Conf: CTF 2012, first CfP

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jan 24 20:27:42 UTC 2012

Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:50:09 +0100
From: Timm Lichte <lichte at>
Message-ID:  <20120123125009.20485vov8n23xvk0 at>

First call for papers.

International Interdisciplinary Conference
"Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition, and Science" (CTF'12)

Düsseldorf (GER), August 22-24, 2012

Organized and financed by
DFG Coordinated Research Centre CRC 991/SFB 991
"The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science"

Aims and scope
A sequel to CTF'07 and CTF'09, CTF'12 is the third interdisciplinary  
conference to contribute to the development of a general frame theory  
of human concepts. The conference explores the application of frames  
in linguistics and other sciences. It discusses foundational issues  
for the development of a theory of frames from the perspectives of  
general and computational linguistics, mathematics, cognitive  
psychology, cognitive neuroscience, ontology, philosophy of mind, and  
philosophy of science.

Invited speakers
Hanne Andersen
Lawrence Barsalou
Walter Bisang
Jean Mandler
Rolf Zwaan


CTF'12 explores fundamental aspects of a formal theory of frames  
understood as recursive attribute-value structures with functional  
attributes. The aspects include representation and model-theoretic  
interpretation, attributes and value types, and appropriate frame  
structures for different types of concepts. A special focus will be on  
dynamic aspects of frame theory: modeling dynamic frame components for  
event and process frames; exploring operations on frames such as type  
shifts and frame composition.

CTF'12 explores empirical evidence for and consequences of the frame  
approach. It addresses the distinction of types of concepts, in  
particular relational and functional nominal concepts. Major topics  
include the grounding of concepts in the sensory-motor system and  
dynamic aspects of concept formation.

CTF'12 explores the application of a formal­ized theory of frames at  
various levels of linguistic description: lexical semantics of the  
different conceptual types of nouns and verbs, deep lexical  
decomposition, semantics of word formation, the syntax-semantics  
interface, syntactic and semantic composition, and anaphora and  
coherence in discourse.

CTF'12 explores the applications of the frame approach in various  
fields of institutional categorization: e.g., the evolution of the  
frame notion in the history of philosophy; scientific frames and  
paradigm shifts; frames for legal concepts; frames in applied  
ontology; a frame model of the mind; and frame description of  
psychiatric disorders.


Important dates
Submission of abstracts (600-800 words): March 15
Notification of acceptance: May 30

Submission site

Publication details
The post-proceedings will be published by Düsseldorf University Press  
with open online access.

Programme committee
Sebastian Löbner (general chair), Rainer Osswald, Gottfried Vosgerau

Organizational committee
Dorothea Brenner, David Hommen, Timm Lichte, Daniel Schulzek


Topics for the CTF'12

noun types and determination
- definiteness and indefiniteness
- possession
- usage
- processing
- grammaticalization

conceptual shifts of noun meanings
- shifts and coercion
- diachronic shifts

decompositional frames for verbs and the syntax-semantics interface
- verb classes in terms of frame types
- verbal concepts and linking
- construction-based decomposition of verb meanings
- aspectual composition

decompositional frames for nouns
- frame analysis of legal terms
- affordance attributes in noun frames and qualia

syntactic and semantic composition
- nominal concept types in the theory of semantic composition
- semantic composition in terms of frames
- syntax-driven frame composition

frames in the semantics of word-formation
- nominal compounding as frame combination
- deverbal nouns as the result of frame transformation

frames in discourse
- frames and associative anaphora
- the role of frames in discourse coherence

- emergence of the modern frame notion of concepts
- architecture of the mind
- the role of function in object categorization

frame analysis in institutional categorization
- frames and paradigm shifts
- frame analysis of legal concepts
- frame analysis of psychiatric disorders
- frame analysis in other scientific fields

concept types and frames in ontology
- attributes in ontology
- relations and functions in ontology
- formal approaches to ontology using functional relations

embodiment of concepts
- emergence of the modern frame notion of concepts
- grounding of verb meanings in the sensory-motor system
- affordances and the grounding of noun meanings in the sensory-motor system
- common coding and simulation
- frames and conceptual processing

types of concepts
- empirical evidence for different kinds of concepts
- cognitive representation of dynamic concepts, in particular verb meanings

- frames and conceptual processing
- neural correlates of attributes and frames
- computational modelling of concept formation

elements of frame theory
- modelling the dynamics of verb meanings
- modelling general operations on frames
- modelling frame composition

frame-related spaces
- mathematical properties of value spaces
- mathematical properties of attribute spaces
- mathematical properties of frame spaces

large frame systems
- design and implementation

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