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WORKSHOP ON MATHEMATICAL LINGUISTICS (WML) What should linguists expect from mathematical linguistics? (to be held concurrently with The XXVIII Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, LSRL 28, April 16-19, 1998, The Pennsylvania State University, http://www.psu.edu/lsrl/) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- DATE Friday, April, 17, 1998 GOALS The WML will have two goals. First, it will provide an opportunity for specialists in mathematical linguistics to discuss the latest technical developments in the field. Secondly, it will explore the potential relevance of research in mathematical linguistics for theoretical linguistics. At present, many theoretical linguists assume that the formal apparatus developed in mathematical linguistics is of little use to their endeavors in accounting for natural language phenomena. This is likely due to the fact that such hotly debated issues as the context-freeness of natural language seem to have been put to rest. However, there are new developments in theoretical computer science which have reopened the question of whether or not natural language should be treated as a mathematical object. SCOPE For the purposes of the WML, "mathematical linguistics" is to be understood as formal language theory as it is applied to natural language description. Thus, the workshop will focus on language as a syntactical object describable by means of a formal grammar. Work on new mathematical results from such a viewpoint is welcome. FORMAT The workshop will include invited as well as refereed talks. Authors are encouraged to submit papers on any topic related to the goals of the workshop. The amount of time allotted to each presentation will be 30-45 minutes. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS The deadline for the submission of papers is January 17, 1998. Manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words, and should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. They must be sent electronically in LaTeX format to: cmvastor.urv.es, cmvtinet.fut.es Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee on the basis of their scientific value, their relevance to the goals of the workshop and their potential for generating constructive discussion. Authors will be notified of the decision of the Program Committee by February 17, 1998. PROGRAM COMMITTEE Robert C. Berwick (MIT) Alexis Manaster Ramer (Wayne State University) Carlos Martin-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University) Walter J. Savitch (University of California, San Diego) REGISTRATION Given space considerations, the total number of workshop attendees will be limited to 50. All participants must register for The XXVIII Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages at a cost of $40 US for non-students and $25 US for students. Attendees can either preregister at http://www.psu.edu/lsrl/ or register on-site the day of the workshop. There is no additional registration fee for the WML. PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS To be determined For further information on the WML, see the webpage: http://www.urv.es/Grups/grlmcMail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue