LINGUIST List 13.3283

Thu Dec 12 2002

Calls: Lexical Functional Grammar/Discourse

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  1. jonask, Lexical Functional Grammar Conference, NY USA
  2. Luuk Lagerwerf, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse, Netherlands

Message 1: Lexical Functional Grammar Conference, NY USA

Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 05:09:15 +0000
From: jonask <>
Subject: Lexical Functional Grammar Conference, NY USA

8th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference

Short Title: LFG 2003
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Date: 16-Jul-2003 - 18-Jul-2003 
Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Jonas Kuhn
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax 

Meeting Description: 

LFG 2003 welcomes work both within the formal architecture of
Lexical-Functional Grammar and typological, formal, and computational
work within the 'spirit of LFG', as a lexicalist approach to language
employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. Local organizer:
George Aaron Broadwell - 

This is a short version of this CFP, for the full version, including
submission details see:

Submissions in the form of anonymous one-page abstracts (with a second
page for data, , c-/f- and related structures, and references) should
be sent to the LFG Program Committee
 Jonas Kuhn -
 Tara Mohanan -
Deadline for receipt of paper submissions: 15 February 2003
Acceptances sent out: 31 March 2003

The main conference sessions will involve 40-minute talks (30 min. +
10 min. discussion period), and poster/system
presentations. Contributions should focus on results from completed as
well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches,
methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical,
formal or computational. Presentations should describe original,
unpublished work.

Like in the previous year, we are hoping to hold a special session
that will give students the chance to present recent PhD dissertations
(or other student research dissertations). The dissertations must be
completed by the time of the conference; the 30-minute talks in this
session should provide an overview of the contents of the

We also invite proposals for workshops and/or tutorials. They should
be sent to the local organizers at: Deadline
for workshop submissions: 15 January 2003

The 8th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference will be
held by the Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY in
Saratoga Springs, NY from 16 to 18 July 2003. A pre-conference
gathering and, possibly, a tutorial are planned for 15 July.

Saratoga Springs is a resort town in upstate New York, famous for its
mineral waters, spas, and horse racing. It has maintained and
restored a beautiful, pedestrian-oriented downtown full of 19th
century architecture. During the summer Saratoga Springs is also home
to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York City Ballet. LFG 2003
sessions will be held at Empire State College, SUNY, located in
downtown Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Springs is thirty miles north of Albany, NY, which is also
the location of the nearest airport. Saratoga Springs is also
serviced by Amtrak, Greyhound, and Trailways. The Adirondack
Mountains begin about fifteen miles north of Saratoga Springs, at Lake
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Message 2: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse, Netherlands

Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 14:06:40 -0500 (EST)
From: Luuk Lagerwerf <>
Subject: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse, Netherlands

5th International Workshop on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse
October 22th-25th, 2003

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2003 (MAD'03) is the fifth
in a series of small-scale, high-quality workshops that have been
organised every second year since 1995 (Egmond-aan-zee (NL), 1995;
Utrecht (NL), 1997; Edinburgh (GB), 1999; Ittre (BE), 2001). Its aim
is to bring together researchers from different disciplines, in
particular theoretical and applied linguists, computational linguists,
and psycholinguists, to exchange information and learn from each other
on a common topic of investigation: text and discourse.

Workshop Theme

In this edition of the workshop, MAD'03 aims at bringing together
social scientists and linguists by pursuing the following theme:
Determination of Information and Tenor in Texts. Topics of the
workshop are exemplified by, but not limited to, questions like:

*	How is content (or information) extracted from text?
*	How does one systematically infer stances from texts?
*	What determines differences in interpretation between
*	How do (automated) discourse representations come about?
* How can linguistic properties be put to use for analysis of
large text collections?
*	What do co-occurrences of words tell about discourses?
* How does text type or genre change the interpretation of text
*	How do new media change the use of text variables and

Keynote speakers
Klaus Schnbach, Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL)
Peter Foltz, New Mexico State University (NM)
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Paul Deane, Educational Testing Service (NJ)

Workshop Location
The workshop and lodging will be in conference centre De Bergse
Bossen, located in the forests of Driebergen, a village near
Utrecht. Travelling by train to Schiphol Airport or the city of
Amsterdam takes less than an hour.

Workshop Design
In the workshop, about 20 people will be presenting an accepted paper
in plenary sessions. The total number of participants will be limited
to 40. Anonymous review of full papers will be carried out in order
to guarantee high quality of papers. The organisers also strive to
publish all accepted papers in workshop proceedings at the start of
the workshop. After the workshop, a selection of papers are likely to
be published in a special issue of an appropriate journal (see the

Call for papers
Deadline for submission of full papers addressing one of the questions
of the workshop is May 1st, 2003. On the website of MAD03,, specific
guidelines for submission are given.

Workshop Organisers
Luuk Lagerwerf, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)
Wilbert Spooren, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)
Liesbeth Degand, Universit catholique de Louvain (BE)

MAD'03 is hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Netherlands
School of Communication Research (NESCoR; in the persons of Prof. Dr. J.
Kleinnijenhuis, Vrije Universiteit; Prof. Dr. P.J. Schellens, Universiteit

Workshop Theme Description In many approaches to discourse analysis in
linguistics, and content or media analysis in social sciences, methods
have been developed to extract information from texts
systematically. Apart from extracting information, many different
approaches have also been aiming to determine the tenor of texts. In
this small-scale intensive workshop, we want to encourage discussion
between researchers from different backgrounds.

The workshop will have significance for document design as well as
content analysis. In both cases, it is important to analyse processes
of recognition and evaluation of information in text. Also, linguistic
properties of texts may serve as cues for systematising these

Other related areas are the fields of persuasion and argumentation,
and discourse psychology, discourse analysis, and computational
modelling of discourse processes. By using statistical approaches
based on co-occurrences, judgments of diverse aspects of texts may be
delivered automatically. Together, these approaches make it possible
to build information structures of texts, make abstracts
automatically, or disclose tendencies in the content of multiple

In each of these approaches, it is important to realize that text type
(or genre) is perhaps one of the most determining factors in
extracting information, evaluating information or examining linguistic
aspects of text. Regarding the workshop topics, this factor will be
controlled by either taking news texts as the default text type, or
taking text type itself as a topic to determine its influence on
information, tenor or linguistic aspects. The application of any of
these approaches to the design or analysis of new media provides a
very interesting extension of the topics of the workshop.

Announcement of the workshop: December 6th, 2002
Call for papers: February 3rd, 2003
Deadline (full papers): May 1st, 2003
Notice of acceptance: July 1st, 2003
Deliverance final papers: August 1st, 2003

A short impression of the previous workshop MAD'01 can be obtained at:

Previous workshops resulted in the following publications:
- Degand, L., Y. Bestgen & W. Spooren & L. v. Waes (eds.; 2001).
Multidisciplinary approaches to discourse (pp. 183-194). Mnster: Nodus
- Knott, A., J. Oberlander & T. Sanders (eds.; 2001). Special Issue:
Levels of Representation in Discourse Relations, Cognitive Linguistics 12 (3).
- Risselada, R. & W. Spooren (eds.; 1998). Special issue: Discourse
markers and coherence relations. Journal of Pragmatics 30 (2).
- Sanders, T., J. Schilperoord & W. Spooren (eds.; 2001). Text
Representation: Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Aspects. Amsterdam:
- Spooren, W. & R. Risselada (eds.; 1997). Special issue: Discourse
markers. Discourse Processes 24 (1).
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