[Elsnet-list] CID 2011 Call for papers

Laurence Danlos Laurence.Danlos at linguist.jussieu.fr
Fri Feb 4 12:26:21 CET 2011

CID  2011

Constraints in Discourse IV

September 14th-17th 2011




It is a linguistic commonplace to say that the meaning of text is more  
than the conjunction of the meaning of its sentences. But what exactly  
are the rules that govern its interpretation, and what are the  
constraints that define well-formed discourse? For a long time, the  
development of precise frameworks of discourse interpretation has been  
hampered by the lack of a deeper understanding of the dependencies  
between different discourse units. Recent years have seen a  
considerable advance in this field. A number of strong constraints  
have been proposed that restrict the sequencing and attaching of  
segments at various descriptive levels, as well as the interpretation  
of their interrelations. The availability of annotated corpora has  
also helped to confront key hypotheses with observable phenomena.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for presenting recent  
research on  constraints in discourse. The target areas include the  
recognition of discourse structure as well as the interpretation and  
generation of discourse in a broad variety of domains. The workshop  
offers a forum for researchers from diverse formal approaches,  
including but not limited to:
- Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST)
- Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT)
- Discourse Tree Adjoining Grammars
- Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG)
- The QUD Modell
- Plan Based Reasoning
- Abductive Reasoning
- Gricean Pragmatics
- Speech Act Theory

The conference invite talks that further our theoretical understanding  
of the role of constraints in discourse, as well as empirical studies  
that shed light on theoretical issues about discourse structure or  
interpretation.. The conference is explicitly intended for discussion  
and comparison of theoretical accounts that lay the ground for  
applications. It is not intended as a platform for system  
demonstrations. Specific topics might relate to
- Anaphora Resolution
- Co-reference
- Dialogical vs. Monological Discourse
- Questions and Answers
- Lexicon and Discourse Relations
- Cognitive Modeling
- Underspecification and Nonmonotonic Inferences


To be announced


Articles should  not exceed 4 pages (including figures, bibliography,  
apendices). It is expected that each accepted paper be presented at
the meeting by one of its authors.

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format at


Paper submission deadline:	April 1st 2011
Notification of acceptance: 	May 15th 2011
Camera-ready papers due:	July 15th 2011
CID conference:		September 14-16th 2011


Nicholas Asher (IRIT, FR) chair
Myriam Bras (Université de Toulouse, FR)
Anton Benz (Center for Genral Linguistics, Berlin, Allemagne)
Laurence Danlos (Alpage, Université Paris 7, FR) chair
Pascal Denis (Alpage, INRIA, FR)
Marcus Egg (Centre for Language and Cognition,  Groningen, NL)
Barbara di Eugenio ( University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Julia Hirschberg (Colombia University, USA)
Alex Lascarides (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Philippe Muller (Université de Toulouse, FR)
Sylvain Pogodalla (Calligramme, INRIA, FR)
Owen Rambow (Colombia University, USA)
Manfred Stede (Universität Potsdam, D)
Maité Taboada ( Simon Fraser University, CA)
Laure Vieu (IRIT, FR)
Henk Zeevat (ILLC, University of of Amsterdam, NL)

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