Call for Paper

SEMDIAL 2018 (AixDial) – Call for Papers

 22nd Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

8th-10th November 2018


AixDial will be the 22nd edition of the SemDial workshop series, which aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as formal semantics and pragmatics, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In 2018 the workshop will be hosted by Aix Marseille University, and organized by the Language and Speech Lab (Laboratoire Parole et Langage) as well as the Computer Science Lab (Laboratoire d’Informatique et Systèmes). It will be collocated with Workshop on Prosody and Meaning: Information Structure and Beyond.

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We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, including, but not limited to:

  • semantic/pragmatic interpretation in dialogue
  • common ground/mutual belief
  • goals, intentions and commitments in communication
  • turn-taking and interaction control
  • multimodality: gesture, gaze, intonational meaning in communication
  • dialogue and discourse structure
  • the dynamics of agents’ information states in dialogue
  • interpretation and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems
  • dialogue management
  • categorisation of dialogue phenomena in corpora
  • child-adult interaction
  • language learning through dialogue
  • designing and evaluating dialogue systems
  • machine learning applied to dialogue
  • experimental approaches to dialogue (eye-tracking, time responses,…)
  • using physiological mesures (breathing, pulse, perspiration,…) for dialogue study
  • neurophysiology of dialogue (EEG, FMRi, FNIRS,…)


Authors should submit an *anonymous* paper of at most 8 pages of content (up to 2 additional pages are allowed for references). Formatting instructions and the URL of the submission site will be available on the AixDial website soon. There will be a later a call for 2-page abstracts describing system demonstrations and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of the workshop.


Submissions due             : June 1st, 2018
Notification                      : July 20th, 2018
Demo / Project deadline : September, 7th, 2018
Final version due            : October 1st, 2018
AixDial                            : November 8-10th, 2018


Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)
Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)
Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)


Stéphanie Desous (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)
Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)
Simone Fuscone (LPL-LIS, Aix Marseille Université)
Océane Granier (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)
Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)
Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)


Raquel Fernandez (University of Amsterdam)
David Schlangen (Bielefeld University)