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LINGUIST List 23.1216

Sat Mar 10 2012

Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Computational Ling/France

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Date: 09-Mar-2012
From: Grégoire Winterstein <gregoire.wintersteinlinguist.jussieu.fr>
Subject: 16th Workshop on Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
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Full Title: 16th Workshop on Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
Short Title: SEMDIAL 2012 (SeineDial)

Date: 19-Sep-2012 - 21-Sep-2012
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Jonathan Ginzburg
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/semdial2012seinedial/

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

Call Deadline: 01-May-2012

Meeting Description:

SEMDIAL 2012 (SeineDial)
16th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
Paris, September 19-21, 2012

Invited Speakers:

Eve V. Clark (Stanford University)
Geert-Jan M. Kruijff (DFKI-Saarbrücken)
François Recanati (Institut Jean Nicod, École Normale Supérieure)

The SEMDIAL series of workshops brings together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, formal semantics/pragmatics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience (see past SemDials here: http://www.illc.uva.nl/semdial/). In 2012 the workshop will be hosted by Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7). The Semdial workshops are always stimulating and fun, and Paris is of course one of the greatest cities to visit, especially in September. SeineDial will be immediately preceded by a workshop on 'Dialogue and Contextualism' (a separate announcement on this will appear shortly) and will feature a special session on The Acquisition of Dialogue.


Laboratoire Linguistique Formelle
LabEx Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (EFL)

Call for Papers:

We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics of dialogues, 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
- Gesture in communication
- Intonational meaning in dialogue
- Humour in dialogue
- 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
- Contextual factors underlying child utterances in dialogue
- Repair in child/adult interaction

Important Dates:

May 1, 2012: Paper submissions due at 23:59 UTC-11
June 15, 2012: Author notification for full papers
June 30, 2012: Poster and demo submissions
July 10, 2012: Author notification for posters and demos
August 20, 2012: Camera-ready copies
September 19-21, 2012: Workshop in Paris

Submission is via EasyChair at the following address:


It will be open for submissions no later than May 1, 2012. Submitted papers should be in the following format.

- Anonymous PDF file
- 8 pages total (including data, tables, figures, and references)
- A4 paper size
- 11pt Times font
- 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins
- 2-column format

Include a one-paragraph abstract of the entire work (about 200 words).

We strongly recommend using the style files provided by ACL-HLT 2011:


We will have a separate submission of late-breaking system demonstrations and ongoing project descriptions, to be presented in a poster session during the workshop. Late-breaking submissions will be two pages long; they will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the area chairs. Submission of late-breaking abstracts will be allowed only after review of the main session papers has concluded. The deadline for late-breaking submissions is June 30, 2012.

Organizing Committee:

Jonathan Ginzburg (chair), Anne Abeillé, Margot Colinet, Gregoire Winterstein

Programme Committee co-chairs:

Staffan Larsson (Gothenburg University), Sarah Brown Schmidt (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

SemDial Presidents:

Raquel Fernández (University of Amsterdam), David Schlangen (Bielefeld University)

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