LINGUIST List 13.2697

Fri Oct 18 2002

Calls: Semantics & Modeling, Paris, France

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Message 1: Semantics & Modeling, Paris, France

Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 10:20:39 +0000
From: mari <>
Subject: Semantics & Modeling, Paris, France

Journ�es Scientifiques S�mantique et Mod�lisation
Short Title: JSM
Location: Paris
Date: 20-Mar-2003 - 21-Mar-2003
Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2002
Web Site:
Contact Person: Alda Mari
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description: 
Paris (France)
20-21 March 2003
JSM 1st
Journ�es Scientifiques 'S�mantique et Mod�lisation'
Deadline: 15 December 2002

Paris, March 20-21, 2003

Organized by the research group 2521 'Semantics and modeling'
2001-2005 with ENST (Ecole Nationale Sup�rieure des

Since the eighties, the semantic research has been elaborating
theories and formalisms aimed to ensure the flexibility and empirical
coverage required for refined treatment of linguistic data, without,
however, sacrificing the methodological rigor which has placed
semantics among other scientific disciplines since its creation by
Frege and Montague. Innovative elements indicating this development
are the generalization of quantification models, the emergence of
dynamic theories and redefining the domains of semantics and

As is shown by the recent creation of the research group 2521
'Semantics and modeling', we're witnessing the emergence in France
of a new community centered around the so-called formal
semantics. From the point of view of this community, the descriptive
and analytical stage must be followed by a modeling stage, whose aim
is to check the predictions founded on observations and, more
formally, to penetrate the abstract mechanisms of meaning composition.
The Days of Semantics and Modeling are intended for researchers whose
work integrates formalizing and modeling stages. The main question to
be considered is the relation between modeling and theorizing in
semantics. Also examined will be studies that show the added value of
modeling for explanation and thus predictive power.

Empirical problems 
This conference is intended for work in progress in any domain of
formal semantics, including but not limited to: indexicality,
connectors, prepositions, polarity and free-choice items, definiteness
and indefiniteness, polysemy, wh-words, semantic typing, temporal and
aspectual marking mass and count nouns, semantics of information
formatting, and treatment of plurals.

This conference is open to all existing approaches in the domain of
modeling, computational semantics, and work on large corpora. We also
invite work in models born of formal linguistic research (dynamic
semantics, discourse representation theories...), as well as those
developed in the framework of formal language theories (p-calculus,
processing theories (?),�-calculus...). Although based on formal
justification, these works must emphasize their interest for formal

Invited speakers
Nicholas Asher (University of Texas at Austin) 
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis Unversity) 
Barry Schein (University of Southern California) 

Organising committee
Alda Mari (CNRS - ENST) 
Francis Corblin (CNRS Univ. Paris IV) 

Scientific committee
Pascal Amsili (Univ. Paris VII) 
Nicholas Asher (Austin) 
Patrick Blackburn (INRIA) 
Olivier Bonami (Univ. de Rennes) 
Didier Bourigault (CNRS) 
Patrick Caudal (CNRS) 
Francis Corblin (CNRS, Paris IV) 
Dani�le Godard (CNRS) 
Jacques Jayez (ENS) 
Alda Mari (CNRS) 
Ora Matushansky (CNRS) 
David Nicolas (CNRS) 
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis Unversity) 
Barry Schein (USC) 
Lucia Tovena (CNRS) 

We invite proposals for 30-minute presentations consisting of a
1000-word abstract, in French or in English, following the guidelines
located on the website then Journ�es
Scientifiques, or on In their
proposals, the authors must specify the linguistic problem under
consideration, empirical data and the model that they are developing
or using.

Languages of the Journ�es are French and English. 

Important dates
December 15, 2002 : abstract submission deadline 
January 31, 2003 : notification of acceptance 
February 28, 2003 : registration deadline
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