LINGUIST List 11.1958

Sat Sep 16 2000

Calls: Discourse/Anaphora/Reference, Machine Learning

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  1. Dr Tony McEnery, Discourse, Anaphora and Reference Resolution Conference - DAARC2000
  2. Andrea Danyluk, Machine Learning (ICML-2001)

Message 1: Discourse, Anaphora and Reference Resolution Conference - DAARC2000

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 19:15:38 +0100 (BST)
From: Dr Tony McEnery <>
Subject: Discourse, Anaphora and Reference Resolution Conference - DAARC2000

With apologies for any multiple postings:

Call for Delegates and Preliminary Programme

DAARC2000 - Discourse, Anaphora and Reference Resolution Conference

Lancaster University, 16-18 November, 2000

Invited Speakers -

Jeanette Gundel, University of Minnesota, USA
Yan Huang, Reading University, UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK

In this email:

	Draft Program
	Registration Form

Draft Programme

Day 1 

9 - 11 

Registration, conference centre

11 - 12

Plenary 1

Jeanette Gundel, University of Minnesota, USA


T. Fretheim, Norway, "Some linguistic factors that inluence the choice
between an internal coreference and an external coreference
interpretation of higher-order entity pronouns in the apodosis of
Norwegian conditionals"
C. Clouzot, G. Antoniadis & A. Tutin, France, "Pronominal anaphora in
French written texts"



2 - 4

T. Kurafuji, Japan, "References to subkinds and anaphora in Japanese"
M. Ebi, Germany, "The Japanese demonstrative sono as a proform"
C. Myojin, Japan, "Pragmatically biased interpretations of English
reflexives by Japanese learners of English"
Y. Shi, USA, "Zero anaphora and referential salience in Chinese



4:30 - 6:30

P. Umarani, Belgium, "Automatic resolution of discourse anaphors in Tamil"
R. Prasad, USA, "The zero pronoun in Hindi - a corpus based investigation"
S. Bandyopadhyay, India. "Anaphora/coference resolution in a cross
language database system"
S. Gustavson-Capkova, Sweden, "The influence of prosodic prominence on
the accessibility of antecedents for ambiguous anaphors in Swedish"


Buffet dinner and wine reception

Day 2

9:00 - 10:00

Plenary 2

Yan Huang, Reading University, UK

10 - 11

S. Nair & B. Patnaik, India, "Vasisth: an anaphora resolution for
Malayalam and Hindi"
R. Mitkov & C. Barbu, UK, "Mutual enhancement of performance: bilingual
pronoun resolution for English and French"



11:30 - 1

S. Salmon-Alt, B. Gaiffe & L. Romary, France, "Questioning indefinites
in human- machine dialogue"
R. Evans, UK, "Improving anaphora resolution by identifying the people
in texts"
D. Byron, USA, "Semantically enhanced pronouns"



2 - 4

M. Palomar, M. Saiz-Noeda, R. Munoz, A. Suarez & P. Martinez-Barco,
Spain, "PHORA: a system to resolve anaphora in Spanish"
C. Clouzot, G. Antoniadis & A. Tutin, France, "Pronominal anaphora in
French written texts"
M. Everaert, Holland, "Reflexives as discourse anaphora"
L. Molnarfi, Germany, "Focus and antifocus in modern Afrikaans and West



4:30 - 6:30

R. Mitkov, R. Evans, C. Orasan, C. Barbu & V. Sotirova, UK,
"Coreference and anphora: developing annotated resources and
annotation tools"
A. Tutin, F. Trouilleux, C. Clouzot, E. Gaussier, G. Antoniadis & A.
Zaenen, France, "Building a large corpus with anaphoric links in
French: some methodological issues"
C. Pannisod, France, "Associative anaphora: a corpus based study"
F. Trouilleux, G. Bes, E. Gaussier, France, "An evaluation of
inter-rater agreement in anaphoric and referential annotation"

8 - 9


Day 3

9:00 - 10:00

Plenary 3

Ruslan Mitkov, Wolverhampton University, UK

10 - 11

L. Correa, Brazil, "The establishment of gender agreement in the
processing of pronouns in Portugese"
S. Petch-Tyson, Belgium, "Anaphoric constraints: stretching the limits"

11 - 11:30


11:30 - 1

C. Orasan, UK, "A preference-based method for improving the cohesion of
automatic abstracts"
F. Melka, Holland, "Lexical anaphora: taxonomic and meronymic relations"
K. von Heusinger, Germany, "Accesibility, discourse anaphora and
descriptive content"



2 - 4

I. Tanaka, UK, "Cataphoric personal pronouns in English news reportage"
A. Branco, Portugal, "Binding classes and search optimization in
anaphor resolution"
S. Pekarek-Doeheler, Switzerland, "Anaphora: a grammar in interaction
E. Kaiser, USA, "Pronouns and demonstratives in Finnish: indicators of
referent salience"



4:30 - 6:30

A. Kirbirk Russia, "A cognitive calculative approach to discourse anaphora"
D. Bekki, Japan, "Typed dymanic logic for E-type links"
S. Prevost, France, "Pronouns in mediaeval French"
Y. Canning, J. Tait, J, Archibald & R. Crawley, UK, "Replacing anaphora
for readers with acquired dyslexia"

8 - 9



		DAARC2000 Registration Form

To register:

1. Send this form by surface mail to:

		Department of Linguistics and 
		Modern English Language,
		Lancaster University,
		Lancaster LA1 4YT 
		United Kingdom

2. Or fax it to:	+44 - 1524 - 843085

3. Or email it to:

Please register BEFORE 16/10/2000 if at all possible.

The fee for DAARC2000 includes the following: 

Attendance at all DAARC2000 sessions
Conference Pack including Proceedings

16/11/2000: lunch, afternoon tea, evening buffet and wine reception
17/11/2000: mid-morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner
18/11/2000: mid-morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner.

As the conference is happening during term time at Lancaster, we cannot provide 
campus accommodation. However, there is plentiful accommodation locally, 
ranging from modest bed and breakfast establishments to hotels. Lancaster 
Tourism provides a booking service on +44 1524 32878 which we recommend 
delegates use. Be clear on the phone that you need to travel to and from the 
University daily during your stay. Information on reaching Lancaster is available 

This page also contains information about which buses to use to reach
campus from the city centre. Note that if you stay at Lancaster House
Hotel, then you are a five to ten minute walk from the conference
venue (though the hotel is comparatively expensive).

Further details about booking accommodation in the area is available at:

When booking accommodation, do not try to stay in the lake district
unless you intend to hire a car. Although quite close, train and bus
connections between Lancaster and the lake district are slow, and in
November can be unreliable. Similarly, although beautiful, the Lune
valley is difficult to access by public transport from the University.
While cheap accommodation options may be found in Morecambe, the bus
ride from Morecambe to the University is lengthy (over one hour)
though it is regular. By far the best option is to stay in Lancaster
city, or at Lancaster house hotel. Hotels to the south of Lancaster
(Ellel, Forton etc) are a possibility, though you would certainly want
to liaise with the hotel/B&B about the bus times of buses 40, 41 and
42. Note that these buses only stop on the very fringe of campus
generally, and you will have a steep climb up Bailrigg hill to reach
campus if you use these buses. however, if you do so, ensure that the 
driver knows that you want to get off at 'the University gates' - we
use scare quotes for although this is the term use to refer to the
main entrance to the University, there are in fact no gates.

Once you have reached the University campus, use the map at:

to find your way about. The conference centre, where DAARC2000 is to be
held, is between Bowland and Lonsdale colleges. 

Payment Details:

Fees are payable in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars. PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES
 PAYABLE TO 'LANCASTER UNIVERSITY'. Sterling money orders can also be 
used for payment, and must be made payable to 'LANCASTER UNIVERSITY'. 
US dollars/cheques in US dollars are also acceptable, using a fixed
exchange rate of 1.45 $US to the Pound. Unfortunately, we cannot
accept credit card payments. You may pay at the conference in cash.
Please indicate clearly on the form if you wish to exercise this










Telephone:		____________________________

Fax:			____________________________

Email:			____________________________

		Student			80.00 GBP [ ]
		Non-Student		120.00 GBP [ ]

Payment at registration [ ] (Tick as appropriate)

Accompanying persons:

Accompanying persons, who will not attend the conference but who are
travelling with delegates, may register for the conference for meals
only at an 20 GBP discount on the full price. They should fill in 
registration form and amend it accordingly, marking it clearly

NOTE: Students must provide written evidence of their full time student
status, such as an official headed letter from their supervisor.

Special dietary requirements:

None	[ ]	Vegetarian	[ ]		Vegan	[ ]		Other
	[ ]	

Any other comments:



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Message 2: Machine Learning (ICML-2001)

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 23:53:39 -0400
From: Andrea Danyluk <>
Subject: Machine Learning (ICML-2001)

 Williams College
 Williamstown, MA
 June 28 - July 1, 2001

The Eighteenth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2001)
will be held at Williams College, in the scenic Berkshires of western
Massachusetts, from June 28 to July 1, 2001. The conference will bring
together researchers to exchange ideas and report recent progress in the
computational study of learning.

The conference program will include workshops and tutorials on the
first day, followed by three days of technical presentations, invited
talks, and poster sessions.

Submissions of papers are invited that describe empirical,
theoretical, and cognitive-modeling research in all areas of machine
learning. We welcome work describing research contributions arising
from the application of machine learning techniques to real-world
problems. Submissions that present interdisciplinary research
involving machine learning are especially encouraged.

The timetable for submission of papers is as follows:

Abstracts due: January 22, 2001
Submissions due: January 29, 2001
Acceptance decisions mailed to authors: March 19, 2001
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers
 (conditional and unconditional) due: April 16, 2001

Please see
for the full Call For Papers.

Williamstown and The Berkshires are popular tourist destinations.
There are a variety of activities one can choose from -- ranging from
hiking the Appalachian trail to visiting the Clark Art Institute to
attending a play at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Tanglewood,
the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is a short drive from

For more information on the conference and the location, visit the
ICML-2001 home page:
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