Appel: CID 2011 -- Deadline extended to April 15

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Apr 5 19:28:51 UTC 2011

Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:11:52 +0200
From: Pascal Denis <pascal.denis at>
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Call for papers:

Constraints in Discourse IV (CID'2011)

September 14th-17th 2011



Paper submission deadline:    April 1st 2011
Notification of acceptance:     May 15th 2011
Camera-ready papers due:    July 15th 2011
CID conference:        September 14-16th 2011


   * Barbara di Eugenio (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
   * Jonathan Ginzburg (Université Paris Diderot, France)
   * Andrew Kehler ( UC San Diego, USA)


It is a linguistic commonplace to say that the meaning of text is more
than the conjunction of the meaning of its sentences. But what exactly
are the rules that govern its interpretation, and what are the
constraints that define well-formed discourse? For a long time, the
development of precise frameworks of discourse interpretation has been
hampered by the lack of a deeper understanding of the dependencies
between different discourse units.  Recent years have seen a
considerable advance in this field. A number of strong constraints
have been proposed that restrict the sequencing and attaching of
segments at various descriptive levels, as well as the interpretation
of their interrelations. The availability of annotated corpora has
also helped to confront key hypotheses with observable phenomena.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for presenting recent
research on constraints in discourse. The target areas include the
recognition of discourse structure as well as the interpretation and
generation of discourse in a broad variety of domains. The workshop
offers a forum for researchers from diverse formal approaches,
including but not limited to:

- Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST)
- Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT)
- Discourse Tree Adjoining Grammars
- Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG)
- The QUD Modell
- Plan Based Reasoning
- Abductive Reasoning
- Gricean Pragmatics
- Speech Act Theory

The conference invite talks that further our theoretical understanding
of the role of constraints in discourse, as well as empirical studies
that shed light on theoretical issues about discourse structure or
interpretation..  The conference is explicitly intended for discussion
and comparison of theoretical accounts that lay the ground for
applications. It is not intended as a platform for system
demonstrations. Specific topics might relate to

- Anaphora Resolution
- Co-reference
- Dialogical vs. Monological Discourse
- Questions and Answers
- Lexicon and Discourse Relations
- Cognitive Modeling
- Underspecification and Nonmonotonic Inferences


Articles should be anonymous and should not exceed 4 pages (including
figures, bibliography, possible apendices). It is expected that each
accepted paper be presented at the meeting by one of its authors.

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format at


Nicholas Asher (CNRS) chair
Myriam Bras (Université de Toulouse)
Anton Benz (Center for Genral Linguistics, Berlin)
Laurence Danlos (Alpage, Université Paris 7) chair
Pascal Denis (Alpage, INRIA)
Marcus Egg (Centre for Language and Cognition,  Groningen)
Barbara di Eugenio ( University of Illinois at Chicago)
Julia Hirschberg (Colombia University)
Alex Lascarides (University of Edinburgh)
Philippe Muller (Université de Toulouse)
Sylvain Pogodalla (Calligramme, INRIA)
Owen Rambow (Colombia University)
Manfred Stede (Universität Potsdam)
Maite Taboada ( Simon Fraser University)
Laure Vieu (CNRS)
Henk Zeevat (ILLC, University of of Amsterdam)

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