| Category: ||E-CFP |
| Subject: ||ESSLLI-03, Meaning and Implementation of Discourse Particles |
| From: ||Henk Zeevat |
| Email: ||henk.zeevat_(on)_hum.uva.nl |
| Date received: ||14 Mar 2003 |
| Deadline: ||04 Apr 2003 |
| Start date: ||18 Aug 2003 |
Second CALL FOR PAPERS
"The Meaning and Implementation of Discourse Particles"
Workshop held as part of the
"Fifteenth European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information"
Workshop webpage: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/
Discourse particles (or 'discourse markers') are an important device for
conveying structure in both spoken and written discourse - even though
there are significant differences of particle usage in the two modes.
From the perspective of computational linguistics, discourse particles
are both a promise and a challenge.
* A promise because they seem to be functioning in communication
between humans as devices that indicate discourse relations and other
coherence relations in text and dialogue and so it would seem that their
treatment would help natural dialogue systems to get a better grasp on
the intentions of the user, while at the same time it would help them to
achieve more natural and comprehensible output to the user.
* A challenge, because their analysis is notoriously difficult and
seems to involve concepts that are beyond current levels of
sophistication in either natural language processing or in natural
The workshop aims at collecting contributions to the theory and
implementation of discourse particles and similar devices (intonation,
tag questions, modal auxiliaries, etc.) with the aim of building a
common understanding of the current possibilities and of contributing to
better natural language processing and a deeper understanding of the
nature of discourse particles and their function in indicating speech
acts and discourse structure. A central goal is to connect the informal
understanding of particle use with the tasks of understanding and
generating natural natural language, e.g. for use in dialogue systems.
This requires formalisation of the informal understanding, and where
formal approaches are available, the study of their usability in
Invited speaker: Jerry R. Hobbs (ISI, Univ. of Southern California)
During the workshop there will be paper presentations and ample time for
discussion. We invite contributions to the following topics:
* Semantics and pragmatics of discourse particles
* Mechanisms by which particles help to define (specialisations of)
* Correspondences between particles and discourse structure,
including information structure
* Universality: are the functions of discourse particles
language-specific or is some realisation found in each language?
* The driving force behind the grammaticalisation processes that
create particles: universal function or perceived benefits
* Place of knowledge about particles in language processing: does
it belong to the lexicon or to the grammar?
* Differences in particle usage between spoken and written language
* (Automatic) language understanding: how do we disambiguate
* (Automatic) language production: why do we when use which
particle -- the applicability conditions of particles
* Spoken language processing: particular dialog phenomena
(particles signalling turn-taking, topic shifts etc)
We invite submissions of extended abstracts. They should be in
electronic form (Postscript of PDF) and not exceed 5 pages. Send your
submission prior to the deadline to either Manfred Stede or Henk Zeevat
(addresses below). Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by members of
the program committee. When accepted, authors are asked to submit final
versions of their abstracts, which will be distributed during the
workshop, as well as on this web page. The question of a follow-up
publication will be discussed at the end of the workshop.
Notice: Workshop participants must register for ESSLLI 2003. Early
registration fees apply to authors of accepted papers.
Manfred Stede stede_(on)_ling.uni-potsdam.de>
Henk Zeevat henk_(on)_illc.uva.nl>
(ILLC, University of Amsterdam)
Kerstin Fischer, Univ. of Bremen
Isabel Gomes-Txurruka, ILCLI/Donostia-San Sebastian
Alex Lascarides, Univ. of Edinburgh
Daniel Marcu, ISI/Univ. of Southern California
Manfred Stede, Univ. of Potsdam
Henk Zeevat, Univ. of Amsterdam
Submission due: April 4
Notification of acceptance: May 2
Final version camera-ready: May 23