LINGUIST List 13.2198

Thu Aug 29 2002

Calls: Subjectivity, Computational Ling

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  1. Bert Cornillie, Call for papers: Paths of Subjectivity
  2. Alexander Gelbukh, CICLing-2003 -- Computational Linguistics, Mexico, February, Springer LNCS

Message 1: Call for papers: Paths of Subjectivity

Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 12:11:30 +0200
From: Bert Cornillie <>
Subject: Call for papers: Paths of Subjectivity


Theme Session in ICLC 2003

Paths of subjectivity

July 20-25, 2003
Logrono (Spain)

The theme session will focus on

- the theoretical status of subjectivity on language, but also

- data based insights that can help the implementation or adaptation
of the claims made in the literature,

- key elements and concerns such as perspective, orientation,
interpersonal dimension, vantage point, intersubjectivity, etc.

- discussions on the important role subjectification has played so
far, on the new directions it drives us to and on how it has reshaped
our understanding of linguistic semantics.


Ronald Langacker (San Diego)
Arie Verhagen (Leiden)


Subjectivity plays an important role in how meaning is created and
construed. It concerns the expression of self and the representation
of a speaker's perspective or point of view in
discourse. Subjectification refers to the structures and strategies
that languages evolve in the linguistic realisation of
subjectivity. (E. Finegan, in: Stein, D. and S. Wright (eds.) 1995:

1). There are at least two complementary but different models of
subjectivity which highlight different facets of the same process.

For subjectivity and subjectification Langacker regards the vantage
point and in particular the relative positions of the subject and
object of conception as the crucial factor. To the extent that an
entity functions as the subject or object of conception, it is said to
be subjectively or objectively construed. Since Langacker's focus is
on developing a theory of grammar based on a conceptualist view of
semantics, he refers to the subjective/objective distinction in order
to adequately capture the different ways in which an entity can be
construed within theconceptual scene. Thus, a particular entity within
the conceptualisation of a linguistic expression is construed
objectively when the viewer/conceptualiser conceives of it with a high
degree of awareness and subjectively when with a low degree of

For Traugott, subjectification is a pragmatic-semantic process whereby
'meanings become increasingly based on the speaker's subjective belief
state/attitude toward the proposition'. For speakers, communicative
purposes to be achieved, forms are constantly recruited from lexical
domains expressing concrete, objective meanings, and are construed in
terms of the perspective of the speaker, the speech event, and the
discourse context. Such recruitment is far from arbitrary; the
original meanings and inferences that can be drawn constrain the
domains they can be used and the subjective functions they perform.

Subjectification is very widespread and the most pervasive tendency in
semantic extension (Langacker) and in semantic change (Traugott). For
Traugott meanings become more speaker-based because, in their drive
toward expressivity, speakers will conversationally implicate meanings
that are not linguistically encoded. Subjectification in her
understanding is the rise of a new sense from pragmatic inferences
intypical discourses ("pragmatic strengthening"). Langacker describes
several semantic processes whose common denominator is the gradual
change from physical movement to a merely virtual movement in the
speaker's mind. Subjectification involves the shift of the locus of
relevance away from the linguistically coded, objectively construed
subject, to the speech situation which is not itself linguistically
coded, thus becoming the site of implicature.

There is, of course, no point in trying to decide betweenLangacker's
version of >subjectivity and Traugott's. It is a rich, multilayered
concept which adds a necessary dimension to our understanding of the
construal of meaning. Moreover, there are other related terms as
"intersubjectivity" (in communication each participant is a speaking
subject who is aware of the other participant as speaking subject) or
the distinction made by Verhagen between "character-subjectivity"
(descriptive properties associated with the reported subject) and
speaker-hearer subjectivity.


The presentation of the paper will take 30 minutes. There is 10
minutes for discussion afterwards.

All abstracts should be maximum 500 words (about one page), including
references, and they should specify research question(s),
approach/method/data, and (expected) results. Each proposal will be
reviewed anonymously by members of the international panel.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2002

Notifications of the Organizing Committee's decisions will be sent out
by February 15, 2003.

Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. Add a Word-document
with two sheets: one with the anonymous abstract and another with your

- author name(s)
- affiliation(s)
- telephone number
- fax number
- email address
- title of presentation
- (three or four) keywords

Submit your proposal to the following email address:

Only those proposals following the abstract specifications will be


A. Athanasiadou (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki),
C. Canakis (University of the Aegean, Mytilene),
B. Cornillie (KU Leuven),
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Message 2: CICLing-2003 -- Computational Linguistics, Mexico, February, Springer LNCS

Date: 28/08/02
From: Alexander Gelbukh <>
Subject: CICLing-2003 -- Computational Linguistics, Mexico, February, Springer LNCS


 Fourth International Conference
on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics

 February 16 to 22, 2003
 Mexico City, Mexico


SUBMISSION: October 10, short papers: October 20

 Eric Brill (Microsoft Research, USA)
 Adam Kilgarriff (Brighton U., UK)
 Ted Pedersen (U. of Minnesota, USA)
 More are likely to be announced, see

 Ancient pyramids, Monarch butterflies,
 great cave and colonial city, and more.
 See photos of past events at


If you can read our website, please go there and IGNORE the rest of
this document.

| Why CICLing?

CICLing is a small, professional, high-level, very selective,
non-profit conf on Computational Linguistics and Natural Language

We consider the following factors to define our success:

GENERAL INTEREST. The conf covers nearly all topics related to
computational linguistics. This makes it attractive for people from
different areas and leads to vivid and interesting discussions and
exchange of opinions.

INFORMAL INTERACTION. It is intended for a small group of
professionals, some 50 participants. This allows for informal and
friendly atmosphere, more resembling a friendly party than an official
event. At CICLing you can pass hours speaking with your favorite
famous scientists who you scarcely could greet in the crowd at large

EXCELLENT EXCURSIONS. Mexico is a wonderful country rich in culture,
history, and nature. The conference is intended for people feeling
themselves young in their souls, adventurous explorers in both science
and life. Our cultural program brings the participants to unique
marvels of history and nature hidden from the usual tourists.

RELIEF FROM FROSTS. In the middle of February frosts, the participants
from Europe and North America can enjoy bright warm sun under the
shadow of palms.

| Areas of interest 

Areas of interest include, but are not limited by:

Computational linguistics research:

 Computational linguistic theories and formalisms
 Representation of linguistic knowledge
 Discourse models
 Text generation
 Statistical methods in computational linguistics
 Corpus linguistics
 Lexical resources

Intelligent text processing and applications:

 Document classification and search
 Information retrieval
 Information extraction
 Text mining
 Automatic summarization
 Spell checking
 Natural language interfaces

| Important dates

Submission deadline: October 10, short papers: October 20
Notification of acceptance: November 1, short papers: November 10
Firm camera-ready deadline: November 13
Conf: February 17-23

Authors of rejected full papers will be given a chance to re-submit
their works as short papers before November 5.

| Cultural Program 

One of the most exciting things at the conference are excursions to
the ancient Indian pyramids and visiting a unique natural phenomenon,
the Monarch Butterfly wintering site where you can see millions of
beautiful butterflies in the trees and in the air around you. In
common opinion of the last year's participants, the excursions were
excellent; at our webisite you can see their own photos.

Here is the tentative list of excursions:

- The Anthropological Museum: inside Mexico City
- The City Center; tentative and informal
- Teotihuacan: ancient Indian pyramids, 1 hour drive
- Cacahuamilpa and Taxco: great cave and colonial city, 2 hours drive
- Angangueo: Monarch Butterfly wintering site, 4 hours drive

| Program Committee

1. Barbu, Catalina, UK
2. Boitet, Christian, France
3. Bolshakov, Igor, Mexico
4. Bontcheva, Kalina, UK
5. Brusilovsky, Peter, USA
6. Calzolari, Nicoletta, Italy
7. Carroll, John, UK
8. Cassidy, Patrick, USA
9. Cristea, Dan, Romania
10. Gelbukh, Alexander (chair), Mexico
11. Hasida, Koiti, Japan
12. Harada, Yasunari, Japan
13. Hirst, Graeme, Canada
14. Johnson, Frances, UK
15. Kittredge, Richard, USA / Canada
16. Kharrat, Alma, USA
17. Knudsen, Line, Denmark
18. Koch, Gregers, Denmark
19. Kuebler, Sandra, Germany
20. Lappin, Shalom, UK
21. Laufer, Natalia, Russia
22. Lopez-Lopez, Aurelio, Mexico
23. Loukanova, Roussanka, USA / Bulgaria
24. Luedeling, Anke, Germany
25. Maegaard, Bente, Denmark
26. Martin-Vide, Carlos, Spain
27. Mel'cuk, Igor, Canada
28. Metais, Elisabeth, France
29. Mikheev, Andrei, UK
30. Mitkov, Ruslan, UK
31. Murata, Masaki, Japan
32. Narin'yani, Alexander, Russia
33. Nevzorova, Olga, Russia
34. Nirenburg, Sergei, USA
35. Palomar, Manuel, Spain
36. Pedersen, Ted, USA
37. Pineda-Cortes, Luis Alberto, Mexico
38. Piperidis, Stelios, Greece
39. Ren, Fuji, Japan
40. Sag, Ivan, USA
41. Sidorov, Grigori, Mexico
42. Sharoff, Serge, Russia
43. Sun Maosong, China
44. Tait, John, UK
45. Trujillo, Arturo, UK
46. T'sou Ka-yin, Benjamin, Hong Kong
47. Van Guilder, Linda, USA
48. Verspoor, Karin, USA / The Netherlands
49. Vilares Ferro, Manuel, Spain
50. Wilks, Yorick, UK

More info:,

Alexander Gelbukh
PC chair

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