LINGUIST List 25.5152

Wed Dec 17 2014

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Semantics, Syntax/Spain

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 16-Dec-2014
From: Yusuke Kubota <>
Subject: Empirical Advances in Categorial Grammar
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Full Title: Empirical Advances in Categorial Grammar
Short Title: CG2015

Date: 10-Aug-2015 - 14-Aug-2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Yusuke Kubota
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2015

Meeting Description:

Empirical Advances in Categorial Grammar (ESSLLI 2015 Workshop)

Dates: August 10-14, 2015
Location: Barcelona
Workshop Webpage:
Contact email:

Workshop Information:

This workshop provides a forum for discussion of recent empirical advances in categorial grammar (CG). After the revival of interest in CG in linguistics in the 80s, various extensions to the Lambek
calculus (in the Type-Logical Categorial Grammar (TLCG) tradition; Morrill 1994, Moortgat 1997) and an early version of Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG; Ades and Steedman 1982, Steedman 2000, Baldridge 2003) have been proposed. But the fundamental question of whether CG constitutes an adequate linguistic theory still seems to be wide open. Moreover, there are now numerous variants of CG, both in the TLCG tradition and in CCG (Oehrle 1994, Jacobson 1999, Moortgat 2007, Pollard and Mihalicek 2010, Morrill et al. 2011, Barker and Shan 2015, to name just a few). Which of these theories constitutes the most adequate version of an empirical theory of natural language?

Logical, mathematical, and computational analyses have tended to take precedence over empirical ones in the past 30 years in CG research. These are all important and very illuminating, but at the same time we may now want to pause and reflect on the question of just where we are in terms of empirical adequacy. In this connection, it is, we believe, instructive to remind ourselves that the most profound areas of mathematics, such as analysis, are those which first emerged in the course of investigations into the properties of the natural universe by physicists (Boyer 1949). There probably is a similar relation between formal and empirical investigations in our field as well, and we think that the time is ripe to critically scrutinize the empirical consequences of the various formal techniques/frameworks proposed in the literature in the past 30 years, as well as ones that are being developed at this very moment.

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline: February 15, 2015
Submission webpage:


Yusuke Kubota, University of Tsukuba
Robert Levine, Ohio State University

To promote discussions of these questions, we invite submissions of papers that address the empirical adequacy of categorial grammar as a theory of natural language.

More details on the motivation for the workshop and possible topics for submissions are described on the workshop webpage:

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