LINGUIST List 10.1048

Thu Jul 8 1999

Calls: Romance Lang, Speech Communication/Journal

Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <>

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  1. Caroline Wiltshire, LSRL 30
  2. Steven Bird, Speech Annotation and Corpus Tools

Message 1: LSRL 30

Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 09:50:42 -0400 (EDT)
From: Caroline Wiltshire <>
Subject: LSRL 30


The 30th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages will be held at the 
University of Florida, Gainesville, home of the first LSRL. 
Both main and para-sessions will run from February 24-27, 2000
Invited Speakers: Maria-Luisa Rivero (University of Ottawa)
 Bernard Tranel (UC-Irvine)
 Teresa Guasti (University of Siena)
 John Lipski (University of New Mexico)
MAIN SESSION Organized by Caroline Wiltshire and Jean Casagrande

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) 
on any aspect of Romance linguistics. Authors are asked to send six (6) 
copies of an anonymous abstract and one additional copy with the 
author's name and affiliation (the latter will be reproduced in the Meeting 
Handbook if the paper is accepted for presentation). 

Abstracts should be no more than two pages in length (including examples 
and references), in 12-point type. All margins should be at least one inch 
wide (or 2.5 cm). 

Please also include a legible 3" x 5" card with paper title, name of 
author(s), affiliation(s), address, phone number, and e-mail address. 

To facilitate the review process, please indicate the primary area of 
linguistics addressed in the paper. Those who wish to be considered for 
both the Main Session and the Parasession (see below) should send two 
sets of materials (please indicate MAIN SESSION/PARASESSION). 

Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint 
abstract per author. E-mail submissions will be accepted, provided that 
a camera-ready hardcopy is received no later than October 20, 1999 
(sorry, no faxes will be accepted). Preference will be given to 
presentations not duplicated at other major conferences (e.g., LSA, 
NELS, WCCFL). Authors are asked to indicate prior or planned 
presentations of their papers on the abstract submission card. 

PARASESSION: Organized by Joaquim Camps
Current issues in Romance Language Sociolinguistics and 
Second Language Acquisition

Abstracts for twenty-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) are 
invited for a parasession. We welcome studies on either Romance 
language sociolinguistics or the acquisition of Romance languages 
(either as second or foreign languages). 

Abstract guidelines are the same as those for the Main Session. 

DEADLINE for receipt of abstracts: October 15,1999 
Notification: By December 10th, 1999

All submissions should be sent to: 
	Caroline Wiltshire and Jean Casagrande 
	Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures, UF 
	Box 117405 
	Gainesville, FL 32611-7405 USA 
or:	LSRL 30 (Parasession)
	Joaquim Camps
	Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures, UF
	Box 117405
	Gainesville, FL 32611-7405 USA

E-mail: Caroline Wiltshire: 
 Jean Casagrande:
 Joaquim Camps:

Fax: (352) 392-5679

Web site (still under construction) will provide details of travel and 
housing at:
Sponsored by: UF Dept of Romance Languages and Literatures, 
Program in Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and 
Office of Research, Technology, and Graduate Education
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Message 2: Speech Annotation and Corpus Tools

Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 11:03:48 EDT
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Speech Annotation and Corpus Tools





 Submission Deadline: 30 August 1999

 Guest editors: Steven Bird and Jonathan Harrington

Aims and Scope of Speech Communication (from the journal homepage)

Speech Communication is an interdisciplinary journal whose primary
objective is to fulfil the need for the rapid dissemination and
thorough discussion of basic and applied research results. In order to
establish frameworks to inter-relate results from the various areas of
the field, emphasis will be placed on viewpoints and topics of a
transdisciplinary nature. ... The journal's primary objectives are:
to present a forum for the advancement of human and human-machine
speech communication science; to stimulate cross-fertilization between
different fields of this domain; to contribute towards the rapid and
wide diffusion of scientifically sound contributions in this domain.
General information about Speech Communication, the official journal
of the European Speech Communication Association, can be found at

Scope of the Special Issue

Submissions are invited for a special issue of Speech Communication on
Speech Annotation and Corpus Tools. The aim of the special issue is
to make speech scientists aware of recent developments in the
representation and management of annotated speech corpora,
i.e. collections of speech signal data with time-aligned
transcriptions. (Signal data may be audio or physiological, natural
or artificial, in basic or derived form.) The primary focus is the
structure of annotations and of annotated corpora, as used within and
across a wide range of disciplines concerned with spoken human

Annotated speech corpora have been a critical component of research in
the speech sciences for some years. Today, these corpora are being
created and deployed for a rapidly expanding set of languages,
disciplines and technologies. A wealth of formats and tools have
sprung up around this enterprise, a diversity which at once
facilitates and frustrates progress. The linguistic annotation page
[] has drawn attention to the scale of
ongoing activity, to the existence of diverse approaches to similar
problems and of similar approaches to diverse problems. Despite the
explicit formats and well-documented user interfaces, insights about
the structure of the annotations themselves are often buried in coding
manuals and internal data structures. There is a pressing need for
papers which document the corpora and tools, which identify notational
and functional equivalences among different approaches, and which
report on new approaches to core representational problems.

The special issue will consider papers which address theoretical and
practical issues concerning the representation of annotations, the
structure of annotated corpora, and the design, analysis and
implementation of tools for creating, browsing, searching,
manipulating and transforming annotations and annotated corpora.
In each case, the description of annotation structures or
tools should be accessible to readers outside the particular community
in which the system originated.

A broad sampling of relevant issues is given below:

+ representational issues:
 - sequence, overlap, hierarchy
 - simultaneous cross-cutting hierarchies
 - the nature of labels
 - pointers and cross-references
 - temporal structure, instants and periods
 - atemporal information (e.g. demographic data)

+ relationships between annotations and signals:
 - multiple independent annotations of a single signal
 - single annotations which reference multiple signals
 - annotations which reference other annotations

+ database issues:
 - structuring annotations, signals and atemporal data into a corpus
 - indexing for efficient access of large corpora
 - high and low level query languages, cross-level query
 - validation, update, provenance
 - data transformation and integration
 - file formats, storage, transfer; the place of XML

+ implementation issues:
 - design philosophies and functionalities for annotation toolkits
 - approaches to creation, browsing, navigation, display
 - reusability, interoperability, platform independence
 - integration with independent tools (e.g. statistical analysis)
 - techniques for working with multiple corpus formats

+ wider issues:
 - methodologies for research and development involving annotated corpora
 - the cycle of refining annotations and refining theoretical models
 - the role of annotated corpora in evaluating theories and systems
 - necessary steps towards general purpose tools and formats

Important Dates

* 400 Word Abstracts: any time in May-July
* Advance Notification: Monday August 16th, 1999
* Submission Deadline: Monday August 30th, 1999
* Acceptance Decision: late October, 1999
* Final Version Due: late January, 2000
* Publication Date: mid 2000

Advance Notifications

1. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a 400 word abstract of
their paper so that the editors can comment on its suitability for the
special issue. These abstracts should be formatted as ASCII text and
submitted by email to both editors.

2. To facilitate a rapid review process, authors are required to give
notification of their submission two weeks in advance of the
submission deadline. Notification should consist of the title and (a
draft of) the final abstract, formatted as ASCII and emailed to both


All submissions must consist of original unpublished work that is not
being submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should be
approximately 30 pages double spaced. Electronic submission is
encouraged. Details about preparation of electronic and paper
submissions, and any updates to the CFP, will be posted on the web at
[]. Please register at
this site to receive email notification of any subsequent
announcements concerning the special issue.

Dr Jonathan Harrington
Director, Speech Hearing and Language Research Centre,
Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9850-8740 Fax: +61 2 9850-9199

Dr Steven Bird
Associate Director, Linguistic Data Consortium
University of Pennsylvania, 3615 Market St, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2608, USA
Tel: +1 215 573-3352 Fax: +1 215 573-2175
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