LINGUIST List 11.173

Thu Jan 27 2000

Calls: Quantitative Linguistics, Ling Theory/Grammar

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  1. Andrea Krott, Quantitative Linguistics Association/ QUALICO 2000
  2. Detmar Meurers, Linguistic Theory and Grammar Implementation/ ESSLLI Workshop

Message 1: Quantitative Linguistics Association/ QUALICO 2000

Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 17:15:43 +0100 (MET)
From: Andrea Krott <>
Subject: Quantitative Linguistics Association/ QUALICO 2000


 for detailed information, see our web page at

Qualico 2000 is the fourth conference of the International Quantitative
Linguistics Association, which will be held in Prague, August 24-26, 2000.
Colleagues working in the following domains of inquiry are invited to
participate at this conference:

* Observations and descriptions of all aspects of language and text phenomena
including the areas of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology,
pragmatics, etc. as far as they use quantitative mathematical methods
(probability theory, statistics, stochastic processes, differential and
difference equations, fuzzy logics and set theory, function theory etc.), on
all levels of linguistic analysis. 
* Applications of methods, models, or findings from quantitative linguistics
to problems of natural language processing, machine translation, language
teaching, documentation and information retrieval. 
* Methodological problems of linguistic measurement, model construction,
sampling and test theory. Epistemological issues such as explanation of
language and text phenomena, contributions to theory construction, systems
theory, philosophy of science. 

 Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in the
association's journal, Journal of Quantitative Linguistics.


Abstracts should be sent in electronic form to the programme committee at Those who do not have e-mail should send a hardcopy to
R.H.Baayen, Interfaculty Research Unit for Language and Speech, P.O. Box
310, 6500 AH, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Deadline for submissions: February 15. Notification of acceptance: March 15.

Abstracts should be at most two A4 pages long. Abstracts longer than two
pages will be cut down to two A4 pages after the first two printable pages,
without regards to content, in the proceedings. Abstracts can be submitted
as ASCII, PostScript, or RTF. Figures accompanying submissions should also
be sent in the form of separate PostScript or JPEG files, and should also be
faxed to: +31-24-3521213 with a header page addressed to "Qualico2000/Baayen".
For further details on the required format of the abstract, see the
our web page (


The registration fee is US$ 250 for registrations received before June 1,
2000. This fee includes three lunches. For the registration form and further
details on accomodation, see our web site at 


Sheila Embleton, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, York
University, Toronto, Canada. Gabriel Altmann, Institute of Linguistics, Ruhr
University, Bochum, Germany. Harald Baayen, Interfaculty Research Unit for
Language and Speech, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Reinhard
Koehler, Department of Computational Linguistics, University of Trier, Germany.
Fiona Tweedie, Department of Statistics, University of Glasgow, Great Britain.

LOCAL ORGANIZERS: Jan Kralik, The Czech Language Institute, Prague, Czech
Republic, e-mail: Ludmila Uhl�rov�, The Czech Language
Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, e-mail: Guarant Agency.
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Message 2: Linguistic Theory and Grammar Implementation/ ESSLLI Workshop

Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 18:44:18 +0100 (MET)
From: Detmar Meurers <>
Subject: Linguistic Theory and Grammar Implementation/ ESSLLI Workshop

 ESSLLI'2000 Workshop on


 August 14 - 18, 2000

 A workshop held as part of the
 Twelfth European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
 August 6-18, 2000, Birmingham, Great Britain


ORGANIZERS: Erhard Hinrichs, Detmar Meurers (Universitaet Tuebingen)
 Shuly Wintner (University of Pennsylvania)


Partially in response to data-oriented methods, grammar-based
approaches to Natural Language Processing in recent years have made
significant advances in terms of linguistic coverage, wealth of
analysis, efficiency of processing and grammar engineering
techniques. The workshop is intended as a forum for this ongoing work
in declarative, constraint- and resource-based approaches, informed by
linguistic theory. It will cover various aspects of the computational
implementation of grammars based on linguistic knowledge, and in
particular address:

 - grammar coverage as a major emphasis in practical projects

 - efficiency of processing (e.g., grammar compilation techniques, 
 abstract machine implementations)

 - implementations of novel grammar architectures and mechanisms
 (e.g., glue languages, defaults, optimality-theoretic constraint
 ranking, underspecification)

 - hybrid architectures combining shallow parsing and deep analysis
 (e.g., finite state pre-processors for deep analysis)

 - grammar development tools (e.g., test methodology, profiling,
 visualization tools, grammar debugging and validation)

 - modularity in grammar design (e.g., definition of modules in
 grammars, separate and incremental compilation of grammars,
 architectures for grammar organization)

 - mathematical, logical and computational aspects of linguistic
 formalisms (e.g., semantics of linguistic formalisms, adaptation of
 techniques from programming languages to linguistic formalisms)


All researchers in the area, but especially Ph.D. students and young
researchers, are invited to submit a paper. Electronic submissions are
highly encouraged (preferably as plain ASCII or Postscript).
Submissions should not exceed 10 (A4 or letter) pages, typeset in
10-12 points, with at least 2.5 cm / 1 inch margins. Submitted papers
should be anonymous and be accompanied by an e-mail listing the
following details:

 - Title
 - Authors' names and affiliation
 - Address
 - E-mail addresses
All submissions will be reviewed by an international program committee.
The accepted papers will be made available in a summer school reader.
If sufficiently many high-quality papers are submitted, we intend to
publish them in an edited volume.
Submissions should be sent before March 15, 2000 to one of the following
two organizers:
Detmar Meurers Shuly Wintner
Universitaet Tuebingen Institute for Research in Cognitive Science
Seminar fuer Sprachwissenschaft University of Pennsylvania
Kleine Wilhelmstr. 113 3401 Walnut Street, Suite 400A
D-72074 Tuebingen Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228
Germany USA
If electronic submission is impossible, please send four copies of
the paper to one of these two organizers.
Informal enquiries by e-mail to the organizers are welcome.
 Mar 15, 2000: Deadline for submissions
 Apr 15, 2000: Notification of acceptance
 May 15, 2000: Final version due
 Aug 14, 2000: Start of workshop
To obtain further information about ESSLLI'2000 please visit
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