LINGUIST List 11.107

Thu Jan 20 2000

Calls: Lang Resources and Evaluation, Logic/Lang/Info

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  1. Hamish Cunningham, LREC Workshop on meta-descriptions and annotation schemes for multimedia Language Resources
  2. Catherine Piliere, ESSLLI-2000

Message 1: LREC Workshop on meta-descriptions and annotation schemes for multimedia Language Resources

Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 15:22:09 +0000
From: Hamish Cunningham <>
Subject: LREC Workshop on meta-descriptions and annotation schemes for multimedia Language Resources

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* First EAGLES/ISLE Workshop on *
* Meta-Descriptions and Annotation Schemas for *
* Multimodal/Multimedia Language Resources *
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* Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation *
* LREC 2000 Pre-Conference Workshop *
* Athens, Greece *
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* 29 or 30 May 2000 *
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* 1st Announcement *
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* Call for Papers *
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1. Workshop Outline
Currently, we can identify a number of trends in the community dealing
with multimodal/multimedia language resources: 

 - The number of resources is increasing rapidly.
 - Due to multimedia extensions and rich annotations the structural
 complexity of the resources is entering new dimensions. 
 - The quantity of data to be handled is increasing enormously due to
 multimedia extensions, demanding new solutions. 
 - The development of technology makes us assume that more and more of
 these resources will be available on the Internet. 

The joint EC/NSF funded EAGLES/ISLE [1] initiative aims to create
standards and guidelines that can be applied to natural interactivity
and multimodal language reources (e.g. speech, gesture, facial
expressions, manual languages) that support the creation, use, re-use
of and access to such resources. As part of this initiative, the
workshop will address current trends and discuss structures which
could simplify and assist the creation and use of annotated
multimodal/multimedia resources, the process of finding suitable
resources, and accessing them, for instance, via the Web. The workshop
will address two related areas: annotation schemas and
meta-descriptions for multimodal/multimedia language resources.

Meta-Descriptions for Multimodal/Multimedia Language Resources (MMLR)
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Similar to other communities it is time to bring the widespread users
of multimedia language resources together and start a discussion about
meta schemas describing these resources. The goal is to have the
available multimedia language resources associated with linked
meta-descriptions which form a browsable and searchable universe open
to the Internet. A known portal, standardised meta-descriptions and
suitable tools will help users to more easily find suitable resources
for the task in mind. This interest unifies people from science,
industry, and also general users who have to use annotated multimedia
resources for their scientific analysis, training of commercial
components and many more.

Part of the proposed workshop will be dedicated to discussing the need
for such a universe of linked meta-descriptions, the scope of the
community, and existing work in this area. Also the nature of the
meta-descriptions must be extensively discussed with an emphasis on
questions such as: (1) Which are the elements which describe the
various language resources? (2) Is a more minimal schema preferable or
a more elaborate one? (3) How can we achieve flexibility within the
standard meta-description? (4) How can we automatically derive
meta-descriptions to make it a feasible task? 

The workshop will also discuss whether benefits can be taken from
existing standards such as Dublin-Core from the community of digital
libraries, whether initiatives in the telecommunication and
broadcasting community are of relevance for our goals, and the impacts
of the W3C initiative toward a unifying framework called Resource
Description Framework for all these initiatives. 

Annotation Schemas for MMLR
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A second part of the workshop will be dedicated to discussing
annotation schemas for multimodal/multimedia language resources. Until
now the community has experience with text-only corpora based mostly
on orthographical transcriptions (with all their limitations) and with
corpora covering speech data often associated with one layer of
orthographic transcriptions and specifically tailored to the needs of
Automatic Speech Recognition systems. With the increasing power of
computer technology we see that people are starting to build corpora
based on several video and sound tracks with rich annotations covering
easily more than 50 layers. These annotations have complex time
relationships and various dependencies between and within layers. It
seems to be clear, therefore, that a large number of such complex
structured corpora will emerge and the community needs guidelines to
restrict the heterogeneity of such corpora. 

At the Granada LREC conference we have heard about initial projects
having implemented "Abstract Data Models" for such multimedia corpora
[2]. In the meantime a broad discussion about the underlying universal
structure for such annotations has also been initiated [3]. A number
of projects in the US and Europe were and are funded to develop
annotation and exploitation tools to cope with such complex multimedia
databases. To guarantee a high amount of interoperability and unified
access to the resources it is time to have a separate workshop
dedicated to the nature of annotation schemas. Only good agreement in
this respect will limit the number of access tools needed to exploit
such databases. 

The emergence of multimedia on computers has changed traditional
views, since direct media access allows us to refer to media time
which will never change instead of referring only to transcriptions
which can be modified and often are not adequate for coding complex
time relationships. However, the workshop will not only address
theoretical matters such as the underlying common structure and
abstract data models, but also raise questions of suitable
representation formats important for implementation. Formats suitable
for open exchange and long-term archiving will not be the optimal
choice for all types of program access and vice versa. We expect that
modern tools have to rely on several co-existing representation
formats. We also have to deal with the question of how we can
integrate existing textually based corpora or corpora which are
stepwise extended with media data afterwards. 

2. Call for Papers
The workshop will have two subsequent sessions: One will focus on
Internet-accessible Meta-Descriptions of MMLR. The other will be
dedicated to Annotation Schemas for MMLR. This workshop is seen as a
first one in a series which will help understand the complexity of the
problems and the various approaches found until now. Each session will
be started by an invited talk to introduce the problem and define the
scope and be finished by a summary from the organizers. The workshop
will focus on oral contributions and give enough space for broad
discussions. Papers are invited which can contribute to these two

Format of Submission
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Submissions should consist of an extended abstract of about one page
(DIN A4) and a separate title page providing the following
information: Official title of the paper; names and affiliations of
the authors; full address of the first author including phone, fax,
email, URL; required facilities. Only electronic submissions in ASCII,
Word, or HTML format will be accepted. The submissions should be sent
to: The reception of the submissions will be
notified within 3 days. If you did not get a notification, email could
have been erroneous. 

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The workshop organizers will produce proceedings. Therefore,
print-ready versions of the papers have to be submitted as WORD, PDF
or PS files. They should not exceed 5 pages (DIN A4).These final
versions have to be submitted electronically to the same email

Important Dates
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Deadline for submissions of papers: March 17th 
Notification of acceptance: April 3rd 
Final versions of papers for proceedings: May 12th 
Workshop: May 29th afternoon and
 30th morning 

3. Organizational Issues
Organizers of the workshop
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P. Wittenburg, Technical Department, Max-Planck-Institute for
 Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen 
D. Roy, Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory, Faculty of Science and
 Engineering, University of Southern Denmark Odense
H. Cunningham, Department of Computer Science, University Sheffield

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For all questions with respect to the workshop focus, please, use the
email address: 
For all questions with respect to organisational issues, accommodation
etc, please, contact the LREC secretariate:

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Information about the workshop such as call, schedule, and program can
be found on the web-page:
Information about the LREC conference can be found on the web-page:

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The registration fee for the workshop is:
 - 120 EURO for those not attending LREC
 - 80 EURO for those attending LREC
Registration and payment is explained on the LREC web-page.

Included in the registration fee are the proceedings and coffee at the

Program Committee

N.O. Bernsen (U Odense)
S. Bird (U Penn)
P. Bonhomme (LORIA Nancy) 
D. Broeder (MPI Nijmegen)
H. Brugman (MPI Nijmegen)
L. Burnard (U Oxford)
N. Calzolari (ILC Pisa)
K. Choukri (ELRA Paris)
B. Comrie (MPI Leipzig)
H. Cunningham (U Sheffield)
U. Heid (U Stuttgart)
N. Ide (Vassar College)
T. McEnery (U Lancaster)
B. MacWhinney (CMU Pitsburgh)
L. Noldus (Noldus Wageningen)
S. Piperides (ILSP Athens)
W. Peters (U Sheffield)
L. Romary (LORIA Nancy)
A. Russel (MPI Nijmegen)
D. Roy (U Odense)
D. Slobin (U Berkeley)
S. Steininger (U M�nchen)
S. Stromqvist (U Lund)
H. Thompson (HCRC Edinburgh)
Y. Wilks (U Sheffield)
P. Wittenburg (MPI Nijmegen)
A. Zampolli (ILC Pisa

[1] International Standards in Language Engineering project funded by
 EC and NSF 
[2] see
[3] see and
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Message 2: ESSLLI-2000

Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 15:18:43 +0100 (MET)
From: Catherine Piliere <>
Subject: ESSLLI-2000

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- - Concerns all students in Logic, Linguistics and Computer Science ---





 August 6-18 2000, Birmingham, Great Britain 
 Submission Deadline : March 15th, 2000


We are pleased to announce the Student Session of the 12th European
Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI-2000) organized
by the University of Birmingham and located at the same University in
August 2000 ( We will welcome 
submission of papers for presentation at the ESSLLI-2000 Student Session 
and for appearance in the proceedings. 

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This fifth ESSLLI Student Session will provide, like the other editions,
an opportunity for ESSLLI participants who are students to present their
own WORK IN PROGRESS and get feedback from senior researchers and
fellow-students. It is desired that papers presenting creative and
innovative ideas will be submitted. The ESSLLI-2000 Student Session
encourages submissions from students at any level, from undergraduates -
before completion of the Master Thesis as well as postgraduates - before
completion of the PhD degree. Papers co-authored by non-students will not be 
accepted. The ESSLLI Student Session consists of paper presentations
and has its own timeslot in the summerschool's schedule: 60 minutes
every day for two weeks, provided that a sufficient number of good
quality papers is accepted. Each presentation will last 30 minutes
(including 10 minutes of discussion). The accepted papers will be
published in the ESSLLI-2000 Student Session proceedings, which will be
made available during ESSLLI-2000.

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As in previous editions of ESSLLI, the best paper will be selected by 
the program committee and will be offered a prize by Kluwer Academic 
Publishers. The prize of 1000 Dfl consists of a free choice of Kluwer 
books to be displayed during the school.

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The Student Session papers should describe original, unpublished work,
completed or in progress, that demonstrates insight, creativity and
promise. No previously published papers should be submitted.
Papers will cover topics within the six ESSLLI subject areas (Logic,
Language, Computation, Logic & Language, Logic & Computation,
Language & Computation). 

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Student authors should submit an anonymous extended abstract headed by
the paper title, not to exceed 5 pages of length exclusive of references
and send a separate identification page (see below). Note that the
length of the full papers will not be allowed to exceed 10 pages. Since
reviewing will be blind, the body of the abstract should omit author
names and addresses. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity (e.g., " We previously showed (Smith, 1991)... ")
should be avoided. It is possible to use instead references like " Smith
(1991) previously showed...". 

For any submission, a plain ASCII text version of the identification
page should be sent SEPARATELY, using the following format: 

Title: <title> 

Author: <firstname lastname of the first author>
Address: <address of the first author>
Author: <firstname lastname of the last author>
Address: <address of the last author>

Short summary (5 lines): <summary>

Subject area (one of): Logic | Language | Computation | Logic and
Language | Logic and Computation | Language and Computation. 

The submission of the extended abstract should be in one of the
following formats: 

1) SELF-CONTAINED LATEX SOURCE (the most encouraged): The LaTeX source
should use the standard article document-class, with A4 paper size and
12pt font size. The source should not refer to any other external files
or styles, except for the standard styles for LaTeX2e. The bibliography
for a LaTeX submission cannot be submitted as separate .bib file: the
actual bibliography entries must be inserted in the submitted LaTeX
source file. 

2) POSTSCRIPT: PostScript submissions must use a standard font and A4 (8
1/4 " x 11 3/4 ") size pages. Please avoid the default letter page size
if submitting from outside Europe. 

3) ASCII text.

Submissions outside the specified length and formatting requirements
will be subject to rejection without review.

The extended abstract and separate identification page must be sent 
by e-mail to: by March 15, 2000.

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In order to present a paper at ESSLLI-2000 Student Session, at least one 
student author of each accepted paper has to register as a participant 
at ESSLLI-2000. Nevertheless, the authors of accepted papers will be 
eligible for reduced registration fees. 
For all information, please consult the ESSLLI-2000 web site:
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Deadline for submission: March 15, 2000.
Authors notifications: May 14, 2000.
Final version due: June 11, 2000.
ESSLLI-2000 Student Session: August 6-18, 2000.

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Catherine Pili�re (chair), LORIA - University Henri Poincar�, Nancy,

Manuel Bodirsky, Programming Systems Lab, University of Saarbr�cken, Germany; 
Mohamed Zakaria Kurdi, IMAG, Grenoble, France;
Paola Maneggia, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham,
Great Britain;
Vincenzo Pallotta, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne,
Sylvain Pogodalla, Xerox Research Centre, Grenoble, France;
Kristina Striegnitz, Computational Linguistics, University of Saarbr�cken,

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For any specific question concerning ESSLLI-2000 Student Session,
please, do not hesitate to contact the chair:

Catherine Pili�re

Campus Scientifique
BP 239
54 506 VANDOEUVRE-LES-NANCY Cedex France

Tel. +33 (0)3 83 59 20 22

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