Semdial 2016 - JerSem
THE 20TH WORKSHOP ON THE SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS OF DIALOGUE
16-18 July 2016
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
JerSem will be the 20th edition of the SemDial workshop series, which aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as formal semantics and pragmatics, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In 2016 the workshop will be hosted by the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, at its downtown New Brunswick Campus, approximately one hour from New York City. The workshop is timed to immediately follow IJCAI 2016 in New York City, and will be collocated at Rutgers with NASSLLI, the North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information.
*FULL PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE*
20 April 2016
JerSem will feature keynote talks by - Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers - Jonathan Ginzburg, Universite Paris-Diderot - Kordula de Kuthy, University of Tubingen - Nigel Ward, University of Texas El Paso
We invite submissions on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, including, but not limited to:
- the dynamics of agents' information states in dialogue - common ground and mutual belief - goals, intentions and commitments in communication - turn-taking and interaction control - semantic and pragmatic interpretation in dialogue - dialogue and discourse structure - categorization of dialogue phenomena in corpora - child-adult interaction - language learning through dialogue - gesture, gaze, and intonational meaning in communication - multimodal dialogue - interpretation and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems - dialogue management - designing and evaluating dialogue systems
*SPECIAL SESSION: QUESTIONS UNDER DISCUSSION*
To capitalize on overlaps with NASSLLI on questions under discussion and the problems of dialogue, we anticipate that the first day of Semdial will focus on the role of discourse purposes in utterance interpretation and dialogue structure, and their reflection in utterance form. This special session on questions under discussion welcomes a wide range of research on the rule-governed relationship of utterances to the discourse purposes of interlocutors, as reflected in the structure of discourse, in regularities for maintaining coherence in discourse, in the dynamics of questions under discussion, or in linguistic mechanisms for grounding and commitment. Also relevant are alternative explanations of discourse purposes that draw on general principles of human decision making, social cognition, and teamwork. We expect to organize contributed and invited sessions to explore the issues, and so particularly welcome submissions on topics such as:
- the crosslinguistic grammar of information structure - models of discourse structure incorporating discourse purposes
or questions under discussion - the pragmatics of questions under discussion: how they evolve
and are identified by interlocutors - analyses of specific phenomena in terms of discourse purposes - computational and psycholinguistic models of coherence in dialogue - collaborative reasoning as an alternative to grammatical models
The special session will also feature a panel discussion with - Jonathan Ginzburg, Universite Paris-Diderot - Kordula de Kuthy, University of Tubingen - Kyle Rawlins, Johns Hopkins University - Craige Roberts, The Ohio State University - Amanda Stent, Yahoo!
Authors should submit an *anonymous* paper of at most 8 pages of content (up to 2 additional pages are allowed for references) in two-column ACL-style conference format. Style files and instructions for electronic submissions via easychair are available on the JerSem website.
Submissions due: 20 April 2016 Notification: 26 May 2016 Final version due: 17 June 2016 NASSLLI: 9-15 July 2016 IJCAI: 11-15 July 2016 JerSem: 16-18 July 2016
*DEMONSTRATION AND POSTER ABSTRACTS*
JerSem will also provide authors with an opportunity to submit 2-page late-breaking abstracts describing system demonstrations and poster presentations, with an anticipated deadline in early June.
*TECHNICAL PROGRAM CHAIRS:*
Julie Hunter (University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier) Mandy Simons (Carnegie Mellon University, special session on QUD) Matthew Stone (Rutgers University)
*PROGRAM COMMITTEE:* Nicholas Asher, Universite Paul Sabatier David Beaver, University of Texas Austin Claire Beyssade, Universite Paris 8 Ellen Breitholtz, University of Gothenburg Eve Clark, Stanford University Judith Degen, Stanford University Valeria de Paiva, Nuance Paul Dekker, University of Amsterdam David DeVault, University of Southern California Simon Dobnik, University of Gothenburg Raquel Fernandez, University of Amsterdam Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California Jonathan Ginzburg, Universite Paris-Diderot Eleni Gregoromichelaki, King's College London Pat Healey, Queen Mary University London Julian Hough, University of Bielefeld Chris Howes, University of Gothenburg Amy Isard, University of Edinburgh Andrew Kehler, University of California San Diego Ruth Kempson, King's College London Staffan Larsson, University of Gothenburg Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh Oliver Lemon, Heriot-Watt University Pierre Lison, University of Oslo Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, The Ohio State University Gregory Mills, University of Groningen Chris Potts, Stanford University Matthew Purver, Queen Mary University London Kyle Rawlins, Johns Hopkins University Hannes Rieser, University of Bielefeld Craige Roberts, The Ohio State University David Schlangen, University of Bielefeld Amanda Stent, Yahoo! Judith Tonhauser, The Ohio State Univeristy David Traum, University of Southern California
Matthew Stone and Ernest Lepore Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science Rutgers--New Brunswick
*SEMDIAL BOARD CHAIRS:*
Raquel Fernandez (University of Amsterdam) David Schlangen (Bielefeld University) http://www.illc.uva.nl/semdial/