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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition and Science, 22-24 Aug 2012, Duesseldorf, GERMANY


CTF 2012, International Interdisciplinary Conference

Organized and financed by
DFG Collaborative Research Centre CRC 991/SFB 991 "The Structure of Representations in Language, 
Cognition, and Science"

Aims and scope

A sequel to CTF'07 and CTF'09, CTF'12 is the third interdisciplinary conference to contribute to 
the development of a general frame theory of human concepts. The conference explores the 
application of frames in linguistics and other sciences. It discusses foundational issues for 
the development of a theory of frames from the perspectives of general and computational 
linguistics, mathematics, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, ontology, philosophy of 
mind, and philosophy of science.

Invited speakers: Hanne Andersen, Lawrence Barsalou, John Beavers, Walter Bisang, Jean Mandler, 
Ivan Sag, John Sowa, Rolf Zwaan


CTF'12 explores fundamental aspects of a formal theory of frames understood as recursive 
attribute-value structures with functional attributes. The aspects include representation and 
model-theoretic interpretation, attributes and value types, and appropriate frame structures for 
different types of concepts. A special focus will be on dynamic aspects of frame theory: modeling 
dynamic frame components for event and process frames; exploring operations on frames such as type 
shifts and frame composition.


CTF'12 explores empirical evidence for and consequences of the frame approach. It addresses the 
distinction of types of concepts, in particular relational and functional nominal concepts. Major 
topics include the grounding of concepts in the sensory-motor system and dynamic aspects of concept


CTF'12 explores the application of a formalized theory of frames at various levels of linguistic 
description: lexical semantics of the different conceptual types of nouns and verbs, deep lexical 
decomposition, semantics of word formation, the syntax-semantics interface, syntactic and semantic 
composition, and anaphora and coherence in discourse.


CTF'12 explores the applications of the frame approach in various fields of institutional 
categorization: e.g., the evolution of the frame notion in the history of philosophy; scientific 
frames and paradigm shifts; frames forl egal concepts; frames in applied ontology; a frame model 
of the mind; and frame description of psychiatric disorders.

Important dates
Submission of abstracts (600-800 words) => extended deadline: April 10 
Notification of acceptance: May 30

Submission site

Publication details
The post-proceedings will be published by Dsseldorf University Press with open online access.

Programme committee
Sebastian Lbner (general chair), Rainer Osswald, Gottfried Vosgerau

Organizational committee
Dorothea Brenner, David Hommen, Timm Lichte, Daniel Schulze