Appel: CTF 2012

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sun Mar 4 17:01:51 UTC 2012

Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:51:27 +0100
From: Timm Lichte <lichte at>
Message-ID:  <20120301155127.16415r42tmssm7sw at>

Second 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 Collaborative 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
John Beavers
Walter Bisang
Jean Mandler
Ivan Sag
John Sowa
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
- 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

- 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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