UNCOVERING TIME IN LANGUAGE
at PALC 2015 conference, 20-22 November 2014, University of Lodz, Poland
Convenor: Prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk
We invite 30-min. papers on time and temporality, as reflected in language corpora, also in relation to other concepts such as event structure and space, parameters such as age, gender, background, mode, etc., as well as linguistic categories of aspect, mood, intentionality. Descriptions and demonstration of tools addressing annotation and retrieval of temporal language are most welcome. Please submit abstracts of papers (not exceeding 600 words) not later than 10 September 2014.
Information, conference registration and abstract submission details are available at www.palc.uni.lodz.pl.
For specific information concerning this session contact prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plenary speaker of the workshop:
Professor Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Lecture title: Comparing tense and aspect forms across the world's languages
Professor Haspelmath will give an overview of results from projects Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures (apics-online.info) and WALS (wals.info), and reflect on grammatical form-frequency correspondences; also discussed will be semantic maps and tense-aspect categories, and the relationship between comparative concepts and descriptive categories.
New book available. This book presents a cognitive linguistic study of distance representations carried out using the British National Corpus and the National Corpus of Polish. Corpus-based examination of linguistic expressions of spatial expanse in the semantic context of motion events suggests that as language users we are at certain liberty to choose either spatial or temporal conceptualization of distance according to what suits our subjective profiling needs relevant to a particular situation. From the perspective of research presented in this book, the entanglement of time and space in cognition is a rabbit hole phenomenon that runs deep beyond the ties that bind space to time in motion, on the one hand, and the socio-cultural sedimentation of meaning through commonly used phraseology, on the other. It appears to hinge on a higher-order ontological and epistemological distinction between objects and events, which may influence our spatial-temporal reasoning. Taken together the research presented in this volume indicates that, at least in certain contexts, space and time can act in a complementary manner in cognition.
Walinski, Jacek T. (2013). Complementarity of Space and Time in Distance Representations. A Cognitive Corpus-based Study. Lodz: Lodz University Press. ISBN 978-83-7969-004-6.
Workshop Call for Papers
HRI 2014 Workshop on Timing in Human-Robot Interaction
03 March 2014, Bielefeld University, Germany
Full-day workshop, held in conjunction with the
9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014)
Timing plays a role in a range of human-robot interaction scenarios, as humans are highly sensitive to timing and interaction fluency. It is central to spoken dialogue, with turn-taking, interruptions, and hesitation influencing both task efficiency and user affect. Timing is also an important factor in the interpretation and generation of gestures, gaze, facial expressions, and other nonverbal behavior. Beyond communication, temporal synchronization is functionally necessary for sharing resources and physical space, as well as coordinating multi-agent actions. Timing is thus crucial to the success of a broad spectrum of HRI applications, including but not limited to situated dialogue; collaborative manipulation; performance, musical, and entertainment robots; and expressive robot companions.
Recent years have seen a growing interest in the HRI community in the various research topics related to human-robot timing. The purpose of this workshop is to explore and discuss theories, computational models, systems, empirical studies, and interdisciplinary insights related to the notion of timing, fluency, and rhythm in human-robot interaction.
Example submission topics include, but are not limited to:
• Timing models and systems implemented in real-time domains, including:
• human-robot teamwork
• spoken and situated dialogue
• performance, entertainment, and musical robots
• Action synchronization and coordination between modalities and agents
• Behavior and interaction planning with time-sensitive constraints
• Incremental perception and behavior generation
• Theories and models with timing-specific elements
• Empirical studies on effects and perceptions of human or robot timing
We seek an interdisciplinary dialogue on the topic of timing, encouraging submissions and participation from research fields outside the robotics community. We welcome perspectives from psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, social science, humanities, and the arts.
We will accept papers of 2 to 6 pages through a peer-review process. Submissions are not double-blind. Contributions can be completed projects, work-in-progress, position papers, or summaries of previously published work written through the lens of timing for HRI.
• 22 Jan 2014 — Submission deadline
• 29 Jan 2014 — Notification of acceptance
• 21 Feb 2014 — Camera-ready papers
• 03 Mar 2014 — Workshop
BEAT-HEALTH – Health and Wellness on the Beat
We invite applications for 2 Postdoctoral positions at the University of Montpellier 1 (EuroMov - http://www.euromov.eu/
) to work on a programme of research funded by the European Commission to investigate the beneficial effect of adaptive and variable rhythmic auditory stimulation on rhythmic motor activity (gait, running). The programme will be realized by a Consortium formed by laboratories located in France, Belgium, Ireland, and Spain. The positions are for 24 months (possibility of a 12-month extension), to start from October 2013.
There is a tight link between the rhythm of external information (e.g., auditory) and movement. Our propensity to match movement to rhythm is natural, develops very precociously, and is likely hard-wired in humans, as shown by cognitive sciences and neurosciences. In this proposal, we exploit this compelling link between music and movement for boosting individual performance and enhancing health and wellness. This goal will be achieved by creating an intelligent technological architecture - BeatHealth. Our architecture will deliver embodied, flexible, and efficient rhythmical stimulation adapted to the individual's skills with the goal of enhancing or recovering features of movement performance (i.e., kinematics and physiological performance). The beneficial effects of BeatHealth will be evaluated in patients with movement disorders (i.e., Parkinson's disease), and in healthy individuals of various ages with moderate physical activity.
For more information and to apply see : http://www.euromov.eu/beathealth/
(DEADLINE for application – August 15, 2013).
Dynamics of Social Behaviour: An introduction to novel quantitative
techniques to record and analyse social behaviour online and offline
Date: 6th- 8th August 2013
Where: NUI Galway, Ireland
Hosted by: Complex Systems Research Centre (CORE), NUI Galway
Guest Speakers: Dr. Chris Kello, UC Merced, USA
Dr. Jon Freeman, Dartmouth College, USA
Dr. Fred Cummins, University College Dubin, Ireland
Dr. Maciej Dabrowski, DERI, NUI Galway
(Supported by the Millennium fund, NUI Galway)
Cost: Students: 30 euro (pay on site)
Academics: 50 euro (pay on site)
Human behaviour is fundamentally social. Even when isolated, our concerns
relate to the concerns of others and are articulated through a language
created with others. The quantitative analysis of social behaviour raises
some particular difficult challenges, with the result that much behavioural
science focuses on the behaviour of single individuals in isolation. Recent
advances in computing and mathematics provide new avenues through which to
record, characterise and analyse social behaviour. These advances allow us
to conceive of novel metaphors that can be applied to human social
behaviour; detailed models that are carefully constructed and tested. This
workshop will focus on novel dynamical models of human social cognition and
behaviour and specifically on techniques to capture complex human activity
and to quantitatively analyse it.