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LINGUIST List 22.3014

Tue Jul 26 2011

Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics/USA

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        1.     Ron Artstein , Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

Message 1: Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
Date: 25-Jul-2011
From: Ron Artstein <linguistartstein.org>
Subject: Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
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Full Title: Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
Short Title: Semdial 2011

Date: 21-Sep-2011 - 23-Sep-2011
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Contact Person: Ron Artstein
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://projects.ict.usc.edu/nld/semdial2011

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 07-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

SemDial 2011 (Los Angelogue)
The 15th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
Los Angeles, September 21-23, 2011

The Semdial series of workshops aims 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 2011 the workshop will leave Europe for the first time, to be held at the Institute for Creative Technologies of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The Semdial workshops are always stimulating and fun, and L.A. is a great place to visit.

Invited Speakers:

Patrick Healey
Jerry Hobbs
David Schlangen
Lenhart Schubert

A list of accepted papers is available on the workshop web site:


SemDial 2011 will be immediately preceded by the Workshop on Overlap in Dialogue.

Call for Posters and Demonstrations:

Submission is now open for late-breaking system demonstrations and ongoing project descriptions, to be presented in a poster session during the workshop. Late-breaking submissions will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the area chairs.

The deadline for receipt of late-breaking submissions is Sunday, August 7, 2011, at 23:59 UTC-11.


We invite short abstracts describing system demonstrations and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of the workshop, including, but not limited to:

- Models of common ground/mutual belief in communication
- Modelling 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 systems
- Multimodal dialogue systems
- Dialogue management in practical implementations
- Categorisation of dialogue moves or speech acts in corpora
- Designing and evaluating dialogue systems

Submission is through Easychair:


Poster and demo submissions should be in the following format:

- PDF file with full author information
- 2 pages total (including data, tables, figures, and references)
- US letter paper size
- 11pt Times font
- 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins
- 2-column format

If your submission does not have a separate abstract, put the entire first paragraph into the 'abstract' box on the submission form. If the first paragraph cannot function as a coherent summary of the work, please consider writing a proper abstract. We strongly recommend using the style files provided by ACL-HLT 2011.


The accepted 2-page abstracts will be compiled in a proceedings volume and distributed (online or in print) at the workshop.

Important Dates:

Poster and demo submissions due: August 7, 2011 (Sunday)
Author notification for posters and demos: August 12, 2011 (Friday)
Camera-ready copies due: August 24, 2011 (Wednesday)
SemDial 2011 workshop: September 21-23, 2011 (Wednesday-Friday)


Ron Artstein: Area chair Theoretical Linguistics, Logic, and Conversation Analysis
David DeVault: Area chair Natural Language Processing
Kallirroi Georgila: Area chair Natural Language Processing
Elsi Kaiser: Area chair Psycholinguistics
Amanda Stent: Area chair
David Traum: Internal coordinator
Sudeep Gandhe: Sponsorship and fundraising
Mark Core: Demos and posters
Anton Leuski: Web site

If you have any questions, please write to one of the organizers. We do not have a dedicated email address.

SemDial 2011 homepage: http://projects.ict.usc.edu/nld/semdial2011
SemDial series homepage: http://www.illc.uva.nl/semdial

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