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Wed Feb 11 2009

Calls: Pragmatics/Romania; Philosophy of Lang,Semantics/Germany

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        1.    Anca Gata, Communication and Argumentation in the Public Sphere
        2.    Doris Gerland, Concept Types & Frames in Language,Cognition & Science

Message 1: Communication and Argumentation in the Public Sphere
Date: 10-Feb-2009
From: Anca Gata <anca.gataugal.ro>
Subject: Communication and Argumentation in the Public Sphere
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Full Title: Communication and Argumentation in the Public Sphere
Short Title: CAPS3

Date: 26-Mar-2009 - 28-Mar-2009
Location: Galati, Romania
Contact Person: Anca Gata
Meeting Email: discorpsyahoo.fr
Web Site: http://www.lit.ugal.ro/2009-CAPS3/CAPS3-home.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

Dear colleagues, Dear potential conference participants, Dear participants in
CAPS1 and CAPS2,

The Conference on Communication and Argumentation in the Public Sphere is
organized by a research team affiliated to 'Dunărea de Jos' University, Galaţi,
Romania, on whose premises the conference is to be held.

Call for Papers

Première Circulaire et Appel à Communications

Topic Areas
- communication in the public space
- verbal communication vs non-verbal communication in the public space
- argumentation in institutional contexts
- argumentative practice in public space
- persuasion strategies in verbal communication
- cooperation and conflict in the public space
- approaches to public discourse
- communication with the individual and the group
- discourse analysis - public space discourse
- conversational approaches
- narrow linguistic issues relevant to the general topic
- evidentiality in verbal communication
- Verbal communication and argumentation in the Public Space (Pannel)
- Pragma-dialectical approaches to argumentation (sub-pannel)
- Evidentiality and argumentation (special sub-pannel)
- Dissociation (special sub-pannel)

50 years after the publication of Chaim Perelman's and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca's
Treatise on Argumentation (1958) the theme of our Third Conference - also
suggested to be a theme for next year's conference - is in Search of a New New
Rhetoric with a Special Panel on Argumentation and Sub-panels on Argumentation
and Evidentiality Dissociation

Scientific Committee
- Elena Bonta, University of Bacau, Romania
- Elspeth Broady, University of Brighton, UK & Joint Editor of the Language
Learning Journal
- Steluta Coculescu, Petrol Gaze University, Ploiesti, Romania
- Cecilia Condei, University of Craiova, Romania
- Marianne Doury, Laboratoire CNRS "Communication et Politique", Paris, France
- Adela Dragan, Faculty of Letters, Dunarea de Jos University, Galati, Romania
- Muriel Fendrich, Université du Havre, France
- Anca Gata, Faculty of Letters, Dunarea de Jos University, Galati, Romania
- Noemi Marin, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic
University, Boca Raton, USA
- Alain Milon, Université Paris X Nanterre, France
- Igor Zagar, Educational Research Institute, University of Primorska,
Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Maria Zaleska, University of Warsaw, Poland

The purpose of the conference is to provide background for productive discussion
and peer evaluation for Humanities and Social Sciences colleagues who are
interested in presenting their work to an audience and meeting people from
related fields.

Participation of colleagues in the previous to conferences on Communication and
Argumentation in the Public Sphere was a pleasure and an honor for us.

Some changes have been made in the conference format, which is more or less the
- Twenty to thirty papers will be selected from the submitted proposals to be
presented in successive (and not concurrent) sessions.
- The conference presentation languages are: English, French and Romanian
- Presentations last 20-25 minutes, followed by questions and answers (5-10
- Publication of submitted and accepted papers is possible only in English or
French, following scientific review.

The next announcements on the conference Web will include further details on fee
payment, conference program and accommodation arrangements. Registered
participants whose papers have been accepted for presentation will be informed
of any posting on CAPS3 Web.

The official languages of the conference will be English, French, and Romanian.

Participation Fee: 40 EURO
Address for all correspondence: discorpsyahoo.fr

Message 2: Concept Types & Frames in Language,Cognition & Science
Date: 09-Feb-2009
From: Doris Gerland <gerlandphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Concept Types & Frames in Language,Cognition & Science
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Full Title: Concept Types & Frames in Language,Cognition & Science
Short Title: CTF09

Date: 24-Aug-2009 - 26-Aug-2009
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Anna Grabowski
Meeting Email: ctfphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

The topic of the conference is the investigation of concept types of nouns and
verbs and their respective relationships to frames. Frames provide a recursive
device for representing knowledge about arbitrary objects and categories by
means of attributes and their values. They offer a flexible way of representing
concepts of different types in language, philosophy and sciences at different
levels of detail and at different stages of development or processing. The
interdisciplinary conference combines approaches from linguistics, computational
linguistics, mathematics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy,
philosophy of science, and the history of science.

The conference will be held in English.

Second Call for Papers

Invited Speakers:
Barbara Abbott, Lawrence W. Barsalou, Jerry Hobbs, Beth Levin, James
Pustejovsky, Barry Smith, Paul Thagard

Linguistic Perspectives:
Nouns in natural language correspond to different basic types of concepts.
Sortal nouns (e.g. 'cow', 'table', 'adjective') constitute the unmarked type of
nouns; individual nouns (e.g. 'Mary', 'pope', 'moon') and functional nouns (e.g.
'mother', 'head', 'size') are marked in being inherently unique; relational
nouns (e.g. 'son', 'leg', 'modifier') and functional nouns are marked by
involving one or more additional arguments. The linguistic perspective on noun
types includes determination in general and productive type shifts, as both
permit systematic transitions between types of nouns. The types of nouns can be
modelled by frames of different types. A second focus is on verbs: dimensional
verbs such as 'cost', 'last', 'widen', and 'cool' can incorporate functional
concepts as well. Moreover, verbs also lend themselves naturally to a frame
account of lexical meaning. A systematic frame analysis of verb and noun
meanings promises a substantial contribution to theories of both syntactic and
semantic composition. Among the different concept types, functional concepts are
of particular interest since they directly correspond to attributes in frames.
Therefore, they play a central role not only in linguistics but in conceptual
and theoretical evolution in general.

Philosophical and Cognitive Perspectives:
Frames, in Barsalou's sense, are recursive attribute-value structures. While
frames can be used to implement individual and sortal concepts, their attributes
can themselves be analysed as recursively interrelated functional concepts.
Given that frames are the basic format of concept formation in cognition,
attributes and frames might have neural correlates in our brains. Frames are a
natural linguistic and conceptual format for the representation of complex
ontologies that embody substance-accidence and part-whole relations. Of
particular interest is the relation of frames to complex representational
formats such as conceptual spaces and mental models. Functional concepts and
frames play a crucial role in the human evolution of a stable cognitive
framework for communication and cooperation, in everyday life, as well as in
science. Insofar as the objects of scientific disciplines are defined in terms
of underlying frames, Kuhnian paradigm shifts are related to changes in the
frames employed in science.

The conference invites contributions to the following topics:

Types of nouns and types of determination
- typological characteristics of non-sortal noun types
- compositional properties of non-sortal noun types
- typological accounts of determination, in particular definiteness and possession
- historical development of functional and relational nouns and their
grammatical integration
- automatic classification of noun types in natural language corpora
The vocabulary of dimensions: semantics, typology, and evolution
- abstract functional nouns ('price', 'temperature', 'meaning')
- dimensional adjectives
- stative dimensional verbs ('cost', 'weigh', 'mean')
- dynamic dimensional verbs, in particular degree achievements
Lexical decomposition using frames
- frames for types of nouns
- frames for types of verbs
- large frame systems in the lexicon
Frame approaches to word formation
- frame analysis of compounds
- frame analysis of deverbal nouns
Frames in cognition
- functional and relational frames in cognition
- neural correlates and computational modelling of functional concepts and frames
Frames in science and philosophy
- functional concepts and frames in scientific theory and practice from a
historical perspective, in particular in the history of medical science
- functional and relational concepts and frames in philosophical terminology,
ontology, and metaphysics
- the relation of paradigm shifts to changes in scientific frames
- the structure of scientific ontologies, especially in medicine, biology, and
Frame theory
- formalization and computational modelling of functional and relational
concepts and frames
- algebraic properties of frame spaces and spaces of attributes
- value spaces of attributes

Important Dates:
- Conference: 24-26 August
- Submission: 15 March, please use Easyabs for submission:
- Notification: 30 May

General Chair:
Sebastian Löbner

Scientific Board:
Heiner Fangerau, Hans Geisler, Jim Kilbury, Gerhard Schurz, Robert D. Van Valin,
Jr., Markus Werning

Local Organizers:
Thomas Gamerschlag, Doris Gerland, Rainer Osswald, Wiebke Petersen

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