LINGUIST List 16.417

Thu Feb 10 2005

Calls: General Ling/USA; Discourse Analysis/Germany

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        1.    Priscilla Ord, American Name Society
        2.    Claudia Sassen, Constraints in Discourse

Message 1: American Name Society

Date: 09-Feb-2005
From: Priscilla Ord <>
Subject: American Name Society

Full Title: American Name Society
Short Title: ANS

Date: 05-Jan-2006 - 08-Jan-2006
Location: Albuquerque, NM, United States of America
Contact Person: P. A. Ord
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2005

Meeting Description:

The American Name Society (ANS), a professional organization devoted to the
study of names and their role in society, will meet with the Linguistic
Society of America (LSA), American Dialect Society (ADS), and other allied,
professional organizations for its annual meeting and conference in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, January 5-8, 2006.

Papers on any aspect of onomastics are appropriate, and a preces of not
more than 500 words, accompanied by a 100-word abstract to be published in
the conference program, should be submitted as soon as convenient but not
later than August 15, 2005. In the precis, the subject of the proposed
paper should be stated in a simple, topic sentence, which is then
effectively supported by substantiating information and specific examples.

Proposals for panel discussions, suggestions for distinguished speakers,
and/or other types of proposals are due by August 1, 2005. Although the
prefered mode of transmission for both the precis and accompanying abstract
as well proposals is by an introductory e-mail with attachment sent to, they may also be sent by surface mail addressed to: P.
A. Ord, 414 High Earls Road, Westminster, MD 21158-3710.

All precis will be evaluated anonymously, and their authors will be
notified by September 1, 2005, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Biographical information for each participant will be requested at the time
a paper is accepted for presentation.

Message 2: Constraints in Discourse

Date: 09-Feb-2005
From: Claudia Sassen <>
Subject: Constraints in Discourse

Full Title: Constraints in Discourse

Date: 03-Jun-2005 - 05-Jun-2005
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Contact Person: Claudia Sassen
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics;
Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Constraints in Discourse
3-5 June, 2005
Dortmund, Germany

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. The recent 15 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. Early, and very influential, work on the sequencing
and ordering of discourse segments has been done by Grosz & Sidner (1986).

One of the best-known of the constraints on sequencing and accessibility of
expressions across sentence boundaries is the RFC (Right Frontier
Constraint), often associated with a paper of Polanyi (1988). Other
relevant constraints are, e.g. the CSC (Coordinate Structure Constraint,
Ross 1967) or the recently expressed MDC (Maximal Discourse Coherence,
Asher & Lascarides 2003) principle.

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)
- Tree Adjoining Grammars
- The QUD Modell
- Plan Based Reasoning
- Abductive Reasoning
- Gricean Pragmatics
- Speech Act Theory

We invite talks that further our theoretical understanding of the role of
constraints in discourse, as well as empirical studies that shed light on
their empirical validity. 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

The organisers are planning to publish a selection of the results of the
workshop either as a special issue of a journal or as a book.

Publication (and workshop) language is English

The workshop is endorsed by SIGdial, the Special Interest Group on
Discourse and Dialogue, and SIGsem, the Special Interest Group on
Semantics, of ACL.

Invited Speakers
Nicholas Asher, Univ. of Texas (Austin), USA
Claire Gardent, LORIA/CNRS, France
Barbara Grosz, Harvard Univ., USA
Livia Polanyi, Palo Alto Research Center, USA
David Schlangen, Univ. Potsdam, Germany

Paper Submission
Researchers interested in contributing a paper to the workshop are invited
to submit an abstract that spans not more than 3 pages in PDF or PS (single
column, 10pt font size, a4 paper, including a bibliography) using the form
at the workshop website ( Reviews
will be done blindly; the abstracts may accordingly not include explicit
hints that allow the identification of the authors (such as ''in paper
(...) we show that'').

Important Dates
Conf: 3-5 June, 2005
Deadline for Submissions: 1 March, 2005
Notification of Acceptance: 1 April, 2005
Final Abstracts due: 15 May, 2005

Program Committee
Nicholas Asher, Univ. of Texas (Austin)
Anton Benz, Univ. of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Kurt Eberle, Lingenio GmbH, Germany
Claire Gardent, LORIA/CNRS, France
Barbara Grosz, Harvard Univ., USA
Anke Holler, Ruprecht-Karls-Univ., Germany
Peter Kuehnlein, Univ. Bielefeld, Germany
Livia Polanyi, Palo Alto Research Center
Claudia Sassen, Univ. Dortmund, Germany
David Schlangen, Univ. Potsdam, Germany

Organisation Committee:
Anton Benz, Univ. of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Peter Kuehnlein, Univ. Bielefeld, Germany
Claudia Sassen, Univ. Dortmund, Germany

Local Organisation:
Claudia Sassen (

The workshop will take place from 3-5 June, 2005. It will be hosted by the
University of Dortmund, Germany. Dortmund is situated in the Eastern region
of the Ruhrgebiet and can easily be reached via car, airplane or train. The
venue will be Haus Bommerholz, the conference center of Univ. Dortmund.

We thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG = German NSF) for the

Their support allows us to keep the fees generally low. The fees (including
coffee breaks and lunch) are

People from countries with weak economy: free
Students, including PhD students: EUR 25
Other participants from Academia: EUR 85
Participants from commercial enterprises: EUR 170

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