17.3803, Calls: Comp Ling, Semantics, Syntax/Ireland; General Ling/Germany

Fri Dec 22 17:46:10 UTC 2006

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Subject: 17.3803, Calls: Comp Ling, Semantics, Syntax/Ireland; General Ling/Germany

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Date: 22-Dec-2006
From: Stephan Kepser < kepser at sfs.uni-tuebingen.de >
Subject: Model-Theoretic Syntax at 10 

Date: 22-Dec-2006
From: Philippa Cook < cook at zas.gwz-berlin.de >
Subject: 3rd Workshop on Contrast 

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Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:44:37
From: Stephan Kepser < kepser at sfs.uni-tuebingen.de >
Subject: Model-Theoretic Syntax at 10 

Full Title: Model-Theoretic Syntax at 10 
Short Title: MTS at 10 

Date: 13-Aug-2007 - 17-Aug-2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland 
Contact Person: Stephan Kepser
Meeting Email: kepser at sfs.uni-tuebingen.de
Web Site: http://cs.earlham.edu/esslli07mts 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2007 

Meeting Description:

In 1996 ESSLLI hosted a workshop on 'The Mathematics of Syntactic Structure' that covered a range of topics in the area now known as Model-Theoretic Syntax which was then just emerging.  Over the ensuing decade MTS has established itself as a subdiscipline, focusing on descriptive approaches to formalizing theories of syntax by defining classes of ordinary mathematical structures directly in terms of linguistically relevant structural properties rather than in terms of generative or automata-theoretic processes.  The 2001 FG/MoL meeting, affiliated with ESSLLI'01, included a symposium on the then current state of MTS.

The purpose of this workshop at ESSLLI'07 is to survey the developments in this area over its first decade and to lay the foundations for its further development in the decades to come.  The workshop will include invited talks by several participants of the previous meetings as well as current papers from the broader community.

Organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2007 http://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007 6 - 17 August, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland.

Endorsed by the Association for Mathematics of Language http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~ircs/mol/mol.html a special interest group of the
Association for Computational Linguistics http://www.aclweb.org/

Workshop Organizers:

James Rogers jrogers at cs.earlham.edu and 
Stephan Kepser kepser at sfs.uni-tuebingen.de 

Workshop Topics:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following areas, with
particular focus in each area on Formal Language Theory and applications to
theories of Natural Language Syntax:

- Descriptive Complexity Theory 
- Monadic Second-Order Logic
- Modal Logic
- Semantically constrained extensions of FOL/MSO
- Other declarative approaches defining syntactic structures
- Automata and Transducers over complex structures
- Logically defined translations between structures
- Logical query languages
- Model checking
- Applications to existing grammar formalisms
- Applications to Linguistics

Submission details:

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing either
perspectives on the development and current state of MTS or new work providing foundations for its further development.  Submissions should not exceed five A4 pages, 11pt type, including the Bibliography and all figures and tables. While PDF is preferred the following formats will be accepted: PDF, PS, Word, ASCII text. 

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the workshop's program committee and additional reviewers.  The submission form will isolate authors'
identification from the submitted paper and this information should not appear
in the paper itself.  Authors' are also asked to avoid first-person references
in the paper.

Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by
ESSLLI. The format for the final versions will be LaTeX.  Assistance for those
unfamiliar with LaTeX will be available.  Our intention is to publish a
selected subset of the workshop papers in a collected volume.  These plans will
be discussed at the workshop.

Workshop format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It
will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the
second week of ESSLLI. There will be 2 or 3 slots for paper presentation and
discussion per session.  One slot per day will be reserved for overview or
retrospective talks.  The first day of the workshop will include an integrative
introduction to the topic.  Submitters should keep in mind that this workshop
is part of the larger ESSLLI educational program; presentations should be
accessible to a broad audience from across the spectrum of ESSLLI areas.

Workshop Program Committee:

  Patrick Blackburn, INRIA Lorraine
  Laura Kallmeyer, Universität Tübingen
  Stephan Kepser, Universität Tübingen, co-chair
  Marcus Kracht, UCLA
  Jens Michaelis, Universität Osnabrück
  Uwe Mönnich, Universität Tübingen
  Drew Moshier, Chapman University 
  Lawrence Moss, Indiana University
  Adi Palm, Universität Passau
  Geoffrey Pullum, University of California, Santa Cruz
  Frank Richter,  Universität Tübingen
  James Rogers, Earlham College, co-chair
  Edward Stabler, UCLA
  Hans-Jörg Tiede, Illinois Wesleyan University

Important Dates:

  15 Jan 2007:    Web submissions open
  15 Feb 2007:    Deadline for submissions 
  9 April 2007:   Notification of workshop contributors
  24 April 2007:  Preliminary program
  1 May 2007:     ESSLLI early registration deadline
  7 May 2007:     Final papers for proceedings
  21 June 2007:   Final program
  13-17 Aug 2007: Workshop dates

Local Arrangements:

All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to
register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will
correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a
number of additional fee waiver grants will be made available by the ESSLLI
Organizing Committee on a competitive basis and workshop participants are
eligible to apply for those. There will be no reimbursement for travel costs
and accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding
should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for
a grant.

Further Information:

  About the workshop: http://cs.earlham.edu/esslli07mts
  About ESSLLI: http://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007

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Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:44:45
From: Philippa Cook < cook at zas.gwz-berlin.de >
Subject: 3rd Workshop on Contrast 


Full Title: 3rd Workshop on Contrast 
Short Title: Contrast07 

Date: 03-May-2007 - 04-May-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Contact Person: Philippa Cook
Meeting Email: contrast07 at zas.gwz-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/contrast.html 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 05-Mar-2007 

Meeting Description:

3rd Workshop on Contrast: Contrast - towards a closer definition 
May 3rd-4th 2007

Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, Germany 

The role of contrast has been investigated in many different areas: in the study of text organisation, in the study of topic and focus and the information-packaging of the clause, in the study of various linguistic means for the demarcation of contrast such as contrast markers, prosody, or clause structure. This has been done both from the perspective of theoretical linguistics as well as psycho- and computational linguistics. 

The notion of contrast usually applied takes contrast to be built on the existence of alternatives, although the views on what role the alternatives actually play differ. Relevant questions concern, for example, the contextual salience of the alternatives, whether the set of alternatives is closed or open, and/or whether or not contrastivity implies exhaustivity. 

The purpose of this workshop is to elucidate what the crucial components for a definition of contrast are, what conditions there are on alternatives in a contrast relation, and whether these conditions are semantically and/or pragmatically determined. Thus, we are interested in precise specifications of contrast.  

A further area we would like to address is how contrast is formally marked and whether different marking strategies within a single language point to the existence of different types of contrast: Do different types of contrast receive different formal marking? Is this spelt out via prosodically differing accents/tunes, and/or is it realised in different syntactic positions? What does the existence of different types of contrast imply for their interpretation? 


We invite submissions to any of the above aspects in all areas of linguistics (pragmatics, semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology) and their interfaces. We welcome both theoretical contributions as well as papers working with e.g. psycho-, corpus- or computational linguistic evidence.

Authors should submit an anonymous abstract. The length of abstracts for talks should be at most 2 single-column pages including literature. All submissions should include a separate cover page specifying the authors' names, affiliation, address, e-mail address and title of the paper. The abstracts should be submitted electronically (pdf, ps or doc format) to:

contrast07 at zas.gwz-berlin.de

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submissions: March 5th, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: March 23rd 2007
Conference: May 3rd - 4th, 2007

Invited Speakers: 

Julia Horvath (Tel Aviv) 
Valeria Molnar (Lund) 
Jennifer Spenader (Groningen)


Philippa Cook (ZAS)
Werner Frey (ZAS)
Ewald Lang  (Humboldt University)
Sophie Repp (Humboldt University)
Fabienne Salfner (ZAS)


This conference is a follow-up of two earlier workshops on contrast: in 2003 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands (''Contrast in Discourse'' organised by Helen de Hoop and Peter de Swart) and in 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden (''Contrast, Information Structure and Intonation'' organised by Jennifer Spenader). 

The contrast workshop will be immediately followed on Saturday May 5th by an affiliated workshop (which is also open to those attending the contrast workshop) on the topic of:

Bidirectional Optimality Theory 
May 5th, 2007 (with an evening lecture by an invited speaker on Friday May 4th)
Organized by Anton Benz and Manfred Krifka (see the separate call for papers)

Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany

URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/BiOT.html

The organisers are planning to publish a selection of the results of the conference either as a special issue of a journal or as a book. 

The conference is organised as part of the ZAS projects P6 (Parallelism) and P9 (Positional and Interpretative Variation in the Domain of Sentence Topic).

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