LINGUIST List 10.1017

Thu Jul 1 1999

Calls: Computational Semantics, Collocation/DGfS 2000

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  1. Christof Monz, ICoS-1
  2. Anke Luedeling, Collocation workshop at DGfS 2000

Message 1: ICoS-1

Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 14:16:12 +0200
From: Christof Monz <>
Subject: ICoS-1


 First workshop on


 Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
 Amsterdam, August 15, 1999

 (Early registration deadline: August 1, 1999)

Endorsed by SIGSEM, the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Special Interest Group (SIG) on computational semantics.

Traditional inference tools (such as theorem provers and model
builders) are reaching new levels of sophistication and are now widely
and easily available. In addition, a wide variety of new tools
(statistical and probabilistic methods, ideas from the machine
learning community) are likely to be increasingly applied in
computational semantics for natural language. Indeed, computational
semantics has reached the stage where the exploration and development
of inference is one of its most pressing tasks --- and there's a lot
of interesting new work which takes inferential issues seriously.

The first workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-1)
intends to bring together researchers from areas such as Computational
Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Logic, in
order to discuss approaches and applications of inference in natural
language semantics.

The following people will give invited presentations:

 * Johan Bos (Saarbruecken)
 Automated Reasoning for Natural Language Semantics

 * Steve Pulman (Cambridge and SRI International)
 Bidirectional Contextual Resolution

 * Matthew Stone (Rutgers)
 Towards a Computational Account of Knowledge, Action and

In addition, 7 research papers and some implementations will be

 * P. Baumgartner and M. Kuehn
 Abducing Coreference by Model Construction

 * G. Bierner and B. Webber
 Inference through Alternative-Set Semantics

 * M. Gabsdil and K. Striegnitz
 Classifying Scope Ambiguities (System Description)

 * C. Gardent and K. Konrad
 Definites and the Proper Treatment of Rabbits

 * A. Holt, E. Klein and C. Grover
 Natural Language for Hardware Verification: Semantic
 Interpretation and Model Checking (System Description)

 * J. Jaspars
 Structural Logics for Reasoning with Underspecified

 * A. Kaplan
 Reason Maintenance in a Hybrid Reasoning System

 * B. Ludwig
 An Inference-Based Approach to the Interpretation of Discourse

 * A. Ramsay and H. Seville
 Models and Discourse Models

The program committee for ICoS-1 consists of the following people:

 James Allen Alex Lascarides
 Patrick Blackburn Christof Monz
 Denys Duchier Reinhard Muskens
 Jan van Eijck Manfred Pinkal
 Claire Gardent Maarten de Rijke
 Jacques Jayez Len Schubert
 Aravind Joshi Henk Zeevat
 Michael Kohlhase

ICoS-1 will be held at the Institute for Logic, Language and
Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam during the 11th European
Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI'99), which
will be held in Utrecht, approximately 30 km from Amsterdam. More
information on the ILLC including instructions how to get there can be
found at

Until August 1, the registration fee for ICoS-1 is 50 Dutch
guilders. After August 1, the fee is 100 Dutch guilders. The
registration fee includes the conference package and lunch.

To register, please go to:

or fill out the form attached to this message and send it to

As it is very hard to get accommodation in Amsterdam during the
summer, it is imperative that you start looking for accommodation
now. If you are attending ESSLLI'99, you can take the train to
Amsterdam which takes approximately 30 minutes. More information on
finding accommodation in Amsterdam will be made available on the
ICoS-1 home page.

For further information, please contact the local organizers at or visit the ICoS-1 home page:

 ICoS-1 Registration Form

First name:

Last name:




Preferred address:

Special requests:

I will join the conference dinner:

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The registration fee will be collected on the spot at ICoS-1.
We kindly ask you to pay in cash.



Christof Monz | A: ILLC Plantage Muidergracht 24, 1018 TV Amsterdam, The
Netherlands | R: 326 (3rd floor) | P: +31 20 525 6095 | F: +31 20 525 5101
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Message 2: Collocation workshop at DGfS 2000

Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 08:19:18 +0200
From: Anke Luedeling <ankeIMS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE>
Subject: Collocation workshop at DGfS 2000

Call for Papers: 

As part of the 
22nd Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society 
(Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft), 

		March 1 - 3, 2000 in Marburg

we are organizing a workshop on

		their linguistic description 
		and acquisition from text.

The workshop aims to bring together research on collocations - and
any kind of related multi-word-lexemes - from formal linguistics,
descriptive linguistics and lexicography as well as Natural Language
Processing and its applications.

Despite increasing interest in idiomaticity within theoretical and
formal linguistics, there is still a gap between the needs of NLP
lexicons and the descriptive tradition in lexicography and applied
linguistics. In the framework of formal grammars, mainly the syntactic
description of collocations (in particular support verb constructions)
has been discussed, but the integration of collocational lexicons into
broad coverage formal grammars is still an open issue.

Contributions are invited on all relevant topics, in particular the

- The linguistic description of collocations: definition
 criteria; collocations vs. idiomatic expressions; collocations vs.
 support verb constructions etc.; the grammatical description of
 collocational phenomena (complex predicates, the description of
 predicative nouns in support verb constructions etc.).
- The interaction between lexicon and grammar: generalizations,
 sub-regularities in the lexicon; lexical rules, the relationship
 between semantic classifications and collocational preferences;
 contrastive generalizations (Germanic vs. Romance languages).
- The acquisition of collocational information from text:
 stochastic grammars, statistical cooccurrence measures, clustering
 techniques, hybrid systems; partial parsing, morphosyntactic
 extraction patterns etc.; possibilities of combining symbolic and
 statistical extraction procedures.
- Applications of detailed collocational descriptions: broad
 coverage grammars and lexicons, computer-assisted language learning,
 machine translation, information extraction and information retrieval.

- Should be maximally 3 pages with 2,5cm (1 inch) margins
- Submission on paper (3 copies) or via e-mail as ASCII text or
 files; no word processing formats! 
- First page to include title, author(s), author(s)' affiliation,
 address, telephone, telefax, e-mail

- Submission of abstracts: August 15, 1999
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: August 31, 1999
- Submission of a short abstract (1 page) for the proceedings: December
20, 1999
- Conference date: March 01 - 03, 2000

Workshop organizers:
Ulrich Heid und Anke Luedeling
Institut fuer Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Universitaet Stuttgart

Petra Ludewig
Institut fuer Semantische Informationsverarbeitung
Universitaet Osnabrueck

Submissions, inquiries and comments should be addressed to 

Ulrich Heid
Institut fuer Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
Azenbergstr. 12
70174 Stuttgart Germany
Fax: +49-711-121-1366
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