ESSLLI-99, but
they will be eligible for a reduced registration fee.

* Mar 1, 99: Deadline for submissions
* Apr 22, 99: Notification of acceptance
 May 31, 99: Deadline for final copy
 Aug 9, 99: Start of workshop
(* = changed)

To obtain further information about ESSLLI-99 please visit the ESSLLI-99
home page at and the home page of this
workshop at

Elisabeth Andr'e (DFKI, Univ. of Saarbruecken):
Massimo Poesio (CogSci/HCRC, Univ. of Edinburgh):
Hannes Rieser (Bielefeld Univ. & SFB 360):
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Message 2: Division on Applied Linguistics

Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 13:59:50 -0500 (EST)
From: Assoc Prof Elizabeth M Knutson <>
Subject: Division on Applied Linguistics

The Division on Applied Linguistics is sponsoring three sessions at
the 1999 MLA Convention in Chicago.

1. Cross-cultural Pragmatics in Spoken and Written Discourse. This
session explores the culture-specific dimensions of speech acts and/or
the composition and reading of written texts.

2. Language Acquisition and Content-based Language Instruction: What
Does Research Say? Papers can report on research concerning foreign
language across the curriculum programs or content-based instruction
within the FL departmental curriculum.

3. The Role of Applied Linguisitcs in Depts. of Language and
Literature. This session explores the political, intellectual, and
professional differences and/or common ground between the fields of
applied linguisitcs, literature, and cultural studies. Papers may
consider issues relating to dept. structure, prof. development and
preparation, or interdisciplinary communication and relationships.

One page blind abstracts, with cover sheet indicating presenter's
contact info should be sent by MARCH 1st to:

Elizabeth Knutson
7011 Wake Forest Drive
College Park, MD 20740
(410) 293-6365
FAx (410) 293-2739
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