[Elsnet-list] CfP Discourse Domains and Information Structure

Carla Umbach cumbach at uni-osnabrueck.de
Wed Dec 8 21:39:13 CET 2004

Apologies for multiple postings


   Discourse Domains and Information Structure

8 - 12th of August, 2005

workshop organized as part of
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2005, 8-19 August, 2005 in Edinburgh

Workshop Organizers:
Carla Umbach (University of Osnabr=FCck, carla.umbach at uos.de)
Klaus von Heusinger  (University of Stuttgart,
vonHeusinger at ilg.uni-stuttgart.de)

Workshop Purpose:
The workshop will investigate the interaction between discourse domains
and information structure. Discourse structure is often represented by a
hierarchical structure of different discourse domains: Anaphoric
accessibility crucially depends on semantic operators that create new
domains (like negation), presuppositions are projected according to
properties of the discourse, and the quaestio or
q(estion)u(nder)d(iscussion)-approach structures a discourse into a
hierarchical tree. Information structure, on the other hand, is commonly
assumed to be a flat structure: the partition into backgrounded and
focused information or into topic and comment.

Suggested topics:
* Background accessibility in hierachical discourse domains
* Presuppositions as anaphors in a theory of information structure
* Presuppositions, anaphoric relations, and alternative sets
* Focus/background structure and embedded sentences
* Topic/comment and embedding

Workshop format:
The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants.
It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive
days in the first week of ESSLLI. There will be 2 slots for paper
presentation and discussion per session.

Invited Speakers:
Hans Kamp (University of Stuttgart)
Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)

Workshop Programme Committee (confirmed):
Nick Asher (University of Texas)
Peter Bosch (University of Osnabr=FCck)
Daniel B=FCring (UCLA)
Regine Eckardt (ZAS Berlin)
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universit=E4t Berlin)
Massimo Poesio (University of Essex)

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (max. 5 pages) for 45
minutes talks (30 min. presentation plus 15 min. discussion). Please
send your submission electronically  to both organizers

carla.umbach at uos.de and
vonHeusinger at ilg.uni-stuttgart.de

Abstracts must be anonymous. Please use 'Abstract DDIS' as the subject
header and send your abstract as an attachment (PDF, PS, word, or plain
ASCII are accepted). Please include
the information in (1) - (5) in the body of your message.

Author Information
1. Name(s) of author(s)
2. Title of talk
3. Affiliation(s)
4. E-mail address(es)
5. Postal address(es)

The accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission: March 9, 2005
Notification of acceptance: 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 8-12, 2005

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 ESSLLI Organisation Committee 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.

Further Information:
About the workshop: www.cogsci.uos.de/~workshopDDIS
About ESSLLI: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/esslli05/

Dr. Carla Umbach
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Osnabrueck
Kolpingstrasse 7, D-49074 Osnabrueck,
Tel: (+49 541) 969 4078

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