Nexing International Seminar on

Natural Language and Reasoning

Coimbra, 2002, February 20

University of Coimbra
Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences

NEXING is a multi-disciplinary project fostering the convergence of methods, results and expertise from Informatics, Applied Logic, Cognitive Psychology and Formal Linguistics with respect to the processing of natural language and negation.  Under the scope of the project activities, an international seminar is going to take place at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra.


The aim of this seminar is twofold: provide an occasion for cooperative discussion and interaction between researchers from different areas with confluent research interests; and provide an audience of cognitive science students with some exposure to key aspects of scientific topics and practice usually not addressed in the classroom. The presentations are planned to have an introductory part with an overview of the topic being addressed, followed by the discussion of recent results on that topic by the speaker, many of them obtained in the NEXING project.

Invited Speakers

Peter Yule (University of London)
Cristina Quelhas (ISPA-Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Lisbon)


José Leitão (Univ. of Coimbra, Fac. of Psychology, IPCDVS-Institute for Cognitive Psychology)
António Branco (Univ. of Lisbon, Dep. of Informatics, LabMAC-Laboratory of Computational Models and Architectures)


9:30 José Leitão (Univ. of Coimbra, IPCDVS):
Competence and Performance in Syllogistic Reasoning

10:30 Coffee break

10:45 António Branco (Univ. of Lisbon, Dep. of Informatics):
Cognitive and Computational Models of Anaphora

11:45 Coffee break

12:00 Pedro Santos (Univ. of Algarve, Faculty of Human Sciences):
The Semantics of Counterfactuals

13:00 Lunch

15:00 Cristina Quelhas (ISPA):
Mental Models and Conditional Reasoning

16:30 Coffee break

17:00 Peter Yule (Univ. of London):
Logic and Human Syllogistic Reasoning

18:30 End


Attendance of the seminar is free of charge and open to everyone.


Faculdade de Psicologia de Coimbra
Rua do Colégio Novo, 3000 Coimbra
Sala do Anexo (morning)
Sala 4.1 (afternoon)


The NEXING project is funded by FCT under the contract FCT/SAPIENS99/34076/99