is a CNRS-based interdisciplinary network project connecting CASTL to linguistic centers in Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, London, and the US to study formal semantic ontology.
The first OASIS meeting, OASIS 0, took place in Tromsø;
take place in Nantes, France, on October 16-18, 2019.
Sudha Arunachalam (New York University)
Rose-Marie Déchaine (University of British Columbia)
Nicola Guarino (ISTC – CNR)
Angelika Kratzer (UMass Amherst)
Brent Strickland (IJN – CNRS)
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?
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.
OASIS 1 (Paris, November 2018)
brought together researchers from formal semantics, natural language
syntax, philosophy, psychology/psycholinguistics, language development,
neuroscience/neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics. Some
aspects of the exchanges at OASIS 1 are summarized on the OASIS 1 site
(http://oasis.cnrs.fr/oasis1) and on Gillian Ramchand’s blog
(https://gillianramchand.blog/2018/11/ ). The range of talks at OASIS 1
gives an indication of the kinds of topics that we welcome at OASIS
conferences. There were, for instance, talks about flexible aspects of
linguistic meaning, about categorization in verbal vs. nonverbal
populations, about the acquisition of counterfactuality and its linguistic
expression, and about the format of syntactic structure from an embodied
cognition perspective. The OASIS credo at http://oasis.cnrs.fr/credo
lists a variety of topics relevant to the broad questions that interest
Call for submissions:
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
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=oasis2 . The deadline for
submissions is 9am GMT on Saturday June 15 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
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.