LINGUIST List 8.1022

Mon Jul 7 1997

Calls: CMC/98, Complex predicates

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  1. Harry Bunt, CMC/98 First Announcement
  2. Paola Monachesi, Complex predicates workshop

Message 1: CMC/98 First Announcement

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 13:36:03 +0200
From: Harry Bunt <>
Subject: CMC/98 First Announcement



 Second Int'l Conference on Cooperative Multimodal Communication,

 Theory and Applications

 Sponsored by the Universities of Brabant
 Joint Research Organization (SOBU)
 and the ACL Special Interest Group in Multimedia (SIGMED)

 Tilburg, The Netherlands, 28-30 January 1998


Following the successful first conference CMC/95 (which has been the
basis of a book published soon by Springer Verlag), the Computational
Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence Group at Tilburg University,
in collaboration with the Center for Research on User-System
Interaction IPO in Eindhoven and the Department of Computer Science at
Eindhoven University of Technology, will host the Second International
Conference on the theory and applications of Cooperative Multimodal
Communication, CMC/98, to take place January 28-30, 1998.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers involved in
the design, implementation, and application of forms of cooperative
human-computer communication where natural language (typed or spoken)
is used in combination with other modalities, such as visual feedback
and direct manipulation.

The conference will focus on formal, computational, and user aspects
of building cooperative multimodal dialogue systems. Papers are sought
in areas which include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

* cooperativity in multimodal dialogue

* metaphors for human-computer interaction

* communicative acts in multimodal communication

* interacting with visual domain representations

* natural language interpretation in a multimodal context

* effective use of different media and modalities

* formal and computational models of dialogue context

* pragmatic concepts in human-computer dialogue

* the role of time in multimodal communication

* agent-based dialogue architectures

* user modelling

* approaches to dialogue management

Authors are asked to submit an extended abstract of their paper of
minimally 4 and maximally 7 pages, including keywords and references,
by October 1, 1997. Only electronic submission will be possible, in
uuencoded compressed Postscript form, to be sent to
and to (two copies).

All extended abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee;
authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper.
Full papers will have to be submitted in Latex form, so it would seem
advisable to use Latex also for the extended abstract. A Latex style
file to be used for the full paper will be made available; for details
see the CMC/98 Web page.

Submission of extended abstracts: 1 October, 1997
Notification of acceptance: 1 November, 1997
Final papers due: 1 December, 1997


 Harry Bunt (Tilburg) (chair)
 Nicholas Asher (Austin)
 Norman Badler (Philadelphia)
 Don Bouwhuis (Eindhoven)
 Walther von Hahn (Hamburg)
 Dieter Huber (Mainz)
 John Lee (Edinburgh)
 Joseph Mariani (Paris)
 Jean-Claude Martin (Orsay)
 Mark Maybury (Bedford)
 Paul McKevitt (Sheffield)
 Rob Nederpelt (Eindhoven)
 Kees van Overveld (Eindhoven)
 Ray Perrault (Stanford)
 Donia Scott (Brighton)
 Jan Treur (Amsterdam)
 Wolfgang Wahlster (Saarbruecken)
 Bonnie Webber (Philadelphia)
 Kent Wittenburg (Morristown)
 Henk Zeevat (Amsterdam)

 Robbert-Jan Beun
 Tijn Borghuis
 Harry Bunt
 Leen Kievit
 Margriet Verlinden

For questions about the program contact Harry;
for issues relating to the submission of abstracts and papers

For all other matters contact the conference secretariat:

Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence Group,
Tilburg University,
P.O. Box 90153,
5000 LE Tilburg,
The Netherlands.
phone: +31 13 466 30 60;
fax +31 13 466 31 10;

Web: (soon available)

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 Harry C. Bunt
 Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science
 Tilburg University
 P.O. Box 90153
 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands
 Phone: +31 - 13 466.3060 (secretary Anne Andriaensen)
 2653 (office, room B 310)
 Fax: +31 - 13 466.3110
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Message 2: Complex predicates workshop

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 12:26:20 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Paola Monachesi <>
Subject: Complex predicates workshop

As a part of the annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer
Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), March 4-6, 1998, in Halle, a workshop will
be held on:

Complex Predicates

Constructions which go under the name of ``complex predicates'' occur
in a variety of rather different language families. This term is
generally used to cover those constructions which contain at least two
predicates which in various senses, together act like a single one.
Restructuring verbs in Italian and Spanish, perceptual and causative
verbs in Germanic and Romance are well known examples of this

Despite a large quantity of existing literature on the topic, the
representation of the syntax-semantics and the syntax-phonology
interfaces (with respect to complex predicates) can by no means be
placed in the category of ``solved problems''. The aim of this
workshop is to provide further insights into the interface question by
promoting a discussion between competing theories and formalisms.

With respect to the syntax-semantics interface, the crucial problem
that complex predicates raise is that a biclausal predicate-argument
structure corresponds to a monoclausal syntactic structure. The
natural question is then how can this non-isomorphism be solved? The
same question arises with respect to the syntax-phonology interface as
there are two levels of representation which stand in a non-isomorphic
relationship to one another (i.e., prosodic and syntactic structure).

The central question to be addressed is thus, how this non-isomorphism
can be analyzed within differing theoretical perspectives, and what
further solutions may be possible. In short, the workshop is
addressed to those interested in the interface between phonology,
syntax and semantics.

Organizers: Miriam Butt (University of Konstanz), Paola Monachesi
(University of Tuebingen)

Languages of the workshop will be German and English. Talks will be 
40 minutes + 15 minutes question period. If you are interested in 
presenting a paper, please send a 1-page abstract (in German 
or English) by e-mail to both:
Miriam Butt (
Paola Monachesi (

Your abstract should reach us no later than August 15, 1997. The
programme of the workshop will be set up by September 15.
Camera-ready one-page abstracts of the accepted papers will be due in
December 1997.
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