LINGUIST List 10.712

Mon May 10 1999

Calls: Discourse Interpretation, Computational Ling

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  1. Workshop on Procedures in Discourse Interpretation, Procedures in Discourse Interpretation
  2. Paola Monachesi, Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands

Message 1: Procedures in Discourse Interpretation

Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 17:08:54 +0200 (DFT)
From: Workshop on Procedures in Discourse Interpretation <WPDIhumnet.unipi.it>
Subject: Procedures in Discourse Interpretation

		
	
		 * SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS *

 EUROLAN'99 Workshop
				
			 July 23-28	

 Procedures in Discourse Interpretation
 http://www.humnet.unipi.it/~wpdi/main.html

 held as part of EUROLAN'99
 July 19-31
 A.I. Cuza University
 Iasi - Romania
 http://www.infoiasi.ro/~eurolan99


DESCRIPTION

Our comprehension of the intended meaning of a discourse act, of the
semantics of discourse segments, and of the coherence relations holding
between them, relies on different types of knowledge, like the meaning of
lexical items, domain-specific knowledge, commonsense knowledge, the
particular view of the context, etc.

During the process of discourse interpretation, specific procedures are
activated, which, by manipulating in a uniform manner all these pieces of
knowledge, carry out inferences and reasoning activities necessary to the
identification of the preferred reading.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussing the
nature of such procedures and the way they access and manipulate the
relevant sources of knowledge. Theoretical issues like bridging, conflicts
between lexically based and discourse-based inference, presupposition and
anaphora resolution, and the relevance of cognitive constraints on
discourse interpretation are especially welcome.

Submissions are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics and
issues:

 * How can lexical clues lead to the preferred interpretation? How are
 underspecified lexical representations solved in discourse?
 * What is the semantic contribution of verbal and nominal classes to
 discourse structure?
 * How can inference on nominals and events be modeled?
 * Are lexical features arranged along a prominence and accessibility
 hierarchy? To what extent could such a hierarchy affect the
 accessibility of referents?
 * In a frame/semantics perspective, when analyzing discourse one
 activates several frames connected to meaningful elements: do these
 elements have the same status or, especially if ambiguities arise,
 are some frames computed first?
 * To what extent does world knowledge (whether or not it is encoded
 into the lexical structure of an item) affect the interpretation process
 w.r.t consistency and informativity? How is the knowledge of context
 involved?
 * Which are the relevant factors in evaluating informativity and
 consistency?

Prospective authors are encouraged to focus on procedural aspects in their
approaches to discourse interpretation. This will ensure that all
contributions share a common basis for discussion, notwithstanding their
differences in perspective.


WORKSHOP FORMAT

The workshop will consist of around twelve 20 min. presentations,
organized into 4 short sessions, each followed by 30 min. of discussion.
Some experienced discussants have been invited to comment and better
orient the discussion.

Participation to the workshop is open to all Eurolan'99 attendants.
Copies of workshop proceedings will be made available.


FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION

Authors are requested to submit an abstract. Electronic submission is
strongly encouraged. Send your electronic submission to:

WPDIhumnet.unipi.it

Maximum length is four A4 pages, including figures and references. 
Abstracts should include in the first page title, authors
name(s), affiliation, complete mailing address, phone and fax number,
e-mail address and, optionally, up to five keywords. 
If electronic submission is impossible, send four hardcopies 
to the following address:

WPDI Committee
Department of Linguistics
University of Pisa
Via Santa Maria 36
56126 Pisa - Italy


IMPORTANT DATES

 * Abstract submission deadline: May 23
 * Notification of acceptance: June 6
 * Camera ready papers due: June 27
 * Workshop: July 23-28

REGISTRATION

People wanting to attend the workshop must be registered in the Eurolan'99
School. For detailed information visit the school's site at
http://www.infoiasi.ro/~eurolan99/fee.html


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Giacomo Ferrari - ferrarizeus.vc.unipmn.it
Malvina Nissim - nissimling.unipi.it
Andrea Sanso' - sansoling.unipi.it
Claudia Soria - sorialing.unipi.it
Feel free to contact us for any further information needed.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

 * Nicoletta Calzolari - Institute for Computational Linguistics-CNR,
 Italy (to be confirmed)
 * Dan Cristea - University "A.I. Cuza" of Iasi, Romania
 * Giacomo Ferrari - University of East Piemonte, Italy
 * Jerry Hobbs - SRI International, USA
 * Nancy Ide - Vassar College, USA
 * Daniel Marcu - ISI/University of Southern California, USA
 * Malvina Nissim - University of Pavia, Italy
 * Philip Resnik - University of Maryland, Linguistics and Computer 
 Science, USA (to be confirmed)
 * Andrea Sanso' - University of Pavia, Italy
 * Claudia Soria - Institute for Computational Linguistics-CNR, Italy















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Message 2: Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands

Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 20:29:33 -0400 (EDT)
From: Paola Monachesi <Paola.Monachesilet.uu.nl>
Subject: Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands

CLIN 99 First Announcement

Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands
Tenth CLIN Meeting
Friday, 10 December, 1999
Utrecht University

We are happy to anounce the tenth Clin meeting, which will be hosted
by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS at Utrecht University.
The meeting will take place in Utrecht, at the Utrecht Institute of 
Linguistics OTS. The languages of the conference will be Dutch and 
English.

The local organiser of this year's meeting is Paola Monachesi.

Researchers are invited to present papers on all aspects of
computational linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology,
syntax, semantics, pragmatics, machine translation, computational
lexicography, formal languages, grammar formalisms, information
retrieval, knowledge representation, corpus-oriented methods,etc.).

Authors should submit an abstract in English orDutch to the local
organiser (preferably by e-mail, in flat ASCII). The abstract
should contain:

-a title
-your name, address,affiliation, and e-mail address
-a short outline of the paper (10-20 lines)

You can send your abstract to:

clin99let.uu.nl

or, if e-mail is not possible, to:

CLIN 99
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
Utrecht University
Trans 10
3512JK Utrecht
The Netherlands

Deadline for submission is 1 October, 1999
Notification of acceptance (by e-mail): 15 October, 1999

A volume with proceedings of the Ninth CLIN meeting (held 11
December, 1998, in Leuven) will be available at this year's
meeting. We intend to produce a volume of the proceedings of
CLIN 99 before CLIN 2000. Papers for these proceedings will 
have to be written in English; they will be reviewed by a 
committee to be appointed in due time.

This and future information about CLIN 99 will be made available
via the CLIN homepage:

http://www.let.rug.nl/~vannoord/clin/clin.html
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 Utrecht University
 Trans 10
 3512JK Utrecht
 The Netherlands

Deadline for submission is 1 October 1999.
Notification of acceptance (by e-mail): 15 October 1999.

A volume with proceedings of the Ninth CLIN meeting (held 11
December 1998, in Leuven) will be available at this year's
meeting. We intend to produce a volume of the proceedings of CLIN
99 before CLIN 2000. Papers for these proceedings will have to be
written in English; they will be reviewed by a committee to be
appointed in due time.

This and future information about CLIN 99 will be
made available via the CLIN home page:

 http://www.let.rug.nl/~vannoord/clin/clin.html
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