LINGUIST List 9.1427

Tue Oct 13 1998

Calls: Logic/Natural Lang. Semantics, Romance Lang.

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  1. Francesco Orilia, Logic and Natural Language Semantics
  2. Christina Tortora, Romance Languages

Message 1: Logic and Natural Language Semantics

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 15:05:42 +0000
From: Francesco Orilia <>
Subject: Logic and Natural Language Semantics


The main focus of the European Summer Schools in Logic, Language and
Information is the interface between linguistics, logic and
computation. It is organized under the auspices of the European
Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI). Foundational,
introductory and advanced courses together with workshops cover a wide
variety of topics within six areas of interest: Logic, Computation,
Language, Logic and Computation, Computation and Language, Language
and Logic. Previous summer schools have been highly successful,
attracting around 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The school
has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion
for students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study
of Logic, Language and Information.
 ESSLLI-99 will take place at the University of Utrecht, The
August 9-20. In its first week it will feature a worskshop on
aim is to provide a forum for advanced Ph.D. students and other
researchers to present and discuss their work on the following issues.
Intensional logic lies at the heart of a Montague-style natural
language semantics. It involves a representation of properties,
relations and propositions (PRPs). In traditional Montague Grammar,
PRPs are characterized in terms of possible worlds, and the
logico-semantic paradoxes are avoided by using a Russellian hierarchy
of types. The problems with this traditional approach (e.g., logical
omniscience and expressive limitations) have led to the flourishing of
more fine- grained notions of PRP, and to type-free solutions to the
paradoxes (Gupta and Belnap, Barwise and Etchemendy, Cocchiarella,
Bealer, Asher and Kamp, Chierchia and Turner, etc.). The new
approaches have problems of their own and no new framework has become
standard. This workshop thus will explore and compare well- known or
newly proposed foundational approaches for an intensional logic that
can serve the purposes of natural language semantics. If you are
interested in presenting your research, please send a two page
abstract to:

Francesco Orilia
Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze Umane			ph. +39 (0733) 258 305
Universit=E0 di Macerata					fax +39 (0733) 235 339 62100 Macerata

The submission deadline is: March 15, 1999.
Workshop speakers will pay a reduced ESSLI-99 registration fee, which
will entitle them to attend all other courses and workshops. It may be
possible to allocate a sum of about 100 ECU to partially cover the
expenses of each workshop speaker. There will soon be an ESSLLI'99
web page at:
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Message 2: Romance Languages

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 11:38:05 -0400
From: Christina Tortora <>
Subject: Romance Languages

Second Call for Papers

The XXIX Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages
University of Michigan
April 8-11, 1999
Deadline for receipt of abstracts:
December 15, 1998

	Invited Speakers:

	James Harris (MIT)
	Esther Torrego (UMass)
	Enric Vallduvi (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
	Dieter Wanner (OSU) (parasession; see below)


Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion)
on any aspect of Romance linguistics. Authors are asked to send six (6)
copies of an anonymous abstract and one additional copy with the author's
name and affiliation (the latter will be reproduced in the Meeting Handbook
if the paper is accepted for presentation). Abstracts should be no more
than two pages in length (including examples and references), in 12-point
type. All margins should be at least one inch wide (or 2.5 cm). Please
also include a legible 3" x 5" card with paper title, name of author(s),
affiliation(s), address, phone number, and e-mail address. To facilitate
the review process, please indicate the primary area of linguistics
addressed in the paper. Those who wish to be considered for both the Main
Session and the Parasession (see below) should send two sets of materials
(please indicate MAIN SESSION / PARASESSION). Submissions are limited to a
maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. E-mail
submissions will be accepted, provided that a camera-ready hardcopy is
received no later than December 24, 1998 (sorry, no faxes will be
accepted). Preference will be given to presentations not duplicated at
other major conferences (e.g., LSA, NELS, WCCFL). Authors are asked to
indicate prior or planned presentations of their papers on the abstract
submission card.

Notification: No later than February 2, 1999.


Organized by Steven Dworkin

Invited Speaker: Dieter Wanner (OSU)

Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are invited for a parasesison on the
theme "New Solutions to Old Problems: Issues in Romance Historical
Linguistics." This session seeks to explore how developments in such fields
as grammaticalization, typology, sociolinguistics, language contact, formal
theory, etc. may offer new insights into explaining changes that have
ocurred in the development over time of the Romance Languages. Papers
should deal with specific changes in individual Romance languages or with
evolutionary trends in the Romance family as a whole. Papers that are in
essence synchronic descriptions of attested older states of Romance
languages are not suitable for this parasession. Abstract guidelines are
the same as those for the Main Session.

All submissions should be sent to:

LSRL 29 Organizing Committee (MAIN SESSION)
D. Cresti, T. Satterfield, & C. Tortora
Program in Linguistics
1076 Frieze Building
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

LSRL 29 Organizing Committee (PARASESSION)
S. Dworkin
Program in Linguistics
1076 Frieze Building
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

Telephone numbers:

Diana Cresti: (734) 763-9172
Steven Dworkin: (734) 764-4381
Teresa Satterfield: (734) 647-2158
Christina Tortora: (734) 764-3725

Fax: (734) 936-3406


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