LINGUIST List 9.486

Sun Mar 29 1998

Calls: TwD'98, Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax

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  1. Patrick Olivier, TwD'98 Call for Papers

Message 1: TwD'98 Call for Papers

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 20:45:02 +0000
From: Patrick Olivier <>
Subject: TwD'98 Call for Papers

 Thinking with Diagrams '98 (TwD'98)


 The University of Wales
 Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
 August 22-23, 1998

- 1 May, submission of full papers
- 15 July, submission of summary papers
- 22-23 August, TwD'98

Diagrams are essential in most fields of human activity. There is
substantial interest in diagrams and their use in many academic
disciplines for the potential benefits they may confer on a wide range
of tasks. Are we now in a position to claim that we have a science of
diagrams? That is, a science which takes the nature of diagrams and
their use as the central phenomena of interest. A science which is
attempting to understand how diagrams differ from other
representational systems and trying to develop principles for the
design of effective graphical representations. A science which
considers how diagrams communicate information and how they are used
to solve problems. If we have a science of diagrams it is certainly
constituted from multiple disciplines, including: cognitive science,
psychology, artificial intelligence, logic, mathematics, and others.

If there is a science of diagrams, then like other sciences, there is
an applications or "engineering" discipline that exists alongside the
science. Applications and engineering provide tests of the theories
and principles discovered by the science and extend the scope of the
phenomena to be studied by generating new uses of diagrams, new media
for presenting diagrams, or novel classes of diagram. This
applications and engineering side of the science of diagrams also
comprises multiple disciplines, including: education, architecture,
computer science, mathematics, human- computer interaction, knowledge
acquisition, graphic design, engineering, history of science,
statistics, medicine, biology, and others.

Two authoritative figures in the field have agreed to be the
workshop's guest speakers:

Prof. Arthur I Miller
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
University College London.

Prof. Aaron Sloman
Professor of AI Cognitive Science
University of Birmingham.

The theme of TwD98 will be - Is there a Science of Diagrams? By
providing a forum for the presentation and discussion of quality
research on diagrams and diagram use, we not only try to answer this
question, but more importantly attempt draw together the many
different approaches, theories and results that we have in the many
diverse disciplines that are concerned with diagrams. The question
provides a vehicle on which to attempt to integrate what is currently
a disparate and disordered set of activities into a more rational and
coherent programme of research. Is there any common core to the
activities which provides a basis for the claim that the "Thinking
with Diagrams" community could constitute a science?

For further information: Patrick Olivier (

Home page:

Patrick Olivier
Department of Computer Science
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Ceredigion, UK SY23 3DB
Tel: +44 1970 622447
Fax: +44 1970 622455
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Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 09:43:08 -0500 (EST)
From: George Fowler <>

The fifth and final position paper has been posted to the www page for
the Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax www page (URL below): Gilbert
C. Rappaport, "The Slavic Noun Phrase". To mark the posting of these
new position papers, we enclose below a Third Call for Papers. 

George Fowler


Indiana University invites you to submit abstracts to a workshop
(funded by the U.S. Department of Education) on


The workshop will be held at Canyon Inn, in McCormick's Creek State
Park, Spencer, Indiana (near Bloomington) on Friday-Sunday 5-7 June

Papers are solicited in response to five invited "position papers":

Leonard Babby:
 "Voice and Diathesis in Slavic"
Zeljko Boskovic:
 "Wh-phrases and wh-movement in Slavic"
Greville Corbett:
 "Agreement in Slavic"
Steven Franks:
 "Clitics in Slavic"
Gilbert Rappaport:
 "Noun Phrases in Slavic"

These position papers are intended to summarize the variation in data
across the Slavic languages, define the "state of the art" in existing
analysis for each area, communicate innovations and on-going research,
and identify an agenda for future investigation. As such, they are
meant to serve as springboards for discussion, rebuttal, response, and
debate. This call for papers solicits responses in two categories: 10
minute presentations (+ 5 minute discussion) or 20 minutes (+ 10
minute discussion). You may respond to one or several position papers,
but must submit an advance abstract for each response; there is no set
limit on the number of responses which may be accepted from any one

The position papers can be downloaded via the internet in
platform-independent .pdf and .ps formats from:


If you cannot download or use electronic versions of the position
papers, you may request a printed copy of any of the papers from the
address below. However, However, in view of our limited budget and
staff resources, we urge you to utilize the electronic versions if
possible (please use Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0.x, which may be
downloaded free of charge from <>;).

Proposals for reponses may be submitted to the address
below. Abstracts should be no more than one page, including examples
and references. Include your name and affiliation directly on the
abstract, and please attach a card with your name, address, e-mail,
phone, title, and position paper to which you are responding. Also,
please send 4 copies and indicate the length category for your
response. We will also accept submissions via email to
<> or fax (to 1-812-855-2107). Paper submission is
preferable, however, as these abstracts will be used as camera-ready
copy in making the abstract book for the workshop.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 24 April 1998

A volume of proceedings will be published by Slavica Publishers.

All requests for information, inquiries about position papers, and
abstracts should be sent to:

George Fowler 
Dept. of Slavic Languages 
Ballantine 502 
Indiana University 
Bloomington, IN 47405-6616 USA 

[dept. tel.] 1-812-855-9906/-2608/-2624
[dept. fax] 1-812-855-2107
[home phone/fax] 1-317-726-1482/-1642 
[Slavica phone/fax] 1-812-856-4186/-4187
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