LINGUIST List 11.2482

Fri Nov 17 2000

Calls: Undergrad Essay Prize, Semantic Web Workshop

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  1. Philip Resnik, University of Maryland Undergraduate Essay Prize in Linguistics
  2. Steffen Staab, Semantic Web 2001 Workshop at WWW10

Message 1: University of Maryland Undergraduate Essay Prize in Linguistics

Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 17:49:13 -0500 (EST)
From: Philip Resnik <>
Subject: University of Maryland Undergraduate Essay Prize in Linguistics

How often does an undergraduate get a chance to make a thousand bucks
for a well written paper?

The answer: Annually! (See last year's results below.)

Now in its third year, competition for the University of Maryland
Undergraduate Essay Prize in Linguistics is officially underway 
- the formal announcement is below and on the Web at . Submissions can be papers
written last year, or, since there's a December 15, 2000 deadline,
students can write something new for the competition -- yes, they can
even polish up and submit a term paper written for a course this fall.

Faculty, please encourage your students to submit papers!

Students, please submit those papers you're about to be working on!

And everyone, please feel free to forward this announcement to other
bulletin boards or mailing lists where there might be interest.


 Philip Resnik, Assistant Professor
 Department of Linguistics and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

 1401 Marie Mount Hall UMIACS phone: (301) 405-6760 
 University of Maryland Linguistics phone: (301) 405-8903
 College Park, MD 20742 USA	 Fax : (301) 405-7104	 E-mail:

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The University of Maryland Undergraduate Essay Prize in Linguistics
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The University of Maryland Department of Linguistics is pleased to
announce the 2000/2001 University of Maryland Undergraduate Essay
Prize in Linguistics, an international competition now in its third

The prize of $1000 will be awarded for the best undergraduate student
essay on a topic in linguistics, and the winning essay will be
published in the 2001 University of Maryland Working Papers in

Submissions may be in the areas of computational linguistics, formal
semantics, language acquisition, language change, lexical semantics,
neurolinguistics, phonology, psycholinguistics, and formal syntax.

 * Eligibility. Applicants must at the time of submission be enrolled at
 least half time in an undergraduate program of study leading to a
 bachelor's degree or equivalent, and must not already possess any
 degree in linguistics. Essays should have been written within the
 previous or current academic year, and must represent the original work
 of the applicant. Previously published essays will not be considered
 for the award. Current and former students of the University of
 Maryland, College Park are ineligible.

 * Deadline. Applicants must submit three (3) copies of the essay to the
 address listed below, to be received no later than December 15, 2000.
 Late submissions will not be considered.

 * Length and format. Essays must be submitted in English, typed or
 word-processed in no smaller than 10-point font, single-sided,
 double-spaced, and on white paper, with at least 1-inch margins on all
 sides. Applicants should use single-spaced endnotes rather than
 footnotes, and follow style guidelines of either the Modern Language
 Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA).
 Essays must be no longer than twenty pages, excluding bibliography,
 including at most two pages of endnotes. Essays not conforming to these
 instructions will not be considered.

 The applicant's name must not be included on the essay, since reviewing
 is anonymous. Instead, include a cover sheet listing the title of the
 essay, applicant's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if
 available), school and program attending, year in the program, and the
 topic area or areas of the essay (taken from the list above).

 * Judging. All essays will be judged anonymously by the Faculty in
 Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

 * Award. The Essay Prize of $1000 will be awarded in February 2001, and
 the winning essay included in the 2001 Maryland Working Papers in
 Linguistics. The Department reserves the right not to award the prize
 in a given year and may change the terms of the award for future

Submissions should be sent to:

Undergraduate Essay Prize
Department of Linguistics
1401 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7505 USA

Inquiries should be directed to the above address, or to the Undergraduate
Essay Prize Coordinator: Philip Resnik,, 
(301) 405-8903.

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Last year's results

 Winner: Jason Kandybowicz, Rutgers
 The reiterated numeral construction

 Honorable Mention: Cliff Crawford, Cornell
 A condition on wh-extraction and what it reveals about the syntactic 
 structure of Tagalog

 Honorable Mention: Janet Eisenband, UPenn
 The use of gender information in pronoun resolution 

 Honorable Mention: Rebecca Hanson, Calgary
 Fusion and the acquisition of S-nasal clusters 

 Honorable Mention: Peter J. Vasquez, UCLA 
 Linguistic ability in the right hemisphere: evidence from 
 language development in two left hemispherectomies

 Honorable Mention: Lynsey Kay Wolter, Swarthmore
 The case of predicates: questions of control and binding
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Message 2: Semantic Web 2001 Workshop at WWW10

Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 18:32:27 +0100
From: Steffen Staab <>
Subject: Semantic Web 2001 Workshop at WWW10

 Call for Papers

 Semantic Web
 WWW-10 Workshop

 May 1, 2001

Comprehensive information to be found at

Workshop Outline

 The "Semantic Web", a term coined by Tim Berners-Lee, is used to
 denote the next evolution step of the Web. Associating meaning with
 content or establishing a layer of machine understandable data would
 allow automated agents, sophisticated search engines and interoperable
 services, will enable higher degree of automation and more intelligent
 applications. The ultimate goal of the Semantic Web is to allow machines
 the sharing and exploitation of knowledge in the Web way, i.e. without
 central authority, with few basic rules, in a scalable, adaptable,
 extensible manner. With RDF as the basic platform for the Semantic Web,
 a multitude of tools, methods and systems have just appeared on the
 horizon. The goal of the workshop is to share experiences about these
 systems, exchange ideas about improvements of existing tools and
 creation of new systems, principles and applications. Also an important
 goal is to develop a cooperation model among Semantic Web developers,
 and to develop a common vision about the future developments.

Relevant workshop topics include (non-exhaustive list):
 � Language and Representation issues
 � Semantic Web infrastructure and architectures
 � Metadata and conceptual models for annotating content, resources,
and portals
 � Automatic annotation/tagging/metadata creation and recommendation
 � Tools, systems and methodologies for Semantic Web
 � Application of semantic web technology
 � Migrating information to semantic formats & Information Filtering
 � Trust in the Semantic Web
 � Query languages for the Semantic Web
 � Information correlation, integration, mediation and brokering on
the Web
 � Resource discovery
 � Distributed inference services
 � Semantic Web mining

Important Dates

 Deadline for paper submission 1 Jan 2001
 Notification of acceptance 1 Feb 2001
 Deadline final contributions 1 Apr 2001

 All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.
 In addition, a few selected best papers will be considered for
 publication in a special issue of the ETAI Semantic Web Journal .

Submission Information

 We invite contributions that advance the state-of-the-art in topics
 related to the purpose of the workshop. Persons interested in
 participating should submit either a technical paper or a position
 paper addressing new research issues. In addition, we solicit proposals
 for panel discussions and break-out groups that work towards visions for
 the semantic web. Submit by e-mail before January 1, 2001 following the
 format instructions at to

Organizing Committee

 Stefan Decker, Database Group, Stanford University
 Database Group, Stanford University
 Gates Hall 4A, Room 425
 Stanford, CA 94305-9040, USA
 phone: +1 650-723-1422
 fax: +1 650-725-2588

 Dieter Fensel, VU Amsterdam
 Division of Mathematics & Computer Science,
 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,
 De Boelelaan 1081a, 1081 HV Amsterdam, NL
 The Netherlands

 Amit Sheth, Univ. of Georgia
 Large Scale Distributed Information Systems Lab, Computer Sc.,
 415 GSRC, University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602-7404 USA
 Also, Taalee Inc.

 Steffen Staab (Contact),
 AIFB, Karlsruhe University,
 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
 Also, Ontoprise GmbH
 phone: +49-721-608 4751
 fax: +49-721-693 717

Programm Committee
 Dan Brickley, Univ. of Bristol (UK)
 Vassilis Christophides, ICS-FORTH (Greece)
 Peter Eklund, Griffith University (Australia)
 Jim Hendler, Univ. of Maryland (USA)
 Rick Hull, Bell Labs, Lucent Tech. (USA)
 Manolis Koubarakis, Techn. Univ. of Crete (Greece)
 Fred Lochovsky, HKUST (Hong Kong)
 Alain Michard, INRIA (France)
 John Mylopoulos, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
 Claire Nedellec, LRI (France)
 Dimitris Plexousakis, Univ. of Crete (Greece)
 Louiqa Raschid, Univ. of Maryland (USA)
 Marie-Christine Rousset, Univ. of ORSAY (France)
 Guus Schreiber, VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
 Tarcisio de Souza Lima, Federal Univ. of Juiz de Fora (Brazil)
 Katia Sycara, CMU (USA)
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