LINGUIST List 10.1137

Wed Jul 28 1999

Calls: ICLaVE 1, LREC-2000

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  1. unitat.variacio, First International Conf on Lang Variation in Europe
  2. Jeff ALLEN, LREC-2000

Message 1: First International Conf on Lang Variation in Europe

Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 13:12:49 +0200
From: unitat.variacio <>
Subject: First International Conf on Lang Variation in Europe

********************FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS*********************


		ICLaVE 1 (Barcelona 2000)

 Universitat Pompeu Fabra 

 June 29-30/July 1, 2000

The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe
ICLaVE) has been set up as a regular, biennial meeting which 
aims at addressing any aspect of linguistic variation 
observed in languages spoken in present-day Europe. The idea 
of setting up this conference originated in the Coordination 
Committee of the European Science Foundation Network on the 
Convergence and Divergence of Dialects in a Changing Europe, 
which was funded from 1995 to 1998
ICLaVE will continue work in this and other areas related to 
language variation. The first ICLaVE will take place in 
Barcelona June 29-30/July 1, 2000, and will be organized by 
M. Teresa Turell (U. Pompeu Fabra). The scientific program 
will consist of regular papers (selected on the basis of 
abstracts), invited papers and poster presentations. 

Scientific Committee:

Frans Hinskens (U. of Leipzig); Paul Kerswill (U. of Reading);
Maria-Rosa Lloret (U. of Barcelona); Inge Lise Pedersen (U. of
Copenhagen); M. Teresa Turell (U. Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)); 
Juan A. Villena (U. of Malaga).

Local Committee (U. Pompeu Fabra):

Josep M. Fontana, Montserrat Forcadell, Montserrat Gonzalez, 
Louise McNally, Montserrat Ribas, Enric Vallduvi.


Peter Auer (U. of Freiburg (Germany))
Humberto Lopez Morales (Real Academia de la Lengua Espa\241ola)
(and others to be confirmed).


The Scientific Committee invites abstracts for papers in any 
area of language variation in European languages. The 
abstracts should indicate clearly whether they are for a 
regular 30-minute slot for a Paper (20-minute presentation; 
10-minute discussion) or for a Poster, in which case specified 
display space and time slot will be offered.

The criteria for abstract selection will be: conceptual and
methodological relevance to the study of language variation,
specifically in European languages; empirical and conceptual 
substance; quality of argumentation; originality. The abstracts 
will be reviewed anonymously by members of the Scientific 
Committee during January and February 2000.


The conference language will be English. Papers should be 
presented, and abstracts submitted, in English.


Participants wishing to present a paper or a poster should 
send ONE camera-ready copy of their abstract (150-200 words), 
indicating the title of the paper/poster, author's full 
name, and name and address of institution; and THREE copies 
of their abstract with an indication of the title only. All 
submissions should be sent directly via surface mail to the 
Conference Chairperson (M. Teresa Turell) at the Conference 
Office address listed below. 

Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 1999. 

ICLaVE 1 (Barcelona 2000)
Institut Universitari de Linguistica Aplicada
Unitat de Recerca de Variacio Linguistica
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
c/ La Rambla 30-32
E-08002 BARCELONA (Spain)
Tel: +34-93-542 2322
Fax: +34-93-542 2321
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Message 2: LREC-2000

Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 16:25:01 +0200
From: Jeff ALLEN <>
Subject: LREC-2000


 The European Language Resources Association (ELRA), the Institute
 for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP, Athens, Greece), and 
 the National Technical University of Athens, Greece are pleased to 

 The 2nd International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation 

 (The detailed announcement is available on the web at: 

 Location: Athens, Greece
 Dates: 31 May - 2 June 2000

 The Second International Conference on Language Resources and 
 Evaluation has been initiated by ELRA and is organised in cooperation 
 with other Associations and Consortia, including ACL, ALLC, COCOSDA, 
 EURALEX, FRANCIL, LDC, PAROLE, TELRI, etc., and with major 
 national and international organisations, including the European 
 Commission - DG XIII, ARPA, NSF, the IC/863 HTRDP Project (China), 
 the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the ICSP 
 Permanent Committee (Korea), The Natural Language Technical 
 committee of JEIDA (Japan), and the Japanese Project for 
 International Coordination in Corpora, Assessment and Labelling. 
 Cooperation and support from other institutions is currently being 


 In the framework of the Information Society, the pervasive character 
 of human language technologies (HLT) and their relevance to all 
 the fields of Information Society Technologies (IST) has been 
 widely recognised.

 Two issues are currently considered to be particularly relevant: 
 1) the availability of language resources and 
 2) the methods for the evaluation of resources, technologies and 
 Substantial mutual benefits can be expected from addressing 
 these issues through international cooperation.

 The term language resources (LR) refers to sets of language 
 data and descriptions in machine readable form, used specifically 
 for building and evaluating natural language and speech algorithms 
 or systems, for software localisation industries and language 
 services, for language enabled information and communication 
 services, for electronic commerce, electronic publishing, language 
 studies, subject-area specialists and end users.

 Examples of language resources are written and spoken corpora, 
 computational lexica, grammars, terminology databases, and 
 basic software tools for the acquisition, preparation, collection, 
 management, customisation and use of these and other resources.

 The relevance of evaluation for Language Engineering is increasingly 
 recognised. This involves assessment of the state of the art for a 
 given technology, measuring the progress achieved within a 
 programme, comparing different approaches to a given problem and 
 choosing the best solution, knowing its advantages and drawbacks, 
 assessment of the availability of technologies for a given application, 
 product benchmarking, and assessment of user satisfaction.

 Language engineering and R&D in language technologies have 
 made important advances in the recent past in various aspects of 
 both written and spoken language processing. Although the evaluation 
 paradigm has been studied and used in large national and international 
 programmes, including the US ARPA HLT programme, the EU LE 
 programme Francophone Aupelf-Uref programme and others, and in the 
 localisation industry (LISA and LRC), it is still subject to substantial 
 unresolved basic research problems.

 The aim of this conference is to provide an overview of the state of 
 the art, to discuss problems and opportunities, and to exchange 
 information regarding ongoing and planned activities, language 
 resources and their applications. We also intend to discuss 
 evaluation methodologies and demonstrate evaluation tools, and 
 explore possibilities and promote initiatives for international 
 cooperation in the areas mentioned above.


 The following non-exhaustive list gives some examples of topics 
 which could be addressed by papers submitted to LREC2000:

 I. Issues in the design, construction and use of Languages 
 Resources (LR) (theoretical & best practice):

 * Guidelines, standards, specifications, and models for LR
 * Organisational issues in the construction, distribution, and 
 use of LR
 * Methods, tools, procedures for the acquisition, creation, 
 annotation, management, access, distribution, and use of LR
 * Legal aspects and problems in the construction, access, and 
 use of LR
 * Availability and use of generic vs. task/domain specific LR
 * Methods for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge 
 (e.g. terms, lexical information, language modelling) from LR
 * Monolingual and multilingual LR
 * Multimodal and multimedia LR
 * LR and the needs/opportunities of the emerging multimedia 
 cultural industry
 * Industrial production and use of LR
 * Integration of various modalities in LR (spoken, visual, gestual, 
 * Exploitation of LR in different types of applications (language 
 technology, information retrieval, vocal interfaces, electronic 
 commerce, etc.)
 * Industrial LR requirements and the community's response
 * Analysis of user needs for LR
 * Mechanisms of LR distribution and marketing
 * Economics of LR
 * Customisation and use of LR
 * Research issues relevant for LR

 II. Issues in Human Language Technologies evaluation:

 * Evaluation, validation, quality assurance of LR
 * Benchmarking of systems and products; resources for 
 benchmarking and evaluation
 * Evaluation in written language processing (text retrieval, 
 terminology extraction, message understanding, text alignment, 
 machine translation, morphosyntactic tagging, parsing, 
 semantic tagging, word sense disambiguation, text understanding, 
 summarisation, localisation, etc.)
 * Evaluation in spoken language processing (speech recognition 
 and understanding, voice dictation, oral dialog, speech synthesis, 
 speech coding, speaker and language recognition, etc.)
 * Evaluation of document processing (document recognition, on-line 
 and off-line machine and hand-written character recognition, etc.)
 * Evaluation of (multimedia) document retrieval and search systems
 * Evaluation of multimodal systems
 * Qualitative and perceptive evaluation
 * Evaluation of products and applications
 * Blackbox, glassbox and diagnostic evaluation of systems
 * Situated evaluation of applications
 * Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
 * From evaluation to standardisation of LR
 * Research issues relevant to evaluation

 III. General issues:

 * National and international activities and projects 
 * LR and the needs/opportunities of the emerging multimedia 
 cultural industry 
 * Priorities, perspectives, strategies in the field of LR national 
 and international policies 
 * Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for international 

 The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, presentations of 
 accepted papers, poster sessions, referenced demonstrations and panels.

 Pre-Conference Workshops will be organized on the 29th and 30th of 
 May and post-Conference Workshops on the 3rd and 4th of June 2000.

 Please consult the conference Web site 
 ( for complete 
 information about submission guidelines, contact people, submission 
 dates, various conference committees and members, and other 
 general information.


 * 20 NOVEMBER 1999: 
 Submission of proposals for papers, posters, referenced demos, 
 panels and workshops
 * 10 DECEMBER 1999: 
 Notification of acceptance of workshop and panel proposals
 * 2 FEBRUARY 2000: 
 Notification of acceptance of papers, posters, referenced demos
 * 2 APRIL 2000: 
 Final version of the articles for the proceedings
 * 31 MAY - 2 JUNE 2000: 


 Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Pisa, Italy 
 George Carayannis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, 
 Athens, Greece
 Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France 
 Harald H\246ge, Siemens, Munich, Germany 
 Bente Maegaard, CST, Copenhagen, Denmark 
 Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France 
 Antonio Zampolli, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy (Conference chair) 

 For general information about the conference, please contact:

 LREC Secretariat: Ms. Despina Scutari
 Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP)
 6, Artemidos & Epidavrou Str.
 15125 Marousi, Athens, GREECE
 Tel: +301 6800959 ; Fax: +301 6854270
 LREC2000 website:

 For general information about ELRA, please contact:

 Khalid CHOUKRI 
 55-57 Rue Brillat-Savarin
 75013 Paris FRANCE
 Tel. +33 1 43 13 33 33 - Fax. +33 1 43 13 33 30

Jeff ALLEN - Technical Manager/Directeur Technique
European Language Resources Association (ELRA) &
European Language resources - Distribution Agency (ELDA) 
(Agence Europe'enne de Distribution des Ressources Linguistiques)
55, rue Brillat-Savarin
75013 Paris FRANCE
Tel: (+33) - Fax: (+33)
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