LINGUIST List 11.203

Tue Feb 1 2000

Calls: Interdisciplinary/Diagrams, Phonology

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  1. Bernd Meyer, Interdisciplinary: DIAGRAMS 2000
  2. Kager, Typology in Phonology

Message 1: Interdisciplinary: DIAGRAMS 2000

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 13:19:04 +1100
From: Bernd Meyer <>
Subject: Interdisciplinary: DIAGRAMS 2000

 Second Call for Papers
 (new deadline for submission of abstracts)

 An International Conference
 on the
 Theory and Application of Diagrams

 University of Edinburgh
 September 1-3, 2000

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Diagrams 2000 is the first event in a new interdisciplinary conference
series on the Theory and Application of Diagrams.

Driven by the pervasiveness of diagrams in human communication and by
the increasing availability of graphical environments in computerised
work, the study of diagrammatic notations is emerging as a research
field in its own right. This development has simultaneously taken
place in several scientific disciplines, including, amonst others:
cognitive science, artificial intelligence and computer science.
Consequently, a number of different workshop series on this topic have
successfully been organised during the last few years: Thinking with
Diagrams, Theory of Visual Languages, Reasoning with Diagrammatic
Representations, and Formalizing Reasoning with Visual and
Diagrammatic Representations.

Diagrams are simultaneously complex cognitive phenonema and
sophisticated computational artifacts. So, to be successful and
relevant the study of diagrams must as a whole be interdisciplinary in
nature. Thus, the workshop series mentioned above have decided to
merge into Diagrams 2000, as the single interdisciplinary conference
for this exciting new field. Diagrams 2000 provides a forum with
sufficient breadth of scope to encompass researchers from all academic
areas who are studying the nature of diagrammatic representations and
their use by humans and in machines. It is intended to become the
premier international conference series in this field and will attract
participants from applied linguistics, architecture, artificial
intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, education, graphic
design, history of science, human-computer interaction, philosophical
logic, psychology and others.

The conference will consist of technical sessions with presentations
of refereed papers and tutorials which are intended to bridge the gap
between the various disciplines and foster the development of a common

Some examples of the broad topics and issues that papers might cover

* psychological/educational investigations of how people reason or
 learn with diagrams;
* computational reasoning with and interpretation of diagrams;
* usability issues concerning diagrams;
* classification and formalization of abstract properties of diagrams;
* descriptions of particular diagramming notations and their use.

We invite submissions of research papers that focus primarily on
diagrams or diagram use by human or computer. Other than this, there
are no particular restrictions on the field of study or the specific
topics of the papers. The papers will be peer reviewed. It is planned
to publish the proceedings as a volume in the Springer series Lecture
Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

Appropriate research methodologies and approaches include, amongst
others: experimental investigation; rigorous empirical observation and
analysis; computational modelling of the processes of reasoning with
diagrams; implementation of systems deploying diagrams; knowledge
accumulated from reflection on extensive practice; analysis of a
particular diagramming notation; mathematical proofs of complexity and
expressiveness of classes of diagrams.

For further information and details of electronic submission of papers
see the conference web site:

Program Chairs: Michael Anderson, University of Hartford (USA); Peter
Cheng, University of Nottingham (UK); Volker Haarslev, University of
Hamburg (Germany).

Program Committee: Tom Addis, Gerard Allwein, Nigel Birch (EPSRC),
Alan Blackwell (WWW organization), Jo Calder (Local organiation), B.
Chandrasekaran, Maria Francesca Costabile, Gennaro Costagliola, Max
Egenhofer, George Furnas, Janice Glasgow, David Gooding, Mark D.
Gross, Corin Gurr (Local organization), Pat Hayes, Mary Hegarty,
Mateja Jamnik, Stefano Levialdi, Robert Lindsay, Ric Lowe, Kim
Marriott, Bernd Meyer (Publicity organization), N. Hari Narayanan,
Patrick Olivier, David Barker-Plummer, Clive Richards, Eric Saund,
Barbara Tversky.

Important Dates:
February 21 Deadline for submission of Abstracts
March 13 Deadline for submission of Papers
May 8 Notification of authors
June 2 Camera ready copies due
July 31 Deadline for early registration
September 1-3 Diagrams 2000 conference
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Message 2: Typology in Phonology

Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 16:21:47 +0100
From: Kager <>
Subject: Typology in Phonology


Fourth Utrecht Biannual Phonology Workshop

Rene Kager & Wim Zonneveld, organizers
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics - OTS

22-23 June, 2000

Theme: Typology in Phonology

Invited speakers: Ellen Broselow (SUNY Stony Brook) and Paul Kiparsky
(Stanford University)

Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2000

Theme description: The aim of this workshop is to consider the role of
negative typological evidence in phonological theory. That is, we will
approach the research field of Phonological Typology not from the standard
viewpoint of existing languages of two or more types, vis-a-vis a given
phenomenon, but from that of the existing/non-existing language type
dichotomy, with an emphasis on the latter: which type of language is
actually never found, why is its absence principled rather than accidental,
and how is its absence explained in formal theories of phonology.
	Gaps in typologies have played an important role in phonological theory
(for example, the iambic-trochaic asymmetry in metrical phonology). Since
the primary goal of linguistic theory is to define the notion of "possible
natural language", the question arises to what extent systematic gaps in
typologies reflect genuine properties of human language, or conversely, to
what extent such gaps are accidental only. What criteria render negative
typological evidence relevant to phonological theory?

	High priority will be given to papers that have one or more of the
following properties. Its typological claims:
* are based on existing and identified corpora, and/or defined literature
searches (and perhaps only lastly on reasonable hunches or gut feelings);
* are made against the background of overt criteria regarding the 
relevance of typological gaps (or stated differently, the observed 
typological gap constitutes an empirical surprise rather than a 
trivial observation inviting just a formal exercise);
* are formalized in an overtly stated theoretical framework.

We will especially welcome contributions that highlight issues such as:
* an appraisal (weak and strong points) of the corpus approach to their
* the role of phonetic experimental explanation in phonology;
* the differences and similarities between a formalization and an explanation;
* relations between phonological and morphological typology (for example,
directionality of phonological processes in prefixing versus suffixing
languages), or syntactic typology (for example, the side of the head in
syntactic and phonological phrases);
* explanations for typological gaps in terms of converging gradient 
(for example, the convergence of directionality and foot type in leftward
iambic systems).

It must be emphatically noted that the contents of the workshop are also
intended to cover:
* (corpus-based) descriptions and explanations of existing vs. 
non-existing historical developments;
* observed principled differences between child and adult languages (for
example, the wide-spread occurrence of consonant harmony in child language);
* empirically supported pleas for (further) typological investigations of
an identified research area;
* empirically supported pleas for establishing new corpora between 
existing ones.

Submission of abstracts. Abstracts are requested to have a maximum length
of a single page, with an optional second page for examples and references.
Send two anonymous abstracts and one marked with the author's name and
affiliation to:

Rene Kager
Trans 10
3512 JK Utrecht
The Netherlands

No e-mail submissions, please. (Electronic versions of accepted abstracts
will be requested at a later stage.) Any queries: or

Rene Kager

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics/OTS
Trans 10
3512 JK Utrecht
The Netherlands

phone: +31-30-2538064
fax: +31-30-2536000
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