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William Hudson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 20 May 2005 14:17:58 +0100
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Posted on behalf of Peter Kuehnlein [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 

Apologies for crossposting

Call for participation for the

        Symposium on Dialogue Modelling and Generation

                    held on occasion of
      Annual meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse
        Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
                  July 7, 2005 (New Date!)

The symposium is held as part of the Annual meeting of the the Society
for Text & Discourse (ST&D), July 6-9 2005.

This symposium is intended to tackle issues in the semantics and
pragmatics of dialogue and dialogue generation. It aims at bringing
together the dialogue modelling and language generation/production
communities and will provide an opportunity for researchers from a
variety of disciplines, including linguistics, computer science and
psycholinguistics, to exchange ideas.

We invited talks elaborating on important theoretical notions in
dialogue modelling -such as constraints (Asher & Lascarides, 2003, and
many other recent papers), the role of domain knowledge (e.g., Ludwig,
2003, and, again, many more) and the influence of social relations
between interlocutors on dialogue behaviour (going back to the seminal
work by Brown and Levinson, 1978)- and asked presenters to shed light on
these or other theoretically fruitful notions in dialogue modelling

- relating them to issues in language generation/production or

- drawing out similarities and differences between applications of
  such notions in discourse generation versus interpretation or

- describing computational/implemented models, in particular, for
  generation/production or

- comparing psycholinguistic with linguistic or engineering approaches
  to dialogue modelling.

The symposium will thus be a natural complement to ones that deal with
natural language interpretation or structural properties of discourse.

See the schedule at

The Symposium is endorsed by SIGGen as well as by SIGDial

"A man talking sense to himself is no madder than  a man talking
nonsense not to himself."
(Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead)

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