LINGUIST List 13.1692

Fri Jun 14 2002

Calls: Specific Purpose Langs, Ling Coding

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  1. Elisabet Arno Macia, conference call
  2. Andrea Schalley, Calls: Workshop "Ontological knowledge and linguistic coding"

Message 1: conference call

Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 00:25:58 +0200
From: Elisabet Arno Macia <>
Subject: conference call

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to inform you of the forthcoming 6th International
Conference on Languages for Specific Purposes, organized by the
English Division of Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). The
conference will be held at UPC-Vilanova i la Geltri (Barcelona, Spain)
from 30th January to 1st February 2003. The theme of the conference is
"The Role of Information Technology in LSP Research and Pedagogy".

Our aim is to gather as many specialists and researchers in LSP as
possible in order to discuss current views, make contributions to the
field, and open new debates about the role of information technology
in LSP research and teaching. Participants are encouraged to present
empirical or theoretical studies, as well as practical applications
directly related to the theme of the conference.

Plenary speakers include: Deborah Healey (Oregon State University),
Mike Scott (University of Liverpool), T.F. Johns (University of
Birmingham), and John Swales (University of Michigan).

Paper proposals consisting of a title, a 200-word abstract, and a
500-word summary should be submitted by 15th July 2002. Speakers will
be allowed 25 minutes for their oral presentations and 10 minutes for
discussion. Although the official language of the conference is
English, papers can be submitted in another language (Spanish,
Catalan, and French). All proposals will be reviewed by a scientific
committee who will send a reasoned report on the relevance and quality
of the proposal. After the conference, selected papers will be

For more information about the conference and submissions, please
contact Antonia Soler at the following address: or

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Facultad de Informatica de Barcelona
Seccion de Ingles
Modulo C-5, despacho 12
Calle Jordi Girona Salgado 1-3
Barcelona, 08034

Tel.: (+34) 93 401 56 30
Fax: (+34) 93 401 71 13

Visit the conference website:

Best wishes,

The Organizing Committee of CILFE 6

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Message 2: Calls: Workshop "Ontological knowledge and linguistic coding"

Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 13:31:38 +0200
From: Andrea Schalley <>
Subject: Calls: Workshop "Ontological knowledge and linguistic coding"

		 	 Call for Papers

 Munich, February 26-28, 2003

 at the 25th annual meeting of the 
 German Linguistics Society 
 (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft) 

The relation between nonlinguistic knowledge and linguistic competence
is still a most controversially discussed issue. This workshop will
focus on a less often addressed aspect of this domain: Given that
every notion or concept of the human cognitive system that is amenable
to linguistic coding can be assigned a position in the ontological
hierarchies we have analytical knowledge of, what is the relation
between this systematic position and the structure of the linguistic
signs that encode it? Whereas phonetic realisations are largely
arbitrary, this does obviously not hold for semiotic
complexity. Cutting up the sign inventory of a language according to
an `expense' or `weight' hierarchy (roughly grammatical morpheme <
lexical root < derived stem < composed stem < phrase), it seems that
the encoded concepts tend to build a corresponding hierarchy of
basicness or elementarity: Grammatical morphemes preferably encode
very elementary categories, whereas concepts which require at least a
phrase to be encoded are in general highly derived.

The factual conditions are, of course, highly complex, one reason
being the combinatorial possibilities of the encoding
means. Accordingly, the governing principles are as yet known only in
rough outline. Existing findings need to be worked out, cf. Giv�n's
(1990) `Less predictable information will be given more coding
material', the preference for root-encoding of basic-level categories
(Rosch 1978), or what could be called Talmy's (2000) law, which states
that roots of motion verbs tend to co-encode, alongside with the
superconcept of motion itself, exactly one additional factor such as
path, manner, figure etc. Universal preferences are equally
interesting as typological differences and among the corresponding
cross-linguistic investigations, cross-modal studies comparing sound
and sign languages are especially revealing and welcome.

A focal point will be on eventity ontologies, in particular those for
motion eventities and communicative acts. As these complex themes
suggest an interdisciplinary approach, not only linguists are hereby
addressed, but also computer scientists, psychologists and

Giv�n, Talmy (1990): Syntax. vol II. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Talmy, Leonard (2000): Toward a Cognitive Semantics. Vol.1: Concept
 Structuring Systems. Cambridge, MA, London: MIT Press. Chapter 1: 
 Lexicalization Patterns, 21-146.
Rosch, Eleanor (1978): Principles of Categorization. In: Rosch, Eleanor/
 Barbara B. Lloyd (eds.) Cognition and Categorization, Hillsdale, NJ:
 Lawrence Erlbaum, 27-48.

A more detailed description of the workshop can be found at

Invited speakers: 
- ---------
Leonard Talmy 

We invite abstracts for a 30 minute presentation (including
discussion). Abstracts should not exceed one page (including
references) and should be sent electronically in one of the common
formats (preferably ASCII) to Please send
your abstract until July 31, 2002. Notification of acceptance is:
August 15, 2002. The program will be announced on September 15.

- ------
Andrea Schalley
Centrum f�r Informations- und Sprachverarbeitung (CIS)
Universit�t M�nchen

Dietmar Zaefferer
Institut f�r Theoretische Linguistik
Universit�t M�nchen 

Important dates:
- ---------
deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2002
notification of acceptance: August 15, 2002
program announcement: September 15, 2002 
workshop: February 26-28, 2003

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