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Wed Feb 02 2011

Calls: Pragmatics, Cognitive Science, Comp Ling, Semantics/Germany

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Message 1: Metonymy 2011
Date: 01-Feb-2011
From: Alessandra Zarcone <a.zarconegmail.com>
Subject: Metonymy 2011
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Full Title: Metonymy 2011
Short Title: Metonymy2011

Date: 15-Sep-2011 - 16-Sep-2011
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact Person: Alessandra Zarcone
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ims.uni-stuttgart.de/veranstaltungen/sfb732-workshop2011/

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

Call Deadline: 21-May-2011

Meeting Description:

Metonymy ('John began the book', 'Mary enjoyed the beer', 'Ben read Dickens yesterday') poses a challenge to strong compositional approaches and has always been of great interest to researchers from different communities concerned with linguistic research. There seems to be little agreement on what type of resources are involved in the processing of these phenomena, and in the end on their very nature.

The aim of Metonymy 2011 is to bring together researchers from a wide range of fields such as linguistics, computational linguistics, computational lexicography, psycholinguistics, cognitive science and neuroscience, to foster the development of interdisciplinary projects and to gain a better understanding of the (computational) linguistic and cognitive properties of metonymy.

Call for Papers:

1. Workshop Description:

Metonymy ('John began the book', 'Mary enjoyed the beer', 'Ben read Dickens yesterday') is a classic case of verb-argument mismatch and therefore poses a challenge to strong compositional approaches. The topic has always been of great interest to researchers from different communities concerned with linguistic research, who have provided very different accounts of the phenomenon. Nevertheless, there seems to be little agreement on the nature of metonymy. Crucial points in the debate are: what type of resources are involved in the processing of these phenomena (lexical knowledge, world knowledge, context), how lexical information and context and lexical information and pragmatic knowledge interact, and whether metonymy should be accounted for in terms of general inferential mechanisms or rather at the lexical level.

The Generative Lexicon approach (Pustejovsky 1995, Jackendoff 1997) accounted for metonymy as a case of type-clash (verbs like 'begin' sub-categorize for events) and type-coercion ('the book' is coerced into an event-denoting argument, determined by its telic quale 'to read'). Criticism of this approach has been voiced from various sides (Fodor and Lepore, 1998; Asher, 2007; De Almeida and Dwivedi, 2008), who argue that metonymy resolution is driven by pragmatic, context-driven inferences rather than the internal structure of lexicon entries in isolation. Psycholinguistic research (see Pylkkänen and McElree 2006 for a review), corpus linguistics (Briscoe et al. 1990, Vespoor 1997), and more recently computational models (Lapata et al. 2003) and neurolinguistic research (Pylkkänen and McElree 2007, de Almeida et al. 2009) have seeked to support theories of logical metonymy and to provide empirically-based accounts of the phenomenon. Furthermore, work by McRae and colleagues (Matsuki, et al. 2009) challenged the idea that selectional restrictions as lexically-based, suggesting that they might have the same nature of event-based knowledge. The recent advancements in psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic research, together with the results achieved by corpus-based models, have led to a recent stronger interest in metonymy and selectional preference/restrictions, with a new awareness that the common effort from different communities can help shed new light into these phenomena.

The focus of the workshop is on the resources involved in the processing of non-compositional phenomena, and in the end on their very nature. Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Cognitively motivated models of metonymy
- Formal descriptions of metonymy
- Data resources and tools
- Machine learning methods
- Evidence from psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology on the processes and the resources underlying the understanding of non-compositional phenomena
- Corpus-based methods to model non-compositional phenomena
- Use of distributional data to model (neuro)cognitive evidence on metonymy
- Language-specific and cross-linguistic aspects of metonymy

2. Workshop Organizers:

Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
Sebastian Pado (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Alessandra Zarcone (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

3. Program Committee:

Nicholas Asher, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Valentina Bambini, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
Reinhard Blutner, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Robyn Carston, University College London, UK
Berry Claus, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Roberto G. de Almeida, Concordia University Montréal, Canada
Markus Egg, Humbolt Universität Berlin, Germany
Martina Johnson, Università di Pisa, Italy
Jonas Kuhn, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Gabriella Lapesa, Universität Osnabrück, Germany
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh, UK
Christina Manouilidou, University of Patras, Greece
Katja Markert, University of Leeds, UK
Daniela Marzo, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Louise McNally, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Ken McRae, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Yves Peirsman, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Martin J. Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA
Pirita Pyykkönen, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Christoph Scheepers, University of Glasgow, UK
Ekaterina Shutova, University of Cambridge, UK
Achim Stein, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Matthew Traxler, University of California, Davis, USA

4. Submission:

Authors are invited to submit a 6-page PDF short paper (including references and figures) formatted according to the CogSci stylesheet (Latex and Word stylesheets can be downloaded from the workshop website). Papers must be anonymous and submitted using the Easychair interface available through http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=metonymy2011

The submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed by the workshop Program Committee. Accepted papers can be modified according to the reviews and will be printed in the workshop proceedings.

5. Important Dates:

- 21/05/11 - Submission deadline
- 01/07/11 - Author notification
- 12/08/11 - Final version deadline
- 15-16/09/11 - Workshop

6. Contact:

You can contact the workshop organisers via email: metonymy2011easychair.org

Detailed and up-to-date information on the workshop can be found on the workshop homepage:


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