It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
Summer School on Corpus Linguistics Tusnad - Romania 13-26 July 1997
also accessible on-line at the URL: http://www.infoiasi.ro/eurolan/ann.html
The theme of Eurolan'97 is "Corpus Linguistics" - the use of language corpora to develop tools and resources for automated language processing and to test linguistic theories. As well as lectures by distinguished international faculty members, there will be workshops that build upon the lectures and aim specifically at stimulating discussion and further collaboration. Lectures and workshops will be organized in three thematic tracks:
1) Lexicon and Corpora - The aim of this track is to confront Summer School participants with the state-of-the-art in using machine readable dictionaries and other on-line linguistic resources in Natural Language research and with research on extracting these resources directly from corpora, and to engage participants in further collaboration.
2) Discourse Corpus Linguistics - This track is aimed at presenting a new trend in Natural Language Processing research that tries to base progress in discourse theories upon intensive corpus analysis. We hope that this will follow up on a workshop held at the University of Pennsylvania in March 1996 on discourse-coding and corpus-based discourse analysis.
3) Grammar engineering and grammar learning - This track will focus both on work being done on formalizing the Romanian language using HPSG in connection with research in formalizing other Romance languages and on methods for inferring grammars from corpora. It is expected that the researchers that announced or begun their work on Romanian HPSG at the ACM Summer School in Belis-Fintinele, Romania in July 1996 to report their progress with this occasion.
Tusnad is a holiday resort situated at about 200 km North from Bucharest and 67 km from Brasov in the Carpathian mountains. More about Tusnad you can find at the URL: http://www.infoiasi.ro/eurolan/tusnad.html
The Summer School is designed for graduate students and researchers in Natural Language Processing, including computer scientists and linguists interested in corpus research.
The Eurolan'97 faculty members will be:
Nicoleta Calzolari - University of Pisa Jean-Pierre Chanod - Xerox Grenoble Dan Cristea - University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" of Iasi Tomaz Erjavec - Josef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana Nancy Ide - Vassar College and University of Aix-en-Provence Aravind Joshi - University of Pennsylvania Paola Monachesi - University of Tuebingen Massimo Poesio - Centre for Cognitive Science - University of Edinburgh John Sinclair - University of Birmingham Mark Steedman - University of Pennsylvania Dan Tufis - Romanian Academy and ICI-Buchares Hans Uszkoreit - DFKI and University of Saarbruecken Bonnie Lynn Webber - University of Pennsylvania Zarin Yusoff - Universiti Sains Malaysia Michael Zock - LIMSI-Orsay, University of Paris-Sud
The Eurolan series of Summer Schools was established in 1993 to stimulate young researchers to progress towards the highest levels of Natural Language Processing and Language Technology research in their own countries. The first Eurolan summer school was held in 1993 in Iasi (Romania), with the theme "Natural Language and Logic Programming". It was jointly supported by the French government and the University of Iasi. Seven invited faculty members gave lectures to 45 students from Russia, Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. The second Eurolan summer school was held in 1995, again in Iasi, with the theme "Language and Perception: Representations and Processes". This time there were eight faculty members giving lectures to 55 students from six different countries. The second summer school was jointly funded by the European Union, the Romanian Ministry for Research and Development, and the University of Iasi.
5. General information
The second announcement will contain the titles of the lectures. All lectures will be given to all participants. Each of the three workshops will last for one day. A workshop day will have a studen session in the morning and a round table and/or a working session in the afternoon. The applicants are encouraged to register to one of the workshops and also to submit proposals for presentations (short papers - 10-15 minutes) and demos.
As of 14 March 1997, fees for Eurolan'97 are estimated to be as follows:
Tuition: US$ 215 Accommodation and meals: US$ 325 Accompanying adult (accommodation and meals): US$ 325 Accompanying child (accommodation and meals): US$ 160
The fees also include the transport (Bucharest-Tusnad, on 13 July and Tusnad -Bucharest, on 26 July) and may change depending on the status of outside funding.
We hope to be able to offer a number of grants to people having difficulties in attending the School. These grants and the application procedure will be announced at a later date.
The Eurolan'97 Summer School is jointly organized and co-sponsored by:
ACM, ACL - European Chapter, The University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", Iasi, Romanian Academy, Romanian ACM Chapter.
The organizers expect support from the European Union - Directorate XIII, the Romanian Ministry of Research and Technology, the Soros Foundation for an Open Society, the American CoBase program, the British Council at Bucharest and Iasi and the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Bucharest. A number of local sponsors will also be announced later.
The Program Committee includes:
Liviu Ciortuz (University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", Iasi) Dan Cristea (University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", Iasi) Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy, Bucharest) Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Saarbruecken) Bonnie Lynn Webber (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
The Organizing Committee includes: Non-local members: Cristina Peti (POLITEHNICA University, Bucharest) Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy, Bucharest) Claus Unger (ACM, University of Hagen) Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Saarbruecken) Bonnie Lynn Webber (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
Local members(from University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi): Dan Cristea Amalia Todirascu
The accommodation, meals, travel and entertainment are organized by the NET Agency - Iasi, Romania. More about NET you can find at the URL: http://www. nordest.ro
ESSLLI'97 European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information _________
Aix-en-Provence, France August 11 - 22, 1997
Contents : - General Information - Registration Form - Programme & contacts
+---------------------+ | GENERAL INFORMATION | +---------------------+
Logic, Language and Information have attracted and brought together a large number of active researchers from disciplines such as Logic, Computer Science, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, who consider the use of logical techniques (broadly conceived) as a thread unifying their research efforts. The European Summer School in LLI (ESSLLI) has become the main meeting place for young researchers and research students in this rapidly growing field. ESSLLI is a unique, interdisciplinary event, with no counterparts in Europe or elsewhere in the world.
The main focus of the summer school is the interface between logic, linguistics and computation as far as it concerns the modelling of human language and cognitive abilities. The 1997 summer school programme includes courses, workshops and symposia covering a variety of topics within six areas of interest: Logic, Language, Computation, Logic and Computation, Computation and Language, Language and Logic.
ESSLLI'97 will take place at the Aix-en-Provence Faculty of Arts(University of Aix-Marseille I). This Faculty is close to the old town centre. There are regular connections by bus (25 mns) from the international airport of Marseille and by train (30mns) from Marseille. The Faculty is at a 10 minute walking distance from the railway station.
Calendar - ------ April 30th Early registration deadline May 3rd Deadline of the student session call for papers May 30th Deadline for student grants application June 15th Accomodation reservation deadline
1. Registration Fees - ------------------
. Registration fees only cover the participation in this summer school. Miscellaneous expenses (accomodation, meals and social activities) are in addition.
. The registration deadline to get the early registration fare is : April 1997, 30th.
. Students must enclose with the registration form a photocopy of their student card.
. Members of FoLLI get a discount of 30 FF for students and 50 FF for others.
2. Accomodation - ------------- >>>>>> Reservation should be made before June, 15th <<<<<<<
. Hotel : Two classes of hotels are available. A deposit will be necessary to book a room. The prices include breakfast.
Classes - 250-300 FF / night (Deposit : 600 FF) - 350-400 FF / night (Deposit : 1200 FF)
. Hall of residence: - 70 FF / night (Complete payment a the reservation)
3. Meals - ------
. It is possible to have lunches at the University cafeteria. A reservation is necessary before June 1997, 30th. Reservations and payments have to be made on the basis of full weeks Luncheon vouchers (day by day) will be provided a your arrival.
. The cafeteria of the University will be closed on August, 15th.
. It is also possible to buy sandwiches on the campus of the University.
- First week (4 meals) = 100 FF - Second week (5 meals) = 125 FF
4. Social events - --------------
Two Thursday evening parties will be organized (buffet, concert) one on Augus 14 and one on August 21. To attend you should buy a ticket valid for both parties at 200 FF per person. This ticket includes the buffet and the concerts.
5. Tee-shir - ----------
The ESSLLI'97 Tee-shirt is on sale at the price of 50 FF.
+-------------------+ | REGISTRATION FORM | +-------------------+
Credit card charges (Japan : 4,5 %, Other countries : 3%) FF ___________________________
TOTAL AMOUNT : FF ___________________________
2. Methods of paymen - ------------------- . Cheques : Made out in French Francs, payable to FoLLI.
. Bank transfers : - Sorry but you will have to pay the banking charges (if you don't, your registration will be considered as incomplete). - Please enclose with this form a copy of your transfer. This copy should mention the name and adress of your bank. - Do not forget to write down your name on the transfer. - The bank transfer must be done in French Francs on the account:
Bank : ABN-AMRO Account number : 45 20 12 449 Swift Code: ABNANL 2A References : ESSLLI'97 / your name Address : Vereniging FoLLI Plantage Muidergracht 24 1018 TV AMSTERDAM The Netherlands
. Credit cards :
Credit card charges are yours. Whatever your credit card is, credit card charges represent 4,5% of the total amount if your payment comes from Japan and 3% if your payment comes from any other foreign country.
o VISA o Mastercard o American Express
Cardholder's Name : ______________________________________________________
Card number : ____________________________________
Expiration date : ________________________________
. If these methods of payment are inconvenient, it will be possible for you to pay cash once you are in Aix. In this case, you will have to pay the late registration fee and you will have to book your room yourself. Some exceptions to these arrangements can be made for people coming from countries which do no allow any of the long distance methods of payment above.
3. Cancellation - ------------- - Cancellations received before June 1997, 15th: . running costs = 400FF
- Cancellations received after June 1997, 15th: . running costs = 50% of the registration fees . no reimbursement of the deposits paid for the hotel
Date : _____________________ Signature : __________________________________
To return by e-mail to : firstname.lastname@example.org
A copy of this registration form together with the justificatory of paymen and the copy of the student card has to be sent by surface mail to :
ESSLLI'97 LPL - Universiti de Provence 29 Avenue Robert Schuman 13621 Aix-en-Provence FRANCE
LANGUAGE -------- Introductory Courses - ------------------ B. Dorr (Univ. of Maryland) & P. Saint-Dizier (Univ. of Toulouse): Lexical Semantics of Predicative Forms
M. Pickering (Univ. of Glasgow) & M. Crocker (Univ. of Edinburgh): Human Sentence Comprehension
Advanced Courses - -------------- M. Moortgat (Univ. of Utrecht) & P. Oehrle (Univ. of Arizona): Grammatical Resources: Logic & Structure
C. Gardent (Univ. of Saarlandes): The Syntax and Semantics of Focus
A. Abeille, D. Godard (Univ. of Paris) & P. Miller (Univ. of Lille): The Major Syntactic Structures of French
Workshop - ------- D. Brown (Univ. of Surrey) Formal Elegance and Natural Complexity in Morphology
Symposium - ------- N. Asher (Univ. of Texas): Applications of Pragmatic Theories of Discourse to Natural Language Interpretation _________________________________________________________
LOGIC ----- Introductory Courses - ------------------ L. Moss (Univ. of Indiana): Circularity
S. Feferman (Stanford Univ.) & G. Jaeger (Univ. of Bern): Applicative Theories and Variable Types
Advanced Courses - -------------- A. Sernadas & C. Sernadas (Univ. of Lisbon): Categorial Techniques for Combining Logics
L. Hella (Univ. of Helsinki): Finite Model Theory
L. Beklemishev (Steklov Mathematical Institute): Provability and Reflection
Workshop - ------ F. Wolter & M. Zakharyaschev (JAIST): Topics in Polymodal Logic
Symposium - ------- J. Makowsky (Technion): Translations, Reductions and Interpretations _________________________________________________________
COMPUTATION ----------- Introductory Courses - ------------------ P. Van Hentenryck (Brown Univ.): Constraint Programming for Combinatorial Search Problems.
B. C. Pierce (Indiana Univ.): Programming in the Pi-Calculus
Advanced Courses - -------------- A. Podelski (MPI): Set Constraints, Their Use for Program Analysis and for Solving Constraint Problems over (Feature) Trees
R. Backofen & P. Clote (Univ. of Munich): Computational Biology
T. Fruehwirth ((Univ. of Munich): Constraint Reasoning _________________________________________________________
LANGUAGE & LOGIC ---------------- Introductory Courses - ------------------ N. Asher (Univ. of Texas) & T. Fernando ((Univ. of Stuttgart): Logical Aspects of the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface in Discourse
J. Groenendijk & M.Stokhof ((Univ. of Amsterdam) : Update Semantics & Discourse Coherence
R. Zuber (Univ. of Paris): Logics and Grammars as Deductive Systems
Advanced Courses - -------------- M. A. Moshier (Chapman Univ.): Category-Theoretic Foundations of Formal Linguistics
E. Keenan & E. Stabler (UCLA): Mathematical Linguistics and Abstract Grammar
H. A. Costa (Carnegie-Mellon Univ.) & K. Segerberg (Uppsala): AGM in and out of Focus
Workshops - ------- S. Peters (Stanford Univ.) & J. van der Does (Univ. of Amsterdam): Quantifiers, Collectivity and Reciprocals
A. Ranta (Univ. of Helsinki): The Informal Language of Mathematics
Symposium - ------- T. Jansen (Univ. of Amsterdam) & P. Pagin (Stockholm Univ.): Compositionality: Logical and Meaning Theoretical Aspects _________________________________________________________
LANGUAGE & COMPUTATION ---------------------- Introductory Courses - ------------------ B. Krenn & C. Samuelsson (Univ. of Saarlandes): Statistical Methods in Computational Linguistics
E. Hinrichs, D. Meurers (Univ. of Tuebingen) & J. Nerbonne (Groningen): Grammar Development in Constraint-Based Grammar Formalisms
P. Blackburn & J. Bos (Univ. of Saarlandes): Representation and Inference for Natural Languages: A Firs Course in Computational Semantics
Advanced Courses - -------------- R. Gaizauskas (Univ. of Sheffield): Information Extraction
M. Johnson (Brown Univ.) & M. Kay (Stanford Univ.): Deductive Approaches to Constraint-Based Parsing and Generation
A. Lecomte (Grenoble), G. Morrill (UPC Barcelona) & C. Retore (INRIA): Geometry of Language
Workshop - ------ C. Paris (CSIRO) & R. Dale (MRI): Natural Language Generation
Symposium - ------- A. Zaenen (Rank Xerox Research Centre) Grammar Writing as Software Developmen _________________________________________________________
LOGIC & COMPUTATION ------------------- Introductory Courses - ------------------ F. Baader (Univ. of Aachen): Terminological Reasoning
G. Brewka (Univ. of Leipzig) & J. Dix (Univ. of Koblenz): Extended Logic Programming and Knowledge Representation
Advanced Courses - -------------- J. Mullins (Univ. of Brest): Recursion Theory and Concurrency Models
A. Dawar (Univ. of Wales) & I. Stewart (Leicester Univ.): Logic and Computation with Finite Structures
V. Marek & M. Truszczynski (Univ. of Kentucky): Nonmonotonic Reasoning: a Computational Perspective
B. Rounds (Univ. of Michigan): Domain Theory and its Applications in LLC
Workshops - ------- J. Vaananen (Univ. of Helsinki): Generalized Quantifiers and Computation
Symposium - ------- W. van der Hoek (Utrecht), Y. Lesperance (York Univ.) & R. Scherl (Heights): Logical Approaches to Agent Modelling and Design
+----------+ | Contacts | +----------+ Philippe Blache ESSLLI'97 LPL - Universite de Provence 29, Avenue Robert Schuman 13621 Aix-en-Provence FRANCE