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LINGUIST List 22.3456

Fri Sep 02 2011

Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics/Japan

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

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        1.     Alastair Butler , Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 8

Message 1: Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 8
Date: 01-Sep-2011
From: Alastair Butler <ajb129hotmail.com>
Subject: Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 8
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Full Title: Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 8
Short Title: LENLS8

Date: 01-Dec-2011 - 02-Dec-2011
Location: Takamatsu, Japan
Contact Person: Alastair Butler
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.is.ocha.ac.jp/~bekki/lenls

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2011

Meeting Description:

Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 8 (LENLS8)
Workshop Site: Sunport Hall Takamatsu, Takamatsu
Dates: December 1-2, 2011
Contact Person: Alastair Butler
Contact Email: lenls8easychair.org
Workshop URL: http://www.is.ocha.ac.jp/~bekki/lenls/

LENLS is an annual international workshop focusing on formal semantics and pragmatics. It will be held as one of the workshops of JSAI isAI 2011, sponsored by The Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI).

On 3 December there will also be special tutorial lectures at the workshop venue by Frank Veltman (University of Amsterdam) and Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University).

Tutorial Lectures:


- Frank Veltman (University of Amsterdam)
- Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)


‘Sunport Hall Takamatsu’
Takamatsu 2-1, Sunport, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken, Japan

Time Table (Tentative):

10:00-12:00 Session 1
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-17:30 Session 2

Chair: Alastair Butler (JST/Tohoku University)

Invited Speakers:

Frank Veltman (University of Amsterdam)
Kentaro Inui (Tohoku University)

Organizing Committee:

Alastair Butler (Chair)
Daisuke Bekki
Eric McCready
Yoshiki Mori
Yasuo Nakayama
Katsuhiko Yabushita
Tomoyuki Yamada
Shunsuke Yatabe
Kei Yoshimoto

Information on Takamatsu:


Final Call for Papers:

We invite submissions to this year's workshop on topics in formal semantics and pragmatics, and related fields, including but in no way limited to the following:

- Dynamic syntax/semantics/pragmatics of natural language
- Categorical/topological/coalgebraic approaches for natural language syntax/semantics/pragmatics
- Logic and its relation to natural language and linguistic reasoning (especially dynamic logics)
- Type-theoretic approaches to natural language
- Formal philosophy of language
- Formal pragmatics (especially game- and utility-theoretic approaches)
- Substructural expansion of Lambek Lambda Calculi
- Many-valued/fuzzy and other non-classical logics and natural language

This year we especially welcome submissions connected to the theme of 'Where is dynamic semantics now?' Flavours of dynamic semantics (world updating, assignment changing, etc.) have been broadly applied to solve problems in linguistics (notably anything related to anaphora) and philosophy (e.g., foundational issues of context, the role of variables) and have prompted the development of a diverse range of frameworks with replicable formal results. However in recent years direct appeals to the dynamic metaphor have been waning, as has the explicit development of novel systems, or even refinements to or mergings of older systems. Has dynamic semantics been so successful in solving its problems that all that remains for discussion are implementational differences among established parameters, or have debates simply shifted to new issues? Either way now seems an apt time to take stock and question where the decades of research have taken us and where we might hope this legacy to send us in the future.


Abstracts (4-6 pages, including figures, bibliography, possible appendices) must be submitted electronically in PDF format at:


When his/her abstract is accepted, the author is expected to submit a full paper (10-14 pages) before the workshop. The proceedings of the workshop will be available at the conference site for registered persons.

Selected Papers:

We also plan to publish a selection of the accepted/invited papers as a portion of a volume 'JSAI-isAI2011 selected papers', which will be published from 'Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence' series (Springer Verlag).

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline (extended): September 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 10, 2011
Deadline for camera-ready copy: October 28, 2011
Deadline for onsite registration: November 12, 2011
LENLS8: December 1-2, 2011
Tutorial lectures: December 3, 2011



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