LINGUIST List 15.2074

Wed Jul 14 2004

Calls: General Ling/Spain; Discourse Analysis/Germany

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  1. mrosa.lloret, 15th Colloquium on Generative Grammar
  2. claudia.sassen, Constraints in Discourse

Message 1: 15th Colloquium on Generative Grammar

Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 06:22:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: mrosa.lloret <mrosa.lloretub.edu>
Subject: 15th Colloquium on Generative Grammar

15th Colloquium on Generative Grammar 
Short Title: CGG-15 

Date: 04-Apr-2005 - 06-Apr-2005
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact: Maria-Rosa Lloret
Contact Email: cgg15ub.edu 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2005 


Meeting Description:

Linguists working in the theoretical framework of Generative Grammar
are invited to participate. Abstracts are invited on any topic related
to the fundamentals of Generative Grammar at all levels. Abstracts can
be written in any Romance language or English. The language used in
the abstracts and during the conference should be the same. Each paper
presentation will be 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. We
will also accept a limited number of abstracts for two poster
sessions. If the authors want to submit their works as either paper
presentations or posters only, they should state it clear in their
e-mail message to the organizers. Submissions are limited to one
singly authored and one jointly authored abstract per author.


Abstracts:

Abstracts cannot exceed one page of text, with 2.5 cm. margin on all
for sides (measured on A4 paper). Font: Times New Roman, 12 point;
SILDoulos IPA93 for the phonetic symbols. Line spacing:
single. Abstracts may include an extra page for references and
examples. Lay-out: First line: title of the paper (in bold). Second
line: author's name and e-mail address. Third line:
affiliation. Fourth line: blank.

Abstracts should be sent electronically only, as Word.doc or PDF
attachments, to cgg15ub.edu. (PDF format is required if the abstract
contains special fonts, such as phonetic symbols, or figures.) One
copy of the abstract must be sent anonymously and another one with the
author's name, e-mail address, and affiliation.
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Message 2: Constraints in Discourse

Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 09:04:42 -0400 (EDT)
From: claudia.sassen <claudia.sassenuni-dortmund.de>
Subject: Constraints in Discourse

Constraints in Discourse 
Short Title: CID 

Date: 03-Jun-2005 - 05-Jun-2003
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Contact: Claudia Sassen
Contact Email: infoconstraints-in-discourse.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.constraints-in-discourse.de 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics ,Discourse Analysis
,Linguistic Theories ,Pragmatics ,Semantics ,Text/Corpus Linguistics
,Cognitive Science

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2005 


Meeting Description:

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for presenting recent
research on constraints in discourse. The target areas include the
recognition of discourse structure as well as the interpretation and
generation of discourse in a broad variety of domains. The workshop
offers a forum for researchers from diverse formal approaches,
including but not limited to:

- Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST)
- Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT)
- Tree Adjoining Grammars
- The QUD Modell
- Plan Based Reasoning
- Abductive Reasoning
- Gricean Pragmatics
- Speech Act Theory


For a long time, the development of precise frameworks of discourse
interpretation has been hampered by the lack of a deeper understanding
of the dependencies between different discourse units. The recent 15
years have seen a considerable advance in this field. A number of
strong constraints have been proposed that restrict the sequencing and
attaching of segments at various descriptive levels, as well as the
interpretation of their interrelations. Early, and very influential,
work on the sequencing and ordering of discourse segments has been
done by Grosz & Sidner (1986). One of the best-known of the
constraints on sequencing and accessibility of expressions across
sentence boundaries is the RFC (Right Frontier Constraint), often
associated with a paper of Polanyi (1988). Other relevant constraints
are, e.g. the CSC (Coordinate Structure Constraint, Ross 1967) or the
recently expressed MDC (Maximal Discourse Coherence, Asher &
Lascarides 2003) principle.

We invite talks that further our theoretical understanding of the role
of constraints in discourse, as well as empirical studies that shed
light on their empirical validity. The conference is explicitly
intended for discussion and comparison of theoretical accounts that
lay the ground for applications. It is not intended as a platform for
system demonstrations. Specific topics might relate to
 - Anaphora Resolution
 - Co-reference
 - Dialogical vs. Monological Discourse
 - Questions and Answers
 - Lexicon and Discourse Relations
 - Cognitive Modeling
 - Underspecification and Nonmonotonic Inferences
etc.

The organisers are planning to publish a selection of the results of
the workshop either as a special issue of a journal or as a book.

Publication (and workshop) language is English

The workshop is endorsed by SIGdial, the Special Interest Group on
Discourse and Dialogue, and SIGsem, the Special Interest Group on
Semantics, of ACL.

Invited Speakers

Nicholas Asher, Univ. of Texas (Austin), USA
Claire Gardent, LORIA/CNRS, France
Barbara Grosz, Harvard Univ., USA
Livia Polanyi, Palo Alto Research Center, USA
David Schlangen, Univ. Potsdam, Germany

Paper Submission


Researchers interested in contributing a paper to the workshop are
invited to submit an abstract that spans not more than 3 pages in PDF
or PS (single column, 10pt font size, a4 paper, including a
bibliography) using the form at the workshop website
(http://www.constraints-in-discourse.de). Reviews will be done
blindly; the abstracts may accordingly not include explicit hints that
allow the identification of the authors (such as ''in paper (...) we
show that'').

Important Dates

Conf: 3-5 June, 2005
Deadline for Submissions: 1 March, 2005
Notification of Acceptance: 1 April, 2005
Final Abstracts due: 15 May, 2005

Program Committee


Nicholas Asher, Univ. of Texas (Austin)
Anton Benz, Univ. of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Kurt Eberle, Linguatec ES, Germany
Claire Gardent, LORIA/CNRS, France
Barbara Grosz, Harvard Univ., USA
Anke Holler, Ruprecht-Karls-Univ., Germany
Peter Kuehnlein, Univ. Bielefeld, Germany
Livia Polanyi, Palo Alto Research Center
Claudia Sassen, Univ. Dortmund, Germany
David Schlangen, Univ. Potsdam, Germany

Organisation


Organisation Committee:
Anton Benz, Univ. of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Peter Kuehnlein, Univ. Bielefeld, Germany
Claudia Sassen, Univ. Dortmund, Germany

Local Organisation:
Claudia Sassen (claudia.sassenuni-dortmund.de)

Coordinates

The workshop will take place from 3-5 June, 2005. It will be hosted by
the University of Dortmund, Germany. Dortmund is situated in the
Eastern region of the Ruhrgebiet and can easily be reached via car,
airplane or train.

Fees

We thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG = German NSF) for
the funding.

Their support allows us to keep the fees generally low. The fees are

People from countries with weak economy: free
Students, including PhD students:	 EUR 20
Other participants from Academia:	 EUR 40
Participants from commercial enterprises: EUR 160 
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