Call for papers OASIS 2 Conference

OASIS 2 (Ontology as Structured by the Interfaces with Semantics)

University of Nantes

October 16-18, 2019

The OASIS conference series aims to promote conversation and cross-fertilization across different disciplines, using ontological questions as shared reference points. The broad questions in the background are these:

1. What basic ontological building blocks do we use to talk and think about the world?

2. How do these building blocks get combined?

3. How do grammatical and cognitive phenomena motivate the answers to the first two questions?


OASIS 2 will feature invited talks by Sudha Arunachalam (New York University), Rose-Marie Déchaine (University of British Columbia), Nicola Guarino (ISTC - CNR), Angelika Kratzer (UMass Amherst), Brent Strickland (IJN - CNRS).

There will also be invited classes on topics in linguistics for an interdisciplinary audience, taught by David Adger (Queen Mary University of London) and Paul Egré (IJN-CNRS).


We welcome contributions from semanticists as well as from researchers in domains of cognition that interface with semantics. We would like the OASIS conferences to help foster new perspectives and to provide a forum around which a new research community can coalesce.

The OASIS credo at lists a variety of topics relevant to the broad questions that interest us. We invite submissions of abstracts for 30-minute oral presentations (+ 10 minutes discussion) on any topic pertaining to the shared interests and assumptions of the OASIS network, as well as for poster presentations with lightning talks.

Abstracts should be submitted via the EasyChair page .

The submission deadline is 9am GMT on Friday July 5, 2019.

Abstracts must be anonymous and should be at most 2 pages (A4 or US Letter) in length, including examples and references, using a 12pt font with 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins on all four sides. These limitations will be strictly enforced. A single author can send no more than one singly-authored and one co-authored abstract, or two co-authored abstracts. Your submission should specify whether it is to be considered for an oral presentation or a poster. We will not accept papers that at the time of the conference have been published or have been accepted for publication.

Please keep in mind that this is an interdisciplinary conference, and write your abstract accordingly. This means that the broad goals of the research (e.g. to understand language architecture, to understand brain architecture) and any subgoals should be mentioned. We very much welcome work that brings attention to data from less-familiar languages; if you propose such an abstract, keep the dataset as streamlined as possible to give the audience a chance to understand the issues at stake. Finally, if you work in a formal framework, your proposal must be explained in words as well as in your formal framework.


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