LINGUIST List 10.58

Wed Jan 13 1999

Calls: Syntax, Learning Classifier Systems

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  1. Stanley Dubinsky, Grammatical Functions in Transformational Syntax
  2. Pier Luca Lanzi, GECCO-99 Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems

Message 1: Grammatical Functions in Transformational Syntax

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 99 18:48:39 EST
From: Stanley Dubinsky <DUBINSKVM.SC.EDU>
Subject: Grammatical Functions in Transformational Syntax

Please post the following:

Call for Presentation Proposals:
The Role of Grammatical Functions in Transformational Syntax,
A workshop at the 1999 LSA Linguistic Institute.

Location: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dates: July 10-11, 1999

William D. Davies (University of Iowa) and
Stanley Dubinsky (University of South Carolina)

This (NSF-funded) workshop will explore the place of grammatical
functions (GFs) in transformational theories of syntax, which since
Chomsky 1965 have held GFs such as subject and object are not
primitives of the theory but are definable in terms of phrase structure
configurations. Recent instantiations of these theories, such as
Principles & Parameters and the Minimalist Program, have undergone
revisions which incorporate principles utilizing GFs in a way that
appears to admit their roles as primitives, as in the Extended Projection
Principle, the introduction of functional phrase structure projections
such as AgrS and AgrO, and other innovations. These innovations
raise the fundamental question of whether or not GFs can indeed be
configurationally defined on phrase structure representations.

The workshop will bring together the work of leading researchers
relating to these issues, including:
 * the ways in which GFs have been incorporated into current
 transformational theories;
 * whether unitary configurationally defined GFs can be identified
 in current transformational syntax;
 * if configurational definitions of GFs have been reduced to
 axioms of the theory, the degree to which these structural
 representations of GFs yield significant insights;
 * the inventory of GFs that must be recognized in the theory;
 * and whether all languages instantiate all projections involved
 in defining Gfs.

The core workshop invited participants include:
Alex Alsina (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona),
Mark Baker (Rutgers University),
Chris Collins (Cornell University),
Howard Lasnik (Connecticut University),
Diane Massam (University of Toronto),
James McCloskey (University of California, Santa Cruz),
Frederick Newmeyer (University of Washington),
Norvin Richards (Kanda University of International Studies), and
Lisa Travis (McGill University).

Currently, the workshop includes 8 invited presentations.
Plans call for 6 to 8 additional presentations to be selected
from proposals proposals submitted researchers interested in this topic.

Presentations will be 35 minutes in length, leaving 20 minutes for
questions and discussion. Further information is available at:

Those interested in participating in this workshop should submit
a two-page abstract (inclusive of data and references) in type no
smaller than 12 point, with one inch margins all around.
Abstracts that do not conform to these guidelines will not be
considered. Please include with your abstract, your name,
affiliation, postal address, and e-mail address.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to the following addresses: (Stanley Dubinsky) and (William Davies).
Please send your abstract either as plain ASCII (.txt) or as an
attachment in RTF, Word, or Wordperfect.

The deadline for receipt of proposal abstracts is March 15, 1999.
Notification of inclusion in the program will be made via e-mail
by April 15, 1999. Because each presentation will be paired with
a discussant, a written version of the presentation must be made
available for circulation to other workshop participants by June 1,
1999 (six weeks before the workshop).
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Message 2: GECCO-99 Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 01:12:10 +0100 (MET)
From: Pier Luca Lanzi <>
Subject: GECCO-99 Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems

 *** Call for Papers ***

 Second International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems (IWLCS-99)

 			 a workshop of 

 The 1999 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-99)

 July 13, 1999
 Orlando, Florida, USA

 The Second International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems will
 be held during the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
 (GECCO-99) on July 13, 1999 at the Omni Rose Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

 The aim of the workshop is to bring together people from this field 
 for getting an overview of the latest results and most promising 
 research directions. 
 Although GECCO has a track on LCS, we believe that a workshop is the
 best setting to discuss the recent research results and the future 
 research direction. The workshop is in fact an informal environment 
 more suitable to promote discussion. 

 Submissions are invited that discuss recent developments in learning 
 classifier systems research and the expected trends of the field. 
 Papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the program 

 Accepted papers will be available in electronic form before the 
 workshop. Working notes will be distributed during the workshop.

 Most interesting papers will be selected for publication in a 
 post-workshop volume that is planned to be published in the
 Springer LNCS/LNAI series. 

 Submissions deadline is 	 		*** March 24, 1999 ***
 Acceptances decisions will be mailed by	*** May 15, 1999 *** 
 Copies for the working notes are due by *** June 15, 1999 ***

 *** Paper submission ***

 Papers should not be longer than ten pages, including title page, 
 figures, and bibliography. For submission of longer papers please 
 contact the members of the organizing committee sending a message
 to Electronic submission (compressed/
 zipped/gzipped standard PostScript) is strongly encouraged. 

 A copy of the paper should be mailed to with the subject "PAPER SUBMISSION". 

 Alternatively, authors may send five hardcopies to:

 Wolfgang Stolzmann (IWLCS-99)
 Universitaet Wuerzburg
 Psychologie III
 Roentgenring 11
 97070 Wuerzburg

 Authors must also send an electronic message (plain ascii text) 
 to containing the title of the paper, 
 author(s) name, institution, address, and a 300-words abstract. 
 The message must have the subject "TITLE PAGE" and must be 
 formatted as follows:



 Institution (and address):

 Abstract (300 word maximum):

 *** Workshop Registration ***

 IWLCS-99 is a workshop of the GECCO-99 conference. Workshop 
 participants must be registered to GECCO-99. People who are
 interested in participating to the workshop without presenting a
 paper should send a message to

 *** Further Information ***

 For additional information, see the workshop page 

 or send an electronic message to

 For information concerning GECCO-99 visit:
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