LINGUIST List 11.1518

Tue Jul 11 2000

Calls: SigDIAL/Discourse/Dialogue, Bilingualism

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL'2000 - SigDIAL Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
  2. Nicholas Ostler, Bilingualism at the Ends of the Earth: Waikato 24-26 xi 2000

Message 1: ACL'2000 - SigDIAL Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 16:33:07 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL'2000 - SigDIAL Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

		Including Theme Session on Principles for
			Dialogue System Evaluation

	*********** submission deadline extended to July 17 ***********

			October 7,8, 2000
			 Hong Kong
 In conjunction with
 ACL-2000: The 38th Annual Meeting of the
 Association for Computational Linguistics


There has been a perceived need in the SigDIAL Community for a regular
workshop spanning the SigDIAL interest area of discourse and dialogue. 
While there has been a lot of activity in this area, and fairly
frequent "specialty" workshops on various sub-topics, there has not
been a regular place for such research to be presented in a forum to
receive attention from the larger SigDIAL community. This workshop is
intended to be the first in a regular series. A general session, open
to the range of work in the area is to be combined with a Specialty
"Theme Session", in this case on Principles for Dialogue System


We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementational and analytical work
on discourse and dialogue, with a focus on the following three themes:

(i) Dialogue Systems
 Spoken, multi-modal, and text/web based dialogue systems
 including topics such as:
 - dialogue management models
 - task complexity and interfaces for less common and less
 expected tasks
 - repair, clarification and correction types
 - grounding and feedback strategies
 - user and user group modeling 
 - mixed initiative and user-adaptive dialogue
 - re-usable components for different systems
 - generic architectures and common toolkits for building
 dialogue systems
 - speech, text and graphics integration

(ii) Corpora and Corpus Tools
 Support for corpus-based work on discourse and dialogue, in
 - issues in discourse and dialogue annotation
 - tools and resources for discourse and dialogue studies
 - XML-based tools for dialogue access to internet information

(iii) Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
 a. The pragmatics and/or semantics of discourse and dialogue
 (i.e., beyond a single sentence) including the following issues:
 - ellipsis and anaphora 
 - dependent reference
 - presupposition and accommodation
 - genres of discourse and dialogue
 - politeness

 b. Specific aspects of discourse and dialogue structure, in
 - dialogue acts 
 - rhetorical structure
 - prosody and discourse
 - temporal structure
 - topic-comment structure in discourse and dialogue
 - focus and the distribution of discourse referents
 - discourse structure and conversational implicatures


As a special-theme session, we wish to discuss methods for evaluation
which promote fruitful research directions. Contributions in this
respect are solicited on topics including but not limited to:

- evaluation of task-oriented dialogue systems vs.
 self-oriented (amusement-oriented) dialogue systems
- how to evaluate the efficiency and/or comfort of dialogues
- objective, quantitative, synthetic evaluation vs.
 subjective, qualitative, analytic evaluation
- relation of evaluation of dialogue systems with evaluation of
 other parts of NLP
- common tools and infrastructures for evaluation
- how to assess/implement diversity of dialogues in evaluation

The last topic may need further description: A generally important
issue in evaluation of allegedly intelligent artifacts is how to
manipulate the diversity under the present state of the art. The
diversity of dialogues encompasses the vocabulary, syntactic
constructions, discourse structures, and so forth. A major source of
the diversity here is the gap between linguistic expressions and the
description of the world to talk about. Diverse dialogues in fact
arise in tasks, such as the Map Task, involving pattern recognition.
However, the visual pattern recognition in the Map Task makes it
utterly impossible to computationally implement with the current


To stimulate discussions, both the general and theme session will
feature both full paper presentations and short position/discussion
papers. Please indicate the submission format, as described below.

All papers should be sent electronically to with
subject line SigDIAL workshop submission. Papers should be received by
July 17th to insure full consideration.

FULL PAPER SUBMISSIONS are limited to original, unpublished work in
the areas of interest. Extended abstracts of papers may not exceed
3200 words (exclusive of title page, example pages, and
references). In addition to the regular text, 2 additional pages are
allowed (as an appendix) which may include examples of extended
discourse, graphical representation of discourse structure, or other
supporting material.

The style files for submission are the same as the ones for ACL
regular papers, which can be downloaded from (for latex) (for MS Word)

 The title page should include the following information:

	 Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses:
 Keywords: Up to 5 keywords specifying subject
			area (preferably from lists above)
 Which Session: General or Theme 
 Word Count, excluding title page and references: 
 Under Consideration for other Conferences (specify):
 Abstract: short summary (up to 5 lines) 


Short papers should be in the same format as long papers, but no more
than 2000 words (with similar final length). As well as original work
in progress, short papers may also involve positions on the topics
above, comparative analysis of other approaches, or new relevant
topics for discussion.


Submissions		July 17th
Notification		August 10th
Final Submissions	September 1st
Workshop		October 7-8th

Laila Dybkjaer (co-chair), Koiti Hasisa (co-chair), David Traum
(co-chair), Morena Danielli, Yasuharu Den, Barbara Di Eugenio,
Kristiina Jokinen, Pamela Jordan, Ian Lewin, Daniel Marcu, Katashi
Nagao, Akira Shimazu, Michael Strube, Jan van Kuppevelt, Marilyn
Walker (and others).

Contact Information:
Questions about submission:	 Pamela Jordan <>
Questions about General Session: Laila Dybkjaer <>
Questions about Theme Session: Koiti Hasida <>
Miscellaneous and Logistical Questions: David Traum <>
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Message 2: Bilingualism at the Ends of the Earth: Waikato 24-26 xi 2000

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 11:03:28 +0100
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: Bilingualism at the Ends of the Earth: Waikato 24-26 xi 2000

The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and the Xunta de
Galicia (government of Galicia, Spain) are hosting an international
conference on societal bilingualism, focusing on heritage and indigenous
languages, to be held at the University of Wailkato on the 24th - 26th
November, 2000.

The four themes are as follows.

1. Language Policy.
This theme encompasses the official status of indigenous languages,
legislation, linguistic Rights, normalisation, and the promotion of the use
of the minority languages through the public media.

2. Bilingual Education.
The fundamental role of of the education system for the many societies whose
goal is the maintenance of an indigeneous and/or heritage language. Topics
open for discussion include the provision of vernacular education at any
level and the training of teachers for immersion and bilingual models.

3. Language Development.
The systematic development of vocabulary to equip languages for new roles
and to keep pace with advances in knowledge raises methodological as well as
policy issues.Problems in the dissemination and reception of newly defined
terminology also arise.

4. Globalisation and minorty indigenous languages.
The tensions ibncreasing internationalisation and the need for lingue
franche on the one hand, and on the other, the role of minority and
indigenous languages in the self identification of peoples are experinced in
many societies. The need to achieve balance in satisfying these pressures
has implications for all areas of language planning and maintenance.

The conference will invite keynote speakers in these areas as well as
provide the opportunity for participants to present their own research and
atudies within the context of parallel thematic sessions, workshops and
plenaries. Contributions in the form of shorter (20 minutes plus 10 minutes
for discussion) or longer (30 minutes plus 15 minutes for discussion) or
longer (30 minutes plus 15 minutes for discussion) papers, poster
presentations, roundtable discussions are very welcome.

Accommodation will be available at the University's halls of residence and
at the University's marae. The marae is the centre of Maori community life
and consists of an open space for format ceremonies of welcome and a number
of buildings. The most important of these is the meeting house in which
people meet to talk and to entertain guests, and in which all sleep
communally. For those who prefer it, accommodation can also be booked
privately in nearby motels. It would be greatly appreciated by the
organisers if prospective participants could indicate their interest in
attending and contributing as soon as possible.

If you would like accommodation in the University's halls of residence, or
alternatively you would like accommodation at the University's marae, or
would prefer accommodation in a motel, please supply list and contacts.
In addition, should you be interested in presenting a paper, please submit
the title, an abstract of up to 150 words by 31st MS^rch 2000, preferably in
electron form to:


Fax: (64)(7)8384932.

Postal address for the conference:

Bilingualism at the Ends of the Earth,
c/- Assoc. Prof. R.B.Harlow,
Department of General and Applied linguistics,
University of Waikato,
Private Bag 3015,
New Zealand.
- --------------------------------------------------------------
 Nicholas Ostler
 Foundation for Endangered Languages
 Registered Charity 1070616

 Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
 Bath BA1 7AA England
 +44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258
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