25.4102, Calls: Computational Ling, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Cognitive Sci, Discourse Analysis/UK

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Subject: 25.4102, Calls: Computational Ling, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Cognitive Sci, Discourse Analysis/UK

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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:05:02
From: Andrew Gargett [A.D.Gargett at cs.bham.ac.uk]
Subject: 8th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy

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Full Title: 8th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy 

Date: 20-Apr-2015 - 22-Apr-2015
Location: University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Andrew Gargett
Meeting Email: A.D.Gargett at cs.bham.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~gargetad/AISB-CP-2015.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics 

Call Deadline: 05-Jan-2015 

Meeting Description:

8th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (SSAISB)

Dates & Location of the Convention: 

20-22nd April 2015, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom

Website for the convention: http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/events/2015/AISB2015/index.html
Website for our symposium: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~gargetad/AISB-CP-2015.html

(The Symposium will occupy up to two days at some point within the three days of the Convention)

Symposium Title:

The Significance of Metaphor and Other Figurative Modes of Expression and Thought


Communication and expression in language, pictures, diagrams, gesture, music etc. is rich with figurative aspects, such as metaphor, metonymy, hyperbole and irony. People engage in such communication and expression in a variety of contexts and with a range of effects. Modelling figurative patterns of communication/expression is a key aim of academic disciplines such as linguistics, philosophy, discourse studies, and psycholinguistics, and automatically understanding such phenomena is a long-standing and now expanding endeavour within Artificial Intelligence. A particularly interesting current area of research is work on automatically generating as well as understanding metaphor – both understanding and generation are emerging as important sites for addressing long-standing problems in linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and cognitive science more generally. In addition, some researchers have suggested that metaphor can be an intrinsic part of thought, not just of external communication/expression.

Call for Papers:

We invite proposals from potential presenters to take part in this symposium. Details about submissions are at the end of the description.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. How philosophical thinking on figurative expression and thought can/should be exploited/heeded by relevant AI researchers
2. How computational attempts to model figurative expression can aid philosophical thinking about it
3. How the production of figurative expression reflects speakers' conceptualisations, goals and commitments
4. How to model/analyse/understand the emotional and evaluative content of figurative expression
5. The intersection of issues of figurative expression and issues of embodiment, enactivism, cognitive simulation, etc.
6. Whether thought, as opposed to external expression, can be metaphorical, ironic, etc., and if so what this amounts to (philosophically, computationally, psychologically, ...)
7. How figurative and especially metaphorical thinking might be involved in introspection, and therefore be bound up with the nature of consciousness
8. Links between figurative thought/expression and the nature of creativity
9. Figurative aspects of philosophical theorizing (about any topic), especially as uncovered by detailed technical analysis of figuration
10. Figurative aspects of notions of computation ... and even: could the notion of computation be irreducibly metaphorical?

Submissions should be 8 page full papers or extended abstracts received by 5 January 2015 via our EasyChair pages. Information about this, and all other aspects of the symposium and conference can be found on our website: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~gargetad/AISB-CP-2015.html

Note: While submission is by full paper or extended abstract, we encourage speculative thought, provisional proposals, and provocative question-raising based on careful analysis of issues.

Important Dates:

Deadline for full paper submission for symposium: 5 January 2015
Notification of acceptance: 24 January 2015
AISB Convention 2015: 20-22 April 2015

Symposium Organizers:
Chair: Professor John Barnden (University of Birmingham)
Chair: Dr. Andrew Gargett (University of Birmingham)
Dr. Yasemin J. Erden (St Mary's University)
Professor Mark Bishop (University of London)

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