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ESSLLI 2012, Opole, Poland
www.esslli2012.pl
Inaugural meeting of the Opole Group of Logic, Language and Information

On 14 January 2010, in the building of Collegium Maius of Opole University, there was held the ceremonial meeting of the Opole Group of Logic, Language and Information. In the beautiful historical Plafond Chamber, the founders of the Group gathered together with invited guests, among others: Prof. dr hab. Piotr Wieczorek - Vice-President of Opole University in charge of Research and International Relations, Deans of Faculties, Heads of Institutes and individual Professors. The meeting was also attended by adjuncts and students of doctoral studies representing various Institutes, who are interested in the activity of the Group.

The short opening speeches were delivered by Prof. Prof. Urszula Wybraniec Skardowska and Janusz Czelakowski, followed by an address given by Prof. P. Wieczorek, who greatly supported the idea of establishing the Group, perceiving in it one of the forms of activity to serve the purpose of broadening the cooperation between the academic community of Opole and other ones, both in Poland and abroad, especially the leading European centres. He also expressed his belief that the activity of the Group will strengthen the presence of Opole University on the scientific map of Europe. In this context, he strongly supported the Group's efforts towards organizing The European School of Logic, Language and Information under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) at Opole University in 2012 or 2013.

Then Prof. Janusz Czelakowski took the floor. In his speech he underlined that until the moment of the first meeting the Opole Group had been a "virtual being", existing in the sphere of thoughts only. Now, with the first session in progress it acquired a different form of existence - a being in which all the participants gathered there co-exist and take part in. He underlined that "it is vital that we should leave the hall with the belief that there has been born an enterprise which attracts attention to and deserves to make every effort at being developed."

Prof. Czelakowski then made a brief presentation of factors which had led to the establishment of the Group. He pointed to the rich traditions of logic and linguistics, as well as to the existence a strong scientific 'hinterland' at Opole University. An important impulse was offered by the prospect of a more extensive inclusion of the Opole-based communities dealing in logic and linguistics in the all-European structures, including the activity of associations and foundations with long-established traditions in Europe. He stressed here the significance of the FoLLI which has been active in Amsterdam for many years now. The scientific and organizational activity of the FoLLI to date has left a very positive mark on the European scientific life.

In the next part of the meeting a most warm and cordial inaugural letter from Prof. Johan van Benthem of Amsterdam was read out. The scholar is an outstanding expert in the field of logic - the creator of the Institute of Logic, Language and Information and the founder of the FoLLI.

A presentation of the newly-created Internet website of the Opole GLLI was made.

The forms and plan of the Group's activity for the first half of 2010 were presented, including the list of visits of specialists of national renown to Opole who had agreed to deliver lectures during the successive meetings of the Group.

In the second part of the meeting, Prof. Anna Pietryga of the Institute of Philosophy of Opole University delivered the lecture entitled What is missing in Montague grammar?

The lecture was followed by an exciting and many-sided discussion concerning a good number of aspects of the study in the natural language, artificial languages and also in the so-called mixed languages. An example of the last-mentioned language is the Polish language enriched with the symbolic language of contemporary mathematics. It was stressed that the natural language cannot be left out in any serious scientific discourse. The fact does not exclude artificial languages as an effective scientific tool. The vitality and flexibility of the so-called traditional grammar of natural languages through its close connection with ontology were stressed. The specific nature of natural languages with their natural metaphorical force was highlighted. This fact and many other factors should be taken into consideration while attempting to build a formally-oriented grammar founded on ontology of situations, or set theory.