News and Events: Conferences

Please note that this newsitem has been archived, and may contain outdated information or links.

ESSLLI2005 workshop: Foundations of Natural Language Grammar

Date: August 16th- 20th, 2005
Location: Edinburgh
Deadline: 9 March 2005

Organized as part of European Summer School of Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2005 9-20^th August, 2005 in Edinburgh

Workshop Organizers:
Ruth Kempson,
Glyn Morrill,

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 language.

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 encouraged:
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 mechanisms?
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 <mailto:> 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 16th -20th .

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

Further information about ESSLLI:

Please note that this newsitem has been archived, and may contain outdated information or links.