LINGUIST List 12.2175

Thu Sep 6 2001

Calls: Natural Semantic Metalanguage, Wordnet

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  1. Bert Peeters, Natural Semantic Metalanguage
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, 1st International Wordnet Conference

Message 1: Natural Semantic Metalanguage

Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001 13:43:32 +1000
From: Bert Peeters <>
Subject: Natural Semantic Metalanguage

Anna Wierzbicka's natural semantic metalanguage (also known as the
"semantic primitives" approach) is being used by an increasing number of
researchers across the world, on a multitude of languages, for the
purpose of gaining new insights in a variety of culture-specific
concepts, values, keywords, communicative norms etc. To date, the amount
of relevant work in the area of Romance, and more specifically French,
is rather modest. Marie-Odile Junker (Carleton University) and I are
thinking of bringing together a number of studies, either on Romance in
general or on French (and its dialects, creoles...) in particular - if
not on both -, which provide constructive criticism and/or further
empirical evidence for the fruitfulness of the approach. We are looking
at a large-scale project which would result in publication in 2003 at
the earliest, perhaps only in 2004. This would provide enough time to
bring together an enthusiastic team of collaborators, who would be given
a very reasonable amount of time to write up one or more papers which
would then be peer-reviewed before being prepared for publication.

This is a call for contributions to what promises to be an exciting
project. It is envisaged that the typical contributor will already have
some familiarity with the natural semantic metalanguage - although
newcomers to the approach are by no means excluded. For a crash-course
in the natural semantic metalanguage, see Cliff Goddard's overview on
the University of New England website:

Would potential contributors please identify themselves and provide me
with some information on the amount of exposure they have had to NSM,
and in what way(s) they would be willing to take part in this venture?
For now, it is intended to leave as many doors open as possible, and to
work out a more specific project at a later stage.

I shall be happy to answer questions or to redirect queries to NSM
specialists more knowledgeable than me.

Bert Peeters


Dr Bert Peeters
Acting Head of School
School of English, Journalism & European Languages
University of Tasmania
GPO Box 252-82
Hobart TAS 7001

Tel.: +61 (0)3 6226 2344
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Message 2: 1st International Wordnet Conference

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 15:49:07 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: 1st International Wordnet Conference

Call for papers
1st International Wordnet Conference
Mysore, India
21-25 January 2002

The Global Wordnet Association together with CIIL Mysore, IIT Bombay and
IIIT Hyderabad are very pleased to announce the first International
Conference on Wordnets. The conference will be held at the Central Institute
of Indian Languages, Mysore (Karnataka State), India

Details about the Association and the full announcement for the conference
can be found on the GWA website (

The conference will include tutorials on building wordnets, demonstrations
of wordnet databases and wordnet-based software, wordnet project
presentations and scientific papers on any issue related to wordnets,
including but not limited to:

A.	Linguistics and WordNet:
	a.	In depth analysis of Semantic Relations,
	b.	Theoretical definitions of word meaning,
	c.	Necessity and Completeness issues.
B.	Architecture of the WordNet:
	a.	Language independent and language dependent components
C.	Tools and Methods for Wordnet Development:
	a.	User and Data entry interface, organization,
	b.	Extending and enriching wordnets
D.	WordNet as a lexical resource and component of NLP and MT system:
	a.	Word sense disambiguation using wordnet,
	b.	Ontologies and WordNet,
	c.	The Lexicon and WordNet
E.	Applications of WordNet:
	a.	Information Extraction and Retrieval,
	b.	Document Structuring and Categorization,
	c.	Automatic Hyperlinking
	d.	Language Teaching,
 e. Psycholinguistic Applications
F.	Standardization, distribution and availability of wordnets and wordnet

Presentations will fall into one of the following categories:

- long papers (30 mins) (9 pages)
- short papers (15 mins) (6 pages)
- project reports (10 mins) (4 pages)
- demonstrations (10 mins) (4 pages)

Submissions will have to state the preferred format. Acceptance may be
subject to changes in the format or length of the presentation.
(E.g., a long paper submission may be accepted as a short paper.)

Long papers should contain approximately 5,00 words (9 pages); short papers
should be approx. 3,000 words long (6 pages). Project reports and
transcripts of demos
will be limited to approx. 2,000 words (4 pages of text). The papers should
largely follow
the ACL-style sheets. Style sheets and examples can be downloaded from the
conference web site:

Papers should be submitted in electronic form (Word). Author(s) should
register as a submitter and email their paper to:

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2001. Decisions regarding
acceptance will be announced to the authors in early November.

The host institution (CIIL) has stated their intent to publish the
both in paper and CD format.

Program Committee:

Christiane Fellbaum (Chair), Princeton University (USA)
Piek Vossen, Irion, NL (President of the GWA)
Eneko Agirre, University of the Basque Country (ES)
Pushpak Bhattacharya, IIT Bombay (India)
Pierrette Bouillon, University of Geneva (CH)
Nicoletta Calzolari, University of Pisa (IT)
Phil Edmonds, Sharp (GB)
Charles Fillmore, University of California at Berkeley (USA)
Sandiway Fong, NECI Princeton (USA)
Fernando Gomez, University of Central Florida (USA)
Julio Gonzalo, UNED (ES)
Maria Gronostaj, University of Goteborg (SW)
Sanda Harabagiu, University of TX at Austin (USA)
Yoshihiko Hayashi, NTT (Japan)
Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tuebingen (D)
Hideki Hirakawa, Toshiba (Japan)
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto (CA)
B.D. Jayaram, CIIL, Mysore (India)
Adam Kilgarriff, University of Brighton (GB)
Bernardo Magnini, IRST Povo (IT)
Yanis Maistros, New Technical University of Athens (GR)
Palmira Marrafa, University of Lisbon (PT)
S. P. Mudur, NCST, Mumbai (India)
Karel Pala, University of Brno (CZ)
Martha Palmer, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Bolette Pedersen, Center for Sprogteknologi, Copenhagen (DK)
Wim Peters, University of Sheffield (GB)
German Rigau, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (ES)
Antonio Sanfilippo, LingoMotors (USA)
Rajeev Sangal, IIT, Hyderabad (India)
Frederique Segond, Xerox Grenoble (F)
U. N. Singh, Director of the CIIL, Mysore (India)
Philip Resnik, University of Maryland (USA)
Virach Sornlertlamvanich, NECTEC (Thailand)
Kadri Vider, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft (USA)

National Committee: Udaya Narayana Singh(Chair), Rajeev Sangal,
Durgesh Rao, Pushpak Bhattacharya, K.V. Narayana Murthy,
C.N. Krishnan, Laxmithathachar.

Local Organising Committee: Udaya Narayana Singh (Chair), B.D. Jayaram
(Secretary), K.S. Rajyashree, A.K. Basu, Jennifer Bayer, R. Krishnamurthy,
Tony McEnery.

Important dates:

01-09-2001		Call for papers and 2nd announcement
01-10-2001		Deadlines for submissions
01-11-2001		Acceptance of papers
01-12-2001		Final papers, registration is open
21/25-01-2002		Conference

Please watch the wordnet www sites for further information and

Global Wordnet Association
CIIL Mysore
IIT Bombay
IIIT Hyderabad
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