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LINGUIST List 17.1347

Tue May 02 2006

Calls: Semantics/Germany;General Ling/Netherlands

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

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        1.    David Schlangen, Brandial06 (10th Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue Workshop)
        2.    Berit Gehrke, Synax and Semantics of Spatial P

Message 1: Brandial06 (10th Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue Workshop)
Date: 28-Apr-2006
From: David Schlangen <dasling.uni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Brandial06 (10th Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue Workshop)

Full Title: Brandial06 (10th Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue Workshop)
Short Title: Brandial06 (Semdial 10)

Date: 11-Sep-2006 - 13-Sep-2006
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Contact Person: David Schlangen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/brandial

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 12-May-2006

Meeting Description:

brandial06, the 10th International Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SEMDIAL10)

[ fourth and final call for papers ]



Potsdam (Germany)
September 11-13 2006

brandial06 will be the tenth in a series of workshops that aims to
bring together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of
dialogues in fields such as artificial intelligence, formal semantics
and pragmatics, computational linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.
The SemDial conferences are always stimulating and fun, and
Potsdam/Berlin is a great place to visit.


- James Allen (University of Rochester, USA)
- Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg, Germany)
- Manfred Krifka (Humboldt University and ZAS, Germany)
- Emanuel Schegloff (University of California LA, USA)


We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and
pragmatics of dialogues, including, but not limited to:

- models of common ground/mutual belief in communication
- modelling agents' information states and how they get updated
- multi-agent models and turn-taking
- goals, intentions and commitments in communication
- semantic interpretation in dialogues
- reference in dialogues
- ellipsis resolution in dialogues
- dialogue and discourse structure
- interpretation of questions and answers
- nonlinguistic interaction in communication
- natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems
- multimodal dialogue systems
- dialogue management in practical implementations
- categorisation of dialogue moves or speech acts in corpora
- designing and evaluating dialogue systems

For the first time, we will have a special session (one afternoon), on
** Visual Attention and References to the Visual Situation **
chaired by Massimo Poesio and Hannes Rieser. (Committee: Sarah
Brown-Schmidt (University of Illinois at Urbana), John Kelleher
(Dublin Institute of Technology), Pia Knoeferle (University of the
Saarland), Geert-Jan Kruijff (DFKI).)

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): linguistic and
philosophical studies of deixis; eye-tracking studies of reference
resolution in situated language use; and computational models of
deictic references and reference interpretation. As always, especially
encouraged are interdisciplinary submissions, e.g., providing a sound
theoretical analysis based on solid empirical evidence.


Authors should submit an *anonymous* paper of at most 8 pages (for
talks with a duration of 25' plus 10' discussion) via the web-site
(please indicate if you are submitting for the special session).
Please see the website for details on formatting, etc.
(Submissions are now open!)




Submissions due: May 12th, 2006
Notification: July 3rd, 2006
Final version due: August 4th, 2006
Conference: September 11-13, 2006

There will be a later call for short abstracts describing system demonstrations
and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of the workshop, with
submission deadline in July.


Jan Alexandersson (DFKI, Saarbruecken)
Ellen Bard (University of Edinburgh)
Johan Bos (Universita di Roma La Sapienza)
Justine Cassell (Northwestern University)
Matthew Crocker (Universitaet des Saarlandes)
Paul Dekker (University of Amsterdam)
Raquel Fernandez (University of Potsdam) (co-chair)
Simon Garrod (University of Glasgow)
Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College, London)
Pat Healey (Queen Mary University of London)
Rodger Kibble (Goldsmiths University of London)
Alistair Knott (University of Otago)
Joern Kreutel (Semantic Edge and University of Potsdam)
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (Universitaet des Saarlandes)
Staffan Larsson (Gothenburg University)
Alex Lascarides (University of Edinburgh)
Oliver Lemon (University of Edinburgh)
Colin Matheson (University of Edinburgh)
Nicolas Maudet (Universite Paris Dauphine)
Philippe Muller (Universite Paul Sabatier)
Yukiko Nakano (RISTEX Japan)
Manfred Pinkal (Universitaet des Saarlandes)
Massimo Poesio (University of Essex)
Matt Purver (CSLI Stanford)
Hannes Rieser (Universitaet Bielefeld)
David Schlangen (Universitaet Potsdam) (co-chair)
Michael Strube (EML Research)
Takenobu Tokunaga (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
David Traum (ICT, University of Southern California) (co-chair)


The workshop will take place in Potsdam at the ''Neues Palais''
campus at the edge of beautiful Park Sanssouci. The local committee
is chaired by David Schlangen and Raquel Fernandez.

Previous workshops in the SEMDIAL series include:
( see also http://cswww.essex.ac.uk/semdial/ )

MunDial'97 (Munich)
Twendial'98 (Twente)
Amstelogue'99 (Amsterdam)
Gotalog'00 (Gothenburg)
Bidialog'01 (Bielefeld)
EDILOG'02 (Edinburgh)
DIABRUCK'03 (Saarbruecken)
CATALOG'04 (Barcelona)
Dialor'05 (Nancy)

Message 2: Synax and Semantics of Spatial P
Date: 28-Apr-2006
From: Berit Gehrke <berit.gehrkelet.uu.nl>
Subject: Synax and Semantics of Spatial P

Full Title: Synax and Semantics of Spatial P

Date: 02-Jun-2006 - 04-Jun-2006
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Berit Gehrke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.let.uu.nl/~Berit.Gehrke/personal/Pconference

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2006

Meeting Description:

The conference Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P is organized by UiL OTS, Utrecht University. The conference will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands from June 2nd to 4th, 2006. We invite abstracts for 40-minute talks with an additional 20-minute discussion.

Invited speakers
Marcel den Dikken (CUNY)
Raffaella Folli (University of Ulster)
Vivienne Fong (University of Stanford)
Marcus Kracht (UCLA)
Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø)
Joost Zwarts (Radboud University, Nijmegen)


The conference on Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P will take place at the UiL OTS, Utrecht University from June 2nd to 4th, 2006. Its main aim is to stimulate discussion about the category P in a broad sense (prepositions, postpositions, circumpositions, particles, prefixes) from various linguistic perspectives. Abstracts for presentation have been selected and the programme can be found below.

If you wish to attend the conference and participate in the discussion, you are welcome to submit an electronic poster to the conference web site. Electronic posters will be reviewed only for pertinence to the topic of the conference. They should summarize recent work that is unpublished or otherwise not widely known. If published, please include the reference.

Electronic posters should be up to 1000 words (roughly 5 pages), ideally in .html format, or else in .pdf.

Please create a text that is easy to read off the screen, in terms of wording, organization, and typography. Examples and analyses should be presented in their logical order, not on separate pages as in some conference abstracts.

Each poster should start with the name, affiliation, email address, and possibly home page link of the author(s), followed by the title. We will not post submissions that do not contain the author information.

Please email the poster files by May 15th, 2006 to both of the following e-mail addresses:


The submissions will be posted on this site soon thereafter and are to be used as potential sources of discussion during the conference.

If you would like to draw attention to a related paper of yours, please post them at your home page and send us an entry consisting of the author(s), the full title of the paper, and the link. Such entries will be posted alongside electronic posters, for the long-term benefit though perhaps not for the immediate edification of participants.

Further details including possible topics as well as information about registration can be found on the conference site:


Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Marcel den Dikken (invited speaker): On the internal structure of adpositional phrases and the syntax of the pseudopassive
Arhonto Terzi: Locative Ps as modifier of Place and the relation with their complements
Enoch Oladé Aboh: Possession and Predication in Complex Spatial Phrases
Andrew McIntyre: The Integration of Directional PPs
Jaume Mateu Fontanals: Verb prefixation and the l-syntax of directionality/resultativity
Irena Botwinik-Rotem: Why are they different? A case study of Hebrew locative PPs
Vivienne Fong (invited speaker): t.b.a.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Marcus Kracht (invited speaker): The Fine Structure of Spatial Expressions
Sander Lestrade: The correspondence between directionality and transitivity: An OT semantics account for prepositional case alternation
Tatiana Nikitina: Pragmatic factors and variation in the expression of spatial goals: The case of into vs. in
Marina Pantcheva: Categorial Status of Persian Class 2 Prepositions
Christina Tortora: Aspect inside PLACE PPs
Ivano Caponigro and Lisa Pearl: Silent (spatial) prepositions: Evidence from free relatives
Peter Svenonius (invited speaker): t.b.a.
conference dinner

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Raffaella Folli (invited speaker): t.b.a.
Cecile Meier: A compositional analysis of spatial prepositions
Joost Zwarts (invited speaker): P-patterns: How prepositions shape each other's meanings
forum discussion

Bert Cappelle: The microstructure of English particle phrases
Chinedu Uchechukwu: The grammaticalization of prepositional markers in Igbo
Naoko Tomioka: The distribution and interpretation of adjunct locative PPs

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