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LINGUIST List 17.140

Mon Jan 16 2006

Calls: General Ling/Netherlands;Computational Ling/Japan

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


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        1.    Oystein Nilsen, Synax and Semantics of Spatial P
        2.    Eric McCready, Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006


Message 1: Synax and Semantics of Spatial P
Date: 13-Jan-2006
From: Oystein Nilsen <oystein.nilsenlet.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: 06-Mar-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 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)

Description
The main aim of this conference is to stimulate discussion about the category P in a broad sense (prepositions, postpositions, circumpositions, particles, prefixes) from various linguistic perspectives. Prepositions might seem like minor elements but at a closer look they are at the core of human expressions of space, motion, time and thus play a central role in human language and linguistics. Since the spatial meaning is one of the most studied domains in the category of P and it is the main topic of the conference, the general research question to be addressed is in what ways our knowledge of space is expressed linguistically in the domain of Ps. That is, what is at the basis of our linguistic expression of space? We welcome abstracts addressing syntactic and semantic issues of the spatial domain. The submission of work in progress is highly encouraged.

Submission details
-Abstracts are invited for 40-minute talks with an additional 20-minute discussion.
-Anonymous abstracts must be sent as attached files (in either Word or PDF format) to both of the following e-mail addresses:

Jakub.Dotlacillet.uu.nl
Berit.Gehrkelet.uu.nl

The body of the message should include: name, title, affiliation, and e-mail. The subject of the message should include ''abstract P conference''.

Abstracts must be sent by March 6th, 2006 and may be at most two pages long including examples and possibly references (measured on A4 sheet with one-inch margins) and typed in at least 12-point font.

Upon acceptance, authors will be requested to send an extended abstract of (maximally) 5 pages length.

Furthermore, there is the possibility to submit electronic posters. These will be published on the conference's website prior to event and are to be used as potential sources of discussion during the conference. Electronic documents of maximally 5 pages can be submitted and will undergo a light reviewing process. Even though authors of accepted poster will not be eligible for presentation we encourage them to participate in the conference. The deadline for poster submission is May 15th, 2006.

More information (e.g. concerning possible topics) can be found on: http://www.let.uu.nl/~Berit.Gehrke/personal/Pconference

Scientific Board
Norbert Corver (UiL OTS, Utrecht University)
Marcel den Dikken (CUNY)
Raffaella Folli (University of Ulster)
Vivienne Fong (University of Stanford)
Marcus Kracht (UCLA)
Eric Reuland (UiL OTS, Utrecht University)
Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø)
Henriëtte de Swart (UiL OTS, Utrecht University)
Yoad Winter (Technion, Haifa)
Joost Zwarts (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Organizing committee
Anna Asbury, Jakub Dotlačil, Berit Gehrke, Øystein Nilsen, Rick Nouwen

Important dates
Deadline for abstracts: March 6th, 2006
Notification of acceptance: April 10th, 2006
Extended abstracts & electronic posters due: May 15th, 2006
Conference: June 2nd - 4th, 2006



Message 2: Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006
Date: 13-Jan-2006
From: Eric McCready <mccreadymail.utexas.edu>
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 Speaker:
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)
Christopher Potts (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
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





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