LINGUIST List 6.1256

Fri Sep 15 1995

Calls: Pragmatics, Conceptual structures

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  1. *IPrA, conference announcement
  2. Peter Eklund, Call for Papers ICCS96

Message 1: conference announcement

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 11:25:58 conference announcement
From: *IPrA <>
Subject: conference announcement

the deadline for receipt of abstracts (hard copies!) is
November 1st, 1995

Mexico City, July 4-9 1996

Local Organizing Committee:
The 5th International Pragmatics Conference will be organized
with the support of the National Autonomous University of
Mexico (UNAM), which will provide the conference facilities,
and the Mexican Association of Applied Linguistics (AMLA).

Chairman: Fernando CASTA=A5OS, Foreign Language Center (CELE)
and M.A. Program in Applied Linguistics, UNAM

Members: Marlene RALL, School of Philosophy & Literature and
M.A. Program in Applied Linguistics, UNAM; Teresa CARB=FE,
Center for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology; Silvia
ROJAS, School of Psychology, UNAM; Helena DA SILVA, Foreign
Language Center and Head of the M.A. Program in Applied
Linguistics, UNAM; Carmen CURC=FE, Foreign Language Center,
UNAM; Mary Elaine MEAGHER, National Preparatory School, UNAM;
Anna DE FINA, Foreign Language Center and M.A. Program in
Applied Linguistics, UNAM.

International Conference Committee:
William BRIGHT, University of Colorado, Boulder; Helena
CALSAMIGLIA, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Teresa
CARB=FE, Center for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology;
Fernando CASTA=A5OS, UNAM; Herb CLARK, Stanford University;=20
Marcelo DASCAL, Tel Aviv University; Claudia DE LEMOS,
Campinas; Susan ERVIN-TRIPP, University of California at
Berkeley; Charles GOODWIN, University of South Carolina;
Sandra THOMPSON, University of California at Santa Barbara;
Masayoshi SHIBATANI, Kobe University; J=81rgen STREECK,
University of Texas at Austin; Paul TAKAHARA, Kobe City
University of Foreign Studies; Jef VERSCHUEREN, University of

Special topic: CONVERSATION
The conference is open to all other pragmatics-related topics
as well (where pragmatics is interpreted very broadly as a
cognitive, social, and cultural perspective on language and
communication). The distribution of topics across event types
is described below.

Plenary lectures: A number of plenary lectures on a diversity
of topics of general interest. Plenary speakers will include:
Penelope BROWN (Nijmegen), Fernando CASTA=A5OS (Mexico City),
Eve CLARK (Stanford), Catherine KERBRAT-ORECCHIONI (Lyon),

Lecture sessions: Regular lecture sessions (20-minute
presentations followed by 5 minutes for discussion and
allowing 5 minutes for switching between sessions) are
reserved for papers which are directly related to the special
topic of the conference. The Conference Committee reserves
the right to place individually submitted abstracts, the
quality of which would normally make them acceptable for
presentation, in poster sessions (as opposed to the lecture
sessions) on the basis of their relative distance from the
special topic.

Poster sessions: Poster sessions are largely devoted to
papers of general interest. Four different sets of posters
stay up for a whole day on four different days. Authors of
posters will be expected to be available for discussion
during a period when no other sessions are held. Individually
submitted papers which are less directly related to the
special topic will be placed here, though it is also possible
to submit papers directly for the poster sessions. (All
abstracts, including those for poster presentations, will be
printed in the set of abstracts provided at the beginning of
the conference!)

Panels: Panels take the form of a series of closely related
lectures on a specific topic, which may or may not be
directly related to the special topic of the conference. They
may consist of one, two or three units of 90 minutes. Within
each panel unit a maximum of four 15-minute presentations are
given consecutively, followed by 30 minutes of discussion
(either devoted entirely to an open discussion, or taken up
in part by comments by a discussant or discussants). The
organizers of panels are responsible for submitting the
complete set of abstracts before the regular abstracts
deadline and, in case of acceptance, for the further
preparation of the event (which will involve, for instance,
making sure that the discussants receive drafts of the
complete papers before the conference).=20

Round Table: A round table discussion is being planned to
close the conference.

Ten copies of a one-page abstract (or of the set of abstracts
in case you are proposing a panel) should be sent before
November 1st 1995 to the following address:

 IPrA Secretariat
 P.O. Box 33 (Antwerp 11)
 B-2018 Antwerp

All abstracts should contain (in this order): Full name, full
address, title of your presentation, and a summary of your
topic, approach, and major conclusions. Only hard copies are

(i) It is not possible for the organizers to consider paper
or panel proposals other than those submitted by members;
non-members interested in presenting a paper or
proposing/participating in a panel should apply for
membership before the November 1st
1995 abstracts deadline. This condition can be waived only
for prospective participants from countries with serious
currency restrictions.
(ii) Accepted papers/panels cannot be entered into the
preliminary program unless the advance registration fee is
paid before the March 1st 1996 advance registration deadline;
notices of acceptance will be sent out in late January 1996.
Prospective participants who have to withdraw at a later date
due to circumstances beyond their control, will be partly
compensated for the financial loss: they will receive a copy
of the set of abstracts by mail, and the remainder of their
registration fee will count as payment for their 1997 IPrA
membership dues.

Through the generosity of the local organizing committee of
the 4th International Pragmatics Conference held in 1993 in
Kobe, Japan, it will be possible to provide one or more
fellowships to scholars from countries with currency
restrictions to enable them to participate in the 5th
International Pragmatics Conference in Mexico City.
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae along with
their paper abstract, together with a letter specifying the
support they would need.=20

Prospective participants will have to register directly with
the local Conference Secretariat at the following address:

 5th IPC
 Apdo Postal 70-442
 04510 DF
 fax: +52-5-550 3008

For more information and registration forms, contact the IPrA
Secretariat, P.O. Box 33 (Antwerp 11), B-2018 Antwerp,
Belgium (tel.+ fax +32-3-230 55 74; e-mail:
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Message 2: Call for Papers ICCS96

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 16:26:27 Call for Papers ICCS96
From: Peter Eklund <>
Subject: Call for Papers ICCS96

AUGUST 19-22, 1996

Submission postmark deadline January 15, 1996
Notification of acceptance February 23, 1996
Camera-ready copy April 12, 1996

Conceptual graphs are a logic-based formalism for knowledge
representation based on the existential graphs of Charles S. Peirce
and semantic networks. Conceptual structures have been widely used as
a semantic representation for natural language and as a graphic system
of logic for knowledge-based expert systems, theorem provers, and
database design. Significant gains have been made in the storage and
retrieval of DBMS information coupled with knowledge-based system
problem solving capability.

Researchers have developed a sizable software base and continue to
build upon it. Successful implementations include: rule-based
systems, database systems, knowledge-based systems, knowledge
engineering tools, enterprise modeling, management information
systems, conceptual information retrieval, medical informatics and
natural language applications, among others.

Authors are invited to submit papers describing both theoretical and
practical research involving conceptual structures and related
encoding, search, and order-based techniques. Papers accepted or
under review by other conferences or journals are not acceptable as

The International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS) is the
annual conference and principle research forum in the practice and
theory of conceptual structures. The main proceedings of the conference are
published in the Springer Verlag lecture notes on Computer Science
series. Previous ICCS conferences have been held at the University of
Southern California, Santa Cruz (ICCS '95), The University of Maryland
(ICCS '94), Universite Laval, Quebec City (ICCS '93).

Papers are invited on the following topics:
 - theory of conceptual structures;
 - case studies and applications using conceptual structures;
 - conceptual analysis;
 - conceptual lattice theory;
 - term encoding and conceptual structures;
 - natural language processing with conceptual structures;
 - theories of ontology and higher taxonomic structure;
 - graph matching and grammars;
 - graph algorithms for conceptual structures
 - software tools for conceptual structures
 - foundations and philosophy of Peirce's existential graphs
 - machine learning and conceptual structures;
 - human-computer issues and conceptual structures;
 - computability and conceptual structures;
 - theorem proving and conceptual structures;
 - approximate reasoning and conceptual structures;
 - knowledge acquisition and conceptual structures;
 - comparisons with other knowledge representations.

Papers are limited to 12 pages, 10 point font size, text width (4.88
in) 12.2 cm, text height 7.72 in (19.3 cm). Latex users: please use
llncs.sty (available by ftp from,
pub/tex/latex/llncs/llncs.sty). Shorter papers (up to 6 pages in
length) are also welcome. Authors are requested to submit five (5)
hardcopies of their paper. Alternatively, electronic submissions of
papers (postscript output) are encouraged.

Authors are requested to attach title pages to their submissions
bearing their names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers and
e-mail addresses. In addition, authors are asked to include abstracts
of approximately twenty (20) lines with the title page. Papers
(hardcopy or electronic submissions) must be postmarked on or before
Monday, January 15, 1996.

 Department of Computer Science
 The University of Adelaide
 5005 Australia

Long papers will appear in the conference Proceedings published by
Springer-Verlag of Berlin. Short papers and papers which describe
preliminary research or work in progress will be published in a
compendium proceedings.

There will be prizes in the categories: best student paper, best student
research proposal, best demonstration.

General Chair Program Chair Local Arrangements Chair
Peter W. Eklund Gerard Ellis Graham Mann

Michel Chein LIRMM, Universite Montpellier, France
Fritz Lehmann Grandai Software, USA
John Sowa State University of New York, USA
Robert Levinson The University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Bernard Moulin Universite Laval, Canada
Vilas Wuwongse Asian University of Technology, Thailand

Harmen van den Berg Telematics Research Centre, The Netherlands
Duane Boning MIT, USA
Walling Cyre Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Harry Delugach The University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
Judy Dick The University of Maryland, USA
Bruno Emond Universite du Quebec a Hull, Canada
John Esch Loral Defence Systems, USA
Andrew Fall Simon Fraser University, Canada
Norman Foo The University of Sydney, Australia
Brian Gaines The University of Calgary, Canada
Cees Hoede The University of Twente, The Netherlands
Adil Kabbaj Universite de Montreal, Canada
Pavel Kucora The University of Loughborough, UK
Dickson Lukose The University of New England, Australia
Marie-Laure Mugnier LIRMM, Universite Montpellier, France
Guy Mineau Universite Laval, Canada
Jens-Uwe Moeller The University of Hamburg, Germany
Nicolas Nicolov The University of Edinburgh, UK
Jonathan Oh University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA
Heather Pfeiffer New Mexico State University, USA
Heike Petermann The University of Hamburg, Germany
Maurice Pagnucco The University of Sydney, Australia
Bill Rich IBM, USA
James Slagle The University of Minnesota, USA
Bill Tepfenhart AT&T, USA
Michel Wermelinger University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Rudolf Wille Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany
Mark Willems Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The conference will be held at the Swiss-Grand Hotel, Bondi in Sydney,
Australia. The Swiss-Grand overlooks the famous Bondi Beach and is 7
km (4 miles) from downtown Sydney. Accommodation includes budget and
student style hotels within walking distance of the Swiss-Grand.
Bondi is a lively part of Sydney with many eating and shopping
possibilities. The University of New South Wales is a short drive from
Bondi Beach. Bondi is well serviced by buses and metro-train to
downtown Sydney and Sydney airport.

This CFP and the latest information regarding ICCS'96 can be found on
the World Wide Web at The
ICCS96 conference is held in the week preceding the Pacific Rim
Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI-96).

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