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Fri Feb 05 2010

Calls: Cognitive Science, Computational Ling, Semantics/USA

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Message 1: Workshop on Inference from Text
Date: 03-Feb-2010
From: Larry Moss <lsmcs.indiana.edu>
Subject: Workshop on Inference from Text
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Full Title: Workshop on Inference from Text

Date: 21-Jun-2010 - 25-Jun-2010
Location: Bloomington IN, USA
Contact Person: Larry Moss
Meeting Email: lsmcs.indiana.edu
Web Site: http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 05-Apr-2010

Meeting Description:

NASSLLI 2010 WORKSHOP on Inference from Text
June 21-25, 2010
organized as part of the North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and
Information
www.indiana.edu/~nasslli
Bloomington, IN USA

Call for Papers

Workshop Organizers:
Larry Moss, Indiana University
Annie Zaenen, Palo Alto Research Center

Description
This workshop investigates the intersection between two areas of work: textual
entailment (TE) as an area of natural language processing, and natural logic as
an area of logic and natural language semantics.

The TE task consists of deciding whether one text implies another. The notion
of 'implication' here is a variable, and computational systems differ as to
whether they are aiming at strict logical entailment or a looser notion that
takes world knowledge and plausibility into account. They also differ as to
whether 'yes' and 'no' are the only possible answers, or whether they allow an
'undecided' answer. For this workshop, contributors can define the TE task in
any way they see fit.

Textual entailment is a recognition task in many natural language application
areas, including question answering, information retrieval and extraction, and
document summarization. This area is also the topic of the PASCAL RTE Challenges.

The second area of our workshop is natural logic. This is an ongoing development
which includes (a) the study of fragments of first-order logic which are big
enough to represent interesting linguistic phenomena and yet small enough to be
decidable; (b) logical systems for reasoning about polarities in categorial
grammar; (c) extended syllogistic logics; (d) connections of the above to
modeling in cognitive science of human reasoning.

We envision a workshop with papers in or close to the intersection of the two areas.

Topics of Interest
The topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:
- theorem proving in RTE tasks
- logics and algorithms for use in textual entailment
- proof theoretic semantics
- reasoning in controlled languages
- formalizations of human inference tasks

Program Committee
Johan Bos, Sapienza University of Rome
Nissim Francez, Technion
Bill MacCartney, Aardvark
Chris Manning, Stanford University
Larry Moss, Indiana University
Annie Zaenen, Palo Alto Research Center

Submission Details
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing recent, completed
research (published or unpublished) dealing with this theme. Submissions should
be formatted in PDF or plain ASCII text only, and should not exceed 10 pages.

Please send your submission electronically to:
lsmcs.indiana.edu

by the deadline listed below. Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's
program committee and additional reviewers.

Accepted abstracts will be published on the web prior to the workshop. In
addition, the organizers are investigating the possibility of a publication
devoted to original papers on this topic.

Workshop Format
The workshop is part of NASSLLI and is open to all NASSLLI participants. It will
consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days during
NASSLLI. There will be 1-2 slots for paper presentation and discussion per
session. On the first day the workshop will consist of introductory material on
the topic.

Important Dates:
Submissions: April 5, 2010
Notification: April 19, 2010
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