LINGUIST List 8.237

Wed Feb 19 1997

Confs: Bilingualism, Lexical Semantics

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  1. cabeza, I International Symposium on Bilingualism: web page
  2. WLSS97, Workshop on Lexical Semantics: WLSS-97

Message 1: I International Symposium on Bilingualism: web page

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 14:18:01 +0000
From: cabeza <>
Subject: I International Symposium on Bilingualism: web page

Information about First International Symposium on Bilingualism
(Vigo, Spain, 21-25 october 1997) at:
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Ma del Carmen Cabeza Pereiro
Facultad de Humanidades (Letras)
Universidad de Vigo
Apartado 874 - 36200 Vigo (Spain)
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Message 2: Workshop on Lexical Semantics: WLSS-97

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 12:07:50 +0000 (GMT)
From: WLSS97 <>
Subject: Workshop on Lexical Semantics: WLSS-97



 April 21 1997, Torino, Italy

 Aula Magna, Universita' di Torino, Via Verdi 8


 For more information:


 The workshop is jointly organised by CELI , Department of
 Computer Science of the University of Torino, Department of
 Human Studies of the University of Torino (in Vercelli).


 The workshop is sponsored by Centro di Scienza Cognitiva 
 (Universita' e Politecnico di Torino)


 Lexical knowledge plays a major role in language understanding
 systems, either natural or artificial. This claim is widely
 accepted in the NLP community, as well as in theoretical
 linguistics and cognitive science.

 From a cognitive point of view, lexical knowledge, and in
 particular lexical semantics, has emerged as being a crucial
 part of the language understanding process carried on by our
 cognitive system.
 Moreover, the lexicon is not seen as a static and isolated
 part of the cognitive architecture, but as a dynamic
 structure, which includes both representations and processes
 and is linked to other knowledge sources such as world
 knowledge, perceptual representations and pragmatic

 On the other hand recent linguistic theories share the claim
 that many syntactic and semantic properties find their
 explanation in the structure of the lexicon. Such an
 assumption explains the growing interest for new tools of
 lexical description and for the mechanism of the interface
 between lexical semantics and syntax.

 From a computational perspective, it has been proven that the
 development of a large scale lexicon is the real bottleneck of
 every NLP application. This means that issues about the
 structure and the representation of lexical knowledge, as well
 as its development and/or acquisition, are of main importance
 when building NLP systems.

 This workshop aims at bringing the discussion on these topics:

 * Which is the content of lexical semantic knowledge?
 * Which is the structure of a cognitive plausible lexicon?
 * Which are the links between lexical semantics and other
 knowledge sources?
 * Which properties of lexical representation contribute to
 syntactic processes?
 * Which are the advantages and disadvantages of different
 representation formats?
 * Which is the most suitable architecture for a
 computational lexicon?
 * Which processes interact with the lexicon and how?



 The official language of the workshop will be English.


 * Roberto Basili (Universita' di Roma, Tor Vergata)
 * Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC, Pisa)
 A corpus-based lexicon: acquisition and contents aspects
 * Giacomo Ferrari (Universita' di Torino)
 Lexicon and semantic interpretation
 * Leonardo Lesmo (Universita' di Torino)
 Integration between lexical semantics and pragmatics
 * Bernardo Magnini (IRST, Trento)
 Sense disambiguation for computational systems
 * James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
 Semantic underspecification in lexicon design
 * Patrizia Violi (Universita' di Bologna)
 * Annie Zaenen (Xerox, Grenoble)
 Multi-word lexemes in NLP


 Pier Marco Bertinetto, Luca Dini, Vittorio Di Tomaso, Anna
 Goy, Leonardo Lesmo, Diego Marconi.


 Attendance to the Workshop is free.
 Contact the organizing committe ( or
 use the registration form from the Web site:



 For further information concernig WLSS97, contact


 Anna Goy
 Dipartimento di Informatica
 Universita' di Torino Svizzera 185
 10149 Torino, Italia
 Tel. +39 11 7429228
 Fax +39 11 751603
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