LINGUIST List 11.2609

Sat Dec 2 2000

Calls: Language/Cognition, Communicating Systems

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  1. Holden Haertl, Language and Cognition (DGfS2001)
  2.>, Human and Artificial Communicating Systems

Message 1: Language and Cognition (DGfS2001)

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 16:25:27 +0100
From: Holden Haertl <>
Subject: Language and Cognition (DGfS2001)

Workshop 3 of the
DGfS conference 'Language and Cognition', 2001
Annual Conference of the German Society of Linguistics, Leipzig (Germany)

28th February - 2nd March, 2001

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Workshop 3:
The Syntax-Semantics-Interface: Linguistic Structures and Processes
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Holden Haertl (Leipzig)
Susan Olsen (Leipzig)
Heike Tappe (Hamburg)

We, the organizers of the above workshop, would like to announce our program
which has been set up now. The workshop aims to bring together experts
dealing with similar phenomena from various fields such as
psycholinguistics, theoretical linguistics, or cognitive science in general.
The discussion will focus on a definition of the mapping between concepts
and grammar by looking at specific linguistically related phenomena (cf. the
official description below).

To get more information about the workshop visit our website:

To get more information about the conference in general, its plenary
sessions, and the other workshops:

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Participants of workshop 3
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Phil Cummins, Boris Gutbrod, Ruediger Weingarten (Universitaet Osnabrueck)

Rainer Dietrich & Kathy Y. van Nice (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin):

Johannes Doelling (Universitaet Leipzig)

Heidrun Dorgeloh (University of Duesseldorf) & Anja Wanner (University of

David Dowty (Ohio State University)

Markus Egg & Kristina Striegnitz (Universitaet des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken)

Veronika Ehrich (Deutsches Seminar, Universitaet Tuebingen)

Markus Guhe (Universitaet Hamburg)

Joerg D. Jescheniak (Zentrum f�r Kognitionswissenschaften der Universitaet
Leipzig & MPI fuer neuropsychologische Forschung, Leipzig)

Gerard Kempen (Leiden University & MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

Ralf Nuese (Universitaet Heidelberg)

Andrea Schalley (Universitaet Muenchen)

Andreas Spaeth (Universitaet Leipzig)

Ladina Tschander (Universitaet Hamburg)

Elke van der Meer (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)

Femke F. van der Meulen (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

Heike Wiese (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)

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Description of the workshop
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While, in the past, theoretical linguistics concentrated on the static
properties of the linguistic system, increasing evidence has gathered for
the view that processes of language production should be seen as a field for
testing theoretical assumptions. This is a challenge as well as an
opportunity. Similarly, interdisciplinary research on language production
makes use of theoretical linguistic findings in modelling language
production. To what extent can linguistic theories and empirical research
profit from each other? The aim of this workshop is to promote discourse
about this subject, which has been increasing in importance both in Germany
(e.g. through the DFG research priority programme 'Language Production') and
internationally. In this spirit, we consider a discussion of interface
problems to be promising. By this we mean, firstly, the question concerning
the concrete interaction of the subcomponents of the linguistic system, a
question which cannot be avoided once one attempts to include a description
of the procedural aspects of the linguistic system. Secondly, more attention
should be paid to the manner, degree and time in which the linguistic and
non-linguistic systems influence each other.

The two areas just described are inextricably interwoven. Important here are
various general questions, which will be the centre of attention for the
workshop: Are there conceptual structures which have more than one possible
linguistic realisation? How can such divergent linguistic realisations be
motivated? At which level do the information units responsible for such
differing linguistic realisations enter into the language production
process? The workshop will deal with concrete questions pertinent to the
range of issues just sketched.

These questions can be related to aspects of the global processes of
perspectivisation and information structuring in the sense that they
influence the range of phenomena discussed above. Against this background,
several kinds of grammatical alternations, such as the causative or the
locative alternation could be examined.

Bierwisch, M. & Schreuder, R. (1992). From concepts to lexical items.
Cognition, 4, 23-60.

Levelt, W.J.M. (1989). Speaking: From intention to articulation. Cambridge,
MA: MIT Press.

Stutterheim C. & R. Meyer-Klabunde (1999) (eds.), Representations and
Processes in language production. (Studien zur Kognitionswissenschaft.).
Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitaetsverlag.

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Dr. Holden Haertl
University of Leipzig
English Department
Bruehl 34-50
04109 Leipzig
Tel: ++49 341 9737343
Fax: ++49 341 9737328
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Message 2: Human and Artificial Communicating Systems

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 13:27:39 +0100 (MET)
From:> <>
Subject: Human and Artificial Communicating Systems

The graduate program Task Oriented Communication is organizing the
international workshop "Perception and Production - The Interaction of
Human and Artificial Communicating Systems". This workshop will take place
on December 14-15 2000 at the Center of Interdisciplinary Research
(University of Bielefeld, Germany). 

The information given here can also be found at

If you are interested in participating, please register until December 6th
by sending an email to ankeTechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE. This is necessary
because of the limited amount of seats available. 

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 Perception and Production

 Workshop on the Interaction of
 Human and Artificial Communicating Systems

 December 14th - 15th, 2000
 Bielefeld, Germany

 Email: ankeTechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE
 URL: http://www.TechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE/gk/workshop2000/
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The graduate program "Task-Oriented Communication" is organizing a
workshop on "Perception and Production" to be held from December 14th -
15th, 2000 at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University
of Bielefeld, Germany. 

Perception and production of information are fundamental components of
communicating systems. Thus they play a role in the examination of
human-human interaction as well as human-computer and computer-computer

- In human-human interaction, the foundations of production and
perception of information in various modalities can be experimentally
examined and evaluated with regard to the functionality of cognitive
processes involved in, e.g., language acquisition, speech perception
and production, or gesture generation. 

- In human-computer interaction, the understanding of perception and 
production is the basis for the development and optimization of
communicating systems, e.g., in sonification, speech synthesis, or
recognition of prosodic cues. 

- In computer-computer interaction perception and production can be 
implemented and beyond that, their evolution can be studied in
simulations, e.g., in artificial agents. 

The focus will be on the links between perception and production and the
modeling of the cognitive processes that lead from the percepts to
concepts, which, in turn, constitute the basis for internal storage and

As the graduate program unites students from both linguistics and computer
science in an interdisciplinary framework, the aim of this workshop is to
bring together researchers from various disciplines and with different
theoretical, empirical, and technical backgrounds to support an
interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. 

Invited Speakers:
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- Renate Bartsch, Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam 
- Bennett I. Bertenthal, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago 
- J. Kathryn Bock, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois 
- Myra P. van Esch-Bussemakers, Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and
- Stevan Harnad, Cognitive Science Centre, Southampton University 
- Dik J. Hermes, IPO, Center for User-System Interaction, Eindhoven 
- Wolfgang Prinz, MPI fuer Psychologische Forschung, Muenchen 
- Helge Ritter, Neuroinformatics Group, University of Bielefeld
- Deb K. Roy, MIT Media Lab 
- Philippe G. Schyns, Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow 
- Gert Westermann, Sony CSL, Paris 

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Matthias Rehm Graduate Program Task Oriented Communication
 Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
 University of Bielefeld
Phone: +49 521 106 3569 P.O. Box 10 01 31
Email: D-33501 Bielefeld Germany
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