LINGUIST List 12.265

Thu Feb 1 2001

Calls: Grad/Philosophy of Mind, Information Stucture

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  1. Leo Ferres, Philosophy of Mind/Philosophy of Language/Cognitive Science
  2. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, ESSLLI - Information Stucture/Discourse Structure/Discourse Semantics

Message 1: Philosophy of Mind/Philosophy of Language/Cognitive Science

Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 18:38:45 -0400
From: Leo Ferres <>
Subject: Philosophy of Mind/Philosophy of Language/Cognitive Science

PHICS: A Graduate Student Conference on Philosophy of Mind, 
 Philosophy of Language, and Cognitive Science. 

 Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. 
 September 28 to 30, 2001.


The PHICS Conference (Philosophy and Cognitive Science) is aimed 
at bringing students from the Philosophy of Mind and the Philosophy 
of Language together with students in the other cognitive sciences 
to foster cross-disciplinary discussion and debate. PHICS is 
organized jointly by graduate students in Carleton's departments 
of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, and will include a number 
of refereed contributions from graduate (and undergraduate) 
students in addition to an address by a keynote speaker (TBA) 
and a mini-symposium on the relevance of Kant to Cognitive Science 
and contemporary Philosophy of Mind. 


Submissions are welcome from all areas of cognitive science, 
the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, and the 
history of philosophy and cognitive science. In particular, 
we would like to encourage submissions that cross the traditional 
disciplinary boundaries to report or comment on recent theoretical 
or experimental results. All submissions will be subject to 
a blind review process, and the proceedings of the conference 
will be published in PDF format on the conference web site. 

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2001. Although PHICS 
is primarily intended for graduate students, submissions from 
undergraduates will also be considered. 

For more details about the conference, the program, and submission 
requirements please see the conference web site at:

See you in September! 

The PHICS Conference Committee.

(PDF version of this announcement is attached.)
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Message 2: ESSLLI - Information Stucture/Discourse Structure/Discourse Semantics

Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 11:42:44 -0000
From: Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova <>
Subject: ESSLLI - Information Stucture/Discourse Structure/Discourse Semantics

 (deadline for submission: March 30, 2001)

 ESSLLI Workshop on

Information Stucture, Discourse Structure and Discourse Semantics

 August 20-24, 2001
 Helsinki, Finland


 The workshop is endorsed by
 SIGSEM: and


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This workshop aims to provide a forum for recent research on interactions
between information structure (as a component of sentence-level semantics),
discourse structure and discourse-level semantics.

Both Information Structure (IS) and Discourse Structure (DS) are construed
broadly here:

- IS, as comprising structural and semantic properties of utterances
relating to the discourse status of their content, the actual and attributed
attentional states of the discourse participants, and the participants'
prior and changing attitudes.

- DS, as covering all aspects of the internal organizational structure of a
discourse, an essential aspect being the use of explicit and implicit
devices signifying links between clause and sentences.

Understanding IS in light of DS and vice versa is not only justified on
theoreticalgrounds: Experience with applications such as translating
telephony and interactive query-answering makes it clear that a theory
relating IS and DS is essential for accurate Natural Language Processing.

The workshop aims to attract researchers in computational and theoretical
linguistics and logic who are investigating IS-sensitive discourse
processing and to facilitate contact, exchange of ideas and cooperation
between them. We hope that the participants will transcend the difficulties
caused by proliferating terminologies, and concentrate instead on
investigating the interactions between IS and DS, with the goal of
understanding how sentence-level semantic devices that make up IS
symbiotically serve the needs of discourse cohesion and coherence. We seek
contributions advancing beyond descriptive frameworks towards an explanatory
account of how IS and DS, in whatever framework, interact to refer to and
update a dynamically evolving representation of discourse context. The
submitted papers will be refereed by the PC.

See for more details.

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Full papers addressing the above issues are solicited, not exceeding 5000
words including references. Each paper must contain a 5-10 lines abstract. A
postscript or pdf version of the paper should be submitted (zipped) by
e-mail to

by the submission deadline given below. In an accompanying email message,
please provide the following information:

Paper title: Contact author: Email(s): 5-10 lines abstract:

We strongly encourage the use of LaTeX. The workshop proceedings will be
prepared using
LaTeX and authors will be required to provide the final versions of their
papers in

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 March 30 Submission deadline
 April 30 Notifications of acceptance/rejection to authors
 May 20 Final version of papers in LaTeX for the proceedings due
 August 20-24 Workshop dates

Note that all workshop participants must register as particpants of ESSLLI.
The early registration fees apply to authors of accepted papers.

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 Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (organizer, co-chair)
 Mark Steedman (organizer, co-chair)
 John Bateman
 Daniel Buering
 Elisabet Engdahl
 Bart Geurts
 David Traum
 Maria Vilkuna
 Bonnie Webber

We are looking forward to your submissions :-)

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ing. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Dr.
Center for Computational Linguistics 	ICCS, Division of Informatics
Charles University				University of Edinburgh

Malostranske nam. 25.				2 Buccleuch Place
118 35 Praha 1					Edinburgh, EH8 9NW
Czech Republic 					Scotland

tel. 00420 - 2 - 2191 4288			tel. +44-(0)-131-6504412
fax. 00420 - 2 - 2191 4309			fax. +44-(0)-131-6506626
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