LINGUIST List 12.1061

Sun Apr 15 2001

Calls: Semantic Knowledge, Polysemy/Semantics

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  1. Alessandro Lenci, Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Categorisation (ESSLLI 2001)
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Polysemy & Semantic Indetermination

Message 1: Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Categorisation (ESSLLI 2001)

Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 10:46:20 +0200
From: Alessandro Lenci <lenciilc.pi.cnr.it>
Subject: Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Categorisation (ESSLLI 2001)

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SEMANTIC KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION AND CATEGORISATION

Workshop at ESSLLI XIII (Helsinki)

Helsinki, August 13th - 17th 2001

http://www.ilc.pi.cnr.it/~esslli
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Endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group on computational
semantics

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The sheer amount of knowledge necessary to shed light on the way word
meanings mutually relate in context or distribute in lexico-semantic
classes appears to exceed the limits of human conscious awareness and
descriptive capability. Particularly at this level of linguistic
analysis, then, we seem to be in need of automatic ways of filtering,
structuring and classifying semantic evidence through inspection of a
large number of word uses in context. Totally or partially unsupervised
inductive methods of knowledge acquisition from corpus data are credited
with being able to provide such ways. Yet, it remains to be seen how
acquired information can best be represented in current formal models
for knowledge representation, for it to be made available to mainstream
NLP applications.

There are reasons to believe that this integration will require much
more than a simple extension of off-the-shelf machine learning
technology. At the same time, any major breakthrough in this area is
bound to have significant repercussions on the way word meanings and
lexico-semantic classes in general are formally represented and used for
applications. With these purposes in mind, the workshop intends to focus
on the issue of interaction between techniques for inducing semantic
information from corpus data and formal methods of linguistic knowledge
representation. In particular, we encourage in-depth analysis of
underlying assumptions of the proposed techniques and methods and
discussion of possible relevant connections with cognitive,
linguistic,logical and philosophical issues.


TOPICS OF INTEREST

Possible themes for contributions are:

- development of 'data-driven' semantic type systems
- dynamic update and tuning of formal ontologies with text data
- 'hybrid models' of knowledge extraction, whereby machine learning
 methods are integrated with formal structures of knowledge
representation
- creation of dynamic lexical knowledge-bases
- formal representation and structuring of the flow of information
 extracted from texts.


WORKSHOP ORGANISATION

The workshop will be held on five subsequent days, August 13th-17th
2001. It will take place during the ESSLLI-Summer School in Helsinki,
and will be open to all members of the LLI-community, computational
linguistics and cognitive science as well. Each session will consist of
two talks plus discussion (30mins + 15mins each).
The workshop language will be English.

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GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

The organizers welcome contributions from different fields of
computational linguistics, logic and cognitive science.

1. Submissions will consist of full papers reporting on original,
 unpublished works. Papers should not exceed 5000 words
 (including references), must contain a 5-10 lines abstract, and must
 be submitted in postscript format

2. The reviewing of papers will be blind. Hence the paper
 should not include the authors' names and affiliations.
 Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity
 should be avoided.

3. Identification information will be put in a separate file
 consisting of:
 Title of the paper:
 Author(s):
 Affiliation(s):
 E-mail(s):
 Abstract:

4. Submitted papers and identification information must be sent
 to the following address by APRIL 23rd 2001:

 esslli2001ilc.pi.cnr.it

Accepted papers will be notified by MAY 15th, together with the
comments of the reviewers.

The final version of the papers will be prepared in LaTeX by JUNE 15th,
for publication in the Workshop proceedings. The stylesheet will be
circulated in due time.

Note that all workshop participants must register as participants
of ESSLLI. The early registration fees apply to authors of accepted
papers.

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IMPORTANT DATES

April 23rd 2001 - Deadline for submitting papers
May 15th 2001 - Notification of acceptance
June 15th 2001 - Preparation of the final version of the paper
June 30th 2001 - Final program of the workshop
August 13th 2001 - The workshop begins
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PROGRAM COMMITEE

Ted Briscoe (Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Pisa,
Italy)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, Princeton, USA)
Ed Hovy (USC, Marina del Rey CA, USA)
Dekang Lin (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
Antonio Sanfilippo (LingoMotors Inc., Cambridge MA, USA)
Piek Vossen (SAILLABS, Antwerpen, The Netherlands)


ORGANISING COMMITEE

Alessandro Lenci
Simonetta Montemagni
Vito Pirrelli

Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale (ILC) - CNR
Area della Ricerca CNR
Via Alfieri 1 (San Cataldo)
I-56010 PISA
Italy


CONTACT ADDRESS

esslli2001ilc.pi.cnr.it

WEB: http://www.ilc.pi.cnr.it/~esslli

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Message 2: Polysemy & Semantic Indetermination

Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 12:56:50 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmussecs.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Polysemy & Semantic Indetermination


 CALL FOR PAPERS
 Polysemy and Semantic Indetermination
 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
 22-25 August 2001

Important dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: by 15 May (postage date)
Acceptance notice: by 30 May

Abstracts must not exceed 500 words and may be sent by e-mail or by post
(hard copy AND floppy if latter).

Accepted formats: Postscript, PDF and Word for Windows
Please specify format on floppy label

Abstracts should be sent to:
Programa de Pos-graduacao em Linguistica
Centro de Comunicagco e Expressao
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Campus Universitario da Trindade
Bloco B- Sala 314
88040-970 Florianopolis SC
Brazil
e-mail: pglcce.ufsc.br

Introduction:

The lexicon issue, particularly the multiplicity of senses associated
to lexical items, has become a matter of growing importance in
linguistic research. This conference means to offer an opportunity for
interdisciplinary debate on the theme, encouraging participation of
scholars from different areas.

Relevant themes include but are not restricted to:

- polysemy and context
- semantics, pragmatics and the lexicon
- computational approaches to the lexicon
- semantic indetermination and pragmatic negotiation
- polysemy, discourse and argument

The event is planned so as to avoid simultaneous activities of any
kind. Therefore, only a limited number of papers will be accepted
(eight). Each paper presentation is allocated a thirty-minute slot,
twenty minutes for the presentation itself and ten minutes for
questions and discussion.

Abstracts may be written in Portuguese, French or English.

Organizers:
Linguistics Post-Graduate Program-UFSC
English Language Post-Graduate Program-UFSC

Organizing Committee:
Pedro Garcez (UFRGS)
Heronides Maurilio de Melo Moura (UFSC)
Marco Rocha (UFSC)
Leda Tomitch (UFSC)
Mara Sophia Zanotto (PUC-SP)

Invited speakers:
Oswald Ducrot (EHESS-Paris)
Marion Carel (EHESS-Paris)
Alan Cruse (Manchester)
Jacob Mey (Odense)
Georges Kleiber (Strasbourg)
Armelle Le Bars (Sorbonne Nouvelle)


Planned activities:
7 invited talks
3 debate sessions
2 tutorials
8 paper presentations

Conference languages: French, English and Portuguese

Bilingual handouts (in Portuguese and English or French) will be
provided for attendants in tutorials and invited talks. Speakers
presenting accepted papers who are not native speakers of Portuguese may
participate in the bilingual handout scheme, but are requested
to send their original handouts appropriately in advance.

Programme:

22-08-2001

8:45a.m.
Opening

9a.m.-10:30a.m
Invited talk
Oswald Ducrot (EHESS-Paris)
Polysemie et Argumentation

10:30-10:45a.m.
Break

10:45a.m.-12:15
Invited talk
Alan Cruse (Manchester).
On the individuation of polysemic sense
units: types and degrees of semantic autonomy

12:15p.m.-2p.m.

Lunch

2p.m.- 4p.m
Papers (4 presentations)

4p.m.-4:30p.m.
Coffee break

4:30p.m.-7:00p.m.
Tutorial 1
La semantique argumentative a l'epreuve de la description lexicale
Oswald Ducrot e Marion Carel

7:00p.m.-7:30p.m.
Break

7:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.
Tutorial 2
Polysemy and Pragmatics
Jacob Mey

23-08-2001

9a.m.-10:30a.m
Invited talk
Jacob Mey (Odense)
Polysemy and Pragmatics

10:30-10:45a.m.
Break

10:45a.m.-12:15a.m

Invited talk
Georges Kleiber (Strasbourg)
La polysemie, a la croisee des chemins

12:15p.m.-2p.m.
Lunch

2p.m.- 4p.m
Debate session
Dictionaries and computational approaches to the lexicon
Armelle Le Bars (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Marco Rocha(UFSC)
Third person to be announced

4p.m.-4:30p.m.
Break

4:30p.m.-7:00p.m.
Tutorial 1 (cont.)
La semantique argumentative a l'epreuve de la description lexicale
Oswald Ducrot e Marion Carel

7:00p.m.-7:15p.m.
Break

7:15p.m.-9:15p.m.
Tutorial 2 (cont.)
Polysemy and Pragmatics
Jacob Mey

24-08-2001

Invited Talks

8:30a.m.-9:30p.m.
Heronides Moura (UFSC)
Polissemia e Vagueza

9:30a.m.-10:30a.m.
Marco Rocha
Ideas for a WordNet-like lexical database of Portuguese

10:30a.m.-10:45a.m.

Break

10:45a.m.-12:15
Marion Carel (EHESS-Paris)
Ambiguite argumentative et predication

12:15p.m.-2p.m.
Lunch

2p.m.-4p.m.

Debate session
Indeterminacy and Negotiation of Meaning
Mara Zanotto (coordinator)
Jacob Mey (Odense)
Josalba Vieira (UFSC)

4:30p.m.-7:30p.m.
Tutorial 1 (cont.)
La semantique argumentative a l'epreuve de la description lexicale
Oswald Ducrot e Marion Carel


7:30p.m.-9:30p.m.
Tutorial 2 (cont.)
Polysemy and Pragmatics
Jacob Mey

25-08-2001

8a.m.-10a.m.
Papers (4 presentations)

10a.m.-12:00
Tutorial 2 (cont.)
Polysemy and Pragmatics
Jacob Mey

12:00-2:00p.m.
Lunch

2:00-4:00p.m.
Debate session
Psycholinguistics and Polysemy
Regine Kolinsky (U.Libre de Bruxelles)
Edwiges Moratto (UNICAMP)

Leonor Scliar (UFSC)

4:30p.m.
Closing


Fees : Conference and one tutorial: R$ 100,00
 Conference and two tutorials: R$ 130,00
 Conference only: R$ 60,00

Note: One US dollar is roughly equivalent to two reais (R$ above)

Conference forms (below) should be printed and sent to:
Pos-graduacao em Linguistica
Centro de Comunicacao e Expressao
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Campus Universitario da Trindade
Bloco B Sala 314
88040-970 Florianopolis SC

_________________________________________________________________________

 Conference
 Polisemy and Semantic Indetermination

Name_____________________________________________________________
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Institution____________________________________________________
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Tutorial 1 ( )
Tutorial 2 ( )
Conference only ( )


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Fees should be settled by cheque or bank order payable to Heronides
Maurilio de Melo Moura.

The conference will take place at Hotel Engenho Velho, a hotel in the
northeastern region of Santa Catarina Island, where Florianspolis is
located. The hotel is roughly twenty kilometers away from central
Florianspolis. Participants are thus advised to stay at the conference
venue. 

Facilities are quite comfortable and appropriate. The hotel has a
swimming pool, tennis court, football pitch and plenty of natural
woods and lagoon mangrove areas for walks. Wild life watchers will
have plenty to enjoy.

Prices in Brazilian reais listed below are full board per person per
day.
Participants are asked to do their own reservation arrangements in due
advance, preferably in suitable groups for sharing if double or triple
room choices are selected.

Single room R$ 70,00
Double room R$ 60,00 (each person)
Triple room R$ 55,00 (each person)

The hotel administration should be contacted by the phone:
+55 +48 2697000
or at the site http://www.engenhovelho.com.br

See you in Florianopolis
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