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Calls: Informatics, Humboldt/Whorf, Lang acq

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  1. Jan Staudek, SOFSEM '97 1st CFP
  2. Radden, Conference: Humboldt and Whorf revisited
  3. holleb, Call for Papers: Language Acquisition

Message 1: SOFSEM '97 1st CFP

Date: Sun, 16 Mar 1997 15:51:54 +0100 (MET)
From: Jan Staudek <>
Subject: SOFSEM '97 1st CFP


 | SOFSEM'97 |
 | |
 | XXIV-th Seminar on Current Trends |
 | in Theory and Practice of Informatics |

 November 22 - November 29, 1997
 Devet-skal hotel, Milovy
 Czech Republic

Organized by

 Czech Society for Computer Science
 Slovak Society for Computer Science
 Czech ACM Chapter
 Czech Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics

 In Cooperation with:

 CLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, UK
 Department of Computer Science, Comenius University, Bratislava
 Department of Software Engineering, Charles University, Prague
 Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences, Prague
 Institute of Computer Science, Masaryk University, Brno
 Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno

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SOFSEM (SOFtware SEMinar) is an eight-day international seminar
devoted to the theory and the practice of software systems. Its
program consists of a series of invited talks given by prominent
academic professionals and researchers. Contributed talks and posters
of participants are also included in the program of SOFSEM. The
working language is English.

Invited talks and contributed talks are published by Springer-Verlag
in the "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" series and distributed at
the seminar.

 | Sofsem'97 is the 24th in the series of Sofsem seminars held annually.|
 | It is intended to foster cooperation among people working in various |
 | areas of computer science. Its scientific program offers a unique |
 | opportunity to gain a relatively quick and representative |
 | overview about the selected parts of computer science, |
 | presented by top researchers. |
 | Its social program provides an optimal framework for discussions, |
 | meetings, contact establishing, and socializing. Especially suited |
 | for young computer scientists. |

Program of Invited Talks
 Contributed Talks
Contact Addresses, Sofsem www-page
 Financial support
Local Arrangements, Venue, History

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 A. Fundamentals,
 B. Distributed and parallel systems,
 C. Software engineering and methodology,
 D. Databases and Information Systems.

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 Preliminary Program Committee
 Frantisek Plasil, Charles University, Prague, CZ,
 Keith G. Jeffery, CLRC RAL, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, UK

 Patrizia Asirelli, I.E.-E.N.R., Pisa, IT
 Robert. G. Babb. II University of Denver, US
 Michel Banatre, Irisa/Inria, Rennes, FR
 Viliam Geffert UPJS Kosice, SK
 Jane Grimson, Trinity College, Dublin, IR
 Eduard Groeller Vienna University of Technology, AT
 Bernard Guy, INT, Evry, FR
 Petr Jancar, Ostrava Univ, CZ
 Martin Kersten, CWI, Amsterdam, NL
 Petr Kroha TU Chemnitz, DE
 Antonin Kucera, Charles Univ, Prague, CZ
 Hanspeter Moessenboeck, Univ Linz, AT
 Borivoj Melichar, Czech Tech Univ, Prague, CZ
 Lenka Motyckova, Masaryk University Brno, CZ
 Mogens Nielsen, Aaurhus Univ, DK
 Vaclav Rajlich, Wayne State Univ, Detroit, US
 Peter Ruzicka, Comenius Univ, Bratislava, SK
 Anton Scheber, SOFTEC Bratislava, SK
 Arne Solvberg, The Norwegian Univ of Science and Technology, NO
 Jiri Sima, Czech Academy of Sci, Prague, CZ
 Santosh Shrivastava, Univ of Newcastle, UK
 Hava Siegelmann, Technion Haifa, IL
 Gerard Tel, Utrecht Univ, NL
 Volker Tschammer, GMD Fokus, Berlin, DE
 Krzysztof Zielinski, Univ of M&M, Krakow, PL

 Jiri Sochor, Masaryk University, Brno, CZ

Advisory Board
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D. Bjorner, (UN University, IIST, Macau),
P. van Emde Boas, (CWI Amsterdam, NL),
M. Broy, (TU Munich, DE),
M. Chytil, (ANIMA Praha, Prague, CZ),
G. Gottlob, (TU Vienna, A),
K. G. Jeffery, (CLRC RAL, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, UK),
M. Zemankova, (NSF, Washington DC, USA)

Endowment Board
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J. Wiedermann, Chair (Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic)
B. Rovan, Vice-Chair (Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia)
K. G. Jeffery (CLRC RAL, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, UK)
J. Pavelka (DCIT, Prague, Czech Republic)
F. Plasil (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
I. Privara (Institute of Informatics and Statistics, Bratislava, Slovakia)
J. Staudek (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

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Program of Invited Talks includes
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 A. Fundamentals

 Reiner Feldmann, University of Paderborn, DE
 Computer Chess: The Importance of a Deep Look into the Future
 Marc van Kreveld, Utrecht University, NL
 Algorithms for Trangulated Terrains
 Klaus-Joern Lange, University of Tuebingen, DE
 On the Distributed Realisation of Parallel Algorithms
 Johann Makowsky, Technion, Haifa, IL
 The Fundamental Problem of Data Modeling
 Jaroslav Nesetril, Daniel Turzik, VSCHT, Prague, CZ
 Travelling Salesman and MAX-CUT - key problems of Combinatorial
 Pekka Orponen, University of Jyvaskyla, FI
 A Survey of Continuous-Time Computation Theory
 Klaus Weihrauch, Fernuniversitaet, Hagen, DE
 A Foundation for Computable Analysis
 Jiri Wiedermann, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of
 Sciences, Prague, CZ
 Towards Machines That Can Think
 Henryk Wozniakowski, University of Warsaw/Columbia University, PL/USA
 Complexity of Multivariate Problems
 Shmuel Zaks, Technion, Haifa, IL
 Path layout in ATM Networks

 B. Distributed and Parallel Systems

 Barret Bryant, Prakash Kumar Muthukrishnan, University of Alabama at
 Birmingham, USA
 Automatic Generation of Parallelizing Compilers for Object-Oriented
 Programming Languages from Denotational Semantics Specifications
 David Duce, CLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, UK
 Theory and practice in interactionally rich distributed systems
 Valerie Issarny, INRIA/IRISA Rennes, F
 Configuration-Based programming Systems

 C. Software Engineering and Methodology

 Dines Bjorner, International Institute for Software Technology,
 United Nations, University, Macau
 Signatures of Large-scale Infrastructure Systems
 Annie Kuntzmann-Combelles, Objectif Technologie, F
 Software Process Improvement
 Helmut Krcmar, University Hohenheim, Stuttgart, DE
 Telecooperation and Workflow Architecture
 Wolfgang Pree, JKU Linz, A
 Design Patterns for Object-Oriented Software Development

 D. Databases and Information Systems

 Klaus Dittrich, University of Zurich, CH
 Object-oriented database systems and beyond
 Maria Orlowska, University of Queensland, Brisbane, AUS
 Distributed Databases - From Theory to Practice
 Howard Williams, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
 From OO through deduction to active DB - ROCK, ROLL and RAP
 Jiri Zara, Czech Technical University, Prague, CR
 An Introduction to Virtual Reality Modeling Language
 Jiri Zlatuska, Masaryk University, Brno, CR
 The information Society

For Abstracts of invited talks and CVs of invited speakers
see Sofsem www-page.

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 The categories for submissions include Contributed Talks and Posters.
 Each submission should have a title giving the following information:

 - name, address, e-mail address, and phone/fax number of each author;
 - specification of one of the authors as the contact person.

 To submit, please send via e-amil a postscript file or via s-mail five
 printed copies of your contribution. With each submission, please
 e-mail also an abstract in plain ASCII. Any other form of electronic
 submission should be consulted in advance with the PC sectretary.

 Contributed Talks
 8-page drafts in English are expected. A full camera-ready copy of
 contributed talks on current topics in Computer Science should be no
 longer than 8-pages. Presentation time for contributed talks is 25
 minutes. Contributed talks will be included in the Proceedings of
 SOFSEM '97, published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series
 by Springer-Verlag.

 The Organizing Committee will supply the authors of accepted
 contributed talks with detailed technical instructions and the LaTeX
 style file for the preparation of the camera-ready copy.

 We actively encourage posters describing work in progress.
 Final versions of two A4 page poster are expected.

 Submission of the contributed talk/poster May 15, 1997
 Notification of acceptance/rejection July 10, 1997
 Camera-ready copy of the contributed talk Aug. 31, 1997

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Contact Addresses
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 Sofsem www-page

 Communications and enquires should be adressed to:

 Submissions should be adressed to:


 Jiri Sochor
 Faculty of Informatics
 Masaryk University
 Botanicka 68a,
 602 00 Brno
 Czech Republic

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 Kc stands for Czech Crowns. USD for US dollars.

 Total cost covers the registration fees, accommodation, and
 meals for the whole (eight-day) seminar as well as the Proceedings:

 Full fees:

 type single_room double_room Explanation
 of fee
 S1 8 660 Kc 7 300 Kc total costs for CZ/SK participants
 S3 395 USD 340 USD total costs for others


 If payment is made by 1st September 1997
 the following reductions apply:

 type single_room double_room Explanation
 of fee
 S0 *) 6 860 Kc 5 500 Kc total costs for CZ ACM, CSCS, SSCS
 S1 7 360 Kc 6 000 Kc total costs for CZ/SK participants
 S2 **) 325 USD 270 USD total costs for others ACM members
 S3 345 USD 290 USD total costs for others
 *) only for members of CZ ACM,
 Czech Society for Computer Science (CSCS)
 Slovak Society for Computer Science (SSCS),
 **) only for other ACM members,


 SOFSEM '96 was booked fully to capacity by the end of Aug. 1996 so

 Note for CZ/SK participants:

 Accommodation - daily rates single room - 410,- Kc
 one prsn in dble room - 240,- Kc
 meals - 110,- Kc

 Banking : Ceska sporitelna Brno - mesto, Brno, Czech Rep.
 Account Name : Ceska informaticka spolecnost, pobocka Brno
 Account Number : 6851659-628/0800
 Details of Payment: Fill in your name, organization and the purpose of
 payment: Sofsem'97 conference fee'.
 (Czech/Slovak participants: variabilni symbol,
 if allocated)

 Before 1-st November, 80% of the total cost will be refunded;
 after 1-st November, 50% of the total cost will be refunded.
 No refund will be made once the seminar has started.

 Financial support
 You may apply for financial support to partially cover your
 accommodation expenses. A strong preference will be given to
 undergraduate and graduate students whose submissions for contributed
 talks and/or posters have been accepted. Your application for financial
 support must reach the Organizing Committee by 1-st August. We will let
 you know by 15-th August whether requested support will be granted for

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ApS Brno, s.r.o., Digital Equipmnet, s.r.o., Help Service Mapping, s.r.o,
Hewlett-Packard, s.r.o., IBM CR, s.r.o., ORACLE Czech, s.r.o,

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1) presenting non profit results

 Organizations and individuals are invited to participate with
 demonstrations of non-profit research results and literature

2) presenting non profit results

 Organizations are invited to submit exhibitions of commercial software
 systems, organisation profiles, literature exhibitions, etc.

 Please submit a description of the demonstration and
 exhibitions to the address at the end of this page. It is the
 responsibility of the demonstrator to provide suitable equipment.
 Exhibitors should contact the following address for further details:

 J. Staudek - SOFSEM '97
 FI MU Brno
 Botanicka 68a
 602 00 Brno
 Czech Republic
 phone: +420-5-4151 2354
 FAX: +420-5-4121 2747

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Local Arrangements, Venue, History
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 For more information regarding SOFSEM'97 and Local Arrangements,
 Venue and SOFSEM History see Sofsem www-page

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 To register, please mail the filled-in registration form and the
 notification of your payment to the OC secretary:

 Z. Walletzka, SOFSEM '97
 UVT MU, Botanicka 68a,
 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
 phone: +420-5-4121 1646
 fax: +420-5-4121 2747

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 Please e-mail or fax to:

 Z. Walletzka --- SOFSEM '97
 Botanicka 68, 602 00 Brno
 Czech Republic
 fax: +420-5-4121 2747

 Family name (Mr, Ms) : ........................

 First name: ........................

 Organization: ........................

 Current position: ........................

 Address: ........................

 Phone: ........................

 E-mail: ........................

 Amount of Payment: ........................

 Date of Payment: ........................

 Details of Payment: ........................

 Vegetarian Meals: YES NO

 Type of Fee: S0 S1 S2 S3

 ACM member number: ........................

 Member of CIS/SIS YES NO

 Passport: ........................
 (CZ/SK participants
 "rodne cislo / COP" ........................)

 Comments: ........................


 Date: ........................

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Message 2: Conference: Humboldt and Whorf revisited

Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 19:33:24 +0000
From: Radden <>
Subject: Conference: Humboldt and Whorf revisited

LAUD-Symposium University of Duisburg, April 1-5, 1998

Call for papers for a neo-Whorfian symposium


The purpose of the symposium is to arrive at a new interpretation of
Humboldt's and Whorf's ideas on linguistic relativity in the light of
recent insights into linguistic conceptualization. Although papers on
the writings by Humboldt and Whorf are also highly welcome, the focus
will be on new research findings confirming or falsifying the main
claims of both these precursors of research into cognition and
 Not only in theoretical linguistics, but also in the
description of the lexicon and grammar of single languages, new
findings abound that throw a special light on the links between
language, culture and thought. This equally holds for most
interdisciplinary fields such as anthropological linguistics, language
acquisition, psycholinguistics, creole linguistics, sociolinguistics,
and theolinguistics.
 We invite researchers from all those fields to contribute to
this symposium. For the moment we only need the title of your
prospective contribution; we will let you know later in the year when
your abstract is due.
 An application for funding by the symposium with the German
Research Foundation (DFG) will be submitted by the beginning of May
1997. A list of contributors stating the exact costs of flight tickets
or other travelling expenses is to be handed in to DFG.
 We invite you to participate and ask you to send us your name,
address, affiliation, title of your contribution and amount of your
travelling expenses by April 30, 1997.
 Please send an e-mail message to or send a
fax to 00-49-379-203-2402.

Rene Dirven Martin Puetz Guenter Radden
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Message 3: Call for Papers: Language Acquisition

Date: Sat, 15 Mar 1997 18:03:19 -0500
From: holleb <>
Subject: Call for Papers: Language Acquisition



 New Perspectives on Language Acquisition:

 Minimalism and Pragmatics

 University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 June 2,3 and 4 1997

This conference creates a stage for a discussion on new perspectives
on Minimalism and its relation to other areas in linguistics. The
emphasis of the conference will be on the contribution of acquisition
research to theoretical linguistics.

The conference has the intention to explore the following three
(sub-)fields and their interfaces:

-syntax, for instance issues dealing with Merger Theory, the
exploration of formal features and functional categories, as well as
issues involving complementation.

-pragmatics, for instance on Theory of Mind (mental representations of
the world), binding interfaces.

-semantics, for instance phenemena involving aspect and events.

The relations between the pragmatic, the syntactic and the semantic
components, as well as their internal development is the focus of this
conference. For instance, the opacity of complements plays a major
role in the study of long distance Wh-movement (see work by Roeper and
De Villiers). Other topics that involve these subfields could be
negative polarity (e.g. John denied that anything happened), sequence
of tense constructions (e.g. John said he was happy = John said he is
happy) and various issues in the acquisition of binding.

The conference pays special attention to Afro American English and
SLI. Papers will be selected on quality of the content and according
to the coherence of the conference.

invited speakers: David Lebeaux (N.E.C.), Michelle de Graff (M.I.T.),
		Frans Zwarts (University of Groningen)

participants: Angelika Kratzer (UMass), Thomas Roeper (UMass), Jill de
 Villiers (Smith College)

Proceedings will be published in a volume of the University of
Massachusetts Occasional Papers (G.L.S.A., Amherst).

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: April 11, 1997.
Notification of acceptance by April 25, 1997.

Talks are 20 minutes, 10 minutes discussion. Send 4 hard copies of a one page
abstract to the following address (no e-mail submissions):

 New Perspective on Language Acquisition
 Linguistics Department
 University of Massachusetts
 South College
 Amherst, MA 01003

Bart Hollebrandse
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