LINGUIST List 15.478

Thu Feb 5 2004

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  1. gt3, Strategies of Quantification
  2. Alessandro Oltramari, OntoLex2004 - Deadline extension

Message 1: Strategies of Quantification

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 13:28:41 -0500 (EST)
From: gt3 <>
Subject: Strategies of Quantification

Strategies of Quantification 

Date: 15-Jul-2004 - 17-Jul-2004
Location: York, United Kingdom
Contact: George Tsoulas
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Semantics ,Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2004 

Meeting Description:

This conference aims to bring together researchers in the syntax and
semantics of quantification and related fields with a special focus on
the issues arising from the crosslinguistic study of quantifiers and
quantification and their repercussions on the formal analysis of
quantification. The conference is funded by the Arts and Humanities
Research Board, as part of the project ''Strategies of

Invited Speakers

K. A. Jayaseelan (CIEFL, Hyderabad)
Edward L. Keenan (UCLA)
Angelika Kratzer (UMass, Amherst)
Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia)
Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
Akira Watanabe (University of Tokyo)

Call for Papers

Natural languages employ various strategies for the expression of
quantificational notions. Ever since the publication of Bach et
al. (eds)(1997) the crosslinguistic study of quantification has become
a central topic of investigation. The extent to which the different
strategies employed by various natural languages represent distinct
possibilities or, rather, they are special cases of a general
strategy, is a matter of controversy. For instance, determiner
quantifiers heading their own projections, forming elements which can
be analysed as generalised quantifiers, are used in manyIndo-European
languages. On the other hand, languages such as Japanese, Korean,
Malayalam, use wh-words (indeterminate pronouns) with suffixes
denoting a.o. disjunction or conjunction. This latter strategy
extends to A-quantifiers and covers quantifier, or quantifier-like
meanings like polarity, free choice, arbitrariness and so on, though
the finer distinctions within this domain are not so clear.

>From a different perspective, the standard assumption that natural
language quantifiers are invariably or primarily of type <<e,t>,t> has
also recently been challenged. The questions to be addressed in this
conference include, but are not limited to the following:

- The semantics of indeterminates and the quantifiers based on them
- The fine structure of polarity, free choice and arbitrariness
- Types of quantificational force and how they are related
- Quantification and the syntax-semantics interface
- Comparative approaches to quantification
- Formal issues in the theory of quantifiers (and how they relate to
the crosslinguistic study of quantification)

Submission procedure

We invite papers from all theoretical perspectives. Abstracts for 45mn
talks (including discussion) should not exceed 2 pages, using a font
no smaller than 11pt and with at least 1in margins on all sides.
Electronic submission is very highly encouraged. Send your abstract
as an attachment to an email message to:

The attachment must be in one of the following file formats:
postscript (ps), pdf, dvi, ascii, doc (if you really can't avoid it).
In the body of the message include your Name, Affiliation, and Title
of the paper. If electronic submission is impossible, send 7 anonymous
copies of your abstract to:

Strategies of Quantification
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
University of York
Heslington - York YO10 5DD
England - UK


Important Dates

Submission Deadline: March 15 2004
Acceptance Notification: April 5 2004 
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Message 2: OntoLex2004 - Deadline extension

Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 18:04:20 +0100
From: Alessandro Oltramari <>
Subject: OntoLex2004 - Deadline extension




Workshop: OntoLex 2004: Ontologies and Lexical Resources in
Distributed Environments

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Centro Cultural de Belem
LISBON, Portugal


Main conference 26-27-28 May 2004

Motivations and aim

The use of ontological knowledge in language technology applications
goes a long way back. Recently, however, the project of turning the
World Wide Web into a machine understandable resource to access
digital information (the so-called Semantic Web) has stimulated a
renewed interest in ontologies. In several recent workshops and
conferences, researchers have investigated their nature and
application potential for knowledge management, information retrieval
and extraction, information exchange in agent-based systems as well as
dialogue systems. Attention is being drawn to new aspects of ontology
research such as ontology coordination and mapping - aspects that are
particularly relevant for distributed environments such as Knowledge
Grid and Semantic web. In fact the annotation of web resources in
agreement with concepts and relations as defined in ontologies, is
useful for establishing a conceptual support for knowledge

>From this perspective, lexicographers, lexical semanticists and
ontologists are joining forces to build innovative systems for
integrating ontological knowledge with lexical and semantic resources.
Important examples of this interaction are the recent works on the
conceptual analysis of WordNet (one of the first lexical knowledge
bases), and the wide use of upper ontologies in innovative
international projects like EuroWordNet, SIMPLE, Balkanet, DWDSnet.
WordNet was designed and built entirely by psychologists, linguists,
and lexicographers. Nevertheless, there are obvious parallels with
ontologies, especially in the kinds of structuring relations used
(taxonomical links, meronymy or part-of, etc.), and indeed WordNet has
for years attracted the attention of philosophers and ontologists. In
this context, the distinction between conceptual (possibly axiomatic)
ontologies and lexical ontologies (which contain both linguistic and
ontological information) has become more and more central in the

In this workshop we want to discuss ontologies as resources per se, as
well as for what concerns the relation between ontological knowledge
and language. This relation can be investigated from a number of
different angles, for example what differences and similarities there
are between ontologies and more traditional lexical resources such as
dictionaries and wordnets; how ontologies can be extracted from
language corpora; what role language plays in the definition and
mapping of ontologies; and finally, how ontologies can be used to
treat language in language technology applications - in particular
applications for distributed environments.

Topics to be addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited

*Design principles and methodologies for upper-level ontologies and
semantic lexical resources
*Evaluation, comparison, mapping and integration of ontologies and
lexical resources
*Applications of ontologies and semantic lexical resources in LT
applications (e.g. QA, Information Retrieval, Information Extraction,
Machine Translation)
*Role of semantic lexical resources in ontology learning
*Methods to derive ontological knowledge from text
*Methods to annotate text with reference to an ontology
*Ontology-based query expansion techniques
*Ontologies and multi-lingual lexical resources
*Ontologies and ontology mapping in multi-lingual applications
*Ontologies and lexical resources for meaning negotiation

Two discussions will be organised around the following topics: 

*Filling the gap between axiomatic and linguistic ontologies
*The role of lexical resources in the Semantic Web and the Knowledge

Reasons of interest

A new scientific community is growing around this largely
interdisciplinary area: following the spirit of the previous two
OntoLex workshops, this workshop aims at being an important meeting
point for researchers involved in the fields of lexical resources and
ontologies, favouring the exchange of scientific experiences and
proposing new directions of inquiry. This year, the workshop
particularly welcomes contributions from researchers that are
investigating the application of ontologies and lexical resources in
distributed environments such as Knowledge Grid and Semantic Web.

Important dates

*4th December 2003: Call for papers and demonstrations
*9 February 2004: Deadline for paper submission
*5 March 2004: Acceptance notifications and preliminary program
*29 March 2004: Deadline final version of accepted papers
*29 May 2004: Workshop


Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract of max 3000
words related to one or more of the topics of interest. Papers can
describe research results as well as work in progress. Each accepted
paper will receive a slot of 30 minutes for presentation (20 minutes
talk and 10 minutes for discussion). Demonstrations of ontology
applications are encouraged as well (a demonstration outline of 2
pages can be submitted). Each submission should show: title;
author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, postal
address, telephone and fax numbers. Submissions must be sent
electronically in PDF to Alessandro Oltramari

As soon as possible, authors are encouraged to send a brief email
indicating their intention to participate, including their contact
information and the topic they intend to address in their submissions.
Proceedings of the workshop will be printed by the LREC Local
Organising Committee.

Time schedule and registration fee

The workshop will consist of a morning session and an afternoon
session, and include scientific paper presentations from workshop
participants as well as general discussions.

For this full-day workshop, the registration fee is 100 EURO for LREC
conference participants and 170 EURO for other participants. These
fees will include a coffee break and the Proceedings of the Workshop.

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