LFG 2004 -- First Call for Papers

Jonas Kuhn jonask at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Sep 30 19:07:52 EST 2003

                  First Call for Papers: LFG 2004


                       DATES 10-12 July 2004

                     Christchurch, New Zealand

      Abstract submission receipt deadline: 15 February 2004
     Submissions should be sent to the LFG Program Committee
                       (see addresses below)

Conference website: http://www-lfg.stanford.edu/lfg/lfg2004/

The 9th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference will be
hosted by the Department of Linguistics, University of Canterbury, in
Christchurch, New Zealand from 10 to 12 July 2004.  A pre-conference
activity is planned for 9 July.

For the week preceding the conference weekend (4-8 July 2004), a
Winter School in LFG and computational linguistics is planned.  See
the end of this CFP for further details.  The Winter School is yet to
be confirmed.

LFG 2004 welcomes work within the formal architecture of
Lexical-Functional Grammar as well as typological, formal, and
computational work within the 'spirit of LFG' as a lexicalist approach
to language employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The
conference aims to promote interaction and collaboration among
researchers interested in non-derivational approaches to grammar,
where grammar is seen as the interaction of (perhaps violable)
constraints from multiple levels of structuring, including those of
syntactic categories, grammatical relations, semantics and discourse.
Further information about LFG as a syntactic theory is available at
the following sites:



The main conference sessions will involve 40-minute talks (30 min. +
10 min. discussion), and poster/system presentations. Contributions
should focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research,
with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and
perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or
computational. Presentations should describe original, unpublished


We plan to hold a special session for students to present recent PhD
dissertations (or other student research dissertations). The
dissertations must be completed by the time of the conference, and
they should be made publicly accessible (e.g., on the World Wide
Web). The talks in this session should provide an overview of the
contents of the dissertation; the time slots for the presentations
will be 30 minutes in total. The International LFG Association
(ILFGA) will pay the conference fees for the students presenting at
the student session.

Students should note that the main sessions are certainly also open to
student submissions.


We also invite proposals for workshops -- a small group of talks (2-4)
on a coherent topic that can be expected to generate opposing views
and discussion with the broader audience. Panelists for workshops are
usually determined by the workshop organizers. Workshop papers should
be distributed in advance among panelists so they can cross-reference
one another's approaches.

At this point in time, we welcome suggestions for workshops from
potential organisers or people with specific interests. The
suggestions should be sent to the local organizers at:
ida.toivonen at canterbury.ac.nz
asudeh at csli.stanford.edu


Deadline for abstracts:			15 February 2004
Acceptances sent out:			31 March 2004

Deadline for workshop submissions:	15 January 2004
Workshop acceptances:			15 February 2004

Conference:				10-12 July 2004


Abstracts for talks, posters and the dissertation session must be
received by February 15, 2004. All abstracts should be sent to the
program committee at the addresses given below. For workshops,
further site information, or offers of organisational help, contact
the local organisers at the addresses below.

Submissions should be in the form of abstracts only.  Abstracts can be
up to two A4 pages in 10pt or larger type and should include a title.
Omit name and affiliation, and obvious self reference.  Note: we no
longer ask for a separate page for data and figures (c-/f- and related
structures).  They can be included in the text of the abstract,
obeying the overall two-page limit.

Abstracts may be submitted by email or by regular mail. Email
submission is preferred.

The following information should be provided on a separate page or in
the body of the email:

PAPER TITLE: __________________________________________

(for each author:)
 NAME:	        	_______________________________
 AFFILIATION:   	_______________________________
 E-MAIL ADDRESS:	_______________________________
(for author of contact:)
 MAIL ADDRESS:  	_______________________________
 PHONE NUMBER:  	_______________________________
 FAX NUMBER:		_______________________________

SESSION TYPE:		_________________________
(Should submission be considered for (1) either talk or poster, (2)
only talk, (3) only poster/demonstration, (4) dissertation session.)

(for dissertation session submissions:)
 UNIVERSITY:            _______________________________
 ADVISOR(S):            _______________________________
 (EXPECTED) DATE OF SUBMISSION: _______________________

(Note: In the absence of session type specification, submissions will
be considered for both the talk and the poster sessions, and the
program co-chairs may decide that certain submissions are better as
poster presentations than as read papers.)

Submission by Regular Mail:
	- Eight copies of the abstract/paper.
	- A card or cover sheet with author information.

Submission by Email:
Include the author information in the body of your email
message. Include or preferably attach your abstract. The preferred
file formats are PDF or plain ASCII. (If you cannot create PDF, HTML
and postscript will be accepted too. Postscript files require special
care to avoid problems: make sure your system is set to include all
fonts, or at least all but the standard 13; if using a recent version
of Word, make sure you click the printer Properties button and then
the Postscript tab, and there choose Optimize for Portability; on all
platforms make sure the system is not asking for a particular paper
size or other device-specific configuration. It is your responsibility
to send us a file that we and our reviewers can print. You can often
test this by trying to look at the file in a screen previewer such as

All abstracts will be reviewed by at least three people. Papers will
appear in the proceedings, which will be published online by CSLI
Publications. Selected papers may also appear in a printed volume
published by CSLI Publications.


Send abstract submissions and inquiries about submissions to:

Program Committee:

Email:	Jonas Kuhn jonask at mail.utexas.edu
	Tara Mohanan elltaram at nus.edu.sg

Mail:	LFG 2004
	c/o Tara Mohanan
	Department of English Language and Literature
	FASS Block 5, 7 Arts Link
	National University of Singapore
Singapore 117570

Local conference organisers:

Email:	Ida Toivonen ida.toivonen at canterbury.ac.nz
	Ash Asudeh	 asudeh at csli.stanford.edu

Fax:   +64 3 364 2969

Mail:	Ida Toivonen
	Department of Linguistics
	University of Canterbury
	Private Bag 4800
 	Christchurch 8020
	New Zealand


Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island and the
third-largest city in the country. Known as "the most English city
outside England", it features beautiful gothic architecture and stone
buildings, many green and flower-filled parks and gardens, and the
serene Avon river winding through its lively downtown and the
University of Canterbury campus.  The city features terrific
restaurants, the newly opened Christchurch Art Gallery, Canterbury
Museum, and the elegant and eclectic Arts Centre, set in the old
university buildings.  Christchurch is within two hours drive of
world-class skiing, rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, wind
surfing, and of course, bungy jumping. Calmer pursuits in the
Canterbury region include visiting local wineries, whale watching,
fishing, and hiking.  Winter weather is typically calm, sunny, cool and
crisp, with occasional light frosts.  The conference and Winter School
will be held in downtown Christchurch and on the University of
Canterbury campus.

More information on Christchurch and the Canterbury region can be
found at: www.christchurch.org.nz

More information on the University of Canterbury can be found at:


A Winter School in LFG and computational linguistics is planned for
4 July to 8 July 2004. Plans are for the school to feature:

   1. A one-day intensive introduction to LFG and subsequent written
      and implemented exercise sessions. The goal of this section is:

       a. To give sufficient broad training in LFG for novices to
          participate more fully in the rest of the school and the LFG
          2004 conference.

       b. To give novices and researchers experienced in LFG
          theory practice in implementing computational LFG

   2. A more advanced, issues-oriented computational linguistics
       course, taught from an LFG perspective but with broad relevance
       to the field of computational linguistics in general.

   3. An advanced course or workshop on a topic of current interest to
      the LFG community.

   4. Evening plenary lectures.

The Winter School is yet to be confirmed.

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