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LINGUIST List 18.412

Tue Feb 06 2007

Calls: Applied Linguistics/Italy; Discourse Analysis,Semantics/Italy

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

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        1.    Daniela Veronesi, Bi- and multilingual universities 2007
        2.    Ron Artstein, 2007 Workshop on the Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue

Message 1: Bi- and multilingual universities 2007
Date: 02-Feb-2007
From: Daniela Veronesi <daniela.veronesiunibz.it>
Subject: Bi- and multilingual universities 2007

Full Title: Bi- and multilingual universities 2007
Short Title: BiMU 07

Date: 20-Sep-2007 - 22-Sep-2007
Location: Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Contact Person: Chiara Moser
Meeting Email: bimu07unibz.it
Web Site: http://www.unibz.it/bi-and-multilingual-universities-2007

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language
Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

The conference aims at bringing together scholars, instructors, university
leaders and administrative personnel working in bi- and multilingual
universities, so as to provide them with terrain for scientific and didactic
discussion, comparison of practices, approaches and results and networking

It will give particular emphasis to bottom-up, application-oriented research, as
well as to the critical analysis of practices and policies; a major objective
will be to highlight current best practices, but also obstacles and limits faced
by multilingual universities across Europe.

Topics will include (required and targeted) student language competence,
autonomous learning, CLIL and analysis of academic discourse, English as lingua
franca, cost and benefits of institutional multilingualism and minority
langauges and higher education.

Bi- and multilingual universities 2007: European perspectives and beyond

Call for papers

The international conference ''Bi- and multilingual universities 2007: European
perspectives and beyond'', will be hosted by the Free University of
Bozen-Bolzano from 20 to 22 September 2007.
Our goal is continuation of the discussion on multilingual higher education
initiated by the 1st conference on bi- and multilingual universities held in
Fribourg/Freiburg in 2003 and subsequently continued with the 2nd conference in
Helsinki 2005, ''Bi- and multilingual universities: European perspectives and
beyond'' in Bolzano will place particular emphasis on bottom-up,
application-oriented research, as well as on the critical analysis of practices
and policies on the one hand and on the promotion of exchange of experiences and
information on the other. Furthermore, a major objective of the conference will
be to highlight current best practices, but also obstacles and limits faced by
multilingual universities across Europe and to place them against the background
of the language policy adopted by the EU to promote functional multilingualism
in society.


The multi-faceted nature of multilingual higher education is a well known
reality for students, educators, scholars, administrators and university leaders
acting in environments where two or more languages are used in informal
every-day communication, teaching and learning, decision-taking, planning,
negotiating. While such a reality may be seen, perceived and tackled from
different perspectives representing focus and priorities of different subjects,
it is clear that all of them are strongly interconnected, and that solutions to
problems can be only found within interdisciplinarity and interaction. The issue
of English as a medium of instruction and as lingua franca, for instance,
involves not only questions of international standards and certifications, but
also the consideration of the communicative habits of the single disciplines;
planning coaching measures for subject-matter instructors can be based on
established CLIL-experiences and profit from investigations into academic
communicative styles; discussing the kind of competence required of prospective
students and to be reached by graduating students has to take into account the
needs of workplaces but also to establish solid links with secondary education
prior to university.
Following such considerations, the conference will be broken down into thematic
areas that will allow participants to explore in detail those varied points of
view, to compare them and to relate them to each other, so as to gain a
comprehensive overview that includes didactical, scientific, organizational,
economic and policy aspects of multilingual higher education.

We welcome contributions on following topics:

- Language competence of incoming and outgoing students: language assessment,
certifications, quality standards
- Autonomous learning and extra-curricular measures
- English as language of instruction and as lingua franca
- Schools and workplaces: synergies with higher education
- CLIL, coaching for subject-matter instructors, analysis of academic discourse
(lecturer and student communicative practices)
- Minority languages and higher education
- The administration perspective: costs and benefits of institutional
- Institutional language policies and everyday practices: case studies


Proposals for presentations should not exceed 2000 characters (about 300 words),
and can be presented in English, German, Italian, French or Spanish. Each
contribution will be given a 30-minutes slot (20-minute presentation and
10-minute discussion).

Presentations in languages other than English are highly encouraged; in order to
make the use of such languages feasible by ensuring mutual comprehension, we
suggest the adoption of bilingual communication (for instance, speech in the
chosen language and visual presentation and/or hand-out in English).

Submission: http://pro.unibz.it/abstract/index.aspx?LanguageID=EN&
Conference website: http://www.unibz.it/bi-and-multilingual-universities-2007

Important dates:

February 28, 2007 - submission deadline
April 2, 2007 - notification of acceptance
April 15, 2007 - early registration deadline
April 16-September 10 - standard registration
September 20-22 - conference; on-site registration

Scientific committee:

Anne-Claude Berthoud (Lausanne)
Jasone Cenoz (Basque Country)
Lucie Courteau (Bozen-Bolzano)
Liliana Dozza (Bozen-Bolzano
Rita Franceschini (Bozen-Bolzano)
Mirja Saari (Helsinki)

Local organising committee:

Christoph Nickenig (Bolzano-Bozen)
Daniela Veronesi (Bolzano-Bozen)
Message 2: 2007 Workshop on the Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue
Date: 02-Feb-2007
From: Ron Artstein <artsteinessex.ac.uk>
Subject: 2007 Workshop on the Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue

Full Title: 2007 Workshop on the Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue
Short Title: DECALOG

Date: 30-May-2007 - 01-Jun-2007
Location: Rovereto, Trentino, Italy
Contact Person: Ron Artstein
Web Site: http://cswww.essex.ac.uk/Research/nle/decalog/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 18-Feb-2007

Meeting Description

The SEMDIAL series of workshops aim to bring together researchers working on the
semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as artificial intelligence,
computational linguistics, formal semantics/pragmatics, philosophy, psychology,
and neural science. In 2007 we will celebrate ten years of the SEMDIAL series
with the DECALOG workshop, organized at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences,
CIMeC (Centro Interdipartimentale Mente/Cervello), of the University of Trento
in Rovereto. The SemDial workshops are always stimulating and fun, and Rovereto
is a great place to visit.

DECALOG -- The 2007 Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
Università di Trento (Italy), May 30 -- June 1, 2007

Deadline for receipt of papers for review: 18 February 2007
in conjunction with
Inaugural Workshop of the Language, Interaction and Computation Lab,
Center For Mind / Brain Sciences (CiMeC)
May 29, 2007


DECALOG will be held on May 30 -- June 1, 2007, in conjunction with
the Inaugural Workshop of the Language, Interaction and Computation
Lab of CIMeC on May 29. This one-day workshop will feature invited
presentations by some of the leaders of the computational
linguistics and human language technology community.

Invited Speakers

For DECALOG 2007 (May 30 -- June 1)

Bruno Bara (University of Torino)
Paul Piwek (Open University)
Ipke Wachsmuth (University of Bielefeld)
Possibly one more speaker to be confirmed

For the Inaugural Workshop (May 29)

Harald Baayen (Radboud University Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute
for Psycholinguistics)
Justine Cassell (Northwestern University)
Terry Regier (University of Chicago)
Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz-Landau)
Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh & University of Pennsylvania)
Possibly one more speaker to be confirmed


We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and
pragmatics of dialogues, including, but not limited to:

- models of common ground/mutual belief in communication
- modeling agents' information states and how they get updated
- multi-agent models and turn-taking
- goals, intentions and commitments in communication
- semantic interpretation in dialogues
- reference in dialogues
- ellipsis resolution in dialogues
- dialogue and discourse structure
- interpretation of questions and answers
- nonlinguistic interaction in communication
- natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken dialogue
- multimodal dialogue systems
- dialogue management in practical implementations
- categorization of dialogue moves or speech acts in corpora
- designing and evaluating dialogue systems


Deadline for receipt of papers is 18 February 2007, 23:59 UTC.
(Since we have to close the system manually, submissions will
probably be accepted for a few hours after the deadline, but we're
not making any promises.) Submit your paper via the web at


Before submitting you must register with the website and receive a
password by email; please do this well ahead of your submission,
since email is sometimes unreliable. You will also need to fill out
a web form with the author details and type in (or paste) a
plain-text version of your abstract (200 words), in addition to
uploading your paper.

The actual paper should be an anonymous PDF file, 6 pages long
(including data, tables, figures, and references), A4 paper size,
11pt Times font, 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins, 2-column format. Include
a one-paragraph abstract of the entire work (about 200 words). You
may find it convenient to use the style files provided by

Multiple submissions by the same author or group of authors are
allowed, but each person may only give one oral presentation at the

We will have a separate submission of late-breaking system
demonstrations and ongoing project descriptions, to be presented in
a poster session during the workshop. Late-breaking submissions
will be two pages long; they will not be refereed, but evaluated
for relevance only by the program committee chairs. Submission of
late-breaking abstracts will be allowed only after review of the
main session papers has concluded. The deadline for late-breaking
submissions is 15 April 2007.


Final, 8-page versions of the accepted papers, together with the
2-page accepted late breaking abstracts, will be distributed in a
proceedings volume at the workshop.

Important Dates

Submissions due: 18 February 2007 (Sunday)
Notification: 30 March 2007 (Friday)
Late-breaking submissions: 15 April 2007 (Sunday)
Notification: 20 April 2007 (Friday)
Final versions due: 30 April 2007 (Monday)
CIMeC inaugural workshop: 29 May 2007 (Tuesday)
DECALOG 2007 workshop: 30 May -- 1 June 2007 (Wednesday--Friday)


Ron Artstein (program co-chair)
Laure Vieu (program co-chair)
Massimo Poesio (local arrangements)
Co-organizers: LUNA -- Spoken language understanding in multilingual
communication systems

If you have any questions, please write to one of the human
organizers (not the institutional co-organizer). We do not have a
dedicated email address.

Program Committee

Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Saarbrücken
Maria Aloni, University of Amsterdam
Nicholas Asher, CNRS, Toulouse & Univ. of Texas
Anton Benz, Syddansk University
Raffaella Bernardi, University of Bolzano
Patrick Blackburn, INRIA, Nancy
Johan Bos, University La Sapienza, Rome
Monica Bucciarelli, University of Torino
Craig Chambers, University of Toronto
Marco Colombetti, Politecnico di Milano
Paul Dekker, University of Amsterdam
Raquel Fernández, University of Potsdam
Ruth Filik, University of Glasgow
Simon Garrod, University of Glasgow
Jonathan Ginzburg, King's College, London
Joris Hulstijn, Free University, Amsterdam
Elsi Kaiser, University of Southern California
Alistair Knott, University of Otago
Staffan Larsson, Göteborg University
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Colin Matheson, University of Edinburgh
Nicolas Maudet, University of Paris Dauphine
Philippe Muller, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
Fabio Pianesi, ITC-IRST, Trento
Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh
Manfred Pinkal, University of Saarland
Matthew Purver, Stanford University
Hannes Rieser, University of Bielefeld
Laurent Roussarie, University of Paris 8
Ted Sanders, University of Utrecht
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University
Henk Zeevat, University of Amsterdam
Enric Vallduví, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona


CIMeC -- Center for Mind/Brain Sciences http://www.cimec.unitn.it/

LOA -- Laboratory for Applied Ontology http://www.loa-cnr.it/

ILIKS -- Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Interacting Knowledge
Systems http://www.loa-cnr.it/iliks/

Previous workshops in the SEMDIAL series include:

MunDial'97 (Munich)
Twendial'98 (Twente)
Amstelogue'99 (Amsterdam)
GÖTALOG 2000 (Gothenburg)
BI-DIALOG 2001 (Bielefeld)
EDILOG 2002 (Edinburgh)
DiaBruck 2003 (Saarbruecken)
CATALOG'04 (Barcelona)
DIALOR'05 (Nancy)
BRANDIAL 2006 (Potsdam)

(see also http://cswww.essex.ac.uk/semdial/ )

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