LINGUIST List 11.301

Sun Feb 13 2000

Calls: Computational Ling, Syntax/Semantics

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Comp Ling: Embedded Machine Translation - ANLP/NAACL2000 Workshop
  2. Delia Bentley, Syntax/Semantics: Perfective Auxiliaries/ U of Manchester, UK

Message 1: Comp Ling: Embedded Machine Translation - ANLP/NAACL2000 Workshop

Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 14:17:47 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Comp Ling: Embedded Machine Translation - ANLP/NAACL2000 Workshop

****************** SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS ***************************

 held in conjunction with NAACL/ANLP2000

 Thursday, May 4, 2000
 Seattle, Washington, USA

 Embedded MT Systems homepage for this workshop


An "embedded MT system" is a computational system with one 
or more MT engines among its components. These systems
accept multilingual, multimodal inputs and create various outputs
that enable the users to access the original information in their
own language. An MT component embedded in an end-to-end system
allows users to perform their specific tasks on foreign language
input that they previously only had been able to perform in 
their native language. To date, these tasks have included 
summarization, content extraction, filtering and document 


The first workshop on Embedded MT Systems was held in conjunction 
with the biennial meeting of the Association for Machine Translation 
in the Americas (AMTA), in October, 1998, in Langhorne, PA. The
Embedded MT Systems Workshop II is a response to the growing 
community commitment to translingual information research, 
e.g., the DARPA TIDES initiative. By holding the workshop at 
the combined NAACL and ANLP conferences this year, there will be
an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary mix of researchers and 
developers to attend, contribute and benefit from the workshop.


As the strengths and weaknesses of machine translation engines
have become better understood and accepted, there has been a marked 
increase in the development of a range of computer systems containing
an MT component. This workshop will focus on the system designs, the 
associated information access tasks of such end-to-end systems,
and the measures of system effectiveness. 

Of particular interest are systems that accept one or another of
various types of input including hard-copy pages, online text 
files, and speech (natural or transcribed). These inputs 
present real-world, noisy data that challenge MT engine capabilities. 
We would like to know the degradation in performance that 
these challenges present and the compensation strategies that 
system developers have tested or used. We also seek 
submissions describing possible channel-specific feedback 
processes from other system components that help correct the 
noisy input. 

Papers describing multiple MT engines and algorithms for selecting
among their outputs are encouraged. It would be interesting
to hear how these complex MT components have been integrated into
specific applications. For example, do certain MT engines produce 
results better suited for summarization, retrieval, or online 
foreign language tutoring?

The field of MT evaluation currently lacks an adequate methodology. 
There are no widely used standards and few statisticians have been 
called upon to assess the metrics that have been proposed. We will 
look for submissions that include measures for the individual system 
components and end-to-end system evaluation. Also of interest are
measures that evaluate user performance on specific tasks. 

We expect that the range of papers from both the first and this
second workshop will provide sufficient material for us to pursue 
a special journal issue dedicated to Embedded MT Systems. 


Intent to submit: Friday, Feb. 11, 2000
Paper submission deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000
Notification of acceptance of papers: Friday, March 3, 2000
Camera-ready papers due: Monday, March 13, 2000


Electronic submission of Intent to Submit should have the
following subject line:
 "NAACL-ANLP2000 WORKSHOP - Intent to submit"
Body of message should include Identification Page information:
 - title of submission
 - names of all authors
 - primary author name and email address, phone and fax
 - presentation type preference 
 (select one or more per system: demo, poster, or paper)
 - keywords 

Authors may submit short papers, full-length papers, poster
presentations and/or demos. 

For electronic submission, include the Identification
Page Information (see above) as a separate page from the paper
itself. Reviewing will be blind. No author information should be 
included with the main body of the paper. Full paper submissions
may be up to 5000 words in length, including references. 
Submissions for poster presentations and short papers may be up 
to 2000 words in length, including references. 

Demo presentations are encouraged in conjunction with papers
or posters. For demo-only presentations, submissions up to 
two pages long should describe the system design and 
capabilities with respect to (ii) above: 
an end-to-end process flow covering the system 
input, any pre-MT processing, the MT component itself, any 
post-MT processing, and the system output.


Submissions must use the ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style. 
Both are available from the ANLP-NAACL2000 Conference web page:

Please send submissions and questions to: 
Notification of receipt will be sent to the primary author.


Carol Van Ess-Dykema, US Dept. of Defense
Clare R. Voss, US Army Research Lab
Florence Reeder, MITRE Corp.


Gary Coen, Boeing Phantom Works
Bob Frederking, LTI, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Laurie Gerber, SYSTRAN 
Inge Gorm Hansen and Henrik Selsoe Sorenson, Copenhagen Business School
Lori Levin, LTI, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Bill Ogden, CRL, NMSU
Kathi Taylor, Georgetown U.
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Message 2: Syntax/Semantics: Perfective Auxiliaries/ U of Manchester, UK

Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 17:49:16 BST
From: Delia Bentley <>
Subject: Syntax/Semantics: Perfective Auxiliaries/ U of Manchester, UK


Workshop on perfective auxiliaries 

The University of Manchester

Delia Bentley (
Thorhallur Eythorsson (
Nigel Vincent (

A workshop on perfective auxiliaries will be held at the University of
Manchester on 2-4 June 2000. The purpose of the workshop is to bring
together researchers working on syntactic and semantic aspects of
constructions with perfective auxiliaries. Space will be given to both
synchronic and diachronic analyses, including the relation between
perfective and possessive 'have' and 'be'.

The invited speakers are: Richard Kayne (NYU), Nunzio La Fauci
(Zurich), Michele Loporcaro (Zurich), Ian Roberts (Stuttgart) and
Antonella Sorace (Edinburgh). 

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are invited (20 minute talks plus
10 minutes discussion). Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to The deadline for submission is 18 February 2000.
Notification of acceptance will be given by 29 February 2000.

Accommodation details will be provided in a subsequent circular. 

The workshop is part of a large-scale research project entitled
"Archaism and innovation in the languages of Europe" (financed by the
British Academy), currently in progress at the University of
Manchester. The focus of this larger project is the structure and
change of argument marking in a cross-linguistic perspective.

Department of Linguistics
The University
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
fax: +44 +161 275 3187
tel: +44 +161 275 3259

Dr Delia Bentley
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Oxford Rd
M13 9PL
Tel. +44 +161 +2753259
Fax +44 +161 +2753187

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