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FYI: North American ACL, Lang Program/Baltics 2000

Author: Priscilla Rasmussen

FYI Body: Dear ACL member,

In 1998, the ACL Executive decided to create a chapter of the Association
specifically to serve the interests of North American members. This
chapter will parallel the European ACL chapter, and possibly be followed
by a chapter representing Asia as well.

The Executive formed a committee consisting of Sandra Carberry (University
of Delaware), Eduard Hovy (Information Sciences Institute of the University
of Southern California) and Marilyn Walker (AT&T Laboratories) to establish
the new chapter.

This committee presented a draft constitution for the new chapter to the
Executive at the recent ACL conference in June 1998. The Executive agreed
to a plan leading up to the formation of the new chapter by January 2000,
involving the following steps:

1. September 1999: draft constitution of the new chapter made public to
ACL membership via ACL website
2. September 1999: electronic discussion forum created for comments
3. October 1999: call for nominations for chapter officials
4. November 1999: electronic voting for chapter officials
5. December 1999: announcement of elected officials
6. January 2000: first electronic meeting of new chapter officials
7. April 2000: meeting of new chapter membership at NAACL/ANLP conference

The chapter creation committee will moderate the open discussion and will
act as Nominating and Electoral Committee for the election. This committee
will dissolve at the end of December, 1999.

We invite you to peruse the new chapter constitution from the ACL website,

We invite you to subscribe to the discussion list by sending an email
message to, consisting simply of the line
"subscribe naacl-setup"
in the subject line.

We invite you to post comments and suggestions for the activities of the
new chapter to

We invite you to nominate officers for the new chapter by electronically
sending the following information to Sandra Carberry (
- the name and affiliation of the nominee,
- the position nominated for,
- a short statement of some of the nominee's achievements and/or
qualifications in the context of computational linguistics,
- a short statement by the nominee expressing the willingness to stand
for election.
Nominees must be members of ACL in good standing at the time of nomination.

The chapter creation committee,
Sandra Carberry, Eduard Hovy, Marilyn Walker

Baltics 2000

Intensive Language Courses of Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian

As in the last 11 years, intensive courses of the Latvian,
Lithuanian, and Estonian languages are held in Bonn/Germany in
2000. These courses, part-funded by Muenster University, the
federal state North-Rhine-Westphalia, and the
Robert-Bosch-Foundation, are designed for beginners and
comprise four phases.

Phase 1. Participants stay in Haus Annaberg, a
turn-of-the-century manor house overlooking Bonn, between
February 20 and March 30, 2000. Classes are taugt five hours per
day, five days a week. Emphasis is placed on grammatical and
lexical issues as well as on the development of reading,
writing, and speaking skills. Lectures on geographical, sociological,
and political issues will be held on one weekend.

Phase 2. During the university summer term, participants are
expected to continue their studies in their own time, using course
books and additional materials. Assignments are sent out a
regular intervals by the teachers.

Phase 3. Students stay in Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia for
four weeks in september, 2000. Here, they study at the
universities of Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn, respectively, four hours per day,
five days a week. Emphasis here is on conversation skills. Classes
are complemented with lectures and excursions. Students live with
guest families throughout their stay.

Phase 4. This is the final examination, again in Haus Annaberg,
Bonn. It takes place directly after the study period in the
Baltics. After successfully passing the exam, participants receive a


Participation is open to all students enrolled in a German
university or technical college. Tuition fees: DM 1,500. This

includes ten weeks intensive course, full board, examinations, and
teaching materials.
Registration deadline: 30/11/1999.
For further information please contact:

Dr. Magdalene Huelmann
Institut fuer Interdisziplinaere Baltische Studien
Bispinghof 3A
48143 Muenster

phone +49 - 251 - 832 44 99
fax +49 - 251 - 832 11 53

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