LINGUIST List 15.2174

Thu Jul 29 2004

Calls: General Ling/USA; Discourse Analysis/Germany

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  2. Claudia Sassen, Constraints in Discourse

Message 1: 2nd Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 03:05:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: sims.120 <sims.120osu.edu>
Subject: 2nd Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics

2nd Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics 

Date: 06-Nov-2004 - 07-Nov-2004
Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Contact: Andrea Sims
Contact Email: sims.120osu.edu 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Subject Language Family: Slavic Subgroup 

Call Deadline: 20-Sep-2004 


Meeting Description:

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
and the Dobro Slovo Chapter at Ohio State University are pleased to
host the Second Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics. The goals
of the conference are to establish connections between graduate
students, share research, and to encourage the study of Slavic
linguistics. Submissions from any graduate student working in Slavic
linguistics are welcomed.

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
and the Dobro Slovo Chapter at Ohio State University are pleased to
announce the Second Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics. The
goals of the conference are to establish connections between graduate
students, share research, and to encourage the study of Slavic
linguistics.

The colloquium will take place on the Ohio State campus in Columbus,
NOVEMBER 6-7, 2004.

Submissions from any graduate student working in Slavic linguistics
are welcomed, including those in Slavic departments, linguistics
departments, anthropology departments, etc. Papers will be considered
on any topic relating to Slavic linguistics, including but not
restricted to syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, historical
linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, acquisition, and
pedagogy. Each paper will be allowed thirty minutes (including 10
minutes for discussion).

Please send abstracts (maximum 500 words) electronically to Miriam
Whiting (whiting.33osu.edu) by SEPTEMBER 20, 2004. Please include
your name, affiliation, mailing address and email address.

Papers from the conference will be published as Vol. 5 of the Ohio
State University Working Papers in Slavic Studies.

Accommodation with local graduate students will be available.

Questions may be addressed to any of the organizers.

Organizers:
Tanya Ivanova (ivanova.1osu.edu)
Natalie Mykysey (mykysey.1osu.edu)
Andrea Sims (asimsling.ohio-state.edu)
Miriam Whiting (whiting.33osu.edu) 
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Message 2: Constraints in Discourse

Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2004 14:28:57 +0200
From: Claudia Sassen <claudia.sassenuni-dortmund.de>
Subject: Constraints in Discourse


 Workshop on
 Constraints in Discourse
 3-5 June, 2005
 Dortmund, Germany
 http://www.constraints-in-discourse.de


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.

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

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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