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Thu Jun 15 2006

Confs: General Ling/Maynooth, Ireland

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Message 1: Constraints in Discourse 2006
Date: 12-Jun-2006
From: Peter Kuehnlein <puni-bielefeld.de>
Subject: Constraints in Discourse 2006



Constraints in Discourse 2006
Short Title: CID06


Date: 07-Jul-2006 - 09-Jul-2006
Location: Maynooth, Ireland
Contact: Peter Kuehnlein
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.constraints-in-discourse.org/cid06

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for presenting recent research on constraints in discourse. The target areas include the recognition of discourse structure as well as the interpretation and generation of discourse in a broad variety of domains.

Call for Participation

Workshop on Constraints in Discourse

The schedule is now fixed and registration is open.

7-9 July, 2006

http://www.constraints-in-discourse.org/cid06

This is the second in a series of workshops entitled
''Constraints in Discourse.''

For a many years, the development of precise frameworks of discourse
interpretation has been hampered by the lack of a deeper understanding of the dependencies between different discourse units. The past 15 years have seen a considerable advance in this field. A number of strong constraints have been proposed that restrict the sequencing and attaching of segments at various descriptive levels, as well as the interpretation of their interrelations. Last year's workshop CID2005 in Dortmund revealed a number of issues that still have to be clarified and worked upon. Most relevant topics turned out to be:

- the necessity to have a look at intonation and discourse structure
more closely;
- the question of formal properties of discourse structure (tree-like
or graph-like etc.);
- the question of (psychological, social or linguistic) reality of
constraints;
- the interface between utterance-level and discourse-level analysis;
- and the empirical foundation and availability of corpus
annotation of constraints.

The goal of this series of workshops is to provide a forum for
presenting recent research on constraints in discourse. The target
areas include the recognition of discourse structure as well as the
interpretation and generation of discourse in a broad variety of
domains. The workshop offers a forum for researchers from diverse
formal approaches, including but not limited to:

- Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST)
- Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT)
- Tree Adjoining Grammars
- Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG)
- The QUD Modell
- Plan Based Reasoning
- Abductive Reasoning
- Gricean Pragmatics
- Speech Act Theory

Publication (and workshop) language is English

The workshop is endorsed by SIGdial, the Special Interest Group on
Discourse and Dialogue, and SIGsem, the Special Interest Group on
Semantics, of ACL.

Invited Speakers

Barbara Kaup, Technical University Berlin
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California
Candace Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs

Program Committee

Anton Benz, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Markus Egg, Rijksuniversiteit. Groningen, Netherlands
John Harpur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California
Peter Kuehnlein, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh, UK
Barbara Kaup, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Gisela Redeker, Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen, Netherlands
Ivan Sag, Stanford University, USA
Candace Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, USA

Organisation

Organisation Committee:
Candace Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, USA (Chair)
Anton Benz, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding
John Harpur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Peter Kuehnlein, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Local Organisation:
John Harpur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Coordinates

The workshop will take place from 7-9 July, 2006. It will be hosted by
the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM). Maynooth is
situated 15 miles from Dublin in the heart of the Kildare countryside,
and is well served by motorway, rail and bus links. County Kildare is
on Dublin's doorstep and is in close proximity to Dublin Airport and
Seaport as well as Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It is also only a couple of
hours drive from most parts of Ireland.

Fees

Fees (including coffee breaks and lunch) are

Participants from Academia: EUR 100
Participants from commercial enterprises: EUR 200


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