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LINGUIST List 18.181

Thu Jan 18 2007

Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Ireland; Language Acquisition/Japan

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        1.    Reinhard Muskens, New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammars
        2.    Miki Shibata, J-SLA 2007


Message 1: New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammars
Date: 17-Jan-2007
From: Reinhard Muskens <r.a.muskensuvt.nl>
Subject: New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammars



Full Title: New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammars
Short Title: NDTTG 2007

Date: 06-Aug-2007 - 10-Aug-2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact Person: Reinhard Muskens
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://let.uvt.nl/general/people/rmuskens/ndttg/

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 08-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

Since the turn of the century there has been a heightened activity within a series of type-theoretical formalisms bearing a family resemblance to one another. All of these adopt the pheno/tecto distinction or undirectedness in one way or another and claim various descriptive and formal advantages. The workshop intends to bring together researchers in this now very active field.

Organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, ESSLLI 2007, www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007, 6 - 17 August, 2007 in Dublin

2nd Call for Papers:

Workshop on New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammar
NDTTG 2007
organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2007 www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007 6 - 17 August, 2007 in Dublin


Workshop Organizer:
Reinhard Muskens

Workshop Purpose:
In 1961 Haskell Curry published his by now famous paper on 'Some
Logical Aspects of Grammatical Structure'. In this paper (large
parts of which had already been written in the 1940's) he made a
distinction between the 'tectogrammatics' and 'phenogrammatics' of
language (a distinction similar to that between abstract syntax
and concrete syntax in compiler theory), while also arguing against
directionality in the type system used for language
description. In 1953 Bar-Hillel had introduced a distinction
between categories seeking material to their right and categories
seeking material to the left. To date most categorial grammarians
follow Bar-Hillel in this, but in Curry's architecture
phenogrammatical structure can take care of word order, making
directionality unnecessary.

Curry's proposal was part of a classical phase in categorial
grammar that started with Ajdukiewicz's paper on syntactic
connexity and also included Joachim Lambek's pivotal work on the
introduction of hypothetical reasoning. It led to many
follow-ups. For example, in Richard Montague's work the
tectogrammatics/phenogrammatics distinction reappeared as one
between analysis trees and surface strings, while Montague also
added a level of meaning as a third component. The grammatical
architecture thus became one in which a central abstract component
is interpreted on two levels. An explicit connection between
Montague's set-up and that of Curry was given in David Dowty's
work in the 1980's. Also in the 1980's, Aarne Ranta used the idea
in a constructive type theory setting, while Reinhard Muskens used
it for his Partial Montague Grammar and Johan van Benthem explored
the logical and linguistic implications of LP*, the undirected
version of the Lambek Calculus, or, in other words, the logic of
simply typed linear lambda terms. Later years brought Richard
Oehrle's insight that the interpreting levels of the theory (not
only semantics but also phenogrammar) can be represented with the
help of lambda terms. Since the central abstract component
consists of LP* derivations in Oehrle's set-up, equivalent with
linear lambda terms, in fact all levels of the grammar can now be
represented with the help of lambda terms and the typed lambda
calculus becomes the central mechanism for grammatical description
(as it had been in Cresswell's lambda-categorial languages).

Since the turn of the century there has been a heightened activity
within a series of type-theoretical formalisms bearing a family
resemblance to one another. All of these adopt the pheno/tecto
distinction or undirectedness in one way or another and claim
various descriptive and formal advantages. We mention Abstract
Categorial Grammars (de Groote), De Saussure Grammar (Kracht),
Minimalist Categorial Grammars (Lecomte, Retore), Lambda Grammars
(Muskens), Higher Order Grammar (Pollard), and the Grammatical
Framework (Ranta). The workshop intends to bring together
researchers in this now very active field. It aims to provide a
forum for advanced PhD students and researchers, enabling them to
present their work and to discuss it with colleagues who work in
the broad subject areas represented at ESSLLI.

Workshop Topics:
We solicit contributions on all aspects of undirected
type-theoretic grammars, including their parsability, their
learnability, their psycholinguistic adequacy, and various
applications in syntax and semantics. We are also interested in
practical issues relating to natural language processing and more
theoretical issues such as the abstract/concrete syntax
distinction in linguistics and computer science, the relation to
compiling theory and the relation of undirected type-theoretic
grammars to other linguistic formalisms. Particularly welcome are
also contributions discussing the minimal requirements the
approach imposes on the type theory that is used.

Submission Details:
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing
original work. The extended abstract should not exceed two pages
and should be in the PDF format. Since reviewing will be
anonymous, please make sure that your abstract does not contain
author's names or references from which author identities can
easily be deduced. Please upload your submission at the EasyChair
website of the workshop, www.easychair.org/NDTTG2007/, by the
deadline listed below. Submissions will be reviewed by the
workshop's programme committee and additional reviewers. The
accepted papers, which can be worked out to a maximum of 4000
words, will appear in the workshop proceedings published by
ESSLLI.

Workshop format:
The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI
participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over
five consecutive days in the first week of ESSLLI. There will be 2
slots for paper presentation and discussion per session. On the
first day the workshop organizer will give an introduction to the
topic.

Invited Speakers:
David Dowty
t.b.a.

Workshop Programme Committee:
Johan van Benthem
Nissim Francez
Philippe de Groote
Makoto Kanazawa
Marcus Kracht
Alain Lecomte
Glyn Morrill
Richard Oehrle
Carl Pollard
Aarne Ranta
Christian Retore
Yoad Winter

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: 8 March, 2007
Notification: 21 April, 2007
Preliminary programme: 24 April, 2007
ESSLLI early registration: 1 May, 2007
Final papers due: 17 May, 2007
Final programme: 21 June, 2007
Workshop dates: 6-17 August, 2007

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be
required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors
presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop
speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number of additional fee
waiver grants will be made available by the ESSLLI organizing
committee on a competitive basis and workshop participants are
eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and
accomodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding
funding should contact the local organizing committee to ask for
the possibilities of a grant.

Acknowledgement
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Netherlands
Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Further information:
About the workshop: http://let.uvt.nl/general/people/rmuskens/ndttg
About ESSLLI: www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007



Message 2: J-SLA 2007
Date: 17-Jan-2007
From: Miki Shibata <mshibatall.u-ryukyu.ac.jp>
Subject: J-SLA 2007



Full Title: J-SLA 2007

Date: 19-May-2007 - 20-May-2007
Location: Shizuoka, Japan
Contact Person: Shigenori Wakabayashi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.j-sla.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2007

Meeting Description:

The 7th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association will be held at the University of Shizuoka, Japan between May 19 and 20, 2007. Abstracts for papers are invited on any theoretical or empirical area of research in SLA.

1. Time length of presentation: Abstracts are welcomed for 30 minute talks or poster sessions on any aspect of SLA. Individual papers will be allotted 45 minutes (30 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of discussion).
2. Abstract Submission procedure:
By e-mail: Please paste the abstract (1600 characters in Japanese or 1000 words in English) into the message window of your e-mail client or an attachment file and write ''J-SLA Abstract Submission'' in the subject line. Please give the title of the paper, your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and type of proposal (paper or poster) as a list at the end of the message. Please note at the bottom of the abstract (before the list) whether you are willing to participate in the poster session if your paper is not accepted as an oral presentation. Send the message to following e-mail address: yuichiarion.ocn.ne.jp (Yuichi Tomita).
By post: Please submit five copies of your abstract (1600 characters in Japanese or 1000 words in English printed on A4). On a separate sheet of A4 paper, please give the title of the paper, your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and type of proposal (paper or poster). Please note at the bottom of the abstract whether you are willing to participate in the poster session if your paper is not accepted as an oral presentation. Please send the documents (five copies of the abstract and one information sheet) to the following address: Yuichi Tomita, 493-2 Izui, Hatoyama-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama-ken, Japan 350-0305

3. Deadline for receipt of abstracts:
E-mail: February 28, 2007
Postal mail: February 28, 2007 (postmarked)

4. Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2007

5. Notes regarding abstract submission:
a. Figures and tables are not counted as part of the word limit, but should be included in the abstract. The total length of the abstract should not exceed two pages of A4 paper.
b. Please give the title of the abstract at the top and the number of words at the bottom.
c. Please do not put the name of the presenter on the abstract.
d. Please send a short version of the abstract (no more than 300 characters in Japanese or 100 words in English) and include it with the proposal on a separate sheet of A4 paper or at the bottom of the e-mail message.

6. General Notes
a. All presenters must be members of J-SLA at the time of the conference. (It is not necessary for co-presenters to be members.)
b. Information on joining J-SLA may be found at the following website:
http://www.j-sla.org/index E.html
c. No financial support for transportation and accommodation will be offered.
d. The language of presentations may be either Japanese or English.

For more information, please contact Shigenori Wakabayashi:
swkbys37tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp



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