LINGUIST List 12.497

Thu Feb 22 2001

Calls: German/History of Ling, Semantic Knowledge

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  1. Peter Schmitter, German Association for the History of Linguistics (SGdS)
  2. Alessandro Lenci, Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Categorisation (ESSLLI) 2001

Message 1: German Association for the History of Linguistics (SGdS)

Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 17:24:09 +0900
From: Peter Schmitter <>
Subject: German Association for the History of Linguistics (SGdS)

Call for Papers

The 13th annual International Colloquium of the "Studienkreis
'Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft' (SGdS), the German Association for
the History of Linguistics, will be held in Laer (near Muenster,
Germany) from July 14-15, 2001. The conference is on the whole field
of the history of linguistics as well as on metahistoriography,
i.e. the theory and methodology of linguistic
historiography. Conference languages are English, French, and German.
Papers should not exceed 30 minutes. Applications and abstracts are to
be submitted before May 15, 2001 to Lefteris Roussos
( or Peter Schmitter (
For further information contact:

Prof. Dr. Peter Schmitter
University of Muenster (Germany) and
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, Korea)
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Message 2: Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Categorisation (ESSLLI) 2001

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 12:57:03 +0100
From: Alessandro Lenci <>
Subject: Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Categorisation (ESSLLI) 2001

************************* CALL FOR PAPERS ******************************


Workshop at ESSLLI XIII (Helsinki)

Helsinki, August 13th - 17th 2001
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Endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group on computational

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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.


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
- creation of dynamic lexical knowledge-bases
- formal representation and structuring of the flow of information
 extracted from texts.


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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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:

4. Submitted papers and identification information must be sent
 to the following address by MARCH 15th 2001:

Accepted papers will be notified by APRIL 30th, together with the
comments of the reviewers.

The final version of the papers will be prepared in LaTeX by MAY 31st,
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

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March 15th 2001 - Deadline for submitting papers
April 30th 2001 - Notification of acceptance
May 31st 2001 - Preparation of the final version of the paper
June 15th 2001 - Final program of the workshop
August 13th 2001 - The workshop begins
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Ted Briscoe (Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Pisa,
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)


Alessandro Lenci
Simonetta Montemagni
Vito Pirrelli

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



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