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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Information and Discourse Structure and Discourse Semantics
From:   Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova
Email:   ivana_(on)_cogsci.ed.ac.uk
Date received:   29 Nov 2000
Deadline:   30 Mar 2001
Start date:   20 Aug 2001

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% % % % CALL FOR PAPERS % % % % ESSLLI Workshop on % % Information Stucture, Discourse Structure and Discourse Semantics % % % % http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/%7Eivana/esslli01-wsh/ % % % % % % August 20-24, 2001 % % % % Helsinki, Finland % % % % The workshop is endorsed by SIGSEM: http://www.sigsem.org/ % % % % ESSLLI: http://www.helsinki.fi/esslli % % % %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% BRIEF MISSION STATEMENT: --------------------------------------------- This workshop aims to provide a forum for recent research on interactions between information structure (as a component of sentence-level semantics), discourse structure and discourse-level semantics. Both Information Structure (IS) and Discourse Structure (DS) are construed broadly here: -- IS, as comprising structural and semantic properties of utterances relating to the discourse status of their content, the actual and attributed attentional states of the discourse participants, and the participants' prior and changing attitudes. -- DS, as covering all aspects of the internal organizational structure of a discourse, an essential aspect being the use of explicit and implicit devices signifying links between clause and sentences. Understanding IS in light of DS and vice versa is not only justified on theoreticalgrounds: Experience with applications such as translating telephony and interactive query-answering makes it clear that a theory relating IS and DS is essential for accurate Natural Language Processing. The workshop aims to attract researchers in computational and theoretical linguistics and logic who are investigating IS-sensitive discourse processing and to facilitate contact, exchange of ideas and cooperation between them. We hope that the participants will transcend the difficulties caused by proliferating terminologies, and concentrate instead on investigating the interactions between IS and DS, with the goal of understanding how sentence-level semantic devices that make up IS symbiotically serve the needs of discourse cohesion and coherence. We seek contributions advancing beyond descriptive frameworks towards an explanatory account of how IS and DS, in whatever framework, interact to refer to and update a dynamically evolving representation of discourse context. The submitted papers will be refereed by the PC. See http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/%7Eivana/esslli01-wsh/ for more details. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: ----------------------------------------- Full papers addressing the above issues are solicited, not exceeding 5000 words including references. Each paper must contain a 5-10 lines abstract. A postscript or pdf version of the paper should be submitted (zipped) by e-mail to ivana_(on)_cogsci.ed.ac.uk by the submission deadline given below. In an accompanying email message, please provide the following information: Paper title: Contact author: Email(s): 5-10 lines abstract: We strongly encourage the use of LaTeX. The workshop proceedings will be prepared using LaTeX and authors will be required to provide the final versions of their papers in LaTeX. IMPORTANT DATES: ------------------------------- March 30 Submission deadline April 30 Notifications of acceptance/rejection to authors May 20 Final version of papers in LaTeX for the proceedings due August 20-24 Workshop dates Note that all workshop participants must register as particpants of ESSLLI. The early registration fees apply to authors of accepted papers. PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: ------------------------------------------ Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (organizer, co-chair) Mark Steedman (organizer, co-chair) John Bateman Daniel Buering Elisabet Engdahl Bart Geurts David Traum Maria Vilkuna Bonnie Webber We are looking forward to your submissions :-) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ing. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Dr. Center for Computational Linguistics ICCS, Division of Informatics Charles University University of Edinburgh Malostranske nam. 25. 2 Buccleuch Place 118 35 Praha 1 Edinburgh, EH8 9NW Czech Republic Scotland tel. 00420 - 2 - 2191 4288 tel. +44-(0)-131-6504412 fax. 00420 - 2 - 2191 4309 fax. +44-(0)-131-6506626 korbay_(on)_ufal.mff.cuni.cz ivana@cogsci.ed.ac.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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