LINGUIST List 16.516

Mon Feb 21 2005

Calls: Discourse Analysis/France; Neuroling/USA

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        1.    Michel Aurnague, Symposium on the Exploration and Modelling of Meaning
        2.    Suzanne Flynn, Frontiers in Imaging the Bi-/Multi-Lingual Brain

Message 1: Symposium on the Exploration and Modelling of Meaning

Date: 18-Feb-2005
From: Michel Aurnague <>
Subject: Symposium on the Exploration and Modelling of Meaning

Full Title: Symposium on the Exploration and Modelling of Meaning
Short Title: SEM-05

Date: 14-Nov-2005 - 15-Nov-2005
Location: Biarritz, France
Contact Person: Michel Aurnague
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 02-May-2005

Meeting Description:

The SEM symposium series aims at confronting approaches, data and theories in
descriptive linguistics, psycholinguistics and formal semantics, focusing each
time on a specific issue within the study of meaning. SEM-05 will focus on
discourse segmentation and organization ('Connectives, discourse framing and
discourse structure: from corpus-based and experimental analyses to discourse
theories'). Its goal is to establish links between different areas of research
into discourse construction and interpretation.

Invited Speakers : Nicholas Asher (Univ. of Texas, Austin), Michel Charolles
(Univ. Paris 3 & Lattice-CNRS), Ted Sanders (Univ. Utrecht).

Organizing groups : ERSS (CNRS & Univ. Toulouse 2), IKER (CNRS, Univ. Bordeaux 3
& UPPA), IRIT (CNRS, Univ. Toulouse 3, INPT & Univ. Toulouse 1), Laboratoire
Jacques Lordat (Univ. Toulouse 2 & INSERM)

In partnership with SPR-05 November, 10-12 Nov. 2005, Donostia-San Sebastián
(Basque Country, Spain;

Aims and Scope
Some questions are already well acknowledged and explored, such as the role of
discourse relations and the contribution of various linguistic or
extra-linguistic elements -connectives, anaphoric adverbials,...; world
knowledge, pragmatic principles,...–- in determining such relations, addressing
the issue of how discourse is "structured", i.e., segmented into units that are
linked together. Other emerging topics open new prospects for research on
discourse segmentation: "discourse framing" for instance, which examines
specific linguistic markers characterized by an ability to extend their scope
beyond the sentence. With this rich background, the SEM-05 symposium proposes to
compare different perspectives: corpus-based descriptive studies,
psycholinguistic experiments, and analyses in the framework of formal theories
of discourse. A special attention will be given to those linguistic markers that
play a role both under the discourse structure and the discourse framing
perspectives, such as sentence-initial adverbials and discourse connectives.

Topics of interest : Discourse coherence (cognitive/experimental, descriptive or
formal approaches); Discourse markers and discourse particles: connectives,
sentence modifiers...; Discourse relations and discourse structure; Discourse
topic and discourse structure; Information packaging and discourse segmentation;
Semantics-pragmatics interface; Speech acts and discourse structure; Document
structure and discourse structure; Cognitive aspects of discourse processing;
Corpus approaches to discourse; Theories of discourse: Segmented Discourse
Representation Theory, Discourse Framing, Centering, Rhetorical Structure
Theory, Interpretation as Abduction, Discourse Structure as Intention
Recognition, Discourse Lexicalized Tree Adjoining Grammar, Cognitive theories of

Submission details : In addition to the invited speeches, debates and panels,
the symposium will leave space to contributions selected according to their
scientific quality, their relevance to the main topic and their openness to
interdisciplinary issues. The programme committee will seek to achieve a balance
between the descriptive, formal and experimental approaches.

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts of maximum 5 pages (including
title page and bibliography), written in English. Lay-out instructions are: A4
paper size; all margins set at exactly 2.5cm; Times New Roman 12pt font; single
line spacing. This should yield about 500 words per full page of text. The title
page (no separate title page is needed) should include the following
information: title; authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses; abstract
(short summary up to 5 lines). Papers in .pdf format only must be submitted via
email to semuniv-tlse2fr

Important dates :
May 2 : paper submission;
June 20 : acceptance/rejection notification;
September 15 : revised papers for proceedings;
November 10-12 : SPR-05 (Donostia – San Sebastian);
November 14-15 : SEM-05

Organizing Committee : Michel Aurnague (IKER-CNRS, Bayonne), Myriam Bras (Univ.
Toulouse 2 & ERSS-CNRS), Anne Le Draoulec (ERSS-CNRS, Univ. Toulouse2), Jean-Luc
Nespoulous (Univ. Toulouse 2 & Lab. Jacques Lordat-INSERM), Laure Vieu
(IRIT-CNRS, Univ. Toulouse 3 & LOA-ISTC-CNR, Trento)

Programme Committee (*: to be confirmed):
Pascal Amsili (Univ. Paris 7 & Lattice/Talana-CNRS), Michel Aurnague (IKER-CNRS,
Bayonne), Andrée Borillo (Univ. Toulouse 2 & ERSS-CNRS), Mario Borillo
(IRIT-CNRS, Univ. Toulouse 3), Myriam Bras (Univ. Toulouse 2 & ERSS-CNRS), Joan
Busquets (Univ. Bordeaux 3 & ERSSAB-CNRS), Patrick Caudal (LLF-CNRS, Univ. Paris
7), Francis Corblin (Univ. Paris 4 & Institut Jean Nicod-CNRS), Francis Cornish
(Univ. Toulouse 2 & ERSS-CNRS), Laurence Danlos (Univ. Paris 7 &
Lattice/Talana-CNRS), Liesbeth Degand (Univ. Cath. Louvain), Ricardo Etxepare
(IKER-CNRS, Bayonne), Marion Fossard (Univ. Toulouse 2 & Lab. Jacques
Lordat-INSERM), Claire Gardent (LORIA-CNRS, Nancy), Hans Kamp (Univ. Stuttgart &
IMS)*, Kepa Korta (Univ. Basque Country & ILCLI, Donostia-San Sebastián), Jesus
Mari Larrazabal (Univ. Basque Country & ILCLI, Donostia-San Sebastián), Anne Le
Draoulec (ERSS-CNRS, Univ. Toulouse 2), Philippe Muller (Univ. Toulouse 3 &
IRIT-CNRS), Jean-Luc Nespoulous (Univ. Toulouse 2 & Lab. Jacques Lordat-INSERM),
Marie, Paule Péry-Woodley (Univ. Toulouse 2 & ERSS-CNRS), Sophie Prévost
(Lattice-CNRS, ENS), Laurent Prévot (LOA-ISTC-CNR, Trento), Joël Pynte
(LPL-CNRS, Univ. de Provence, Aix en Provence), Antje Rossdeutscher (Univ.
Heidelberg & IDF), Laurent Roussarie (Univ. Paris 8 & Structures Formelles du
Lang.-CNRS), Laure Sarda (Lattice-CNRS, ENS), Wilbert Spooren (Vrije Univ.
Amsterdam), Laure Vieu (IRIT-CNRS, Univ. Toulouse 3 & LOA-ISTC-CNR, Trento),
Rolf Zwaan (Florida State Univ.)*

Message 2: Frontiers in Imaging the Bi-/Multi-Lingual Brain

Date: 20-Feb-2005
From: Suzanne Flynn <>
Subject: Frontiers in Imaging the Bi-/Multi-Lingual Brain

Full Title: Frontiers in Imaging the Bi-/Multi-Lingual Brain

Date: 22-Jul-2005 - 23-Jul-2005
Location: Cambridge, MA, United States of America
Contact Person: Suzanne Flynn
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

Workshop on issues, problems and insights arising from imaging studies of the
multi-lingual brain. We solicit papers from reseachers studying both the
multi-lingual and the monolingual brain in an attempt to develop unified
theories concerning the neural organization of language and its acquisition.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop during the 2005 LSA
Summer Institute, please send an abstract (up to 500 words) to either or by April 15, 2005. Selections will
be made by April 30, 2005.

We encourage both empirical and theoretical papers relating to the neural
organization of the human brain for language. Preference will be given to
papers addressing the issues and problems associated with the bi-/multi-lingual
brain. Papers on the monolingual brain will also be considered if they make a
connection to multi-lingualism.

If you have any questions, please contact Gita Martohardjono, or Suzanne Flynn,

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