LINGUIST List 30.1618

Fri Apr 12 2019

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Neuroling, Philosophy of Language, Semantics/France

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Date: 06-Apr-2019
From: Orin Percus <>
Subject: OASIS 2
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Full Title: OASIS 2

Date: 16-Oct-2019 - 18-Oct-2019
Location: Nantes, France
Contact Person: Orin Percus
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2019

Meeting Description:

Ontology As Structured by the Interfaces with Semantics 2 (OASIS 2) will take place in Nantes, France, on October 16-18, 2019. This is the second in a series of interdisciplinary conferences on formal semantic ontology organized by the CNRS-funded international research network OASIS.

Invited speakers:

Sudha Arunachalam (New York University)
Rose-Marie DĂ©chaine (University of British Columbia)
Nicola Guarino (ISTC - CNR)
Angelika Kratzer (UMass Amherst)
Brent Strickland (IJN - CNRS)


The OASIS conference series aims to promote conversation and cross-fertilization across different disciplines, using ontological questions as shared reference points. The broad questions in the background are these:

1. What basic ontological building blocks do we use to talk and think about the world?
2. How do these building blocks get combined?
3. How do grammatical and cognitive phenomena motivate the answers to the first two questions?

We welcome contributions from semanticists as well as from researchers in domains of cognition that interface with semantics. We would like the OASIS conferences to help foster new perspectives and to provide a forum around which a new research community can coalesce.

The first installment of the series, OASIS 1 (Paris, November 2018) brought together researchers from formal semantics, natural language syntax, philosophy, psychology/psycholinguistics, language development, neuroscience/neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics. Some aspects of the exchanges at OASIS 1 are summarized on the OASIS 1 site ( and on Gillian Ramchand’s blog ( ). The range of talks at OASIS 1 gives an indication of the kinds of topics that we welcome at OASIS conferences. There were, for instance, talks about flexible aspects of linguistic meaning, about categorization in verbal vs. nonverbal populations, about the acquisition of counterfactuality and its linguistic expression, and about the format of syntactic structure from an embodied cognition perspective. The OASIS credo at lists a variety of topics relevant to the broad questions that interest us.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions of abstracts for 30-minute oral presentations (+ 10 minutes discussion) on any topic pertaining to the shared interests and assumptions of the OASIS network, as well as for poster presentations with lightning talks. Abstracts should be submitted via the EasyChair page: . The submission deadline is 9am GMT on Saturday June 15 2019.

Abstracts must be anonymous and should be at most 2 pages (A4 or US Letter) in length, including examples and references, using a 12pt font with 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins on all four sides. These limitations will be strictly enforced. A single author can send no more than one singly-authored and one co-authored abstract, or two co-authored abstracts. Your submission should specify whether it is to be considered for an oral presentation or a poster. We will not accept papers that at the time of the conference have been published or have been accepted for publication.

Please keep in mind that this is an interdisciplinary conference, and write your abstract accordingly. This means that the broad goals of the research (e.g., to understand language architecture, to understand brain architecture) and any subgoals should be mentioned. We very much welcome work that brings attention to data from less-familiar languages; if you propose such an abstract, keep the dataset as streamlined as possible to give the audience a chance to understand the issues at stake. Finally, if you work in a formal framework, your proposal must be explained in words as well as in your formal framework.

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