[Elsnet-list] second call for papers

Myriam Quatrini quatrini at iml.univ-mrs.fr
Wed Feb 6 16:43:47 CET 2008

  Workshop on Symmetric calculi and Ludics for the semantic 
interpretation (http://iml.univ-mrs.fr/~quatrini/ESSLLI2008.html)
August 4-8, 2008

organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and
Information ESSLLI 2008 (http://www.illc.uva.nl/ESSLLI2008/), 4-15
August, 2008 in Hamburg, Germany

Workshop Organizers:

Alain Lecomte (SFL - Paris 8),  Alain.Lecomte at upmf-grenoble.fr
Myriam Quatrini (IML Marseille), quatrini at iml.univ-mrs.fr

Workshop Purpose and topics:

  In recent years there have been some important new developments of 
methods of dealing with semantic and pragmatic phenomena in 
Linguistics, inspired by developments in Logic and Theoretical Computer 
Science. Among these developments, Continuation Theory, Symmetric 
calculi and Ludics play an important role. Continuation theory dates 
back from the early seventies (cf. Reynolds, 93) and was at the heart 
of Programming Languages like Scheme. More recently, a logical account 
was given to it, by extending the Curry-Howard homomorphism (Griffin, 
1990),. This led to several calculi like such as Parigot's 
lambda-mu-calculus, Curien-Herbelin's lambda-mu-mu-tilde-calculus, 
Wadler's dual calculus and so on. These calculi are based on the core 
idea that programs and contexts are dual entities and this is reflected 
in the symmetry of the "classical" sequents. These systems were 
prefigured by the so called Lambek-Grishin calculus (Grishin, 83), a 
calculus extending the Lambek calculus by taking classical sequents 
into account. Following Curien-Herbelin (Bernardi and Moortgat, 2007) 
focuses on the connection between Lambek-Grishin calculus with 
lambda-mu-tilde-calculus and hence with continuation semantics.
  Classical linear logic (Girard, 87, 95) gives another viewpoint, where 
the co-product is realized by an authentic parallelisation connective. 
Linguistic applications have been given since around 2000, particularly 
by C. Barker (Barker, 2002), K. Chung-chieh Shan (Chung-chieh Shan, 
2002) and P. de Groote (de Groote, 2001) who exploited the advantages 
of these systems in the task of giving several readings of an ambiguous 
sentence. De Groote (de Groote, 2007) also shows that we gain a new 
dynamical logic which enables us to elegantly treat phenomena of 
discourse like anaphora resolution. M. Moortgat and R. Bernardi 
(Moortgat & Bernardi, 2007) shows how moving to a symmetric categorial 
grammar, namely Lambek Grishin calculus, helps accounting for 
discontinous phenomena that are not captured by the asymmetric Lambek 
calculus. Independently, linear logic was intensively studied in 
particular by Girard himself who invented "Ludics" as a new conception 
of logic, where the dualism between syntax and semantics is abolished : 
the meaning of rules is in the rules themselves. This conception has 
some similarities with more traditional "Game Semantics" (Lorenz, 
Lorenzen, Hintikka...) but it is dynamic, in the sense that 
"strategies" are replaced by interacting processes. Moreover, a new 
step in abstraction is provided, which consists in stating rule 
schemata which are only expressed in terms of loci (that we may see as 
memory cells).
  The two approaches in this workshop are connected, basically because 
of their common root : explorations in the meaning of Logics and in 
particular reflections on one of the symmetrical systems, namely linear 
logic. Linguistic applications of Ludics remain very embryonic, but 
some authors have already emphasized that it is suitable for giving a 
framework in which it is possible to study speech acts and dialogue 
(Livet, 2007, Troncon, 2006). Other authors have pointed out 
similarities of the Ludics' philosophy with Wittgenstein's views on 
language games (Pietarinen, 2006). This workshop will provide an 
opportunity to study these questions. It will accept several kinds of 
contributions : theoretical works on continuation theory, symmetric 
calculi and ludics, applied works of these theory concerning linguistic 
topics (semantics, pragmatics) and philosophical investigations.

Submission Details:
  Authors are invited to submit an anonymous, extended abstract. 
Submissions should not exceed 7 pages, including references. 
Submissions should be in PDF format. Please send your submission 
electronically using the interface EasyChair. The submissions will be 
reviewed by the workshop's programme committee.

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. On the first day the workshop 
organisers will give an introduction to the topic.

Invited Speakers:
  Philippe de Groote, LORIA, France.
  Additional invited speaker to be confirmed

Workshop Programme Committee:

  Raffaella Bernardi (Bolzano)
  Claire Beyssade (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)
  Marie-Renée Fleury (IML - Marseille)
  Philippe de Groote (LORIA - Nancy)
  Hugo Herbelin (Paris)
  Jean-Baptiste Joinet (Paris 1)
  Greg Kobele (Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin)
  Alain Lecomte (SFL - Paris 8)
  Pierre Livet (Aix en Provence)
  Richard Moot (LABRI - Bordeaux)
  Sylvain Pogodalla (LORIA - Nancy)
  Carl Pollard (Ohio University)
  Myriam Quatrini (IML Marseille)
  Christian Retoré (LABRI - Bordeaux)
  Laurent Roussarie (SFL - Paris 8)
  Sylvain Salvati (LABRI - Bordeaux)

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: March 8, 2008
Notification: April 21, 2008
Preliminary Program: April 24, 2008
ESSLLI Early Registration: May 1, 2008
Final Papers for Proceedings: May 17, 2008
Final Program: June 21, 2008
Workshop Dates: August 11-15, 2008

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. There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and

Further Information:

About the workshop:  http://iml.univ-mrs.fr/~quatrini/ESSLLI2008.html
About ESSLLI: http://www.illc.uva.nl/ESSLLI2008/

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