LINGUIST List 9.1434

Wed Oct 14 1998

Calls: Speech Act/Dialogue Moves, Language Acquisition

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  1. Henk_Zeevat, Speech Acts/Dialogue Moves
  2. Konopak, Cognitive Linguistics and Language Acquisition

Message 1: Speech Acts/Dialogue Moves

Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 18:29:18 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Henk_Zeevat <>
Subject: Speech Acts/Dialogue Moves



Amsterdam Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

 May 7-9, 1999
 University of Amsterdam

Invited Speakers: 
	Hans Kamp
	Hannes Rieser
	to be announced


Amstelogue '99 will be a sequel to the successful dialogue workshops
Mundial'97 (Muenchen) and Twendial'98 (Twente). Like its predecessors,
Amstelogue '99 aims at bringing together researchers from different fields
on the topic of semantics and pragmatics of dialogue. These fields include
artificial intelligence, formal semantics/pragmatics and
computational/applied linguistics. 

In order to increase the cohesion of the talks in the workshop, we
put forward the over-all topic <i>Speech Acts/Dialogue Moves</i>.

The workshop will be organised around the following three

I Formal Semantics of Dialogue

This covers topics such as models of common ground/ mutual belief,
the semantics of goals, intentions and commitments in communication,
treatment of dialogue moves in a formal semantic framework, the
semantics of cross-speaker anaphora.

II Dialogue Systems

This covers e.g. knowledge representation for multi-agent interaction,
dialogue management in practical implementations, semantics and
pragmatics of natural language in automated dialogue systems.

III Dialogue Analysis (Empirical)

This covers topics such as turn-taking, categorisation of dialogue moves or
speech acts in real (i.e., non-constructed) dialogues, aspects of
institutional interaction, characteristics of multi-participant conversations,
the role of nonlinguistic interaction in communication.

- In order to increase the cohesion of the talks across the three themes, we
put forward, in addition, the over-all topic Speech Acts/Dialogue Moves. 

The collected abstracts of the talks will be provided as workshop
proceedings at the start of the workshop. We are negotiating a special
issue of the Journal of Semantics for publishing a selection of the

Related event: the day before the workshop, 6 May, will be occupied to
the TRINDI-project workshop. Further information will be made available 
via our website.

Procedure: Anyone who is working on the semantics or pragmatics of
dialogue is kindly invited to send us a 5 page ABSTRACT in latex or
ascii (talks will be 45 minutes) on one of the above mentioned topics,
or a related topic. Please indicate for what theme you are
opting. Abstracts clearly relating to the over-all topic of Speech
Acts will be preferred.

deadline: 1 February 1999
send to:



Noor van Leusen, Dept. of Computational Linguistics, U.v.A,
Robert van Rooy, Dept. of Philosophy, U.v.A,
Henk Zeevat, Dept. of Computational Linguistics, U.v.A,

More information on website:


Dutch Research School in Logic
Dutch Research Foundation

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Message 2: Cognitive Linguistics and Language Acquisition

Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 15:06:35 -0500
From: Konopak <>
Subject: Cognitive Linguistics and Language Acquisition

From: Chris Sinha <>

6th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference
Stockholm, 11th-16th July 1999.

Theme Session: First and Second Language Acquisition

Call for Abstracts

The purpose of this theme session is to highlight the mutual
importance of language acquisition for cognitive linguistics (CL),
and CL for language acquisition research.

Accounting for language acquisition is crucial for any linguistic
theory, and CL is as yet in its infancy in this regard. However, CL
research in diverse areas has reached a stage of development at which
language acquisition research can benefit greatly from its insights
and theoretical and methodological tools. CL-based approaches to
first and second language acquisition constitute a rapidly growing
field of research. Amongst the CL-inspired issues which are
attracting the attention of L1 and L2 acquisition researchers are:

grammaticalization, island phenomena and the acquisition of grammar;
metaphor, analogy and embodiment in lexical development;
cultural and cognitive motivations in structure-learning;
typological influences on acquisition patterns;

We invite abstracts on any topic of L1/L2 acquisition which either
apply CL-based explanatory tools, or which offer insights which can
enrich the CL perspective. Critical appraisals of CL from an
acquisition perspective are also encouraged, as are submissions
relating to the cultural and communicative contexts of cognition
and language acquisition.

Half- to one page abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to>Michel Achard
 ( by November 1st. 1998.

Notification of acceptance will be by November 15th.

Further information about the 6th International Cognitive
Linguistics Conference can be obtained at the conference website:

Theme session organizers:
Michel Achard, Susanne Niemeyer, Chris Sinha, Sven Stroemqvist

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