CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Computational Pragmatics (CompPrag2016)
Workshop at the 38th Annual Conference of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS) in Konstanz, February 24-26.
- Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
- Noah Goodman, Stanford University
Computational pragmatics can be understood in two different senses. First, it can be seen as a subfield of computational linguistics, in which it has a longer tradition. Example phenomena addressed in this tradition are: computational models of implicature, dialogue act planning, discourse structuring, coreference resolution (Bunt & Black 2000, and others). Second, it can refer to a rapidly growing field at the interface between linguistics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence. An example is the rational speech act model (Frank & Goodman 2012) which uses Bayesian methods for modeling cognitive aspects of the interpretation of sentence fragments and implicatures. Computational pragmatics is of growing interest to linguistic pragmatics, first, due to the availability of theories that are precise enough to form the basis of NLP systems (e.g. game theoretic pragmatics, SDRT, RST), and second, due to the additional opportunities which computational pragmatics provides for advanced experimental testing of pragmatic theories. As such, it enhances theoretical, experimental and corpus-based approaches to pragmatics.
In this workshop, we want to bring together researchers from both branches of computational linguistics, as well as linguists with an interest in formal approaches to pragmatics. Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following issues:
- implicature calculation and its implementation in NLP systems: interaction with information structure, discourse relations, dialogue goals etc.
- computational models of experimental results and computational systems as a means for experimental research
- corpus annotation of pragmatic phenomena