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LINGUIST List 25.990

Thu Feb 27 2014

Calls: Semantics, Syntax, Typology, Philosophy of Lang, General Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 27-Feb-2014
From: Jens Fleischhauer <fleischhauerphil.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition, and Science
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Full Title: Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition, and Science
Short Title: CTF’14

Date: 25-Aug-2014 - 27-Aug-2014
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Jens Fleischhauer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.sfb991.uni-duesseldorf.de/ctf-2014/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2014

Meeting Description:

The 4th conference on 'Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition, and Science' (CTF’14) will take place on 25–27 August 2014 at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. The conference is intended as an interdisciplinary platform that contributes to the development of a general theory of the structure of representation. Special focus is given to accounts using frames understood as recursive attribute-value structures with functional attributes. The topics range from formalisms to describe frames and their ontological interpretation to applications of frames in the modeling of dynamic aspects of concept formation in science and cognition and the description of natural language semantics.

Contact Information:

Program committee: Sebastian Löbner, Rainer Osswald, Gottfried Vosgerau

Email: ctf14phil.hhu.de

Conference homepage: http://www.sfb991.uni-duesseldorf.de/ctf-2014/

Call for Papers:

Topic 1: The structure of representations in cognition

Barsalou (1992) (re)introduced the notion of frames to describe the structure of cognitive representations. The aim was to provide a general format of cognitive representations rich enough to account for different degrees of abstractness found in cognition. This section will examine the structure of representations in cognition and evaluate the aptness of frame theory.

Topic 2: Attribute-value structures, type signatures, and constructional schemas

The logical and mathematical properties of attribute-value structures have been intensively investigated in the 1980's and 1990's in the context of unification-based grammar formalisms. Recent work on frame semantics has revived the use of (generalized) attribute-value structures with constraints as a model of semantic representation. The focus of this section is on logical and model-theoretic properties of attribute-value structures and frames, as well as on their specification and implementation.

Topic 3: Ontological aspects of frames

The recursive attribute-value structure of frames provides a powerful tool to describe particulars and universals alike. This section will focus on the implications of frame theory for ontological debates as well as the ontological interpretation of frames.

Topic 4: Lexical decomposition, constructions, and semantic composition

Theories of the syntax-semantics interface differ with respect to the type and amount of semantic information contributed by the lexical unit and the morphosyntactic environment, and the status of constructions in a cross-linguistically adequate theory of grammar. This section will be concerned with theoretical and empirical investigations on the interaction between (decompositional) lexical semantics, constructional meaning, and general grammatical constraints at the syntax-semantics interface. A special focus will be given to the role of a frame-based semantics in the lexicon and beyond.

Topic 5: Coercion, conceptual shifts, and co-composition

A theory of semantic composition needs to be complemented by a theory of post-compositional operations that account for prima facie noncompositional interpretations in context. This section will focus on types of coercion processes and the regularities of conceptual shifts triggered by the sentential or discourse context.

Topic 6: Dynamic models of verb semantics

At least since the work of Dowty, the formal treatment of events and changes as expressed by verbs has been a flourishing field in linguistic semantics. Many studies in this area have been inspired by Neo-Davidsonian formalizations of events descriptions in predicate logic. More recent approaches propose specialized logical formalisms specifically designed for the representation of change over time. The focus of this section is on formal frameworks for modelling the dynamic components of verb meaning and, in particular, on how a frame-based semantics can be integrated with such a model.

Topic 7: Typological aspects of NP semantics

This section will focus on typological issues of nominal determination and their interaction with nominal concept types, including (in)definiteness, specificity, quantification, possession, countability, and classification. The topic includes synchronic typological topics along with issues of the historic evolution of articles and other determiners.

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