LINGUIST List 10.1732

Mon Nov 15 1999

Calls: Computational Ling: ALLC/ACH 2000, LREC 2000

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  1. Elisabeth Burr, Computational Ling: ALLC/ACH 2000, Scotland, UK
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Computational Ling: LREC 2000/ Athens, Greece

Message 1: Computational Ling: ALLC/ACH 2000, Scotland, UK

Date: Sun, 14 Nov 1999 00:30:26 +0100
From: Elisabeth Burr <>
Subject: Computational Ling: ALLC/ACH 2000, Scotland, UK





ALLC/ACH 2000 invites submissions of between 1000 and 1500 
words on any aspect of humanities computing, broadly defined as 
the common ground between computing methodologies and 
problems in humanities research and teaching. 

We welcome submissions in any area of the humanities, including 
interdisciplinary work. Appropriate discipline areas include, but are 
not limited to, languages and literature, history, philosophy, music, 
art, film studies, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, creative 
writing, and cultural studies.We particularly encourage 
submissions from new media and multimedia studies and from 
disciplines such as library science, linguistics and other social 
sciences, where these overlap significantly with the humanities. 

Other areas of interest include the creation and use of digital 
resources, and the application to humanities data of techniques 
developed in such fields as information science and the physical 
sciences and engineering, including neural networks and image 

Successful proposals might, for instance, focus on: 
 - new computational tools and approaches to research in 
humanities disciplines; 
 - traditional applications of computing in the humanities, including 
(but not limited to) text encoding, hypertext, text corpora, 
computational lexicography, statistical models, and text analysis; 
 - applications to the digital arts, especially projects and 
installations that feature technical research of potential interest to 
humanities scholars; 
 - information design in relation to the academic humanities, 
including visualization, simulation, and modelling; 
 - pedagogical applications within the humanities; 
 - the institutional role of humanities computing within the academy, 
including research and teaching in the subject and collegial support 
for these activities in other fields.

PhD students are encouraged to submit proposals. Those 
describing finished research may be submitted as papers. Ongoing 
dissertation research may be submitted as poster proposals. See 
below for details. 
Those interested in seeing the type of paper the committee is 
looking for can consult the abstracts of papers at previous 
University of Bergen, Norway - , 
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - ,
Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary - ,
University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - .

Students and young scholars should also read the note on 
bursaries later in this document. 

Papers may be given in English, French, and German, but to 
facilitate the reviewing process we ask that proposals for papers in 
a language other than English are submitted with an English 

The deadline for submissions of paper/session proposals is 15 
The deadline for submissions of poster/demo proposals is 15 
JANUARY 2000. 

Proposals may be of four types: papers, posters, software 
demonstrations, and sessions. The type of submission should be 
specified in the header of the proposal. 

Proposals for papers (1000-1500 words) should describe completed 
research which has given rise to substantial results. Individual 
papers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation, including 

Proposals should describe original work. Those that concentrate on 
the development of new computing methodologies should make 
clear how the methodologies are applied to research and/or 
teaching in the humanities, and should include some critical 
assessment of the application of those methodologies in the 
humanities. Those that concentrate on a particular application in 
the humanities should cite traditional as well as computer-based 
approaches to the problem and should include some critical 
assessment of the computing methodologies used. All proposals 
should include conclusions and references to important sources. 
Those describing the creation or use of digital resources should 
follow these guidelines as far as possible. 

Poster presentations and software and project demonstrations 
(either stand-alone or in conjunction with poster presentations) are 
designed to give researchers an opportunity to present late-
breaking results, significant work in progress, well-defined 
problems, or research that is best communicated in conversational 

By definition, poster presentations are less formal and more 
interactive than a standard talk. Poster presenters have the 
opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees and to 
discuss their work in detail with those most deeply interested in the 
same topic. Each presenter is provided with about 2 square metres 
of board space to display their work. They may also provide 
handouts with examples or more detailed information. Posters will 
remain on display throughout the conference, but a block of time 
separate from paper sessions will be assigned when presenters 
should be prepared to explain their work and answer questions. 
Specific times will also be assigned for software or project 

The format for proposals for posters and software demonstrations 
are the same as those for regular papers. 

Proposals for software or project demonstrations should indicate 
the type of hardware that would be required if the proposal is 

Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either: 

(a) Three papers. The session organizer should submit a 500-word 
statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 1000-
1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing 
to participate in the session; or 

(b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should 
submit an abstract of 1000-1500 words describing the panel topic, 
how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers, and an 
indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session. 

The deadline for session proposals is the same as for proposals for 

All submissions must be sent electronically. Please pay particular 
attention to the format given below. Submissions which do not 
conform to this format will be returned to the authors for 
reformatting, or may not be considered if they arrive very close to 
the deadline. 

All submissions should begin with the following information: 

TYPE OF PROPOSAL: paper, poster, session or software 
TITLE: title of paper or session 
KEYWORDS: three keywords (maximum) describing the main 
contents of the
paper or session 

If submitting a session proposal, give the following information for 
each paper: 

TITLE: title of paper 
KEYWORDS: three keywords (maximum) describing the main 
contents of the paper AUTHOR: name of first author 
AFFILIATION: of first author 
E-MAIL: of first author 

If submitting a paper proposal, give the following information: 

AUTHOR: name of first author 
AFFILIATION: of first author 
E-MAIL: of first author 

AUTHOR: name of second author (repeat these three headings as 
AFFILIATION: of second author 
E-MAIL: of second author 

CONTACT ADDRESS: full postal address of first author or contact 
person for session proposals 
FAX NUMBER: of first author 
PHONE NUMBER: of first author 

Proposals should take the form of ASCII or ISO-8859/1 files. Where 
necessary, a header should indicate the combinations of ASCII 
characters used to represent characters outside the ASCII or ISO 
8859/1 range. Notes, if needed, should take the form of endnotes 
rather than footnotes. 

Submissions should be entered into the online form on the web 
page at:

or sent to: with the subject line "<Author's 
Submission for ALLCACH2k". 

Those who submit abstracts containing graphics and tables are 
asked to fax a copy of the abstract in addition to the one sent 
electronically. Faxes should be sent to: +44 141 330 4537. The cover 
page should reproduce the header from the electronic submission, 
clearly stating <Author's surname> Submission for ALLCACH2k.

Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide 
projector, a data projector which will display Macintosh, 
DOS/Windows, and video (but not simultaneously), an Internet 
connected computer which will run Macintosh OS programs or 
DOS/Windows programs, and a VHS (PAL) videocassette recorder. 
NTSC format may be available; if you anticipate needing NTSC, 
please note this information in your proposal. 

Requests for other presentation equipment will be considered by 
the local organizers; requests for special equipment should be 
directed to the local organizers no later than January 31, 2000. 

November 15, 1999: Submission of proposals for papers and 
January 15, 2000: Submission of proposals for posters and software 
February 15, 2000: Notification of acceptance.

A book of abstracts will be provided to all conference participants. 
In addition, abstracts will be published on the conference web page 
An announcement in regard to publication of full papers will be 
made in due course. 

Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who will make 
recommendations to the Program Committee comprising: 

Paul Fortier, University of Manitoba (Chair)
John Dawson Cambridge University
Laszlo Hunyadi, Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen,
Elisabeth Burr, University of Duisburg,
Julia Flanders, Brown University,
Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Virginia,
Willard McCarty, King's College, London,
Nancy Ide, Vassar College

Jean Anderson, Univeristy of Glasgow,
Fiona Tweedie, University of Glasgow,

As part of its commitment to promote the development and 
application of appropriate computing in humanities scholarship, the 
Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing will award up to 
five bursaries of up to 500 GB pounds each to students and young 
scholars who have papers accepted for presentation at the 
conference. Applicants must be members of ALLC. The ALLC will 
make the awards after the Program Committee have decided which 
proposals are to be accepted. Recipients will be notified as soon as 
possible thereafter. A participant in a multi-author paper is eligible 
for an award, but it must be clear that s/he is contributing 
substantially to the paper. 

Applications must be made to the conference organizer. The 
deadline for receipt of applications is the same as for submission of 
papers, i.e. November 15, 1999. Full details of the bursary scheme, 
and an on-line application form will be available from the conference 
web page. 

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451, and is a major 
visitor attraction in Glasgow, the 1999 City of Architecture. It has 
over 14,000 students and more than 120 departments. Being 
Glasgow's first University, it is well-placed to offer an insight into 
Scotland's historical, educational and cultural heritage. The main 
University campus is situated at Gilmorehill, overlooking the mainly 
residential West End, located in a landscaped parkland setting 
(which it shares with the City's Kelvingrove Museum and Art 

Accommodation will be offered in nearby student residences from 
�21 to �30, and in hotels at a range of prices. See the 
Accommodation Office pages at for more 

It is expected that the conference fee will be on the order of 150 GBP 
for members. This will include the printed abstracts, morning and 
afternoon refreshment breaks, and lunch. 

There will be a varied programme of social events, including tours 
to nearby lochs and mountains, a visit to a whisky distillery, tutored 
whisky tasting, and a ceilidh with traditional Scottish music and 

Detailed information on the conference, the university, and the city 
will be on the conference web page:

Accommodation, travel and registration enquiries: 
Conference and Vacation Office, University of Glasgow, 81 Great 
George Street, Glasgow G12 8RR, UK. 
Tel: +44 (0) 141 330 5385, Fax: 0141 334 5465. 

Queries concerning the goals of the conference or the format or content of 
papers should be addressed to:
Jean Anderson, 
ALLC/ACH 2000, 
University of Glasgow, 
6 University Gardens, 
Glasgow G12 8QH, UK. 
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4980 

Scottish links
University of Glasgow Visitors page:
Scotland Online:
Scottish Tourist Board:

Jean Anderson, Resource Development Officer, HATII
STELLA, University of Glasgow, 6 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QH
phone: +44 (0)141 330 4980

PD'in Dr. Elisabeth Burr
FB 3/Romanistik Gerhard-Mercator-Universitaet
Geibelstrasse 41 47048 Duisburg
+49 203 3791957
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Message 2: Computational Ling: LREC 2000/ Athens, Greece

Date: Fri, 12 Nov 99 11:55:23 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Computational Ling: LREC 2000/ Athens, Greece

Please note that the submission deadline is soon approaching.


 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=F6ge, 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:

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