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Thu Aug 7 1997

Calls: FOIS'98, DGfS - Pronominal Arguments

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  1. Alessandro Artale, FOIS'98 - Call for Papers
  2. Dagmar Jung, DGfS - Pronominal arguments

Message 1: FOIS'98 - Call for Papers

Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 13:00:13 +0200 (METDST)
From: Alessandro Artale <>
Subject: FOIS'98 - Call for Papers

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			Preliminary Call for Papers


			 In conjunction with
	 the 6th International Conference on Principles of
		Knowledge Representation and Reasoning KR'98

		 TRENTO, ITALY, JUNE 6-8, 1998

		 Under the auspices of the Project

(Ontological Tools for Heterogeneous Knowledge Organization and

	 funded by the Italian National Research Council

Research on ontology is becoming increasingly widespread in the
computer science community. Its importance has been recognized in
fields as diverse as qualitative modelling of physical systems,
natural language processing, knowledge engineering, information
integration, database design, geographic information science, and
intelligent information access. Various workshops addressing the
engineering aspects of ontology have been held in the past few
years. However, ontology -by its very nature- ought to be a unifying
discipline. Insights in this field have potential impacts on the whole
area of information systems. In order to provide a solid general
foundation for this work, it is therefore important to focus on the
common scientific principles and open problems arising from current
tools, methodologies, and applications of ontology. The purpose of
this conference is to take a first step in this direction.
 As the heterogeneity of the program committee indicates, the
conference will have a strongly interdisciplinary character. Expected
participants include computer science practitioners as well as
linguists, logicians, and philosophers. Although the primary focus of
the conference is on theoretical issues, methodological proposals as
well as papers addressing concrete applications from a well-founded
theoretical perspective are welcome.

TOPICS Examples of problem areas that may be addressed at the
conference include:

 * Foundations:
 parthood, constitution, identity, integrity, dependence,
 * Kinds of entity:
 particulars vs. universals, continuants vs. occurrents,
 abstracta vs. concreta, attributes, relations, qualities,
 quantities, tropes or moments, states, situations, environments
 * Matter, space, time, motion, change
 * Natural kinds, organisms, artifacts
 * The ontology of social reality:
 legal and administrative entities, artistic expressions
 * The ontology of information and information processing:
 representations, signs, software products, virtual reality,
 * Top-level ontological taxonomies:
 new proposals or critical analyses of existing ones
 * Cognitive foundations of ontological distinctions
 * Kinds of ontology:
 top-level ontologies, domain ontologies, task ontologies,
 application ontologies
 * Ontological commitment

 * Knowledge organization, integration and standardization
 * Intelligent information access
 * Information systems design
 * Knowledge engineering
 * Conceptual modelling
 * Qualitative modelling
 * Lexical semantics
 * Terminology integration
 * Product knowledge integration
 * Geographic information systems
 * Legal information systems

 * Ontological and linguistic instruments for conceptual analysis
 * Methodologies for ontology development, maintenance, and integration


Papers will be selected on the basis of a rigorous review of full
paper contributions. Authors should submit 5 copies to the Conference
Chair by December 19, 1997. Papers received after the deadline or not
conforming to the submission format will be rejected without
review. The proceedings will be printed by a major publisher and will
be available at the conference. Final camera-ready copies of the
accepted papers will be due by March 9, 1998. Authors will be
responsible for preparing the final camera-ready in conformity with
the formatting requirements laid down by the publisher.

Submitted papers must be unpublished and substantially different from
papers under review. Papers that have been or will be presented at
small workshops/symposia whose proceedings are available only to
attendees may be submitted.

Each submission should include a title page containing the title,
author(s), affiliation(s), submitting author's mailing address,
telephone number, fax number and e-mail address, as well as an
abstract and keywords indicating the topic areas listed above that
best describe the contribution. Submissions must be at most 16 pages,
excluding the title page and the bibliography, with a maximum of 38
lines per page and an average of 75 characters per line (corresponding
to the LaTeX article-style, 12pt) using LaTeX or Microsoft Word.
Papers should be sent in 5 copies. Fax or electronic submissions will
not be accepted.

Those proposing to submit papers must complete the form at the WWW
address <>; by Monday December 15,
1997. If intending authors do not have WWW access, then an e-mail
message must be sent to <> by the same date, giving
details of any proposed submission in the following format:

Title: <Title of paper>
Author: <Last name, initials>
Author: <Insert as many more author lines as necessary>
CorrespondingAuthor: <name of corresponding author>
CorrespondingEmail: <email of corresponding author>
CorrespondingAddress: <address of corresponding author>
Keywords: <insert list of keywords, preferably chosen from above list>
Abstract: <insert short abstract, max 200 words>
EndAbstract: <mark the end of the short abstract thus>

Should intending authors not have e-mail access, the information above
should be sent by letter to arrive to the Conference Chair by Monday
December 15, 1997.


Monday, December 15, 1997 Electronic abstracts due
Friday, December 19, 1997 Papers due
Friday, February 6, 1998 Results sent to authors
Monday, March 9, 1998 Final papers due
Saturday-Monday, June 6-8, 1998 FOIS'98


 Nicola Guarino Alessandro Artale
 National Research Council ITC-IRST
 LADSEB-CNR Povo, I-38050 Trento, Italy
 Corso Stati Uniti, 4 e-mail:
 I-35127 Padova, Italy


John Bateman
 (Dept. of English Studies, Univ. of Stirling, UK)
B. Chandrasekaran
 (Dept. of Computer and Information Science, Ohio State Univ., USA)
Tony Cohn
 (Division of Artificial Intelligence, Univ. of Leeds, UK)
Ernest Davis
 (Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, New York, USA)
Richard Fikes
 (Knowledge Systems Lab., Stanford University, USA)
Kit Fine
 (Dept. of Philosophy, Univ. of California at Los Angeles, USA)
Mark Fox
 (Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Univ. of Toronto, Canada)
Nicola Guarino
 (LADSEB-CNR, National Research Council, Padova, Italy)
Patrick J. Hayes
 (Inst. for Human and Machine Cognition, Univ. of West Florida, USA)
Graeme Hirst
 (Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Toronto, Canada)
David Israel
 (Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International, Menlo Park, USA)
Fritz Lehmann
 (CYCorp, Austin, Texas, USA)
Diego Marconi
 (Dept. of Humanities, Univ. of Torino at Vercelli, Italy)
Richiro Mizoguchi
 (Inst. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka Univ., Japan)
Kevin Mulligan
 (Dept. of Philosophy, Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland)
Sergei Nirenburg

 (Computing Research Lab., New Mexico State Univ., USA)
Guus Schreiber
 (Dept. of Social Science Informatics, Univ. of Amsterdam, The
Peter Simons
 (School of Philosophy, Univ. of Leeds, UK and Ontek Corp., USA)
Doug Skuce
 (Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada)
Barry Smith
 (Dept. of Philosophy, State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, USA)
John Sowa
 (Philosophy and Computers and Cognitive Science, Binghamton Univ.,
Mike Uschold
 (Boeing Corporation, Seattle, USA)
Reind Van De Riet
(Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Vrije Univ., The
Achille Varzi
 (Dept. of Philosophy, Columbia Univ., New York, USA)
Laure Vieu
 (IRIT - CNRS, Toulouse, France)
Yair Wand
(Faculty of Commerce and Business Admin., Univ. of British Columbia,
Ron Weber
 (The Univ. of Queensland, Australia)
Chris Welty
 (Dept. of Computer Science, Vassar College, New York, USA)
Roel Wieringa
 (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Vrije Univ., The 

 Alessandro Artale - Enrico Franconi (ITC-IRST, Trento, Italy)
 Nicola Guarino - Claudio Masolo (LADSEB-CNR, Padova, Italy)
 Luca Pazzi - Sonia Bergamaschi (Univ. of Modena, Italy)
 Geri Steve - Aldo Gangemi (ITBM-CNR, Roma, Italy)
 Cristiano Castelfranchi - Rino Falcone (IP-CNR, Roma, Italy)

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Message 2: DGfS - Pronominal arguments

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 17:58:01 +0200
From: Dagmar Jung <>
Subject: DGfS - Pronominal arguments


As part of the Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society
(Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft), to be held in Halle
(Saale), Germany, March 4-6 1998, there will be a workshop on the
following topic:

Pronominal Arguments: Morphology and Syntax

Complex pronomial marking on the verb is very common in many language
families. These markers can be not only forms of agreement, but the
actual arguments of the clause. In this view, the status of lexical
NPs is then rather more like adjuncts or appositions. Especially in
polysynthetic languages, morphological and syntactic aspects of these
complex pronominal expressions interact.

This workshop would like to focus on the characteristics of pronominal
morphology, the characteristics of pronominal syntax, and the
interaction of both. Topics include: the categorical distinctions
expressed (e.g. person, number, gender, honorifics); the position and
order of pronominals in complex templates; the grammatical roles
expressed in pronominal paradigms; the status of lexical NPs; the
specific relationship between lexical and pronominal expression; the
correlation between word order and pronominal arguments; case marking
of pronominal arguments in the view of head- and dependent-marking
typology; grammaticalization of complex pronominal paradigms, etc.

Organizers: Dagmar Jung and Johannes Helmbrecht (both Universitaet zu

Papers wich are relevant to this topic are invited. A short abstract
should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to the organizers by August
24th, 1997.

Dagmar Jung
Institut fuer Sprachwissenschaft
Universitaet zu Koeln
D-50923 Koeln
Tel. 49-221-470-6327
Fax 49-221-470-5947
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