Extended deadline for submission of full papers

The new submission date is Monday January 13th 2014.


Dr Rodger Kibble, Goldsmiths University of London (UK)
Dr Paul Piwek, The Open University (UK)
Dr Geri Popova, Goldsmiths University of London (UK)

Contact email: aisb50qdd@open.ac.uk


Professor Ruth Kempson FBA, Kings College London/QMUL.


The ability to engage in a dialogue has been trumpeted as a good indicator of general intelligent behaviour since Turing (1950). Philosophers such as Hamblin (1970), Brandom (1994) and Davidson (2001) can be said to have proposed various types of linguistic rationalism, the notion that linguistic abilities are a pre- or co-requisite for rationality: in Brandom's terms, the hallmark of rationality is the ability to take part in the game of "giving and asking for reasons". Indeed, Deligiorgi (2002) already finds in Kant the notion that "rationality cannot be exercised by a solitary thinker" but depends on the communication of publicly criticisable judgments. The capacity to engage in a dialogue could very well be AI-complete, i.e., employ all the skills abilities that constitute human-level intelligence.

The year 2014 marks several significant anniversaries: one of them is the 20th year since the publication of Brandom's Making it Explicit, a large, complex and difficult work in the philosophy of language which Jürgen Habermas likened to Rawls' Theory of Justice in terms of its scope and importance within its field. It is fair to say that this work has so far had little direct influence on computational or formal approaches to language, though some partial formalisations have been offered by Lance and Kremer, Kibble and Piwek. This symposium will be loosely organised around various themes arising from Brandom's work, or questions provoked by it, though participants will not necessarily be expected to directly engage with his original texts. As noted, Brandom sees the game of "giving and asking for reasons" as central to human rationality or sapience, but it turns out that he has rather little to say about questions or any other speech acts apart from assertion. Brandom stresses the importance of shared "material" inferences for successful communication, though it is far from clear how this common background understanding could be encoded in a computer system.


Suitable subjects will include, but are not limited to: Contributions will be welcome from all disciplines which include discourse and dialogue in their subject matter, including computational linguistics, corpus analysis, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, argumentation theory, legal reasoning, literary theory and so on.


January 13th 2014: extended deadline for submission of full papers
February 3rd 2014: notification to authors
February 24th 2014: deadline for final camera-ready copy of full papers and copyright forms
Thursday April 3rd 2014: AISB symposium at Goldsmiths


The symposium is expected to take up one full day, with up to 9 contributed papers and one invited talk of 30 minutes each including time for questions and discussion. There may also be a poster session, depending on the number and quality of submissions received. Submission will be by means of full papers, which should be uploaded to the Easychair conference management system via the link https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aisb50qdd.

Submissions and final papers must be prepared in LaTeX or MS Word format, using templates which can be downloaded here. Final papers should be no more than 8 pages long (shorter papers are also welcome).

Accepted papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention with an ISBN number, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities. Authors of accepted papers will be required to complete a copyright form in advance of the convention. The main purpose of this form is to give AISB permission to publish your contribution as part of the printed and electronic proceedings, and there will be no further limitation of your rights in the material.

We intend to include a selection of high-quality submissions in a journal special issue.


Robbert-Jan Beun, Utrecht University (Netherlands)
Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, North Carolina State University (US)
Harry Bunt, Tilburg University (Netherlands)
Marc Cavazza, Teesside University (UK)
Yasemin J Erden, St Mary's University College (UK)
Arash Eshghi, Heriot Watt University (UK)
Jonathan Ginzburg, Université Paris-Diderot, Paris 7 (France)
Pat Healey, QMUL (UK)
Eric Kow, IRIT (France)
James Lester, North Carolina State University (US)
Rodney Nielsen, University of North Texas (US)
Brian Plüss, The Open University (UK)
Richard Power, The Open University (UK)
Rashmi Prasad, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (US)
Matthew Purver, QMUL (UK)
Hannes Rieser, University of Bielefeld (Germany)
Vasile Rus, University of Memphis (US)
Amanda Stent, Yahoo! Labs (US)
Matthew Stone, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (US)
Svetlana Stoyanchev, Columbia University (US)
Laure Vieu, IRIT - Université Paul Sabatier (France)
Xuchen Yao, Johns Hopkins University (US)