LINGUIST List 11.240

Fri Feb 4 2000

Calls: Software Demonstrations Program, Germanic lang

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, ANLP/NAACL2000 Call for Demos
  2. A.R.Linn, STANDARD GERMANIC Conference

Message 1: ANLP/NAACL2000 Call for Demos

Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 11:18:39 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ANLP/NAACL2000 Call for Demos

Call for Proposals: Software Demonstrations Program

Demonstrations Chair:

Jeff Reynar
Microsoft Corporation


The ANLP-NAACL2000 Program Committee invites proposals for the
Demonstrations Program for ANLP-NAACL 2000, to be held at the Westin
Hotel in Seattle, Washington, USA, May 1-3, 2000. The goals of this
program are to encourage both the early exhibition of research
prototypes and the demonstration of mature systems (commercial sales
and marketing activities are not appropriate in the Demonstration
program, and should be arranged as part of the ANLP-NAACL2000 Exhibit

Areas of Interest

We would like to encourage the submission of proposals for
demonstrations of software related to all areas of computational
linguistics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Natural language processing systems, including
Dialogue systems and interfaces
Machine translation systems and translation aids
Message and narrative understanding systems
Language-oriented information retrieval and information extraction systems
Application systems using embedded language technology components
Reusable components (parsers, generators, speech recognizers, etc.)
Software tools for facilitating computational linguistics research
Software for demonstrating or evaluating computational linguistics research
Aids for teaching computational linguistics concepts

Format for Submission

Demo Proposals consist of the following parts, which should all be sent to
the Demo Chair (electronic submissions preferred).

An abstract of the technical content to be demonstrated, not to exceed
two pages, including title, authors, full contact information,
references and acknowledgements. (This will be published in an
addendum to the proceedings, so please submit in camera ready format.)

A detailed description of hardware and software requirements expected
to be provided by the local organizer. Demonstrators are encouraged to
be flexible in their requirements (possibly with different demos for
different logistical situations). Please state what you can bring
yourself and what you absolutely must have provided. We will do our
best to provide equipment and resources but nothing can be guaranteed
at this point beyond space and power. Please contact the demo chair at
one of the addresses below for any specific questions.

A "Script Outline" of the demo presentation, including accompanying
narrative, and either a web address for accessing the demo or visual
aids (e.g. screen-shots, snapshots, or sketches). No more than 6
pages, total.

Submissions Procedure

Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, but before March 15th, to
the ANLP-NAACL2000 Demonstrations Chair. Please submit your proposals and
any inquiries to:

Jeff Reynar
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to
computational linguistics, innovation, scientific contribution,
presentation, and user friendliness, as well as potential logistical

Other Details

Further details on the timing and format for the demonstrations sessions
will be determined and provided at a later date. We anticipate charging a
$40 fee for presenting demos, to help defray costs.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline for Demo Proposal: 15 March 2000

Notification: 1 April 2000
Conference Dates: 1-3 May 2000
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Message 2: STANDARD GERMANIC Conference

Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 10:40:29 +0000
From: A.R.Linn <>
Subject: STANDARD GERMANIC Conference

Conference on the standardisation of the Germanic languages
University of Sheffield, UK
4-7 January 2001 


The emergence of a standard language is an experience common to all
the Germanic languages, but it occurred at very different times in
different places. By 1750 German can, by general agreement, be said to
have achieved written standardisation. By contrast Faroese was not
standardised until the late nineteenth century, and Luxemburgish is
arguably still on the way. Questions of language standardisation have
often tended to be a national, or at least language-specific,
preoccupation, a tendency often reinforced in recent research by
scholars' own language-specific specialisations. By focussing on
issues of standardisation across all the Germanic languages, this
international conference seeks to promote awareness of standardisation
issues in a number of different, but related, languages, and so
encourage reflection on common, or perhaps universal aspects of
language standardisation processes.

Papers of 20 minutes' duration are invited on any aspect of language
standardisation in a Germanic language or languages. Possible topics
include the role of grammarians, writers, and institutions such as
church, state, or schools, as well as of particular regions in
contributing to and determining a standard; contemporary linguistic
and metalinguistic reflection on the nature or status of the language;
debates on standardisation; responses to problems such as the
relationship between spoken and written language, the relationship
with other, competing standard varieties, attitudes to loan
vocabulary, etc. Papers with a comparative approach are particularly
welcome. The conference will take a primarily historical perspective,
but contributions related to ongoing standardisation processes are
also welcome. The language of the conference is English, and it is
intended to publish the papers on a dedicated website following the

Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to the appropriate
organiser, as indicated below, by 31 May 2000. Please contact one of
the organisers as soon as possible to indicate your interest in the
conference and to be placed on the mailing list.

English and Scandinavian Languages:
Dr Andrew Linn
Department of English Language and Linguistics
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0216
Fax: +44 (0) 114 276 8251

Other Germanic Languages:
Dr Nicola McLelland
Department of Germanic Studies
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Tel: + 353 1 608 1894
Fax: + 353 1 677 2694

Further information and the booking form will be available in due 

Dr Andrew R. Linn
Department of English Language and Linguistics
The University of Sheffield
GB-Sheffield S10 2TN, England

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0216
Fax: +44 (0)114 276 8251
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