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  1. bnevin, Language and Information Into the 21st Century, PA USA

Message 1: Language and Information Into the 21st Century, PA USA

Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 14:49:46 +0000
From: bnevin <>
Subject: Language and Information Into the 21st Century, PA USA

The Legacy of Zellig Harris: Language and Information Into the 21st Century

Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Date: 17-Jan-2003 
Web Site:
Contact Person: Laurel Sweeney
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

A Symposium at The University of Pennsylvania celebrating recent work
and a new publication carrying forward some of the lines of research
initiated by Zellig Harris, with presentations by Richard Oehrle,
Aravind Joshi, Naomi Sager, Stephen Johnson, Fernando Pereira, Elissa
Newport, Anthony Kroch, Lila Gleitman, John Trueswell, Pieter Seuren,
Francis Lin, Paul Mattick, and Thomas Ryckman. The Legacy of Zellig
 Language and Information into the 21st Century
 A Symposium at The University of Pennsylvania
 Celebrating Recent Work and a New Publication
 Co-sponsored by IRCS, CIS, the Department of Linguistics 
 & John Benjamins Publishing

Date: 17 January 2003
Time: 8:30-6:00, reception to follow
Location: Bodek Hall (Perelman Quad, Houston Hall)
Contact: Laurel Sweeney <> 


 8:45 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
 9:00 1 Harris's categorial grammar
 Richard Oehrle
 9:25 Discussion
 9:30 2 How much complexity is needed for language description?
 Aravind Joshi, CIS, Penn
 9:55 Discussion
10:00 Break ...............
10:15 3 From text to information by computer
 Naomi Sager (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
10:40 Discussion
10:45 4 Modeling information content by minimum grammatical description
 Stephen Johnson, Columbia
11:10 Discussion
11:15 5 Formal grammar, information theory, and learning theory
 Fernando Pereira, Chair, CIS, Penn
11:40 Discussion
11:45 Break ...............
12:00 Keynote: Statistical language learning: Blending new and old 
 approaches to language acquisition
 Elissa Newport, Psychology, U. Rochester
12:45 Discussion
 1:00 Lunch ...............
 2:00 6 Distributional evidence, imperfect learning, and language change
 Anthony Kroch, Chair, Linguistics, Penn
 2:25 Discussion
 2:30 7 Language learning without maturation
 Lila Gleitman, Psychology
 2:55 Discussion
 3:00 8 Humans do it too: Use of lexical statistics in a probabilistic parsing system
 John Trueswell, Psychology
 3:25 Discussion
 3:30 Break ...............
 3:45 9 Harris and Generative Semantics vindicated: The case of German V-clusters
 Pieter Seuren, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 
 Nijmegen, Netherlands
 4:10 Discussion
 4:15 10 Linguistic Philosophy vs. Linguistic Science
 Francis Lin, Philosophy, St Hugh's College, Oxford;
 Computer Science, University of London
 4:40 Discussion
 4:45 11 The syntax of science and the science of syntax
 Paul Mattick, Philosophy, Adelphi University
 5:00 Discussion
 5:05 12 Reflections on the mathematization of natural language
 Thomas Ryckman, Philosophy, U.C. Berkeley
 5:30 Discussion
 5:35 Reception

The publication being celebrated:

The Legacy of Zellig Harris: Language and information into the 21st century
Volume 1. Philosophy of science, syntax, and semantics
Edited by Bruce Nevin
CILT 228

Volume 2. Computability of language and computer applications
Edited by Bruce Nevin and Stephen Johnson
CILT 229

Forthcoming in December 2002, by John Benjamins Publishing.
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