LINGUIST List 12.3080

Wed Dec 12 2001

Calls: Text-Speech-Dialogue,Resources-Tools Field Ling

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  1. [** iso-8859-2 charset **] Robert Bat�ek, TSD 2002 - PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
  2. Evelyn Whyte, International Workshop on Resources and Tools in Field Linguistics


Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 10:41:15 +0100
From: [** iso-8859-2 charset **] Robert Bat�ek <>


Fifth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE
(TSD 2002)
Brno, Czech Republic, 9-12 September 2002

The conference is organised by the Faculty of Informatics,
Masaryk University, Brno and the Faculty of Applied Sciences,
University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported
by International Speech Communication Association


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between
researchers in both spoken and written language processing
from the former East Block countries and their Western colleagues.
Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in
their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.


Topics of the TSD 2002 conference will include
(but are not limited to):
text corpora and tagging;
transcription problems in spoken corpora;
sense disambiguation;
links between text and speech oriented systems;
parsing issues, especially parsing problems in spoken texts;
multi-lingual issues, especially multi-lingual dialogue systems;
information retrieval and text/topic summarization;
speech modeling;
speech segmentation;
speech recognition;
text-to-speech synthesis;
dialogue systems;
development of dialogue strategies;
prosody in dialogues;
user modeling;
knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems;
assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue;
applied systems and software.

Papers on processing of languages other than English
are strongly encouraged.


Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
Hynek Hermansky, USA (executive chair)
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Genevieve Baudoin, France
Attila Ferencz, Romania
Eva Hajicova, Czech Rep.
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Rep.
Eduard Hovy, USA
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Rep.
Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
Ramesh Krishnamurthy, GB
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Rep.
Elmar Noeth, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Rep.
Karel Pala, Czech Rep.
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Rep.
Josef Psutka, Czech Rep.
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
E.G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
Yorick Wilks, GB


Bartek Ludek, Batusek Robert, Gaura Pavel, Horak Ales,
Komarkova Dana (secretary), Kopecek Ivan (co-chair),
Matousek Vaclav, Pala Karel (co-chair), Sedlacek Radek,
Smrz Pavel, Sojka Petr, Staudek Jan, Veber Marek,
Zackova Eva, Zizka Jan


The conference program will include oral presentations and
poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time
for discussions of the issues raised. The program will
also involve short communications and reports about ongoing
projects. The latter types of contributions will not appear
in the proceedings. Social events including a trip
in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional
informal interactions.

TSD 2002 is supported by International Speech Communication
Association (ISCA). The organizing committee will subsidize
young researchers and participants from East Europe.


Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages.
Those accepted will be presented as oral lectures. Authors are
invited to submit a short paper not exceeding 4 pages. Those accepted
are for poster presentation. The submissions should be sent
electronically to Advance registration and
payment for the conference fee is mandatory. Simultaneous
submissions to other conferences are not allowed.

The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX or
LaTeX formats. These formats are neccesary for the final versions
of the papers to be (that will be) published in the Springer Lecture
Notes. The paper format has to be either PDF or Postscript file with
all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance,
presenters will receive further information on submitting their
camera-ready and electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the
final paper format see

Authors are invited to present actual projects, developed software or
interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The
demonstration papers will not appear in the Proceedings of TSD 2002.
The authors of the demonstration should provide the abstract not exceeding
one page.


Submission of full papers and short papers (submitting a paper
is considered as preliminary registration):
March 15, 2002

Notification of acceptance sent to the authors:
April 30, 2002

Final papers (camera ready) and registration:
May 31, 2002

Submission of demonstration papers:
July 31, 2002

Conference date:
September 13-16, 2002

The contributions to the conference will be published in
proceedings that will be made available to participants at
the time of the conference.


The official language of the conference is English.


The conference fee will be specified later.
The organizing committee will provide discounts and grants
for the participants from the East European countries.

The organizing committee will arrange an accommodation in a student
dormitories in a walking distance from the place of the Conference
at a reasonable price. The actual list of available hotels and
prices will be accessible at the website.


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:

Dana Komarkova
TSD 2002 Faculty of Informatics
Masaryk University
Botanick� 68a
CZ-602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
telephone: +420 5 41 512 359
fax: +420 5 41 212 568
The official TSD 2002 homepage is:


Brno is the the second largest city in the Czech Republic
with population of almost 400,000, and is the country's judiciary
and trade-fair centre. Brno is the capital of Moravia, which is in
the south-east part of the Czech Republic. It had been the King's
town since 1347 and with its six Universities it forms a cultural center
of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct trains or buses from
Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).

For the participants with some extra time, some nearby
places may also be of interest.

The local ones include:
Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri Castle, Old and New
City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with St. Thomas Church
and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St. James, Bishops
Church of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole,
famous villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe
and other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.

For those willing to venture out of Brno,
Moravian Karst with Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield
of Battle of three emperors (Napoleon, Russian Alexander and
Austrian Franz - battle by Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov
(Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle, Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau,
Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau, Mikulov with one of the greatest
Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe, Telc - the town on the list of
UNESCO and many others are all within an easy reach.

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Message 2: International Workshop on Resources and Tools in Field Linguistics

Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 11:09:10 +0100
From: Evelyn Whyte <>
Subject: International Workshop on Resources and Tools in Field Linguistics

 1. Announcement and Call for Papers

 International Workshop on Resources and Tools
 in Field Linguistics


Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 15 February 2002
Notification of Acceptance: 15 March 2002
Submission of Final Workshop Papers: 12 April 2002

Workshop: 26-27 May 2002
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

There is general recognition that many of the world's languages are
rapidly losing speakers. This constitutes loss of a rich cultural
heritage, a loss which future generations will deeply
regret. Considerable efforts have been made to halt this decline and
revitalize these languages; but the decline of these languages is now
so far advanced that a majority of presently existing languages will
become extinct within this century. If this heritage is to be
preserved in any sense, then there must be a serious effort towards
documenting and archiving linguistic data on these languages, so that
reconstruction of the essentials of such languages is possible in
posterity, along with the living cultural environment in which they
presently function.

The urgency of this task has changed the direction of field
linguistics, and imposed on it completely new requirements. The
highest priority can no longer be placed upon the simple publication
of field-work, even when based on careful, in-depth analysis of
linguistic phenomena. To preserve as much as possible of the cultural
heritage of these languages, we need instead multimedia recordings,
which are accompanied by carefully designed linguistic
annotations. And we must utilize for this purpose technologies which
guarantee long-term access to all the many facets of the material. In
addition, the advent of the World-Wide-Web requires that the archived
resources be available in new ways, and in conformance with the most
widely adopted emergent standards. If this effort is to be successful,
it must also include good relations with the members of the indigenous
communities which provide the data, and a close cooperation between
linguists and the engineers who provide the technology.

A number of important new initiatives, for example AILLA, DOBES,
E-MELD, LACITO, and ASEDA, have begun work along these lines. There
also exist other institutions, such as the Max Plank Institute for
Psycholinguistics, which began still earlier the task of storing
valuable recordings, and their accompanying added linguistic value.

The workshop will be held as a pre-conference workshop of the 3rd
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC),
which has expanded its scope to include field linguistics. We expect
to have special sessions at the conference dedicated to the special
needs and problems of field linguistics. LREC is unique amongst
conferences world-wide, in that it brings together experts of diverse
expertise, who both create and maintain language resources. The LREC
announcement text ( indicates that the conference
has an extended scope and a broad view of what constitutes language
resources. In addition, the LREC conference includes exhibitions and
training courses, which we expect participants of the proposed
workshop would find very useful indeed.

As part of the LREC conference, the primary goal of the workshop is
dedicated to structural and technological issues involved in language
documentation including its cultural background, and in ways of
accessing archived data. Deeper linguistic aspects of the
documentation endeavor and its attendant legal and ethical aspects can
only be touched briefly. We mention here a few keywords which indicate
the scope of the workshop:

Media Formats
Digitization Methods
Project Workflow Schemes
Metadata for Resource Retrieval
Long-Term Archiving Strategies
Annotation Structures and Formats
Interlinear Text Formats
Character Encoding Guidelines
Language Encoding Guidelines
Linguistic Encoding Guidelines
Dictionary Structures and Formats
Typology Databases
Geographic Information Systems
Integration of Field Notes
Data Types in language documentation
Web-based Archive Access
Tools for language documentation
User Interfaces for Native Speakers

The workshop will be organized so as to provide time for large
projects to inform interested researchers about the methods they use
and their experiences so far. It will further provide time and space
for other projects to describe how they document languages. Panel and
discussion sessions will allow interested researchers to raise
questions and comment on the methods chosen.

The goals of the workshop are:

(1) To improve our understanding of the methods to be applied when
documenting language data, with a special focus on languages which are
in danger of becoming extinct; and (2) To discuss methods which have
already been applied by different projects and which hold promise.

Workshop Organizers
- -----------------
Peter Austin, Melbourne University
Helen Dry, Eastern Michigan University
Peter Wittenburg, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics

Important Dates
- -------------
Abstract Submissions		15 February 2002
Notification of Acceptance	15 March 2002
Final Versions			12 April 2002
Workshop				26-27 May 2002

Abstract Submission - ----------------- Submitted abstracts should
consist of about 400 words. The abstracts should be submitted
electronically as PDF, PS, RTF, or plain text files to the following
address: The deadline for submitting the
abstracts is February 15th. The notification of acceptance will be
sent by March 15th 2002.

Paper Submissions and Proceedings - -------------------------------
There is one month between the notification of acceptance and
submission of a workshop paper. Papers have to be submitted
electronically to the same address ( as PDF, PS,
RTF, or plain text files. There will be proceedings of this workshop
which will be made available free to all participants at the beginning
of the workshop.

Organizational Matters - -------------------- For all questions with
respect to the content of this workshop, please send emails to Since this workshop will be embedded in the LREC
conference all emails with respect to organizational and financial
questions can be addressed to the official LREC email address as well: Forms for registration, accommodation reservation
etc will be found on the LREC web-site:

For current information about the workshop see:

The participation fees for this workshop will be 90 EURO for
conference participants and 140 EURO for the others. The first day of
the workshop will be supported by funds from ISLE and DOBES. The fees
cover a copy of the proceedings.

Program Committee
- ---------------
Anthony Aristar		
Peter Austin			
Steven Bird			
Bernard Comrie		
Helen Dry			
Arienne Dwyer		
Dafydd Gibbon		
Nikolaus Himmelmann	
Terry Langendoen		
Stephen Levinson		
Kazuto Matsumura		
Patrick McConvell		
Tony McEnery		
Boyd Michailovsky		
Ulrike Mosel			
Peter Muysken		
David Nash			
David Nathan			
Randy LaPolla			
Hans-J�rgen Sasse		
Gunter Senft			
Gary Simons			
Peter Wittenburg	
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