18.181, Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Ireland; Language Acquisition/Japan

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Subject: 18.181, Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Ireland; Language Acquisition/Japan

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1)
Date: 17-Jan-2007
From: Reinhard Muskens < r.a.muskens at uvt.nl >
Subject: New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammars 

2)
Date: 17-Jan-2007
From: Miki Shibata < mshibata at ll.u-ryukyu.ac.jp >
Subject: J-SLA 2007 

	
-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:21:47
From: Reinhard Muskens < r.a.muskens at uvt.nl >
Subject: New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammars 
 


Full Title: New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammars 
Short Title: NDTTG 2007 

Date: 06-Aug-2007 - 10-Aug-2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland 
Contact Person: Reinhard Muskens
Meeting Email: r.a.muskens at uvt.nl
Web Site: http://let.uvt.nl/general/people/rmuskens/ndttg/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 08-Mar-2007 

Meeting Description:

Since the turn of the century there has been a heightened activity within a series of type-theoretical formalisms bearing a family resemblance to one another. All of these adopt the pheno/tecto distinction or undirectedness in one way or another and claim various descriptive and formal advantages. The workshop intends to bring together researchers in this now very active field.

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

2nd Call for Papers:

Workshop on New Directions in Type-theoretic Grammar
NDTTG 2007
organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2007 www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007 6 - 17 August, 2007 in Dublin


Workshop Organizer:
    Reinhard Muskens

Workshop Purpose:
    In 1961 Haskell Curry published his by now famous paper on 'Some
    Logical Aspects of Grammatical Structure'. In this paper (large
    parts of which had already been written in the 1940's) he made a
    distinction between the 'tectogrammatics' and 'phenogrammatics' of
    language (a distinction similar to that between abstract syntax
    and concrete syntax in compiler theory), while also arguing against
    directionality in the type system used for language
    description. In 1953 Bar-Hillel had introduced a distinction
    between categories seeking material to their right and categories
    seeking material to the left. To date most categorial grammarians
    follow Bar-Hillel in this, but in Curry's architecture
    phenogrammatical structure can take care of word order, making
    directionality unnecessary.

    Curry's proposal was part of a classical phase in categorial
    grammar that started with Ajdukiewicz's paper on syntactic
    connexity and also included Joachim Lambek's pivotal work on the
    introduction of hypothetical reasoning. It led to many
    follow-ups. For example, in Richard Montague's work the
    tectogrammatics/phenogrammatics distinction reappeared as one
    between analysis trees and surface strings, while Montague also
    added a level of meaning as a third component. The grammatical
    architecture thus became one in which a central abstract component
    is interpreted on two levels. An explicit connection between
    Montague's set-up and that of Curry was given in David Dowty's
    work in the 1980's. Also in the 1980's, Aarne Ranta used the idea
    in a constructive type theory setting, while Reinhard Muskens used
    it for his Partial Montague Grammar and Johan van Benthem explored
    the logical and linguistic implications of LP*, the undirected
    version of the Lambek Calculus, or, in other words, the logic of
    simply typed linear lambda terms. Later years brought Richard
    Oehrle's insight that the interpreting levels of the theory (not
    only semantics but also phenogrammar) can be represented with the
    help of lambda terms. Since the central abstract component
    consists of LP* derivations in Oehrle's set-up, equivalent with
    linear lambda terms, in fact all levels of the grammar can now be
    represented with the help of lambda terms and the typed lambda
    calculus becomes the central mechanism for grammatical description
    (as it had been in Cresswell's lambda-categorial languages).

    Since the turn of the century there has been a heightened activity
    within a series of type-theoretical formalisms bearing a family
    resemblance to one another. All of these adopt the pheno/tecto
    distinction or undirectedness in one way or another and claim
    various descriptive and formal advantages. We mention Abstract
    Categorial Grammars (de Groote), De Saussure Grammar (Kracht),
    Minimalist Categorial Grammars (Lecomte, Retore), Lambda Grammars
    (Muskens), Higher Order Grammar (Pollard), and the Grammatical
    Framework (Ranta). The workshop intends to bring together
    researchers in this now very active field.  It aims to provide a
    forum for advanced PhD students and researchers, enabling them to
    present their work and to discuss it with colleagues who work in
    the broad subject areas represented at ESSLLI.

Workshop Topics:
    We solicit contributions on all aspects of undirected
    type-theoretic grammars, including their parsability, their
    learnability, their psycholinguistic adequacy, and various
    applications in syntax and semantics. We are also interested in
    practical issues relating to natural language processing and more
    theoretical issues such as the abstract/concrete syntax
    distinction in linguistics and computer science, the relation to
    compiling theory and the relation of undirected type-theoretic
    grammars to other linguistic formalisms. Particularly welcome are
    also contributions discussing the minimal requirements the
    approach imposes on the type theory that is used.

Submission Details:
    Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing
    original work. The extended abstract should not exceed two pages
    and should be in the PDF format. Since reviewing will be
    anonymous, please make sure that your abstract does not contain
    author's names or references from which author identities can
    easily be deduced. Please upload your submission at the EasyChair
    website of the workshop, www.easychair.org/NDTTG2007/, by the
    deadline listed below. Submissions will be reviewed by the
    workshop's programme committee and additional reviewers. The
    accepted papers, which can be worked out to a maximum of 4000
    words, will appear in the workshop proceedings published by
    ESSLLI.

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 first week of ESSLLI. There will be 2
    slots for paper presentation and discussion per session. On the
    first day the workshop organizer will give an introduction to the
    topic.

Invited Speakers:
    David Dowty
    t.b.a.

Workshop Programme Committee:
    Johan van Benthem
    Nissim Francez
    Philippe de Groote
    Makoto Kanazawa
    Marcus Kracht
    Alain Lecomte
    Glyn Morrill
    Richard Oehrle
    Carl Pollard
    Aarne Ranta
    Christian Retore
    Yoad Winter

Important Dates:
    Submission deadline: 8 March, 2007
    Notification: 21 April, 2007
    Preliminary programme: 24 April, 2007
    ESSLLI early registration: 1 May, 2007
    Final papers due: 17 May, 2007
    Final programme: 21 June, 2007
    Workshop dates: 6-17 August, 2007

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
    accomodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding
    funding should contact the local organizing committee to ask for
    the possibilities of a grant.
    
Acknowledgement
    We gratefully acknowledge support from the Netherlands
    Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Further information:
    About the workshop: http://let.uvt.nl/general/people/rmuskens/ndttg
    About ESSLLI: www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007


	
-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:21:56
From: Miki Shibata < mshibata at ll.u-ryukyu.ac.jp >
Subject: J-SLA 2007 

	

Full Title: J-SLA 2007 

Date: 19-May-2007 - 20-May-2007
Location: Shizuoka, Japan 
Contact Person: Shigenori Wakabayashi
Meeting Email: swkbys37 at tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp
Web Site: http://www.j-sla.org/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition 

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2007 

Meeting Description:

The 7th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association will be held at the University of Shizuoka, Japan between May 19 and 20, 2007.  Abstracts for papers are invited on any theoretical or empirical area of research in SLA. 

1. Time length of presentation: Abstracts are welcomed for 30 minute talks or poster sessions on any aspect of SLA.  Individual papers will be allotted 45 minutes (30 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of discussion).
2. Abstract Submission procedure:
By e-mail: Please paste the abstract (1600 characters in Japanese or 1000 words in English) into the message window of your e-mail client or an attachment file and write ''J-SLA Abstract Submission'' in the subject line.  Please give the title of the paper, your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and type of proposal (paper or poster) as a list at the end of the message.  Please note at the bottom of the abstract (before the list) whether you are willing to participate in the poster session if your paper is not accepted as an oral presentation. Send the message to following e-mail address: yuichi at arion.ocn.ne.jp (Yuichi Tomita). 
By post: Please submit five copies of your abstract (1600 characters in Japanese or 1000 words in English printed on A4). On a separate sheet of A4 paper, please give the title of the paper, your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and type of proposal (paper or poster). Please note at the bottom of the abstract whether you are willing to participate in the poster session if your paper is not accepted as an oral presentation. Please send the documents (five copies of the abstract and one information sheet) to the following address: Yuichi Tomita, 493-2 Izui, Hatoyama-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama-ken, Japan 350-0305

3. Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 
    E-mail: February 28, 2007
    Postal mail: February 28, 2007 (postmarked)

4. Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2007

5. Notes regarding abstract submission:
a. Figures and tables are not counted as part of the word limit, but should be included in the abstract. The total length of the abstract should not exceed two pages of A4 paper.
b. Please give the title of the abstract at the top and the number of words at the bottom.
c. Please do not put the name of the presenter on the abstract.
d. Please send a short version of the abstract (no more than 300 characters in Japanese or 100 words in English) and include it with the proposal on a separate sheet of A4 paper or at the bottom of the e-mail message.

6. General Notes
a. All presenters must be members of J-SLA at the time of the conference. (It is not necessary for co-presenters to be members.)
b. Information on joining J-SLA may be found at the following website:
  http://www.j-sla.org/index E.html
c. No financial support for transportation and accommodation will be offered.
d. The language of presentations may be either Japanese or English.

For more information, please contact Shigenori Wakabayashi:
swkbys37 at tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp
 



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