LINGUIST List 12.2431

Tue Oct 2 2001

Calls: Generative Grammar, Computational Ling

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  1. Piero Bottari, XXVIII Incontro di Grammatica Generativa
  2. Grefenstette,Greg, Special Issue of Computational Linguistics

Message 1: XXVIII Incontro di Grammatica Generativa

Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 17:33:53 +0200
From: Piero Bottari < Bottari p.bottari"">"Piero Bottari p.bottari">
Subject: XXVIII Incontro di Grammatica Generativa



	Second announcement

The 'XXVIII Incontro di Grammatica Generativa' will be organized
by the University of Lecce on February 28 - March 2, 2002.
The conference will include two invited speakers.

Submissions are invited for papers in any field related to the formal
study of grammar.

================== INVITED SPEAKERS ======================

		Jean-Yves Pollock
		Ken Wexler

================== ABSTRACT SUBMISSION ==================

The selection of papers will be based on anonymous reviewing
of abstracts. Authors are requested to submit their abstracts
by E-MAIL to the following address:

We can only accept abstracts sent as plain e-mail messages and NOT
abstracts sent as attachments. Each speaker will be allotted 30
minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts may
not exceed the length of 5000 characters including title, references,
etc. Please, add the author's complete SURFACE MAIL ADDRESS and
E-MAIL ADDRESS at the bottom of the abstract. The official languages
of the conference are English and all major Romance languages.

 		-- NOVEMBER 15th, 2001 ---

Notification of acceptance will be no later than January 15th, 2002.

 The Organizing Commitee

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Message 2: Special Issue of Computational Linguistics

Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 11:47:30 -0400
From: Grefenstette,Greg <>
Subject: Special Issue of Computational Linguistics

			 Web as Corpus

Guest editors
Adam Kilgarriff, ITRI, University of Brighton and 
 Oxford University Press
Gregory Grefenstette, Clairvoyance Corporation 

The Web is an immense, multilingual, freely available corpus. As with
other large new corpora, computational linguists have been stimulated
by its presence. Web research includes many of the most talked about
papers of recent ACL and other meetings (eg Resnik, ACL '99; Brill,
"Does the web change everything?", ACL SIGNLL '01).

In comparison with most corpora studied to date, the web is
heterogeneous and noisy. Methods for handling the noise, and
extracting and exploiting subcorpora meeting particular criteria, are
being developed by a widening population ranging from students who
realise that it is an obvious place to obtain their corpus for free,
to companies who seek to use HLT techniques on datasets other than the
ones HLT researchers usually use.

NLP can both give to, and take from, the web (distinction due to
Dragomir Radev). It can give to the web technologies such as
summarisation, MT and question-answering. But the giving side of the
equation looks only at short-to-medium term goals. For the longer
term, for 'giving' as well as for other purposes, a deeper
understanding of the linguistic nature of the web and its potential
for CL/NLP is required. For that, we must take the web itself, in
whatever limited way, as an object of study, and uncover what it has
to tell us about the nature of language. The Special Issue will focus
on how we can use the web, rather than how we can help web users.

The issues which we will expect Special Issue papers to cover include: 

 Lexical data derived from the Web 
 Classifying Web language; the range of text types on the Web 
 Mapping Web documents onto existing ontologies; 
 implications for ontologies 
 Clustering in an open corpus 
 The multilingual Web as a resource for translation 
 CL/HLT engagement with the Semantic Web 


Papers due: 30 April 2002 


Initial submissions should be sent to: 
1. Guest Editors, 
2. Publishing Editor 
 Julia Hirschberg ( 

For initial submissions only, authors should send electronic copies
(postscript, pdf, rtf, or doc) to both the Guest Editors and the
Publishing Editor. Please indicate that the submission is for the
Special Issue of Computational Linguistics: Web as Corpus.

Questions about submissions should be directed to the two Guest
Editors, rather than the Journal or Publishing Editors.
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