Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2006

a satelite international workshop of the JSAI 2006 annual conference

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Tower Hall Funabori

June 5-6, 2006

Chair: Eric McCready (Osaka University/Aoyama Gakuin University)

Invited Speaker:
Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics)
Chung-Min Lee (Seoul National University)(tentative)
Christopher Potts (U. Massachusetts--Amherst)

This workshop is co-sponsored by
the Tohoku University 21st Century COE Program in Humanities “Strategic Research and Education Center for an Integrated Approach to Language, Brain and Computation (
and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

LENS is an annual international workshop focusing on formal semantics
and is organized as a satellite of the Japanese Society for Artificial
Intelligence conference. This year's workshop, the third LENS,
will include a special session on formal pragmatics. In recent years
there have been a number of exciting developments in this
area. Researchers have applied game-theoretical and utility-theoretic
techniques to problems such as Gricean communication and relevance,
implicature, and blocking; for instance, new work in multidimensional
logic has given insight into conventional implicature; new formal
techniques have been applied to discourse structure and coherence. We hope
in this year's workshop to bring together researchers in this area.

We invite submissions on any topic in formal semantics and pragmatics,
including but in no way limited to the following. We especially
welcome submissions that involve data from the languages of Asia.

* Logical aspects of semantic theory and semantically applicable formal systems
* Philosophical issues related to natural language semantics
* Empirical and theoretical issues in formal semantics proper
* Topics in formal pragmatics, including (for instance)
- Information structure
- Speech acts and denials
- Presupposition
- Questions and Answers
- Discourse structure and coherence
- Probabilistic and utility-theoretic methods in formal pragmatics
- Game theory in linguistics
- Implicature and expressive meaning
* Applications of formal semantics to natural language engineering


Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages in length and must be in .pdf format.

Abstracts must be sent in electronic form to: mccready@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp

The proceedings of the workshop will be available at the conference
site for registered persons. In addition, selected papers from accepted papers will be
published by Springer-Verlag in a volume in the "Lecture Notes in
Artificial Intelligence" series.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2006

Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2006

Camera-ready copies of papers for the
proceedings, in the LNCS style: April 15th, 2006

2006 Workshop: June 5th-6th, 2006


Monday, June 5

Session 1:

9:00-9:30 Yurie Hara (U.Delaware/U.Mass-Amherst). Dake-wa: Exhaustifying Assertions
9:30-10:00 David Oshima (Stanford U). On Factive Islands: Pragmatic Anomaly vs. Pragmatic
10:00-10:30 Shogo Suzuki (Tokyo U). A Constraint on Contrastive Topic and Obligatory Too

10:30-10:50 Break

10:50-12:00 Chung-Min Lee (Seoul National). TBA

Session 2:

2:00-2:30 Yi Mao (Peking U & Axalto Inc) and Beihao Zhou (Peking U). Interpreting Metaphors
in a New Semantic Theory of Concepts
2:30-3:00 Tomoyuki Yamada (Hokkaido U). Logical Dynamics of Commands and Obligations
3:00-3:30 Satoru Suzuki (Komazawa U). Probabilistic Product Update Rule versus General Imaging

3:30-3:50 Break

3:50-5:00 Christopher Potts (U.Mass-Amherst). Clausal Implicatures via General Pragmatic Pressures

Tuesday, June 6

Session 1:

9:00-9:30 Norihiro Ogata (Osaka U). A Dynamic Semantics of Intentional Identity
9:30-10:00 Rick Nouwen (UIL). On Appositives and Dynamic Binding
10:00-10:30 Sumiyo Nishiguchi (SUNY-Stony Brook). Covert Emotive Modality is a Monster

10:30-10:50 Break

10:50-12:00 Makoto Kanazawa (IIE): TBA

Session 2:

2:00-2:30 Jon Sprouse (U.Conn) and Ivano Caponigro (Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca). The Questionable Nature of Rhetorical
2:30-3:00 Brian Reese and Nicholas Asher (U.Texas). Prosody and the Interpretation of Tag
3:00-3:30 Linton Wang (National Chung Chieh U) and Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin U). Anaphoric
Binding Across Questions

3:30-3:50 Break

Session 3:

3:50-4:20 Rolf Schwitter and Marc Tilbrook (Macquarie U). Let's Talk in Description Logic--via
Controlled Natural Language
4:20-4:50 Mana Kobuchi-Phillip (UIL). The Floating Quantifier's Restrictor
4:50-5:20 Yukio Furukawa (McGill). Unembedded `Negative' Quantifiers


Masaru Kiyota (UBC): The Aspectual Marker -teiru and Event Representations in Japanese


Scientific committee:
Yurie Hara (University of Delaware)
Jinung Kim (University of Texas-Austin)
Eric McCready (Osaka University)
Yasuo Nakayama (Osaka University)
Rick Nouwen (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics)
Patrizia Paggio (University of Copenhagen)
Brian Reese (University of Texas-Austin)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)
Anders Soegaard (University of Copenhagen)
Linton Wang (National Cheng Chung University)

Contact: mccready@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp or mccready@mail.utexas.edu