LINGUIST List 11.1188

Thu May 25 2000

Calls: Comp Lexicography, Predicative Constructions

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  1. Evangelos Dermatas, Computational Lexicography/Multimedia Dictionaries (COMLEX2000)
  2. Gerhard J�ger, Predicative Constructions (WOPC2000)

Message 1: Computational Lexicography/Multimedia Dictionaries (COMLEX2000)

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 23:35:40 +0300
From: Evangelos Dermatas <>
Subject: Computational Lexicography/Multimedia Dictionaries (COMLEX2000)

 Second Call for Papers

Workshop on

22-23 September 2000
Patras, Greece

Organized by WCL, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Patras, Greece.

Supported by ISCA (International Speech Communication Association)
and ELSNET (European Network in Language and Speech)

The aim of this workshop is to present the state of the art in corpus
based monolingual and multilingual lexicography (corpora creation,
methods and tools for lexical knowledge extraction, knowledge
representation, etc.) and the integration of various modalities
(textual, spoken, visual) in electronic dictionaries. In particular
the workshop aims at the presentation of current work and results of
national and international projects related to the workshop's subject.

The scientific program will include several invited lectures as well
as submitted paper presentations. Submitted papers will be published
in a volume of Proceedings available at the workshop.

Electronic corpora for lexicography
Methods and tools for corpus based lexicography
Acquisition and reusability of lexicography resources
Annotation of lexicography resources
Evaluation and validation of lexicography resources
Lexical knowledge representation
Treatment of morphology and polysemy
Recognition of lexical units in text
Monolingual and multilingual lexicography
Integration of various modalities in electronic dictionaries
Multimedia information retrieval
Speech synthesis/recognition for multimedia dictionaries
Encyclopedic dictionaries
Specialized dictionaries (language teaching, NLP-applications, etc)
Internet based dictionaries
Other subjects related to the workshop

The workshop will be held at the conference center of the University
of Patras, Greece. Patras is located on the west coast of Greece,
200 km from Athens. It is the principal seaport linking the country
with Italy and the commercial and cultural center of Western Greece.
Apart from its beautiful landscape, Patras is close to the famous
archeological sites of Olympia, Delphi and Corinth.

Anastassiadi-Simeonidi Anna (University of Thessaloniki)
Caragiannis George (Technical University of Athens)
Christodoulakis Dimitris (University of Patras)
Dermatas Evangelos (University of Patras)
Fakotakis Nikos (University of Patras)
Faloutsos Cristos (Carnegie Mellon University)
Gibbon Dafydd (Universit"at Bielefeld)
Kalamboukis Theodore(Athens University of Economics and Business)
King Philip (University of Birmingham)
Kokkinakis George (University of Patras)
Kontos John (Athens University of Economics and Business)
Potapova Rodmonga (Moscow State Linguistic University)
Spyropoulos Konstantinos (Research Centre "Democritos" Athens)
Tsoutsoura Maria (Ionian University)
Veronis Jean (Universite de Provence)
Zampolli Antonio (University of Pisa)


Cristos Faloutsos,
Computer Science Department,
Carnegie Mellon University.
 "Multimedia Information Retrieval"

Dafydd Gibbon
Fakulta t fur Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft,
Universitat Bielefeld.
 "Progress in Computational Lexicography"

Jean Veronis,
Centre Informatique pour les Lettres et Science Humaines,
Universite de Provence
 "Building dictionaries from knowledge bases"

Antonio Zampolli
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, Pisa.
 "Electronic corpora for lexicography"

Abstracts of original not elsewhere published papers may be submitted
either by post (three copies) or preferably by e-mail in ASCII format
only. Submissions should be typed or printed on one side of the paper
only, with ample margins. They should not exceed two A4 pages
(including figures and references). All abstracts will be refereed by
the Scientific Committee. Submission of an abstract implies a
commitment to present the paper if accepted.

All submissions should begin with the following information:
Title: title of paper
Author(s): names of author(s)
Affiliation: of author(s)
Contact address: full postal address

E-mail: electronic mail address of main author (for
 contact), followed by other authors (if any)

Fax number: of main author
Phone number: of main author

Electronic submissions should be sent to:
with the subject line "<Author's surname> Submission for COMLEX2000"

Submissions by post should be addressed to:
 George Kokkinakis,
 Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
 University of Patras
 26500, Patras, Greece

Submission of abstracts: June 15, 2000
Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2000
Camera-ready paper due: August 1, 2000
Advance registration: July 10, 2000
Late registration: September 1, 2000
Workshop: September 22, 2000

The official language of the workshop will be English.

Several hotels are situated on the beach of Rion near the venue.
Accommodation service will be provided.

Hotel prices per night in drachmas
Hotel Single Double
**** 25.000-30.000 35.000-40.000
*** 15.000-20.000 18.000-25.000
** 10.000-14.000 14.000-18.000

The full registration fee includes conference materials, coffee
breaks, welcome reception, two meals, banquet, and the use of
conference facilities.

 Early registration Late Registration
Regular 190 220
Student 145 170
All prices are in Euro.

Ten grants including free registration will be given to students
and young scientists by the organizers. Applications should be submitted
together with the abstracts.
Further grants are provided by ISCA

Name: ......................................................
Institution: ................................................
Address: ....................................................
Country: ....................................................
Email address: ..............................................
Telephone / FAX: ............................................
Date of Birth: .....................

2) A curriculum Vitae with academic records.
3) A complete list of previous publications.

Grand applications should be submitted by e-mail to

George Kokkinakis (chair),
WCL, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
University of Patras.

Nikos Fakotakis (vice chair),
WCL, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
University of Patras.

Evangelos Dermatas (secretary),
WCL, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
University of Patras.
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Message 2: Predicative Constructions (WOPC2000)

Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 13:31:34 +0200
From: Gerhard J�ger <>
Subject: Predicative Constructions (WOPC2000)


 Workshop on predicative constructions
 ZAS Berlin, 16.-17. October 2000


About WOPC2000
- ------------

We invite contributions to a workshop to be held in connection with
three projects in ZAS investigating the semantics and syntax of
predicative constructions.

The workshop will address issues surrounding the following themes:

- syntax and semantics of predicative copula constructions, the
 nature of copular be
- syntax and semantics of copula-less predications
 (e.g. depictives, resultatives, small clauses)
- nature and role of the stage-level / individual-level (SL/IL)
- source and explanation of 'subject specificity' effects

We especially welcome contributions (i) taking an interface
(syntax-semantics) perspective; and/or (ii) dealing with comparative
or typological aspects.

Specific questions we are interested in include the following.

Predicative copula constructions: The role, nature and source of the
situation argument in predicative copula constructions is crucial to
understanding their compositional semantics, with direct implications
for the treatment of be (how many be's do we need?); and wider
implications for the theories of predication, event-based semantics,
and aspect. The source of the situation argument has been argued to be
(i) be (e.g. Rothstein 1999) or (ii) the main predicate (e.g. Kratzer
1995). Closer examination of copula-less predications is becoming
increasingly relevant to the resolution of such issues.

SL/IL and subject specificity: The linguistic importance of the SL/IL
distinction is due to the role identified for it (i) as a defining
factor in various constructions; e.g. in 'epistemic' small clauses
(consider NP Pred), Pred is IL only, in resultatives and depictives (V
NP Pred) it is SL only; and (ii) in accounting for 'subject
specificity' effects (Mapping Hypothesis, Diesing 1992, Tsai 1999). 
On the other hand there is mounting evidence that there is no unitary
SL/IL distinction. Effects attributed to it fall into at least 3
logically and empirically distinct classes (e.g. J�ger 1999): whether
the predicate (i) allows a weak subject, (ii) denotes a temporary
(alienable) vs. permanent (inherent) property, (iii) can serve as a
perception verb complement. The complex of questions arising include
(i) the SL/IL distinction: if the distinction is illusory, how are its
apparent effects in the grammar to be interpreted? (ii) subject
specificity effects: is a syntax-based account along the lines of the
Mapping hypothesis correct? Is the SL/IL component in such accounts
sustainable, or what replaces it?

Copula-less predications: Descriptive issues arise concerning all
three main classes: depictive secondary predicates, resultatives,
small clauses governed by e.g. epistemic, causative or perception
verbs: what parameters govern the occurrrence/distribution of e.g.
resultatives (e.g. Germanic vs. Romance, Greek)? What governs the
varying form of resultatives (adjectival in English, adverbial in
Russian)? In addition, these constructions display variable
specificity effects cross-linguistically: thus English object
depictives show specificity effects on their 'subject' (e.g. Percus
1995, Tsai 1999), though Chinese depictives may not, English
resultatives do not (e.g. Winkler 1997), though Chinese resultatives
may do (Tsai). We are particularly interested in contributions that
also shed light the SL/IL issue and the treatment of subject
specificity, and on the treatment of copula predications.

Invited speakers
- --------------

John F. Bailyn (SUNY at Stony Brook, USA) (not yet confirmed)
Susan Rothstein (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)

Submission format
- ---------------

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts of maximum 2 page length,
accompanied by a separate sheet indicating name, address and
affiliation of the author(s) together with the title of the abstract,
to be sent

- via ordinary mail to

 J�gerstr. 10/11
 10117 Berlin

- via fax (with a cover sheet marking it as a WOPC-submission) to


- or via email (in ascii, postscript or pdf only!) to

Organizing committee
- ------------------

Gerhard J�ger, Anatoli Strigin, Chris Wilder and Niina Zhang (all ZAS

Important dates
- -------------

- July 9th, 2000: Deadline for submission
- August 20th, 2000: Notification of acceptance
- October 16th/17th: Workshop
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