LINGUIST List 6.15

Thu 12 Jan 1995

Calls: IE Conference, SLE, Time, Space and Motion

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  1. "Deborah Anderson", IE Conference
  2. , SLE conference announcement
  3. Pascal AMSILI, Second CFP TSM'95

Message 1: IE Conference

Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 09:34:48 IE Conference
From: "Deborah Anderson" <>
Subject: IE Conference


Program in Indo-European Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

 The Seventh Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference will be held
on 26-27 May 1995 at the UCLA campus. As in the past, we invite
papers on any aspect of Indo-European Studies: linguistics,
archaeology, comparative mythology and culture. Papers on both
interdisciplinary and specific topics (e.g., typology,
methodology, reconstruction, the relation of Indo-European to
other language groups, the interpretation of material culture,
etc.) are welcome.
 Abstracts should be approximately two typewritten pages
(double-spaced) and must be received by 10 March 1995. A
period of twenty minutes will be allotted for each paper,
followed by a ten-minute discussion period.
 Through the generosity of its donors, the Friends and Alumni of
Indo-European Studies (FAIES) will offer two prizes for the best
papers by a current student or recent Ph.D. (received 1990 or
later): one prize for a paper in linguistics, and one for a
paper in either archaeology or mythology. Please indicate your
current status and year of Ph.D. if you qualify. No previous
winners please.
Address all abstracts and inquiries to:
 IE Conference Committee
 Classics Department
 7349 Bunche Hall, UCLA
 405 Hilgard Avenue
 Los Angeles, CA 90024-1475
For further information call:
 weekdays: 310/825-4171
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Message 2: SLE conference announcement

Date: Mon, 09 Jan 1995 17:39:45 SLE conference announcement
From: <>
Subject: SLE conference announcement




The University of Leiden has the pleasure of
inviting the members of the Societas Linguistica
Europaea to the 28th Annual Meeting, to be held in
Leiden, The Netherlands, from Thursday 31 August to
Saturday 2 September 1995. The conference will be
hosted by the Faculty of Letters of the University
of Leiden. The general theme of the conference is:

Descriptive and theoretical perspectives
on comparative linguistics

1. Submission of abstracts and programme

Members are invited to submit abstracts for 30
minute papers, including 10 minutes of discussion.
Papers can be presented in separate sections,
workshops, or round tables. Abstracts which are
intended for section presentation will be refereed
by a selection committee; abstracts intended for
workshops or round tables will be assessed by
workshop organizers or round table conveners.
Proposals for workshops or round tables are eagerly
invited by the organizing committee; they should
adhere to the general theme of the conference as
much as possible.
 Abstracts submitted should not exceed one page,
and should be in at least 12-point type with one-
inch margins all round. Since abstracts are to be
reproduced in the meeting handbook, they should be
printed in clear type. If using a typewriter, make
sure to use a new ribbon. The deadline for
submission of abstracts is 31 January 1995.
Abstracts should be sent to:

SLE 1995 Selection Committee
Department of English
University of Leiden
P.O Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

The programme will include four keynote addresses,
to be given by Erica Garcia (Leiden), Pieter
Muysken (Amsterdam), Johanna Nichols (UCLA), and
Ianthi Tsimpli & Neil Smith (UCL).

2. Conference fee

For regular SLE members, the conference fee is Dfl.
125, which includes the conference folder, the
meeting handbook, refreshments, three lunches, and
a buffet reception. For students and research
assistants, the fee will be Dfl. 75. Non-members
wishing to attend the conference will be charged an
additional Dfl. 50. Payment will only be accepted
in Dutch currency. The conference fee should be
paid into postal giro account 5855626, Department
of English, University of Leiden, mentioning SLE
1995. If payment by cheque is preferred, cheques
should be made payable to "Department of English,
University of Leiden", mentioning SLE 1995. Please
note that payment by cheque involves bank transfer
costs, which currently amount to Dfl. 20. If this
method of payment is preferred, Dfl. 20 should be
added to the conference fee.
 Payment should be made simultaneously with the
return of the pre-registration form. Payment of the
conference fee in August 1995 involves an
additional cost of Dfl. 25.
 Colleagues from Eastern European countries in
need of financial assistance are requested to
contact the organizing committee as soon as
possible, in view of the limited funds available
for financial support.

3. Preliminary registration and accommodation

All participants should fill in the enclosed
preliminary registration form and return it by 31
January 1995.
 Hotel accommodation can be arranged in two
ways: either by directly contacting the hotel
selected from the enclosed list of hotels, or by
returning the enclosed card to the NRC reservations
centre at Leidschendam, who will attempt to find
accommodation, at no extra charge. The organization
committee will not be in a position to assist with
hotel accommodation. The hotel situation in Leiden
is extremely tight, so members are urgently advised
to make early reservations.
 A second circular, with the provisional
programme and further particulars, will be sent out
by 31 March 1995.

Organizing committee of the 1995 SLE Annual Meeting
Frits Beukema, Peter Lange, Johan Rooryck,
 Rieks Smeets, Wim van der Wurff

Postal and E-mail addresses
 Department of English
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands


This e-mail address will be in use from 1 November
1994 to 31 October 1995 and can be used for all


SLE 1995 Pre-Registration Form

August 31, September 1-2, 1995
University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Please return to:
SLE 1995
Department of English
University of Leiden
P.O. Box 9515
The Netherlands

Deadline for pre-registration: 31 January 1995



Mailing Address

E-mail address

Please check amount:
 Before 31 January 1995 After 31 January 1995
Regular member ___Dfl 125 ___Dfl 150
Student, etc. ___Dfl 75 ___Dfl 100
Non-member ___Dfl 175 ___Dfl 200

E-mail address:
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Message 3: Second CFP TSM'95

Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 15:20:55 Second CFP TSM'95
From: Pascal AMSILI <>
Subject: Second CFP TSM'95


 5th Toulouse International Workshop

 Meaning and Knowledge in the Sensible World

 Organized by the ``Langue, Raisonnement, Calcul'' Group
 IRIT, Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse
 ERSS, Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail
 CNRS URA 1399, URA 1033

 Chateau de Bonas in Gascony, France
 23-27 June, 1995


 This workshop will be the fifth one in a series which began in 1989.
 Like previous editions, it aims at gathering researchers from a
 variety of fields around the themes of the semantics of Time, Space
 and Movement, in a castle in the middle of the beautiful landscape of
 Gascony. Unlike previous ones, though, next year's workshop will not
 gather only invited researchers, but will be open to participants
 submitting a contribution. Wishing to preserve the friendly and
 cheerful atmosphere that characterized the series, we will limit the
 number of participants to 50, and will achieve a balance between
 invited talks and submitted contributions.


 When natural language utterances are about sensible world, the
 computation of the spatial and spatio-temporal reference plays a major
 part in the construction of their formal representation. If the
 understanding of a discourse is the ability to infer adequate answers
 to questions about its informational content, the ability to deduce
 properties of the discourse objects (like their localisation, their
 structure or their shape) from the discourse representation, allows
 the cognitive validation of these representations.

 The most recent works in discourse theory (DRT, SDRT) clearly show the
 necessity to take into account, in addition to linguistic and
 pragmatic information, common knowledge about the universe of
 discourse. In its whole generality, the formal representation of this
 component of the meaning can very well be hopeless. We propose to
 focus the attention on a specific category of discourses, namely
 discourses which refer to the sensible world. In this case, common
 knowledge reflects the structure and the properties of mental
 representations of space, movement and time, these representations
 being available not only through the analysis of linguistic
 expressions but also through the analysis of different forms of
 reasoning and decision-taking associated with perception.


 We propose to discuss the possible contributions of spatial and
 spatio-temporal knowledge representation and reasoning to discourse
 interpretation; as well as the possible contributions of the analysis
 of time, space and movement in language to the comprehension of the
 organization of the perceived objects, and to the identification of
 their cognitively relevant properties.

 Contributions are invited on substantial and original research on
 various aspects of time, space and movement, including, but not
 limited to, the following.

 A. Semantics of time, space and movement in natural language

 - Lexical semantics : from linguistic and conceptual description
 to formalisation
 - From lexicon to sentence and discourse: role of the spatial and
 spatio-temporal (S & ST) common-sense knowledge in discourse
 - Logics and deductive mechanisms:
 * for the computation of the S & ST reference
 * for the cognitive validation of discourse representations

 B. Knowledge representation and S & ST reasoning

 - Ontology of S & ST entities : philosophical analysis and
 - Mental representations of space, time and movement
 - Mathematics of the sensible world
 - Naive physics, qualitative S & ST reasoning
 - Logics and visual reasoning
 - Contributions to discourse representation

 C. Relations between language and perception

 - Imaginal and/or propositional structures of mental
 - From language to visual perception: from propositional to
 numerical structures (image synthesis)
 - From visual perception to language: from numerical to
 propositional structures (image interpretation)
 - Mathematical and logical problems of hybrid reasoning


 Nicholas Asher, Linguistics and Philosophy, Austin
 Patrick Blackburn, Logic and Computational Linguistics, Saarbruecken
 Mimo Caenepeel*, Linguistics, Edinburgh
 Anthony Cohn, Artificial Intelligence, Leeds
 John Etchemendy, Philosophy, Stanford
 Luis Farinas del Cerro, Logics and Computer Science, Toulouse
 Christian Freksa*, Cognitive Science, Hamburg
 Christopher Habel*, Cognitive Science, Hamburg
 Patrick Hayes*, Artificial Intelligence, Urbana
 Gerd Herzog, Artificial Intelligence, Saarbruecken
 Hans Kamp*, Linguistics and Philosophy, Stuttgart
 Manfred Krifka, Linguistics, Austin
 Carlota Smith, Linguistics, Austin
 Barbara Tversky*, Psychology, Stanford
 Claude Vandeloise, Linguistics, Baton-Rouge
 Achille Varzi, Philosophy, Trento
 Henk Verkuyl, Linguistics, Utrecht
 Co Vet, Linguistics, Groningen

 (*) to be confirmed


 Chair : Mario Borillo, Artificial Intelligence, Toulouse

 Nicholas Asher, Linguistics and Philosophy, Austin
 Patrick Blackburn, Logics and Computational Linguistics, Saarbruecken
 Andree Borillo, Linguistics, Toulouse
 Anthony Cohn, Artificial Intelligence, Leeds
 John Etchemendy, Philosophy, Stanford
 Patrick Hayes, Artificial Intelligence, Urbana
 Carlota Smith, Linguistics, Austin
 Barbara Tversky, Psychology, Stanford
 Achille Varzi, Philosophy, Trento
 Co Vet, Linguistics, Groningen
 Laure Vieu, Artificial Intelligence, Toulouse


 Submitted papers should be at most 12 pages in length and be produced
 in 12pt (default LaTeX article style is OK). Submissions should
 provide the affiliation, full postal address, telephone and fax
 numbers, and e-mail address (if any) of the author(s). A few words
 stating the position of the paper with respect to the topics of
 interest would be useful, as well as a 100-200 word abstract.

 Electronic submission (plain ASCII, LaTeX, uuencoded PostScript, or
 BinHex Mac Word files) is recommended. They should be sent to before 10 February 1995. Hard-copy submissions (4 copies)
 should reach the Programme Chair no late than 10 February 1995.

 Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by 10 April, 1995,
 and final versions (camera-ready) will be due by 15 May, 1995. These
 will be compiled as Workshop Notes to be distributed to the

 Papers Submission............... 10 February, 1995
 Notification of acceptance...... 10 April, 1995
 Final version due............... 15 May, 1995
 Workshop........................ 23-27 June, 1995


 Organizing Committee:

 Pascal Amsili, IRIT
 Michel Aurnague, ERSS
 Andree Borillo, ERSS
 Mario Borillo, IRIT
 Myriam Bras-Grivart, IRIT
 Pierre Sablayrolles, IRIT
 Laure Vieu, IRIT


 c/o Mario Borillo
 IRIT - Universite Paul Sabatier
 118, route de Narbonne,
 F-31062 Toulouse Cedex

 Tel: (+33)
 Fax: (+33)
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