LINGUIST List 11.930

Mon Apr 24 2000

Calls: Particles, Semantics/Pragmatics/Dialogue

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  1. Wouden A. van der, Discourse Particles
  2. Massimo Poesio, Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue (Gotalog 2000)

Message 1: Discourse Particles

Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2000 21:19:42 +0200 (METDST)
From: Wouden A. van der <>
Subject: Discourse Particles

First Announcement


The Department of Germanic Languages of the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel and the Linguistic Society of Belgium
invite papers for a two day international conference on
PARTICLES. The conference will take place at the Belgian
Science Foundation, 5 Rue Egmontstraat 5, B 1050 Brussels,
December 8-9, 2000.

CONFERENCE TOPIC The conference focusses on particles in a
broad sense, i.e. all lexical elements that do not
contribute to the propositional content of the sentence
and/or utterance, including what has been referred to in the
literature as apposition markers, attitude markers,
connecteurs phatiques, connecteurs pragmatiques, discourse
markers, discourse particles, focus adverbs, focus
particles, gliederungs-signale, inference particles,
marqueurs de la reformulation paraphrastique, marqueurs de
structuration de la conversation, modal particles,
non-referential indexes, phatic connectives, pragmalexeme,
pragmatic expressions, pragmatic markers, punctors,
redecharakterisierende adverbiale, utterance particles, void
pragmatic connectives, etc.

A non-exhaustive list of topics to be addressed during the
conference might be: syntactic, semantic and pragmatic
aspects of particles; particles in cross-linguistic and
typological perspective; particles in translation; particles
in the light of natural language processing; particles and
text structure; particles as part of the grammaticalisation


AD FOOLEN (Catholic University of Nijmegen) 
MAJ-BRITT MOSEGAARD HANSEN (University of Copenhagen)
HARALD WEYDT (Europa University Viadrina,


Inge Callebaut, Free University of Brussels
Piet Van de Craen, Free University of Brussels
Ad Foolen, Catholic University of Nijmegen
Ton van der Wouden, Universities of Groningen and Leiden
Frans Zwarts, University of Groningen


Participation costs: Euro 75 (BEF 3025/NLG 160), including
documentation, reception, the Saturday 3 course lunch and
coffee breaks.


A limited number of rooms are available at the Science
Foundation. Reservations will be made on a first come,
first served basis. Furthermore, a list of reasonably
priced hotels will be made available.


Please send an anonymous 1 page abstract (Times 12) for a 20
minute presentation, preferably in electronic format (RTF,
ASCII, HTML or Postscript) both to and Your abstract should be accompanied by a
cover letter stating name, address, affiliation, email
address, phone and fax numbers. If you do not have email
access please send 5 copies of your anonymous abstract to:
Ton van der Wouden, ATW Leiden, PO Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden,
The Netherlands.


For more information please contact:
Piet Van de Craen
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Arts/Dept. of Germanic Languages
Tel. +32-2-629.2665/Fax +32-2-629.3684

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Ton van der Wouden

VNC-Project "Partikelgebruik in Nederland en Vlaanderen"
Afdeling Nederlands, Fries en Nedersaksisch, Groningen en ATW Leiden
Postbus 9515
2300 RA Leiden
tel. 071 5171089 (thuis) 071 5277983 (werk) 071 5272615 (fax)

homepage Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap/Linguistic Society of
the Netherlands:
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Message 2: Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue (Gotalog 2000)

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 13:20:00 +0100 (BST)
From: Massimo Poesio <>
Subject: Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue (Gotalog 2000)


 Fourth Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

 Gothenburg University, Sweden
	 June 15-17 2000


Gotalog 2000 will be the fourth in a series of workshops that aim at
bringing together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics
of dialogues in fields such as artificial intelligence, formal
semantics and pragmatics, computational linguistics, and
psychology. This year's workshop is organized in collaboration with
the EU-sponsored project TRINDI , and will take place
at Gothenburg University. It will include talks on a number of topics
in the semantics and pragmatics of dialogues, including:

- the semantics and pragmatics of anaphora
- decision theory in pragmatics
- information state update
- dialogue games
- the semantics and pragmatics of questions
- spoken dialogue systems
- turn-taking and grounding in dialogue

as well as presentations by our four invited speakers:

	 Jens Allwood (Gothenburg)
	 Herbert Clark (Stanford)
	 Paul Dekker (Amsterdam)
	 Ronnie Smith (East Carolina)

Information about participation and registration, an online
registration form, and the preliminary program are available at

The workshop is endorsed by SIGDIAL, the Association for Computational
Linguistics (ACL) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Discourse and


Local Arrangements

The local organization chair is Robin Cooper. For questions about
local arrangements, send email to


Program Committee:

Program chairs are Massimo Poesio (U Edinburgh, UK) and David Traum (U
Maryland, USA); the other members of the program committee are Cecile
Balkanski (LIMSI-CNRS, France), Johan Bos (U Saarlandes, Germany),
Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College London, UK), John Gurney (Army
Research Lab, US), Masato Ishizaki (JAIST, Japan), Gerhard Jaeger (ZAS
Berlin, Germany), Yasuhiro Katagiri (ATR, Japan), Jan van Kuppevelt
(IMS Stuttgart, Germany), Ian Lewin (SRI, UK), Diane Litman (AT&T,
USA), Johanna Moore (U Edinburgh, UK), Joakim Nivre (Gothenburg
University), Hannes Rieser (U Bielefeld, Germany), David Sadek (CNET,
France), Len Schubert (U Rochester, USA), and Henk Zeevat (U
Amsterdam, Netherlands).


Previous workshops in this series include:

MunDial'97 (Munich)
Twendial'98 (Twente)
Amstelogue'99 (Amsterdam)


For More Information: 

Information about Gothenburg University Department of Linguistics: 

Information about Gothenburg:

News about the conference will be posted on the workshop's Web page at 

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