LINGUIST List 11.2206

Thu Oct 12 2000

Calls: Computational Semantics, Choice Functions

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  1. Harry Bunt, Computational Semantics (IWCS-4)
  2. Klaus von Heusinger, Workshop on Choice Functions and Natural Language Semantics

Message 1: Computational Semantics (IWCS-4)

Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 15:20:19 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Harry Bunt <>
Subject: Computational Semantics (IWCS-4)

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 | The deadline for submitting full papers has passed, but it |
 | is still possible to submit 3-page abstracts for a poster |
 | presentation combined with a very short, lightning-speed |
 | presentation of the essence of the work in a plenary session |
 | (see below). |
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 Fourth International Workshop on


 January 10-12, 2001 
 Tilburg, The Netherlands


 Sponsored by SIGSEM, 
 the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Semantics


The Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence Unit at
Tilburg University will host the Fourth International Workshop on
Computational Semantics (IWCS-4), that will take place from 10-12
January 2001. The aim of the workshop is to bring together
researchers interested in any aspects of the computation of
meaning in natural language or in language-based multimedia

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 | James Allen |
 | Jan van Eijck |
 | Alex Lascarides |
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Topics of interest for the workshop will be computational aspects
of formal semantic theories as well as theoretical issues in
building natural language understanding systems, including systens
where language is used in a multimedia setting. Papers are invited
in areas which include, but are not limited to, the following topics: 

 * working with underspecified representations of meaning
 * modelling and using context for interpretation
 * the relations between semantics and pragmatics
 * dynamic interpretation in text and dialogue
 * interpretation and games
 * computational lexical semantics
 * interpretation and inference
 * meaning in multimedia objects
 * interpretation and optimality
 * speech acts and interpretation
 * incrementality and monotonicity in interpretation
 * knowledge representation and reasoning in meaning computation


The deadline for submitting papers for full plenary presentation has
passed, but it is still possible to submit 3-page abstracts for a
poster presentation combined with a very short, lightning-speed
presentation of the essence of the work in a plenary session. The
3-page abstracts of the accepted submissions will be published in the
workshop proceedings. 

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of maximally 3 A4 pages 
before Monday 6 November by email to 
in Postscript form. Submissions should be in standard LaTeX in the
same style as full papers - see the guidelines for submissions at the
IWCS-4 web site:


 David Beaver Martha Palmer
 Patrick Blackburn Manfred Pinkal
 Harry Bunt (chair) Steve Pulman
 Robin Cooper James Pustejovsky
 Jan van Eijck Allan Ramsay
 Giacomo Ferrari Patrick Saint Dizier
 Jerry Hobbs Mark Steedman
 Daniel Kayser Enric Vallduvi
 Paul Mc Kevitt Wlodek Zadrozny
 Reinhard Muskens Henk Zeevat
 John Nerbonne


 Harry Bunt Reinhard Muskens Huub Prust
 Ielka van der Sluis Elias Thijsse


 6 November 2000 Deadline for short presentation/poster
 abstract submission
 15 November 2000 Notification of acceptance
 22 November 2000 Deadline for submitting final version of
 abstract for proceedings
 10-12 January 2001 Workshop


 Conference Secretariat: Carol McGregor
 Department of Linguistics
 Tilburg University
 PO Box 90153
 5000 LE Tilburg
 The Netherlands
 Phone: +31-13 466 30 60
 Fax: +31-13 466 31 10


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 Harry C. Bunt
 Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science
 Tilburg University 
 P.O. Box 90153 
 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands
 Phone: +31 - 13 466.3060 (secretary Anne Andriaensen)
 2568 (Dean's office)
 2653 (office, room B 310)
 Fax: +31 - 13 466.3110
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Message 2: Workshop on Choice Functions and Natural Language Semantics

Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 17:06:53 +0200
From: Klaus von Heusinger <>
Subject: Workshop on Choice Functions and Natural Language Semantics


 The workshop is part of European Summerschool in Logic,
	Language and Information (ESSLI) 2001 in Helsinki
		13. - 24. August 2001


Klaus von Heusinger, University Konstanz
Ruth Kempson, King's College, London
Wilfried Meier-Viol, King's College, London


Interest in the use of choice functions is increasing in formal semantics.
Their syntactic counterpart, the epsilon operator, was introduced into
meta-mathematics in the epsilon calculus of Hilbert and Bernays 1939, which
provides an explicit study of arbitrary names used as predicate logic proof
terms, the epsilon operator being a generalised iota operator underpinning
uses of both existential and universal quantification. Choice functions
provide a highly flexible semantic tool; yet as term-creating operators,
epsilon terms exhibit properties that are discrete from more familiar
	With epsilon terms as part of the presumed logical vocabulary for
NL semantics, a number of phenomena can be analysed from a new perspective:
eg scope phenomena of definite, indefinite NPs and wh-expressions, E-type
anaphora, and maximalisation effects in relative clauses.
	The goal of the workshop is to bring together linguists/logicians
who have addressed these issues to explore applications of the epsilon
calculus in NL syntax/semantics.


Abstracts are invited for fortyfive-minute talks (thirty minutes for
presentation plus fifteen minutes for discussion)

Please submit:
- an one-page abstract,

Electronic submissions are encouraged; abstracts should be attached in
plain text format or as Word files.


All submissions must be received by November 1st, 2000.

Send submissions to:

	Klaus von Heusinger
	FB Sprachwissenschaft
	Universitaet Konstanz
	Fach D 185
	D-78457 Konstanz

Send abstracts by FAX to: +49 7531-88 -2741
or (preferably) by e-mail to:

Notification of acceptance will be emailed in mid-November.


1. November 2000: 	deadline for abstracts
15 November 2000: 	notification of acceptance
13 - 17 August 2001	Workshop

More information on the Workshop-Homepage:

For further information about the upcoming ESSLLI 2001, please contact the
Organising Committee at
 <>, or write to

 ESSLLI 2001 Secretariat
 Ahti Pietarinen
 Department of Philosophy
 P.O. Box 24
 00014 Helsinki University
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