LINGUIST List 10.1393

Thu Sep 23 1999

Calls: ACIDCA 2000, Undergraduate Web Resource

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  1. Richard Evans, "Corpora and NLP" ACIDCA'2000
  2. Daniel Sokol, Undergraduate Resource

Message 1: "Corpora and NLP" ACIDCA'2000

Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 18:00:13 +0100
From: Richard Evans <>
Subject: "Corpora and NLP" ACIDCA'2000

 * 'Corpora and NLP' - extended submission deadline 20 October 1999*


 "Corpora and NLP"
 ACIDCA'2000 session

 Monastir (Tunisia), 22-24 March 2000

 Under the auspices of ELRA

Organised by:
University of Sfax (ENIS & FSEGS)
Association for Innovation and Technology (AIT - Tunisia)

Sponsored by:
co-sponsored by:

Supported by:
Tunisian State Secretariat of Scientific
Research and Technology (SERST)


The last few years have seen the explosively growing use of corpora in
a number of NLP areas. Corpus data are used increasingly as a basis for
the design, development and optimisation of various NLP applications but
also for their evaluation.

"Corpora and NLP" is a 3-day thematic session and will be held as part
of the International Conference on Artificial and Computational
Intelligence for Control, Automation and Decision in Engineering and
Industrial Systems (ACIDCA'2000) (for more details on ACIDCA'2000,
visit ). The session "Corpora and NLP"
will be in fact a workshop with its own Proceedings and Programme

The session will address all aspects of the use of written and spoken
corpora (including the construction of corpora to be used) in NLP.

 Main Topics

We expect submissions covering (but not limited to) the following

* Lexicography
* Lexical knowledge acquisition
* Part of Speech Tagging
* Unknown word guessing
* Term recognition
* Morphological Analysis
* Robust Parsing
* Word Sense Disambiguation
* Anaphora Resolution
* Discourse segmentation
* Machine Translation
* Agreement Error Correction
* Spelling and Grammar Correction
* Information Extraction
* Automatic Abstracting
* Text Categorisation
* Speech processing
* Multilingual corpora and multilingual applications
* Corpus annotation
* Evaluation

Papers describing industrial applications based on corpus
processing techniques are welcome.

 Honorary Chairs

Mohamed Ben Ahmed - Tunisian State Secretary of Scientific
and Technological Research
Ghlem Dabbeche - Association for Innovation and Technology (AIT)-Tunisia
Lotfi A. Zadeh - University of California, Berkeley

 General Chairs

Adel Alimi,
National School of engineering of Sfax (ENIS)
Lamia Belguith Hadrich,
LARIS Laboratory - Faculty of Economic Science
and Management of Sfax (FSEGS)
Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou,
LARIS Laboratory - Faculty of Economic Science
and Management of Sfax (FSEGS)

 Programme Committee

Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton) - Chair
Roberto Basili (Universita di Tor Vergata, Rom)
Philippe Blache (Universite de Provence, Aix-en-Provence)
Christian Boitet (GETA, Grenoble)
Rebecca Bruce (University of North Carolina at Asheville)
Jean-Pierre Chanod (Xerox, Grenoble)
Khalid Choukri (ELRA, Paris)
Fathi Debili (IRMC, Tunis)
Jean-Pierre Descles (CAMS/Universite de Sorbonne, Paris)
Joseph Dichy (Lumiere University, Lyon)
Everhard Ditters (University of Nijemegen)
Fumiyo Fukumoto (University of Yamanashi)
Eric Gaussier (Xerox, Grenoble)
Udo Hahn (University of Freiburg)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, New York)
Genevieve Lallich-Boidin (Stendhal University, Grenoble)
Bente Maegaard (Centre for Language Technology, Copenhagen)
Chafia Mankai (ISG, University of Tunis)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Jean-Guy Meunier (LANCI UQUAM, Montreal)
Andrei Mikheev (Harlequin Co., Edinburgh & University of Edinburgh)
Jean Luc Minel (CAMS/CNRS, Paris)
Stelios Piperidis (ILPS, Athens)
Horacio Rodriguez (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona)
Manuel Palomar (University of Alicante)
Maria Teresa Pazienza (University of Roma, Tor Vergata)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta)
Monique Rolbert (Universite de Marseille)
Pieter Seuren (University of Nijemegen)
Harold Somers (UMIST, Manchester)
Keh-Yih Su (National Tsing Hua University, Taipei)
Isabelle Trancoso (INESC, Lisbon)
Agnes Tutin (Stendhal University, Grenoble)
Evelyne Tzoukermann (Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill)
Atro Voutilainen (Conexor, Helsinki)

 Local Organising Committee

Walid Gargouri (FSEGS, Sfax), Ahmed Masmoudi (ENIS, Sfax) - Chairs
H. Abdelkafi (FLSHS, Sfax), Chafik Aloulou (FSEGS, Sfax),
Najoua Ben Amara (ENIM, Monastir), Maher Ben Jemaa (ENIS, Sfax),
Habib Bouchhima (SEREPT, Sfax), Mohamed Chtourou (ISETG, Gabes),
Faez Gargouri (FSEGS, Sfax), Ahmed Hadj Kacem (FSEGS, Sfax),
Maher Jaoua (FSEGS, Sfax), Mohamed Jmaiel (ENIS, Sfax),
Anas Kamoun (ENIS, Sfax), Omar Mazhoud (FSEGS, Sfax),
Houssem Miled (IPEIS, Sousse), Feriel Mouria-Beji (ENSI, Tunis),
Hafedh Trabelsi (ISET, Gafsa), Mongi Triki (FSEGS, Sfax)
Mongi Triki (FSEGS, Sfax)

 International Organising Committee

Fathi Ghorbel (Rice University, USA), Fakhreddine Karray
(University of Waterloo, Canada) - Chairs
Faouzi Bouslama (Hiroshima City University, Japan),
Adel Cherif (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan),
Faouzi Derbel (University of Muenchen, Germany),
Olfa Kanoun (University of Muenchen, Germany),
Slim Kanoun (University of Rouen, France),
Mansour Karkoub (Kuwait University),
Mohamed Ali Khabou (University of Missouri Columbia, USA)
Samir Lejmi (Synopsis Inc., USA)
Christian Olivier (University of Poitiers, France)
Tarek Werfelli (Cristal/Stendhal University, Grenoble)
Ismail Timimi (Cristal/Stendhal University, Grenoble)
Sofiane Sahraoui (University of Bahrain)

 Submission Guidelines

Authors are requested to submit full-length papers which should be
written in English and must not exceed 10 pages including figures,
tables and references. The first page of the papers should feature
title, author's name(s), surface and email address(es), followed by
keywords and an abstract.

Four hard copies of each submission are to be sent to the following
address :
ACIDCA'2000 (Corpora & NLP Session)
Centre Postal Maghreb Arabe,
BP 120, 3049 Sfax

In addition, a 200-word (or so) abstract of the paper and a list of
keywords should be emailed as plain text to and
copied to

The papers will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the Programme

Authors of accepted papers will be sent guidelines how to produce the
camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the Proceedings.


Paper Submission Due: 20 October 1999 **extended deadline**
Notification of Acceptance : 10 December 1999
Camera-ready Paper Due : 10 January 1999
"Corpora and NLP" Session : 22-24 March 2000

 Further information

Registration to the "Corpora and NLP" session entitles the participants
to attend all other ACIDCA'2000 invited talks and sessions as well as
the exhibition. Registration details will be included in the Second Call
for Papers.

There will be tutorials on 21 March. More information on the tutorials
will be available from ACIDCA'2000 web site as soon as they are

ACIDCA'2000 will offer best paper awards in three categories:
Best Paper, Best Poster Paper and Best Student Paper.
The social programme will be announced in the second call for papers.

The web site of the session is:

If you have any further queries, please contact:
Lamia Belguith
Fax: (216) 4 296 229

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Message 2: Undergraduate Resource

Date: Sat, 18 Sep 1999 22:18:55 +0100
From: Daniel Sokol <>
Subject: Undergraduate Resource

Dear linguists,

Dissatisfied with the lack of material on the web for the
undergraduate linguist, I have decided to rectify the matter by
creating a resource which will aim to provide a wealth of
undergraduate-level information for the enquiring student. I'm hoping
to have both students and professionals contribute some of their
essays and, in the case of lecturers, lecture notes so as to form an
extensive and useful (and, of course, free) database. The essays will
be divided by topic - phonetics, phonology, morphology ...etc. Could
all those interested in contributing, simply send their kind offering,
along with their name and establishment) to me
( as an e-mail attachment. Their
contribution(s) (if deemed appropriate) will be put up on the site as
soon as a sufficient amount of material has been gathered. All
contributors will be notified of the 'web publication' of their
material immediately. Anyone wishing to help in a more permanent role
is welcome.

Many thanks in advance for your help,
Daniel Sokol
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