LINGUIST List 11.144

Sun Jan 23 2000

Calls: Comp Ling: ACL2000, Grammars: LFG2000

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Association for Computational Linguistics-2000
  2. Rachel Nordlinger, Lexical Functional Grammar-2000

Message 1: Association for Computational Linguistics-2000

Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 15:34:50 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Association for Computational Linguistics-2000

 ACL 2000 Call For Papers

 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for
 Computational Linguistics
 3--6 October, 2000
 Hong Kong 

 The Association for Computational Linguistics invites the submission of
 papers for its 38th Annual Meeting. As was the case with last year's ACL 
 conference, the technical sessions of the conference will be of two kinds. 
 There will be General Sessions as well as a number of special Thematic 
 Sessions organized around themes proposed by members of the computational
 linguistics community. 

 For the General Sessions, papers are invited on substantial, original,
 and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics,
 including, but not limited to: pragmatics, discourse, semantics,
 syntax and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology and morphology;
 interpreting and generating spoken and written language; linguistic,
 mathematical and psychological models of language; language-oriented
 information retrieval and information extraction; corpus-based
 language modeling; multi-lingual processing, machine translation and 
 translation aids; natural language interfaces and dialogue systems; 
 approaches to coordinating the linguistic with other modalities in 
 multi-media systems; message and narrative understanding systems; 
 tools and resources; and evaluation of systems.

 Papers submitted to the Thematic Sessions are more narrowly targeted at
 specific topics. The list of Thematic Sessions is as follows:

 T1: NLP and Open-Domain Question Answering from Text
 T2: Machine Learning and Statistical NLP for Dialogue
 T3: Text Summarization
 T4: Theoretical and Technical Approaches for Asian Language
 Processing -- Similarities and Differences among Languages

 Further information on the individual themes and topics appropriate to each
 can be obtained from the ACL-2000 conference website 


 Requirements are the same regardless of whether you are submitting
 a paper to the General Sessions or the Thematic Sessions; a separate
 Call for Student Workshop papers will provide the information on
 requirements for the Student Workshop submissions. Papers
 should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work
 rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state
 of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete
 evaluation results should be included. A paper accepted for
 presentation at the ACL Meeting cannot be presented or have been
 presented at any other meeting with publicly available published
 proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences
 must indicate this on the title page. (See Submission Format below.)


 The reviewing of the papers submitted to the General Sessions and 
 the Thematic Sessions will be blind. Reviewing of papers submitted 
 to the General Sessions will be managed by an international Conference 
 Program Committee consisting of Area Chairs, each of whom will have 
 the assistance of a team of reviewers. Reviewing of papers for the 
 Thematic Sessions will be managed by the chairs of the Thematic Sessions, 
 with the assistance of teams of reviewers. Final decisions on the technical 
 program (both General Sessions and Thematic Sessions) will be made by 
 the Conference Program Committee. Each submission will be reviewed by 
 at least three reviewers. 

 Submission Procedure

 The format of submissions is the same regardless of whether you are
 submitting a paper to the General Sessions or the Thematic Sessions.
 Papers may not exceed 3200 words (exclusive of title page and references).
 Papers outside the specified length are subject to be rejected without

 We strongly recommend the use of ACL latex style files or Microsoft Word Style
 files tailored for this year's conference. These will be available from the 
 ACL-2000 Conference Website ( These style
 files include a place for the paper ID code (see below) and word count
 and allow for a graceful transition to the style required for publication.
 A description of the format will also be available in case you are 
 unable to use these style files directly. If you are unable to access 
 this webpage, please send email to

 The reviewing of papers submitted to the General Session or the Thematic 
 Sessions 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) ...". 

 You must first register your submission. This can be done by filling out
 an electronic form that will be accessible from the conference webpage after February 15, 2000. The form requires 
 a specification of the title and authors of the paper, as well as a 
 preliminary abstract and list of keywords. Submitting the form will 
 return to you via email a paper ID code which must appear on your submission. 
 Also, please use the paper ID code in all correspondences with the 
 program committee co-chairs. If you have any difficulty using the 
 electronic registration form, please send email to with 
 all of the title page information (see below) plus the authors' names and 

 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: (generated upon paper registration)
 Topic Area: one or two general topic areas
 Keywords: Up to 5 keywords specifying subject area
 Which Session: T1, T2, T3, T4, or G (you must choose one)
 Word Count, excluding title page and references:
 Under Consideration for other Conferences (specify):
 Abstract: short summary (up to 5 lines)

 T1, T2, T3, and T4 correspond to the four Theme Sessions and G corresponds
 to the General Session. A paper can be submitted to at most one session. 

 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: (generated upon paper registration)
 Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses
 Topic Area: one or two general topic areas
 Keywords: Up to 5 keywords specifying subject area
 Which Session: T1, T2, T3, T4, or G (you must choose one)
 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 April 7th, 2000. Late submissions 
 (those arriving on or after April 8th) 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 should be submitted to the following 

 ACL-2000 Submission
 c/o K. Vijay-Shanker
 103 Smith Hall
 Department of Computer and Information Sciences
 University of Delaware
 Newark, DE 19716

 Two of the six copies must have the identification page attached. In
 addition, strictly for the purposes of partially-automated routing of
 papers to area chairs and reviewers, authors should send an electronic 
 version of the paper (without the identification page) to Please include the paper ID code in the subject 
 line of your email. Latex, postscript, pdf, Microsoft word and 
 plain text are all acceptable formats for the electronic version. The 
 electronic version should also be received by April 7, 2000. 
 Please note that as the electronic version will only be used to assist 
 the PC in distributing the papers to appropriate reviewers, this 
 supplementary electronic version in no way replaces the required hardcopy
 submissions. If you have any difficulty in submitting the electronic version, 
 please send mail to the pc co-chairs at

 Acknowledgment of receipt of the hardcopy submission will be emailed soon 
 after receipt. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors (by email) 
 around June 15, 2000. Detailed formatting guidelines for the preparation of 
 the final camera-ready copy will be provided to authors with their acceptance 
 notice. Authors of accepted papers will have to submit a signed copyright 
 release statement along with the final camera-ready papers. 

 The dates here pertain only to the General Sessions and Thematic

 Paper registration deadline: March 31, 2000
 Paper submissions deadline: April 7, 2000
 Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2000
 ACL 2000 Conference: October 3--6, 2000

Submission Questions

 Authors unable to comply with the above submission procedure should 
 contact the program committee co-chairs sufficiently ahead of the 
 submission deadline so that alternate arrangements can be made. 
 All queries regarding the General Sessions and Thematic sessions 
 of ACL-2000 should be sent to; this forwards to 
 both PC co-chairs. 

 Changning Huang (PC Co-Chair) K. Vijay-Shanker (PC Co-Chair)

 Microsoft Research, China	 CIS Department
 5F, Beijing Sigma Center University of Delaware
 No.49, Zhichun Road Newark, DE 19716, USA
 Beijing 100080, P.R.C
 Tel: +86 10 6261-7711 -5760 Tel: +1 302 831 1952
 Fax: +86 10 8809-7305 Fax: +1 302 831 8458

 Hitoshi Iida (General Chair) Aravind K. Joshi (Honorary Chair)

 Speech and Language Information Department of Computer and
 Processing Lab Information Sciences
 SONY Computer Science Labs, Inc. University of Pennsylvania
 Tokyo 141-0022, Japan Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
 Tel: +81 3 5448 4380 Tel: +1 215 898 0359
 Fax: +81 3 5447 1942 Fax: +1 215 573 9247

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Message 2: Lexical Functional Grammar-2000

Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 18:03:46 +1100
From: Rachel Nordlinger <>
Subject: Lexical Functional Grammar-2000



 19 July - 20 July 2000

	 The University of California at Berkeley

	 Submission receipt deadline: 15 February 2000
	 Submissions should be sent to the LFG Program Committee
		 (see addresses below)

The 5th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference will be held as
a part of the Berkeley Formal Grammar Conference 2000 at the University of
California, Berkeley from July 19-23 2000. The Berkeley event will consist
of LFG2000 (July 19-20), HPSG2000 (July 22-23) and a common day of
workshops between them (July 21), entitled Lexical and Constructional 
Explanations in Constraint-Based Grammar. This event will offer a 
rare opportunity for
interaction among researchers of the two frameworks.

LFG2000 welcomes work both within the formal architecture of
Lexical-Functional Grammar and typological, formal, and computational
work within the 'spirit of LFG', as a lexicalist approach to language
employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The conference aims
to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested in
nonderivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the
interaction of constraints from multiple levels, including category
information, grammatical relations, and semantic information. Further
information about the syntactic theory LFG can be obtained from:


The conference will primarily involve 30-minute talks, and possibly a
workshop. Talks will focus on results from completed as well as ongoing
research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and
perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational.
Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.

Abstracts and papers must be received by February 15, 2000, and should
be submitted to the program committee chairs at the address given
below. For further information or offers of organisational help,
contact the local organisers at the address below.


Workshops are a small group of talks (2-4) on a coherent topic that
can be expected to generate opposing views and discussion with the
broader audience. Participants to workshops are usually
invited. Workshop papers should be distributed in advance among
participants and participants should refer to each others approaches.

Past LFG Conferences have included two or three workshops. Since
LFG2000 is shorter than usual, and there is a common day of
workshops between LFG2000 and HPSG2000 on July 21, we may not have any
workshops specific to LFG2000. However, at this point in time, we
welcome suggestions for workshops from potential organisers or people
with certain interests. Suggestions for workshops specific to LFG2000
should be sent to the program committee: and
Suggestions for workshops for the common day on Lexical and 
Constructional Explanations in Constraint-Based Grammar should be 
sent to the local organizers at (see for further details).


 Deadline for receipt of submissions: 15 February 2000

 Acceptances sent out: 31 March 2000

 Conference: 19 
July - 20 July 2000


People may submit either abstracts or full length papers for
refereeing. The advantages of full paper submission are that it allows
better assessment of your work and that (at least for some people)
accepted refereed full papers count as a higher status

Full length papers. Papers should be no more than 15 pages, including
figures and references, in 11 or 12pt type, on A4/US Letter paper. The
printed text area must not exceed 165x230mm (6.5x9 inches), and should
be centred horizontally and vertically on the page. Omit name and
affiliation, and obvious self reference from the version for
review. Papers should include a roughly 100-200 word abstract at the

Abstracts. Abstracts should be one A4 page in 10pt or larger type and
include a title. Omit name and affiliation, and obvious self
reference. A second page may be used for data, c-/f- and related
structures, and references.

Papers/abstracts may be submitted by email or by regular mail (or by
both means as a safety measure). Email submission is preferred.

Regular Mail
- Five copies of the abstract/paper.
- A card or cover sheet with the paper title, name(s) of the
author(s), affiliation, address, phone/fax number, e-mail address, and
whether the author(s) are students.


Include the paper title, name(s) of the author(s), address, phone/fax
number, email address, and whether the author(s) are students in the
body of your email message. Include or preferably attach your paper as
either a plain ASCII text, PDF, HTML, or postscript file. Postscript
files require special care to avoid problems: make sure the system is
set to include all fonts or at least all but the standard 13; if using a
recent version of Word, make sure you click the printer Properties
button and then the Postscript tab, and there choose Optimize for
Portability; on all platforms make sure the system is not asking for a
particular paper size or other device-specific configuration. It is
your responsibility to send us a file that us and our reviewers can
print. You can often test this by trying to look at the file in a

All papers/abstracts will be reviewed by at least two people.
Papers will appear in the proceedings which will be published online
by CSLI Publications. Selected papers may also appear in a printed
volume published by CSLI Publications.


Send paper/abstract submissions and inquiries about submissions to:
Program Committee Chairs:
 Chris Manning <>
 Rachel Nordlinger <>

 c/- Chris Manning
 Linguistics Department
 Stanford University
 Stanford, CA 94305-2150

Contact the local conference organisers at:

Following recent LFG tradition, there will be a pre-conference social event
on Tuesday July 18. This will involve a hike and picnic lunch in Tilden
Park, a beautiful area not too far from the Berkeley campus. Other
activities apart from hiking are also available (e.g. botanical garden,
swimming in the lake) see for
further details, and for 
information about
longer hikes nearby. Transportation from Berkeley and a picnic lunch will be
arranged for a modest fee. This event is not restricted to the LFG
community, but is open to anyone attending the Berkeley Formal Grammar
conference. Please contact Mary Dalrymple ( as
soon as possible if you are interested in attending.

ALL OTHER INFORMATION including accommodation and registration details
will be included in a subsequent call for papers.


Dr. Rachel Nordlinger
Dept. of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
ph. +61-(0)3-9344-4215, fax. +61-(0)3-9344-8990
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