LINGUIST List 11.1295

Fri Jun 9 2000

Calls: Optimal Interpretations, Coordination Models

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  1. Helen de Hoop, Optimal Interpretations of Words and Constituents
  2. Andrea Omicini, Coordination Models, Languages and Applications (ACM SAC 2001)

Message 1: Optimal Interpretations of Words and Constituents

Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 11:15:16 +0200
From: Helen de Hoop <>
Subject: Optimal Interpretations of Words and Constituents


Conference on 
Optimal Interpretations of Words and Constituents

Date: August 30-31, 2000
Location: UiL OTS, Utrecht University
Invited speakers: 	Joan Bresnan (Stanford University)
 	Miriam Butt (University of Konstanz)
			Henk Zeevat (University of Amsterdam)

Invited forum: Chair:	Henk Verkuyl (Utrecht)
	 Participants:	Peter Ackema (Utrecht)
				Reinhard Blutner (Berlin)
				Alice ter Meulen (Groningen)

Organizers: Petra Hendriks, Helen de Hoop, Henriļæ½tte de Swart

In principle, Optimality Theory (OT) is not restricted to any specific
aspect of language. Only recently, OT has been applied to semantic
analysis (Hendriks & De Hoop, to appear, De Hoop & De Swart, to
appear, Van der Does & De Hoop 1998, Blutner 1999). Against the
backdrop of the general problem of optimizing interpretation, the aim
of this conference is to deal with the relation between morphology and

In the nominal as well as the verbal domain, rich morphology is of
utmost importance to the optimization of interpretation. If an input
contains morphological information, the effect of that information is
not easily overruled by any other kind of information (such as
pragmatics or prosody), but it is not certain whether it cannot be
verruled at all. In general, the existence of (morphological)
alternatives raises strong interpretive blocking effects. When there
are two optimal lexical forms, it is economical to use them for
different interpretations. Thus, when there are two pronominal forms
for the third person singular, one might be optimally interpreted as a
continuing topic, the other one as a shifted topic or
focus. Similarly, when there are two types of objective case, one
might be used for the objects of telic predicates, the other for
atelic objects.

Questions that might be addressed during the conference include the

- What are the different types of constraints that resolve
lexical ambiguities and how do these interact?

- What is the adequate treatment of the roles of the speaker's
perspective (generation) and the hearer's perspective
(comprehension) in the analysis of the interpretation of

- More specifically, how do markedness constraints (that
penalize complex structures and hence tend to allow lexical
and structural ambiguity) and faithfulness constraints (that
disfavour ambiguity and hence favour morphological richness)

The conference has room for about ten selected talks. Authors should
submit their abstract and additional information (name, affiliation,
e-mail address and title of the paper) by e-mail in plain ascii text
(attachmentsy"20 are not accepted!) Please send your abstracts to:

The DEADLINE for submission is July 5, 2000.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 14.
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Message 2: Coordination Models, Languages and Applications (ACM SAC 2001)

Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 16:01:58 +0200
From: Andrea Omicini <>
Subject: Coordination Models, Languages and Applications (ACM SAC 2001)


 2001 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2001)

 Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Applications

 March 11-14, 2001
 Las Vegas, USA

SAC 2001
Over the past fifteen years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
(SAC) has become a primary forum for applied computer scientists and
application developers from around the world to interact and present
their work. SAC 2001 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Groups 
on Applied Computing (SIGAPP) and Biomedical Computing (SIGBIO). SAC
2001 is hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Authors are invited to contribute original papers in all areas of
experimental computing and application development for the technical
sessions. There will be a number of special tracks on such issues as
Programming Languages, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Mobile
Computing, Multimedia and Visualization, etc.

Coordination Models, Languages and Applications Track
A special track on coordination models, languages and applications
will be held at SAC 2001. The term "coordination" here is used in a
rather broad sense covering traditional models and languages (e.g.
ones based on the Shared Dataspace, CHAM and IWIM metaphors) but also 
other related formalisms and concepts such as configuration and 
architectural description frameworks, systems modeling abstractions 
and languages, programming skeletons, social aspects of multi-agent 
systems, etc.

Major topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

 * Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques.
 * Relationship with other computational models such as object
 oriented, declarative (functional, logic, constraint) programming
 or extensions of them with coordination capabilities.
 * Applications (especially where the industry is involved).
 * Theoretical aspects (semantics, reasoning, verification).
 * Software architectures and software engineering techniques.
 * Configuration and Architecture Description Languages.
 * Middleware platforms (e.g. CORBA).
 * All aspects related to the modeling of Information Systems
 (groupware, Internet and the Web, workflow management, CSCW).
 * Coordination of multi-agent systems (models, technologies and 
 applications), including mobile and intelligent agents.
 * Coordination technologies and systems.

Track Program Chair
Andrea Omicini				

LIA, DEIS, Facolta' di Ingegneria
Universita' degli Studi di Bologna
Viale Risorgimento, 2 -- 40136 Bologna, ITALY
voice: +39 051 2093023 -- fax: +39 051 2093073

Guidelines for Submission
Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas will
be considered. This includes three categories of submissions: 1)
original and unpublished research; 2) reports of innovative computing
applications in the arts, sciences, engineering, business, government,
education and industry; and 3) reports of successful technology
transfer to new problem domains. Each submitted paper will be fully
refereed and undergo a blind review process by at least three
referees. The accepted papers in all categories will be published in
the ACM SAC 2001 proceedings.

Submission guidelines must be strictly followed:

 * Submit your paper electronically in either PDF or postscript format 
 to the Track Program Chair of the SAC 2001 Special Track on 
 Coordination Models, Languages and Applications (whose address is
 shown above). Neither hardcopy nor fax submissions will be accepted.

 * The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the body
 of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person.
 This is to facilitate blind review.

 * The body of the paper should not exceed 5,000 words (approximately
 15 pages, double-spaced).

 * A separate cover sheet (in the case of electronic submission this
 should be sent separately from the main paper) should show the title
 of the paper, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the
 address (including e-mail, telephone, and fax) to which
 correspondence should be sent.

 * All submissions must be received by September 1, 2000.

Over the last three years, the Special Track on Coordination Models,
Languages and Applications has built its success also over the work of 
many volunteer referees. Anyone wishing to review papers for this 
special track should contact the Track Program Chair at the address 
shown above.

Track Home Page
Further information can be found at the special track home page:

Important Dates
 * September 1, 2000: Paper Submission
 * October 13, 2000: Author Notification
 * November 1, 2000: Camera-Ready Copy
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