* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
LINGUIST List logo Eastern Michigan University Wayne State University *
* People & Organizations * Jobs * Calls & Conferences * Publications * Language Resources * Text & Computer Tools * Teaching & Learning * Mailing Lists * Search *
* *
LINGUIST List 22.1845

Tue Apr 26 2011

Calls: Computational Ling, Cognitive Sci, Pragmatics/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

LINGUIST is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new feature: Easy Abstracts! Easy Abs is a free abstract submission and review facility designed to help conference organizers and reviewers accept and process abstracts online. Just go to: http://www.linguistlist.org/confcustom, and begin your conference customization process today! With Easy Abstracts, submission and review will be as easy as 1-2-3!
        1.     Robert Ross , Workshop on Computational Models for Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation

Message 1: Workshop on Computational Models for Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation
Date: 25-Apr-2011
From: Robert Ross <robert.rossdit.ie>
Subject: Workshop on Computational Models for Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation
E-mail this message to a friend

Full Title: Workshop on Computational Models for Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation
Short Title: CoSLI-2

Date: 20-Jul-2011 - 20-Jul-2011
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contact Person: Robert Ross
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cosli.org

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 13-May-2011

Meeting Description:

The Workshop on Computational Models for Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation (CoSLI-2) will be held this year in conjunction with CogSci 2011 in Boston, USA on July 20th.

Competence in spatial language modeling is a cardinal issue in disciplines including Cognitive Psychology, Computational Linguistics, and Computer Science. Within Cognitive Psychology, the relation of spatial language to models of spatial representation and reasoning is considered essential to the development of more complete models of psycholinguistic and cognitive linguistic theories. Meanwhile, within Computer Science and Computational Linguistics, the development of a wide class of so-called situated systems such as robotics, virtual characters, and Geographic Information Systems is heavily dependent on the existence of adequate models of spatial language use.

Achieving competence in spatial language requires that appropriate meanings be assigned to spatial terms used in language, such as location, motion, orientation, perspective, projective, topological, distance, or path descriptive markers. The computational modeling of such spatial language meanings in turn supports the interpretation of an intended spatial meaning as well as the generation of adequate linguistic expressions in certain situations and contexts. It is now widely recognized that spatial term meaning depends on functional and pragmatic features in many ways. Competent models of spatial language interpretation and generation must thus draw on complex models of situated meaning by developing heterogeneous approaches with qualitative and quantitative models and by combining geometric, functional, pragmatic, and cognitive features in multi-modal contexts and applications.

The main objective of the CoSLI-2 workshop is to foster computational formalisms and approaches for interpreting or generating spatial language that take into account cognitive, functional, or embodiment criteria in modeling. In particular, this year's workshop theme is ‘Function in Spatial Language: From Evidence to Execution’.

Call for Papers:

We welcome in particular any contributions which aim to address the issues of modeling function or pragmatic features in spatial language interpretation or generation. More generally, the workshop also welcomes contributions that address symbolic and embodied spatial language interpretation and generation. This topic remains an ongoing issue in both natural language processing and cognitive science, and novel work is encouraged. Such work includes both formal and empirical models of spatial language templates and linguistic calculi, corpus-based and statistical methods, combinations of symbolic and sub-symbolic representations, and aspects of sensory-motor and multi-modal information. Contributions to spatial language interpretation and generation that integrate results from empirical and psychological frameworks for spatial language and that can improve and support situated natural language systems are also particularly welcomed.


We particularly welcome contributions that address the following:

- Computational models of spatial language that integrate cognitive, functional, or pragmatic aspects either in terms of implemented systems, computational models, empirical findings, or position papers that make clear a novel approach to this problem

More generally we invite papers that address topics including:

- Computational models of spatial language processing based on formal symbolic and qualitative theories
- Computational models of spatial language processing based on embodied or quantitative models
- Models for processing spatial language in vision recognition systems, GIS, dialogue systems, robotics, and other applications
- Connectionist theories of spatial language
- Dynamic systems models of spatial term meaning
- Linguistically-inspired formal spatial calculi and their applications
- Metaphorical use of spatial language and its processing
- Computing spatial alignments in human-computer interaction
- Models for cross-cultural natural language processing
- Spatial language corpora for certain tasks or applications
- Models for sign languages and spatial gestures


All papers should be submitted in English as PDF documents. We welcome full papers of length 4-6 pages formatted in accordance with the Springer LNCS style (see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 13 May 2011
Notification: 13 June 2011
Final Version Deadline: 1 July 2011
Workshop Day: 20 July 2011


Joana Hois, University of Bremen, Germany
Robert Ross, Artificial Intelligence Group, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
John Kelleher, Artificial Intelligence Group, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Program Committee:

Marios Avraamides, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
Kenny Coventry, Northumbria University, UK
Alexander Klippel, Penn State, USA
Amitabha Mukerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Philippe Muller, Université Paul Sabatier, France
David Schlangen, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Emile van der Zee, University of Lincoln, UK
Joost Zwarts, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $67,000. This money will go to help 
keep the List running by supporting all of our Student Editors for the coming year.

See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out Fund 
Drive 2011 site!


There are many ways to donate to LINGUIST!

You can donate right now using our secure credit card form at  

Alternatively you can also pledge right now and pay later. To do so, go to: 

For all information on donating and pledging, including information on how to 
donate by check, money order, or wire transfer, please visit: 

The LINGUIST List is under the umbrella of Eastern Michigan University and as 
such can receive donations through the EMU Foundation, which is a registered 
501(c) Non Profit organization. Our Federal Tax number is 38-6005986. These 
donations can be offset against your federal and sometimes your state tax return 
(U.S. tax payers only). For more information visit the IRS Web-Site, or contact 
your financial advisor.

Many companies also offer a gift matching program, such that they will match 
any gift you make to a non-profit organization. Normally this entails your 
contacting your human resources department and sending us a form that the 
EMU Foundation fills in and returns to your employer. This is generally a simple 
administrative procedure that doubles the value of your gift to LINGUIST, without 
costing you an extra penny. Please take a moment to check if your company 
operates such a program.

Thank you very much for your support of LINGUIST!

Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Page Updated: 26-Apr-2011

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation       About LINGUIST    |   Contact Us       ILIT Logo
While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.