LINGUIST List 11.1292

Thu Jun 8 2000

Calls: Chinese Lang Processing, Caribbean Linguistics

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  1. Fei Xia, Chinese Language Processing-second call
  2. Sharyn Cole, Caribbean Linguistics

Message 1: Chinese Language Processing-second call

Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 17:04:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: Fei Xia <>
Subject: Chinese Language Processing-second call

What's new in this 2nd call for papers?
 . the update information of the Chinese Penn Treebank
 . the update information of CKIP's corpus
 . a postscript file (EXCLUDING the ID page) must be submitted on or before July 1.
 . a paper ID will be assigned to each paper once the hardcopy or the postscript
 version of the paper is received
 . the paper should be written in English
 . the workshop will be held in the 2 days AFTER the main conference 
 (i.e. Oct 7 or 8)


 The second Chinese Language Processing Workshop

 Sponsored by SIGLEX, SIGDAT and SIGPARSE.

 October 2000

 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
 In conjunction with ACL-2000

Growing interest in Chinese Language Processing is leading to the development
of resources such as annotated corpora and automatic segmenters, part-of-speech
taggers and parsers. The first Asia ACL provides an ideal opportunity to bring
together influential researchers from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and
Beijing, as well as Chinese language researchers in the rest of the world, to
discuss issues that are specific to the processing of Chinese. A critical tool
for developing Chinese language processing tools is the availability of
annotated corpora. The greater the consensus we have around guidelines for
corpus annotation of part-of-speech tags, syntactic bracketing and other areas,
the more useful this corpora will be.

We welcome submissions that address the following topics on Chinese 
language processing:
 . word segmentation
 . POS tagging
 . phrase identification
 . parsing
 . grammar development
 . lexicon acquisition
 . corpus development

We invite workshop participants to take advantage of two bracketed corpora:

 . The first one, Chinese Penn Treebank, was developed at University of 
 Pennsylvania, USA. It includes 100-thousand words from Xinhua News. 
 The corpus has been released via LDC at UPenn.
 For more information and the release announcement, please check the 

 . The second one, developed by CKIP, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, contains
 more than 30,000 sentences. A trial version of 1,000 sentences is now
 available for download by the public at
 The release of the complete treebank is being reviewed by Academia Sinica.
 Preliminary arrangements have been made for the treebank to be licensed
 through ROCLING. Please check their website
 ( for announcement.


 The workshop will be held either on Oct 7 or Oct 8. For latest update
of the workshop, please check
If you have any questions concerning the workshop or the Treebank, 
please email us at


 Submissions are limited to original, unpublished work. Papers may not exceed 3200 
words (exclusive of title page and references). Papers outside the specified 
length are subject to be rejected without review. The paper should be written
in English. 

 The style files for submission are the same as the ones for ACL regular paper, 
which can be downloaded from The reviewing 
of papers will be blind. Hence the title page and paper should not include the 
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity (e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...") should be avoided.
Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". 

 As reviewing will be blind, a separate title page and identification page 
will be required. The title page should include the following information: 

 Paper ID Code: just put "00"
 Topic Area: one or two general topic areas 
 Keywords: Up to 5 keywords specifying subject area 
 Which Session: just put "G"
 Word Count, excluding title page and references: 
 Under Consideration for other Conferences (specify): 
 Abstract: short summary (up to 5 lines) 

 The identification page should contain all of the information in the title page, 
but in addition must include the authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses. 
The format for the identification page should be as follows: 

 Paper ID Code: just put "00"
 Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses 
 Topic Area: one or two general topic areas 
 Keywords: Up to 5 keywords specifying subject area 
 Which Session: just put "G"
 Word Count, excluding title page and references: 
 Under Consideration for other Conferences (specify): 
 Abstract: short summary (up to 5 lines) 

 Submissions must be received by July 1, 2000. Late submissions (those arriving 
on or after July 2) will be rejected without review. The Program Committee is
not responsible for postal delays or other mailing problems. Six (6) paper copies 
(printed on both sides of the page if possible) including the title page plus
two (2) identification pages should be submitted to the following address: 

 CLP-2000 submission
 c/o Fei Xia
 Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS)
 3401 Walnut St. Suite 400A
 Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

 Also, a postscript version of the paper (EXCLUDING the ID page) must be emailed to on or before July 1. Once the submission is received,
a paper ID will be assigned to the paper and this ID number will be emailed to
the authors. The authors should include the ID number in the subject lines
in subsequent email exchanges.

Important Dates:
 July 1, 2000 Submission of full-length paper
 August 10, 2000 Acceptance notice
 September 5, 2000 Camera-ready paper due
 October 1 or 2 Conference date

	Organizational committee:
	Martha Palmer - UPenn
	Mitch Marcus - UPenn
	Fei Xia - UPenn
	Aravind Joshi - UPenn

Program committee: 
Nianwen	Xue - U of Delaware, USA
Shengli Feng - U of Kansas, USA
K.L.Kwok - Queens College, USA
Wanying Jin - New Mexicon State University, USA
Amy Weinberg - U. of Maryland, USA
Mary Ellen Okurowski - Department of Defense, USA
John Kovarik - Department of Defense, USA 
Andi Wu - Mircrosoft, USA
Bangalore Srinivas - AT&T Research Lab, USA
Laurie Gerber - Systran, USA
Jin Yang - Systran, USA
Ralph Weischedel - BBN, USA
Dong Zhendong - Hownet designer, China 
Shiwen Yu - Peking University, China 
Qiang Zhou - Tsinghua University, China
Chunfa Yuan - Tsinghua University, China
Maosong Sun - Tsinghua University, China
Joe Zhou - Intel China Research Center, China
Chang-Ning Huang - Microsoft Research, China
Gan Kok Wee - Hong Kong Science and Technology University
Dekai Wu - Hong Kong Science and Technology University
Benjamin K Tsou - Hong Kong City Univeristy 
Keh-Jian Chen - Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Chu-ren Huang - Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Keh-Yih Su - Behavior Design Corporation, Taiwan
Lua, Kim-Teng - National University of Singapore
Tan Chew Lim - National University of Singapore 
Fuji Ren - Hiroshima City University, Japan

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Message 2: Caribbean Linguistics

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 05:31:34 -0000
From: Sharyn Cole <>
Subject: Caribbean Linguistics

Caribbean Island Cultures, The University of the West Indies,
The University of Puerto Rico

Call For Papers

The Islands in Between: Language, Literature, and History of the Eastern

Third Annual Conference
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
November 9, 10, 11 2000
(Arrival: Thursday, Nov. 9; departure: Sunday, Nov. 12)

Linguists, historians, ethnographers, anthropologists, sociologists,
literary scholars and critics, folklorists, theater historians and theater
practitioners are invited to submit proposals for the conference. Suggested
topics include
>Creole Languages in the Eastern Caribbean
>Popular Culture and History
>Drama, Poetry, and Fiction of the Eastern Caribbean
>Economics and Culture
>Amerindian History and Cultural Studies
>Carnival as a Caribbean "Syncretic Artifact"
>African and European Traditions in Caribbean Performance
>The Eastern Caribbean and Global Culture

The above list of suggested topics is not intended to exclude any papers
focusing on the conference theme of Language, Literature, and History of the
Eastern Caribbean. This area includes English-speaking, French-speaking, and
Dutch-speaking islands. Submissions are welcome from academics, researchers,
folklorists, and writers as well as members of historical/cultural societies
in both the larger and smaller islands. Presentations are to be in English
and will be no longer than 30 minutes. Participants requiring special
equipment will have to make their own arrangements.

Paper submissions should include:
--a cover letter containing the title of the paper, the author's (or
authors') address (fax number and/or e-mail address), institution, and a
25-word summary suitable for publication in the conference program.
--one page containing a 250-word abstract of the paper.
--one page containing a 50-word biography of each author.

Dr. Joan F. McMurray, email,
The University of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 23356, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931
Dr. Peter Roberts, email,
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
P.O.Box 64, Bridgetown, Barbados


Additional conference information is available by contacting the addresses
above or by checking web sites.

Links: --Caribbean Island Cultures Network
--The University of Puerto Rico,

SUBMISSION DEADLINE--September 11, 2000

Travel and housing arrangements should be made by individual participants.

The St. Croix Conference is sponsored by:
University of the West Indies
Dept. of Language, Linguistics, and Literature
School for Continuing Studies
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
The College of Humanities
English Department, Academic and Cultural Affairs Committee
Proyecto Atlantea
The Institute of Caribbean Studies, College of Social Sciences
Caribbean Resource Center
Caribbean 2000
University of the Virgin Islands
Office of the Chancellor, St. Croix Campus

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