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  1. Paul Peranteau, The Legacy of Zellig Harris, PA USA

Message 1: The Legacy of Zellig Harris, PA USA

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 13:03:22 -0500 (EST)
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: The Legacy of Zellig Harris, PA USA

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

Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Date: 17-Jan-2003

Contact Person: Laurel Sweeney
Contact Email:
Linguistic Sub-field: 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 & Ng Thanh Nhn, 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 Harris:
Language and Information into the 21st Century
A Symposium at The University of Pennsylvania
Celebrating Recent Work and a New Publication
Sponsors: IRCS, CIS, Department of Linguistics, Department of
& John Benjamins Publishing

Date: 17 January 2003
Time: 8:45-6:00, reception to follow
Location: Bodek Hall (Perelman Quad, Houston Hall)
Contact: Laurel Sweeney <> Poster
Quotations on the poster

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