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LINGUIST List 18.2310

Thu Aug 02 2007

Calls: Computational,General Ling,Syntax/Spain; Computational Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Louise McNally, Reference to Abstract Objects in Natural Language
        2.    Evie Guo, The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics


Message 1: Reference to Abstract Objects in Natural Language
Date: 01-Aug-2007
From: Louise McNally <louise.mcnallyupf.edu>
Subject: Reference to Abstract Objects in Natural Language
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Full Title: Reference to Abstract Objects in Natural Language

Date: 28-Mar-2008 - 29-Mar-2008
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Louise McNally
Meeting Email: louise.mcnallyupf.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Pragmatics;
Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2007

Meeting Description

A Workshop on Reference to Abstract Objects in Natural Language will be held at
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, March 28-29, 2008.

Workshop on Reference to Abstract Objects in Natural Language

Natural language is full of references to abstract objects - what we intuitively
call facts, propositions, questions, and situation types. Though there is a
substantial philosophical literature on the nature of such abstract objects, and
numerous linguistic studies on individual classes of expressions which may refer
to them (infinitives, nominalizations, neuter pronouns, or different types of
embedded clauses, for example), there is still surprisingly little work which
affords a global vision, either for a given language or cross-linguistically, of
the mapping between different types of expressions and a complete ontology of
these objects, or of how referents for abstract objects are constructed and
maintained across discourse. Still less work has been devoted to comparing and
evaluating existing theories of the mapping between natural language and an
ontology of abstract objects. The goal of this workshop is to work towards such
a global vision.

We invite abstracts for 40 minute papers (including 10 minutes for discussion)
which:
- Focus on the semantics of the predicates that expresses properties of or
relations involving ''abstract objects'': perception verbs, propositional
attitude verbs, verbs of saying, resolutive predicates, factive-emotives,
nominalizations, etc.;
- Seek generalizations concerning the semantics of the various types of phrases
and clauses that appear as subjects/complements to these predicates, and which
investigate their implications for a theory of natural language ontology;
- Address the question of the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics
in the modeling of notions such as ''fact'', ''proposition'', ''question'', etc.
- Investigate anaphoric reference to abstract objects and the range of
expressions used for this reference;
- Explore techniques/strategies for collecting better data in this area;
- Report on psycholinguistic or acquisition research on human understanding of
such abstractions and the expressions we use to talk about them.

Invited speakers:
Nicholas Asher (CNRS, Toulouse)
Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College, London)
Michael Hegarty (Louisiana State University)
Graham Katz (Georgetown)

Submission guidelines: Abstracts should be at most 2 pages in length, including
references, using a 12 pt. font with 2,5 cm margins on all sides. Abstracts
should be in form of a pdf file and should be submitted by e-mail to
abstract.objectsupf.edu.

Deadline for abstract submission: October 31, 2007.
Notification of acceptance: December 1, 2007
Workshop dates: March 28-29, 2008

Organizers: This workshop is part of a research collaboration between the
Institute of Cognitive Science, U. Osnabrueck); CNRS UMR 8163 (Savoirs, Textes,
Langages), U. Lille 3; and the Departament de Traducció i Filologia, U. Pompeu
Fabra.
Scientific committee: Antonio Balvet, Peter Bosch, Lisa Brunetti, Stefan Evert,
Louise McNally, Philip Miller, Rafael Marín, Carla Umbach.

Workshop location: Departament de Traducció i Filologia, Universitat Pompeu
Fabra, Barcelona.

Further information to be available on the web (URL TBA) at a later time.
Message 2: The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Date: 01-Aug-2007
From: Evie Guo <eviewikicfp.com>
Subject: The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics
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Full Title: The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Short Title: COLING

Date: 18-Aug-2008 - 22-Aug-2008
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Harold Somers
Web Site: http://wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp?eventid=158

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2008

Meeting Description

Coling 2008 will be held in Manchester, England, 18th-22nd August, with
tutorials and workshops during the preceding (16th-17th) and following
(23rd-24th) weekends.

Social Programme

As usual at Coling, Wednesday 20th August will be excursion day. Exact details
not yet finalised, but possibilities include a trip to Chester and/or Tatton Park.

One event already confirmed is a reception at Manchester's gothic Town Hall
(pictured, right).

People

Programme co-chairs - Donia Scott (Open University) and Hans Uszkoreit
(Universität des Saarlandes)
Local organization chair - Harold Somers (University of Manchester)
Workshops - Mark Stevenson (Sheffield University) and Stephen Clark (Oxford
University)
Tutorials - Philipp Koehn (Edinburgh University)
Publications - Roger Evans (University of Brighton)
Demos - Allan Ramsay (University of Manchester) and Kalina Bontcheva (Sheffield
University)
Sponsorship - John Tait (University of Sunderland) and Anne de Roeck (Open
University)

Dates

Submission deadline for Workshop proposals: 10 February
Submission deadline for Tutorial proposals: 19 March
Submission deadline main conference: 30 March
Notification of acceptance: 30 May
Camera-ready copy of papers due 30 June
Pre-Coling tutorials and workshops: 16-17 August
Main conference 18-22 August
Post-Coling workshops: 23-24 August



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