Aim and Topics
Important Dates
Conference Code of Conduct
Organizing Committee

Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 14 (LENLS 14)

Workshop Site(s):
Bunkyo School Building in University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Campus
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Dates: November 13-15, 2017
  • Katsuhiko Sano (Hokkaido University)
  • Daisuke Bekki (Ochanomizu University/JST CREST)
  • Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Koji Mineshima (Ochanomizu University/JST CREST)
Invited Speakers:
  • Craige Roberts (The Ohio State University)
  • Ivano Ciardelli (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munchen)
  • Shoichi Takahashi (Aoyama Gakuin 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 JSAI International Symposia on AI (isAI2017) sponsored by the Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI).

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
  • 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

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline:August 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance:September 30, 2017
Deadline for camera-ready copy:October 16, 2017
Deadline for onsite registration:November 1, 2017
LENLS14:November 13-15, 2017


The proceedings of the workshop (USB version) will be available at the conference site for registered persons. Please follow the link below and register yourself until End of October, 2017.


1st Day: November 13 (Mon)

9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-11:30 Session  (Chair: Alastair Butler)
  • Lukas Rieser
  • "Quality as a speech-act CI and presuppositions"
  • Hitomi Hirayama
  • "Towards a Unified Analysis of Contrastive wa as Contrastive Topic"
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine and Hadas Kotek
  • "Intervention tracks scope-rigidity in Japanese"
11:30-12:50 Lunch
12:50-14:20 Session  (Chair: Kei Yoshimoto)
  • Yulia Zinova
  • "Explaining prefix contributions in Russian using Frame Semantics and RSA"
  • Liping Tang
  • "A Signaling Model for Pictorial and Alphabet Writings"
  • Ilaria Frana and Keir Moulton
  • "Derived Nominals and Concealed Propositions"
14:20-14:35 Coffee Break
14:35-16:05 Session  (Chair: Naoya Fujikawa)
  • Dan Zeman
  • "Perspectival Plurality, Relativism, and Multiple Indexing"
  • Fabrizio Cariani and Simon Goldstein
  • "Conditional heresies"
  • Andres Soria Ruiz
  • "It's Getting Better All The Time: An Expressivist Semantics For Comparative Value Judgments"
16:05-16:20 Coffee Break
16:20-17:20 Invited Talk   (Chair: Katsuhiko Sano)
  • Ivano Ciardelli
  • "Two Switches in the Theory of Counterfactuals"

2nd Day: November 14 (Tue)

10:00-11:30 Session  (Chair: David Y. Oshima)
  • Yu Izumi and Shintaro Hayashi
  • "Expressive Small Clauses in Japanese"
  • Osamu Sawada and Jun Sawada
  • "The dependent property of the Japanese inferential use of no koto-da: An evidence indicator for an inferential modal statement"
  • Gregoire Winterstein, Regine Lai and Zoe Luk
  • "Denials and negative emotions: a unified analysis of the Cantonese expressive 'gwai2'"
11:30-12:50 Lunch
12:50-14:20 Session  (Chair: Daisuke Bekki)
  • Kristina Liefke
  • "Relating Intensional Models of Formal Semantics: established methods and surprising results"
  • Oleg Kiselyov
  • "Transformational Semantics on a Tree Bank"
  • Simon Charlow
  • "A modular theory of pronouns and binding"
14:20-14:35 Coffee Break
14:35-16:05 Session  (Chair: Osamu Sawada)
  • Robert Henderson and Eric McCready
  • "How Dogwhistles Work"
  • Emily Lake
  • "Ideological legibility as a primary pragmatic process in the interpretation of implicit content"
  • Eric McCready and Christopher Davis
  • "An Invocational Theory of Slurs"
16:05-16:20 Coffee Break
16:20-17:20 Invited Talk   (Chair: Koji Mineshima)
  • Craige Roberts
  • "Character assassination: Indexicals in a new perspective"
19:30- Banquet

3rd Day: November 15 (Wed)

10:00-11:30 Session  (Chair: Yasuo Nakayama)
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita
  • "On the suspendability of the prejacent of an only sentence"
  • Hiroaki Nakamura
  • "Discontinuity in Potential Sentences in Japanese"
  • Roussanka Loukanova
  • "Semantic Argument Slots in the Type-Theory of Acyclic Recursion and Syntax-Semantics Interfaces in CBLG"
11:30-12:50 Lunch
12:50-14:20 Session  (Chair: Yoshiki Mori)
  • Tatiana Bladier, Kilian Evang and Yulia Zinova
  • "Aspecto-Temporal Representation of Slavic Aktionsarten in DRT with Boxer"
  • Mathieu Lafourcade, Bruno Mery, Mehdi Mirzapour, Richard Moot and Christian Retore.
  • "Collecting Crowd-Sourced Lexical Coercions for Compositional Semantic Analysis"
  • Alastair Butler and Stephen Wright Horn
  • "Annotating syntax and lexical semantics with(out) indexing"
14:20-14:35 Coffee Break
14:35-16:05 Session  (Chair: Katsuhiko Yabushita)
  • Patrick Elliott
  • "An algebraic theory of attitude reports"
  • Chungmin Lee
  • "Languages with non-factive knowledge verbs"
  • Yurie Hara, Naho Orita and Hiromu Sakai
  • "Evidentials in Causal Premise Semantics: A Rating Study"
16:05-16:20 Coffee Break
16:20-17:20 Invited Talk   (Chair: Eric McCready)
  • Shoichi Takahashi
  • "Lethal Restrictors: Remedies and Ramifications"


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".

Conference Code of Conduct

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Organizing/Program Committee:

  • Katsuhiko Sano (Hokkaido University)
  • Daisuke Bekki (Ochanomizu University/JST CREST)
  • Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Koji Mineshima (Ochanomizu University/JST CREST)
  • Alastair Butler (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics)
  • Richard Dietz (Yamanashi Gakuin University)
  • Naoya Fujikawa (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
  • Yoshiki Mori (University of Tokyo)
  • Yasuo Nakayama (Osaka University)
  • David Y. Oshima (Nagoya University)
  • Osamu Sawada (Mie University)
  • Wataru Uegaki (Leiden University)
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita (Naruto University of Education)
  • Tomoyuki Yamada (Hokkaido University)
  • Shunsuke Yatabe (Kyoto University)
  • Kei Yoshimoto (Tohoku University)