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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Constraints in Discourse
From:   Peter Kuehnlein
Email:   p_(on)_uni-bielefeld.de
Date received:   20 Apr 2006
Deadline:   01 May 2006
Start date:   07 Jul 2006

Last Call for Papers Please apologize for cross-postings Workshop on Constraints in Discourse ======================== http://www.constraints-in-discourse.org/cid06 This is the second in a series of workshops entitled "Constraints in Discourse". For a many years, the development of precise frameworks of discourse interpretation has been hampered by the lack of a deeper understanding of the dependencies between different discourse units. The past 15 years have seen a considerable advance in this field. A number of strong constraints have been proposed that restrict the sequencing and attaching of segments at various descriptive levels, as well as the interpretation of their interrelations. Last year's workshop CID2005 in Dortmund revealed a number of issues that still have to be clarified and worked upon. Most relevant topics turned out to be: - the necessity to have a look at intonation and discourse structure more closely; - the question of formal properties of discourse structure (tree-like or graph-like etc.); - the question of (psychological, social or linguistic) reality of constraints; - the interface between utterance-level and discourse-level analysis; - and the empirical foundation and availability of corpus annotation of constraints. The goal of this series of workshops is to provide a forum for presenting recent research on constraints in discourse. The target areas include the recognition of discourse structure as well as the interpretation and generation of discourse in a broad variety of domains. The workshop offers a forum for researchers from diverse formal approaches, including but not limited to: - Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST) - Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT) - Tree Adjoining Grammars - Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG) - The QUD Modell - Plan Based Reasoning - Abductive Reasoning - Gricean Pragmatics - Speech Act Theory We invite talks that further our theoretical understanding of the role of constraints in discourse, as well as empirical studies that shed light on their empirical validity. The conference is explicitly intended for discussion and comparison of theoretical accounts that lay the ground for applications. It is not intended as a platform for system demonstrations. Specific topics might relate to - Anaphora Resolution - Co-reference - Dialogical vs. Monological Discourse - Questions and Answers - Lexicon and Discourse Relations - Cognitive Modeling - Underspecification and Nonmonotonic Inferences etc. The organisers are planning to publish a selection of the results of the workshop either as a special issue of a journal or as a book. Publication (and workshop) language is English The workshop is endorsed by SIGdial, the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, and SIGsem, the Special Interest Group on Semantics, of ACL. Invited Speakers ================ Barbara Kaup, Technical University Berlin Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California Candace Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs Paper Submission ================ Researchers interested in contributing a paper to the workshop are invited to submit an abstract that spans not more than 3 pages in PDF or PS (single column, 10pt font size, a4 paper, including a bibliography) using the form at the workshop website (http://www.constraints-in-discourse.org/cid06). Reviews will be done blindly; the abstracts may accordingly not include explicit hints that allow the identification of the authors (such as "in paper (...) we show that"). Important Dates =============== Deadline for Submissions: 1 May, 2006 Notification of Acceptance: 1 June, 2006 Final Abstracts due: 22 June, 2006 Conference: 7-9 July, 2006 Program Committee ================= Anton Benz, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding Markus Egg, Rijksuniversiteit. Groningen, Netherlands John Harpur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California Peter Kuehnlein, University of Bielefeld, Germany Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh, UK Barbara Kaup, Technical University Berlin, Germany Gisela Redeker, Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen, Netherlands Ivan Sag, Stanford University, USA Candace Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, USA Organisation ============ Organisation Committee: Candace Sidner, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, USA (Chair) Anton Benz, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding John Harpur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Peter Kuehnlein, University of Bielefeld, Germany Local Organisation: John Harpur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Coordinates =========== The workshop will take place from 7-9 July, 2006. It will be hosted by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM). Maynooth is situated 15 miles from Dublin in the heart of the Kildare countryside, and is well served by motorway, rail and bus links. County Kildare is on Dublin's doorstep and is in close proximity to Dublin Airport and Seaport as well as Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It is also only a couple of hours drive from most parts of Ireland. Fees ==== Fees (including coffee breaks and lunch) are Participants from Academia: EUR 100 Participants from commercial enterprises: EUR 200 -- http://www.peter-kuehnlein.net "To face an event and solve it lightly is difficult if you are not resolved beforehand, and there will always be uncertainty in hitting your mark." (Hagakure) Upcoming events: http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/mmc06 http://www.constraints-in-discourse.org/cid06 _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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