[Elsnet-list] ESSLLI Workshop: Formal semantics and cross-linguistic data

Zwarts, Joost Joost.Zwarts at let.uu.nl
Tue Feb 15 17:42:52 CET 2005

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Formal semantics and cross-linguistic data
15-19 August 2005

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

Workshop Organizers:
  Helen de Hoop H.deHoop at let.ru.nl
  Joost Zwarts J.Zwarts at let.ru.nl

Workshop Purpose:
The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen the ties between formal
semantic methods and theories on the one hand and data from lesser-studied
languages across the world on the other hand. Both formal semantics and
descriptive and typological linguistics will benefit from more interaction
in this area. The workshop aims to provide a forum for advanced PhD students
and researchers to present and discuss their work with colleagues and
researchers who work in the broad subject areas represented at ESSLLI.

Workshop Topics:
Most formal semantic and pragmatic work is done on (Indo) European
languages, especially English. Only a small, but growing, number of formal
semanticists are involved in descriptive and typological linguistics
involving languages from other continents and some promising work has
already been done on topics such as quantification, number, tense, aspect,
and modality. We think it is of utmost importance for the development of
formal semantic and pragmatic theories to broaden the empirical database. In
this way, linguistic typology can provide us with a new perspective on
semantic and pragmatic analyses, while in addition formal accounts can offer
more precise criteria for a proper treatment of semantic and pragmatic
variation. For this workshop, we solicit original contributions that either
apply formal semantics-pragmatics in the analysis of lesser-studied
languages or in which theory formation crucially draws on data from such
languages or comparison between languages.

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing an application
of formal semantic methods to cross-linguistic data. Submissions should not
exceed 10 pages/5000 words and be in PDF format. Please send your submission
electronically to J.Zwarts at let.ru.nl on or before March 9, 2005. The
submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme committee. The
accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI.
The format for the final versions will be 18 May 2005.

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 second week of ESSLLI. There will be 2 slots for paper presentation

and discussion per session. On the first day the workshop organizers will
give an introduction to the topic.

Invited speakers
Martina Faller
Donka Farkas and Henriette de Swart

Workshop Program Committee
Veneeta Dayal
Martina Faller
Donka Farkas
Helen de Hoop
Henriette de Swart
Yoad Winter
Joost Zwarts

Sponsored by the NWO PIONIER Project 'Case Cross-Linguistically'

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 15-19, 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 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.

Further Information:
About the workshop: http://www.ru.nl/pionier/esslli/
About ESSLLI: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/esslli05/

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