2nd SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

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Aalborg, Denmark, September 1-2
(Just before Eurospeech 2001-Scandinavia)

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Topics of Interest
Panel Sessions
Submission of Papers and Abstracts
Important Dates
Organizing Committee
Program Committee

Topics of Interest

We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementational and analytical work on discourse and dialogue, with a focus on the following three themes:

  1. Dialogue Systems
    Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems including topics such as:
  2. Corpora and Corpus Tools
    Corpus-based work on discourse and spoken, text-based and multi-modal dialogue including its support, in particular:
  3. Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
    The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e., beyond a single sentence) including the following issues:

Submission of Papers and Abstracts

The program committee welcomes the submission of papers for full plenary presentation. The papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including title page, examples, references, etc. In addition to this, two additional pages are allowed as an appendix which may include extended example discourses or dialogues, algorithms, graphical representations, etc.

Besides papers for full plenary presentation, we encourage the submission of short 4-page papers (inclusive title page, examples, references, etc.) to be combined with a short presentation in the plenary session and a poster presentation.

Full papers and short papers should be sent electronically to the e-mail address and must be received no later than May 21 (extended deadline).

The format to use for papers and abstracts is the same (ACL final paper format). Stylefiles are available. Papers must be submitted in pdf (preferred) or postscript format.

The title page (no separate title page is needed) should include the following information:
Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses;
Abstract (short summary up to 5 lines);

Important Dates

Submission of full papers and short papersMay 21
NotificationJune 27
Final submissionsAugust 1
WorkshopSeptember 1-2

Workshop Publications

Like full papers, short papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Authors of a selected number of full papers accepted for the workshop proceedings will be asked to send in a version of their paper for the publication in a book on current directions and developments in discourse and dialogue, to be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Panel Sessions

In addition to regular paper and abstract submissions, the program committee of the 2nd SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue organizes the following two panel sessions for which they invite proposals. The deadline for submissions is June 4, 2001.

Panel Session I

Spoken Dialogue Systems: Theory that is Ready for Practice

For this panel session, we invite submissions that focus on ideas whose theory, being of syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, corpus-linguistic, statistic and/or prosodic nature, has been studied in great detail and that is ready or at least has a clear potential to be included in the next advance of spoken dialogue systems. Submission format should follow the same guidelines as plenary papers and should contain the following content:

Questions may be directed to Ronnie Smith/Jan van Kuppevelt,

Panel Session II

Discourse Structure and Conversational Implicatures

For this panel session, we invite submissions on operational models of conversational implicatures which focus on their discourse-structural status. Possible topics of interest for this panel discussion are: the nature of conversational implicatures and their relation to presuppositional inferences, discourse-structural (rhetorical, referential, etc.) constraints on the generation and interpretation of conversational implicatures, question-focus and (particularized vs. generalized) conversational implicatures, conversational implicatures and (underspecified vs. optimal) linguistic form, e.g. the form of referring expressions, and conversational implicatures in the context of dynamic, topic- or goal-related discourse processing. Submission format should follow the same guidelines as plenary papers and should contain the following content:

Questions may be directed to Jan van Kuppevelt/Ronnie Smith,