15.3391, Calls: General Linguistics/ UK; Discourse Particles/Spain

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Subject: 15.3391, Calls: General Linguistics/ UK; Discourse Particles/Spain                                                                                                                                                      

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1)
Date: 30-Nov-2004
From: Nuria Yanez-Bouza < nuriya at mixmail.com >
Subject: 14th Postgraduate Conference, Manchester, UK 

2)
Date: 30-Nov-2004
From: Henk Zeevat < henk.zeevat at uva.nl >
Subject: Formal & Computational Approaches to Discourse Particles 
 

	
-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 19:26:00
From: Nuria Yanez-Bouza < nuriya at mixmail.com >
Subject: 14th Postgraduate Conference, Manchester, UK 
 

Full Title: 14th Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics at 
Manchester (UK) 

Date: 04-Mar-2005 - 04-Mar-2005
Location: The University of Manchester (Manchester), 
United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Nuria Yanez-Bouza
Meeting Email: pgconference2005 at hotmail.co.uk
Web Site: http://lings.ln.man.ac.uk/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 10-Jan-2005 

Meeting Description:

14th POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE IN LINGUISTICS 
AT THE  UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Friday 4th March 2005, 9.00am-5.30pm in the Coupland 3 
Building at The University of Manchester

Contact email: pgconference2005 at hotmail.co.uk 

Contact address: 
14th Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics at Manchester
Department of Linguistics and English Language
School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
UK
 

14th POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE IN LINGUISTICS AT 
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

First Call for Papers

In March 1992 the University of Manchester hosted its first Postgraduate
Linguistics Conference, and since then this annual event has grown now
drawing participants from across the world to exchange ideas in a relaxed
but stimulating environment.

The aim of the Conference is to bring together postgraduates from within
the various areas of the discipline and to allow them to present papers to
their peers. A well-known guest speaker (to be confirmed) will also be
invited, and it is hoped that the day will be rewarding for all in
attendance both in learning and establishing new contacts.

The 14th POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE IN LINGUISTICS AT 
MANCHESTER is to be held on Friday 4th March 2005, from 
9.00am to 5.30pm in the Coupland 3 Building
at The University of Manchester. 

Parallel sessions will allow twenty papers to be given.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the day, with a dinner in
the evening for all those interested. Suggestions for overnight
accommodation can be provided on request. 

Any postgraduate student is very welcome to apply to present a paper from
within any field of linguistics.

Papers are to be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes for comments and
questions.

Please send abstracts by email to pgconference2005 at hotmail.co.uk by the
10th of January 2005. They should have a maximum of 300 words (excluding
references). The selected speakers will be informed in late January.

The Organising Committee

14th Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics at Manchester
Department of Linguistics and English Language
School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
UK



	
-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 19:26:04
From: Henk Zeevat < henk.zeevat at uva.nl >
Subject: Formal & Computational Approaches to Discourse Particles 

	

Full Title: Formal and Computational Approaches to Discourse Particles 

Date: 07-Apr-2005 - 08-Apr-2005
Location: Barcelona, Spain 
Contact Person: Henk Zeevat
Meeting Email: henk.zeevat at uva.nl
Web Site: http://www.ub.edu/ling/discourse_particles/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; 
Pragmatics 

Call Deadline: 06-Feb-2005 

Meeting Description:

The workshop proposes to collect contributions to the theory and
implementation of discourse particles and similar devices (tags, modal
auxiliaries) with the aim of building a common understanding of the current
possibilities and of contributing to better natural langauge processing and
a deeper understanding of discourse particles and their function in
indicating speech acts and discourse structure. 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Workshop on Formal and Computational Approaches to Discourse
Particles

Barcelona, 7-8 April 2005

Discourse particles form an important borderline case in semantics,
pragmatics and syntax and can be the source of new insights in these
areas. Formal descriptions of their meaning and use are difficult and
controversial and seem to involve more dimensions than are usually
taken into account in semantics and pragmatics. Historical linguistics
and linguistic typology provide insightful data and may contribute
significantly to the understanding of discourse particles.

>From the perspective of computational linguistics, discourse particles
are both a promise and a challenge. A promise because they seem to
be functioning in communication between humans as devices that
indicate discourse relations and other coherence relations in text and
dialogue and so it would seem that their treatment would help natural
language processing systems to get a better grasp on the intentions of
the user and to achieve more natural and comprehensible output. A
challenge, because their analysis seems to involve concepts that are
beyond current levels of sophistication in either natural language
processing or in natural language semantics.

Aim and scope of the workshop

In succession to the workshop at the ESSLLI Summer School in Vienna in
2002, a new workshop will be held in Barcelona on 7-8 April 2005.

The workshop proposes to collect contributions to the theory and
implementation of discourse particles and similar devices (tag
questions, modal auxiliaries, etc.) with the aim of building a common
understanding of the current possibilities and of contributing to
better natural language processing and a deeper understanding of the
nature of discourse particles and their function in indicating speech
acts and discourse structure.

We seek papers that contribute to the semantic and pragmatic
understanding of discourse particles, including historical and
cross-linguistic aspects, as well as computational papers in which
particles play a major role.

The workshop aims at connecting the informal understanding of
particles with formal approaches to their meaning and use that have 
a potential for use in practical systems. A special topic of the workshop 
will be the use of particles for generating natural language in dialogue
systems.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 6 February 2005
Notification deadline: 6 March 2005
Revised abstracts for proceedings: 20 March 2005
Workshop date: 7-8 April 2005

Submission Details

We invite you to send 4 page anonymous abstracts in pdf or ps format
to henk.zeevat at uva.nl by the submission deadline, attached to an email
containing your name and affiliation.
 
Website:

http://www.ub.edu/ling/discourse_particles/

Publication

The editors of Sprache und Datenverarbeitung (SDV) have expressed
interest in another special issue to be drawn from the workshop
papers. Check Volume 28.1/2004 for the papers from the 2003 workshop.

Invited Speakers

Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam)
Enric Vallduví (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) 

Programme Committee 

Kristina Striegnitz (University of Saarbrücken)
Enric Vallduví (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam)
Elena Karagjosova (University of Oslo)
Laura Alonso i Alemany (University of Barcelona)
Henk Zeevat (University of Amsterdam)
Hans-Christian Schmitz (University of Bonn)
Estrella Montolío (Universitat de Barcelona)

Organization

Laura Alonso i Alemany (Universitat de Barcelona) 
Henk Zeevat (University of Amsterdam)










 



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