Aim and Topics
Important Dates
Conference Code of Conduct
Organizing Committee

Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 16 (LENLS16)

Workshop Site(s):
Raiosha in Hiyoshi Campus of Keio University, Yokohama, Kanagawa
4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8521
Dates: November 10-12, 2019
  • Naoya Fujikawa (University of Tokyo)
  • Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Daisuke Bekki (Ochanomizu University)
  • Koji Mineshima (Ochanomizu University)
Invited Speakers:
  • Paul Pietroski (Rutgers University)
  • Thomas Ede Zimmermann (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Sunwoo Jeong (Seoul National University)

Aim and Topics

LENLS is an annual international workshop on formal syntax, semantics and pragmatics. It will be held as one of the workshops of the JSAI International Symposia on AI (JSAI-isAI2019) sponsored by the Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI).

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline:September 9, 2019 (extended)
Notification of acceptance:September 29, 2019
Deadline for camera-ready copy:October 27, 2019
Deadline for early registration:October 31, 2019
LENLS16:November 10-12, 2019


1st Day: November 10 (Sun)

10:00-10:30 Registration + Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 Session  (Chair: Alastair Butler)
  • Lukas Rieser
  • "Anticipative and ethic modalities: Japanese 'hazu' and 'beki'"
  • Liping Tang
  • "Uncertain signaling and conversational learning"
11:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Session  (Chair: Elin McCready)
  • Yurie Hara and Mengxi Yuan
  • "Even more varieties of conventional implicatures: Paratactically associating intonation, particles and questions"
  • Mioko Miyama
  • "A Choice Function Analysis of Either in the Either/or Construction"
  • Filipe Hisao Kobayashi and Vincent Rouillard
  • "Tying Free Choice in Questions to Distributivity"
14:30-14:45 Coffee Break
14:45-16:15 Session  (Chair: Daisuke Bekki)
  • Mayumi Yoshimoto and Eri Tanaka
  • "Comparatives and Negative Island Effect in Japanese"
  • Osamu Sawada and Jun Sawada
  • "The ambiguity of tense in the Japanese mirative sentence with nante/towa"
  • J.-R.Hayashishita and Ayumi Ueyama
  • "A theory of character representations based on layered objects and two types of the speaker's introspective judgment: quantifier scope in Japanese"
16:15-16:30 Break
16:30-17:30 Invited Talk   (Chair: Naoya Fujikawa)
  • Paul Pietroski
  • "Types of Meanings: Two is Better than Too Many"

2nd Day: November 11 (Mon)

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 Session  (Chair: Yoshiki Mori)
  • Noritsugu Hayashi
  • "Towards a unified, semantically-calculable and anti-lexicalistic analysis of various anaphoric expressions using 'stacked' continuations"
  • Hidenori Kurokawa
  • "On the semantic concept of logical consequence"
11:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Session  (Chair: Osamu Sawada)
  • Eri Tanaka, Kenta Mizutani and Stephanie Solt
  • "Equative hodo and the polarity effects of existential semantics"
  • Linmin Zhang
  • "Scopelessness and uninterpretable degree questions"
  • Yu Tomita
  • "Wh-Interrogatives without Clausal Pied-Piping in Neo-Davidsonian Possibility Semantics"
14:30-14:45 Coffee Break
14:45-16:15 Session  (Chair: Naoya Fujikawa)
  • Akitaka Yamada
  • "An OT-driven dynamic pragmatics: high-applicatives, subject-honorific markers and imperatives in Japanese"
  • Robert Henderson and Elin Mccready
  • "Dogwhistles, Trust and Ideology"
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt
  • "How Speech Alters Norms"
16:15-16:30 Break
16:30-17:30 Invited Talk   (Chair: Koji Mineshima)
  • Thomas Ede Zimmermann
  • "Variables vs. Parameters in the Interpretation of Natural Language"
18:30- Banquet (at Nakameguro KINSAI)

3rd Day: November 12 (Tue)

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 Session  (Chair: Katsuhiko Yabushita)
  • Satoru Suzuki
  • "A Non-Archimedean Model of Logic of Gradable Adjectives"
  • Alastair Butler
  • "From discourse to logic with Stanford CoreNLP and Treebank Semantics"
11:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Session  (Chair: Koji Mineshima)
  • Chungmin Lee
  • "Factively Presupposed Nominal Complement Clauses and their Interaction with Epistemic/Doxastic Verbs"
  • Oleg Kiselyov and Yuya Hoshino
  • "Lambek Grammars as Second-order Abstract Categorial Grammars"
  • Kristina Liefke
  • "Reasoning with an (Experiential) Attitude"
14:30-14:45 Break
14:45-15:45 Invited Talk   (Chair: Naoya Fujikawa)
  • Sunwoo Jeong
  • "The effect of prosody on veridicality inferences in Korean"
15:45-16:00 Closing Remark


LENLS is being organized by an alliance of "Establishment of Knowledge-Intensive Structural Natural Language Processing and Construction of Knowledge Infrastructure" project, funded by JST CREST Programs "Advanced Core Technologies for Big Data Integration".

Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the following member of conference staff immediately: Elin McCready / Daisuke Bekki

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

Organizing/Program Committee:

  • Naoya Fujikawa (University of Tokyo)
  • Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Daisuke Bekki (Ochanomizu University)
  • Koji Mineshima (Ochanomizu University)
  • Alastair Butler (Hirosaki University)
  • Yurie Hara (Hokkaido University)
  • Magdalena Kaufmann (University of Connecticut)
  • Yoshiki Mori (University of Tokyo)
  • David Y. Oshima (Nagoya University)
  • Katsuhiko Sano (Hokkaido University)
  • Osamu Sawada (Kobe University)
  • Wataru Uegaki (University of Edinburgh)
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita (Naruto University of Education)
  • Tomoyuki Yamada (Hokkaido University)
  • Shunsuke Yatabe (Kyoto University)
  • Kei Yoshimoto (Tohoku University)