Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 2008

An International workshop Co-located With the JSAI 2008 annual conference

Workshop Site: Asahikawa Convention Bureau, Hokkaido, Japan

Dates: June 9-10, 2008

Chair: Yasuo Nakayama (Osaka University)

Invited Speaker:
Robert van Rooij (University of Amsterdam/ILLC)
Satoshi Tojo (JAIST, NII)

Registration (on site): 5000 yen

LENLS is an annual international workshop focusing on dynamic
semantics organized as a satellite of the Japanese Society for
Artificial Intelligence conference. This year's workshop, the
fifth LENLS, will include a special session devoted to the
`interactive turn' in formal pragmatics, which takes a formal
approach to the interactive quality of pragmatic meanings by
making use of game-theoretic, decision-theoretic and utility-
theoretic approaches. We invite submissions related to this
topic in any empirical or theoretical area of pragmatics.
Papers are also welcome on more general topics including but in
no way limited to the following:

- Formal Semantics of Natural Language (especially dynamic
- Dynamic Syntax and Labelled Deductive Systems of Natural
- Dynamic (Epistemic) Logics and Natural Language Semantics/
- Coalgebraic Logics and Natural Language Semantics/Pragmatics
- Category-Theoretic Semantics of Natural Language
- Type-Theoretic Semantics of Natural Language
- Substructural Logics of Natural Language
- Extensions of Lambek Calculi including Combinatory Category
Grammars and Type-Logical Grammars
- Other Mathematical Theories of Information Structures of
Natural Language Discourse
- Natural Language Processing based on Dynamic Semantics, Dynamic
Syntax, or Formal Pragmatics


Abstracts should be between 2 and 4 pages in length and be in pdf
format. It should be clearly indicated in the accompanying email
whether the submission is intended for the general or the special
session. Submissions should be sent to:

Speakers participating out of Japan may be provided with financial
support for their travel expenses on a competitive basis.

The proceedings of the workshop will be available at the
conference site for registered persons. We will also publish
a selection of the accepted papers in book form, in a volume in the
''Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence'' series published by
Springer Verlag.

June 9, Monday

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:00 Opening Remarks, Yasuo Nakayama (Osaka University)

10:00-10:40 Topic/Subject Coreference in the Hierarchy of Japanese Complex Sentences (Alastair Butler, Chidori Nakamura and Kei Yoshimoto)

10:40-11:20 Multiple Subject Constructions in Japanese: A Dynamic Syntax Approach (Hiroaki Nakamura, Kei Yoshimoto, Yoshiki Mori, and Masahiro Kobayashi)

11:20-12:00 Wa revisited: Topic, ground, and subject (David Y. Oshima)

12:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Semi-orders and
(Robert van Rooij U of Amsterdam/ILLC)

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-15:55 Monads and Meta lambda-calculus (Daisuke Bekki)

15:55-16:35 Towards Computational Non-Associative Lambek Lambda-Calculi for Formal Pragmatics (Norry Ogata)

16:35-16:50 Break

16:50-17:30 The dynamics of tense under attitudes:
Anaphoricity and de se interpretation in the backward shifted past
(Corien Bary and Emar Maier)

June 10, Tuesday

10:00-10:40 Contexts, Decisions, and the Japanese Particle yo
(Chris Davis)

10:40-11:20 Prolegomena to Dynamic Epistemic Preference Logic
(Satoru Suzuki)

11:20-12:00 Evidentials, Knowledge and Belief (Eric McCready)

12:00-14:00 Lunch

How compositionality emerges in human language
(Satoshi Tojo (JAIST, NII))

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-15:55 Argumentative Properties of Pragmatic Inference (Grégoire Winterstein)

15:55-16:35 Japanese reported speech: Against a direct-indirect distinction (Emar Maier)

16:35-17:25 Dynamic Logic of Propositional Commitments (Tomoyuki Yamada)

17:25-17:35 Closing

- "How seek and find can be one word in Korean: A sub-events analysis" (Chungmin Lee , Sejin Yoo, and Youni Choi Lee)
- "Actuarity, Factuarity, Perfect" (Yoshiki Mori)
- "The Additivity of Japanese Mo" (Mana Kobuchi)

JSAI recommends the following Hotels, whose costs are discounted if you say about the attendance of the JSAI conference when you reserve them.
This service is quitted if all hotels are full. As for foreign speakers, if you need, please tell it to Norry Ogata:
A Asahikawa Grand Hotel Single AS 13,000 Yen 12 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
B Rowajiru Hotel Asahikawa Twin BT 7,500 Yen 15 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
Twin room by Single BX 14,000 Yen
C Asahikawa Terminal Hotel Single CS 7,400 Yen  on the JR Asahikawa Station
D Hotel Kuressento Asahikawa Single DS 8,000 Yen 10 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
Twin DT 7,500 Yen 
E Fujita Kanko Washinton Hotel Single ES 7,500 Yen 1 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
F Hotel Ruto In Asahikawa Ekimae Single FS 8,000 Yen 4 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
G Asahikawa Washinton Hotel Single GS 6,000 Yen 3 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
H Hotel Pako Asahikawa Single HS 7,500 Yen 3 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
I Toyo Hotel Single S 7,400 Yen 15 min. walk from JR Asahikawa Station
Twin IT 7,000 Yen

Important dates:
- Deadline for Abstract (length between 2 and 4 pages): February 15 (Extended to February 29!),
- Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2008
- Deadline for camera-ready copies (pdf) of full papers for the
proceedings, in the LNCS style: April 25, 2008 (Extended to May 8th)

Organizing Committee:
Yasuo Nakayama (chair)
Kei Yoshimoto
Tomoyuki Yamada
Yoshiki Mori
Katsuhiko Yabushita
Norry Ogata
Eric McCready
Daisuke Bekki

Contact: Eric McCready (mccready@cl.aoyama.ac.jp) or Norry Ogata (ogata@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp)