LINGUIST List 10.262

Thu Feb 18 1999

Calls: Endangered Languages, Semantics & Pragmatics

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  1. Nicholas Ostler, FEL Conference - Endangered Langs & Education - Maynooth 1999
  2. Myriam Bras-Grivart, Theoretical Bases for Semantics & Pragmatics in NLP

Message 1: FEL Conference - Endangered Langs & Education - Maynooth 1999

Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 23:51:17 +0000
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: FEL Conference - Endangered Langs & Education - Maynooth 1999

 Endangered Languages and Education

 Maynooth, Ireland - 17-19 September 1999


The workshop will provide a forum for researchers and activists
working for the maintenance of indigenous languages that face an
uncertain future. (It is the third in a series of annual workshops and
conferences hosted by the Foundation for Endangered Languages.)


When a language is endangered, it is because the community who use it
may cease to do so the foreseeable future. This is often because new
generations of the community are not acquiring the language, or if
they do, are not using it so much as speakers in the past.

Education, seen as any formal process whereby knowledge is passed on
to new people, usually plays an important part in such changes. But
it may act to promote, resist or even reverse the loss of a language:

 the knowledge or values passed on may be difficult to combine with a
communitys traditions as expressed in its ancestral language;

 the transition from oral to literate culture, or from paper-based to
electronic media, may threaten a breakdown in transmission;

 the very procedure of formal education may disrupt the traditional
transmission of the language;

 there may be controversy on what language should be used in formal

 there may be doubt whether there is scope in later life to apply
what is taught;

 there may be perplexity on what methods may best be used in modern
circumstances to transmit knowledge from older days;

 members of the community may have difficulty in fitting into the
education system of the state as a whole, and hence find it hard to
achieve their rightful political influence;

 public ignorance in democracies may be a threat to benign national
policy towards their smaller languages.

All these issues, and more, are relevant to our conference this year.

One fundamental tension is that while organized education may be a
threat to traditional culture and language (bringing foreign elements
to the explicit attention of pupils), people once educated are more
likely to resist unwanted intrusions from outsiders, and build
confidence in their own traditions.
 So how can education programmes be formulated with clear reference
to, and respect for, local culture?
 Who will be the teachers in such programmes, and how can they be
 In setting up such programmes, is there a useful role for
international organizations (as FEL) to help in negotations with local
administrations or national governments, and indeed international

In some communities, particularly in Europe, there is no such conflict
between prevailing models of education and the traditions of the
language community. Nevertheless, there may be controversy on the
role of a local or regional language in formal education.
 Ethically and empirically, what is the right balance between option
and compulsion in the curriculum?
 How does the role for minority languages bear on the balance between
mother-tongue and foreign-language instruction?

It will be a particular feature of our conference to bring the
concerns of "ethno-education", where education mediates between
cultures that have been separate, into contrast with those of
"bi-lingual education", where there has been traditional co-existence,
but the smaller language may be losing out.

The Foundation for Endangered Languages is a registered charity in
England Wales. FEL conferences, besides being opportunities to discuss
the issues from a global viewpoint, are working meetings of the
Foundation, defining our overall policy for future years.
Participants at the conference therefore need to be members of the
Foundation. There are full facilities to join on arrival, but all
proposers are strongly urged to join as soon as possible, and so take
full part in the Foundations activities in the lead-up to the

The dates will be 17-19 September 1999, and the venue St Patrick's
College, Maynooth, near Dublin, in Ireland. There will be a
preliminary volume of proceedings distributed at the Conference.

Presentations will last twenty minutes each, with a further ten
minutes for discussion. All presentations should be accessible
largely in English, but use of the languages of interest, for
quotation or exemplification, may well be appropriate.


 Nicholas Ostler Foundation for Endangered Languages, Bath, England
 Christopher Moseley BBC Monitoring Service
 Kim McCone et al. St Patrick's College, Maynooth

Programme Committee:

Mahendra Verma, Anthony Woodbury, Tasaku Tsunoda, Janig Stephens, Jane
Simpson, Mari Rhydwen, Jon Reyhner, Nicholas Ostler, Donncha O Croinin,
David Nash, Christopher Moseley, Kenneth Mackinnon, Tony McEnery, Kim
McCone, Karen Johnson Weiner, Nigel Birch.


Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. They can be submitted in one
of two ways: hard copy or electronic submission. They should be in

A) Hard copies (or faxes):

One copy should be sent to:

 Nicholas Ostler
 Foundation for Endangered Languages
 Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
 Bath BA1 7AA England

This should have a clear short title, but should not bear anything to
identify the author(s).

On a separate sheet, please include the following information:
NAME : Names of the author(s)
TITLE: Title of the paper
EMAIL: Email address of the first author, if any
ADDR: Postal address of the first author
TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any
FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any

The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence.

If possible, please also send an e-mail to Nicholas Ostler at
<> informing him of the hard copy
submission. This is in case the hard copy does not reach its
destination. This e-mail should contain the information specified in
the section below.

B) Electronic submission:

Electronic submission should be in plain ascii text email message
giving the following details:

# NAME : Name of first author
# TITLE: Title of the paper
# EMAIL: E-mail address of the first author
# ADDR: Postal address of the first author
# TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any
# FAX: Fax number of the first author

and in a separate section
# ABSTR: Abstract of the paper


Abstract submission deadline March 21
Notification of Committee's decision April 18
Authors submit camera-ready text July 18
Conference Sept 17-19

- --------------------------------------------------------------
 Nicholas Ostler
			Linguacubun Ltd

 Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
 Bath BA1 7AA England
 +44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258
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Message 2: Theoretical Bases for Semantics & Pragmatics in NLP

Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 23:09:27 +0100
From: Myriam Bras-Grivart <>
Subject: Theoretical Bases for Semantics & Pragmatics in NLP


 The expression of time, space and movement in lexicon, discourse and
 dialogue" in conjunction with the TALN'99 conference on Natural
 Language Processing

	Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese (Corsica)
			12-16 July 1999

(french version below)

This workshop aims at presenting and discussing current theoretic
approaches to semantics and pragmatics stemming from the formal
semantics tradition. In order to prompt in-depth discussions between
participants, the debate will focus on the analysis of time, space and
motion in language. Besides their general importance, it is expected
that these topics reveal how tightly grammatical semantics, lexical
semantics, discourse semantics and discourse and dialogue pragmatics
are intertwined. Papers discussing the role of semantics and
pragmatics in NLP and the significance of the formal approaches
presented as theoretical bases for NLP in the future are especially

The workshop will deal, amongst others, with the following topics:
- semantics and pragmatics of discourse and dialogue
- anaphora (cross sentential and cross speakers)
- beliefs and intentions
- discourse and dialogue structure (especially spatiotemporal structure)
- lexicon of space and time
- world knowledge and bridging
- ontology of time and space for lexicon and world knowledge

The workshop will be held during the TALN'99 conference at Cargese in
Corsica. It will consist of four 1h30 sessions over four days (July
12th, 13th, 15th and 16th). There will be 2 invited lectures and about
10 talks of 30 minutes (including discussion) selected by the program
committee. Proceedings will be available at the workshop.

Myriam BRAS (IRIT-Universit Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
Laure VIEU (IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse)
email :,
address : IRIT, UPS, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse cedex 4
tel : +33 5 61 55 60 91 fax : +33 5 61 55 83 25

Myriam Bras, IRIT & Universit Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Laure Vieu, IRIT & CNRS, Toulouse, France
Nicholas Asher, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Michel Aurnague, ERSS, Toulouse, France
Mario Borillo, IRIT, Toulouse, France
Joan Busquets, ERSS & Universit de Bordeaux, France
Jacques Moeschler, Universit de Genve, Switzerland
Uwe Reyle, IMS & Universit de Stuttgart, Germany
Co Vet, University of Groningen, Holland

Researchers in the area are encouraged to submit a twelve-page paper.
(Participation on later submission of a short position paper will also
be possible).
As we do not have much time, only electronical submission will be
proposed at:,
DEADLINE : MARCH, 12 1999.

- self-contained LaTeX source AND DVI files
- MSWord source AND RTF files AND confirmation by fax: +33 5 61 25 83 55
Authors are requested to use the TALN'99 styles, see:
(Note that these styles have been designed for the main conference and
therefore the information regarding length, deadline and submission
doesn't matching that of the workshop)

official languages for communications are French and English

March 12, 99: Deadline for submissions
April 28, 99: Notification of acceptance
May 12, 99: Deadline for final copy
July 12, 99: Workshop

Workshop contributors are required to register for TALN99, without any
additional fees.

For further information on TALN'99, please visit the TALN99 web site at


	l'expression du temps, de l'espace et du mouvement 
	 travers le lexique, le discours et le dialogue" 
 organis dans le cadre de TALN'99 
 Traitement Automatique du Langage Naturel 
 Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese (Corse) 
 du 12 au 17 juillet 1999 
Myriam BRAS (IRIT-Universit Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
Laure VIEU (IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse)

email :,
adresse : IRIT, UPS, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse cedex 4
tel : 05 61 55 60 91 fax : 05 61 55 83 25

Cet atelier a pour but de confronter les approches thoriques
actuelles de la smantique et de la pragmatique issues du courant de
la smantique formelle. Le dbat sera centr sur le traitement du
temps, de l'espace et du mouvement dans la langue, afin de susciter
une discussion approfondie entre les participants et de mettre en
vidence combien la smantique grammaticale, la smantique lexicale et
la pragmatique du discours et du dialogue sont imbriques.

On s'attachera particulirement favoriser les communications
discutant de la place de la smantique et de la pragmatique dans le
TALN et de l'importance que pourront avoir les approches formelles
prsentes en tant que fondements thoriques du TALN de demain.
Les thmes abords seront, entre autres :
- smantique et pragmatique du discours et du dialogue
- anaphore (entre phrases et entre locuteurs)
- croyances et intentions
- structure du discours et du dialogue (en particulier structure
- lexique de l'espace et du temps
- connaissance du monde et anaphore associative
- ontologies de l'espace et du temps pour le lexique et la connaissance du

L'atelier aura lieu pendant la confrence TALN'99. Il comportera 4
sances de 1h30 reparties sur 4 jours (les 12, 13, 15 et 16 juillet
1999). Il accueillera 2 confrences invites et la
prsentation-discussion (30 minutes) d'une dizaine de communications
slectionnes par le comit de programme.

Nicholas Asher, Universit du Texas Austin
Michel Aurnague, ERSS, Toulouse
Mario Borillo, IRIT, Toulouse
Joan Busquets, ERSS, Universit de Bordeaux
Jacques Moeschler, Universit de Genve
Uwe Reyle, Universit de Stuttgart
Co Vet, Universit de Groningue

Les chercheurs intresss sont invits soumettre un article de 12
pages maximum. (Une participation sur dclaration d'intert sera
galement possible.)
Les dlais tant courts, seule la soumission lectronique vous est
propose. Envoyer,
votre article de 12 pages maximum, AVANT LE 12 MARS 1999, 18H.

Format des soumissions :
- source LaTeX auto-suffisant (les styles non standards ou differents de 
ceux fournis pour taln'99 devront etre inclus dans le fichier source) ET 
- source Word ET RTF ET fax de confirmation au 05 61 25 83 55

Pour les styles, vous pouvez vous reporter :

La version finale sera publie dans les actes de l'Atelier, disponible le
12 juillet sur place.

Les langues officielles pour les articles et les communications sont 
le franais et l'anglais.

Date limite de soumission : 12 mars 1999 
Notification aux auteurs : 28 avril 1999
Version finale : 12 mai 1999
Atelier : 		 12-17 juillet 1999
L'inscription la confrence TALN'99 sera demande pour participer 
l'Atelier, sans frais d'inscription suuplmentaire.

Pour plus d'informations sur TALN'99, visitez le site:

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