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LINGUIST List 16.1698

Sat May 28 2005

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Cyprus; General Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Amy Wronkowicz <amylinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Gul Celkan, Breaking the Glass Ceiling
        2.    Manfred Stede, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2005

Message 1: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Date: 27-May-2005
From: Gul Celkan <gul.celkanemu.edu.tr>
Subject: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Full Title: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Date: 27-Apr-2006 - 28-Apr-2006
Location: Famagusta, Cyprus
Contact Person: Gul Celkan
Meeting Email: gul.celkanemu.edu.tr
Web Site: http://cws.emu.edu.tr

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Language
Acquisition; Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2005

Meeting Description:

The aim of the second International Women's Conference on "Breaking the Glass
Ceiling" organized by Center for Women's Studies of Eastern Mediterranean
University is to bring
public opinion makers
to share their views on issues regarding women.

Papers on the following areas can be submitted:

Women and Language
Gender Studies in Linguistic Context
Women in Culture
Women in the Work Force
Women in Medicine
Women in Education
Women in Fine Arts
Women in Science
Women in Engineering
Women in Technology
Women in Politics
Women in Society
Women in Media
Women in History
Women behind the Scenes
Women as mothers
Women in Administration
Women Betrayed
Women in Literature
Women in Law
Women and Family
Women and War
Women in Conflict
Women and Military
Women and Architecture

- November 1, 2005 deadline for submitting an abstract of 150-200 words (please
list the key words) using the Application Form provided at our web-site.
- November 20, 2005 the announcement of results.
- February 1, 2006 full-papers should be submitted on-line by this date as
proceedings will be put on CD and distributed to participants at the
registration desk.


Papers to be submitted as a Word Document should conform to the following rules:
o Arial, 9 font
o Line spacing: Single
o Page number: maximum 15
o Notations should be at the end
o References: given in alphabetical order
o Page format:
Page size:16x22 cm;
left and right margins: 2cm;
header and footer: 1cm.
Message 2: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2005
Date: 27-May-2005
From: Manfred Stede <stedeling.uni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2005

Full Title: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2005
Short Title: MAD 05

Date: 05-Oct-2005 - 08-Oct-2005
Location: Chorin/Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Manfred Stede
Meeting Email: mad05ling.uni-potsdam.de
Web Site: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~mad05

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

Deadline extension: MAD 05
New deadline: June 10, 2005

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Discourse 2005 (MAD'05) is the sixth in a series
of small-scale, high-quality workshops held bi-annually since 1995. The theme of
the 2005 WS is 'salience in discourse'.

Workshop Theme: Salience in Discourse

Understanding language involves mapping a linear sequence of information units
(in the case of texts: characters or words) to a structured representation.
Various proposals for such structures are under discussion, but many of them
share an underlying assumption: Structure arises from some elements of the text
being more prominent than others. The term salience is often used for this
phenomenon, but it comes in many different flavours. The workshop aims to
compare these flavours, to look for commonalities, but also to sharpen
distinctions where appropriate. We thus invite contributions from linguistic,
psychological, computational perspectives on salience in discourse, including
but not limited to notions such as the following:

- Information structure is well known for a wide varitey of competing
conceptions, but they all relate to salience in one way or another:
focus/background, topic/focus, theme/rheme etc.
- Anaphora resolution (and, in the opposite direction, production of referring
expressions) can be modelled using salience, as it has been done for instance in
conceptions of referent accessibility (e.g., Prince 1981).
- Choices in sentence structure between coordination, subordination, or
nominalization can be claimed to have ramifications for discourse processing,
leading to conceptions of foreground/background structures on the text level
(e.g., Talmy 2000).
- Similarly, most theories of discourse structure involve salience, e.g.. the
notion of nuclearity in 'Rhetorical structure theory' (RST, Mann/Thompson 1988),
or the distinction between coordinating and subordinating relations in
'Segmented Discourse Representation Theory' (SDRT, Asher/Lascarides 2003).
- The semantics of definite descriptions and pronouns have been analyzed in
terms of salience, for instance by Lewis (1979).
- Other tasks of language processing, such as word-sense disambiguation or
metaphor processing (e.g., Giora and Fein 2004), are sometimes modelled with
salience-inspired approaches.

Following the tradition of the earlier workshops, attendance will be limited to
30 people. Speakers of accepted papers are automatically granted a seat; the
remaining ones are assigned on first-come-first-serve basis.

Invited speakers:
In addition to the regular paper sessions, the workshop features the following
invited talks:
- Kristiina Jokinen (Univ. of Helsinki) on salience in language and other
modalities in dialog
- Thomas Noll (TU Berlin) on salience in language and music
- Jon Oberlander (Univ. of Edinburgh) on salience in language and reasoning
- Michael Tanenhaus (Univ. of Rochester) on salience in language and vision

Electronic submissions (PDF format) are strongly preferred. Papers should not be
longer than eight pages (including figures and references), using 11pt font. For
the final versions of accepted papers, precise formatting instructions (for Word
and LateX) will be issued.

Send your submission until June 10, 2005 per email to mad05ling.uni-potsdam.de

Program Committee:
Jennifer Arnold (Univ. of Rochester, USA)
Salvatore Attardo (Youngstown State University, USA)
Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Michael Grabski (TU Berlin, Germany)
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (Univ. des Saarlandes, Germany)
Luuk Lagerwerf (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL)
Massimo Poesio (University of Essex, UK)
Manfred Stede (Univ. Potsdam, Germany)
Alice ter Meulen (Center for Language and Cognition, Groningen, NL)

Submission deadline: June 10, 2005
Notification of acceptance: July 25, 2005
Final papers due: August 19, 2005
Workshop: Oct 5-8, 2005

Manfred Stede, Universitaet Potsdam
Michael Grabski, Technische Universitaet Berlin
Luuk Lagerwerf, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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