LINGUIST List 13.100

Thu Jan 17 2002

Calls: Arabic Language Resources,Generative Grammar

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  1. Magali Duclaux, LREC 2002 Workshop on Arabic Language Resources and Evaluation
  2. Joao Costa, 12th Colloquium on Generative Grammar - 2nd call for papers

Message 1: LREC 2002 Workshop on Arabic Language Resources and Evaluation

Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 11:15:06 +0100
From: Magali Duclaux <>
Subject: LREC 2002 Workshop on Arabic Language Resources and Evaluation

***First announcement and Call for Papers***

Arabic Language Resources and Evaluation:
Status and Prospects

A Post-Conference Workshop of LREC 2002
Las Palmas - Canary Islands 
1st June 2002

More details at: 
Taking place on 1st June, after the main conference (29-30-31 MAY 2002), this
post-conference workshop should add value to the issues addressed
during the conference.

It should bring together people who are actively involved in Arabic
written 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 LR, evaluation
protocols and campaigns, products and core technologies. This should
enable the participants to develop a common view on where we stand
with respect to Arabic language processing.

We expect to identify problems of common interest, and possible
mechanisms to move towards solutions, such as sharing of resources,
tools, standards, sharing and dissemination of information and
expertise, adoption of current best practices, setting up joint
projects and technology transfer mechanisms, etc.

By bringing together players in the Arabic NLP field, we target the
definition of a first broadly supported Roadmap for Arabic LR, i.e. a
broadly supported view on the longer, medium and shorter term needs
and priorities. This would help the community to identify new
opportunities and possible synergies.

The submissions should address some of the LREC issues that are
specific and of paramount importance to the Arabic resources and
evaluation; some of these issues are:

- Issues in the design, construction and use of Arabic Language Resources
- Methods, tools, procedures for the acquisition, creation, management,
access, distribution, use of Arabic LR;
- Exploitation of LR in different types of applications (information
extraction, information retrieval, vocal and multisensorial interfaces, 
translation,summarisation,www services, etc.);
- Industrial LR requirements and community's response;
- Industrial production and/or use of LR;
- Evaluation, validation, quality assurance of LR;
- Benchmarking of systems and products; resources for benchmarking and
evaluation for written and spoken language processing ;
- Evaluation of products and applications, benchmarking;
- Local, regional, and international activities and projects;
- Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for regional and
international cooperation.


It will be a full-day workshop. The workshop is not intended to be a
mini- conference, but as a real workshop aiming at concrete results
that should clarify the situation of Arabic with respect to Language
Resources and Evaluation.

Sessions will include introductory speeches, invited talks, a small
number of refereed presentations, a panel session, etc.


Submissions must be in English, Abstracts for workshop contributions
should not exceed two A4 pages (excluding references). An additional
title page should state: the title; author(s); affiliation(s); and
contact author's e-mail address, as well as postal address, telephone
and fax numbers.

Submissions are to be sent by email, preferably in Postscript or PDF
format, to,by 11th February 2002. 
Abstracts will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the program

Formatting instructions for the final full version of papers will be sent
to authors after notification of acceptance.


- Submission deadline (receipt of abstracts): 11th February 2002 
- Notification of acceptance: 28th February 2002
- Camera-ready final version for workshop proceedings due:
12th April 2002 
- Workshop date: 1st June 2002 


The workshop will take place on 1st June, following
the main LREC 2002 Conference,in the Palacio de Congreso de Canarias, 
Las Palmas, Canary Islands,Spain.


The registration fee for the workshop is:

If you are also attending LREC: 90 EURO
If you are not attending LREC: 140 EURO

All attendees will receive a copy of the workshop proceedings.


If you need a visa to travel to Spain for the workshop and/or for the
conference, please send an email to



Tel. +33 1 43 13 33 33 - Fax. +33 1 43 13 33 30
Postal Mail: 55 Rue Brillat-Savarin, 75013 Paris France


Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, Paris, France
Joseph Dichy, Lyon 2 university, Lyon, France
Steven Krauwer, ELSNET and Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Mustafa Yassen, Amman University; Jordan;


Abdelhadi Soudi; ENIM, Morocco;
Abdelhak Mouradi; ENSIAS, Morocco,
Abdelkader Fassi-Fehri; IRA, morocco; 
Achraf Chalabi ; Sakhr; Egypt;
Andr� Jaccarini; Universit� d'Aix, France;
Bassam Haddad; Amman University; Jordan;
Chafic Mokbel; University of Balamand, Lebanon;
Everhard Ditters; University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands;
Fathi Debili;CELLMA ENS LSH Lyon, France;
Jean Senellart ;SYSTRAN, France;
John Makhoul ; BBN Technologies, GTE Corp., USA;
Ken Beesley;
Malek Boualem; FTRD/DMI/LAN, France;
Mohamed Hassoun; ENSIB, Lyon, France; 
Mohamed Maamouri; LDC, Pen University, US.
Mohsen Rashwan; RDI, Egypt;
Ossama Emam; IBM, Egypt;
Paul Roochnick; 
Salem Ghazali; IRSIT, Tunisia;
Salim Roukos; IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA;
Violetta Cavalli-Sforza; San Francisco State University, USA;

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Message 2: 12th Colloquium on Generative Grammar - 2nd call for papers

Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 23:26:34 -0000
From: Joao Costa <>
Subject: 12th Colloquium on Generative Grammar - 2nd call for papers

12th Colloquium on Generative Grammar
April, 15-17
Lisbon, Portugal

Organization: Associa��o Portuguesa de Lingu�stica, Universidade Nova de
Lisboa & Universidade de Lisboa


Abstracts are invited in all areas of generative grammar. The
colloquium will consist of talks of 30 minutes each plus discussion
(10 minutes). The official languages of the 12th Colloquium on
Generative Grammar are English and any Romance language. Abstracts may
not exceed 2 pages (A4), including examples and references, with 2,54
cm. (1 inch) margin on all four sides and should employ a font Times
New Roman 12 pt. Abstracts should be sent ELECTRONICALLY as word 97
or rtf attachments to the following e-mail address:

With the email message, please send the following information: author's name
and affiliation, address and e-mail address.

Deadline for submission: January 31st

Further information:
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