LINGUIST List 12.2954

Mon Nov 26 2001

Calls: Cultural Analysis, Computational Ling

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  1. Elke Hentschel, Call for papers
  2. Claire Gardent, CFP TAL Special Issue on Dialog

Message 1: Call for papers

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 18:50:52 +0100
From: Elke Hentschel <>
Subject: Call for papers

Call for papers: "Cultural analysis within linguistics - Is
linguistics part of cultural studies?"

Due to the cultural turn in the human sciences, language and
linguistic acts have become a central source for scientific analysis
on topics such as construction and constitution of identities. Here,
language is seen as a powerful tool of social action for the
constitution of realities. Discourse analysis thereby concentrates
frequently on the linguistic aspects of these processes. Linguistics,
especially semantic and textlinguistic approaches, have been neglected
or even excluded for a long time from this interdisciplinary
project. An integration of linguistic approaches has in some cases
just recently begun, for example by taking into account
ethnomethodological conversation analysis. Simultaneously, new
theories and methods for cultural analysis emerge even within
linguistics, as for example Critical Discourse Analysis or certain
branches of cognitive linguistics. From this point of view linguistics
is already one form of cultural analysis. This is even more obvious
when looking into fields like intercultural communication and language
contact. On the other hand, traditional structuralist approaches to
language seem at first glance to build an opposition to linguistics as
a form of cultural analysis. The planned volume of Linguistik Online
will try to present different aspects of this topic. The following
question shall be discussed: What is culture and cultural analysis
within different parts and theories in linguistics? How is cultural
analysis understood within linguistics? What is the relationship of
cultural studies to linguistics? In addition we would like to consider
the opposite direction as well: Where can we find reference points
within (different forms of) cultural studies to linguistics? Are there
any national and/or theoretical differences? Finally "the" future of
a cultural linguistic analysis shall be discussed as well: Are there
any concrete projects that try to combine linguistics and cultural

The planned volume of _Linguistik Online_ tries to build bridges
between different schools, traditions, methods and theories and is
meant to initiate a broader discussion on the topic within the
scientific community.

Interested authors are asked to send short abstracts of their planned
submissions as soon as possible to
Articles can be written in English, French, German, or Spanish. In
advance of publication each submission will be evaluated anonymously
by two persons. Submissions of articles should be made by May 2002.
Publication is planned for autumn 2002.
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Message 2: CFP TAL Special Issue on Dialog

Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 20:42:23 +0100
From: Claire Gardent <>
Subject: CFP TAL Special Issue on Dialog

 Deadline: 31 january 2002

		 Linguistic Aspects of the 
 Computational Treatment of Dialog

 Special issue of the french journal TAL edited by
 Claire Gardent (CNRS, Nancy) et
 Jean-Marie Pierrel (Universite Henri Poincare, Nancy) 


SCOPE : Linguistic aspects of human-computer dialogs

Language, alone or in interaction with other medien, is one of the
most important means of communication between humans. It is also
increasingly used in written or multi-modal human-computer interaction
with the aim of providing the user with a more natural and more
convivial means of interaction. The aim of this special issue is to
bring together results bearing on the modeling and implementation of
these linguistics aspects which are specific to human-computer

Dialog cannot be reduced to the simple juxtaposition of an
analysis/recognition process with a generation/synthesis one. It
raises a number of specific issues linked to the structure and usage
of language in a dialogic context which must be taken into account to
satisfy a minimal degree of acceptability such as for instance:

- the modeling of utterances in a dialogic context which, to support a
high flexibility and tolerance for the unexpected (repairs,
heistations, self-repairs) requires a redefinition of the notion of
syntactic well-formedness and completeness;

- a model of context-based interpretation which can deal with the
ellipses and anaphors typical of a dialog context and more generally
with the complex interactions between language, context of use and
domain of application that are characteristic of dialogs;

- a formalisation of the reasoning and inference processes underlying
dialog which is necessary to go beyond a simple question/answer system
and usually goes hand-in-hand with a full-scale modeling of dialog


In this special issue, we wish to publish either innovative papers or
synthesis and prospective articles bearing on the following topics:

- Dialog and corpora: annotation schems for written and spoken dialog;
techniques, tools and resources for the treatment of dialog corpora;
Corpus analysis results.
- Flexibility and tolerance for the unexpected: linguistic analysis,
modeling and inplementation of repairs, hesitations and self-repairs;
- Anaphors and ellipses in dialog : syntax, semantics and/or prosody;
- Prosody in Dialog: role and modeling; - Modeling of the reference
mechanisms used in dialog (to objects and/or to eventualities);
- Dialog functions and dialog management;
- Context-based interpretation and/or planning of responses -- in
particular, how these contribute to a more natural interaction;
- Representation of dialog specific structures;
- Dialog models;
- User intentions and conversational phenomena;
- Speech acts, structure and planning of dialog;
- Presuppositions in dialog;
- Adaptation to the user;
- Dialog acceptability and consequences on the architecture of Dialog
- Evaluation of dialog systems.


The articles (25 pages maximum) will be submitted either in Word or in
Latex. The HERMES style files are available at
< rubrique Auteurs>


Articles can be written in French or in English. English written
articles are only accepted from non-french speaking authors.


The deadline for submission is 31 January 2002. A notification of
intention to submit should be sent to Claire Gardent (Claire or Jean-Marie Pierrel (
before 31 December 2001.

The articles will be refereed by a member of the TAL editorial board
and by two members of the editorial committee specifically created by
the guest editors for this special issue. The decision of the
editorial boards will be communicated to the authors on 31 March 2002.

The final version of the accepted papers is due on 30 June for a
publication scheduled for Autumn 2002.


The articles must be submitted either electronically to or as hardcopy (three copies) to:

	Isabelle Blanchard
 	Batiment LORIA-CNRS
	BP 239
	F-54506 Vandoeuvre l�s Nancy CEDEX

- Jean-Yves Antoine, University of Brittany (France)
- Niels Ole Bernsen, University of Southern-Denmark (Denmark)
- Johan Bos, University d'Edimburg (UK)
- Jean Caelen, CNRS, Grenoble (France)
- Jean Carletta, University of Edinburgh (UK)
- Claire Gardent, CNRS, Nancy (France)
- Daniel Luzati, University�of le Mans (France)
- David Milward, SRI, Cambridge (UK)
- Jacques Moeschler, University of Geeva (Switzerland)
- Jean-Marie Pierrel, ATILF & LORIA, Nancy (France)
- Massimo Poesio, University of Essex (UK)
- Owen Rambow, ATT Labs (USA)
- Norbert Reithinger, DFKI (Germany)
- Hannes Rieser, University of Bielefeld (Germany)
- Laurent Romary, INRIA, Nancy (France)
- G�rard Sabah, LIMSI (France)
- Paul Sabatier, LIM (France)
- Donia Scott, ITRI, Brighton (UK)
- Jacques Siroux, IRISA (France)
- Kees van Deemter, ITRI, Brighton (UK)
- Henk Zeevat, University d'Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


The international journal Traitement Automatique des Langues (TAL) has
been published since 1969 by the french Association pour le traitement
automatique des langues (ATALA) with the support of the Centre
National pour la recherche scientifique (CNRS). The journal TAL covers
all fields of computational linguistics and its aim is to provide
mainly (but not only) french speaking researchers and students with
publications in all domains of computational linguistics. It appears
three times a year and is distributed by HERMES.


Anne Abeille (University Paris VII, France)
Philippe Blache (CNRS, Aix-en-Provence) 
Pierrette Bouillon (ISSCO, Geneva, Switzerland) 
Anne Condamines (CNRS, Toulouse, France) 
Christophe d'Alessandro (CNRS, Orsay, France) -- Chief editor
�ric De la Clergerie (INRIA, Rocquencourt, France) 
Marc El-B�ze (University of Avignon, France) 
Dominique Estival (Sydney, Australia) 
Claire Gardent (CNRS, Nancy, France) -- Chief editor
Sylvain Kahane (University Paris 7, France) 
Alain Lecomte (University Pierre Mend�s France, Grenoble, France) 
Denis Maurel (University of Tours, France) 
Piet Mertens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) 
Marie-Paule Pery-Woodley (University Toulouse le Mirail, France) 
Jean-Marie Pierrel (LORIA, Nancy, France) 
Christian Retor� (University of Nantes and INRIA, Rennes, France) 
�velyne Tzoukermann (Bell Labs, USA) 
Bernard Victorri (CNRS, Paris, France) -- Chief editor
Pierre Zweigenbaum (University Paris 6, France) 


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