LINGUIST List 11.576

Wed Mar 15 2000

Calls: Finite-State Phonology, Machine Translation

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  1. Jason Eisner, CFP: Finite-State Phonology (SIGPHON 2000)
  2. Roger Harris, CFP: MT 2000 Conference, Exeter, U.K. November 2000

Message 1: CFP: Finite-State Phonology (SIGPHON 2000)

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 00:00:43 -0500 (EST)
From: Jason Eisner <>
Subject: CFP: Finite-State Phonology (SIGPHON 2000)


	 Fifth Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group
	 in Computational Phonology

	 A full-day workshop held at
	 COLING 2000
	 Luxembourg, 6 August 2000

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The workshop will focus on the growing role of finite-state methods 
in computational phonology. Excellent papers in other areas of
computational phonology are also welcome.

Sample topics:

* Finite-state formalizations of phonological frameworks
* Algorithms and theorems about finite-state phonological formalisms
* Embedding finite-state phonology in NLP or speech systems
* The application of finite-state methods to empirical description 
 (including difficulties, representational encodings, and software tools)
* Phonologically motivated extensions to finite-state techniques
* Research bearing on whether the finite-state assumptions are 
 empirically adequate or computationally necessary

A principal goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers who
are working in different phonological frameworks:

Finite-state methods have been more-or-less persuasively applied to a
range of frameworks, from derivational approaches to Optimality
Theory. This shared formal underpinning exposes crucial differences
among the frameworks (Frank & Satta 1998), and also suggests deep
similarities (Karttunen 1998).

We hope that the workshop's focus on formalizations using finite-state
techniques, which are well understood in themselves, will facilitate
further discussion of the theoretical and empirical virtues of
different frameworks. We are particularly interested in the potential
for new or hybrid frameworks.

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Lauri Karttunen, Xerox Research Centre France (program chair)
Markus Walther, University of Marburg (local chair)
Jason Eisner, University of Rochester (organization)
Alain Theriault, Universite de Montreal (administration)
Daniel Albro, University of California at Los Angeles
Steven Bird, University of Pennsylvania 
John Coleman, University of Oxford 
Dan Jurafsky, University of Colorado
Andras Kornai, Belmont Research, Cambridge MA

Reviewing will be blind. The program chair may invite additional
reviewers as necessary to obtain relevant expertise and avoid
conflicts of interest.

Questions and correspondence may be sent to:

 Jason Eisner
 Department of Computer Science
 University of Rochester
 P.O. Box 270226
 Rochester, NY 14627 USA
 tel: +1 (716) 275-5671
 fax: +1 (716) 461-2018

More information about SIGPHON is available at

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Content: Papers should be original, topical, and clear. Completed
work is preferable to intended work, but in any event the paper should
clearly indicate the state of completion of the reported results.

Length: Submissions should be full-length papers, up to a maximum of
10 pages. (The final version in the proceedings should incorporate
reviewers' suggestions and may be up to 12 pages.)

Layout: Except for length, papers should adhere to Coling 2000
formatting guidelines, at
Be careful not to disclose authorship.

Electronic submission procedure: 
1. Turn your paper into a PDF file, or if necessary a Postscript file.
 See for help.
2. Email this file as an attachment to (Alain Theriault)
 The body of the email should give title, author(s), abstract,
 and contact information. The subject line should include the
 word "SIGPHON."

Hardcopy submission procedure:
If electronic submission is impossible, please send FOUR hardcopies to
 Alain Theriault
 Departement de linguistique et de traduction
 Universite de Montreal
 C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
 Montreal, Quebec
 H3C 3J7
along with a page giving title, author(s), abstract, and contact
information. Note that electronic submission is strongly preferred!

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Mon. 1 May Deadline for receipt of submissions
Wed. 24 May Authors notified of acceptance
Wed. 21 June Deadline for receipt of camera-ready copy
Sun. 6 Aug. Workshop held in Luxembourg at Coling 2000

Coling 2000 -
Luxembourg -
Registration fees and details -
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Message 2: CFP: MT 2000 Conference, Exeter, U.K. November 2000

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 00:25:02 -0000
From: Roger Harris <>
Subject: CFP: MT 2000 Conference, Exeter, U.K. November 2000


MT 2000:

Exeter, United Kingdom
20-22 November 2000

The Natural Language Translation Specialist Group (NLTSG) of the
British Computer Society (BCS) and the University of Exeter announce
an international conference to be held at the University of Exeter (UK)
on 20-22 November 2000. The event is a follow-up of the successful
conference "Machine Translation: 10 Years On" held in 1994 in Cranfield.

Against the backdrop of increasingly multilingual society, MT2000 will
look at the main challenges to MT and multilingual NLP at the dawn of
the new millennium. The focus of this year's conference is not only
recent machine translation research and products, but latest
multilingual developments in general. The organisers aim to attract a
wide range of contributions from researchers, users, educationalists
and exhibitors in the field of multilingual language engineering.

The conference will take the form of addresses from invited keynote
speakers plus individual papers. All papers accepted and presented will
be available as a volume of proceedings at the conference. A selection
of papers will be published in book form soon after the conference.
There will also be an exhibition area and an opportunity to hold poster

* Topics

We invite papers covering multilingual aspects of any NLP
task/application. The following list of possible topics is not
exhaustive and is intended to indicate areas of probable interest:

Machine translation (developments, techniques, applications)
Translation aids
Controlled Languages
Computer-assisted language learning
Corpora (construction, annotation, exploitation)
Part-of-speech tagging
Information retrieval
Information extraction
Automatic abstracting
Word-sense disambiguation
Lexical knowledge acquisition
Anaphora resolution
Text categorisation
Dialogues systems
Web-based NLP applications
NL generation
Speech processing

* Invited speakers

Martin Kay (Xerox Parc)
Jun-ichi Tsujii (UMIST and University of Tokyo)
Yorick Wilks (Sheffield University)

* Programme Committee

Christian Boitet (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble)
Francis Bond (NTT, Kyoto)
Key-sun Choi (KAIST, Taejon)
Ido Dagan (Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan)
Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp)
Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Rodolfo Delmonte (University of Venice)
Laurie Gerber (Systran Software Inc.)
Gregory Grefenstette (Xerox Research, Grenoble)
Changning Huang (Microsoft, China)
John Hutchins (University of Anglia)
Hitoshi Iida (SONY Computer Science Labs)
Gareth Jones (University of Exeter)
Martin Kay (Xerox Parc, Palo Alto)
Adam Kilgarriff (University of Brighton)
Richard Kittredge (University of Montreal)
Steven Krauwer (University of Utrecht)
Tara O'Leary (SDLX, Maidenhead )
Derek Lewis (University of Exeter), Co-Chair
Gabriel Lopez (New Lisbon University)
Bente Maegard (Center of Language Technology, Copenhagen)
Chris Manning (Stanford University)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton), Co-Chair
Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton)
Jennifer Pearson (Dublin City University)
Stelios Piperidis (ILPS, Athens)
Stephen Pulman (University of Cambridge)
Lucia Rino (Federal University of Sao Carlos)
Horacio Rodriguez (Polytechnic University Barcelona)
Geoffrey Sampson (University of Sussex, Brighton)
Isabelle Trancoso (INEC, Lisbon)
Arturo Trujillo (Vocalis plc, Cambridge)
Jun-ichi Tsujii (UMIST and University of Tokyo)
Agnes Tutin (Stendahl University Grenoble)
Karin Vespoor (Intelligenesis, New York)
Yorick Wilks (Sheffield University)

* Submission Guidelines

Authors are requested to submit full-length papers which should
be written in English and should not exceed 7 single-column
pages (preferred font: Times New Roman 12) including figures,
tables and references. The first page of the papers should feature
the title of the paper, the author's name(s), the author's surface and
email address(es), followed by keywords and an abstract. Electronic
submissions (attached postscript files, pdf, rtf or Word files) are

The address for e-mail paper submissions is:
In addition, the abstracts of the papers should be separately emailed
to Ruslan Mitkov (

The papers will be reviewed by 3 members of the Programme Committee.
Authors of accepted papers will be sent guidelines on how to produce
the camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the

* Schedule

Paper Submission Due: 1 June 2000
Notification of Acceptance: 1 August
Camera-ready Paper Due: 30 September
Conference: 20-22 November 2000

* Venue

The conference venue will be the Crossmeads Conference Centre at the
University of Exeter. Exeter is an historic city in the heart of Devon
in the South West of England. The campus is celebrated as one of the
most beautiful in the United Kingdom. Exeter's international airport is
a few miles away. There are good rail and coach links to London,
Birmingham and other UK cities.

* Exhibitions

The conference will host exhibitions of software products and books
related to multilingual NLP. Companies/organisations interested in
exhibiting their products should contact Derek Lewis (see below).

* Call for participation

A call for participation, including the conference program and
attendance fees, will be posted in August.

* Further information

Further information can be obtained from

Derek Lewis
Queen's Building
University of Exeter
United Kingdom
Telephone/fax: ++44 (0)1392 264296 / 264306

or from

David Wigg, NLTSG
Telephone: +44 (0) 1732 455446

Conference web site:
Exeter University web-site:
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