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Tue Jan 11 2000

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Message 1: Workshop "Integrating Information ...Multi-Media-Contexts"

Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 13:51:02 +0100
From: root <>
Subject: Workshop "Integrating Information ...Multi-Media-Contexts"

This is the Second Call for Papers for the


 "Integrating Information from Different Channels
 in Multi-Media-Contexts"

to be held as part of ESSLLI 2000 at Birmingham (UK), August 6-18, 2000


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In everyday situations agents must combine information from different
sources: Reference and predication can be based both on gestural and
spoken information. Inferences demand extracting information from
diagrams and the text built around them. Focus of attention is often
indicated by visual, gestural or acoustic means.

The growing number of researchers interested in multimodal information
reflects its practical relevance, not least in the construction of
man-machine interfaces. In order to model complex multimodal
information, a notion of composite signal is called for in which
the different "threads of information" are integrated. Understanding
composite signals may be necessary for all fields of science dealing
with information, whether empirically or formally oriented. Research
in this area is bound up with logical, linguistic, computational and
philosophical problems like

 - assessing the semantic contribution of information from
 different sources,
 - compositionality in the construction of information
 - extending the notions of reference, truth and entailment in
 order to capture the content of "mixed information states" and 
 - experimentally measuring the activity on different channels or 
 - investigating timing problems concerning "interleaving
 threads" of information.

Despite their foundational flavour, emerging theories in this area
have applications in domains as diverse as discourse analysis
(monitoring and back-channelling behaviour), styles of reasoning,
robotics (reference resolution by pointing) and Virtual Reality
(integration of gesture and speech).

Consequently, the workshop is addressed to scholars from different
fields: We welcome experimental researchers investigating
e.g. gesture, eye movement or other means of focussing in relation to
speech. At the same time workshop contributions of linguists,
logicians or computer scientists are invited who work on the
description and the formal modelling of complex signals. Finally, work
concerning the simulation of production or understanding of complex
signals, Virtual Reality type, neural net like or other, is also

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For further and occassionally updated information, please visit

Kenneth Holmqvist (LUCS), Hannes Rieser (SFB360) and 
Peter Kuehnlein (SFB360)
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Message 2: Chicago Linguistic Society 2000 Conference

Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2000 00:54:43 -0600 (CST)
From: Chicago Linguistic Society <>
Subject: Chicago Linguistic Society 2000 Conference

Chicago Linguistic Society--CLS 36
April 27-29, 2000

Abstract deadline: February 18, 2000
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General Session

We invite original unpublished work on any topic of general linguistic

Invited speakers: 

KENNETH DE JONG, Indiana University 
PAMELA MUNRO, University of California, Los Angles 
IVAN SAG, Stanford University

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The Parasessions:
The parasessions will run concurrent with the General session 
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April 27th 
The Morpho-Syntax Interface

In many languages of the world, syntactic relationships are realized
through morphological processes. This panel seeks to explore the ambiguous
border between morphology and syntax and its role in linguistic theory.

Invited speakers: 

STEPHEN R. ANDERSON, Yale University 
AMY DAHLSTROM, University of Chicago 

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April 28th 
The Myth of Standard English 

This panel seeks to explore the diversity that exists in English and the
role that linguists play in issues of language policy.

Invited speakers: 

JAMES MILROY, University of Michigan 
WALT WOLFRAM, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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April 29th 
The Acquisition of Syntax

Over the last thirty years acquisition studies have focused primarily on
phonology, morphology and the lexicon. This panel will examine how
syntactic structures are acquired by first-language users and the
implications that this has for linguistic theory. 

Invited speakers: 

LILA R. GLEITMAN, University of Pennsylvania 
NINA HYAMS, University of California, Los Angles 

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We encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and welcome
papers from related disciplines, such as Anthropology, Cognitive Science,
Computer Science, Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology.

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in the
Society's Proceedings, and authors who present papers agree to provide
camera-ready copy (not to exceed 15 pages) by May 22, 2000. Presentations
will be allotted 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions.

We ask that you make your abstract as specific as possible. Include a
statement of your topic or problem, your approach, and your conclusions.
Please send 10 copies of an anonymous one-page (8 1/2" x 11", unreduced)
abstract. The reverse side of the page may be used for data and references

Along with the abstract send a 3"x5" card listing: 

paper title; 

session (General, Parasession); 

for general session abstracts only, subfield, viz., Discourse Analysis,
Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Philosophy and Methodology of
Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics,
Semantics, Sociolinguistics, or Syntax;

name(s) of author(s);

affiliation(s) of author(S);

e-mail address to which notification of acceptance or rejection should
be sent;

primary author's office and home phone numbers;

primary author's e-mail address, if available.

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In case of
joint authorship, one address should be designated for communication with
CLS. Please send abstracts to: 

CLS 36 Abstracts Committee
1050 East 59th Street, Cl. 314-A
Chicago, IL 60637

Abstracts must be received by 4:00 p.m., February 18, 2000. We may be
contacted by e-mail at

We will not accept faxed abstracts. 

We strongly encourage submission by e-mail. Please use the subject header
"Abstract + author's last name", and include all the author information
(1-8 above) in the body of the e-mail. Electronic submissions may be sent

Abstracts should be sent as an attachment to your e-mail. PDF and
PostScript files should have all fonts embedded. With the exception of SIL
IPA fonts, please include any non-standard fonts that you use (including
all non-SIL IPA phonetic and mathematical fonts). If you send your
abstract in any format other than plain text, please allow for time to
solve any technical difficulties that may arise. Acceptable formats are
(in a descending order of preference): 

Plain text
Microsoft Word

Acknowledgment of receipt will be via e-mail. If you cannot use e-mail,
please make note of this and provide us with your postal address. 

Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail by March 17, 2000. 

Registration Fees: Before April 7, 2000; $20 for students, $35 for
non-students; After April 7, 2000; $25 for students, $40 for non-students.

This call, and additional information, is available at

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