The Group of Logic, Language and Information (GLLI), acting under the auspices of the University of Opole, is a collective body composed of linguists, logicians, philosophers, psychologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. The group constitutes an open forum to hold discussions and exchange ideas relating to the domains represented by its members.
| About The Group of Logic, Language and Information |
The initiative of establishing the Group of Logic, Language and Information at Opole University is the result of the following stimulating factors:|
The scientific community of Opole has had rich traditions of dealing in logic, which were commenced by Professor Jan Słupecki, a former rector of Wyższa Szkoła Pedagogiczna (Teacher’s Training College), being the direct predecessor of Opole University. Himself an outstanding representative of the Warsaw Logical School, he was a great continuator and propagator of the work of its founders – Jan Łukasiewicz and Stanisław Leśniewski, as well as that of their common outstanding disciple – Alfred Tarski.
Studies in the field of logic and related disciplines are creatively developed both by direct disciples of Professor Słupecki (Prof. Prof. Grzegorz Bryll, Katarzyna Hałkowska, Krystyna Piróg-Rzepecka, Urszula Wybraniec Skardowska) and scientists deriving from other centres and schools. In this context, the following research areas should be mentioned in particular: philosophy of language, logic of language (including logical pragmatics encompassing problems of language communication), abstract algebraic logic, logic in computer sciences, theory of imprecise and rough information, automatic testing of texts and correctness reasonings.
The accomplishments of the Opole centre in the above-mentioned areas are significant, acknowledged and recognized both in Poland and outside the borders of the country.
The Opole scientific community has had outstanding accomplishments in the field of linguistics thanks to Prof. Prof. Stanisław Rospond, Henryk Borek and Stanisław Kochman, as well as their followers: Prof. Prof. Stanisław Gajda and Wojciech Chlebda. Results of their studies in Polish and Slavic linguistics are particularly recognized and appreciated.
Studies conducted by the linguists of Opole have enjoyed well-deserved recognition not only within Poland.
The need to integrate studies in the fields of logic, language and computer science offers a chance for a broader involvement of the Opole academic community in various research currents both in the domestic and foreign dimension.
For the last fifteen years the Opole community of logicians has been a co-organizer, in cooperation with other Silesian universities, of nationwide conferences entitled Applications of logic in philosophy and in foundations of mathematics which are held in Szklarska Poręba every year, often participated in by foreign guests. These conferences, featuring a broad scientific spectrum, including – in particular – issues in the fields of linguistics and logical pragmatics, have earned a great deal of recognition. One of the scientific leaders here is Professor Janusz Czelakowski. Researchers from all leading Polish scientific centres take part in them. It is planned to engage the local Czech and German universities to join this enterprise.
For many years an all-Polish seminar concentrating on studies of basic dependences between logic, foundations of mathematics and theory of language has been run at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of Opole University.
| About the scientific goals of the Group|
The influence of the Warsaw School of Logic and Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz on the development of formally oriented linguistics, especially in the area of categorial grammars, as well as syntax of artificial languages cannot be underestimated. Methods of formal linguistics are one of the basic tools applied by contemporary logicians and computer scientists.
An important research area, lying at the meeting point of contemporary linguistics (not necessarily formal) and logic, is the theory of forms of appropriate reasoning in natural languages. It is an area neglected by logicians (for many reasons) and underestimated by linguists. However, it does lie in the centre of the theory of language-based communication.
The Group of Logic, Language and Information is a collective body consisting of representatives such disciplines as linguistics, logic, philosophy, psychology, computer science and mathematics. It also provides a forum serving the purpose of exchange of ideas relating to the domains which the scientists represent.
The scientific cooperation, which was begun in the 1970s, between Opole and other domestic and foreign academic centers in the area of scientific discourse, as well as linguistic and logical aspects of communication, yielded a series of most interesting and valuable results, which show a research perspective of interest to both linguists and logicians.
|About forms and prospects for the activity of the Group|
The basic forms include participation in joint seminars, lectures and in conferences held both in Poland and abroad.
A significant function of the Group is also its representing the Opole community outside on various domestic and international forums.
The inclusion of Opole University in the network of European universities gives rise to the need for creating organizational forms which would facilitate its functioning within the network. Starting cooperation with all-European scientific societies and organizations is a natural way of proceeding in this respect.
In the case of the logicians’ and linguists’ communities of Opole it is the European Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) based in Amsterdam that is the partner.
The scientific and organizational output of the FoLLI to date has been acknowledged to be highly positive in the scientific life on the international scale. The FoLLI has been the patron of annually organized the European Summer Schools of Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) for over 20 years now. Such schools are organized under the auspices of the FoLLI in various European universities (lately in Hamburg and Bordeaux). They attract hundreds of young researchers from almost all the countries of the Continent.
The Opole-based Group GLLI is a natural local partner of the FoLLI, cooperating in the area of various initiatives of international character in the purely scientific as well as organizational aspects. Accordingly, the forms of activity of the Group comply with the principles accepted by the FoLLI.
The establishment of the Group of Logic, Language and Information was connected with the proposition of organizing in Opole – the first time ever in Poland – of a successive European Summer School of Logic, Language and Information. The FoLLI accepted the offer. The partner on the Polish side, responsible for carrying talks and preparatory work related to the organization and programme of the School was the Group of Logic, Language and Information. The GLLI organized the ESSLLI 2012 which according to the participants' and FoLLI's opinion was a great success.
The Group still continues their activity.