LINGUIST List 10.519

Thu Apr 8 1999

Calls: South Slavic & Balkan Lang, Discourse Analysis

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  1. Mila Vulchanova, South Slavic and Balkan Languages
  2. Workshop on Procedures in Discourse Interpretation, Procedures in Discourse Interpretation

Message 1: South Slavic and Balkan Languages

Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 11:30:37 +0200
From: Mila Vulchanova <>
Subject: South Slavic and Balkan Languages

The University of Plovdiv is pleased to announce the

Plovdiv, September 24 - 26, 1999

Conference Organizing Committee:
Iordan Penchev (Institute for Bulgarian Language, Sofia)
Iliyana Krapova (University of Plovdiv)
Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova (NTNU, Trondheim)
Lars Hellan (NTNU, Trondheim)
Ivan Kasabov (New Bulgarian University)
Yovka Tisheva (Sofia University)

Invited speakers:

Zeljko Boskovic, University of Connecticut
Carmen Dobrovie Sorin, Universit Paris 7
Steven Franks, Indiana University
Zlatka Guentcheva, Universit Paris 7
Maria Polinsky, University of California at San Diego
Henk van Riemsdijk, Tilburg University
Henk Verkuyl, Utrecht University

The conference will be hosted by the Linguistics and Slavic Languages
Department at the University of Plovdiv.

Papers are invited for a 20 minute presentation plus 10 minute discussion
on issues in the field of syntax, morphology, phonology and semantics of
South Slavic and Balkan languages, as well as on topics in comparative
South Slavic and Balkan linguistics within any formal framework. Please
send two copies of a one-page abstract to one of the following addresses by
post or email:

 Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova,
 Department of English, NTNU
 7491 Trondheim, Norway

 Iliyana Krapova Department of Linguistics and Slavic Languages
 University of Plovdiv "Paisij Hilendarsky"
 24 Tsar Assen Str.
 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Submission deadline: 30.04.1999. Please, include your name, affiliation,
ordinary and email address.

Plovdiv is a beautiful town located in the southern part of Bulgaria, with
a two-hour bus/train drive from the capital Sofia. It is one of the most
ancient European cities and is famous for its rich and diverse cultural
traditions. The conference venue will be in the old part of the town, an
architectural reserve from the 18th c.

Mila Vulchanova
nestleder,Engelsk institutt, NTNU
7491 Trondheim
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Message 2: Procedures in Discourse Interpretation

Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 19:36:40 +0200 (DFT)
From: Workshop on Procedures in Discourse Interpretation <>
Subject: Procedures in Discourse Interpretation


 EUROLAN'99 Workshop

 Procedures in Discourse Interpretation

 held as part of EUROLAN'99
 July 19/31
 A.I. Cuza University
 Iasi - Romania


Our comprehension of the intended meaning of a discourse act, of the
semantics of discourse segments, and of the coherence relations holding
between them, relies on different types of knowledge, like the meaning of
lexical items, domain-specific knowledge, commonsense knowledge, the
particular view of the context, etc.

During the process of discourse interpretation, specific procedures are
activated, which, by manipulating in a uniform manner all these pieces of
knowledge, carry out inferences and reasoning activities necessary to the
identification of the preferred reading.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussing the
nature of such procedures and the way they access and manipulate the
relevant sources of knowledge. Theoretical issues like bridging, conflicts
between lexically based and discourse-based inference, presupposition and
anaphora resolution, and the relevance of cognitive constraints on
discourse interpretation are especially welcome.

Submissions are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics and

 * How can lexical clues lead to the preferred interpretation? How are
 underspecified lexical representations solved in discourse?
 * What is the semantic contribution of verbal and nominal classes to
 discourse structure?
 * How can inference on nominals and events be modeled?
 * Are lexical features arranged along a prominence and accessibility
 hierarchy? To what extent could such a hierarchy affect the
 accessibility of referents?
 * In a frame/semantics perspective, when analyzing discourse one
 activates several frames connected to meaningful elements: do these
 elements have the same status or, especially if ambiguities arise,
 are some frames computed first?
 * To what extent does world knowledge (whether or not is is encoded
 into the lexical structure of an item) affect the interpretation process
 w.r.t consistency and informativity? How is the knowledge of context
 * Which are the relevant factors in evaluating informativity and

Prospective authors are encouraged to focus on procedural aspects in their
approaches to discourse interpretation. This will ensure that all
contributions share a common basis for discussion, notwithstanding their
differences in perspective.


The workshop will consist of around twelve 20 min. presentations,
organized into 4 short sessions, each followed by 30 min. of discussion.
Some experienced discussants have been invited to comment and better
orient the discussion.

Participation to the workshop is open to all Eurolan'99 attendants.
Copies of workshop proceedings will be made available.


Authors are requested to submit an abstract. Electronic submission is
strongly encouraged. Send your electronic submission to:

Maximum length is four A4 pages, including figures and references. 
Abstracts should include in the first page title, authors
name(s), affiliation, complete mailing address, phone and fax number,
e-mail address and, optionally, up to five keywords. 
If electronic submission is impossible, send four hardcopies 
to the following address:

WPDI Committee
Department of Linguistics
University of Pisa
Via Santa Maria 36
56126 Pisa - Italy


 * Abstract submission deadline: May 10
 * Notification of acceptance: May 31
 * Camera ready papers due: June 20


People wanting to attend the workshop must be registered in the Eurolan'99
School. For detailed information visit the school's site at


Giacomo Ferrari -
Malvina Nissim -
Andrea Sanso -
Claudia Soria -
Feel free to contact us for any further information needed.


 * Nicoletta Calzolari - Institute for Computational Linguistics-CNR,
 Italy (to be confirmed)
 * Dan Cristea - University "A.I. Cuza" of Iasi, Romania
 * Giacomo Ferrari - University of East Piemonte, Italy
 * Jerry Hobbs - SRI International, USA
 * Nancy Ide - Vassar College, USA
 * Daniel Marcu - ISI/University of Southern California, USA
 * Malvina Nissim - University of Pavia, Italy
 * Philip Resnik - University of Maryland, Linguistics and Computer 
 Science, USA (to be confirmed)
 * Andrea Sanso' - University of Pavia, Italy
 * Claudia Soria - Institute for Computational Linguistics-CNR, Italy
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