LINGUIST List 11.170

Wed Jan 26 2000

Calls: General Ling:Chamito-Semetic langs,INLG'2000

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  1. Moha Ennaji, Aspects of the morphology and syntax of Chamito-semitic Languages
  2. Yael Netzer, NLP:International Natural Language Generation Conference

Message 1: Aspects of the morphology and syntax of Chamito-semitic Languages

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 05:13:55 +0000
From: Moha Ennaji <>
Subject: Aspects of the morphology and syntax of Chamito-semitic Languages


 The Generative Grammar Research Group at the University of Fes (Morocco)
is organising a two-day conference on March 20-21, 2000 on
"Aspects of the morphology and syntax of Chamito-semitic Languages"

Abstracts are welcome in all areas of descriptive and theoretical
linguistics concerned with Chamito-semitic languages. Papers will be forty
minutes long followed by fifteen minutes discussion. 

Suggested topics to be discussed during the conference :
-Morphology: inflection and derivation paradigms
-Word order and syntactic variation
-The morpho-syntax of tense, aspect, negation, adverbs, complementisers,etc
-comparative studies
- Minimalist approaches to chamito-semitic languages: movement, control,
case checking, etc

Abstracts should be sent by 29 February 2000 (NEW DEADLINE), preferably by
e-mail. The name and contact address (e-mail), plus affiliation should be
placed at the top of the message. The body of the abstract should follow
after 6 blank lines. The author's name and contacts will be omitted before
sending the abstract to reviewers.
If submitted by air-mail, a hard copy of the abstract as well as a disk
copy should be dispatched to the address below.

Papers will be in English, French and Arabic.

Please note that the University will be able to pay only for participants'
board and lodging, but not for transportation.

Moha Ennaji
Groupe d'Etudes et de Recherches sur la Grammaire Generative
Dept of English
Faculte des Lettres 1
BP 50 Fes 30 000
Fax: +212 5 64 08 44
Tel: +212 5 61 09 10

Organising Committee
Moha Ennaji
Fatima Sadiqi
Mohamed Moubtassime
Souad Slaoui
El Hassan Es-saidy
Ahmed Makhoukh
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Message 2: NLP:International Natural Language Generation Conference

Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 13:42:11 +0200 (IST)
From: Yael Netzer <yaelnCS.BGU.AC.IL>
Subject: NLP:International Natural Language Generation Conference

 International Natural Language Generation Conference

			 Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

		 Workshops: 12 June 2000
		 Main conference: 13-16 June 2000

 Call For Papers

The First International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG'2000)
will be held June 13 to 16, 2000 in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. This conference
continues in the tradition of the nine biennial workshops on natural
language generation that have been held from 1980 to 1998. INLG'2000 will
offer the opportunity to a larger audience to participate in the main
meeting of researchers in the field. For the general sessions, substantial,
original, and unpublished contributions to natural language generation are
solicited. A separate track will be offered for Student Papers. Submissions
for all tracks are due by 6 February 2000. The INLG'2000 program committee
invites papers describing original research on the following topics:

 * Generation and summarization
 * Multimodal and multimedia generation
 * Multilingual generation
 * Concept to speech, models of intonation
 * Strategic generation for text and dialogue
 * Text planning, discourse models, argumentation strategies, content
 selection and organization
 * Tactical generation, formalisms and models of grammar, sentence
 aggregation, lexical choice
 * Architecture of generators
 * Knowledge acquisition and resources for generation and summarization
 * User-customized generation and summarization
 * Psychological modelling of discourse production
 * Learning methods for generation
 * Evaluation methodologies for generation and summarization
 * Applications of: generation, concept-to-speech, information extraction,
 information retrieval techniques to summarization, report generation,

The conference will be organized in four tracks:

 1. Main session
 2. Student session
 3. Workshops
 4. Special session on evaluation in generation

We plan to hold all presentations in the plenary hall with no parallel
tracks. The special session on evaluation will be held the day before the
main session, on Monday 12 June 2000. A paper accepted for presentation at
INLG'2000 must not be or have been presented at any other meeting with
publicly available proceedings. Submission to other conferences should be
indicated on the paper. Submission to the main session should describe
completed work. Submission to the student session should describe work in
progress. Submission to the evaluation session should describe statements on
methodology, reports on actual evaluation work and proposals for evaluation


 * 6 February 2000: Papers submission deadline
 * 14 April 2000: Notification of acceptance
 * 7 May 2000: Final copy due for all contributions
 * 12 June 2000: Special Session on Evaluation in NLG, Mitzpe Ramon
 * 13-16 June: INLG'2000 Conference, Mitzpe Ramon


Submission Instructions

Programme Committee

 * Michael Elhadad, Ben Gurion University, Israel (Chair)
 * Stephan Buseman, DFKI, Germany
 * Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
 * James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
 * Inderjeet Mani, The MITRE Corporation, USA
 * Kathy McCoy, University of Delaware, USA
 * David McDonald, Gensym Corp, USA
 * Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan, USA
 * Jacques Robin, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
 * Donia Scott, University of Brighton, UK
 * Manfred Stede, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
 * Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
 * Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University, Australia

Student Session

 * Irene Langkilde, University of South California - ISI
 * Charles Brendan Callaway, North Carolina State University
 * James Shaw, Columbia University

Call For Workshops Proposals

The Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops. To be considered,
please submit a formal proposal to the address shown below by January 1,
2000. Decisions will be made by January 8, 2000. 
Dragomir R. Radev

Special Session on Evaluation

For additional information, please contact:

 * Inderjeet Mani, The MITRE Corporation

Software Demo

Proposals for software or project demonstrations are invited. Proposals
should indicate the type of hardware that would be required if the proposal
is accepted.

Equipment Availability

Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector, a
data projector (Barco) which will display from laptops, and a VHS (PAL)
videocassette recorder. NTSC format may be available; if you anticipate
needing NTSC, please note this information in your proposal. Requests for
other presentation equipment will be considered by the local organizers;
requests for special equipment should be directed to the local organizers no
later than May 15, 2000.

Local Arrangements

 * Michael Elhadad
 * Yael Dahan Netzer

Dept. of Computer Science
Ben Gurion University
P.O.Box 643 
Beer Sheva 84105


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