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LINGUIST List 16.3590

Sun Dec 18 2005

Calls: Computational Ling/Japan;Ling Theories/Germany

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Eric McCready, Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006
        2.    Stefan Evert, Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics 2


Message 1: Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006
Date: 14-Dec-2005
From: Eric McCready <mccreadylang.osaka-u.ac.jp>
Subject: Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006



Full Title: Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006
Short Title: LENS 2006

Date: 05-Jun-2006 - 06-Jun-2006
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Eric McCready
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lang.osaka-u.ac.jp/~ogata/LENLS2006.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

LENS is an annual international workshop focusing on formal semantics and is organized as a satellite of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence conference. This year's workshop, the third LENS, will include a special session on formal pragmatics. In recent years there have been a number of exciting developments in this area. Researchers have applied game-theoretical and utility-theoretic techniques to problems such as Gricean communication and relevance, implicature, and blocking; for instance, new work in multidimensional logic has given insight into conventional implicature; new formal techniques have been applied to discourse structure and coherence. We hope in this year's workshop to bring together researchers in this area.

Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006 (LENLS2006)

a satelite international workshop of the JSAI 2006 annual conference

http://www.lang.osaka-u.ac.jp/~ogata/LENLS2006.html

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Tower Hall Funabori
(http://www.jaist.ac.jp/jsai2006/access_e.html)

June 5-6, 2006

Chair: Eric McCready (Osaka University/Aoyama Gakuin University)

Invited Speakers:
Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics)
Chung-Min Lee (Seoul National University)(tentative)
Christopher Potts (U. Massachusetts--Amherst)

This workshop is co-sponsored by
the Tohoku University 21st Century COE Program in Humanities ''Strategic Research and Education Center for an Integrated Approach to Language, Brain and Computation (http://www.lbc21.jp/)'' and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

LENS is an annual international workshop focusing on formal semantics and is organized as a satellite of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence conference. This year's workshop, the third LENS, will include a special session on formal pragmatics. In recent years there have been a number of exciting developments in this area. Researchers have applied game-theoretical and utility-theoretic techniques to problems such as Gricean communication and relevance, implicature, and blocking; for instance, new work in multidimensional logic has given insight into conventional implicature; new formal techniques have been applied to discourse structure and coherence. We hope in this year's workshop to bring together researchers in this area.

We invite submissions on any topic in formal semantics and pragmatics, including but in no way limited to the following. We especially welcome submissions that involve data from the languages of Asia.

- Logical aspects of semantic theory and semantically applicable formal systems
- Philosophical issues related to natural language semantics
- Empirical and theoretical issues in formal semantics proper
- Topics in formal pragmatics, including (for instance)
- Information structure
- Speech acts and denials
- Presupposition
- Questions and Answers
- Discourse structure and coherence
- Probabilistic and utility-theoretic methods in formal pragmatics
- Game theory in linguistics
- Implicature and expressive meaning
- Applications of formal semantics to natural language engineering

Submissions:

Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages in length and must be in .pdf format.

Abstracts must be sent in electronic form to: mccreadylang.osaka-u.ac.jp

The proceedings of the workshop will be available at the conference site for registered persons. In addition, selected papers from accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a volume in the ''Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence'' series.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2006

Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2006

Camera-ready copies of papers (not exceeding 12 pages) for the
proceedings, in the LNCS style: April 15th, 2006

2006 Workshop: June 5th-6th, 2006

Scientific committee:
Yurie Hara (University of Delaware)
Jinung Kim (University of Texas-Austin)
Eric McCready (Osaka University)
Yasuo Nakayama (Osaka University)
Rick Nouwen (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics)
Patrizia Paggio (University of Copenhagen)
Brian Reese (University of Texas-Austin)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)
Anders Soegaard (University of Copenhagen)
Linton Wang (National Cheng Chung University)

Contact: mccreadylang.osaka-u.ac.jp or mccreadymail.utexas.edu



Message 2: Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics 2
Date: 14-Dec-2005
From: Stefan Evert <stefan.evertuos.de>
Subject: Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics 2



Full Title: Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics 2
Short Title: QITL-2

Date: 01-Jun-2006 - 02-Jun-2006
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Contact Person: Stefan Evert
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cogsci.uos.de/~qitl/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 24-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The second conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics (QITL-2) will be hosted in June 2006 by the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany.

Invited speakers: Tom Wasow (Stanford), Suzanne Stevenson (Toronto)

Call for Papers:

Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics 2 (QITL-2)
1-2 June 2006
Osnabrueck, Germany

Invited speakers

Tom Wasow, Stanford
Suzanne Stevenson, Toronto


Traditionally, theoretical linguistic investigation and quantitative methodologies have been antithetical. But this has been changing rapidly in recent years, with an increasing recognition of the role that quantitative methods can play in the investigation of the structure of the human language faculty. As at the first QITL meeting (Osnabrueck 2002), we would like to bring together researchers from theoretical, computational, quantitative and psycholinguistics who are interested in applying quantitative methods to theoretical issues in language to share their work.

We invite researchers engaged in quantitative investigations of theoretical linguistic questions to submit abstracts for 30-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion). The focus should be on a question of linguistic interest, which may be approached either from a more theoretical or a more quantitative perspective. Applications in computational linguistics may also be of interest if they lead to or shed light on theoretical questions. Relevant topics include (but are by no means limited to): models of lexical semantic preferences, rule productivity, grammar acquisition, and the issues surrounding the use of the Web as a representative corpus.

Abstracts should be 2-3 pages long, including figures, tables and references (this corresponds to approx. 1000-1500 words).

Electronic submission by e-mail to qitluos.de is strongly preferred (PDF, PostScript, RTF).


Important dates:

24 February 2006 - Deadline for abstracts
31 March 2006 - Notification of acceptance
1-2 June 2006 - Conference


Programme Committee:

Harald Baayen, Nijmegen
Marco Baroni, Forli`
Matthew Crocker, Saarbruecken
Walter Daelemans, Antwerp & Tilburg
Anette Frank, DFKI Saarbruecken
Stefan Th. Gries, Santa Barbara
Brigitte Krenn, OFAI Vienna
Jonas Kuhn, Austin & Saarbruecken
Roger Levy, Edinburgh
Anke Luedeling, Berlin
Detmar Meurers, Columbus
Philip Miller, Lille


Organising Committee:

Computational Linguistics Group
(P. Bosch, S. Evert, G. Katz, P. Reuter, B. Schrader, C. Umbach)
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Osnabrueck


Further information:

More information (including abstracts of talks given at QITL-1) can be found on the conference Web site: http://www.cogsci.uos.de/~qitl/

If you have any questions, please contact Stefan Evert (stefan.evertuos.de).





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