LINGUIST List 10.1886

Wed Dec 8 1999

Calls: Circum-Baltic Syntax, Lang Processing/AMiLP

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  1. Katrin Hiietam, Comparative Circum-Baltic Syntax
  2. Dirk Heylen, AMiLP/ Language Processing

Message 1: Comparative Circum-Baltic Syntax

Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 11:51:49 BST
From: Katrin Hiietam <>
Subject: Comparative Circum-Baltic Syntax

This is to inform of a workshop on 18-SCL on May 18th-20th, 2000 in

Comparative Circum-Baltic Syntax

 It has been suggested in the literature, that there are some
 phenomena in the languages spoken around the Baltic Sea which point
 towards a "Baltic Sprachbund" at least to some limited extent. The
 familiar assumption behind the notion of a Sprachbund is that
 languages that are situated geographically close to each other,
 although of different origin, might have one way or mutual influence
 on the neighbouring languages. This workshop wishes to explore the
 possible influences on each other's morpho-syntactic structure
 between the circum-Baltic languages: the Mainland Scandinavian
 languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian), Finno-Ugric; (Finnish,
 Estonian); Slavic (Russian, Polish) and Baltic ones (Latvian,
 Lithuanian). The papers should cover at least two languages not from
 the same family group (e.g. Swedish and Estonian, or Russian and
 Latvian) and may be on any topic (e.g. the expression of 
 definiteness, the use of case, morphological structure). To this
 workshop papers from any theoretical framework and also detailed
 comparative descriptive papers are welcomed. 

Please send abstracts to: 

Katrin Hiietam
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 15, 2000.

For further information see the conference home page:

Katrin Hiietam
stud. PhD
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
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Message 2: AMiLP/ Language Processing

Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 13:56:24 +0100
From: Dirk Heylen <>
Subject: AMiLP/ Language Processing

Preliminary Announcement
& Call for Contributions

Second AMAST Workshop on Language Processing


University of Iowa
Iowa City, USA

20-22 May 2000

Aims of the Workshop
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The aim of this workshop is to bring together those
researchers on formal language theory, programming
language theory and natural language description
theory, that have a common interest in the use of
algebraic methods to describe syntactic, semantic and
pragmatic properties of language. While firmly rooted
in the tradition of mathematical linguistics, the workshop
does not concentrate on natural language only. There is
interesting use of algebraic methods in programming
language processing (compiler construction and
development of programming language environments)
and (obviously) in formal language theory. Moreover,
it is becoming clear that some of the methods
developed in these fields can play a role in natural
language description and processing.

Invited Speakers
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Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA)
Helene Kirchner (LORIA-CNRS, Nancy, France)
Edward Stabler & Edward Keenan (UCLA, Los Angeles, USA)
George Paun (Romanian Academy, Bucharest)

Program and Organizing Committee
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A. Nijholt (Enschede) (chair)
G. Scollo (Catania)
D. Heylen (Enschede)
T. Rus (Iowa City)

Call for Contributions
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Abstracts are invited for presentations on any topic
related to algebraic approaches to language modeling
and processing. Please send a two-page abstract to
the address below. E-mail submissions of abstracts
are welcome.

 Anton Nijholt
 University of Twente
 PO BOX 217
 7500 AE Enschede
 The Netherlands


Abstracts will be refereed. There will be a proceedings
volume in the "TWLT" series containing full papers based
on these abstracts. For previous volumes in these
series see:

Please note that the proceedings will be distributed at
the workshop. Final submission of accepted papers before
March 31, 2000.

Important Dates

* Deadline for submission 2-page abstract: January 31, 2000
* Notification of acceptance: February 7, 2000
* Deadline for accepted papers: March 31 2000
* Workshop: May 20-22, 2000

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This workshop is organized in the framework provided by
the Algebraic Methodology and Software Technology (AMAST)
movement. In this framework several large international
conferences and workshops have been held.

This Second AMAST Workshop on Language Processing will
be organized in Iowa City just before the AMAST 2000
conference (see As
the previous workshop, held at the University of Twente
in the Netherlands, this workshop will focus on algebraic
and general mathematical methods in formal languages,
programming languages and natural languages.
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