LINGUIST List 12.61

Fri Jan 12 2001

Calls: Modular Programming/NLP, Lang/Special Purposes

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  1. Catalina Barbu, Modular Programming for NLP at Eurolan'01
  2. Anne Wagner, Language for Special Purposes

Message 1: Modular Programming for NLP at Eurolan'01

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 00:08:27 -0000
From: Catalina Barbu <>
Subject: Modular Programming for NLP at Eurolan'01

Workshop on "Modular Programming applied to Natural Language Processing"
 Held as part of EUROLAN'01 Summer School
 July 30 - August 11
 Iasi, Romania

The call for papers and comprehensive information can be found on line 

The effectiveness of modular programming in designing software has long
been acknowledged by the computer science community. However, the 
computational linguistics community preferred to develop components in 
isolation, without integrating existing modules into proposed systems. 
There are several reasons for this. Firstly, integration of different 
modules is not a trivial task, requiring a lot of time. Usually the 
major problem is the loss of information caused when the output of one 
module has to be converted to the input of another. Most research 
projects do not have the time or resources to concentrate on a real 
modular architecture, using trade offs (such as manually created inputs) 
instead. Secondly, most of the work in the research community is 
directed towards proposing and demonstrating new hypotheses, and not 
building robust and fully automatic applications. In many cases 
preprocessing steps, which produce the input data for the tested method, 
are considered trivial and accurate, and as a result replaced with hand 
produced data. Therefore, when a researcher needs a certain module for a 
method, s/he prefers to produce the output of that program manually, 
either because s/he is not aware of an existing implementation which 
performs the required task, or because the work involved in setting it 
up is greater than that involved in manually producing the output 
(usually because the implementation was developed and tested on a 
different platform).

However, this situation has started to change rapidly. More and more 
researchers have appreciated the complexity of NLP tasks and the need to 
use modular programming. A quick look at the systems presented at the 
latest MUC indicated that they are complex systems which reuse previous 
research. Systems like GATE have been designed in order to help with the 
integration of different modules in a system. In addition, the research 
community is increasingly requiring the development of fully automatic 

This workshop will provide a forum for discussion between researchers 
involved in the development of automatic NLP systems and leading names 
in the field. We would like to invite all researchers to submit their 
original and unpublished work to the workshop. Topics of interest 
include but are not limited to:
- modular architectures for NLP
- black/glass box evaluation measures
- research on the influence of substitution and alternate combinations 
of modules on overall system performance
- reusability
- integration of resources (including conversion formats between modules)
- platforms for developing modular applications
- repositories
Demos of the presented systems are encouraged.

2. Submission Requirements

Papers should describe original work in progress or completed work. The 
main purpose of presenting at the Workshop is to exchange ideas with 
other researchers and to receive helpful feedback for further 
development of the work.

The submissions should not exceed 10 pages with 12pt Times New Roman 
font including figures, references, and appendices. Authors will be sent 
details of the final format for camera-ready versions together with 
notification of acceptance. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two 
members of the program committee.

Electronic submissions are encouraged but hard copies are acceptable. 
For electronic submission, papers should be in Postscript, PDF, 
Microsoft Word, or RTF format. For other formats, please contact the 
organising committee. All papers should be sent to

3. Contact Address

Constantin Orasan
University of Wolverhampton
Stafford Street
Email: (please use "EUROLAN WORKSHOP" in the subject line)

4. Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 1st April 2001
Notification of Acceptance: 4th May 2001
Camera-ready Papers: 1st June 2001
Workshop: To be announced

5. Registration

People wanting to attend the workshop must be registered in the 
Eurolan'01 School. Participation to the workshop is open to all 
Eurolan'01 attendants. Copies of workshop proceedings will be made 

6. Organizing committee

Constantin Orasan - University of Wolverhampton)
Richard Evans - University of Wolverhampton)
Catalina Barbu - University of Wolverhampton)

7. Program committee

Dan Cristea - University of Iasi
Hamish Cunningham - University of Sheffield
Le An Ha - University of Wolverhampton
Nancy Ide - Vassar College, Poughkeepsie
Ramesh Krishnamurty - University of Wolverhampton
Daniel Marcu - University of Southern California
Oliver Mason - University of Wolverhampton
Ruslan Mitkov - University of Wolverhampton
Maximiliano Saiz Noeda - University of Alicante
Chris Paice - Lancaster University
Valentin Tablan - Universities of Iasi & Sheffield
Doina Tatar - Babes-Bolyai University
Dan Tufis - Romanian Academy
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Message 2: Language for Special Purposes

Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 09:44:59 +0000
From: Anne Wagner <>
Subject: Language for Special Purposes

20-24 August 2001: Vaasa University, Finland: 13th European Symposium on


 "LEGAL DISCOURSE AND SOCIAL INQUIRY: its interpretation and
innovative directions"

Content: It will give contributors an opportunity not only to re-assess the
linguistic descriptions of legal discourse, but also consider the utility of
the latter in relation to former and/or oncoming social, political,
legislative or jurisprudential developments. The topics and aspects to be
discussed could be speech acts, conversational structures, linguistic
(grammatical and lexical) phenomena in spoken and written sub-genres.

Convener: Dr ANNE WAGNER

Abstracts or full papers should be sent before May (at the latest)

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