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LINGUIST List 18.1605

Sat May 26 2007

Calls: General Ling/Germany; Computational Ling/USA

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        1.    Carsten Breul, Contrastive Information Structure Analysis
        2.    Emily Bender, Grammar Engineering across Frameworks 2007

Message 1: Contrastive Information Structure Analysis
Date: 25-May-2007
From: Carsten Breul <breuluni-wuppertal.de>
Subject: Contrastive Information Structure Analysis

Full Title: Contrastive Information Structure Analysis
Short Title: CISA

Date: 18-Mar-2008 - 19-Mar-2008
Location: Wuppertal, Germany
Contact Person: Carsten Breul
Meeting Email: cisa-08uni-wuppertal.de
Web Site: http://www.cisa-2008.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2007

Meeting Description:
The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of original
research that addresses empirical or theoretical questions of information
structure from an explicitly contrastive perspective. The range of languages to
be dealt with is not restricted, but we would prefer to have at least one of the
languages to be contrasted to be English, German, French, Italian, or Spanish.
(For a more detailed description see below, or the conference website at

2nd Call for Papers

Invited Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-U Berlin & ZAS Berlin) (to be confirmed)
Prof. Dr. Knud Lambrecht (U of Texas at Austin)

Advisory Board:
Prof. Dr. Paul Boucher (U of Angers)
Dr. Edward Göbbel (U of Tübingen)
Prof. Dr. Joachim Jacobs (U of Wuppertal)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Uhmann (U of Wuppertal)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Winkler (U of Tübingen)

Prof. Dr. Carsten Breul (U of Wuppertal)

Important dates and addresses:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 Aug 2007
Notification of acceptance: 1 Dec 2007
Conference: 18 - 19 Mar 2008
E-mail address for abstracts: cisa-08uni-wuppertal.de
Conference website: www.cisa-2008.de

We invite abstracts in RTF, DOC or PDF format for 30 minutes talks (plus 10
minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be no longer than one page of A4 plus
one page for references, with 2.5 cm margins on all sides, 1.5 line spacing, typed
in Times New Roman, 12 p. Please send two copies of your abstract; one of
these should be anonymous and one should include your name, affiliation and e-
mail address at the top of the page, directly below the title. All abstracts will be
reviewed anonymously by members of the advisory board.

The notion of information structure underlying this conference refers to the
grammatical properties of sentences that encode ''a speaker's assumptions
concerning the hearer's state of mind at the time of an utterance'' (Lambrecht
1994). More specifically, what is relevant here is the addressee's state of mind as
concerns their mental representation of the discourse. The communicator's aim
and task in uttering a sentence is to supply information, or to be 'relevant' in
Sperber & Wilson's (1986/1995) sense, in order to effect a modification of the
addressee's representation of the discourse. Information structure thus
conceived comprises two basic types of grammatical properties: (a) Properties
relating to the communicator's assumptions about whether a given entity or
proposition is known to the addressee and whether he is aware of it at the time
of the utterance. Grammatical categories associated with such properties include
(in)definiteness, (non-)specificity, mood, pronominal/zero versus full lexical
coding, sentence versus embedded clause. (b) Properties relating to the
communicator's assumptions about vacant information slots recently created in
the process of the addressee's representation of the discourse. Information
being propositional in nature, such slots have to be filled by expressions capable
of denoting a proposition at the given point of
the discourse, i.e. by complete or elliptical sentences. Moreover, in order to
be 'relevant', in Sperber & Wilson's (1986/1995) sense, these expressions have
to provide clues that help the addressee to determine which recently created
information slot is to be filled by the utterance. The grammatical categories
associated with such aspects of sentence grammar have been subsumed under
the notion of focus structure. They include concepts such as background and
focus, theme and rheme, sentence versus predicate versus argument focus (or
thetic versus categorical versus identificational sentences). Intonation plays an
important role in signalling assumptions of the kinds mentioned in (a) and (b) as
well. Independently of the question of how intonation relates to syntax, it is clear
that intonational properties may
express categories of information structure instead of or in combination with
morpho-syntactic properties. Contrastive, or comparative, analyses can be found
in numerous works on various aspects of information structure (see e.g.
Lambrecht 1994, Schwabe & Winkler (eds.) 2007). However, the contrastive
approach has seldom provided the explicit
and guiding perspective in this field (for recent works that do take an
explicitly contrastive/comparative approach, see e.g. Doherty 2005, Drubig
2003, Frey 2005, Hasselgård & Johansson & Behrens & Fabricius-Hansen (eds.)

Doherty, M. 2005. ''Topic-worthiness in German and English''. Linguistics 43:
Drubig, H. B. 2003. ''Toward a typology of focus and focus constructions''.
Linguistics 41: 1-50.
Frey, W. 2005. ''Pragmatic properties of certain German and English left
peripheral constructions''. Linguistics 43: 89-129.
Hasselgård, H. & Johansson, S. & Behrens, B. & Fabricius-Hansen, C. (eds.).
2002. Information structure in a cross-linguistic perspective. Amsterdam & New
Lambrecht, K. 1994. Information structure and sentence form: Topic, focus, and
the mental representation of discourse referents. Cambridge et al.
Schwabe, K. & Winkler, S. (eds.) (2007). On information structure, meaning and
form: Generalizations across languages. Amsterdam & Philadelphia.
Sperber, D. & Wilson, D. 1986/1995. Relevance: Communication and cognition.
2nd edn. Oxford & Cambridge (MA): Blackwell.
Message 2: Grammar Engineering across Frameworks 2007
Date: 25-May-2007
From: Emily Bender <ebenderu.washington.edu>
Subject: Grammar Engineering across Frameworks 2007

Full Title: Grammar Engineering across Frameworks 2007
Short Title: GEAF07

Date: 13-Jul-2007 - 15-Jul-2007
Location: Stanford, CA, USA
Contact Person: Emily M. Bender
Meeting Email: geaf-organizersu.washington.edu
Web Site: http://www-csli.stanford.edu/~thking/GEAF07.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2007

Meeting Description

This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from different
frameworks to compare research and methodologies, particularly around the
themes of evaluation, modularity, maintainability, relevance to theoretical and
computational linguistics, and evaluation for internal purposes.

Call for ''Demos''
Grammar Engineering across Frameworks
July 13-15, 2007
Stanford, California, USA

This workshop is part of the 2007 LSA Summer Institute.

Recent years have seen the development of techniques and resources to
support robust, deep grammatical analysis of natural language in real-world
domains and applications. The demands of these types of tasks have resulted in
significant advances in areas such as parser efficiency, hybrid statistical/symbolic
approaches to disambiguation, and the acquisition of large-scale lexicons. The
effective development, maintenance and enhancement of grammars is a central
issue in such efforts, and the size and complexity of realistic grammars forces
these processes to be tackled in ways that have much in common with software
engineering. This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from
different frameworks to compare their research and methodologies.

Demo Session

Please submit your demo directly to:
with a paragraph description of your demo. You do not need to turn in a
full paper version, just a short paragraph abstract (note that EasyChair
requires the short abstract as a pdf or txt file in addition to just pasting it in the
box). Be sure to choose the ''Demo only'' option for type of submission.

You do not have to have a paper in the workshop in order to give a demo.

Questions: geaf-organizers at u dot washington dot edu

Demo session requests due: June 1, 2007
Workshop: 13-15 July, 2007

Organizing Committee:
Emily M. Bender,
University of Washington
Tracy Holloway King, PARC

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