LINGUIST List 13.1799

Wed Jun 26 2002

Calls: Computational Semantics, "Self"

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  1. Harry Bunt, IWCS-5 Call for Papers (2)/Special Event/Invited Speakers
  2. Felicity Meakins, CFP: 'self' issue M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture

Message 1: IWCS-5 Call for Papers (2)/Special Event/Invited Speakers

Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 16:51:17 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Harry Bunt <>
Subject: IWCS-5 Call for Papers (2)/Special Event/Invited Speakers

 Fifth International Workshop on



 January 15-17, 2003, Tilburg, The Netherlands

 Endorsed by 
 SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Semantics
 SIGLEX, the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon

 | |
 | On Tuesday January 14, the day before the start of IWCS-5, |
 | the first meeting will take place of the SIGSEM Working Group |
 | on Multimodal Meaning Representation (see |
 | All IWCS-5 participants are invited to attend this meeting. |
 | More information about the meeting will soon be available on |
 | the SIGSEM and IWCS-5 websites. |


Tilburg University will host the Fifth International Workshop on
Computational Semantics (IWCS-5), which will take place from 15-17
January 2003. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers
interested in any aspects of the computation of meaning in natural
language, in language-based multimedia objects, or in multimodal


Topics of interest for the workshop will be computational aspects of
semantic theories and theoretical issues in building natural language
understanding systems. Papers are invited in areas which include, but
are not limited to, the following:

 * construction and use of natural language semantic representations
 * knowledge representation and reasoning in meaning computation
 * learning lexical semantics from corpora
 * meaning representation in multimodal interaction
 * the semantic web, ontologies and natural language semantics
 * meaning in multimedia objects
 * the computational semantics-pragmatics interface
 * modelling and using context for semantic interpretation
 * computational semantics of speech acts
 * logic and use of underspecified representations of meaning
 * monotonicity and shallow reasoning in interpretation
 * dynamic interpretation in text, speech and dialogue
 * inductive logic programming and computational semantics
 * semantic aspects of language generation
 * shallow processing and formal semantics

 | |
 | Pat Hayes |
 | Adam Kilgariff |
 | Michiel van Lambalgen |
 | Matthew Stone |


 Patrick Blackburn Emiel Krahmer 
 Johan Bos Alex Lascarides 
 Harry Bunt (chair) Reinhard Muskens 
 Nicoletta Calzolari Martha Palmer
 Robin Cooper Manfred Pinkal
 Kees van Deemter Steve Pulman
 Jan van Eijck James Pustejovsky
 Frank van Harmelen Allan Ramsay
 Pat Hayes Laurent Romary
 Jerry Hobbs Patrick Saint Dizier
 Daniel Kayser Mark Steedman 
 Paul Mc Kevitt Enric Vallduvi 
 Adam Kilgariff Bonnie Webber


 Harry Bunt Reinhard Muskens
 Yann Girard Ielka van der Sluis
 Emiel Krahmer Elias Thijsse
 Roser Morante


Submission of full papers
- -----------------------
Authors are asked to submit an original paper of maximally 14 pages by
September 15, 2002. Files should be prepared with LaTeX and initial
submissions should be in postscript format. (For accepted papers we
will need the LaTeX source code to prepare the proceedings.) The page
limit presupposes the standard 11 point Computer Modern font and
default LaTeX formatting. All papers will be refereed by the programme
committee. We aim at publishing a selection of accepted papers in book
form after the workshop.

Email your postscript file to:

There are two levels of acceptance:
- Acceptance for a long (30 min.) presentation. The full paper will be
 published in the proceedings, available at the time of the workshop. 
- Acceptance for a flash (5 min.) presentation in a plenary session 
 plus presentation of a poster in one of the poster sessions. Authors 
 will be invited to publish a 3-page abstract in the proceedings. 

Submission of poster abstracts
- ----------------------------
It is also possible to directly submit a 3-page abstract for a flash
presentation and a poster session. The abstract should be prepared
with LaTeX (11 point Computer Modern, default formatting). Email to the resulting postscript file by 1
November 2002.

Further guidelines
- ----------------
Since we will use the LaTeX source code of accepted papers and poster
abstracts for producing the proceedings, please follow the further
guidelines for submission at the IWCS-5 website:


 15 September 2002 Submission of full papers
 15 October 2002 Notification of acceptance
 1 November 2002 Submission of poster abstracts
 15 November 2002 Final papers due
 15 December 2002 Deadline for early registration
 15-17 January 2003 Workshop


Secretariat: Ms Anne Adriaensen
 Computational Linguistics and AI
 Tilburg University
 PO Box 90153
 5000 LE Tilburg
 The Netherlands
 Fax: +31-13 466 31 10
 Phone: +31-13 466 30 60


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IWCS-5 is endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group in
Computational Semantics (see and by SIGLEX, the
ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (see
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- -------------------------------------------------------------
 Harry C. Bunt
 Chair of Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence
 Tilburg University 
 P.O. Box 90153 
 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands
 Phone: +31 - 13 466.3060 (secretary Anne Andriaensen)
 2653 (office, room R 102)
 Fax: +31 - 13 466.3110
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Message 2: CFP: 'self' issue M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture

Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 10:19:20 +0930
From: Felicity Meakins <>
Subject: CFP: 'self' issue M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture

M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture

Published by School of English, Media Studies and Art History,
University of Queensland, Australia 4072


Me? "I" am everywhere. Philosophers, social scientists, behavioural
and medical scientists have been investigating the existence and
significance of individual consciousness, self-perception,
self-promotion and other notions of "the self" for centuries.

The 'self' permeates contemporary culture. Through capitalist
individualism and conservative politics 'self' must be considered
first above the needs of the group - "looking after no. 1". In
therapeutic, religious and consumerist discourses of self-improvement,
self-help or self-actualisation, 'self' is obscured; an entity which
needs to be sought and found, changed or accommodated, an entity which
one needs to become "in touch with". Within these permutations "self"
carries the assumption of its own existence, as either a stable,
unchanging entity or as a contextually sensitive and dynamic
identity. Either way, self is individuality - one's own interests.

'Self' is commonly a prefix which expresses an action done to one's
self (self-hatred, self-discipline) or which describes an attribute of
an entity (self-concerned, self-contained). It can also be a suffix,
which carries a level of self-reflexivity (myself, yourself).

The editors of M/C invite submissions of no more than 2000 words on
the subject of "self", and welcome various interpretations of the
term. Possible topics include, but should not be limited to "the first
person era", first person media and Reality TV, 'factual' depictions
of self in various media; notions of "true selves" within
auto/biographical acts such as in writing, personal Webpages or
documentary, the cultural celebration of self-awareness and autonomy,
ideas relating to subjectivity and identity politics, social language
behaviour such as im/politeness and its effects on 'self'; identity
play in different media, the contextual variability and multiplicity
of 'self', conflicting identities - for instance "immigrants against
further immigration" groups.

issue editors: Kate Douglas ( & Felicity
Meakins (

article deadline: 26 August 2002

issue release date: 25 September 2002

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