LINGUIST List 10.453

Sat Mar 27 1999

Calls: Linguistic Politeness, Grammar Systems

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  1. Krisadawan Hongladarom, International Symposium on Linguistic Politeness
  2. Carlos Martin Vide, Grammar Systems: deadline extended

Message 1: International Symposium on Linguistic Politeness

Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 16:14:18 +0700
From: Krisadawan Hongladarom <>
Subject: International Symposium on Linguistic Politeness

 First Circular and Call for Papers

 International Symposium on Linguistic Politeness:
 Theoretical Approaches and Intercultural Perspectives
 7-9 December 1999
 Chulalongkorn University
 Bangkok, Thailand


 * About the Symposium
 * Suggested Topics
 * Symposium Format
 * Participants
 * Organizing Committee and Contact Address
 * Submission
 * Important Dates
 * Response Form


About the Symposium

An emphasis on language as a communication system is instrumental in
an age of globalization. Not only does it help uncover principles
underlying social interactions, but it also enables us to gain an
access to ways of thinking, belief systems, and world views of people
from various cultural backgrounds and thus enhances empathy, mutual
understanding and dialogue. Investigating issues concerning
cross-cultural communication is especially momentous in today's time,
when national boundaries are becoming less visible, and more and more
people are engaging in intercultural communication. Understanding
social conventions and attention to such concepts as politeness, face,
prestige, and gender, which are important to members in a particular
culture will certainly enable us to better comprehend the different
ways of speaking by people from different cultures, thus helping
eliminate ethnic stereotypes and misunderstandings.

There have been an impressive number of research on politeness in
language from various perspectives and disciplines. Theoretical
approaches have been proposed, in the light of data from both western
and non-western languages. These, as well as specific questions
related to the relationship between politeness and such issues as
gender, genre, indirectness, or even impoliteness, are worth
investigating more thoroughly. The purpose of the Symposium is to
arrive at a new theoretical understanding of politeness in the light
of recent research on different aspects of this linguistic
phenomenon. This International Symposium, with its focus on an issue
of great significance to Asian cultures, is a necessary step in the
advancement of linguistic and socio-cultural research in this part of
the world.

The International Symposium will bring together researchers (not only
linguists) who are interested in contemporary problems related to
language, communication, and culture, to seek a better insight into
the various issues related to politeness in language. The Symposium
aims at promoting awareness of these issues and at facilitating
original research from various perspectives and disciplines.

This Symposium centers around the theme of linguistic politeness,
which is an important concept in the study of language use. Three
specific questions are focused in this Symposium: (1) How can we
account for politeness in language?, (2) In what ways does politeness
relate to language and culture?, and (3) How is politeness realized in
different languages, especially in non-western ones? Focusing on the
issue of politeness, which is an essential element in human
communication, this Symposium is a befitting event in the celebration
of the auspicious occasion of King Bhumibol's 72nd birthday in
December, 1999. [Back]

Suggested Topics

We primarily seek contributions which discuss one or more of the
following issues:

 * Universality and typology of linguistic politeness
 * Cognitive and psychological bases of politeness
 * Developmental perspectives on politeness
 * Politeness strategies used by native and non-native speakers
 * Differences between definition and expression of linguistic politeness
 in western and non-western contexts
 * Politeness realizations in inadequately studied languages
 * Politeness in spoken and written genres
 * Politeness and facework in social interactions
 * Politeness in conversations and institutional discourses
 * Politeness and gender
 * Politeness and indirectness
 * Impoliteness

Symposium Format

Each contribution will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation and 10
minutes for discussion. The Symposium will be concluded each day with
a session of concluding remarks. This will be an opportunity for more
active interactions among participants.


Invited Speakers

 * Professor Sachiko Ide, Japan's Women University, Tokyo
 * Professor Robin Lakoff, University of California, Berkeley

The Symposium will bring together 50 scholars from Asia, Australia,
Europe, Canada and the U.S.A. Participants are invited to present new
and original papers. These papers will be screened and selected by the
Review Committee. The organizers will select the proposed abstracts
of good quality which contribute to the theme of the Symposium.

Organizing Committee and Contact Address

The International Symposium on Linguistic Politeness is organized by
Department of Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University. The Chairperson
of the Organizing Committee is Sudaporn Luksaneeyanawin (Head,
Department of Linguistics). The Chairperson of the Technical Program
Committee is Pranee Kullavanijaya.

Potential participants are requested to contact the Symposium
secretary at the following addresses. Please visit the Symposium home
page for more information and registration form:

 Krisadawan Hongladarom
 Department of Linguistics
 Faculty of Arts
 Chulalongkorn University
 Bangkok 10330
 Tel. 66-2-218-4690
 Fax. 66-2-218-4697


Potential participants are invited to submit one-page abstracts on the
topics outlined above. Electronic submissions are welcome. The
accepted papers will be published in the Symposium Proceedings which
will be distributed to each participant. Further publication channels
will be explored and decided at the Symposium. The style-sheet for the
paper will attach notifications of acceptance and will be available at
the Symposium home page.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline
 30 June 1999
Notification of acceptance
 31 July 1999
Paper submission deadline (for the Proceedings)
 31 October 1999
 7-9 December 1999

Response Form

Please print this response form and return it at your earliest convenience.
You can also contact us via e-mail at

 Select whichever the following three options is applicable:

 1. I plan to attend the International Symposium on Linguistic Politeness
 and hope to present a paper.
 Title of Paper:______________________________________________________
 2. I will attend the International Symposium on Linguistic Politeness but
 will not present a paper.
 3. I do not plan to attend the Symposium, but please keep me on the
 mailing list.

Name and Address:


E-mail: _______________________________

Fax: __________________________________


 Krisadawan Hongladarom
 Department of Linguistics
 Faculty of Arts
 Chulalongkorn University
 Bangkok 10330
 Tel. 662-2184690; Fax. 662-218-4697
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Message 2: Grammar Systems: deadline extended

Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 07:43:13 +0100
From: Carlos Martin Vide <>
Subject: Grammar Systems: deadline extended



To be held at the 9th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association
for Computational Linguistics (EACL'99), Bergen, Norway, June 12, 1999.

In cooperation with the IFIP Working Group 1.2 on Descriptional Complexity.


The theory of grammar systems is a recent branch of formal language theory
intending to model complex distributed systems. A basic reference in the
field is E. Csuhaj-Varju, J. Dassow, J. Kelemen & Gh. Paun (1994), Grammar
systems: a grammatical approach to distribution and cooperation. Gordon &
Breach, London. For a more recent survey, see J. Dassow, Gh. Paun & G.
Rozenberg, "Grammar systems", in G. Rozenberg & A. Salomaa, eds. (1997),
Handbook of formal languages, 2: 155-213. Springer, Berlin. For the most
recent work, see Acta Cybernetica, 12.4 (1996), ed. E. Csuhaj-Varju;
Computers and Artificial Intelligence, 15.2-3 (1996), eds. J. Kelemen & Gh.
Paun; Grammars, 1.3 (1998), ed. J. Kelemen; and Gh. Paun & A. Salomaa, eds.
(1999), "Grammatical models of multi-agent systems". Gordon & Breach, London.

In traditional formal language theory, a language is usually generated by
one grammar. In contrast, in this new framework language generation is
regarded as a joint activity of several grammars working together under
different strategies. In this way, for instance, the non-context-free
language a^nb^nc^n is easily generated using only context-free rules
suitably distributed through several machines.

There are two main classes of devices of this kind: Cooperating Distributed
Grammar Systems (CDGS, where, all the grammars starting from the same
axiom, at each step of the derivation process one grammar rewrites the
string according to a cooperation protocol) and Parallel Communicating
Grammar Systems (PCGS, where, each grammar starting from its own axiom, at
each step of the derivation process each grammar rewrites its own string
and, at a certain moment, some communication symbol appears forcing the
combination of such strings in a certain manner). Some recent derivations
of the theory include eco-grammar systems, colonies and networks of
language processors.

Grammar systems intend to model distribution, at the same time increasing
the generative capacity and decreasing the descriptional complexity. They
are being preliminarily used to model natural language
understanding/generation systems as well as other empirical data from
artificial intelligence. Each one of the grammars is an agent and the whole
is a modular architecture. This formal architecture seems potentially close
to the kind of data natural language processing systems face.

So far, developments in the field have mainly come from theoretical
computer science, and now it's time to check these systems against natural
language processing problems. The aims of the workshop are to present this
new theory and to suggest trends of development in the field of natural
language processing. As well, the organizers welcome contributions from
theoretical as well as applied closely related areas, especially those
discussing formal language theoretic-inspired models of natural language
problems and those presenting other multi-agent processing systems.

The workshop may be of interest to the community attending EACL'99 in
search of new formal processing architectures.

Programme committee:

Erzsebet Csuhaj-Varju (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Jurgen Dassow (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
Rudolf Freund (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Lila Kari (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada)
Jozef Kelemen (Silesian University, Opava, Czech Republic; University of
 Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Alica Kelemenova (Silesian University, Opava, Czech Republic)
Carlos Martin-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
Alexandru Mateescu (University of Turku, Finland)
Victor Mitrana (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Gheorghe Paun (Romanian Academy, Bucharest)
Grzegorz Rozenberg (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
Arto Salomaa (University of Turku, Finland)
Detlef Wotschke (University of Frankfurt, Germany)


Erzsebet Csuhaj-Varju (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Jurgen Dassow (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
Jozef Kelemen (Silesian University, Opava, Czech Republic; University of
 Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Carlos Martin-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
Gheorghe Paun (Romanian Academy, Bucharest)

Contact person:

Carlos Martin-Vide
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics and Language Engineering (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Pl. Imperial Tarraco, 1
43005 Tarragona
Phone: +34-977-55-9543
Fax: +34-977-55-9597
Web site:


Full submissions should preferably be sent through e-mail to the contact
person as postscript files. Technical instructions for camera-ready
formatting will be provided to the authors of the papers selected.
Proceedings will be available at the workshop.


March 26, 1999: Submission deadline
April 9, 1999: Notification of acceptance
April 23, 1999: Camera-ready copy
June 12, 1999: Workshop
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