LINGUIST List 9.114

Fri Jan 23 1998

Calls: Metaphors, Tree-adjoining Grammars

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  1. Marie-Lucie Tarpent, Language as Metaphor & Metaphors for Language--session at AAA 98
  2. Jennifer MacDougall, Tree-adjoining Grammars Workshop

Message 1: Language as Metaphor & Metaphors for Language--session at AAA 98

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 19:36:08 -0400
From: Marie-Lucie Tarpent <Marie-Lucie.TarpentMSVU.Ca>
Subject: Language as Metaphor & Metaphors for Language--session at AAA 98

I have volunteered to organize the following session for the next 
meeting of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology at AAA 98 (next 
winter in Washington):

 Language as Metaphor and Metaphors for Language

Metaphor has been shown to be an integral component of the way we
conceptualize experience and embody it in language. But metaphor can
also be thought of as a specific tool that can be used in a variety
of disciplines: a concrete image can summarize or illuminate the
object of study, and sometimes even inform the direction of the
discipline. New theories give rise to new metaphors, and the study of
such metaphors can throw light on the development of theories.

Papers are invited from both linguists and non-linguists on two
topics: 1) language used as metaphor: for a restricted communicative
code used concurrently with language: e.g. the language of flowers;
but also for various characteristics of expressive or cognitive
domains, e.g. the grammar/syntax/vocabulary of architecture, music,
etc.; what characteristics of language are used metaphorically? to
what do they correspond in other domains? what is the usefulness of
language metaphors for the domains in question? 

2) language as object of metaphor: what can language be compared to?
explicit (e.g. neo-grammarian 'family tree'; Saussure's game of chess;
the city) and implicit (?) metaphors for language; what do such
metaphors reveal about language and how speakers view it? How do
metaphors for language relate to directions in linguistics? 

Please contact me: Marie-Lucie Tarpent, Mount St Vincent U, 
Halifax, N.S. B3M 2J6 Canada; 902-457-6172; 
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Message 2: Tree-adjoining Grammars Workshop

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 12:49:46 EST
From: Jennifer MacDougall <>
Subject: Tree-adjoining Grammars Workshop

		 August 1 to August 3, 1998

		 July 28 to July 31, 1998

			Philadelphia, PA, USA

The fourth workshop on tree-adjoining grammars and related frameworks
(hence the + after TAG) will be held at the Institute for Research in
Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania in August 1998,
from August 1 to August 3. Previous workshops were held at Dagstuhl
(1990), UPenn (1992), and Univ. Paris 7 (1994).

Papers on all aspects of TAG (linguistic, mathematical, computational,
and applicational), as well as papers relating TAGs to other
frameworks, are invited. As in the past there will be some invited
talks on other grammar formalisms which have interesting relationships
to TAGs (for example, Categorial Grammars and HPSG).


Abstracts should be at most two pages (exclusive of references), and
should be submitted in ASCII format, as a .ps file, or as
SELF-CONTAINED latex file to (If email
is not available, please send the abstract to the address given
below.) Please indicate on the abstract if you would prefer to give a
short presentation (10 minutes) or a long one (30 minutes). The
abstract should contain your name, address, and email address.
Proceedings including extended versions (4 pages) of accepted
abstracts will be available at the workshop.

Deadline for submission for abstracts: April 15
Notification of acceptance: May 15
Deadline for submission of camera-ready
	extended abstract: July 6
Workshop Dates: August 1 to August 3

If you do not want to submit an abstract, but would like to attend, we
would appreciate it if you could inform us by email by July 6 (unless
you have already done so). If you would like to present a demo,
please let us know as soon as possible, including information about
required hard and software.


Anne Abeille (Universit'e Paris 7)
Tilman Becker (DFKI)
Christy Doran (University of Pennsylvania)
Robert Frank (Johns Hopkins University)
Klaus Netter (DFKI)
Richard Oehrle (University of Arizona)
Owen Rambow (CoGenTex, Inc.)
Giorgio Satta (Universita di Padova)
Yuka Tateisi (University of Tokyo)
K. Vijayshanker (University of Delaware)
David Weir (University of Sussex)


Jennifer MacDougall
553 Moore Building 
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6389
Telephone: (215) 898-3191
FAX: (215) 898-0587


Prior to the workshop there will be a tutorial (including labs and
demos) from July 28 to July 31 1998. Details about the tutorial will
be sent out soon. We are trying to get some partial support for some
of the students attending the tutorials. If you may be interested in
attending this tutorial, please contact Jennifer MacDougall at the
address above (preferably by email) and we will send you more


Anne Abeille (Paris 7)
Tilman Becker (DFKI)
Owen Rambow (CoGenTex, Inc.)
Giorgio Satta (Universita di Padova)
K. Vijayshanker (University of Delaware)
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