LINGUIST List 11.861

Thu Apr 13 2000

Calls: Event Structure/ESSLLI, Relevance Theory/Online

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  1. Hana Filip, Paths & Telicity in Event Structure (ESSLLI 2000) *EXTENDED DEADLINE*
  2. Francisco Yus, Relevance Theory Online Bibliographic Service

Message 1: Paths & Telicity in Event Structure (ESSLLI 2000) *EXTENDED DEADLINE*

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 17:45:44 -0500 (CDT)
From: Hana Filip <>
Subject: Paths & Telicity in Event Structure (ESSLLI 2000) *EXTENDED DEADLINE*

			 ESSLLI 2000 Workshop on

			 August 6 - 10, 2000

		 A workshop held as part of the
 Twelfth European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
 	 August 6 - 18, 2000, Birmingham, Great Britain

ORGANIZER: Hana Filip, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

The workshop focuses on the structuring of eventuality types 
by means of Paths, with special reference to the sources of 
telicity effects that are related to Paths in the concrete 
spatial domain, but also in a variety of other domains: cp. 
"John ran along/toward/into the house", "The train squealed
into/out of the station", "John hammered the metal flat". 

The structure of eventuality types and spatial relations are clearly 
central to our understanding of categories encoded in linguistic 
expressions and to our understanding of human cognition. Several 
research domains--linguistics, cognitive science, artificial 
intelligence and psychology--have focused on different 
aspects of these topics. While significant breakthroughs have 
been achieved in all these domains, the theoretical structures 
proposed tend to share little in common. One of the goals of this 
workshop is to bring to the fore the connections among them, 
and ultimately to show how a synthesis of the relevant results 
can be useful in the formulation of linguistic hypotheses in 
the domain event structure and telicity, and in providing empirical 
motivation for them. 

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working 
on linguistic, logical, computational and/or psychological 
aspects of the workshop topic, and submissions from all these areas 
of research are welcome.

Topics of the workshop will include (but are not limited to) 
the following four main areas:

(1) the ingredients of a general semantic framework for the 
representation of eventuality types involving Paths in a variety 
of dimensions, and for the calculation of the telic and atelic 
interpretation of sentences in which Paths of various types 
are crucially implicated;
(2) representational issues at the level of event structure, 
and the mapping between event structure and syntax; 
the treatment of mismatches between semantic and syntactic categories
(in terms of general compositional rules vs. other kinds of mechanism, 
such as telicity shifts and coercion, underspecification at the level 
of verbal and/or phrasal meanings);

(3) mathematical, logical and computational aspects of modelling of 
spatial relations (e.g., the axis and vector grammars, and their suitability 
for describing directional expressions in human language);

(4) the possibility of identifying universals of basic spatial terms 
that may pre-linguistically available to human beings and that are 
subject to modification by linguistic (and extra-lingustics) experience. 

All researchers, but especially Ph.D. students and young researchers, are 
invited to submit an abstract by April 15, 2000. Electronic submissions are 
highly encouraged (preferably as plain ASCII or Postscript). Abstracts 
should not exceed 2 (A4 or letter) pages, typeset in 10-12 points, 
with at least 2.5 cm / 1 inch margins. Submitted abstracts should 
be anonymous and be accompanied by the following details:

 - Title
 - Authors' names and affiliation
 - Address
 - E-mail addresses

Submissions should be sent before April 15, 2000 to the following

Hana Filip
Department of Linguistics
Northwestern University
2016 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4090
Tel: 847-491-7020 
Fax: 847-491-3770

If electronic submission is impossible, please send four copies of the 
paper to the above address. Informal enquiries by e-mail to 
the organizer are most welcome.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit full papers by 
June 1, 2000. Papers should not exceed 10 (A4 or letter) pages, 
typeset in 10-12 points, with at least 2.5 cm / 1 inch margins. 
The papers will be made available in a summer school reader. 
If sufficiently many high-quality papers are submitted, they may be 
published in an edited volume.


 May 1, 2000: Deadline for abstract submissions
 August 6, 2000: Start of workshop


To obtain further information about ESSLLI'2000 please visit
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Message 2: Relevance Theory Online Bibliographic Service

Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 09:17:40 +0200
From: Francisco Yus <>
Subject: Relevance Theory Online Bibliographic Service

Dear all,

I am glad to inform you that I have set up a new online Service for RT

Relevance Theory Online Bibliographic Service

at the following Internet address:

This page has hyptertextual links to sections covering most of the
areas of interest to RT analysts and, when possible, also links to the
web pages where online documents can be accessed.

Needless to say, this Service will be useless unless it really
contains all (or at least most of) the references available on
RT-related topics. Therefore, I would like to ask for your
cooperation, and I hope you'll be as kind as to send me e-mails
( letting me know bibliographical references which
should already have been included in the Service and, or course, let
me know new references as they come out in the future.

I do hope together we will make this Service "a must" for anybody
interested in doing research on Relevance Theory.

Thanks for your cooperation. I hope you'll find this Service useful.


Dr. Francisco Yus
University of Alicante
Department of English Studies
Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain)
Tel: +34 9653400 Extension: 3027 (university)
Tel: +34 966085897 (home)
Mobile phone: +34 600750659
e-mail: (university)
e-mail: (home)
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