LINGUIST List 11.580

Wed Mar 15 2000

Calls: Comp Ling/Demos, Event Structure/ESSLLI-2000

Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <>

As a matter of policy, LINGUIST discourages the use of abbreviations or acronyms in conference announcements unless they are explained in the text.


  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, ANLP/NAACL2000 Call for Demos

Message 1: ANLP/NAACL2000 Call for Demos

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 17:37:08 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ANLP/NAACL2000 Call for Demos

	ANLP/NAACL2000 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 Program).

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
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue


Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 16:56:33 -0600 (CST)
From: Hana Filip <>

- ---------------------------------------------------------
			 ESSLLI 2000 Workshop on

			 August 6 - 10, 2000

		 A workshop held as part of the
 Twelfth European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
 	 August 6 - 18, 2000, Birmingham, Great Britain


 		 Submission Deadline: April 15, 2000

ORGANIZER: Hana Filip, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

The workshop focuses on the structuring of eventuality types 
by means of Paths, with special reference to the sources of 
telicity effects that are related to Paths in the concrete 
spatial domain, but also in a variety of other domains: cp. 
"John ran along/toward/into the house", "The train squealed
into/out of the station", "John hammered the metal flat". 

The structure of eventuality types and spatial relations are clearly 
central to our understanding of categories encoded in linguistic 
expressions and to our understanding of human cognition. Several 
research domains--linguistics, cognitive science, artificial 
intelligence and psychology--have focused on different 
aspects of these topics. While significant breakthroughs have 
been achieved in all these domains, the theoretical structures 
proposed tend to share little in common. One of the goals of this 
workshop is to bring to the fore the connections among them, 
and ultimately to show how a synthesis of the relevant results 
can be useful in the formulation of linguistic hypotheses in 
the domain event structure and telicity, and in providing empirical 
motivation for them. 

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working 
on linguistic, logical, computational and/or psychological 
aspects of the workshop topic, and submissions from all these areas 
of research are welcome.

Topics of the workshop will include (but are not limited to) 
the following four main areas:

(1) the ingredients of a general semantic framework for the 
representation of eventuality types involving Paths in a variety 
of dimensions, and for the calculation of the telic and atelic 
interpretation of sentences in which Paths of various types 
are crucially implicated;
(2) representational issues at the level of event structure, 
and the mapping between event structure and syntax; 
the treatment of mismatches between semantic and syntactic categories
(in terms of general compositional rules vs. other kinds of mechanism, 
such as telicity shifts and coercion, underspecification at the level 
of verbal and/or phrasal meanings);

(3) mathematical, logical and computational aspects of modelling of 
spatial relations (e.g., the axis and vector grammars, and their suitability 
for describing directional expressions in human language);

(4) the possibility of identifying universals of basic spatial terms 
that may pre-linguistically available to human beings and that are 
subject to modification by linguistic (and extra-lingustics) experience. 

All researchers, but especially Ph.D. students and young researchers, are 
invited to submit an abstract by April 15, 2000. Electronic submissions are 
highly encouraged (preferably as plain ASCII or Postscript). Abstracts 
should not exceed 2 (A4 or letter) pages, typeset in 10-12 points, 
with at least 2.5 cm / 1 inch margins. Submitted abstracts should 
be anonymous and be accompanied by the following details:

 - Title
 - Authors' names and affiliation
 - Address
 - E-mail addresses

Submissions should be sent before April 15, 2000 to the following

Hana Filip
Department of Linguistics
Northwestern University
2016 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4090
Tel: 847-491-7020 
Fax: 847-491-3770

If electronic submission is impossible, please send four copies of the 
paper to the above address. Informal enquiries by e-mail to 
the organizer are most welcome.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit full papers by 
June 1, 2000. Papers should not exceed 10 (A4 or letter) pages, 
typeset in 10-12 points, with at least 2.5 cm / 1 inch margins. 
The papers will be made available in a summer school reader. 
If sufficiently many high-quality papers are submitted, they may be 
published in an edited volume.


 April 15, 2000: Deadline for abstract submissions
 May 1, 2000: Notification of acceptance
 June 1, 2000: Final version of paper due
 August 6, 2000: Start of workshop


To obtain further information about ESSLLI'2000 please visit
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue