LINGUIST List 15.412

Sun Feb 1 2004

Calls: Computational Ling/France; Applied Ling/USA

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  1. degeilh, Categorial Grammars 2004: An Efficient Tool for NLP
  2. pmatsuda, Symposium on Second Language Writing

Message 1: Categorial Grammars 2004: An Efficient Tool for NLP

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 12:32:55 -0500 (EST)
From: degeilh <>
Subject: Categorial Grammars 2004: An Efficient Tool for NLP

Categorial Grammars 2004: An Efficient Tool for NLP 
Short Title: CG2004 

Date: 07-Jun-2004 - 11-Jun-2004
Location: Montpellier, France
Contact: Sylvain Degeilh
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics
Subject Language: None 
Call Deadline: 07-Mar-2004 

Meeting Description:

Algorithmic and theoretical problems arising during syntactical

Categorial grammars, type grammars and pregroups are formal structures
for deciding whether a string of words is a grammatical sentence.
They assign one or more types to each word in the dictionary. One
solves the problem whether a sequence of words is a grammatical
sentence, by performing computations on the corresponding string(s) of
types. This makes it possible to characterise the syntactic
properties of natural languages entirely in terms of their lexical
types and prove general properties, independent of the actual language
fragment. These grammars are related to other mathematical approaches
like intuitionist, classical and compact bilinear logic, non-symmetric
*-autonomous categories, Montague semantics and Chomsky's minimalist
programme. Some of these methods have matured to highly efficient
tools for syntactical analysis. Previous meetings were held in
Tucson, Rome, Nancy, Nantes, Trento and Ottawa. This symposium will
cover new theoretical results and applications to natural

2nd Call for papers: Categorial Grammars 2004, An Efficient Tool for
Montpellier, France, 7-11 June 2004

Organised by LIRMM (, supported by the Université
Montpellier II ( and the
Languedoc-Roussillon delegation of CNRS (

Important dates: 

Submission EXTENDED deadline: 7 March, 2004
Notification of accepted papers: 7 April, 2004
Final versions, deadline: 7 May, 2004

Proceedings: The accepted papers will be published as a special issue
of Applied Logic by Elsevier. The results must be unpublished and not
submitted for publication elsewhere, including other symposia or
workshops. The authors should mention at least one keyword among the
topics below at the end of the abstract. For more instructions go to:

All papers should be submitted electronically to:


Formal grammars for natural languages, in particular (non exhaustive
list) :
Pregroups applied to natural languages
Compact bilinear logic
Non-symmetric *-autonomous categories
Lambek syntactical calculus
Multimodal categorial grammars
Word order, discontinuous constituents
Dependencies, constraints to movement
Learning algorithms
Complexity of algorithms
Minimalist grammars 
Lexical grammars 
Tree adjoining grammars

Some Speakers: 

Michele Abrusci (Univ Roma 3, Italy)
Jason Baldridge (Univ of Edinburgh, UK)
Philippe Blache (Univ of Aix-en-Provence, France)
Julia Hockenmaier (Univ of Pennsylvania, USA)
Maciej Kandulski (Adam Mickiewicz Univ, Poland)
Ruth Kempson (King's College London, UK)
Joachim Lambek (McGill Univ, Canada)
Alain Lecomte (Univ Grenoble 2, France)
Reinhard Muskens (Tilburg Univ, The Netherlands)
Richard Oehrle (Univ of Pennsylvania, USA)
Guy Perrier (Loria, France)

Scientific Programme Committee: 

Wojciech Buszkowski (Univ of Poznan, Poland)
Claudia Casadio (Univ Chieti, Italy)
Dov Gabbay (King's College London, UK)
Michael Moortgat (Univ of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Christian Retoré (Univ Bordeaux I, France)
Mark Steedman (Univ of Edinburgh, UK)
Edward Stabler (UCLA, USA)

Organising Committee:

Raffaella Bernardi (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy)
Sylvain Degeilh (Univ Montpellier II, France)
Michael Moortgat (Univ of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Anne Preller (Univ Montpellier III, France)
Violaine Prince (Univ Montpellier II, France)

Symposium site : Délégation Languedoc-Roussillon du CNRS
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Message 2: Symposium on Second Language Writing

Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2004 10:31:25 -0500 (EST)
From: pmatsuda <>
Subject: Symposium on Second Language Writing

Symposium on Second Language Writing 
Short Title: SSLW 

Date: 30-Sep-2004 - 02-Oct-2004
Location: West Lafayette, IN, United States of America
Contact: Paul Matsuda
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Applied Linguistics ,Discourse Analysis
,Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 15-May-2004 

Meeting Description:

The Symposium on Second Language Writing is a biennial professional
conference that brings together teachers and researchers who work with
second- and foreign-language writers to discuss important issues in
the field of second language writing. More information about past
symposia is available at: THE FOURTH

Second Language Writing Instruction in Context(s): The Effects of
Institutional Policies and Politics

October 1-2, 2004
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA


While the majority of work done in second language writing addresses
instruction, the focus of much of this scholarship is on what happens
in the classroom as opposed to how the institutional contexts outside
the classroom shape instructional practices. To help remedy this
imbalance, this symposium will focus on institutional polices and
politics and how they influence classroom practice. We refer here to
policies on assessment, placement, credit, class size, course content,
instructional practices, teacher preparation, and teacher support and
to politics in terms of the relationships and interaction between
second language writing professionals and their colleagues at the
program, department, school, college, and university levels and

We seek proposals for 20-minute presentations that address how
instructional policies and politics affect instructional
practices. Each presentation should include (1) a description of a
particular L2 writing instruction context, (2) an analysis of how
institutional policies and politics shape the curriculum in this
context, and (3) a discussion of implications for second language
writing theory, research, instruction, assessment and/or
administration as well as the professional development of second
language writing specialists.

The presentation may be theoretical (e.g., theorizing key issues,
principles or mechanisms), historical (e.g., examining an historical
development in the field or at a specific institutional context) or
empirical (e.g., reporting results of survey research, institutional
case studies, or critical discourse analysis of institutional
discourses) or reflexive (e.g., reflecting on specific experience to
generate insights into how instructional practices interact with
institutional politics and policies). We also encourage other,
innovative approaches. The presentation may be based on original data
or a re-analysis of existing data in light of institutional policies
and politics.

The proposal must be received by May 15, 2004. To submit a proposal,
use the online submission form at:

For more information about the 2004 Symposium, please visit:

Tony Silva and Paul Kei Matsuda, Chairs
Symposium on Second Language Writing 
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