LINGUIST List 10.1865

Fri Dec 3 1999

Calls: Language/Mind (Amended), Computational Ling

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  1. ELLCONLK, Language in the Mind Conference (Amended)
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL-2000 Call for Theme Proposals

Message 1: Language in the Mind Conference (Amended)

Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 11:59:22 +0800
Subject: Language in the Mind Conference (Amended)

(This is an amended call for papers. Please note the *correct* Registration
Fee for Students, and Prof. James Lantolf's present academic affiliation
below. Thanks.)

		*First Call for Papers*


Organised by: Department of English Language and Literature
National University of Singapore

Monday 4 - Wednesday 6 September 2000
Venue: Fort Canning Lodge 

The Conference will focus on issues related to the role of the mind in
the learning and use of language. Such issues could include questions
about the extent to which language is an innate mental process and the
extent to which it is out there in society. It could also include, for
example, questions about the mental processes involved in the
acquisition of language, in the reception and production of language,
and in the mental activities of social interaction.

Keynote speakers: 		Professor Jean Aitchison, University of
				Professor Rod Ellis, University of Auckland
				Professor James Lantolf, Pennsylvania State

Subject to final arrangements, each keynote speaker will additionally take
part in a workshop, a symposium, or a closing debate.

Proposals for parallel paper presentations, symposiums and workshops are
invited on any aspects of research and education that relate to the theme of
"Language in the Mind?" Proposals will be particularly welcome in the
following areas:

*	Language acquisition and development
*	Neurolinguistics
*	Psycholinguistics
*	Sociolinguistics
*	Linguistic analysis
*	Discourse analysis
*	Composition studies
*	Language teaching methodology and materials

The conference aims to attract wide interest among academic researchers,
teacher educators, and teachers in schools. Proposal writers are encouraged
to specify which of these groups might form an appropriate target audience
for their presentations. 

Call for Papers, Symposiums and Workshops

Proposals for parallel paper presentations, symposiums and workshops
are invited on any aspects of research and education that relate to
the conference theme. As the same terms can mean different things at
different conferences, we briefly describe each type of
session. "Short" and "Long" are comparative values, not absolutes.

Parallel papers: 	
Speakers present a clearly focused issue, and give a summary of a
research study and its findings (Short Parallel Papers) or a more
comprehensive account (Long Parallel Papers). Position papers on major
themes, if thoroughly researched, will also be considered. For both
Short and Long categories, the organisers envisage no more than three
parallel sessions at any one time.

Short Parallel Papers: 20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes
discussion. Presentations should be concise, not rushed, and should
not exceed 20 minutes. The organisers expect a total of around 25
papers in this category. (Three mornings)

Long Parallel Papers: 45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes
discussion. Presentations should be thorough, not rushed, and should
not exceed 45 minutes. The organisers expect a total of around ten
papers in this category. (One afternoon)

One combined proposal is invited from each symposium team. Three or
four speakers present position papers on a single agreed issue,
devoting equal time to each, and allowing at least 30 minutes at the
end for discussion. Total duration: 2 hours. The organisers would
like to offer two symposiums in parallel on the final
afternoon. Diversity of viewpoints on a common theme will be
particularly welcome.

These are active participatory sessions. Workshop leaders (one or more
per workshop) briefly present an activity that relates to the
conference theme and that can be expected to engage the participants.
All workshop participants then work on this activity, for at least
half the available time. Workshop leaders provide support and feedback
as needed. Outcomes and experiences are discussed, and workshop
leaders and other participants summarise the implications of the
activity for the conference theme.

Short Workshops: total duration 90 minutes.

Long Workshops: total duration 3 hours.
The organisers hope to offer two long and two short workshops, or some other
combination, on one afternoon.

For all events, abstracts of not more than 300 words are invited by 31 March
Notification of outcome: By 30 April 2000. 

Please send the proposal and abstract to: 
Conference Secretary, Language in the Mind? 
Department of English Language and Literature, 
FASS, 7 Arts Link Block AS5,
National University of Singapore
Singapore 117570
Republic of Singapore
Or by e-mail to: <> 

Registration Fees:
Before 31 July 2000	S$180 + S$5.40 (3%GST)
After 31 July 2000	S$200 + S$6.00 (3%GST)
Students		S$120 + S$3.60 (3%GST)

Registration forms available on-line at the conference web-page or from the Conference Secretary at
the above postal or e-mail address.

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Message 2: ACL-2000 Call for Theme Proposals

Date: Fri, 3 Dec 99 16:25:54 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL-2000 Call for Theme Proposals


ACL-00 Conference:
 The 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for
 Computational Linguistics

 Hong Kong
 October 3--6, 2000 

 The Association for Computational Linguistics would like to encourage
 the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished
 research on all aspects of computational linguistics. To broaden both
 the thematic coverage and geographical origin of submissions, we are
 continuing the special theme sessions format introduced in the 1999
 ACL conference. Some proportion of the conference will be given over
 to special sessions, somewhat like a special issue of a journal,
 organized around themes proposed by members of the NLP community. The
 aim is to incorporate some of the intensity and excitement of the
 traditional pre/post-conference workshops, without replacing those
 workshops---we expect, as has become traditional, that there will also
 be a set of workshops that will remain separate from the main
 meeting. This call invites proposals for thematic sessions in
 accordance with the considerations below; a final Call For Papers,
 that includes the list of selected themes will be sent out in

 What is a Thematic Session?

 We are soliciting proposals for themes that will provide a sufficient
 number of quality papers to form one or two sessions (3-4 papers per
 session) in the main conference. Proposers of accepted themes, who
 will become the chairs of those sessions, will have similar
 responsibilities to those of workshop organizers in terms of arranging
 reviewing and the delivery of camera ready copy. However, the papers
 will be scheduled as part of the main sessions and will be published
 as part of the main conference proceedings. The quality of theme
 papers is expected to be equal to that of the papers in the general
 sessions of the conference. In terms of subject area coverage, we
 expect thematic sessions will be closer to workshop topic areas in

 Format of Theme Proposals

 The theme proposals should be approximately two pages in length and
 should be divided into the following headings.

 Chair Details: Name, address, email, telephone number, fax

 Theme Title:

 List of Topics: This should include some keywords describing the
 topics to be covered by the theme. This information will be used
 primarily to check for overlap with other proposed themes.

 Summary: A brief description of the proposed subject area, and summary
 of why the inclusion of the proposed theme would meet the aims of
 theme sessions.

 Viability of Theme: Given the number of papers that can populate one
 or two sessions at the conference and the typical ACL acceptance
 rates, to be viable a theme should receive 10--30 submissions. In this
 section, proposers of the theme should provide evidence that
 sufficient number of submissions can be expected. Such evidence for
 the viability of the theme might include the citation of workshops,
 symposia, special journal issues etc. in the theme topic. In
 situations of emerging fields, such evidence may not be available. In
 lieu of such evidence, proposers might provide evidence for an
 existing community interested in the topic by providing a list of
 people who have indicated interest in the theme. Of course, proposers
 can offer other types of evidence to show that a sufficient number of
 submissions can be expected.

 Proposed Review Committee: Each paper submitted should be reviewed by
 at least three people. As part of the proposal, proposers should
 suggest a potential review committee who are likely to serve on the
 committee if the proposal is accepted. The list would also demonstrate
 the spread of interest in the area in the community, encouraging both
 international participation and the participation of a broad range of
 researchers, including both senior members of the community and
 graduate students. 

 Theme proposals should be submitted to the email address provided
 below. Proposers of themes are encouraged to indicate their plans in
 advance of the submission date by sending email to this
 address. Informal enquiries as to what might work as a theme can also
 be directed to this address. Possible themes might be topics like:
 NLP and Information Retrieval (or topics that include a community in
 the periphery of language technology); Methods for Asian Language
 Processing; Computational Linguistic Issues in Alternate/Augmentative
 Communication; Spoken Dialog Systems; Multi-lingual Language
 Processing. These examples are provided only as indications of the
 variety of topic areas that will be considered. A list of theme topics
 included in the ACL 1999 conference can be found by following appropriate
 links from

 Important Dates

 This call issued: December 3, 1999

eme he submissions deadline: January 7, 2000

 Notification of selected themes: January 17, 2000

 Call for papers: January 20, 2000

 Paper submissions deadline: March 31, 2000 (approx. date)

 Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2000 (approx. date)

 General Submission Questions

 Co-chairs for the ACL-99 program are Chang-Ning Huang and K. Vijay-Shanker. 
 All queries regarding the program should be sent to; 
 this forwards to both co-chairs. 

 Submission Format

 Theme proposals should ideally submitted in ascii by email to with the subject: "ACL99 THEME PROPOSAL".
 PostScript, PDF and Word files will be accepted if they print on the
 first try. Hardcopy proposals should be faxed or mailed to both of
 the chairs, clearly labeled "ACL99 THEME PROPOSAL". Proposals should
 be received by 5pm GMT on January 7, 2000.

 Chang-Ning Huang (Co-Chair) K. Vijay-Shanker (Co-Chair)

 Microsoft Research, China	 Dept. of Computer Science
 5F, Beijing Sigma Center University of Delaware
 No.49, Zhichun Road Newark, DE 19716, USA
 Beijing 100080, P.R.C
 Tel: (86-10)6261-7711 -5760 Tel: +1 302 831 1952
 Fax: (86-10)8809-7305 Fax: +1 302 831 8458

 Hitoshi Iida (General Chair) Aravind K. Joshi (Honorary Chair)

 Speech and Language Information Department of Computer and
 Processing Lab Information Sciences
 SONY Computer Science Labs, Inc. University of Pennsylvania
 Tokyo 141-0022, Japan Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
 Tel: +81 3 5448 4380 Tel: +1 215 898 0359
 Fax: +81 3 5447 1942 Fax: +1 215 573 9247
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