LINGUIST List 11.1792

Wed Aug 23 2000

Calls: Endangered Languages, Information Exploitation

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  1. Megan Crowhurst, Field reports/endangered languages at the LSA
  2. Gabriel Pereira Lopes, Tutorials on "Information Exploitation and Learning from Text"

Message 1: Field reports/endangered languages at the LSA

Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 09:12:37 -0500
From: Megan Crowhurst <>
Subject: Field reports/endangered languages at the LSA

Of concern for many scholars working with natural languages is the
problem of language endangerment and the related issue of fieldwork.
These themes are consistently represented at annual meetings of SSILA
(the Soc. for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas),
which convenes either with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) or
with the American Anthropological Assoc. (AAA) in alternate years. In
recent years, the LSA has also responded to concerns about language
endangerment by sponsoring special sessions and symposia on themes
relevant to fieldwork and endangered languages, and by establishing a
Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP). As
this is a year in which SSILA meets with the AAA and not with the LSA,
CELP would like to encourage the submission of abstracts for papers
emphasizing reports from the field and/or endangered language issues
for the 2001 LSA in Washington to ensure the possibility of a regular
session devoted to the themes of language maintenance and primary
documentation of endangered languages. Papers introducing novel
linguistic data, or emphasising other issues associated with
fieldwork/language endangerment are especially welcome, and need not
have any special theoretical orientation. The deadline for the
submission of abstracts for the 2001 LSA is September 1.

Megan Crowhurst
Chair, LSA Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation
Megan J. Crowhurst, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

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Message 2: Tutorials on "Information Exploitation and Learning from Text"

Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 16:18:50 +0100
From: Gabriel Pereira Lopes <>
Subject: Tutorials on "Information Exploitation and Learning from Text"

Dear coleagues,

I would like to invite you to participate in Lisbon on the tutorials
sessions on "Information Exploitation and Learning from Text". This
event will occur in September 15-16, at Institututo Superior T�cnico.

Complete information can be found at:

It follows a series of workshops and symposia on Machine Learning
applied to Natural languages that will all take place at the same

5th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference (ICGI-2000),
September 11-13, 2000 ( )

2nd Learning Language In Logic Workshop (LLL 2000), September 13-14, 2000

4th Meeting of the Interest Group on Computational Natural
Language Learning (CoNLL-2000), September 14, 2000

Fees for those attending any of the previous workshops, simposium or
meeting are reduced. As well as the fees for students. Members of APPIA
pay also reduced fees.

The organization of the tutorial series on "Information Extraction and
Learning from Text" was solicited by the Board of APPIA (the Portuguese
Association for Artificial Intelligence) and its President, Prof. Pavel

The tutorials programme can be found at the web page mentioned above as
well as other important information

We will count with the participation of Gregory Grefenstette
(Automatic Thesaurus Construction); Nuno Marques (Neural nets based
POS-tagging and unsupervised learning of verbal frame
subcategorization); Joaquim Ferreira da Silva & Gael Dias (Statistical
extraction of contiguous and non-contiguous patterns of words,
characters and POS-tags from text); Raymond Mooney (Inductive Logic
Programming for Natural Language); Walter Daelemans (Memory-Based
Language Processing: Applications in Language Engineering); Dunja
Mladenic (Document Categorization by Modeling Human Expert); Ant�nio
Ribeiro (Statistical alignment of parallel text and extraction of
translation equivalents); Vitor Rocio and Jo�o Balsa (Symbolic
adaptive parsing: declarative fault finding, multi-parsers correction
proposals, results validation and learning)

Event organizer,

Gabriel Pereira Lopes
Departamento de Inform�tica
Faculdade de Ci�ncias e Tecnologia
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Quinta da Torre
2825-114 Caparica
phone: (351) 21 294 85 36
fax: (351) 21 294 85 41
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