LINGUIST List 11.1430

Wed Jun 28 2000

Calls: Preverbs, Ontologies/Lexical Knowledge Bases

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  1. Ans van Kemenade, Workshop on Preverbs at Nijmegen (Netherlands)
  2. Kiril Simov, Workshop on Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases (OntoLex'2000)

Message 1: Workshop on Preverbs at Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 11:26:43 +0200
From: Ans van Kemenade <>
Subject: Workshop on Preverbs at Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Call for papers for a two-day workshop on PREVERBS

Date of the workshop: 19-20 January 2001
Venue: University of Nijmegen
Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2000
Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2000

Invited speakers (confirmed) include Farrell Ackerman (UCSD), Alice Harris
(Vanderbilt), Adrienne Bruyn (Amsterdam/Manchester), Thorhallur Eythorsson
(Manchester), Marian Klamer (Amsterdam), Muriel Norde (Amsterdam), Willem
Koopman (Amsterdam)

Abstracts are solicited for 40-minute papers (including discussion). Here
follows a brief description of the topic indicating the types of work that
we welcome in particular:

Preverbs pose a range of interesting questions along many dimensions of
linguistic study. They are of relevance to current theoretical debates
concerning the nature of the syntax-morphology interface and the
representation of argument structure. They are attested across a broad range
of language families, so that one is led to ask what are the typological
factors that impinge on their distribution. Last but not least, their
historical development can both provide further evidence about their
synchronic status and shed interesting light on the mechanisms of
morphosyntactic change.

In this workshop, therefore, we will attempt to bring together
typological, historical and theoretical insights, in order to gain a
better understanding of how and why preverbs developed in the way they did.

Proposals for contributions are invited under the followed heads:
* theoretically informed analyses of a synchronic set of data pertaining to
preverbs in one or more languages or language families
* theoretically informed analyses of the diachronic development in one or
more of the languages or language families
* typologically based surveys of preverbs across a larger or smaller set of
* systematic (sub)inventories of data for those languages for which
preverbs do not seem to have been much of an issue so far

Organisers: Geert Booij, Bettelou Los (Vrije Univ.) Olga Fischer
(Univ. of Amsterdam) Nigel Vincent (Manchester), Ans van Kemenade
(Nijmegen, local organiser)

The workshop is sponsored by NWO, through the collaborative effort between
the Dutch linguistics network LOT, and the NorthWest Centre of Linguistics
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Message 2: Workshop on Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases (OntoLex'2000)

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 17:46:28 +0300
From: Kiril Simov <>
Subject: Workshop on Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases (OntoLex'2000)

 Last Call for Papers and Participation

 Workshop on Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases
 Supported by Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

 Sept. 8-10, 2000: Sozopol, Bulgaria

The workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in the
dependencies between formal ontologies and lexical semantics in
general, and more specifically in the construction of lexical
knowledge bases. Among the issues discussed will also be the various
applications of lexical semantics to information retrieval,
information extraction and related fields.

The workshop will be a follow up of the CLaRK'2000 Summer School on
Computational Linguistics and Represented Knowledge, which will take
place in the period 25.08-8.09.2000


The workshop will include invited lectures and talks, research
presentations, student sessions, posters and discussions.


Nicola Guarino, National Research Council, LADSEB-CNR, Italy.
Topic: Mini-course on Ontological Analysis and Ontology Design

Paul Buitelaar, DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial
Intelligence) GmbH, Germany.
Topic: Semantic Lexicons: Between Terminology and Ontology

Galia Angelova, Linguistic Modelling Laboratory, CLPP,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.
Topic: Acquiring formal ontologies for NLP applications

Ivan Kasabov, Institute for Bulgarian Language,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.
Topic: Shifters, Modes and Epistemes: at the Core of
the Categorial and Minimal Semantics of Natural Language

Marin Dimitrov, Sirma AI Ltd., Bulgaria
Topic: XML Standards for Ontology Exchange: OML, OKBC, OXL, OIL


To provide an opportunity for broader access and participation of all
interested scientists, the organizers plan sessions of research
presentations as well as a student session. Research presentations
will be 30 min. long. Student presentations will be 20 min. long. 
There will be also poster sessions.


There will be three 1 hour discussions, on the following topics:
- modelling regular polysemy in lexical knowledge bases;
- lexical concepts vs. world knowledge, upper-level ontologies;
- ontologies and lexical knowledge bases for Information Retrieval.


Deadline for abstracts of research presentations: 30 June
Notification of acceptance: 20 July

Deadline for participants' applications (registration): 30 June
Notification of acceptance: 20 July

In all cases, abstracts of no more than 1000 words should be
submitted. One of the following formats should be used for the
abstracts: plain text, TeX, LaTeX, RTF/DOC, HTML. For TeX and
LaTeX submissions, be sure to include all the non-standard class
and style files used.

The preliminary version of the accepted papers should be send due
15 August. Typesetting instructions are available at the
The preliminary versions of the papers will be distributed during
the workshop. A proceedings will be published after the

Applications for participation (without presentation) should
contain a statement of interest - motivation to take part as an
essay of not more than 500 words.

All the applications and submissions should contain the following

To be sent via e-mail before 30th of June as a free text
containing the following information:
 - names, sex, degrees (status)
 - affiliation
 - related publications
 - address (both e-, and regular, tel., fax, etc.)
 - talk submitted or not (title)
 - accomodation preferance (see below)

All the submissions (registration forms, statements of interest
and abstracts) should be send by e-mail to the following

Kiril Simov <>,
Atanas Kiryakov <>.

 7 Sept.: arrivals
 8 Sept.: talks, presentations, poster sessions, discussions
 9 Sept.: talks, presentations, student sessions, discussions
 10 Sept.: discussions, wine tasting
 11 Sept.: departures


Kiril Simov, Atanas Kiryakov
Linguistic Modelling Laboratory,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Acad.G.Bontchev str., Block 25A

Fax: +359-2-70 72 73 (Subj. to Kiril Simov, ONTOLEX)


The workshop will take place in the town of Sozopol, Bulgaria.
Sozopol is one of the best summer resorts on the Black Sea coast,
famous for its unique mixture of ancient Greek culture, Bulgarian
traditional atmosphere (18th century), excellent climate and
entertainment facilities. In addition, it is the favourite place of
Bulgarian artists, both for performances and for relaxation. It is
situated to the south of Bourgas (to be reached by plane - Bourgas
Airport, trains - Bourgas Railway Station, or intercity buses). It
takes 40 minutes to reach Sozopol from Bourgas with the buses and
minibuses that run regularly.

The Workshop will take place in hotel "Flagman". For accommodation,
the participants can choose among hotel "Flagman", which is relatively
expensive but luxurious, and a number of other options available in
Sozopol: cheaper (but still good) hotels, and rooms in private houses.
The organizers can arrange reservations for hotel "Flagman" and
provide assistance with the rest of the options.


Prices for hotel Flagman:

Double room:
 For foreigners: 41 BGL per bed
 For Bulgarians: 28 BGL per bed

Single room:
 For foreigners: 63 BGL
 For Bulgarians: 42 BGL

Approx. prices for other hotels/private rooms: 10-30 BGL per night.
Approx. expenses for meals, etc.: 8-20 BGL per day.

In the application, specify one of the following options:

"Flagman, single room" - for foreigners this will 
cost 63 BGL/night

"Flagman, bed in a double room" - for foreigners this 
will cost 41 BGL/night

"cheeper hotel, single room" - about 25-30 BGL/night

"cheeper hotel, double room" - about 30-35 BGL/night

"cheeper hotel, bed in double room" - about 15-20 BGL/night

"bed in a private house" - about 10-15 BGL/night, to be 
arranged at the moment of arrival

Registration fee: 
100 BGL including the proceedings that will be sent after the
workshop. Students and participants from Central and Eastern Europe
will be eligible for a reduced fee of 25 BGL. The reduced fee does
not includes the proceedings which will be available for an additional
fee of 20 BGL.
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