LINGUIST List 8.179

Thu Feb 6 1997

Calls: Thesaurus, Computational Semiotics

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  1. yamazaki, Language Study and Thesaurus
  2. Irene Ludman, Computational Semiotics

Message 1: Language Study and Thesaurus

Date: Tue, 04 Feb 1997 19:01:03 JST
From: yamazaki <>
Subject: Language Study and Thesaurus


 Session 1 of the 5th International Symposium of
 National Language Research Institute
 27 & 28, AUGUST 1997

The National Language Research Institute will hold the 5th International
Symposium this August titled "Language Study and Thesaurus of the World."
Preceding symposium we have an open session about thesaurus.

The needs for thesaurus is increasing in many fields of science today.
Not only terminologists and lexicologists, researchers of language
processing, psychology, library science have been making good use of
thesaurus. Foreign language teachers also have a great interest for
thesaurus for the practical use.

The purpose of this session (and symposium) is to make a general view of
the study of thesaurus today and to help us find the new direction of
the the study of langauge.

The two day session is open to interested researchers. We wait for 
the original and unpublished papers.

Recommended fields(but not restriced to)
 Linguistics; Lexicology,Dialect,Contrastive Study,Grammar,Semantics,etc.
 Language Teaching,
 Library Science,
 Natural Language Processing.

About the Session
 At the beginning of the session we have some invited lectures.
 Each author has 20 minutes of presentation followed by 10 minutes of
 Presentation language must be Japanese or English.

 Send your abstract to the secretariat below by e-mail.
 Language : Japanese or English
 Deadline of Abstract : March 31,1997
 Abstrct should include papers's title, author's name, job,
 postal & e-mail address, and telephone or fax number.
 Abstract must be within 300 words or 400 kanji letters
 and must be simple text file if e-mailed.
 This abstract will be reviewed by session's committee.
 Acceptance Notification: April 30, 1997
 Deadline of Final Version : June 30,1997
 Final version must be camera ready. This verison will be published
 as the session's proceedings in early 1998.
 Sumbmit to :
 E-mail preferred but will accept postal or fax submission.
 (postal) Hiroshi Nakano
 National Language Research Institute
 3-9-14, Nishigaoka, Kita-ku,Tokyo JAPAN,115
 (FAX) +81-3-3906-3530
 Inquiries to :

 Hiroshi Nakano,National Language Research Institute,Japan

 Tetsuya Ishikawa,University of Library and Information Science
 Makoto Takada,University of Tsukuba
 Jun-ichi Tsujii,University of Tokyo
 Tokihisa Kurashima,Taisho University

Host Organization
 The National Language Research Intstitute
 3-9-14 Nishigaoka,Kita-Ku,Tokyo JAPAN 115

Information about the session and symposium will be seen on
our web site soon.(
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Message 2: Computational Semiotics

Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 17:52:10 GMT
From: Irene Ludman <>
Subject: Computational Semiotics



26th - 27th May, 1997
Ptle Universitaire Lionard de Vinci


SEMIOTICS OF TEXT : Suzanne Bertrand-Gastaldy, University of Montreal

Computers are increasingly used to assist text analysis for cognitive, literary, anthropological, sociological, documentary, etc. research. The
workshop will focus on actual realisations, on the possibilities and limits of methodologies and existing tools to take into account the complex and
multidimensional nature of texts, allowing multiple points of views for a variety of user needs. Issues such as desirable features of text analysis
software, robustness and conviviality of implantations, interaction between corpora and users, constraints that actual tools put upon kinds of
analyses and coding choices, the ability to elaborate models of electronic analytical tools suited to different semiotic theories, semiotical
foundations of markup languages are examples of possible debates.

SEMIOMETHODOLOGY : Claude Vogel, Lionard de Vinci University

Several genres are currently under investigation for semiotic studies : electronic mail, news, corporate information, Web publishing. The flood of
full text is overflowing semantic analysis, and this major paradigm break leads us to reconsider our approach of text processing. The size of these
new corpora, the lack of consistency of information, the physical scattering of the basic units of texts, make the classical documentary solutions
very uncomfortable. Instead, the semiotic based analysis seems to be a highly compelling perspective. It is focused on chronology; it provides a way
to build transitive narratives throughout large amounts of data, and it does not require the understanding of the details of each local grammatical
sentence in order for a global plot to be elaborated. This promising trend may give a second wind to ethnomethodology. For this reason, it is more
appropriate to use the term "semiomethodology" when evoking this attempt to rationalize the computational approach of the symbolic dynamics which
underlie collaborative production.

ORGANIZATIONAL SEMIOTICS : Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University

Organizational semiotics is the semiotics of organizations and organizational dimensions of textual semiotics. The objective of this workshop is to
define the boundaries of this new specialty. Specifically, we will address the issue of : "How can semiotic analysis of interpersonal and corporate
exchanges be used to reveal, evaluate, and contrast the underlying organizational logics and changes in these logics over time ?" Recent advances in
textual analysis are facilitating this endeavor and creating new opportunities for understanding organizational behavior. Critical issues in the area
of organizational semiotics include : 1) how to quickly and reliably analyze large quantities of texts, 2) how to reduce textual data to an empirical
form that can be combined with other types of data and analyzed statistically, 3) how to identify corporate texts (those representing the "view" of
the organization as an entity) and address issues of authorship, and 4) how to identify institutional constraints on the production and maintenance
of corporate texts. New and innovative computational methods for empirically analyzing texts are being developed to address these and related
concerns. These techniques have the potential to move textual analysis beyond counting words or locating a few themes or concepts. This section will
focus on the issues involved in performing organizational semiotics with particular attention to the new computationally based techniques for
facilitating organizational analysis that increase the ease, speed or reliability of coding texts and generate information that can be analyzed

BIOSEMIOTICS : Jean-Claude Heudin, Lionard de Vinci University

Recently, algorithms and architectures based on models derived from biological systems have been receiving an increasing amount of interest. This
section will explore how such new approaches and techniques could be used for managing large amount of information exchanges on Internet or Intranet.
Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, applications of agent-based systems, autonomous and evolving agents, genetic
algorithms and programming, neural networks, cellular automata etc. to text stream analysis and in the more general framework of semiotics analysis.


Send four copies of an abstract (approximately 500 words) in english or email it to :

Irhne Ludman - IWCS'97
Ptle Universitaire Lionard de Vinci
Phone: (33) 01 41 16 73 05 
Fax : (33) 01 41 16 73 35
Email :


Submission of abstracts 
by 1st April 1997

Acceptance notification to authors
by 15th April 1997

Submission of full papers
by 12th May 1997


Claude Vogel (chairman)
Suzanne Bertrand-Gastaldy
Kathleen Carley
Jean-Claude Heudin


Pierre Boudon (canada)
Guillaume Deffuant (France)
Evelyne Lutton (France)
Joe Porac (USA)
Carl Roberts (USA)
J. Sebeok (Canada)
Peter Stockinger (France)
Bill Turner (France)

For more information please visit the following Web page :
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