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LINGUIST List 17.503

Thu Feb 16 2006

Calls: Pragmatics/France;Writing Systems/France

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        1.    Francois Nemo, 4th Rencontres de Semantique et Pragmatique
        2.    Aurélien Max, ATALA Meeting on Computational Linguistics Tools to Assist the Writer


Message 1: 4th Rencontres de Semantique et Pragmatique
Date: 13-Feb-2006
From: Francois Nemo <rspuniv-orleans.fr>
Subject: 4th Rencontres de Semantique et Pragmatique


Full Title: 4th Rencontres de Semantique et Pragmatique
Short Title: RSP4

Date: 13-Jun-2006 - 15-Jun-2006
Location: Orleans, France
Contact Person: Francois Nemo
Meeting Email: rspuniv-orleans.fr

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The fourth Rencontres de Sémantique et Pragmatique,
Orléans. 13-15th of june 2006.

Thematic session : 'The Place of Meaning in Linguistics'

Non thematic sessions allowing researchers to discuss ongoing research,
fundamental questions and evolutions in semantics and pragmatics
Any information at rspuniv-orleans.fr

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS -DEADLINE EXTENSION - 4th Rencontres de Semantique et
Pragmatique (Orleans, France)

Meeting Description:

The fourth Rencontres de Sémantique et Pragmatique,
Orléans. 13-15th of june 2006.

Thematic session : 'The Place of Meaning in Linguistics'

Non thematic sessions allowing researchers to discuss ongoing research,
fundamental questions and evolutions in semantics and pragmatics
Any information at rsp univ-orleans.fr

The fourth Rencontres de Sémantique et Pragmatique (RSP4)
in Orléans (France). 13-15th of June 2006.


CALL FOR PAPERS
In the context of the organisation of the fourth Rencontres de Sémantique et
Pragmatique, which will take place in Orléans from the 13 to the 15th of june
2006, please find here a double call for papers.

Organised in 2006 by the 'Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines' of the
University of Orléans (France), this colloquium follows the previous Rencontres
de Sémantique et Pragmatique (Paris 8, 1996 ; Orléans 1999 ; Sousse, 2002). It
includes a central thematic session on :

''The Place of Meaning in Linguistics''

and non thematic sessions allowing to present ongoing research.
Its aim is to allow researchers to discuss fundamental questions and evolutions
in semantics and pragmatics, and to allow collaborators and readers of the Revue
de Sémantique et Pragmatique to meet.

Submissions :

Proposals of communications must be sent before the 28th of February 2006
directly by email as an attachment at : rspuniv-orleans.fr

or, by postal mail (with a diskette) at :

Comité d'Organisation des quatrièmes Rencontres de Sémantique et Pragmatique
Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines. Département de Sciences du langage
Université d'Orléans. 10 rue de Tours. 45072 Orléans Cedex 02. France.

Abstracts may be proposed either as part of the thematic session on the place of
meaning in linguistics or as part of non-thematic sessions. The abstract must
not be longer than 2 pages (times new roman, 12, 2,5 cm margins), including
references. They must be anonymous and the author's name(s) and affiliation(s)
must be included in the body of the message or a separate spreadsheet.

Poster sessions are planned.

Communications may be presented in the publishing languages of the Revue de
Sémantique et Pragmatique, namely French, German, English, Spanish, Italian and
Portuguese.

The decisions of the scientific committee will be communicated between the 2nd
and 9th of March 2006.

Scientific Committee :
Olivier Baude (RSP, Université d'Orléans), Gabriel Bergounioux (RSP, Université
d'Orléans), Pierre Cadiot (RSP, Université d'Orléans), Kerstin Fischer
(Université de Bremen), Jacques Jayez (RSP, ENS-Lyon), François Nemo (Université
d'Orléans), Corinne Rossari (Université de Fribourg, Suisse), Ken Turner
(Université de Brighton, UK).

Organisation Committee:
Lotfi Abouda, Olivier Baude, Gabriel Bergounioux, Pierre Cadiot, Iris Eshkol,
François Nemo, Emmanuel Schang, Noëlle Serpollet, Jean-Louis Rougé.

Call for Papers (Thematic Session) : The place of Meaning in Linguistics

Whereas it seems that no linguistic theory has ever been proposed that would
explicitly exclude phonology, morphology or syntax, many theories on the
contrary have dreamed of mechanisms which would either exclude meaning
radically, or set it aside, or minimize it as much as possible, and some have
defended the idea that a theory of language was possible only by leaving meaning
aside.

Such radical principles have initially been developed in a structuralist frame,
either within the linguistic versions of 'behaviorism', or in many
interpretations of saussurism, as long as it seemed to most linguists that the
question of meaning was too fuzzy to be studied scientifically. But a similar
temptation may also be observed in the generative framework, which, after
defending initially the project of a linguistic model 'from sound to meaning'
have later on, after strong debates, reduced the place of meaning in linguistics
to a minimal semantics, parallel to syntax, scaled down to the theoretical
status of an output of genuine linguistic processes, and an input of further
interpretative external and non linguistic mechanisms, without any possible
retroaction.

On the opposite, theories have emerged and grown, notably after 1970, which have
defended the idea that a linguistic theory which would exclude meaning and
interlocution would be a truncated, illusory and possibly impossible
linguistics, so that it is not uncommon today to claim that without good
pragmatics, good semantics is impossible, without good semantics, good
morphology is impossible, so that without both, accounting for the lexicon is
impossible, even at morpho-syntactic and prosodic levels.

It is to these fundamental issues - which structure research in semantics and
pragmatics, reappear in technical form in many recent debates and often
intersect with the question of the semantic/pragmatic interface - that the
fourth Rencontres de Sémantique et Pragmatique have chosen to dedicate their
central session.

Proposals of communication which illustrate or discuss the diversity of the
existing views about the place of meaning in linguistics are welcome.
As a result of RSP4, a volume will be published on this subject based on the
submitted outcomes of this communications.

Call for Papers (Non-thematic Sessions)

Proposals of communication about ongoing work on semantics, pragmatics or their
relations, illustrating empirical, methodological or theoretical advances are
welcome.

Poster sessions are part of non thematic sessions.

As a result of RSP4, a volume of the Revue de Sémantique et Pragmatique will be
published based on the submitted outcomes of this communications.
Message 2: ATALA Meeting on Computational Linguistics Tools to Assist the Writer
Date: 13-Feb-2006
From: Aurélien Max <aurelien.maxlimsi.fr>
Subject: ATALA Meeting on Computational Linguistics Tools to Assist the Writer



Full Title: ATALA Meeting on Computational Linguistics Tools to Assist the Writer
Short Title: ATALA

Date: 03-Jun-2006 - 03-Jun-2006
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Aurélien Max
Meeting Email: aurelien.maxlimsi.fr
Web Site: http://perso.limsi.fr/amax/recherche/atala06/atala06.en.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Writing Systems

Call Deadline: 03-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

Organization: Nicolas Hernandez (GREYC), Aurélien Max (LIMSI), Michael Zock (LIF)

Date : Saturday, June 3rd 2006

Place : Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) 46 rue
Barrault, Paris, France - free access (how to get there)

Important dates

* Meeting : June 3 2006
* Submission deadline : April 3 2006
* Notification to authors : May 5 2006
* Final versions due : May 26 2006

Goals

Text production requires the execution of a great number of interdependant
tasks, which make it a highly complex and challenging task. One of the goals of
this meeting is to identify how computational linguists can help the writer.
Hence, the topics proposed correspond roughly to the tasks performed during
writing. While many of them have been addressed by researchers working on
automatic text generation, some of them have attracted less interest, such as
those aspects particular to man-machine interaction.

During the last decades a great effort has been made to exploit intelligently
electronic documents. The proposals of TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) to
standardize the encoding and exchange of documents are a good example. Languages
supporting structuring of documents, like XML or SGML, are more and more often
used by professional writers, precisely in order to ensure structural
wellformedness of documents.

Norms or standards have been introduced little by little in the process of
document creation, first under the form of guidelines and then via controlled
languages. A major goal was to enhance the use of technical documents. The high
demand of multilingualism has also had a strong impact on the professionals?
technics to create documents. Studies on readability reveal the constraints to
be taken care of while creating a document.

Yet, it seems that most of these norms make life harder for the writer rather
than ease his task. While ?full automation? seems to be unacceptable by
professional writers, partial automation seems to be desirable for certain
components of the overall task. This being so, it remains to be clarified for
which specific tasks. We also need to specify what we mean by a well-formed
document, and this holds both for the professional writer as for the 'amateur'
writing a webpage, all the more, as more and more people write in another
language than their mother-tongue.

There are more and more products on the market and research projects going in
this direction: spell- and grammar-checkers, controlled language checkers,
translation memories and document creation memories, interactive multilingual
document creation, etc. Despite this explosion of projects and products we
deplore a certain lack of convergence. We also regret that computational
linguistics as a possible contributor in this endeavour is hardly ever
mentionned in scientific meetings. In this respect it is quite interesting to
take a look at the tools developped for document interpretation (eg. analysis of
the document structure, parsing, anaphora resolution, etc.) and check how useful
they can be for a writer.

The goal of this meeting is to make an inventory of the tasks of the writing
process for which tools developped by computational linguists exist and where
are loop holes, yet definite needs. We hope to gather professional writers,
people from the industry as well as researchers from the computational
linguistic community and various related fields.
Topics of the meeting

The meeting will start with an invited talk by a professional writer who will
present the methods used as well as the needs and hopes concerning tools being
developped by computational linguists.

We invite papers describing personal experience or the building of systems in
relation with any of the following tasks (the list not being limitative):

* help for structuring documents
* spell checking, verification of grammatical structure and style
* access of lexical and terminological data
* creation of documents in a controlled language
* unconstrained document composition
* text composition in a foreign language
* authoring memories
* visual aids

Organization

There will be two types of presentations :

* oral communications (lasting about 30mn, proposals shall not exceed 4 pages)
* demos (1-2 pages) presenting the main characteristics of the ressource :
architecture, coverage, type of data, etc.

Please send your proposals to Aurélien Max (aurelien.maxlimsi.fr) no later than
April 3, 2006 and please mention the keywork [ATALA] in the subject field of
your email. Paper can be written in French or in English. The resumes will be
published after the ATALA meeting on their website.
Program committee

* Berthelin, Jean-Baptiste (LIMSI, Orsay)
* Dale, Robert (Macquarie University, Sydney)
* Danlos, Laurence (Lattice, Université Paris 7)
* Dymetman, Marc (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble)
* Enjalbert, Patrice (GREYC, Caen)
* Hernandez, Nicolas (GREYC, Caen)
* Lapalme, Guy (RALI, Université de Montréal)
* Lux-Pogodalla, Veronika (INIST, Nancy)
* Max, Aurélien (LIMSI, Université Paris 11)
* Panaget, Franck (France Telecom RD)
* Pery-Woodley, Marie-Paule (ERSS, Toulouse)
* Véronis, Jean (DELIC, Université de Provence)
* Zock, Michael (LIM, Marseille)



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