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LINGUIST List 22.4121

Fri Oct 21 2011

Calls: Comp Ling, Syntax, Semantics, Morphology/Sweden

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        1.     Brian Nolan , Functionally Motivated Computational Approaches to Models of Language and Grammar

Message 1: Functionally Motivated Computational Approaches to Models of Language and Grammar
Date: 21-Oct-2011
From: Brian Nolan <brian.nolangmail.com>
Subject: Functionally Motivated Computational Approaches to Models of Language and Grammar
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Full Title: Functionally Motivated Computational Approaches to Models of Language and Grammar

Date: 29-Aug-2012 - 01-Sep-2012
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Person: Brian Nolan, Carlos Periñán Pascual
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 10-Nov-2011

Meeting Description:

We propose to host a workshop under the 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea 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. A full day workshop hosted under last year's 44th meeting of the SLE at the Universidad de La Rioja (Logroño, Spain) was particularly successful.

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 themselves to this work

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. 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. This computational work provides compelling evidence that functional approaches to grammar have a positive and crucial role to play in natural language processing.

The main topics of the workshop will include, but are not limited to, the following:

- 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

Call for Papers:

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 before 10 November 2011.

Important Dates:

Submission of provisional abstract: 10 November 2011.

15 November 2011: submission of workshop proposals (description + abstracts)
15 December 2011: notification of acceptance/rejection
15 January 2012: submission of all abstracts
31 March 2012: notification of acceptance

If the workshop proposal is accepted then all abstracts will need to be submitted to SLE by 15 January 2012, via the SLE conference website:


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