CIL 18 workshop on Linguistic Studies of Ontology: Call for abstracts

Andrea Schalley andrea.schalley at
Wed May 16 02:46:12 UTC 2007

Final call for abstracts:    Deadline May 31, 2007

 From Lexical Semantics to Formal Ontologies and Back

Workshop at the

Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

July 21-26, 2008



Recent developments in the study of ontology have important  
implications for cognitive science, knowledge engineering, and  
theoretical linguistics. In particular, research on lexical ontology  
deals with how concepts are lexicalized and organized across  
languages and cultures. This workshop aims to explore this new  
departure in linguistic studies by building upon the three important  
premises assumed in Fellbaum (1998), Schalley and Zaefferer (2007),  
and Huang et al. (2007): First, that lexicalized concepts have a  
special status in every language (as opposed to concepts that require  
complex coding), second that lexically coded concepts can be shared  
by different languages, and third that lexicalization universals are  
relevant for the construction of cross-lingually portable formal  

Topics of this workshop include foundational issues pertaining to the  
relation between formal ontology and linguistic ontologies, as well  
as descriptive issues pertaining to the interface between conceptual  
ontologies and lexica. In particular, we would like to focus on the  
following issues during this workshop:

- Cross-lingual portability of upper-ontologies
- Ontology-based approaches to comparative linguistics
- Ontology enrichment: from concept formation via complex coding to  
- Possible relevance of formal ontological principles (e.g. Roles  
cannot subsume Types) to psychological/linguistic reality

Fellbaum, Christiane. 1998. WordNet: An electronic lexical database.  
MIT Press.
Huang, Chu-Ren et al. Eds. 2007. Ontologies and the Lexicon.  
Cambridge University Press.
Schalley, Andrea C. and Zaefferer, Dietmar. Eds.  2007.  
Ontolinguistics. Mouton de Gruyter.


A two-page abstract including everything should be sent  
electronically to both <cil18 at> and <churenhuang at>.  
An MS Word and/or .pdf file may be accepted.


Deadline for Abstract Submission: May 31, 2007
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: August 31, 2007
Submission of accepted abstract for publication in the proceedings:  
February 15, 2008
Submission of final paper to be published in CIL18 CD: September 30,  

For more information, visit the website (<>) or  
contact the organizer at <churenhuang at>.


Chu-Ren Huang
Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica
Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan
E-mail address: <churenhuang at> Fax: 886-2-27856622, Tel:  


Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton)
Shu-kai Hsieh (I-Lan)
Chu-Ren Huang (Taipei)
Alessandro Lenci (Pisa)
Adam Pease (San Francisco)
Alessandro Oltramari (Trento)
Laurent Prévot (Toulouse)
James Pustejovsky (Brandies)
Andrea C. Schalley (Armidale)
Piek Vossen (Amsterdam)
Dietmar Zaefferer (Munich)

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