LINGUIST List 11.578

Wed Mar 15 2000

Calls: Semantic Annotation, Malay/Indonesian Ling

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  1. Paul Buitelaar, COLING 2000 Workshop on Semantic Annotation and Intelligent Content
  2. David Gil, Malay / Indonesian Linguistics Symposium

Message 1: COLING 2000 Workshop on Semantic Annotation and Intelligent Content

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 19:00:42 +0100
From: Paul Buitelaar <>
Subject: COLING 2000 Workshop on Semantic Annotation and Intelligent Content

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COLING 2000 Workshop on Semantic Annotation and Intelligent Content

Centre Universitaire, Luxembourg, 5/6 August, 2000

Topic and Motivation

SEMANTIC ANNOTATION is augmentation of data to facilitate automatic
recognition of the underlying semantic structure. A common practice in
this respect is labeling of documents with thesaurus classes for the
sake of document classification and management. In the medical domain,
for instance, there is a long-standing tradition in terminology
maintenance and annotation/classification of documents using standard
coding systems such as ICD, MeSH and the MLS metathesaurus. Semantic
annotation in a broader sense also addresses document structure (title,
section, paragraph, etc.), linguistic structure (dependency,
coordination, thematic role, coreference, etc.), and so forth. In NLP,
semantic annotation has been used in connection with machine-learning
software trainable on annotated corpora for parsing, word-sense
disambiguation, coreference resolution, summarization, information
extraction, and other tasks. A still unexplored but important potential
of semantic annotation is that it can provide a common I/O format
through which to integrate various component technologies in NLP and AI
such as speech recognition, parsing, generation, inference, and so on.

INTELLIGENT CONTENT is semantically structured data that is used for a
wide range of content-oriented applications such as classification,
retrieval, extraction, translation, presentation, and
question-answering, as the organization of such data provides machines
with accurate semantic input to those technologies. Semantically
annotated resources as described above are typical examples of
intelligent content, whereas another major class includes electronic
dictionaries and interlingual or knowledge-representation data. Some
ongoing projects along these lines are GDA (Global Document Annotation),
UNL (Universal Networking Language) and SHOE (Simple HTML Ontology
Extension), all of which aim at motivating people to semantically
organize electronic documents in machine-understandable formats, and at
developing and spreading content-oriented application technologies aware
of such formats. Along similar lines, MPEG-7 is a framework for
semantically annotating audiovisual data for the sake of content-based
retrieval and browsing, among others. Incorporation of linguistic
annotation into MPEG-7 is in the agenda, because linguistic descriptions
already constitute a main part of existing metadata.

In short, semantic annotation is a central, basic technology for
intelligent content, which in turn is a key notion in systematically
coordinating various applications of semantic annotation. In the hope of
fueling some of the developments mentioned above and thus promoting the
linkage between basic researches and practical applications, the
workshop invites researchers and practitioners from such fields as
computational linguistics, document processing, terminology, information
science, and multimedia content, among others, to discuss various
aspects of semantic annotation and intelligent content in an
interdisciplinary way. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

 authoring/annotation tools
 integrated software architecture based on semantic
 language-based multimedia annotation
 standardization and interoperability

 semantic annotation, intelligent content and:

 document classification
 information extraction
 information retrieval (interactive, pinpoint,
content-based, etc.)
 intelligent/interactive manual
 knowledge circulation and management
 knowledge mining
 machine translation
 presentation (interactive, multimodal/multimedia,
 question answering
 summarization (multimedia, multidocument, itemized,
graphical, etc.)

Please note: Submissions on syntactic annotation (tools, methods,
standards, etc.) should not be submitted to this workshop, but rather to
the COLING Workshop on Linguistically Interpreted Corpora.

Program Committee

 Amit Bagga (GE Corporate R&D, USA)
 Paul Buitelaar (DFKI-LT, Germany -- Co-Chair)
 Gregor Erbach (FTW, Austria)
 Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
 Wolfgang Giere (ZINFO, University of Frankfurt, Germany)
 Nicola Guarino (Ladseb-CNR Padova, Italy)
 Koiti Hasida (ETL, Japan -- Co-Chair)
 Boris Katz (AI Laboratory, MIT, USA)
 Adam Kilgarriff (University of Brighton, UK)
 Elizabeth Liddy (Syracuse University, USA)
 Katashi Nagao (IBM TRL, Japan)
 Hiroshi Nakagawa (University of Tokyo, Japan)
 Hwee Tou Ng (DSO, Singapore)
 Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
 Virach Sornlertlamvanich (NECTEC, Thailand)
 Steffen Staab (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
 Henry Thompson (Edinburgh University, UK)
 Hiroshi Uchida (United Nations University, Japan)
 Remi Zajac (CRL, New Mexico State University, USA)


Two day workshop with an equal amount of invited and refereed
presentations on day one, plus a number of smaller working groups with
group presentations on day two.

 Paper submission deadline April 30
 Notification of acceptance/rejection May 30
 Publication of workshop program June 15
 Workshop August 5/6


Submissions, in English, of at most 5000 words (in PS or PDF format)
should be sent (preferably by email) to the following two organizers:

 Paul Buitelaar ( )
 Language Technology
 Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
 D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany

 Koiti Hasida ( )
 Information Science Division
 Electrotechnical Laboratory
 1-1-4, Umezono, Tukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan

Workshop webpage:
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Message 2: Malay / Indonesian Linguistics Symposium

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 22:17:30 +0100
From: David Gil <>
Subject: Malay / Indonesian Linguistics Symposium

PKBB, Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
University of Delaware, Newark
Association for Linguistic Typology

Final Call for Abstracts

The Fourth International

26 - 27 July 2000
Jakarta, Indonesia


Persons wishing to present a paper at the symposium are
invited to submit a one-page abstract, by regular mail,
email, or fax, to David Gil, at any of the following

Department of Linguistics,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

fax: 49-341-9952119

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2000


Papers to be presented at the symposium should be concerned
with the Malay / Indonesian language in any of its varieties.
In addition to the standardized versions of Bahasa Melayu
and Bahasa Indonesia, papers are particularly welcome dealing
with non-canonical varieties such as Betawi Malay,
Jakarta Indonesian, Peranakan Malay, Bazaar Malay,
and regional dialects of Malay and Indonesian.
Papers may be in any of the subfields of linguistics, and may
represent variegated approaches and diverse theoretical
persuasions. Presentations at the symposium will be delivered
in English.



Bambang Kaswanti Purwo
Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya

Peter Cole
University of Delaware

David Gil
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Uri Tadmor
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


The Symposium is being held immediately after the
PELBBA conference, 24 - 25 July 2000, also at
Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya.
For information regarding PELBBA please contact
Bambang Kaswanti Purwo,

David Gil

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

Telephone: 49-341-9952310
Fax: 49-341-9952119
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