Lecture & Workshop on “Logic and English”

Date 4th Dec. 2014 (13:00- ) No preregistration
5th Dec. 2014 (13:00- ) Reception is now closed.
Venue Graduate Program for Embodiment Informatics “Kobo Workshop”
Lecturer Prof. Robert Kowalski (Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Fellow, Department of Computing Imperial College London)
Title Lecture & Workshop on “Logic and English”
E-mail Administration Office of the Graduate Program for Embodiment Informatics
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[1] Lecture on “Logic and English” (4th Dec. 2014)
In this talk, I will show some of the relationships between logic and natural language, such as English. I will argue that understanding these relationships can help a writer to communicate information more clearly and more effectively. For this purpose, I will look at examples that illustrate the close relationship between logic and English. I will also look at the advice given in books about improving English writing style, and will interpret that advice in logical terms.


[2] Workshop on abstract refinements (5th Dec. 2014)
This goal of this workshop is to learn how to use logic to improve English writing, so that it is easier to understand. For this purpose, we will look at research abstracts written by students of informatics, and discuss how to make the abstracts as easy as possible to understand.

A typical abstract for discussion at the workshop could be an abstract of an MSc or PhD thesis, or an abstract of a research article. Although the thesis or article itself is likely to be too specialised to be understood by someone working in a different field, the abstract should be written to be understood by as wide an audience as possible.
To make this possible, the writer may have to make a special effort, to write the abstract more simply than would be normal.

To participate in the workshop, you are encouraged to submit an abstract of your own research about a third of a page long. Participants who do not submit abstracts are also welcome to attend the workshop and participate in the discussion.

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