LINGUIST List 24.4881

Mon Dec 02 2013

Calls: Computational Ling, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Ling, Psycholing, Socioling, Philosophy of Lang/UK

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Date: 02-Dec-2013
From: Geri Popova <>
Subject: AISB Symposium on Questions, Discourse and Dialogue: 20 Years after Making it Explicit
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Full Title: AISB Symposium on Questions, Discourse and Dialogue: 20 Years after Making it Explicit Short Title: AISB50QDD
Date: 01-Apr-2014 - 04-Apr-2014 Location: London, United Kingdom Contact Person: Rodger Kibble
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

The Symposium on Questions, Discourse and Dialogue: 20 Years after Making it Explicit is part of the 50th anniversary convention of the society for the study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB). The convention will take place at Goldsmiths, University of London between April 1 and April 4, 2014.


Goldsmiths University of London
Lewisham Way
London SE14 6NW, UK

Invited Speaker:

Professor Ruth Kempson FBA, Kings College London/QMUL

2nd Call for Papers:

Submission link:

Contact email for this symposium:

Important Dates:

January 3, 2014: Deadline for submission of full papers
February 3, 2014: Notification to authors
February 24, 2014: Deadline for final camera-ready copy of full papers and copyright forms
April 3, 2014: AISB symposium at Goldsmiths

Scope of the Symposium:

The ability to engage in a dialogue has been trumpeted as a good indicator of general intelligent behaviour since Turing (1950). Philosophers such as Hamblin (1970), Brandom (1994) and Davidson (2001) can be said to have proposed various types of linguistic rationalism, the notion that linguistic abilities are a pre- or co-requisite for rationality: in Brandom's terms, the hallmark of rationality is the ability to take part in the game of ‘giving and asking for reasons’. The capacity to engage in a dialogue could very well be AI-complete, i.e., employ all the skills abilities that constitute human-level intelligence.

The year 2014 marks the 20th year since the publication of Brandom's Making it Explicit. It is fair to say that this work has so far had little direct influence on computational or formal approaches to language, though some partial formalisations have been offered by Lance and Kremer, Kibble and Piwek. This symposium will be loosely organised around various themes arising from Brandom's work, though participants will not necessarily be expected to directly engage with his original texts.

Topics of Interest:

Suitable subjects will include, but are not limited to:

- Inference in dialogue
- Commitments, norms, discourse obligations and dialogue games
- Intentionality: Can discourse and dialogue be modelled without reference to mentalistic notions of intention and belief?
- Comparison of formalisms for discourse analysis: e.g. RST, SDRT
- Argumentation: analysis and representation of argument structure
- Coherence in discourse
- Questions and answers

Contributions will be welcome from all disciplines which include discourse and dialogue in their subject matter.

Submission Details:

Submission will be by means of full papers, using:

Submissions and final papers must be prepared in LaTeX or MS Word format, see: Final papers should be no more than 8 pages long (shorter papers are also welcome).

Accepted papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention with an ISBN number, with the proviso that at least one author attends the symposium. Authors of accepted papers will be required to complete a copyright form in advance. The main purpose of this form is to give AISB permission to publish your contribution, and there will be no further limitation of your rights in the material.

We intend to include a selection of high-quality submissions in a journal special issue.

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