LINGUIST List 11.2211

Fri Oct 13 2000

Calls: Reported Discourse, Human Lang Technology

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  1. Sophie Marnette, Reported Discourse
  2. James Allan, Human Language Technology (HLT 2001)

Message 1: Reported Discourse

Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 18:03:37 +0100
From: Sophie Marnette <>
Subject: Reported Discourse

Call for paper

La circulation des discours : Les Frontieres du Discours
Rapporte. 9-11 November 2001, Brussels, Belgium. Conference organised
by Ci-Dit, an international and interdisciplinary research group for
the study of reported discourse. Inquiries: Dr. Sophie Marnette,
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge CB2 1TA,,

Ci-Dit is an international and interdisciplinary research group which
aims at furthering our knowledge and understanding of Speech & Thought
Presentation in French. It endeavors to gather scholars coming from
fields as diverse as linguistics, literature, stylistics, narratology,
rhetoric, history, sociology and the sciences of communication by
organizing workshops and conferences around the theme of Reported
Discourse; Publishing special issues of scholarly journals and other
types of collaborative work; Setting up a specialized, exhaustive and
regularly updated bibliography on the internet; Collecting a corpus of
spoken French specifically tagged and annotated for the study of
Speech & Thought Presentation. Ci-dit's mailing list contains around
70 names from 15 countries in 4 different continents. The web site gives access to our bibliography &
advertises our projects.
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Message 2: Human Language Technology (HLT 2001)

Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 09:08:10 -0400
From: James Allan <>
Subject: Human Language Technology (HLT 2001)


	 HLT 2001, Human Language Technology Confererence
			 March 18-21, 2001
			San Diego, California

Human Language Technology brings together researchers in a broad
spectrum of fields, all of which are working toward enabling computers
to interact with humans using natural language capabilities. The HLT
Conference is a forum for researchers in those fields to present
high-quality, cutting-edge work, and to exchange ideas and explore
directions for further research. The Conference will also foster
opportunities for international collaboration within language
technology. The Conference and Program Chairs invite submissions from
researchers in computer science, linguistics, engineering, psychology,
etc., who are exploring methods for enabling better use of language
technology for human-computer interaction. Further information is
available at the Conference web site,

The Conference will span four days, running from Sunday afternoon
through mid-day Wednesday. It will include peer-reviewed research
presentations, posters, demonstrations, panel sessions, and time for
discussion. Sessions will cover not only research, but also
developments in related government funding programs.

HLT submissions should be in areas such as the following:
Computational linguistics, Computational support for learning,
Cross-language and multilingual systems, Dialogue interaction, Formal
methods for NLP, HLT architectures, HLT evaluation, HLT resource
development, HLT standards, Human-computer interaction, Information
Retrieval, Information extraction, Machine translation, Question
answering, Rule-based natural language processing, Speech and language
applications, Speech generation, Speech recognition, Speech synthesis,
Statistical NLP, and Summarization.

Space at the Conference is restricted. Authors of accepted papers,
posters, and demonstrations are automatically invited. Individuals or
groups interested in attending otherwise should see the Conference web
site for contact information.


Submissions will be electronic, in PostScript or PDF. Complete
submission information will be available at

HLT submissions are due on or before January 9, 2001. Submissions
will be 3-4 page extended abstracts (not to exceed 1500 words) of the
proposed presentation and must include enough information for the
reviewers to judge the applicability and novelty of the work. It is
expected that the Conference will include diverse areas within HLT and
preference will be given to papers that will appeal to multiple
fields. Submissions should indicate the preferred and acceptable
presentation methods: paper, poster, or demonstration. The Program
Committee will select a presentation method for accepted submissions
based on what fits the program best.

In order to encourage late-breaking research results, the submission
deadline for HLT 2001 is very close to the Conference. There is
insufficient time to produce a bound proceedings for the Conference.
Instead, all accepted papers, posters, and demonstrations will have
their extended abstracts (revised based on reviewer comments)
published in notebook proceedings that will be available at the
Conference. After the Conference, authors will have an opportunity to
revise their papers for the final bound proceedings.


General chair: James Allan, University of Massachusetts (USA)
Co-chair: Mitch Marcus, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Executive Program Committee: 
 Rob Gaizauskas, Sheffield University (UK) 
 Jean-Luc Gauvain, LIMSI (France) 
 Marti Hearst, University of California, Berkeley (USA) 
 Eduard Hovy, ISI (USA) 
 David D. Lewis, AT&T Labs Research (USA) 
 Kathleen McKeown, Columbia University (USA) 
 Mari Ostendorf, University of Washington (USA) 
 Junichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo (Japan) and UMIST (UK) 
 Alex Waibel, Carnegie Mellon University (USA) 
 Ross Wilkinson, CSIRO (Australia) 

Demonstration Co-chairs: 
 Clifford Weinstein, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (USA) 
 Bob Younger, SPAWAR Systems Center (USA) 


The HLT Conference will be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San
Diego, California. The famous San Diego Zoo is the home of Hua Mei,
the only baby giant panda to be born in the US (she will be 18 months
old at HLT). Sea World is one of the area's better known attractions,
where you can see the killer whale Shamu. San Diego also houses
Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park. You can stroll through
the Gaslamp Quarter or through Old Town. Nearby La Jolla houses the
Birch Aquarium, and Carlsbad houses Legoland. Heading south gets you
to Tijuana, Mexico.

IMPORTANT DATES (all dates are in 2001)

January 9 Extended abstract submissions due 
February 15 Notification of acceptance 
March 6 Camera-ready "notebook" papers due 
March 18-21 Conference 
April 17 Final copy of proceedings papers due 
July 20 Proceedings published 


Up-to-date information about the Conference can be found at
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