LINGUIST List 12.1560

Wed Jun 13 2001

Calls: Linguistic Databases, Semantic Processing

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  1. Steven Bird, Linguistic Database Workshop
  2. SEMPRO - Semantic Processing Workshop, Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing

Message 1: Linguistic Database Workshop

Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 20:54:23 EDT
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Linguistic Database Workshop


			University of Pennsylvania
			 Philadelphia, USA
			 11-13 December 2001

			 Organized by:
	 Steven Bird, Peter Buneman and Mark Liberman
	 Department of Computer and Information Science,
 Department of Linguistics, and the Linguistic Data Consortium
			University of Pennsylvania

		 Funded by the National Science Foundation


Linguistic databases are digital repositories of structured information
intended to document natural language and natural communicative
interaction. Over the last decade, linguistic databases have come to stand
at the center of empirical research in the language sciences, and in the
development of new human language technologies. Like genomic databases,
linguistic databases are complex, evolving and richly annotated
repositories, and pose interesting challenges for efficient representation,
indexing and query. And like most scientific databases, linguistic
databases have made little use of standard database technology.

The goals of the workshop are to take stock of existing research in
linguistic databases, to identify the key problems, and to explore
applications of current database research to these problems. More broadly,
the workshop will help define the research questions of a new "linguistic
database community" and initiate the ongoing interchange of relevant
problems and results between this community and the database community at

The workshop is expected to attract participants from a range of
specialties including databases, linguistics, computational linguistics,
annotation and markup. There will be tutorial-style presentations on
relevant models in each of these areas.

The workshop will address a selection of the following topics:

* models for text databases, speech databases, multimodal databases,
 typological databases, geographical databases (language maps),
 and metadata repositories
* relational, object-oriented and semi-structured models for
 representing linguistic annotations
* representations for specific linguistic datatypes (e.g. databases of
 aligned parallel text)
* modelling temporal and (geo)spatial structure
* critical analysis of existing linguistic databases
* special problems for systematic data representation posed by
 linguistic fieldwork

* query of multilayer annotations
* linguistic applications/extensions of XML query languages
* analysis of existing ad hoc query languages
* queries over temporal and (geo)spatial structure

* database support (e.g. what standard database technology has proven
 worthwhile for linguistic databases?)
* systematic methods for populating linguistic databases
* appropriate indexing methods for linguistic strings and structures
* archiving and preservation
* metadata standards serving as finding aids for linguistic databases
* data provenance / data lineage
* annotation servers


The program will have a varied format, designed to maximize
cross-fertilization among the various specialties, and to allow
extended open discussion. Components of the program will include:

* tutorials on relevant models from linguistics, databases
 or annotation, e.g. the structure of lexical entries,
 semi-structured query languages, models of text and signal annotation
* panel sessions on annotated text and lexicons (and possibly others),
 with position papers and panel discussion,
 to evaluate competing approaches
* full papers reporting new research
* demonstrations of systems for creating and/or managing
 linguistic data


Expressions of interest are welcome anytime, please see the form on the
workshop website. If you have any suggestions concerning the workshop,
please email the organizers.

 Proposals for tutorials and position papers - please email the organizers
 Abstracts for papers (400 words) and demonstrations (200 words)
 Final papers (10 page limit)

Registration will be open in September. Please note that participation
will be limited by space.


The papers will be published in web and hardcopy form (the latter just
for workshop attenders). Papers submitted in HTML should be written
with the hardcopy version in mind, so a text string which anchors a
hyperlink should be directly interpretable, rather than e.g. "visit
this link".


The workshop will be held at the Institute for Research in Cognitive
Science (IRCS) at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia,
USA. Workshop sessions will take place in IRCS conference rooms,
located on the fourth floor of 3401 Walnut Street, adjacent to the
university campus, which is two miles west of the city center. The
main meeting rooms will be equipped with the usual presentation
facilities, including projection and audio facilities.


The workshop is being funded by some NSF grants to the University of
Pennsylvania. There will be no registration fee, and hotel accomodation
will be covered for presenters.

USEFUL WEBSITES Database Research at Penn Linguistic Annotation Linguistic Exploration IRCS homepage NSF TalkBank Project NSF ISLE Project Open Language Archives Community Philadelphia Getting to Penn


Steven Bird
Peter Buneman
Mark Liberman

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Message 2: Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 00:01:53 +0100 (BST)
From: SEMPRO - Semantic Processing Workshop <>
Subject: Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing

 Preliminary Call for Participation


 (A workshop in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the
 Cognitive Science Society)

 July 31st, University of Edinburgh

The goal of this workshop is to be a forum and a meeting point for researchers
developing models of semantic / pragmatic processing (computational and
non-computational) motivated by psychological evidence or corpus studies, with
a focus on human language processing. This year's workshop will
feature papers on:

- incrementality and underspecification in semantic processing
- lexical access and disambiguation
- anaphora resolution
- scope assignment

We would especially like to encourage the exchange of results between
psychological experimentation, computational modelling, and
corpus-based work.

INVITED SPEAKERS: Julie Sedivy (Brown), Tony Sanford (Glasgow).


the workshop will include both presentations and a poster session. A
preliminary list of accepted papers is available at


The registration fee will be �40 for regular participants, �20 for
students. The fee covers lunch.


Several types of accomodation are listed in the pages for the
Cognitive Science conference,

We strongly encourage the participants to book early - accomodation in
Edinburgh in that period is hard to find!

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Massimo Poesio (local organizer), Alan Garnham,
Maria Lapata, Julie Sedivy, Rosemary Stevenson, Peter Wiemer-Hastings.
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