Tandem Workshop on Optimality in Language and Geometric Approaches to Cognition

Together with the Department of German Language and Linguistics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and with the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin is going to organize a three-day 'Tandem Workshop on Optimality in Language and Geometric Approaches to Cognition' to be held at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), December 11th - 13th, 2010. The aim of the workshop is to encompass symbolic Optimality Theory (OT) and geometric representations of cognitive states and processes at the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic levels. In particular, the workshop will focus on issues such as:

Part A

  • OT syntax and OT parsing
  • Neural networks and OT
  • Gradedness and OT
  • OT and compositionality
  • OT semantics and OT pragmatics

 Part B

  • Conceptual spaces
  • Vagueness
  • Geometric models of meaning and compositionality
  • Geometric models of linguistic and perceptional ambiguity
  • Tensor product representations
  • Transient dynamic computation

External webpage: http://www.blutner.de/tandem/index.htm

Organizers: Anton Benz (ZAS, Berlin), Reinhard Blutner (ILLC, Amsterdam), Manfred Krifka (ZAS/HU Berlin), Peter beim Graben (HU Berlin), Nicolas Stindt (HU, DAAD)