LINGUIST List 10.741

Fri May 14 1999

Calls: Computational Semantics, Distinctive Features

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  1. Maarten de Rijke, Final CfP: Inference in Computational Semantics
  2. Antony Dubach Green, Call: Distinctive Feature Theory

Message 1: Final CfP: Inference in Computational Semantics

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 14:37:01 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Maarten de Rijke <>
Subject: Final CfP: Inference in Computational Semantics


 First workshop on


 Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
 Amsterdam, August 15, 1999

 (Submission deadline: June 1, 1999)

Endorsed by SIGSEM, the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 
Special Interest Group (SIG) on computational semantics.

Traditional inference tools (such as theorem provers and model
builders) are reaching new levels of sophistication and are now widely
and easily available. In addition, a wide variety of new tools
(statistical and probabilistic methods, ideas from the machine
learning community) are likely to be increasingly applied in
computational semantics for natural language. Indeed, computational
semantics has reached the stage where the exploration and development
of inference is one of its most pressing tasks --- and there's a lot
of interesting new work which takes inferential issues seriously.

The first workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-1)
intends to bring together researchers from areas such as Computational
Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Logic, in
order to discuss approaches and applications of inference in natural
language semantics.

We invite two kinds of submissions: research papers on inference
methods in computational semantics as well as their applications; and
system descriptions. Research papers can be up to 10 A4 size pages
(formatted using the standard LaTeX2e options 11pt and a4paper), and
system descriptions can be up to 4 A4 size pages (again, formatted
using 11pt, a4paper as options). System descriptions should focus on
actual implementations, explaining system architecture issues and
specific implementation techniques. Every system description should
be accompanied by a system demo at ICoS-1. The primary means of
submission will be electronic, in PostScript format. Submissions
should be sent to

 * Submission deadline: June 1, 1999
 * Notification date: July 1, 1999
 * Final versions due: July 21, 1999
 * Workshop: August 15, 1999

The following people will give invited presentations:

 * Johan Bos (Saarbruecken)
 Automated Reasoning for Natural Language Semantics

 * Steve Pulman (Cambridge and SRI International)
 Bidirectional Contextual Resolution

 * Matthew Stone (Rutgers)
 Towards a Computational Account of Knowledge, Action and Instructions

The program committee for ICoS-1 consists of the following people:

 James Allen Alex Lascarides
 Patrick Blackburn Christof Monz
 Denys Duchier Reinhard Muskens
 Jan van Eijck Manfred Pinkal
 Claire Gardent Maarten de Rijke
 Jacques Jayez Len Schubert
 Aravind Joshi Henk Zeevat
 Michael Kohlhase

ICoS-1 will be held at the University of Amsterdam during the 11th
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI'99),
which will be held in Utrecht, approximately 30 km from Amsterdam.

Detailed information about the program, and about registration and
accommodation will be made available at a later stage. For further
information, please contact the local organizers at
or visit the ICoS-1 home page:
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Message 2: Call: Distinctive Feature Theory

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 14:34:09 +0200
From: Antony Dubach Green <>
Subject: Call: Distinctive Feature Theory


 October 7-9, 1999

 Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
 Berlin, Germany

 - C A L L F O R P A P E R S -

The theme of this conference is the role of distinctive features in
phonological theory. In addition to several invited speakers there
will be slots for 10-16 papers. Invited speakers who have agreed to
participate are:

Abigail C. Cohn
Aditi Lahiri
Richard Wiese
Moira Yip

Abstracts are invited on papers which focus on the role of features
with emphasis on the following topics:

1. Feature geometry and underspecification
2. Autosegmental phonology (e.g. harmony and tone)
3. The relationship between phonological features and phonetic 

Papers will be 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes discussion.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 16, 1999. There will be
no conference fees. Send four copies of a one page abstract (three
anonymous, one camera ready with name and affiliation) to:

 CDFT organizers
 Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
 Jaegerstr. 10-11
 10117 Berlin

Phone: +49-30-20192-574, +49-30-20192-570, +49-30-20192-499
Fax: +49-30-20192-402


The ZAS website (soon to include information on the CDFT) can be found at

This conference is being organized by Antony D. Green, T. A. Hall, and
Ursula Kleinhenz, and with support of the ZAS.

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Dr. Antony Dubach Green
Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Jaegerstr. 10/11 Tel +49 (0)30 20 192 574
10117 Berlin
Deutschland Fax +49 (0)30 20 192 402
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