LINGUIST List 8.1751

Fri Dec 5 1997

Calls: Applied Semiotics, Morphological Case

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  1. Elena Suleymanova, Third Workshop on Applied Semiotics - CORRECTION
  2. Olaf Koeneman, Effects of Morphological Case

Message 1: Third Workshop on Applied Semiotics - CORRECTION

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 17:00:33 +0300
From: Elena Suleymanova <>
Subject: Third Workshop on Applied Semiotics - CORRECTION

First Call for Participation
Third International Workshop on Applied Semiotics
October 7-8, 1998 
Puschino, Moscow area

	The Third International Workshop on Applied Semiotics will be
held during the Sixth Russian national conference on AI CAI-98. The
First Workshop on Applied Semiotics took place in the framework of
ECAI-96 (August 1996, Budapest, Hungary), the Second was organized at
AIICSR-97 (September 1997, Smolenice, Slovakia).
	The Workshop will discuss the problems of developing and using
applied semiotic systems. In a general case, by applied semiotic
systems one means a class of semiotic systems having the following
peculiarities: a) sign is viewed as the unity of name, concept, and
mental image; and b) interpretation of sign exists in the mental
world, and is variable. This leads to the fact that applied semiotic
systems can be viewed as a modelling means that allows for changes in
any component of the model.
	By virtue of the above-cited features systems of such kind may 
be used to solve real complexity problems, among which: 
 - describing the dynamics in knowledge based systems
 - modelling of goal-directed behaviour
 - interaction between knowledge and actions
 - multi-step control
	Furthermore, semiotic systems offer formal tools for solving 
many of the tasks of intelligent control.

Dmitri POSPELOV (Computer Centre of Russian Academy of 
	Science, Russia) - Chair 
Patrick BREZILLON (University Paris-VI, France)
Jozef KELEMEN (University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Gennady OSIPOV (Programme Systems (Software) Institute, Russian 
	Academy of Science, Russia)
Paul PRUEITT (Highland Technologies, Inc., USA)
Vadim STEFANUK (Institute of Information Transfer Problems, 
	Russian Academy of Science, Russia)
Secretary - Elena SULEYMANOVA (Programme Systems (Software) 
	Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Russia) 

	Puschino is a little city on the banks of Oka river (120 km
south off Moscow). It is one of the nicest and ecologically safest
places in Moscow area.
	In Puschino, the Centre for Biologic Research of Russian
Academy of Science, consisting of 8 research institutes, is located,
as well as the Radio-astronomic station of the Institute of Physics.
	In the city's neighborhood one can find some historical places
worth seeing: remains of an old Russian fortress, a unique XVIII-th
century church in Podmoklovo village, memorial estates of Polenovo,
Melikhovo, Yasnaya Poliana.
	Accommodation for the Workshop participants will be provided 
at the comfortable "Puschino" hotel, in single or double rooms 
looking on to Oka river and Prioksky national park.

- Methodological foundation of semiotic modelling. Theory of 
applied semiotic systems.
- Derivability and satisfiability in semiotic systems. Derivability
and satisfiability in different formal sub-systems of a semiotic
- Semiotic systems and knowledge engineering. Software tools for 
semiotic system development.
- Methods of transforming natural language descriptions into 
semantic representations.
- Interaction of knowledge and actions in semiotic systems.
- Models of expedient behaviour in semiotic systems.
- Applied semiotic systems and control theory.
- Applied typology of semiotic systems.

	Please email submissions (as either LaTex, MSWord, or
PostScript files) to the Workshop secretary: Papers
must include in the first page: title, author's name(s), affiliation,
contact email address.
	Specific final paper requirements will be known later.

March 1, 1998 		Papers due
April 1, 1998 		Notification of acceptance. Distribution of 
			final paper formatting instructions
May 15, 1998		Final papers due
October 7-8, 1998	Third Workshop on Applied Semiotics

Updated information will be available at
Elena Suleymanova
Artificial Intelligence Research Centre
Programme Systems Institute, Russian Academy of Science
152140 Pereslavl-Zalessky RUSSIA
phone/fax +7 (08535) 20566 
phone +7 (08535) 98947
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Message 2: Effects of Morphological Case

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 10:20:15 +0100
From: Olaf Koeneman <>
Subject: Effects of Morphological Case

 C A L L F O R P A P E R S


Workshop to be held at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS,
Utrecht University, 28-29 August 1998.

Organizers: Helen de Hoop, Olaf Koeneman, Iris Mulders, and Fred


The aim of this workshop is to investigate the effects of
morphological case that go beyond its mere phonological
characteristics. In the GB model of the eighties, morphological case
was considered a spell-out of abstract case. While abstract case is
present in all languages, the spell-out is only in a subset. In such a
view, the presence of morphological case may help to uncover more
abstract features, but in itself it does not have syntactic or
semantic effects.

This runs counter to observations that the presence/absence of
morphological case correlates with the presence/absence of certain
syntactic and semantic properties. A case in point is the more or less
classical observation that the presence of morphological case is
related to the possibility for several types of scrambling. Other
approaches have been proposed to incorporate (some of) these effects
of morphological case and the idea that parametric differences should
be reducable to morphological properties has been defended with
varying success. Against this background, the present workshop seeks
answers for questions like the following: What is the relation between
morphological case and abstract case? What are the distributional,
interpretive and phonological effects of the presence of morphological

The aim of this workshop is to bring together theoretical and
empirical considerations on the effects of morphological case. Issues
for discussion involve the implications of morphological case for
abstract case theory, the difference between structural and inherent
case, agreement, word order phenomena, grammaticalization processes,
discourse theory, and semantics. We welcome contributions relating to
all aspects of linguistics. In particular we are interested in
comparative, diachronic and acquisitional evidence that shows that
relations between morphological case and other aspects of the grammar
do (not) exist.

The program will include three invited lectures of experts on the
topic of morphological case. The provisional titles are as follows:

Paul Kiparsky (Stanford):

 `Cases as complementizers'

Joan Maling (Brandeis):

 `Morphological case is NOT (always) to blame!'

Alec Marantz (MIT):

 `In defense of "spell-out": why morphological case should 
	indeed have only an indirect reflective relation to the 

The workshop has room for 13 selected talks of 35 minutes. Authors
should submit 5 copies of an anonymous abstract of no more than 2
pages, one camera-ready copy indicating the author's name and a 3x5"
card with the author's name, address, affiliation, e-mail address,
phone number, and the title of the paper. We hope to be able to
(partially) reimburse all speakers. Please send your abstracts to:

 Workshop on Morphological Case
 Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
 Trans 10
 3512 JK Utrecht
 The Netherlands

The DEADLINE for submission is April 1, 1998.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by May 15.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
* Olaf Koeneman *
* Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS *
* Trans 10 (room 2.20), 3512 JK Utrecht *
* tel. +31 30 253 8304 *
* email: *
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