LINGUIST List 5.1095

Sat 08 Oct 1994

Calls: AI, On-line discourse analysis, Germ Syntax, Finno-Ugric

Editor for this issue: <>


  1. Paul Mc Kevitt,
  2. Sally Grobben, CGSW10: deadline extension
  3. Susan Herring, Call for abstracts: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis
  4. , Calls: Finno-Ugric Conference

Message 1:

Date: Tue, 4 Oct 94 16:45:21 BST
From: Paul Mc Kevitt <>


 AISB-95: Hybrid Problems, Hybrid Solutions.

 Monday 3rd -- Friday 7th April 1995

 Halifax Hall of Residence & Computer Science Department
 University of Sheffield
 Sheffield, ENGLAND

 The Tenth Biennial Conference on AI and Cognitive Science
 organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence
 and the Simulation of Behaviour

Programme Chair: John Hallam (University of Edinburgh)

Programme Committee: Dave Cliff (University of Sussex)
 Erik Sandewall (University of Linkoeping)
 Nigel Shadbolt (University of Nottingham)
 Sam Steel (University of Essex)
 Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)

Local Organisation: Paul Mc Kevitt (University of Sheffield)

The past few years have seen an increasing tendency for
diversification in research into Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive
Science and Artificial Life. A number of approaches are being
pursued, based variously on symbolic reasoning, connectionist systems
and models, behaviour-based systems, and ideas from complex dynamical
systems. Each has its own particular insight and philosophical

This variety of approaches appears in all areas of Artificial
Intelligence. There are both sybmolic and connectionist natural
language processing, both classical and behaviour-based vision
research, for instance.

While purists from each approach may claim that all the problems of
cognition can in principle be tackled without recourse to other
methods, in practice (and maybe in theory, also) combinations of
methods from the different approaches (hybrid methods) are more
successful than a pure approach for certain kinds of problems. The
committee feels that there is an unrealised synergy between the
various approaches that an AISB conference may be able to explore.

Thus, the focus of the tenth AISB Conference is on such hybrid
methods. We particularly seek papers that describe novel theoretical
and/or experimental work which uses a hybrid approach or papers from
purists, arguing cogently that compromise is unnecessary or
unproductive. While papers such as those are particularly sought,
good papers on any topic in Artificial Intelligence will be
considered: as always, the most important criteria for acceptance will
be soundness, originality, substance and clarity. Research in all
areas is equally welcome.

The AISB conference is a single track conference lasting three days,
with a two day tutorial and workshop programme preceding the main
technical event, and around twenty high calibre papers will be
presented in the technical sessions. It is expected that the
proceedings of the conference will be published in book form in time
to be available at the conference itself, making it a forum for rapid
dissemination of research results.


High quality original papers dealing with the issues raised by mixing
different approaches, or otherwise related to the Conference Theme,
should be sent to the Programme Chair. Papers which give comparative
experimental evaluation of methods from different paradigms applied to
the same problem, papers which propose and evaluate mixed-paradigm
theoretical models or tools, and papers that focus on hybrid systems
applied to real world problems will be particularly welcome, as will
papers from purists who argue cogently that the hybrid approach is
flawed and a particular pure approach is to be preferred.

Papers being submitted, whether verbatim or in essence, to other
conferences whose review process runs concurrently with AISB-95 should
indicate this fact on their title page. If a submitted paper appears
at another conference it must be withdrawn from AISB-95 (this does not
apply to presentation at specialist workshops). Papers that violate
these requirements may be rejected without review.


Sheffield is one of the friendliest cities in the UK and is situated
well having the best and closest surrounding countryside of any major
city in the UK. The Peak District National Park is only minutes
away. It is a good city for walkers, runners, and climbers. It has
two theatres, the Crucible and Lyceum. The Lyceum, a beautiful
Victorian theatre, has recently been renovated. Also, the city has
three 10 screen cinemas. There is a library theatre which shows more
artistic films. The city has a large number of museums many of which
demonstrate Sheffield's industrial past, and there are a number of
Galleries in the City, including the Mapping Gallery and Ruskin. A
number of important ancient houses are close to Sheffield such as
Chatsworth House. The Peak District National Park is a beautiful site
for visiting and rambling upon. There are large shopping areas in the
City and by 1995 Sheffield will be served by a 'supertram' system: the
line to the Meadowhall shopping and leisure complex is already open.

The University of Sheffield's Halls of Residence are situated on the
western side of the city in a leafy residential area described by John
Betjeman as ``the prettiest suburb in England''. Halifax Hall is
centred on a local Steel Baron's house, dating back to 1830 and set in
extensive grounds. It was acquired by the University in 1830 and
converted into a Hall of Residence for women with the addition of a
new wing.


Sheffield Computer Science Department has a strong programme in
Cognitive Systems and is part of the University's Institute for
Language, Speech and Hearing (ILASH). ILASH has its own machines and
support staff, and academic staff attached to it from nine
departments. Sheffield Psychology Department has the Artificial
Intelligence Vision Research Unit (AIVRU) which was founded in 1984 to
coordinate a large industry/university Alvey research consortium
working on the development of computer vision systems for autonomous
vehicles and robot workstations.


Four copies of submitted papers must be received by the Programme
Chair no later than 24 OCTOBER 1994 to be considered. Papers should
be at most 12 pages in length and be produced in 12 point, with at
most 60 lines of text per A4 page and margins at least 1 inch (2.5cm)
wide on all sides (default LaTeX article style is OK). They should
include a cover sheet (not counted in the 12 page limit) giving the
paper title, the abstract, the authors and their affiliations,
including a contact address for both electronic and paper mail for the
principal author. Papers should be submitted in hard-copy, not
electronically. Papers that do not adhere to this format
specification may be rejected without review.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by 7 DECEMBER 1994
and full camera-ready copy will be due in early JANUARY 1995
(publishers' deadlines permitting).


Correspondence relating to the conference programme, submissions of
papers, etc. should be directed to the conference programme chair at
the address below.

 John Hallam,
 Department of Artificial Intelligence,
 University of Edinburgh,
 5 Forrest Hill,
 Edinburgh EH1 2QL,

 Phone: + 44 31 650 3097
 FAX: + 44 31 650 6899

Correspondence concerning local arrangements should be directed to the
local arrangements organiser at the following address.

 Paul Mc Kevitt,
 Department of Computer Science,
 University of Sheffield,
 Regent Court,
 211 Portobello Street,
 Sheffield S1 4DP,

 Phone: + 44 742 825572
 FAX: + 44 742 780972
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 2: CGSW10: deadline extension

Date: Tue, 04 Oct 94 10:00:02 +0CGSW10: deadline extension
From: Sally Grobben <>
Subject: CGSW10: deadline extension

The Catholic University of Brussels, and
the P.J. Meertens Institute for Dialectology, Amsterdam
announce the


to be held on January 17-19, 1995 at the Catholic University of Brussels


 October 15, 1994

Abstracts are invited for 20 minute papers in all areas of Germanic syntax.
The abstract should be at most ONE page long, in at least 12 point type and
with one inch margins; references may be added on a separate sheet. Submit
5 anonymous copies, and one camera-ready copy with your name and
affiliation. Enclose a card with your name, address, affiliation, telephone
number, fax number, e-mail address, and the title of your paper. Send to:

Vrijheidslaan 17
Fax: +32 2 412 42 00

We regret that we cannot accept abstracts by e-mail or fax. Acknowledgment
of receipt of abstracts will only happen by e-mail.

Speakers will be partially reimbursed for their expenses. Further enquiries
can be directed to the above address, or to haaam08`blekul11.bitnet.

A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in
the journal Linguistics.


Advance registration: $20 ($10 for students)
On-site registration: $30 ($20 for students)

Advance registration can be made by forwarding the required amount to bank
account # 799-5043404-85, Kredietbank, Brussels, Belgium. Please mention
that you are registering for CGSW10.


A file with hotel information will be sent to you upon simple request.
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 3: Call for abstracts: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis

Date: Mon, 3 Oct 94 17:24:20 CDTCall for abstracts: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis
From: Susan Herring <>
Subject: Call for abstracts: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis



 GURT Presession on

 "Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis"

 March 8, 1995
 Georgetown University

One of the most exciting recent developments in discourse analysis is
the availability of data from computer-mediated interactions, such as
those that take place on the Internet, Usenet, and in synchronous modes
such as Chat and MUDs/MOOs. Computer-mediated interaction raises
intriguing issues of how technological limitations shape language use,
as well as providing large amounts of authentic, pre-transcribed data
which can be used to shed light on existing problems of linguistic

This presession will be one of the first public fora to report on the
results of linguistic analyses of computer-mediated discourse. While
any application of linguistic methodology to computer-mediated data is
welcome, analyses are especially encouraged that are pragmatic,
sociolinguistic/interactional, textual, or focus on issues of
methodology or genre.

Interested persons should submit a 500-word abstract describing the
problem, the data, the methodology used, and the (tentative) results of
the research by December 10, 1994 to:

 Susan Herring
 Organizer, GURT Presession on Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis
 Program in Linguistics
 University of Texas
 Arlington, TX 76019 USA

 fax: 817 273-2731

Abstracts should preferentially be sent by e-mail, but snail-mailed or
faxed abstracts are also acceptable. Submission prior to the deadline
is strongly encouraged. Notice of acceptance of abstracts for
presentation will be given by December 31, 1994.

The presession will take place on Wednesday, March 8, 1995. It will
be followed by the annual Georgetown Round Table on Languages and
Linguistics (topic: "Linguistics and the Education of Second Language
Teachers") from the evening of March 8 - March 11, and the
International Linguistics Association 40th Annual Conference (topic:
"Discourse and Text Analysis") from March 10-12. Both conferences will
take place on the Georgetown University campus.

Papers presented at the presession on Computer-Mediated Discourse
Analysis may be considered for publication in a special issue of the
Electronic Journal of Communication/Revue Electronique de Communication
on the presession topic.

For further information, contact Susan Herring at

Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 4: Calls: Finno-Ugric Conference

Date: Wed, 5 Oct 1994 11:22:51 -Calls: Finno-Ugric Conference
From: <>
Subject: Calls: Finno-Ugric Conference


The tenth conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada will
be held on June 3-4, 1995 in Montreal at l'Universite du Quebec. Papers
are welcome in all areas of Finno-Ugric research, such as linguistics,
archaeology, anthropology, folklore, literature, history and music.
Abstracts should be sent to the conference organizing committee to the
address given below by March 31, 1995.

Send abstracts to:

Zita McRobbie, President
Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada
c/o Department of Linguistics
 Simon Fraser University
 Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6. Canada.
 Fax: (604) 291-5659
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue