4.1179 Conference: Non-Literal Language (1/94)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 26 Mar 91 00:31:46 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 1179. Tuesday, 26 Mar 1991.

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 91 13:21 EST
From: "NANCY M. IDE (914) 437 5988" <IDE@VASSAR>
Subject: call: workshop on non-literal language




Dan Fass, James Martin, Elizabeth Hinkelman

Sydney, Australia, 24th August 1991

1. Focus of the Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate exchange and discussion of
theoretical issues and practical problems of artificial intelligence (AI)
models of non-literal language. Non-literal language includes metaphor,
idiom, "indirect" speech acts, implicature, hyperbole, metonymy, irony,
simile, sarcasm, and other devices whose meaning cannot be obtained by
direct composition of their constituent words. Non-literal language is
increasingly acknowledged as pervasive in natural language and is
important to subfields of natural language processing like machine
translation and parsing ill-formed input. Non-literal language has also
attracted interest from researchers in knowledge representation,
planning and plan recognition, learning, belief modeling, and other
subfields of AI.

Researchers are invited to submit papers on topics including (but not
limited to) the computer recognition, interpretation, acquisition,
generation, and robust parsing of non-literal language. Issues of
interest include:

o the relationship of non-literal to literal language,
o the adequacy of various forms of knowledge representation (symbolic vs
connectionist vs statistical),
o static vs dynamic mechanisms,
o general vs idiosyncratic treatment of instances,
o instances as novel vs conventional forms,
o comparison and contrast of models of the various forms of non-literal
o broader implications for AI.

2. Organizing Committee

Dan Fass James Martin
Centre for Systems Science, Computer Science Department and
Simon Fraser University, Institute of Cognitive Science,
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada. University of Colorado at Boulder,
Tel: (604) 291-3208 Box 430, Boulder, CO 80309-0430, USA.
Fax: (604) 291-4951 Tel: (303) 492-3552
E-mail: fass@cs.sfu.ca Fax: (303) 492-2844
E-mail: martin@boulder.colorado.edu

Elizabeth Hinkelman
Center for Information and Language Studies,
University of Chicago, 1100 E. 57th Street,
Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
Tel: (312) 702-8887
Fax: (312) 702-0775
E-mail: eliz@tira.uchicago.edu

3. Submission Details

Authors should mail three (3) copies of a submission in hard copy form.
Submissions should be no longer than 8 pages (excluding title page);
have 1 inch margins on the top, sides and bottom; and use no smaller
than 10 point type. The title page, separate from the body of the
paper, should contain title, names of authors, their affiliation,
address, phone, e-mail address, and an abstract of 100-200 words.
Papers that do not conform to this format will not be reviewed. Send
submissions to Dan Fass at his address, given above. Please do not send
submissions to James Martin or Elizabeth Hinkelman.

o Deadline for submissions Thu. May 2
o Notification of acceptance/rejection Fri. May 31

4. Workshop Details

Attendance at the workshop will be limited to 30 participants. Only one
invitation will be issued per accepted submission. To cover costs, it
will be necessary to charge a fee of $US65 for each participant.
Participants will be given further instructions on preparation of camera
ready copy and session format when they receive notification of
acceptance. Final papers will be collected into a set of proceedings
and circulated to participants at the workshop.

Arrangements (yet to be confirmed) are being made for a Special Edition
of Computational Intelligence journal, edited by Fass, Martin and
Hinkelman, in which selected papers from the workshop will appear.