LINGUIST List 15.2097

Tue Jul 20 2004

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Sweden; Computational Ling

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  1. cornelia.ilie, Argumentative Strategies and Rhetorical Styles in European Parliaments
  2. vasile, Natural Language based Knowledge Representations: New Perspectives

Message 1: Argumentative Strategies and Rhetorical Styles in European Parliaments

Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 13:12:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: cornelia.ilie <>
Subject: Argumentative Strategies and Rhetorical Styles in European Parliaments

Argumentative Strategies and Rhetorical Styles in European Parliaments
Short Title: ASLA Parliamentary Panel 

Date: 11-Nov-2004 - 12-Nov-2004
Location: Södertörns högskola, Stockholm, Sweden
Contact: Cornelia Ilie
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Applied Linguistics ,Discourse Analysis ,General
Linguistics ,Pragmatics ,Psycholinguistics ,Semantics
,Sociolinguistics ,Text/Corpus Linguistics ,Cognitive Science
,Anthropological Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Sep-2004 

Meeting Description:

ASLA Parliamentary Panel and/or Edited Volume

Argumentative Strategies and Rhetorical Styles in European Parliaments
(11 November 2004)

Convener: Cornelia Ilie (�rebro Univ. & S�dert�rns H�gskola)


An English-speaking Panel entitled Argumentative Strategies and
Rhetorical Styles in European Parliaments will be organised as part of
this year's ASLA Conference, which will take place at S�dert�rns
H�gskola (South Stockholm University College) on 11-12
November. Preliminary information about the ASLA Conference is
available at

The contributions to the Parliamentary Panel will be published with a
major international publisher. If you are interested, but cannot
actually participate in the panel, contributions for the edited volume
are also welcome. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 20

The Panel can be viewed as an opportunity to highlight the importance
of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of parliamentary
discourse for a broader understanding of the role of national
parliaments in post-modern, post-enlargement, European societies that
are faced with new challenges and often dramatic changes. An important
aspect to be dealt with concerns the converging and/or diverging
tendencies manifested in the debating cultures and political
argumentation displayed from East to West (in East European and West
European parliaments) and from North to South (in North European and
South European parliaments). How big are the differences with respect
to rhetorical traditions, debating styles, argumentation practices,
politeness rules/principles, gender relations, stereotyping devices,
to name but a few aspects? Are there any common denominators? Which
are the most widely shared socio-political and cultural concerns in
most European parliaments that are reflected in the recurrence of
particular clich�s, key words, etc.? Is there a shared
intertextuality? How are identical/similar controversial
Europe-related issues handled in various parliaments?

Potential topics of interest include the following:

- Post-modern mediatisation of European parliamentary discourse
- Parliamentary discourse patterns in pro-European vs. anti-European
national settings
- Politeness issues in European parliaments
- Interdisciplinary approaches to parliamentary argumentation
- Gender perspectives in the rhetoric of European parliaments
- Converging and diverging identities: national vs. European
identities in Parliament
- Patterns of ethnic inclusion and exclusion in European parliaments
- Dialogic patterns of negotiation, deliberation and decision making
in European parliaments
- Cooperation and confrontation: Shifting debating practices in
European parliaments
- Deixis and intertextuality in parliamentary dialogue
- Discourse and metadiscourse in parliamentary dialogue
- The public and the private sphere in parliamentary dialogue

You are, of course, most welcome to suggest further topics.

The proposals should be presented as 4-page abstracts. These abstracts
will be circulated among all the participants in the panel before the
conference. Each participant is expected to read the full proposal of
one other participant in the panel and act as respondent. At the
conference, each participant will be given about five-ten minutes to
summarise her/his paper and the respondent will be given about five
minutes to initiate the debate. None of the participants will be
allowed to read. Previous knowledge by all panel members of the
contents of the rest of the papers should facilitate the discussion
with active participation from the floor.

Your abstracts should be sent to the panel convenor
( The abstract should include the name and
affiliation of the speaker. Please specify whether it is for the
seminar, the edited volume, or both.

The ASLA homepage is available at and
the AILA homepage is available at

A recommended bibliography concerning different aspects of
parliamentary discourse will be sent to panel participants in due

I would be grateful if you could pass on this Call for Papers to
colleagues that might be interested.

Cornelia Ilie
Professor of English Linguistics
�rebro University & S�dert�rn University College
Linguistics/Rhetoric ME 229
SE-141 89 Huddinge, Sweden
Phone: +46-8-608 49 43
Fax: +46-8-608 40 30
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Message 2: Natural Language based Knowledge Representations: New Perspectives

Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 20:15:01 -0400 (EDT)
From: vasile <>
Subject: Natural Language based Knowledge Representations: New Perspectives

Natural Language based Knowledge Representations: New Perspectives

Date: 16-May-2004 - 18-May-2004
Location: Clear Water Beach, FL, United States of America
Contact: Vasile Rus
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 22-Oct-2004 

Meeting Description:

Call for Papers -

Natural Language based Knowledge Representations: New Perspectives
 Special Track at the 18th International FLAIRS Conference 
In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial

Adam's Mark Hotel 
Clearwater Beach, FL 
May 16-18, 2005 

Paper submission deadline: Friday, October 22, 2004. 
Notifications sent by: Wednesday, January 7, 2005. 
Final papers due: Friday, February 4, 2005. 

Special Track Coordinator 
Vasile Rus 
Indiana University - South Bend 

Preliminary Call for Papers

The goal of this Special Track is to re-assess the status of Natural
Language (NL) based Knowledge Representations (KR) and systems. It was
believed that NL-based KR systems would deliver representational and
inferential properties of natural language but the hard issues in NL
such as ambiguity, context-dependency and the complexity of syntax,
semantics and pragmatics limited in the past the progress of building
promising knowledge processing systems.

Among the advantages of building NL-based KR systems are: 

NL-based systems would be user friendly 
Most human knowledge is encoded and transmitted via natural language
and thus NL-based KR are a natural development
searching on the Internet has become a necessity and a daily task for
most of us; natural language is heavily used in this task since more
than 90% of the web information is textual
NL-based knowledge processing sytems would provide a uniform symbolic
representation for encoding knowledge and processing it it is hard to
match expressiveness and precision of natural language, particularly
in not (well) formalized domains Recent advances of Natural Language
Processing (NLP) in the areas of syntactic parsing, semantics and
pragmatics have opened new perspectives for developing expressive KR
and building promising NL-based knowledge processing systems. 

A special track to re-assess the new perspectives is needed and this
Special Track aims to satisfy this need.


We invite highly original papers that describe: 

novel, expressive NL-based representations 
multi-level representations 
NL-based inference methods and reasoning engines 
evaluation techniques for NL-based KR 
challenges in NL-based representations and in deriving such
representations from NL texts, especially how recent advances in NL
technologies provide new opportunities for knowledge aquisition and
techniques for coreference resolution, word sense disambiguation,
information extraction, predicate-argument structure, frame semantics,
preposition semantics, syntactic parsing, named entity recognition,
etc. and their impact on NL-based KR
NL-based KR in dialogue management 
NL-based KR in Question/Query Answering 
NL-based KR in auto tutoring systems 
NL-based KR in Information Retrieval 
large knowledge bases construction using NL-based KR 
scalability issues of systems built using NL-based KR 
other related issues 

Submission Guidelines 

Interested authors should format their papers according to AAAI
formatting guidelines. The papers should not exceed 6 pages and are
due by October 22, 2004. Please note the change from 5 to 6 pages from
the first CFP. Additional pages (7 and more) have to be cleared by the
program chairs and will be $100 each. The papers should not identify
the author(s) in any manner. Authors should indicate the special track
if one exists that closely matches the topic of their paper. All
submissions will be done electronically via the FLAIRS web submission
system available through the paper submission site at

Conference Proceedings 

Papers will be refereed and all accepted papers will appear in the
conference proceedings which will be published by AAAI Press.
Selected authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their
papers to a special issue of the International Journal on Artificial
Intelligence Tools (IJAIT) to be published in 2006.

Organizing Committee 

Vasile Rus, Indiana University 
Vivi Nastase, University of Ottawa 

Programme Committee 

Jerry Hobbs, USC/ISI 
Andrew Gordon, USC/ICT 
Art Graesser, University of Memphis 
Bob Givan, Purdue University 
Lucja Iwanska, Georgia Southwestern State University 
Fernando Gomez, University of Central Florida 
Susan Haller, University of Wisconsin - Parkside 
Tudor Muresan, Technical University of Cluj 
Stephen Anthony, University of Sydney 
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas 
Smaranda Muresan, Columbia University 
Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa 
Zdravko Markov, Central Connecticut State University 
Vasile Rus, Indiana University 
Vivi Nastase, University of Ottawa 
Boris Galitsky, University of London 
David Ahn, University of Amsterdam 
Valentin Jijkoun, University of Amsterdam 

Further Information 

 Questions regarding the NL-based KR track should be addressed
to the track co-chairs:
 Vasile Rus at 
 Viviana Nastase at 

 Questions regarding paper submission should be addressed to the
FLAIRS-2005 program co-chairs:
 Ingrid Russell,, University of Hartford 
 Zdravko Markov,, Central Connecticut State

 General questions concerning the conference should be addressed
to the FLAIRS-2005 conference co-chairs:
 Diane Cook, University of Texas at Arlington 
 Lawrence Holder, University of Texas at Arlington 

 Special Tracks Coordinator 
 Todd Neller, Gettysburg College 

Invited Speakers 

Lawrence Hunter, University of Colorado 
Martha Pollack, University of Michigan 
Ted Senator, DARPA 
David Stork, Ricoh and Stanford University 

Conference Web Sites 

Paper submission site: 
NL-based KR special track web page:
FLAIRS-2005 conference web page: 
Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS): 
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