LINGUIST List 11.2134

Wed Oct 4 2000

Calls: Formal Pragmatics, Neurological Basis of Lang

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  1. Anton Benz, Formal Pragmatics
  2. NBL Conference Committee, The Neurological Basis of Language Conference

Message 1: Formal Pragmatics

Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 13:16:55 +0200
From: Anton Benz <>
Subject: Formal Pragmatics

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Date: 16. to 18. March 2001,
Location: Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Organised by
 Anton Benz (Berlin)
 Reinhard Blutner (Berlin), and
 Bart Geurts (Berlin/Nijmegen)
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Although formal pragmatics has a long tradition, it has generally 
been in the shadow of formal semantics. But recently there has 
been a rapid progress in the field, as witness the development of 
new approaches such as:

 - Optimality theory (OT)
 - Game and decision Theory
 - Theory of distributed Systems
 - Logic-based approaches
 - Extensions of dynamic semantics
 - Extensions of classical pragmatic approaches

This workshop offers an opportunity for the discussion of new 
approaches to formal pragmatics. We invite submissions related 
but not limited to the following topics:

 - Optimality and interpretation
 - Information and relevance
 - Game theory and communication
 - Conversational implicature
 - Presupposition
 - Focus
 - Information update in dialogue
 - Dialogue acts and their representation

Invited Speakers:
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 Nicholas Asher (Austin)
 Helen de Hoop (Utrecht)
 Laurence R. Horn (Yale)
 Arthur Merin (Munich)

Program Committee
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 Nicholas Asher (Austin)
 Anton Benz (Berlin)
 Reinhard Blutner (Berlin)
 Bart Geurts (Berlin/Nijmegen)
 Helen de Hoop (Utrecht)
 Laurence R. Horn (Yale)
 Manfred Krifka (Berlin)
 Arthur Merin (Munich)

Submission format
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We invite submissions of abstracts of maximum 4 page length 
(a4, 10pt, including bibliography), accompanied by a separate 
sheet indicating name, address and affiliation of the author(s) 
together with the title of the abstract, to be addressed to:

 Anton Benz
 Projekt Dialogsemantik
 Humboldt Universit´┐Żt Berlin
 Prenzlauer Promenade 149-152
 Room 521/522
 13189 Berlin

Electronical submissions are highly encouraged (MS Word, ps, 
pdf, or dvi), and may be sent to one of the following addresses:

Important dates
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 - November 1st, 2000: Deadline for submission
 - January 15th, 2001: Notification of acceptance
 - March 16th to 18th: Conference

Conference Homepage
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Message 2: The Neurological Basis of Language Conference

Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 17:19:42 +0200
From: NBL Conference Committee <>
Subject: The Neurological Basis of Language Conference

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 The Neurological Basis of Language:

 An Interdisciplinary Conference on
 Aphasiological, Computational, and Neuroimaging Approaches 
 July 9-11, 2001
 Groningen, The Netherlands


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Second Call for Papers
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Proceedings will be published in a special issue of Brain and
Language. All accepted abstracts will be included; selected
papers will appear as full articles after an additional review

You are - once again - invited to attend the Neurological Basis
of Language Conference (July, 9-11, 2001, Groningen, The
Netherlands). The conference aims to present an overview of how
synthesis of aphasiological, computational, and neuroimaging
approaches has advanced our understanding of the neurological
basis of language.

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Keynote speakers for this conference are:

* Angela Friederici
* Michael Gazzaniga
* David Plaut
* Cathy Price
* Laurie Stowe

Other papers and posters will be based on reviewed abstracts.
Deadline for abstract submission: November 1, 2000. This deadline is
relatively early, so that you can make travel plans on time!

Submission Guidelines
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Paper or poster presentations can be submitted using the abstract
submission form on our website (
Abstracts should not exceed 400 words (references not included).
Especially researchers who combine more than one methodology are
encouraged to submit their abstracts.

Don't consider the poster option a lesser choice! We plan three
poster sessions because posters allow active interactive discussion
of new results. We will structure the poster sessions so as to
maximize contact between researchers addressing the same topic from
different viewpoints.

Important Dates
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* Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2000
* Notification of Acceptance: January 10, 2001
* Early Registration Deadline: January 31, 2001
* Conference Dates: July 9-11, 2001

The submission and notification deadlines are well ahead of the
conference so that you will be able to make timely travel
arrangements. The conference is organized in conjunction with
the graduate summer school of the School of Behavioral and
Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Groningen. The summer
offers other advantages for the conference participants (no
teaching, adding in a bit of vacation, etc.), but making plans
ahead of time becomes necessary.

Who are the Organizers?
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The conference is being organized by the PIONIER Research Group on
The Neurological Basis of Language (Dept. of Linguistics, Faculty of
Arts, School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of
Groningen) funded by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research
(NWO) together with our colleagues from the School of Behavioral and
Cognitive Neurosciences.

We look forward to seeing you at our conference in the pleasant
environment of an old University town in the Northeast of the
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