LINGUIST List 11.2255

Wed Oct 18 2000

Calls: Workshop on Choice Functions - Revised

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  1. Klaus von Heusinger, Workshop on Choice Functions - Revised

Message 1: Workshop on Choice Functions - Revised

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 08:54:02 +0200
From: Klaus von Heusinger <>
Subject: Workshop on Choice Functions - Revised


			** Revised Version **

		*** New Deadline: 31. January 2001 ***

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


Klaus von Heusinger, University Konstanz
Ruth Kempson, King's College, London
Wilfried Meyer-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
quantifiers. 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 31st January 2001.

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-February.


31. January 2001: deadline for abstracts
15. February: 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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