Aim and Topics
Selected Papers
Important Dates
Organizing Committee
LENLS archives

Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 12 (LENLS 12)

Workshop Site(s):
(15th) Ochanomizu University
Room 207-209, Science Building 3, Tokyo, Japan (The bldg. #20 in the "campus map" in the following webpage)
(16th,17th) Raiousha Building, Keio University
Kanagawa, Japan
Dates: November 15-17, 2015
  • Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Daisuke Bekki (Ochanomizu University /JST CREST /National Institute of Informatics )
  • Koji Mineshima (Ochanomizu University/JST CREST)
Invited Speakers:
  • Nicholas Asher (CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse/Universit'e Paul Sabatier)
  • Stefan Kaufmann (University of Connecticut)
  • Magdalena Kaufmann (University of Connecticut)
  • Robert Henderson (University of Arizona)
  • Tomohiro Sakai (Waseda University)

Aim and Topics

LENLS is an annual international workshop on formal syntax, semantics and pragmatics. It will be held as one of the workshops of the 7th JSAI International Symposia on AI (isAI2015) sponsored by the Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI).

The first day of LENLS will include a half-day workshop on politeness and honorification with talks by Nicholas Asher, Daisuke Bekki and Eric McCready. These talks will consider the lexical semantics of honorifics, syntactic and semantic aspects of composition with honorifics, and strategic aspects of politeness and formality. The workshop is open to the public and is funded by JSPS Kiban C Grant #25370441.

We invite submissions to this year's workshop on topics in formal syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and related fields, including but in no way limited to the following:

  • Formal syntax, semantics and pragmatics of natural language
  • Model-theoretic and/or proof-theoretic semantics of natural language
  • Computational Semantics
  • Continuations in natural language
  • Game-theoretic/Bayesian approaches to pragmatics
  • Nonclassical Logic and its relation to natural language (especially Substructural/Fuzzy/Categorical/Topological logics)
  • (Formal) Philosophy of language
  • Scientific methodology and/or experimental design for linguistics


Abstracts (anonymous, up to 4 pages, including figures and references, A4 size, with 12 point font) must be submitted electronically in PDF format at:

When the abstract is accepted, the author is expected to submit a full paper (10-14 pages) before the workshop. The proceedings of the workshop will be available at the conference site for registered persons.

Selected Papers

We also plan to publish a selection of the accepted/invited papers as a portion of a volume "JSAI-isAI selected papers", which will be published from `Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence' series (Springer Verlag).

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline:August 30, 2015 (EXTENDED)
Notification of acceptance:September 30, 2015
Deadline for camera-ready copy:October, 2015
Half-day workshop on politeness:November 15, 2015
LENLS12:November 15-17, 2015


LENLS is being organized by an alliance of "Establishment of Knowledge-Intensive Structural Natural Language Processing and Construction of Knowledge Infrastructure" project, funded by JST CREST Programs "Advanced Core Technologies for Big Data Integration".

Organizing/Program Committee:

  • Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Daisuke Bekki (Ochanomizu University /JST CREST /National Institute of Informatics )
  • Koji Mineshima (Ochanomizu University/JST CREST)
  • Alastair Butler (Tohoku University)
  • Richard Dietz (University of Tokyo)
  • Yoshiki Mori (University of Tokyo)
  • Yasuo Nakayama (Osaka University)
  • Katsuhiko Sano (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita (Naruto University of Education)
  • Tomoyuki Yamada (Hokkaido University)
  • Shunsuke Yatabe (West Japan Railway Company)
  • Kei Yoshimoto (Tohoku University)