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LINGUIST List 17.432

Wed Feb 08 2006

Calls: General Ling/Italy;Computational Ling/Denmark

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

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        1.    Paul Vogt, Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication
        2.    Anders Søgaard, Workshop on Typed Feature Structure Grammars

Message 1: Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication
Date: 08-Feb-2006
From: Paul Vogt <p.a.vogtuvt.nl>
Subject: Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication

Full Title: Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication
Short Title: EELC

Date: 30-Sep-2006 - 01-Oct-2006
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Paul Vogt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://bdc.brain.riken.go.jp/eelc2006/

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

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

Third Intl. Symposium on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication (EELC III). http://bdc.brain.riken.go.jp/eelc2006/

Rome, Italy, 30 Sept. - 1 Oct. 2006.

As part of the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB) conference http://www.sab06.org/

Invited Speakers:
Peter Gardenfors (Lund University, Sweden), Naoto Iwahashi (ATR, Japan), Elena Lieven (Max Planck Institute, Germany), Eörs Szathmáry (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)

Scope of the Workshop
Language is generally considered as the hallmark of human intelligence. One important way to study why this is the case, is to investigate how linguistic communication has evolved. In the past decade, this research area has received a lot of attention from the scientific community and could be considered as one of the main areas of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. The EELC III workshop will focus on empirical and modelling research on the emergence of symbol grounding and other aspects of linguistic communication in language evolution and language acquisition. The key questions relate to how symbolic communication can emerge from interactions of individuals with their environment, including other individuals, and how such communication can become meaningful to the individual or population. Research methods that are used to study these issues include experimental and observational studies on child language acquisition and animal communication; theoretical and computational modelling; and (robotic) simulations of adaptive behaviour. The workshop aims to provide leading scientists in the interdisciplinary area of language evolution and language acquisition a platform to present their latest results and discuss areas of further research.

Until about 15 years ago, there was very little productive research in the study of language evolution. However, with the increased advancements of computational techniques and other empirical methods, the field of language evolution has grown to become one of the major research areas in cognitive science. While the field is largely interdisciplinary with contributions from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, biology, anthropology, philosophy and computer science, the latter has proven to be among the most influential disciplines. A reason for this is that empirical evidence on language evolution is scarce and computer simulations offer a good testbed for investigating hypotheses. One of the major driving forces for language evolution is often considered to be language acquisition. Language can be transmitted over subsequent generations if individuals can learn language.

Moreover, it has been claimed that the stages of children’s language acquisition mirrors the stages of language evolution. So, the current EELC will not only look at studies on the evolution of language, but also at studies on language acquisition.

Although many computer simulations take the emergence of symbol grounding for granted, recently there has been an increase in studies that focus on issues relating to the emergence of grounded communication systems. The EELC III will therefore have 'adaptive approaches to symbol grounding and beyond' as its central theme, though contributions are not limited to this theme.

EELC Symposium Series
This workshop is the third edition of the successful workshop on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication. The first one was held in 2004 in Kanazawa (Japan) under the auspices of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) and the second one in Hatfield (United
Kingdom) under the auspices of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB). Details of the second EELC are found on http://homepages.feis.herts.ac.uk/˜comqcln/EELC05.html. The Third International Workshop on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication will be part of the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior conference. The coincidence with SAB permits a better exchange with other researchers working in the simulation of adaptive behaviour field.

Submission of Papers
We invite papers of maximum 12 A4 pages that fit within the scope of the workshop. All papers should be submitted electronically in PDF to paulv 'at'
ling.ed.ac.uk and formatted according to the instructions given at http://bdc.brain.riken.go.jp/eelc2006/. All submissions will be acknowledged and refereed by the international scientific programme committee. The proceedings will be published as a LNCS/LNAI series by Springer.

Important Dates
Deadline for submissions: 30 Apr. 2006
Notification of acceptance: 2 Jun. 2006
Camera ready copies: 30 Jun. 2006
Workshop (1st day): 30 Sep. 2006
Workshop (2nd day): 1 Oct. 2006

Program Chairs:
Paul Vogt (Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Chair; Yuuya Sugita (RIKEN BSI, Japan), Co-Chair; Elio Tuci (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium), Co-Chair; Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK), Co-Chair

Program Committee:
Takaya Arita (University of Nagoya, Japan), Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth, UK), Bart de Boer (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth, UK), Tecumseh Fitch (University of St. Andrews, UK), Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST, Japan), Jim Hurford (University of Edinburgh, UK), Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo, Japan), Simon Kirby (University of Edinburgh), Caroline Lyon (University of Hertfordshire, UK), Davide Marocco (ISTC, National Research Council, Italy), Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK), Stefano Nolfi (ISTC, National Research Council, Italy), Kazuo Okanoya (RIKEN BSI, Japan), Tetsuo Ono (Future University Hakodate, Japan), Domenico Parisi (ISTC, National Research Council, Italy), Akito Sakurai (Keio University, Japan), Andrew Smith (University of Edinburgh, UK), Kenny Smith (University of Edinburgh, UK), Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Yuuya Sugita (RIKEN BSI, Japan), Jun Tani (RIKEN BSI, Japan), Satoshi Tojo (JAIST, Japan), Elio Tuci (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium), Paul Vogt (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

Message 2: Workshop on Typed Feature Structure Grammars
Date: 07-Feb-2006
From: Anders Søgaard <anderscst.dk>
Subject: Workshop on Typed Feature Structure Grammars

Full Title: Workshop on Typed Feature Structure Grammars

Date: 19-Jun-2006 - 22-Jun-2006
Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Contact Person: Anders Søgaard
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://cst.dk/anders/tfsg

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

One-day workshop on typed feature structure grammars at the 22nd Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, June 19-22 2006 in Aalborg, Denmark. The exact date has not been confirmed yet.

The linguistics and natural language engineering community, including the Scandinavian one, have regained interestest in typed feature structure grammars in the recent years. In particular, efficient parsing algorithms have stimulated the development of broad-coverage computational grammars for a variety of languages. The development of these ressources have raised a number of empirical and computational questions. The Workshop on Typed Feature Structure Grammars is a forum in which these questions can be asked and, maybe, answered.

Typed feature structure grammars include construction grammar (CG), head-driven phrase structure grammar (HPSG) and some versions of categorial grammar. This workshop is intended for linguists who employ these theories in linguistic analysis or natural language engineering, or who investigate their formal and computational properties. Papers may address

-the linguistic or computational (dis-)advantages of typed feature structure-based formalisms, incl. CG and HPSG, and comparisons of such formalisms with other linguistic theories,
-the comparison of theories and computational implementations of typed feature structures, and
-the design and evaluation of implemented grammars and ressources of relevance to typed feature structure grammars.

In other words, the organizers and the program committe are especially interested in papers that present linguistic phenomena whose analysis in typed feature structure grammars is more adequate or more efficient (or less adequate or less efficient) than standard analyses; we also encourage papers that present substantial work on implementations of, or ressources for, typed feature structure grammars. Comparisons of CG, HPSG and other theories are also welcome. Finally, the workshop is open to papers on the formal and computational properties of typed feature structure grammars, incl. complexity, learnability, and portability.

The program committee includes Dan Flickinger (Stanford University), Lars Hellan (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), and Jürgen Wedekind (University of Copenhagen). Other members will be confirmed soon. The proceedings are planned to be published in the form of a book. The final, camera-ready papers are submitted after the conference. Guidelines and LaTeX style sheets are provided. See the workshop website at cst.dk/anders/tfsg for updates.

The maximum length of the abstracts is two (2) pages. Submit an anonymous PDF file. Contact information should be included in the e-mail text. E-mail the abstract and any questions you may have, to anderscst.dk. Deadline: March 15 2006. Notification of acceptance: April 15 2006.

The workshop is organized by Anders Søgaard, Center for Language Technology, and Petter Haugereid, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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