Thirteenth International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG 2006)

July 24-27, 2006
Varna, Bulgaria

 

Executive summary

The Thirteenth International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG 2006) was organized and carried out. The submitted extended abstracts were published in Proceedings.
The full papers will be published later on-line by CSLI, Stanford University publications.

Objectives and major achievements during the reporting period

The Thirteenth International Conference on HPSG theory (HPSG 2006) was held in Varna, Bulgaria, in the period July 24-27, 2006. It brought together scientists working in the field of the HPSG theory - the inventors of this theory, other distinguished HPSGists and newcomers. Additionally to the main conference (26-27 July) there was a tutorial day (24 July) and a related Workshop (25 July).

WP5 Dissemination

The International Conference on HPSG theory (HPSG 2006) was the 13th event of an internationally recognized series and one of the high-quality international events in the BIS-21++ plan. Traditionally, the purpose of the conference is to bring together scientists working in the field of HPSG. The key lectures reviewed some of the most advanced achievements in the area. HPSG 2006 was held in Varna, Bulgaria, in the period July 24-27, 2006. The meeting was organized by the Institute for Parallel Processing at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The participation of young scientists was also encouraged by the organizing committee. As a result, the list of participants of HPSG 2006 includes 20 Ph.D. students.

The two satellite events to the main conference were as follows:

The tutorials addressed various major topics in HPSG from both - linguistic and implementation point of view. The Ph.D. students and young researchers were among most active participants in it.
The workshops associated with HPSG conferences typically address topics that are relevant to any grammatical framework.
The relationship between regularity and irregularity in language has always been a central research theme in linguistic theorizing. Contemporary grammatical frameworks in the generative tradition are no exception in this regard, with research dating back at least as far as George Lakoff's 1967 dissertation.
Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar is particularly well-suited to address such issues, due to its lexicalist orientation and to its extensive use of types and inheritance hierarchies. Consequently, HPSG researchers have made significant contributions to the study of regularity and irregularity in the areas of morphology, syntax and semantics.

Invited Lectures:

Workshop:

Frank van Eynde (Leuven, Belgium):

A regular treatment of some irregular constructions

 

Main conference:

Stefan Mueller (Bremen):

Persian Complex Predicates and the Limits of Inheritance-Based Analyses

Shravan Vasishth (Potsdam)

Locality in human sentence comprehension: Empirical and computational investigations

Conference materials:

Proceedings of Extended Abstracts

Conference Proceedings:

The conference proceedings was published as a special volume - Kiril Simov and Petya Osenova (Eds.), 182 pp.
The volume contains 27 extended abstracts submitted by authors from over 8 countries. There will be also on-line
Proceedings of the full papers on-line by CSLI, Stanford University publications.

Dissemination activities

If any such happen during/after the event report as:

  1. date (when it took place)
  2. type of activity (press conference, press release, TV coverage, bulletin)
  3. type of audience (general public, scientific, educational, )
  4. countries addressed (Bulgaria, when the event is here)
  5. size of audience (number of participants/listeners/viewers of the activity)
  6. partner responsible (IPP-BAS, or with other networking partner, if it is a joint activity)

Summary (explanatory notes)

HPSG 06 was the 13th event of an internationally recognized series. The purpose of the conference is to bring together scientists working within HPSG framework. The tutorials and the invited lectures presented some of the most advanced achievements in the area. HPSG 06 was held in Varna, Bulgaria, during the period July 24-27, 2006. The list of participants included 20 Ph.D. students from distinguished universities. The success of the meeting was ensured by the plenary lectures given by the invited world known distinguished lecturers and by the high quality of the selected papers. The conference proceedings of the extended abstracts was published as a special volume - Kiril Simov and Petya Osenova (Eds), 182 pp. The volume contains 27 extended abstracts submitted by authors from over 8 countries. There is a forthcoming on-line publication of full papers by CSLI.


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