LINGUIST List 10.886

Fri Jun 11 1999

Calls: Pronoun Workshop, Corpora & NLP

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  1. Heike Wiese, Workshop on Pronouns
  2. Richard Evans, "Corpora and NLP" (ACIDCA'2000 Session)

Message 1: Workshop on Pronouns

Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 13:12:42 +0200
From: Heike Wiese <>
Subject: Workshop on Pronouns




 Workshop as part of the Annual Conference
 of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS)

 University of Marburg
 March 1-3, 2000

Pronouns are of particular interest for linguistic analyses
since on the one hand, their lexical reduction and their
specific grammatical features differentiate them from other
word classes cross-linguistically. On the other hand, the
wide range of possible pronominal functions establishes
a number of pronominal subclasses.
Research about pronouns concentrates on
(a) universals in the grammar of pronouns, and typological
 and diachronical aspects of their realization in
 specific languages;
(b) the contribution of pronominals to the syntactic and semantic
 structure of sentences, and their analysis in different
(c) the mental representation of pronouns, and impairments in
 the production and comprehension of pronominals in aphasia.

The workshop wants to bring together different lines of research
from psycholinguistics, formal syntax and semantics, typology,
and diachrony.

The workshop will focus on, but will not be limited to,
three pronominal subclasses: personal, interrogative,
and relative pronouns.

Possible topics are:
- What are the universal properties of pronouns, and how are they
 realized in specific languages?
- What are the grammatical categories that organize pronominal
 paradigms, and how do they develop diachronically and
 in language acquisition?
- What is the nature of the impairments in the representation of
 pronominals in agrammatic aphasia? Which mental modules or
 submodules are involved?
- How can we account for the formal features of constructions
 with pronouns?
- How do syntactic and semantic phenomena interact for the
 interpretation of pronominals? How is reference constituted?

The objective of the workshop is to integrate these different
subjects in order (a) to obtain a more comprehensive picture
of pronominal elements from the point of view of different
approaches, and (b) to discuss the relationship of different
grammatical aspects of lexical elements and their representation.

Conference languages are English and German.

We invite papers on all aspects of the representation and
grammar of pronouns. Special attention will be given
to papers that integrate different lines of research. 

Presentations will be 20 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for
discussion. Limited space is available for presentations
of 40 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.

Please submit:

- an anonymous one-page abstract, single-spaced in 12-pt Times font;
- for each author, one copy of the information form below.

Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged;
abstracts should be attached in plain text format or as WinWord files.


 All submissions must be received by August 31, 1999.

Send submissions to:

 Heike Wiese
 Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin
 Institut fuer dt. Spr. u. Linguistik
 [Sitz: Mosse-Zentrum, Schuetzenstr.21]
 D-10099 Berlin

Notification of acceptance will be emailed in mid-September.

Further information on the conference will soon be available
at the DGfS-homepage:
The conference is hosted by the University of Marburg.

Conference fees are:
 - members with income: 30.- DM
 - members without income: 10.- DM
 - non-members with income: 60.- DM
 - non-members without income: 20.- DM		

Important dates:

* 8/31/1999: deadline for submittal of abstracts
* 9/15/1999: notification of acceptance
* 3/1 - 3/3 2000: workshop

For further information contact one of the organizers:

Heike Wiese (Humboldt-U. Berlin):
Horst Simon (Humboldt-U. Berlin):
Paul Law (ZAS Berlin):

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Message 2: "Corpora and NLP" (ACIDCA'2000 Session)

Date: Wed, 09 Jun 1999 14:19:28 +0100
From: Richard Evans <>
Subject: "Corpora and NLP" (ACIDCA'2000 Session)



"Corpora and NLP"
ACIDCA'2000 session
Monastir (Tunisia), 22-24 March 2000

Organised by:
University of Sfax (ENIS & FSEGS)
Association for Innovation and Technology (AIT - Tunisia)

Sponsored by:
co-sponsored by:
Supported by:
Tunisian State Secretariat of Scientific
Research and Technology (SERST)


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The last few years have seen the explosively growing use of corpora in
a number of NLP areas. Corpus data are used increasingly as a basis for
the design, development and optimisation of various NLP applications but
also for their evaluation.

"Corpora and NLP" is a 3-day thematic session and will be held as part
of the International Conference on Artificial and Computational
Intelligence for Control, Automation and Decision in Engineering and
Industrial Systems (ACIDCA'2000) (for more details on ACIDCA'2000,
visit . The session "Corpora and NLP"
will be organised as a workshop with its own Proceedings and Programme

The session will address all aspects of the use of written and spoken
corpora (including the construction of corpora to be used) in NLP.

Main Topics
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We expect submissions covering (but not limited to) the following

* Lexicography
* Lexical knowledge acquisition
* Part of Speech Tagging
* Unknown word guessing
* Term recognition
* Morphological Analysis
* Robust Parsing
* Word Sense Disambiguation
* Anaphora Resolution
* Discourse segmentation
* Machine Translation
* Agreement Error Correction
* Spelling and Grammar Correction
* Information Extraction
* Automatic Abstracting
* Text Categorisation
* Speech processing
* Multilingual corpora and multilingual applications
* Corpus annotation
* Evaluation

Papers describing industrial applications based on corpus
processing techniques are welcome.

Honorary Chairs
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Mohamed Ben Ahmed - Tunisian State Secretary of Scientific
and Technological Research

Ghlem Dabbeche - Association for Innovation and Technology
(AIT - Tunisia)

Lotfi A. Zadeh - University of California, Berkeley

General Chairs
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Adel Alimi,
National School of engineering of Sfax (ENIS)

Lamia Belguith Hadrich,
LARIS Laboratory - Faculty of Economic Science
and Management of Sfax (FSEGS)

Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou,
LARIS Laboratory - Faculty of Economic Science
and Management of Sfax (FSEGS)

Programme Committee
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Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton) - Chair
Roberto Basili (Universita di Tor Vergata, Rom)
Rebecca Bruce (University of North Carolina at Asheville)
Philippe Blache (Universite de Provence, Aix-en-Provence)
Christian Boitet (GETA, Grenoble)
Debili Fathi (IRMC, Tunis)
Jean Luc Minel (CAMS/CNRS, Paris)
Jean-Pierre Chanod (Xerox, Grenoble)
Jean-Pierre Descles (CAMS/Universite de Sorbonne, Paris)
Joseph Dichy (Lumiere University, Lyon)
Everhard Ditters (University of Nijemegen)
Eric Gaussier (Xerox, Grenoble)
Udo Hahn (University of Freiburg)
Chafia Mankai (ISG, University of Tunis)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, New York)
Genevieve Lallich-Boidin (Stendhal University, Grenoble)
Bente Maegaard (Centre for Language Technology, Copenhagen)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Jean-Guy Meunier (LANCI UQUAM, Montreal)
Andrei Mikheev (Harlequin Co., Edinburgh & University of
Manuel Palomar (University of Alicante)
Stelios Piperidis (ILPS, Athens)
Horacio Rodriguez (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta)
Monique Rolbert (Universite de Marseille)
Pieter Seuren (University of Nijemegen)
Harold Somers (UMIST, Manchester)
Keh-Yih Su (National Tsing Hua University, Taipei)
Isabelle Trancoso (INESC, Lisbon)
Evelyne Tzoukermann (Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill)
Atro Voutilainen (Conexor, Helsinki)

Local Organising Committee
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Walid Gargouri (FSEGS, Sfax), Ahmed Masmoudi (ENIS, Sfax) -
H. Abdelkafi (FLSHS, Sfax), Chafik Aloulou (FSEGS, Sfax),
Najoua Ben Amara (ENIM, Monastir), Maher Ben Jemaa (ENIS,
Habib Bouchhima (SEREPT, Sfax), Mohamed Chtourou (ISETG,
Faez Gargouri (FSEGS, Sfax), Ahmed Hadj Kacem (FSEGS, Sfax),
Maher Jaoua (FSEGS, Sfax), Mohamed Jmaiel (ENIS, Sfax),
Anas Kamoun (ENIS, Sfax), Omar Mazhoud (FSEGS, Sfax),
Houssem Miled (IPEIS, Sousse), Feriel Mouria-Beji (ENSI, Tunis),
Hafedh Trabelsi (ISET, Gafsa), Mongi Triki (FSEGS, Sfax)

International Organising Committee
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Fathi Ghorbel (Rice University, USA), Fakhreddine Karray
(University of Waterloo, Canada) - Chairs
Faouzi Bouslama (Hiroshima City University, Japan),
Adel Cherif (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,
Faouzi Derbel (University of Muenchen, Germany),
Olfa Kanoun (University of Muenchen, Germany),
Slim Kanoun (University of Rouen, France),
Mansour Karkoub (Kuwait University),
Mohamed Ali Khabou (University of Missouri Columbia, USA)
Samir Lejmi (Synopsis Inc., USA)
Christian Olivier (University of Poitiers, France)
Tarek Werfelli (Cristal/Stendhal University, Grenoble)
Ismail Timimi (Cristal/Stendhal University, Grenoble)
Sofiane Sahraoui (University of Bahrain)

Submission Guidelines
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Authors are requested to submit full-length papers which should be
written in English and must not exceed 10 pages including figures,
tables and references. The first page of the papers should feature
title, author's name(s), surface and email address(es), followed by
keywords and an abstract.

Four hard copies of each submission are to be sent to the following
address :

ACIDCA'2000 (Corpora & NLP Session)
Centre Postal Maghreb Arabe,
BP 120, 3049 Sfax

In addition, a 200-word (or so) abstract of the paper and a list of
keywords should be emailed as plain text to and
copied to

The papers will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the Programme


Authors of accepted papers will be sent guidelines how to produce
the camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the

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Paper Submission Due: 1 October 1999
Notification of Acceptance : 10 December 1999
Camera-ready Paper Due : 10 January 1999
"Corpora and NLP" Session : 22-24 March 2000

Further information
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Registration to the "Corpora and NLP" session entitles the participants
to attend all other ACIDCA'2000 invited talks and sessions as well as
the exhibition. Registration details will be included in the Second Call
for Papers.

There will be tutorials on 21 March. More information on the tutorials
will be available from ACIDCA'2000 web site as soon as they are

ACIDCA'2000 will offer best paper awards in three categories:
Best Paper, Best Poster Paper and Best Student Paper.

The social programme will be announced in the second call for papers.

The call for papers is is also available at:

This is the "Corpora and NLP" web site and any important information will
be available at this site too.

For any Information
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Please contact :

Lamia Belguith
Fax: (216) 4 296 229

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