LINGUIST List 10.613

Wed Apr 28 1999

Calls: Congress/English Grammar, Nat Lang Interfaces

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  1. mkv1, International Congress on English Grammar
  2. Bernhard Schroeder, Natural Language Interfaces

Message 1: International Congress on English Grammar

Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:11:00 +0500
From: mkv1 <>
Subject: International Congress on English Grammar

Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India

First International Congress on English Grammar ( 12-20 July1999)

Dear Scholar,
We are organising the
First International Congress on English Grammar
12-20 July 1999.

MAK Halliday, Braj B Kachru, Ruqaiya Hasan, Peter Fries, S.K.Verma, M L
Tickoo, Champa Tickoo, N Krishna Swamy, Christian Matthiessan, Gordon
Tucker, Huang Guowen, Michael Cummings, Mahendra K Verma, John Gibbons,
Khare,, David Butt, Robin Fawcett, Paul Tench are among the specialists
will give plenaries and/or conduct workshops.

Proposals for papers and workshops are welcome in the following areas
related to English:

Phonology, Grammar, Semantics, Pragmatics, Stylistics, Shakespearean
English, Business English, Legal English, Computer usage, Cinema,
Comparative and Contrastive study of English and other Languages, Hotel
Management, Journalism and Mass Media, Advertisements, Officialese,
English, Science and Technology.

You will be informed about the acceptance of your proposal after getting
title and abstract of the proposal.

Registration fee: $ 235 / \163155
(including lunches,teas and congress fee)

Hotel Tariff (From a.n. 11th July to f.n.21st July 1999.)
(including all meals)

3 Star triple seater: US $ 175 each.
3 star double seater: US $ 220 each.
3star single room: US $ 265.

4 star single room US $350.
4 star double seater : US $ 240 each.
4 star triple seater : US $ 200 each.

5 star single room: US $ 385.
5 star double room: US $280 each.
5 star triple seater: US $255 each.

For registration and proposals of papers and workshops please contact
Prof.V.Prakasam, Coordinator, ICEG, CIEFL, Hyderabad 500007, India
May 15, 1999.
 E-mail :
Phone: 091-40-7018131 (Office)
091-40-7018165 (Home)
Fax : 091-40-7018402.

Coordinator: V Prakasam
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Message 2: Natural Language Interfaces

Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 15:14:33 +0200
From: Bernhard Schroeder <>
Subject: Natural Language Interfaces


 Workshop at the Fachtagung fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz, Bonn



 * The Theme of the Workshop
 * Abstract Submission
 * Important Dates
 * Committee

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Theme of the Workshop

Natural language interfaces allow users to interact verbally with
systems. Users can ask a question via keyboard or microphone and receive
answer in spoken or in written form. Such interfaces have been around
for a
while; the challenge right now is to make them as robust and efficient
possible without limiting syntax and vocabulary more than necessary.

How can new approaches to dialogue and partner modelling help to reach
goal? To what extent can results from underspecification theory, dynamic
semantics, rhethorical structure theory or centering theory be useful?
are especially interested in approaches which have already been
into existing system and whose implementation has been evaluated.

The workshop is intended as an oppertunity for a lively dialogue between
linguists and computer scientists, between theory and practice. For this
*presentations are limited to 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes
*a final discussion of about one and a half hours is planned.

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Abstract Submission

Participants who would like to give a talk are asked to submit an
abstract of max. 2 pages per e-mail to the organizers Bernhard Schroeder
( und Maria Wolters ( in
or .pdf format. Each received abstract is acknowledged.

The languages of the workshop are English and German. Authors are
of acceptance on 31 May. From mid June on, all extended abstracts will
accessible from this web page. We will also create a mailing list for
participants and other interested researchers. We plan to publish the
proceedings of this workshop as a book.

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 15.5.1999: deadline for receipt of extended abstracts
 31.5.1999: notification of acceptance
 14.6.1999: deadline for revised extended abstracts
 13./14.9.1999: Workshop in Bonn

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Organizing Committee

Bernhard Schroeder, Maria Wolters
 Institut fuer Kommunikationsforschung und Phonetik
 Universitaet Bonn
 Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
 D-53115 Bonn
 Tel.: +49 228 735621 (Schroeder); +49 228 733081 (Wolters)
 Fax: +49 228 735639

Programme Committee

 * Elisabeth Andre, Saarbruecken
 * Harry Bunt, Tilburg
 * Paul Dekker, Amsterdam
 * Roland Hausser, Erlangen
 * Janet Hitzeman, Edinburgh
 * Winfried Lenders, Bonn
 * Paul McKevitt, Aalborg
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