[FOM] ESSLLI2005 Workshop: FINAL CALL Foundations of Natural Language Grammar

Ruth Kempson kempson at dcs.kcl.ac.uk
Wed Feb 16 04:05:19 EST 2005

FINAL CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS: apologies for multiple copies

Please also note correction in dates advertised to: August 15th-19th

Foundations of Natural-Language Grammar


August 15th -19th, 2005

Organized as part of
European Summer School of Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2005 http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/esslli05/
8-19th August, 2005 in Edinburgh

Workshop Organizers:
Ruth Kempson, kempson at dcs.kcl.ac.uk <mailto:kempson at dcs.kcl.ac.uk>
Glyn Morrill, morrill at lsi.upc.es <mailto:morrill at dcs.lp.es>

Workshop Purpose:
Both logic and computation bring standards to bear on grammar formalism 
which raise challenges for its psychological interpretation. In recent 
years approaches have consolidated their methodology in ways which are 
sometimes similar, sometimes distinct. On the one hand, opposing views 
often sustain an essentially common methodology: amongst these are the 
disputes over the relationship between syntax and semantics within a 
grammar, the number of levels to be articulated in a grammar, and the 
nature of the mappings between them. On the other hand, in recent years, 
there has been growing interest across a number of theoretical 
frameworks in defining grammar formalisms for natural language which 
make available stronger forms of psychological interpretation of the 
formalism than is standard, giving rise to new ways of articulating the 
relationship between grammar formalism and natural-language data. This 
workshop aims to provide a forum for explicit discussion of these and 
other foundational issues in articulating grammar formalisms for natural 

The workshop aims to bring together not only colleagues with established 
work in individual research programs, but also advanced PhD students and 
researchers, so that both groups can present and discuss foundational 
issues underpinning their work with colleagues and researchers working 
in affiliated fields.

Workshop Topics:
Papers that address the following questions will in particular be 
What are the levels of grammar?
What is representation and what is derivation?
How are psychological interpretations of grammar formalism to be made?
What is the relation between universal grammar and grammar formalism?
What is the relation between anaphora construal and grammar-internal 
What is the relation between grammar and parser?
What is the relation between grammar and dialogue?
What is the relation between logic, computation and grammar?

Amongst formalisms of which we would hope to have representatives are:
Minimalism, TAG, HPSG, LFG, Model-theoretic syntax, Categorial grammar 
(TLG, TTG, CCG, pregroup), Higher Order Grammar, Dynamic Syntax, 
Dependency grammar.

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit an abstract of not more than two pages for 
a contribution to the workshop. All contributions will be for 35-minute 
presentations with 10 minutes for discussion. The following formats are 
accepted: PDF, PS, Word, ASCII text, TEX. Please send your submission 
electronically to ruth kempson at kempson at dcs.kcl.ac.uk 
<mailto:kempson at dcs.kcl.ac.uk> by March 9th 2005. Submissions, which 
should be anonymous, should be accompanied by indication in the 
accompanying mail message of the author(s), affiliation, and an email 
address for correspondence. The submissions will be reviewed by the 
workshop’s programme committee.

Invited Speakers
Marcus Kracht, UCLA, US.
Stuart Shieber, Harvard, US.

Workshop Programme Committee :
Tim Fernando, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Hans-Martin Gaertner, ZAS, Berlin, Germany.
Gerhard Jaeger, University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Ruth Kempson, KCL, London, UK
Marcus Kracht, UCLA, US
Glyn Morrill, Universitat Politècnica
de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Paul Piwek, ITRI, Brighton, UK.
Yoad Winter, Technion, Haifa, Israel.

Important Dates:
Submissions: March 9, 2005
Notification: April 18, 2005
Preliminary programme: April 23, 2005
ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2005
Final papers for proceedings: May 18, 2005
Final programme: June 22, 2005
Workshop dates: August 15th -19th .

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to 
register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper 
will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. 
Moreover, a number of additional fee waiver grants will be made 
available by the OC on a competitive basis and workshop participants are 
eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation. 
Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact 
the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.

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