LINGUIST List 10.1959

Sat Dec 18 1999

Calls: Syntax/Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics

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  1. Dirk Bury, Syntax/Pragmatics Interactions
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL 2000 - Preliminary Call for Papers

Message 1: Syntax/Pragmatics Interactions

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 19:44:45 +0000 (GMT)
From: Dirk Bury <>
Subject: Syntax/Pragmatics Interactions



 April 5-6, 2000
 University College London

This conference precedes the Spring Meeting of the Linguistics
Association of Great Britain (LAGB), which takes place at UCL on April
6-8. It is supported by the LAGB and UCL.

Deadline for submissions: January 14, 2000

Invited speakers: Ruth Kempson and Luigi Rizzi 

The conference addresses theoretical questions posed by movement
phenomena that seem to be motivated by pragmatic considerations.

In Government and Binding theory movement applies freely and may
therefore be exploited to satisfy conditions that hold at the
interface with the interpretive system. In English, for example, a
free fronting operation may lead to a focussed interpretation of the
shifted constituent: 'YOUR BOOK, you should give to Paul (not mine)'.

Since within the Minimalist framework movement needs to be triggered,
this account is no longer available. Accordingly, recent literature
proposes that interpretation-related movement is underpinned by a
feature-based system. In order to maintain the hypothesis that
movement is driven by feature checking, our inventory of features
should be extended to include features for TOPIC, FOCUS, SPECIFICITY,
DEFINITENESS and [illocutionary] FORCE etc. In the above example,
movement of 'your book' would be triggered by a head carrying the
feature [+FOCUS].

However, it is not obvious that notions like FOCUS have a place in
syntax. For instance, in recent work Noam Chomsky advocates a radical
separation of syntax and pragmatics when he talks of a "'dumb'
computational system", a system that does not have access to semantic
or discourse considerations. Moreover, it is not obvious whether
encoding pragmatic notions in syntax allows an empirically adequate
treatment of the phenomena associated with them. Alternatively, we
could abandon the idea that triggers should be exclusively syntactic
and allow movement as long as it has an effect on interpretation, as
proposed by Tanya Reinhart. This however requires some sort of global
evaluation, which in turn gives rise to questions of computational

We intend this conference to be interdisciplinary. We aim to bring
together researchers from both pragmatics and syntax to investigate
the interface between the two in more detail. We therefore invite
relevant abstracts for 30 minute talks (excluding discussion time)
from syntax and pragmatics. We particularly encourage submissions
relating to topic and focus but will also consider abstracts from
other areas which have a bearing on the theoretical issues.

- --Submissions -- Deadline January 14, 2000
Note that it is possible to submit an abstract to both the LAGB Spring
Meeting and to this conference. However, an abstract can only be
accepted at one of the two, so please indicate your preference if you
submit to both.

Abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page (8 1/2" by 11"),
11-point type single-spaced with one inch margins. Please send five
anonymous copies and one camera-ready copy that includes the title,
author's name, affiliation and address. Along with the abstract send a
3"x5" card listing the title, author's name, affiliation, email
address, and s-mail address. The address for submissions is:
Syntax/Pragmatics Conference Committee, Department of Phonetics and
Linguistics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT,
United Kingdom.

E-mail submissions
Abstracts should be sent as an attachment to a message with the
subject line "Abstract". They should be in plain text or Word (some
other formats may also be accepted). The body of the message should
contain the title and author information. E-mail submissions should
be sent _after_ January 4 (but before January 14, 2000) to: (Dirk Bury).

- --Accommodation
Accommodation can be made available for conference participants in two
locations, both within five minutes' walk from the conference
location. Accommodation in Ramsay Hall, one of UCL's halls of
residence, consists of single bedrooms, with hand wash basins and
shared bathroom facilities, offered on a half-board basis
(i.e. breakfast and dinner provided) at the bargain price of �27.00
per person per night. To reserve accommodation in Ramsay Hall, please
contact Karen Froud for further details as soon
as possible.

Accommodation in the Tavistock Hotel consists of either single or twin
bedrooms with ensuite facilities, television and radio, and the price
includes full breakfast. The Tavistock also has a wine-bar and
restaurant, and a pay garage is available for guests. Prices are
�65.00 per night for a single room and �83.60 for a twin room. To
reserve accommodation at the Tavistock Hotel, please contact them
directly on 0171 636 8383, asking for reservations and mentioning the
UCL conference (as we have a certain number of rooms set aside for
conference delegates).

Please note that accommodation in Central London in the spring is at a
premium, and the rooms reserved for conference delegates will be
allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Accommodation cannot be
guaranteed unless it is booked and paid for by February 24, 2000 at
the latest.

A form for registration and room booking including payment 
details will be available shortly from our web page (see below).

- --For further information please contact:
Syntax/Pragmatics Conference Committee, Department of 
Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, Gower 
Street, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom, 
or (Dirk Bury), 
or visit our website
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Message 2: ACL 2000 - Preliminary Call for Papers

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 99 13:29:47 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL 2000 - Preliminary Call for Papers

 ACL 2000 Preliminary Call For Papers

 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for
 Computational Linguistics
 3--6 October, 2000
 Hong Kong 

1. Paper Sessions

 1.1 Topics of Interest

 As was the case with last year's ACL conference, the technical
 sessions of the conference will be of two kinds. There will be
 General Sessions as well as a number of special Thematic Sessions
 organized around themes proposed by members of the computational
 linguistics community. The Thematic Sessions will run as parallel
 sessions, resulting in smaller and more focussed audiences.
 When you submit a paper to the conference, you will need to consider
 whether you want to present the paper in the General Sessions or in
 one of the Thematic Sessions, which will be listed in the final call
 for papers (due to come out around January 20, 2000).

 The conference will also feature a student workshop, tutorials,
 workshops, and demos. Separate calls for these will be issued shortly.

 For the General Sessions, papers are invited on substantial, original,
 and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics,
 including, but not limited to: pragmatics, discourse, semantics,
 syntax and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology and morphology;
 interpreting and generating spoken and written language; linguistic,
 mathematical and psychological models of language; language-oriented
 information retrieval and information extraction; corpus-based
 language modeling; machine translation and translation aids; natural
 language interfaces and dialogue systems; approaches to coordinating
 the linguistic with other modalities in multi-media systems; message
 and narrative understanding systems.

 1.2 Requirements

 Requirements are the same regardless of whether you are submitting
 a paper to the General Sessions or the Thematic Sessions; a separate
 Call for Student Workshop papers will provide the information on
 requirements for papers submitted to the Student Sessions. Papers
 should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work
 rather than intended work and they should indicate clearly the state
 of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete
 evaluation results should be included. A paper accepted for
 presentation at the ACL Meeting cannot be presented or have been
 presented at any other meeting with publicly available published
 proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences
 must indicate this immediately after the title material on the first

 1.3 Submission and Reviewing Procedure

 The format of submissions is the same regardless of whether you are
 submitting a paper to the General Sessions or the Thematic Sessions.
 Authors should submit preliminary versions of their papers for review,
 not to exceed 3200 words (exclusive of references).

 The submission procedure will be the same regardless of whether
 you are submitting a paper to the General Sessions or the Thematic
 Sessions. Electronic submissions can not be accepted. 
 Further details on the submission procedure will be provided
 in the final call for papers (due to come out around January 20th, 2000). 
 See the separate Call for Student Workshop Papers for information on
 submission details for papers submitted to the Student Workshop.

 Reviewing of papers submitted to the General Sessions will, as in
 previous years, be managed by an international Conference Program
 Committee consisting of Area Chairs, each of whom will have the
 assistance of a team of reviewers. Reviewing of papers for the
 Thematic Sessions will be managed by the chairs of the Thematic
 Sessions, with the assistance of teams of reviewers; final decisions
 on the technical program content (both General Sessions and Thematic
 Sessions) will be made by the Program Committee.

 Note that reviewing of papers will be blind. 

 1.4 Schedule

 Submissions must be received by April 7th, 2000. Electronic submissions
 will not be accepted. Late submissions (those arriving on or after April 8th) 
 will be returned. Acknowledgements will be emailed soon after receipt.
 Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors (by email) on
 June 15, 2000. Detailed formatting guidelines for the preparation of the final
 camera-ready copy will be provided to authors with their acceptance notice.

2. Venue and Local Organization

The conference will be held in Hong Kong from October 3rd through 6th, 2000. 
The Local Arrangements Committee is chaired by Dekai Wu; 
the local arrangements information will be posted soon. 

3. Timetable

The dates here pertain only to the General Sessions and Thematic
sessions: see the separate Calls for Student Workshop Papers, Tutorial
Proposals and Workshops for the timetable associated with those
elements of the conference.

 Preliminary Call issued: December 15, 1999
 Final Call for Papers issued: January 20, 2000
 Paper submissions deadline: April 7, 2000
 Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2000
 ACL 2000 Conference: October 3--6, 2000

All queries regarding the General Sessions and Thematic
sessions of ACL-2000 should be sent to; 
this forwards to both PC co-chairs. 

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