LINGUIST List 12.832

Sun Mar 25 2001

Calls: Arabic NLP, New Squibs/Language Acquisition

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  1. Steven Krauwer, Arabic NLP Workshop (ACL/EACL2001)
  2. Carson T Schutze, New Squibs section in Language Acquisition

Message 1: Arabic NLP Workshop (ACL/EACL2001)

Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 15:39:23 +0100 (MET)
From: Steven Krauwer <>
Subject: Arabic NLP Workshop (ACL/EACL2001)


 ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop
 ARABIC Language Processing: Status and Prospects
 Toulouse, France, Friday 6 July 2001
 Co-organized by:

 The objective of the workshop is threefold.
 * First of all we want to bring together people who are actively
 involved in Arabic language and/or speech processing in a mono- or
 multilingual context, and give them an opportunity to report on
 completed and ongoing work as well as on the availability of
 products and core technologies. This should enable the
 participants to develop a common view on where we stand with
 respect to Arabic language processing.
 * Secondly, we want to identify problems of common interest, and
 possible mechanisms to move towards solutions, such as sharing of
 tools and resources, moving towards standards, sharing and
 dissemination of information and expertise, adoption of current
 best practices, setting up joint projects and technology transfer
 mechanisms, etc.
 * Third, we would like to enhance collaboration between the Arabic
 NLP community and the NLP community at large.
 The workshop program will include the following components:
 * Introduction
 * Overview talks
 * Scientific papers
 * Short presentations of projects, core technologies and products
 * A panel session and/or a round table discussion
 * Conclusions

 Papers are solicited that address all aspects of Arabic language
 processing in a mono- or multilingual context, including tools,
 resources and standards. Papers will have to be original and report on
 completed research. Submissions of scientific papers should not exceed
 eight (8) pages. Please provide a list of keywords in the separate
 header page. Further submission details below.

 Short presentations serve to give the audience an impression of
 ongoing activities and projects, and of existing core technologies and
 products, with a view to possible collaboration and synergies (i.e. NO
 commercial product presentations). Submissions of short presentations
 should not exceed two (2) pages. Short presentations will be reviewed
 on the basis of relevance and clarity of presentation.

 Electronic submissions only (PostScript, Word, or PDF), following the
 appropriate ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style. Submissions
 should not exceed the length indicated above, including references.
 You can download the appropriate style or template files using the
 following link: Submission and
 presentation language is English. In case of problems with the
 submission format, please contact
 Submissions should be sent to All
 submissions will be acknowledged.

 * Submission deadline: 6th April 2001
 * Notification date: 27th April 2001
 * Camera-ready papers due: 16th May 2001
 * Workshop date: 6th July 2001

 * Mustafa Yaseen, Amman University, Jordan (Co-chair,
 * Joseph Dichy, Universite Lumiere-Lyon 2, France (Co-chair,
 * Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University / ELSNET, The Netherlands
 (Contact person,
 * Adnane Zribi, University of Tunis, Tunisia (
 * Salem Ghazali, IRSIT, Tunisia (
 * Humoud Al-Sadoun, Ministry of Education, Kuwait (
 * Jean Senellart, SYSTRAN, France (
 * Nadia Hegazy, ERI, Egypt (
 * Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France (
 * Malek Boualem, FTRD/DMI/LAN, France
 * Everhard Ditters, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands,

 Steven Krauwer email:
 ELSNET / UiL OTS www:
 Trans 10 phone: +31 30 253 6050
 3512 JK Utrecht, NL fax: +31 30 253 6000
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Message 2: New Squibs section in Language Acquisition

Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 16:23:18 -0800 (PST)
From: Carson T Schutze <>
Subject: New Squibs section in Language Acquisition

New Squibs and Replies Section in the journal Language Acquisition

The editors announce the creation of a Squibs and Replies section of
Language Acquisition. This section is intended for short articles (no
longer than 12 double-spaced manuscript pages) and may include the

(i)	Acquisition analyses that are fairly circumscribed and hence not
appropriate for lengthier journal articles. These analyses may be on
specific acquisition phenomena, or adult grammar with a clear relevance to
a particular issue in acquisition.
(ii)	Replies to articles published in Language Acquisition. Note that
the original authors will have the final word.
(iii)	Observation of interesting data (experimental or naturalistic)
which are relevant to a particular acquisition theory or analysis.

We do not encourage compressed presentation of more elaborate analyses such
as may appear in conference proceedings, or articles which simply present
data without discussing their relevance to a particular theory or analysis.

Appropriate topics include first and second language acquisition as well as
developmental language disorders such as Specific Language Impairment.

Submission of squibs and replies should in general conform to the same
requirements as a regular journal article with the following exceptions.
The manuscript should not exceed 12 double-spaced pages including footnotes
and references, and excluding figures and tables. No abstract is required.

Submit three manuscript copies to Editors, Nina Hyams and Carson Schutze,
Squibs and Replies, UCLA, Department of Linguistics, 3125 Campbell Hall,
Box 951543, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
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