LINGUIST List 8.497

Thu Apr 10 1997

Calls: Language Development, Applied Semiotics

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  1. BU Conference on Language Development, BU Conf on Language Development '97: Call for Papers
  2. Elena Suleymanova, Second Workshop on Applied Semiotics

Message 1: BU Conf on Language Development '97: Call for Papers

Date: Wed, 9 Apr 97 13:02:31 -0400
From: BU Conference on Language Development <>
Subject: BU Conf on Language Development '97: Call for Papers


 The 22nd Annual

 Boston University Conference on Language Development
 Call for Papers

 November 7, 8, and 9, 1997

 Keynote Speaker: Annette Karmiloff-Smith, University College London
 Plenary Speaker: Luigi Rizzi, University of Siena



All topics in the field of language acquisition will be fully considered,

 Bilingualism Narrative
 Cognition & Language Neurolinguistics
 Creoles & Pidgins Pragmatics
 Discourse Pre-linguistic Development
 Exceptional Language Signed Languages
 Input & Interaction Sociolinguistics
 Language Disorders Speech Perception & Production
 Linguistic Theory (Syntax, Semantics, Phonology,
	 Morphology, and Lexicon)

Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research.
Presentations will be 20 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for questions.


 1) six copies of an anonymous, clearly titled 450-word
 summary for review;

 2) one copy of a 150-word abstract for use in the conference
 program book if abstract is accepted. If your paper is
 accepted, this abstract will be scanned into the
 conference handbook. No changes in title or authors will
 be possible after acceptance.

 3) for EACH author, one copy of the information form printed
 at the bottom of this message.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledgment
of receipt. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by
late July. Pre-registration materials and preliminary schedule will
be available in late August, 1997.

All authors who present papers at the conference will be invited to
contribute their papers to the Proceedings Volumes. Those papers will
be due in January, 1998.

Note: All conference papers will be selected on the basis of abstracts
submitted. Although each abstract will be evaluated individually, we will
attempt to honor requests to schedule accepted papers together in group

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by May 19, 1997.

Send submissions to:

 Boston University
 Conference on Language Development
 704 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 101
 Boston, MA 02215 U.S.A.

 Telephone: 617-353-3085
 E-mail: (automated-reply info mailer)


 Author Information Form (fill one out completely for EACH author)


Topic area: Audiovisual requests:

Full name: Affiliation:

Current address: Summer address if
 different, and dates:

Current e-mail: Summer e-mail:

Current phone number: Summer phone if different:

*To accommodate as many papers as possible, we reserve the right to
limit each submitter to one first authorship and if circumstances
warrant, to limit each submitter to two papers in any authorship
*Please indicate whether, if your paper is not one of the 90 initially
selected for presentation, you would be willing to be considered as an
alternate. (If you indicate that you are willing to be considered,
this does not commit you to accepting alternate status if it should be
offered to you.)

__Yes, consider me as an alternate if necessary

__No, please do not consider me as an alternate

Please indicate how you received the 1997 Call for Papers:

__e-mail/electronic __surface mail __word of mouth

Please indicate how you wish to receive the 1998 Call for Papers:

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Message 2: Second Workshop on Applied Semiotics

Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 15:46:33 +0400
From: Elena Suleymanova <>
Subject: Second Workshop on Applied Semiotics


September 14, 1997

AIICSR'97 Seventh International Conference
Artificial Intelligence and Information-Control Systems of Robots
10-14 September 1997, Bratislava, Slovakia


The Workshop will discuss the problems of developing and 
using applied semiotic systems. In a general case, by applied 
semiotic systems one means a subclass of semiotic systems. 
This subclass taken as a means for modelling has the following 
peculiarities: a) sign is viewed as the unity of name, concept, 
and mental image; and b) interpretation of a sign exists in the 
mental world, and is variable. This leads to the fact that unlike 
formal systems (to which mathematical theories belong), 
semiotic systems allow changes in any component of formal 
system definition (set of basic symbols, set of syntactic rules, 
inference rules and axioms). 

Applied semiotic systems may be viewed as partially ordered 
sets of formal systems. Semiotic systems may turn out to be 
appropriate tools for modelling in large complex systems whose 
inherent features are: openness, non-quantitative (qualitative) 
descriptions of state parameters and relations over them, and 
non-quantitative descriptions of behavioural criteria.

The systems of such kind are adequate for solving a lot of 
problems of a real complexity level, among which: describing 
the dynamics in knowledge based systems and modelling of 
goal-directed behaviour, describing the knowledge 
aggregation/disaggregation process, describing the interaction 
of knowledge and actions, developing the multi-step control, 
controlling the behaviour of an object in dynamic environment, 
solving control tasks in multiresolutional systems, and some 
other theoretically and practically urgent problems.


- Methodological foundation of semiotic modelling. Theory of 
 applied semiotic systems.
- Derivability and satisfiability in semiotic systems. 
 Derivability and satisfiability in different formal sub-
 systems of a semiotic system.
- Semiotic systems and knowledge engineering. Automation of 
 semiotic systems development.
- Methods of transforming natural language descriptions into 
 semantic representations.
- Methods and procedures of knowledge 
 aggregation/disaggregetaion in semiotic systems.
- Interaction of knowledge and actions in semiotic systems.
- Models of expedient behaviour in semiotic systems.
- Applied semiotic systems and control theory.
- Applied typology of semiotic systems.


Due to a one-day timing, the Workshop attendance will be 
limited to ACTIVE participants only (25 people maximum). 
Participants will be selected on the basis of papers submitted on 
the above and related topics. Submissions will be reviewed by 
the Programme Committee members or by other people 
knowledgeable in the field. Papers (5 pages maximum) must 
include in the first page: title, author's name(s), affiliation, 
complete mailing address, phone/fax number, e-mail, abstract of 
150 words at most, up to 5 keywords. Submissions are to be 
sent to the Secretary of the Workshop ( by 
electronic mail (as either LaTex Source, Postscript or WinWord 
file uuencoded). As an exception, submission by surface mail (4 
copies) is acceptable.

The Workshop programme will revolve around the hottest 
topics revealed from the papers retained. No formal 
presentations are expected, though authors should have a couple 
of transparencies to illustrate their position. 

The Workshop materials will be published by World Scientific 
under the same cover as the AIICSR'97 Proceedings. The files 
with instructions for producing a camera-ready manuscript can 
be obtained from WWW pages at and 
by ftp from, 
For authors' convenience, style files for LaTex users and PDF 
version of the guidelines for those who do not have LaTex are 
attached to this CFP.


Papers due:			May 1, 1997
Notification of acceptance:	May 20, 1997
Final papers due:		June 15, 1997
Workshop on Applied Semiotics:	September 14, 1997



Vladimir Khoroshevsky (Computer Centre, Russian Academy 
of Science, Russia)
Gennady Osipov (Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, 
Programme Systems Institute, Russian 
Academy of Science, Russia)
Dmitri Pospelov (University of Aizu, Japan)
Paul Prueitt (Highland Technologies, Inc., USA)
Vadim Stefanuk (Information Transfer Problems Institute, 
Russian Academy of Science)


Gennady Osipov
Artificial Intelligence Research Centre,
Programme Systems Institute of Russian Academy of Science
152140 Pereslavl-Zalessky RUSSIA

phone/fax: 	+7 08535 205 66 (office)
phone:		+7 08535 983 58 (home)


Elena Suleymanova 
Artificial Intelligence Research Centre,
Programme Systems Institute of Russian Academy of Science
152140 Pereslavl-Zalessky RUSSIA

phone/fax:	+7 08535 205 66 (office)
phone: +	+7 08535 989 47 (office)
+7 08535 263 63 (home)


All Workshop participants MUST be registered for the main 
AIICSR'97 Conference. Registration fee for the Conference is 
$220, for the Workshop $60.

The updated version of the Call for Participation is available 
through WWW at URL:'97_Workshop_on_Applied_Semiotics.html
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