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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   Computational Models of Natural Language Argument
From:   Floriana Grasso
Email:   floriana_(on)_csc.liv.ac.uk
Date received:   29 Nov 2000
Deadline:   09 Feb 2001
Start date:   28 May 2001

============================================================================= International workshop on Computational Models of Natural Language Argument to be held in conjunction with ICCS'2001 San Francisco, May 28-30, 2001 http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/%7Efloriana/CMNLA.html CALL FOR PAPERS Abstract ======== Natural language argument represents both a challenge and an opportunity for computational modelling, from both understanding and generation points of view. Argumentation is typically rich with rhetorical devices interacting at many different layers of abstraction, and is heavily dependent upon extra-linguistic context if it is to be successful. On the other hand, there is a well developed literature on both argumentation theory and rhetoric which offers great potential for exploitation in computational models. This workshop aims to gather together the current state of the art in the interdisciplinary area between argumentation and computational linguistics, and to provide a forum in which to develop new cross-disciplinary collaborations and new lines of inquiry. Areas of Interest ================= Abstracts are invited on the following topics: * The linguistic characteristics of argumentative texts, including discourse markers, sentence format, referring expressions, and style. * The generation of natural language arguments: techniques in natural language generation to account for argumentation and persuasion (including techniques for handling discourse goals and structure, speaker/hearer models, content selection, etc.) * The use of models from informal logic and argumentation theory in NLP, and in particular, approaches to specific schools of thought developed in informal logic and argumentation. * Corpora based studies of argumentative texts. * Rhetoric and affect: the role of emotions, personalities, etc. in argumentative discourse. * Computational approaches to the similarities and differences between dialogic and monologic argumentation. * Issues of domain specificity, and in particular, the independence that argumentation techniques have from the domain of discourse, and the extent to which generic NLP systems can be applied to the domain of argumentation itself. * Language dependence and multilingual approaches to argumentation. * The ethical implications of implemented systems demonstrating, for example, licentiousness and deceipt. * Applications of argumentation based NLP systems, including, for example, the pedagogical, health-related, political, and promotional. The organisers encourage submission from researchers in both computational linguistics and the philosophy of argument, and related fields, in order to stimulate cross-disciplinary fertilisation. Submissions =========== Papers are solicited in any of the areas of interest of the workshop listed above. Submissions should be in English, should not exceed 5,000 words, or a maximum of 10 pages, and should be formatted in accordance with the Springer Verlag LNCS style, available at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to attend the workshop and present the paper. Papers may fall into one of three categories: * reports on completed work * descriptions of current, but mature, work in progress * more polemic essays on burning issues The last two, in particular, are aimed at stimulating discussion which will form a key component of the workshop's structure. Electronic submissions (postscript .ps or portable document format .pdf files) are strongly encouraged. Submitted papers should be received by one of the organisers no later than 9 February 2001. Venue ===== The workshop will be held in conjuction with the International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS'2001), Hilton San Francisco and Towers, San Francisco, USA. More information is available from the ICCS web-site at http://www.hpcc.rdg.ac.uk/iccs (mirror site at http://www.ucalgary.ca.iccs/). Publication =========== All accepted papers will appear in a volume, to be published by Springer Verlag, in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. The organisers are currently in negotiation to arrange subsequent extended publication as a special issue of a prominent journal. Registration ============ Attendance to the workshop is free of charge, but all attendees of the workshop must register for the ICCS conference (for information please refer to the ICCS web-site). Important Dates =============== - Paper submission deadline 9 February 2001 - Notification of acceptance/rejection 1 March 2001 - Camera ready due to organisers 23 March 2001 - Pre-registration to ICCS 29 March 2001 - ICCS conference 28-30 May 2001 Programme Committee =================== - Cristiano Castelfranchi, Department of Communication Science, University of Siena, Italy. - Fiorella de Rosis, Department of Informatics, University of Bari, Italy. - Floriana Grasso, (co-organiser), Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, England. - Leo Groarke, Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. - Chris Reed, (co-organiser), Department of Applied Computing, University of Dundee, Scotland. - Ehud Reiter, Department of Computer Science, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. - Antoinette Renouf, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Liverpool, England. Contact ======= All enquiries and submissions should be directed to one of the organisers: Floriana Grasso Chris Reed Department of Computer Science Department of Applied Computing University of Liverpool University of Dundee Peach Street Park Wynd Liverpool L69 7ZF Dundee DD1 4HN England Scotland Tel. (+44)(0)151 794 3680 Tel. (+44)(0)1382 348083 Fax. (+44)(0)151 794 3715 Fax. (+44)(0)1382 345509 floriana_(on)_csc.liv.ac.uk chris@computing.dundee.ac.uk

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