LINGUIST List 12.30

Mon Jan 8 2001

Calls: Coordination & Action, Postgraduate Ling Conf

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  1. Peter K�hnlein, Coordination & Action - ESSLLI 2001
  2. Katrin Hiietam, 10th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference in Manchester

Message 1: Coordination & Action - ESSLLI 2001

Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 12:35:46 +0100
From: Peter K�hnlein <>
Subject: Coordination & Action - ESSLLI 2001

 Coordination and Action

 Workshop at ESSLLI XIII (Helsinki) August 20th - 24th, 2001

Background & Scope:
Coordination is at present one of the most powerful explanatory 
devices used in various cognitive sciences (philosophy, psychology,
linguistics, logics, AI). The original impetus came from philosophy,
especially from D. Lewis' work on coordination and convention (Lewis,
1969). Later on the concept gained considerable acceptance due to the
work of the psychologist H. Clark and his collaborators (Clark (ed.),
1992; Clark, 1996) who investigated various problems of language use, 
such as reference and agents' information states.

They showed that multi-agent dialogue is based on coordination and
joint action, grounding and mutual belief. These concepts rapidly
found their way into dialogue theories based on discourse analysis or
speech act theory. A slightly different perspective on coordination
can be found in theories using the notion of dialogue game (Levin and
Moore, 1978; Mann, 1988; Carletta et al., 1997; Ginzburg, 1997; Power,

Dialogue games are applied in a variety of research contexts, inter
alia in the research initiatives VERBMOBIL (Germany) and TRINDI (UK,
Germany, Sweden). The concept of dialogue games also stimulated
reconstructions in more formal theories such as DRT (Lascarides &
Asher, 1999; Poesio, 1998) or various forms of update semantics
(Hulstijn, 2000). The notion of joint action received support from
philosophy (e.g. Bratman (1992) on cooperativity, Searle (1990) on
collective intention) and especially from the AI community working on
shared plans in interaction (Grosz and collaborators, 1996). It was
repeatedly taken up by logicians, especially those working on
information states, mutuality or BDI-architectures (Fagin et al.,
1995; Herzig and collaborators, 1999; Sadek, 1992). Research topics
coming to the fore at present are coordination of information between
different hierarchical levels of language and speech, a topic already 
discussed in H. Clark's work, and coordination of information coming
from different channels (such as visual-gestural and verbal-auditory). 
Especially research with a multi-media objective contributed by
linguistics, psychology and AI is of relevance in this context. The
intention-based concept of coordination is also used in robotics and
simulation work for agent-architectures combining high-level
deliberative patterns with low-level reactive devices for which the
well-known RoboCup setting provides a good example.

Workshop format:
The workshop will be held on five subsequent days. Each session will
consist of two talks plus discussion (30" + 15" each). The workshop
language will be English.

Submission guidelines:
The organizers welcome contributions from different fields of 
Cognitive Science, especially from projects implementing
interdisciplinary research strategies. Above all, masters students and
PhD candidates are encouraged to submit contributions. For the
abstracts, LaTeX, DVI, PostScript, Word, and PDF documents will be
accepted. Please, send abstracts until Feb., 28th 2001 to 
For the final papers, we will accept LaTeX2e only. A LaTeX2e class will
be provided in due time.

Important dates (2001):
Feb., 28th: Deadline for abstracts
Mar., 31st: Notification of acceptance
May, 31st: Deadline for accepted papers
Aug., 20th-
 24th: Workshop at ESSLLI

Further information:
For local arrangements, please contact the ESSLLI organizers, and see
For further information on the workshop, please contact and see

Collaborative Research Center SFB 360
Univ. Bielefeld			phone: ++49-521-106 3503
Universitdtsstrasse 25		e-mail:
D-33611 Bielefeld		URL:
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Message 2: 10th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference in Manchester

Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 15:21:19 -0000
From: Katrin Hiietam <>
Subject: 10th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference in Manchester


 The 10th Annual Postgraduate Linguistics Conference

 University of Manchester, UK

 March 31, 2001

The Tenth Postgraduate Linguistics Conference will be held at the
University of Manchester on March 31, 2001. The conference is
organised by postgraduates and is aimed to present the research done
by postgraduates. The organizers welcome graduate student papers on
all areas of linguistics. The length of the presentations will be 20
minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The proceedings of the
conference will be published in the PLUM (Papers in Linguistics form
the University of Manchester) series. More detailed information will
be available on the conference web site.

The conference web site:
The guidelines for abstract submission will be available on the conference 
web site.

Deadline for abstracts: February 9, 2001
Early registration fee (until March 3): �6
 On site registration: �9

The main organizer: Ali Ellafi (
For an information packet and registration form, please contact Ali 

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