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Calls: General Linguistics/Spain

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        1.     Brian Nolan , 44th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

Message 1: 44th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
Date: 29-Oct-2010
From: Brian Nolan <brian.nolangmail.com>
Subject: 44th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
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Full Title: 44th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
Short Title: SLE 2011

Date: 08-Sep-2011 - 11-Sep-2011
Location: Logroño (La Rioja), Spain
Contact Person: Bert Cornillie
Meeting Email: slearts.kuleuven.be
Web Site: http://www.societaslinguistica.eu/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Nov-2011

Meeting Description:

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality scientific research in

Plenary Speakers:

Bas Aarts (London)
Martin Everaert (Utrecht)
Adele Goldberg (Princeton)
Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy (Murcia)
Ruth Wodak (Lancaster)

Social Programme

There will be a reception (included in the registration fee) and a conference
dinner. On Sunday afternoon there will be a post-conference excursion.
Further information will be given in the second circular.

How to Get to Logroño

Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, is located in the North of Spain, 336 Km
from Madrid, 478 Km from Barcelona, 171 Km from Zaragoza and 137 Km
from Bilbao. The local airport offers daily flights to the international airport of
Madrid. Other important international airports are Bilbao and Zaragoza,
from where you can travel to Logroño by bus or by train.

Local Organizing Committee:

Chair: Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez
Secretary: Sandra Peña Cervel
Treasurer: Andrés Canga
Members: María Pilar Agustín, Asunción Barreras, Almudena Fernández,
Rosa Mª Jiménez, Javier Martín, Juan Manuel Molina, Lorena Pérez,
Roberto Torre.

SLE Conference Manager:

Bert Cornillie (Leuven)

Scientific Committee:

Chair: Letizia Vezzosi (Perugia), Members: Laura Alba-Juez (Madrid,
UNED), Johanna Barðdal (Bergen), Delia Bentley (Manchester), Marcella
Bertuccelli (Pisa), Walter Bisang (Mainz), Kasper Boye (Copenhague), Anna
Cieslicka (Poznan/TAMIU Laredo), Giuglielmo Cinque (Venice), João Costa
(Lisbon), María Josep Cuenca (Valencia), Michael Daniel (Moscow), Kristin
Davidse (Leuven), David Denison (Manchester), Ursula Doleschal (Wien),
Patricia Donegan (Honolulu), Mirjam Fried (Prague), Francisco Gonzálvez
(Almería), Stefan Th. Gries (UC Santa Barbara), Youssef Haddad (Florida),
Liliane Haegeman (Ghent), Marja-Liisa Helasvuo (Turku), Daniel Hirst (Aix-
en-Provence), Hans Henrich Hock (Urbana-Champaign), Willem Hollmann
(Lancaster), Michael Israel (Maryland), Gunther Kaltenboeck (Viena),
Stanislav Kavka (Ostrava), Seppo Kittila (Helsinki), Grzegorz Kleparski
(Rzeszow), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Livia Kortvelyessy (Kosice), Gitte
Kristiaensen (Madrid, Complutense), Leonid Kulikov (Leiden), Karen
Lahousse (Leuven), Meri Larjavaara (Turku/Åbo), Maria Luisa Lecumberri
(Vitoria-Gasteiz), Elisabeth Leiss (München), María Rosa LLoret
(Barcelona), María José López-Couso (Santiago), Ricardo Mairal (Madrid,
UNED), Andrej Malchukov (EVA, Leipzig), Amaya Mendikoetxea (Madrid,
UAM), Lavinia Merlini (Pisa), Laura Michaelis (UC, Boulder), Edith
Moravcsik (Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Jan Nuyts (Antwerp), Miren Lourdes
Onederra (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Hamid Ouali (Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Eric
Pederson (Oregon), Paola Pietrandrea (Roma III), José Pinto de Lima
(Lisbon), Vladimir Plungjan (Moscow), Nikolaus Ritt (Viena), Nicoletta
Romeo (Sydney), Fernando Sánchez Miret (Salamanca), Andrea Sansò
(Como), Stephan Schmid (Zürich), Roland Schuhmann (Jena), Elena
Seoane (Santiago), Augusto Soares da Silva (Braga), Jae Jung Song
(Otago), Roeland van Hout (Nijmegen), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Guido
Vanden Wyngaard (Brussels), Elly Van Gelderen (Arizona), Anna Verschik
(Tallinn), Björn Wiemer (Mainz), Jan-Wouter Zwart (Groningen).

Call For Papers

Functionally motivated computational approaches to models of language
and grammar

Within the framework of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica
Europaea, to be held at the Universidad de La Rioja (Logroño, Spain), 8-11
September 2011, we would like to propose a workshop on functionally
motivated work in computational approaches to models of language and

Brian Nolan (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Dublin Ireland)
Carlos Periñán Pascual (Universidad Católica de San Antonio, Murcia

In this call for papers we propose to host a workshop under the SLE to
examine and discuss recent and current work in the use of functional,
cognitive and constructional approaches to the computational modelling of
language and grammars.

While recognising that in recent times much work has concentrated on
statistical models, we wish to examine in particular computational models
that are linguistically motivated and that deal with problems at the interfaces
between concept, semantics, lexicon, syntax and morphology. Many
functionally oriented models of grammar, including Functional
Grammar,Functional Discourse Grammar and Role and reference Grammar
have lent them selves to work as diverse as lexically motivated machine
translation from Arabic to English (Nolan and Salem 2009, Salem and Nolan
2009a and 2009b) and to the conceptual ontological work on FunGramKB
(Periñán-Pascual & Arcas-Túnez 2005, 2007, 2010a, 2010b; Periñán-
Pascual & Mairal Usón 2009) plus recent work undertaken within the
Lexical-Constructional Model (Mairal Usón, R. & Francisco Ruiz de
Mendoza. 2008 and 2009, Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José and
Mairal, Ricardo. 2008, Guest, Nolan & Mairal-Uson. 2009) and Role and
Reference Grammar (Van Valin 2005, Van Valin & LaPolla 1997).

Indeed, similar work has been ongoing quietly within the domain of Sign
Linguistics where various initiatives based upon variations of the original
Mental Spaces Model (Fauconnier 1994) have been productively used in
the creation of digital intelligent avatars to translate spoken/written
languages into several Sign Languages (Morrissey & Way 2006, Cassell et
al 2000, Prendinger & Ishizuka 2010). Sign Languages, as visual gestural
languages, pose interesting problems for functional models of grammar
(Leeson & Nolan 2008, Leeson et al 2006).

The organisers of this workshop are a European group of linguists,
computational linguists and computer scientists who, since the 2004 Role
and Reference Grammar International Conference in Dublin have
formulated computational proposals in different areas concerned with the
lexicon and concept ontologies, and the computational processing of the
syntax, morphology and semantics of a variety of languages. Thus far,
these actual computational projects have encompassed 1) rule-based
lexicalist interlingua bridge machine translation, 2) ontological engineering
of concepts that enhance and enrich logical structures in a machine
tractable way, 3) the implementation of a unified lexical meta-language in
software, and 4) the parsing of complex sentences. The languages that
have undergone a computation treatment in RRG have included English,
Arabic and Spanish, and others.

A consequence of this computational work has been the enrichment of the
theoretical elements of the RRG theory, especially in its semantics and
lexical underpinnings where they connect with concepts, and the building of
frame based applications in software that demonstrate its viability in natural
language processing. Furthermore, this computational work provides
compelling evidence that functional approaches to grammar have a positive
and crucial role to play in natural language processing. We claim that a
functional approach to grammar delivers a credible and realistic linguistic
model to underpin these kinds of NLP applications.

The main topics of the workshop will include, but are not limited to, the
-The deployment of functional models in parse and generation
-The architecture of the lexicon
-The linking system between semantics, lexicon and morphosyntax
-Interpretation of the linguistic model into an algorithm specification
-Issues for the layered structure of the clause and word
-Complexity issues
-Concept formation
-Linguistically motivated computational approaches to gesture in language

We would like to present a forum for a functional and cognitive linguistic,
computational research agenda, based around an inclusive model
consisting of the various cognitive and functional approaches to grammar. In
sum, the aim of this workshop is to offer a forum for discussion and critical
evaluation of the full gamut of research projects concerned with a broadly
functional computational linguistics and that also contributes to our
understanding of languages in a functionally oriented way.

Abstracts are invited for 20 minute presentations with 10 minute discussion.
Interested researchers and linguists are invited to email
brian.nolangmail.com with their name, affiliation and provisional abstract
of 500 words by 10 November 2010.

Important dates
Submission of provisional abstract: 10 November 2010.
Notification of acceptance of workshop proposal: 15th December 2010.
If the workshop proposal is accepted then all abstracts will need to be
submitted to SLE by 15th January
2011, via the SLE conference website: http://sle2011.cliap.es
Notification of acceptance: 31st March 2011
Registration: From April 2011 onwards
Conference: 8-11 September 2011

Selected references
Cassell, J., Sullivan, J., Prevost, S., and Churchill, E. (Eds.). 2000.
Embodied Conversational Agents. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Fauconnier, Gilles. (1994). Mental Spaces: Aspects of Meaning
Construction in Natural Language. Cambridge University Press.
Guest, Elizabeth, Brian Nolan and Ricardo Mairal-Uson. 2009. Natural
Language processing applications in an RRG Framework. Proceedings of
the 10th International Role and Reference Grammar Conference. University
of California, Berkeley USA.
Leeson, Lorraine and Brian Nolan. 2008. Digital Deployment of the Signs of
Ireland Corpus in Elearning. Language Resources and Evaluation
LREC2008 - 3rd Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign
Languages: Construction and Exploitation of Sign Language Corpora.
Marrakech, Morocco.
Leeson, Lorraine, John Saeed, Deirdre Byrne-Dunne, Alison Macduff and
Cormac Leonard. 2006. Moving Heads and Moving Hands: Developing a
Digital Corpus of Irish Sign Language. The 'Signs of Ireland' Corpus
Development Project. IT&T Conference (www.ittconference.ie). IT Carlow,
Ireland. http://www.tara.tcd.ie/jspui/handle/2262/1597
Mairal Usón, R. and Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza. 2008: New challenges for
lexical representation within the Lexical-Constructional Model (LCM). In
Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses. Universidad de La Laguna.
Mairal Usón, Ricardo and Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza. 2009: Levels of
description and explanation in meaning construction. In Ch. Butler and J.
Martín Arista (eds.). Deconstructing Constructions. Amsterdam/Philadelphia:
John Benjamins.
Morrissey, Sara and Andy Way. 2006. Lost in Translation: the Problems of
Using Mainstream MT Evaluation Metrics for Sign Language Translation. In
Proceedings of Strategies for developing machine translation for minority
languages: 5th SALTMIL Workshop on Minority Languages.
Genoa, Italy. pp.91-98
Nolan, Brian and Yasser Salem. 2009. UniArab: An RRG Arabic-to-English
machine translation software. Proceedings of the Role and Reference
Grammar International Conference. University of California, Berkeley USA.
Periñán-Pascual, Carlos, and Francisco Arcas-Túnez. 2005.
Microconceptual-Knowledge Spreading in FunGramKB. Proceedings on the
9th IASTED International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft
Computing. 239-244, ACTA Press, Anaheim-Calgary-Zurich.
Periñán-Pascual, Carlos and Francisco Arcas Túnez. 2007. Cognitive
modules of an NLP knowledge base for language understanding.
Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural 39, 197-204.
Periñán-Pascual, Carlos and Francisco Arcas Túnez. 2010a. Ontological
commitments in FunGramKB. Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural 44, 27-
Periñán-Pascual, Carlos and Francisco Arcas Túnez. 2010b. The
architecture of FunGramKB. Proceedings of the Seventh International
Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, European Language
Resources Association (ELRA), 2667-2674.
Periñán-Pascual, Carlos and Ricardo Mairal Usón. 2009. Bringing Role and
Reference Grammar to natural language understanding. Procesamiento del
Lenguaje Natural 43, 265-273.
Prendinger, Helmut and Mitsuru Ishizuka. 2010. Life-Like Characters: Tools,
Affective Functions, and Applications (Cognitive Technologies). Springer.
Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José and Mairal, Ricardo. 2008:
'Levels of description and constraining factors in meaning construction: an
introduction to the Lexical Constructional Model'. Folia Linguistica 42/2
(2008), 355-400.Salem, Y., Hensman, A., and Nolan, B., 2008a.
Implementing Arabic-to-English machine translation using the Role and
Reference Grammar linguistic model. In Proceedings of the
Eighth Annual International Conference on Information Technology and
Telecommunication (IT&T 2008), Galway, Ireland.
Salem, Y. and Nolan, B., 2009a. Designing an XML lexicon architecture for
Arabic machine translation based on Role and Reference Grammar. In
Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Arabic Language
Resources and Tools (MEDAR 2009), Cairo, Egypt.
Salem, Y. and Nolan, B., 2009b. UNIARAB: An universal machine translator
system for Arabic Based on Role and Reference Grammar. In Proceedings
of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Germany (DGfS
Van Valin, R., 2005. Exploring the Syntax-Semantic Interface. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
Van Valin, R. and LaPolla, R., 1997. Syntax: Structure, Meaning, and
Function.Cambridge University Press.
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