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LINGUIST List 19.2169

Mon Jul 07 2008

Confs: Discourse Analysis, General Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany

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        1.    Anton Benz, Constraints in Discourse III

Message 1: Constraints in Discourse III
Date: 04-Jul-2008
From: Anton Benz <benzzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Constraints in Discourse III
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Constraints in Discourse III
Short Title: CID III

Date: 30-Jul-2008 - 01-Aug-2008
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Contact: Anton Benz
Contact Email: benzzas.gwz-berlin.de
Meeting URL: http://www.constraints-in-discourse.org

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Semantics and Pragmatics of Discourse Interpretation and Generation.

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
- Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG)
- The QUD Modell
- Plan Based Reasoning
- Abductive Reasoning
- Gricean Pragmatics
- Speech Act Theory

It is a linguistic commonplace to say that the meaning of text is more than the
conjunction of the meaning of its sentences. But what exactly are the rules that
govern its interpretation, and what are the constraints that define well-formed
discourse? 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. Recent 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.

This is the third in a series of workshops entitled ''Constraints in
Discourse''. The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for presenting
recent research on discourse constraints.

For registration, please, go to

If you intend to participate, please, register before July 9th!!

Location: University of Potsdam, Germany, Campus Neues Palais, Haus 8, Raum 0.59

Programme (http://www.constraints-in-discourse.org/cid08/programme.html)

Wednesday, July 30th

Registration / Coffee


Laurence Danlos (invited): D-STAG : Parsing Discourse with Synchronous TAG and
SDRT Background

11:00 / 11:15

Alan Lee, Rashmi Prasad, Aravind Joshi and Bonnie Webber: Departures from Tree
Structures in Discourse: Shared Arguments in the Penn Discourse Treebank

Laurence Danlos, Pierre Hankach: Right Frontier Constraint for Discourses in Non
Canonical Order

12:45 / 14:15 Lunch

Nicholas Asher (invited): Recovering and Reasoning about Preferences in Dialogue

Marianne Vergez-Couret, Laurent Prevot and Myriam Bras: Interleaved Discourse,
the Case of Two-Step Enumerative Structures

16:00 / 16:15

Poster Session:

Rodrigo Agerri: Does Blocking Affect Metaphor?
Matthias Irmer: Bridges Between Events
Etsuko Oishi: ''Am I your husband?'': The Contents of Personal Pronouns
Vladimir Popescu and Jean Caelen: Contextual Filtering of Rhetorical Relations
in Discourse Structuring for Language Generation in Human-Computer Dialogue
Marc Staudacher: Some Problems with SDRT's Formalization
Henk Zeevat: Locality and Accommodation
Deniz Zeyrek, Umit Deniz Turan and Isin Demirsahin: Structural and
Presuppositional Connectives in Turkish


Thursday, July 31st

Berry Claus (invited): TBA

11:00 / 11:15

Ildikó Berzlánovich, Markus Egg and Gisela Redeker: Discourse Structure and
Lexical Cohesion in Expository and Persuasive Texts

Jacques Jayez and Mathilde Dargnat. The Interpretation of Continuative Rises in SDRT

12:45 / 14:15

Paul Piwek (invited): Constraints in Natural Language Generation

Sebastian Buecking and Maria Averintseva-Klisch: What's wrong with 'Diana'? -
Discourse-Pragmatic Constraints on Bare Proper Names in German

Social Event

Friday, August 1st

Julia Hirschberg (invited): TBA

Rudy Loock: Appositive Relative Clauses and Their Competing Allostructures in
English: An Information-Packaging Approach

12:00 / 13:30

Katja Jasinskaja and Antje Roßdeutscher: Towards Generating Narratives from a
Preverbal Message: A DRT-Based Approach

14:15 / 14:30

Michael Grabski. Connectives That Manage Perspectives in Discourse: On the
Function of German nämlich

Manfred Stede and Kristin Irsig: Complex Connectives in German: Complications
for Local Coherence Analysis

16:00 / 16:15

Best Paper Award
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