LINGUIST List 13.1073

Thu Apr 18 2002

Calls: Historical Syntax, Grammar Engineering

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  1. Juhani Klemola, Call for Papers
  2. Richard.Sutcliffe, 2nd CFP: Coling GEE02 Workshop - Deadline Fri 26 April

Message 1: Call for Papers

Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 09:47:23 +0300
From: Juhani Klemola <>
Subject: Call for Papers


The Linguistic Association of Finland is organizing a symposium on


to be held at the University of Joensuu Mekrijervi Research Station,
September 19-22, 2002.

The symposium will bring together scholars interested in problems
relating to historical syntax. We invite papers and posters dealing
with particular language(s) as well as papers taking a crosslinguistic
perspective. Suggested themes include changes in argument structure,
grammaticalization in historical syntax, and the role of corpora and
quantitative analysis in the study of historical syntax. Other topics
relating to historical syntax are also welcome.

Invited speakers:
* Alice C. Harris (Vanderbilt University)
* Anthony Warner (University of York)

* lectures by invited speakers
* presentations by other participants (20 min + 10 min for discussion)
* poster session

The deadline for submission of abstracts (in English; max 500 words)
is May 30, 2002. Please indicate on the abstract whether your
presentation is intended as a paper or a poster. Please submit your
abstract by e-mail to the following address
The abstract should be included in the body of the message. E-mail
submissions are strongly recommended. If, however, you send your
abstract by ordinary mail, please provide an e-mail address as a
contact address.

Participants will be notified about acceptance by June 14, 2002. The
accepted abstracts will be published on the web page of the symposium.

The deadline for registration for all participants is June 30, 2002.
Register by e-mail to the address

Registration fees:
* general: EUR 40
* members of the association: EUR 20
* undergraduate and MA students free

Send your payment by giro account no 800013-1424850 to The Linguistic
Association of Finland (SKY)/Symposium. For participants coming from
abroad we recommend payment in cash upon arrival. However, it is
possible to pay via Eurogiro or SWIFT to our account (International
Bank Account Number FI808000131424850) with Sampo Bank plc, Helsinki,
Finland. SWIFT-address: PSPBFIHH; Telex 121 698 pgiro sf.

The symposium takes place at the University of Joensuu Mekrijervi
Research Station in North Karelia, close to the Russian border. For
more information about the Mekrijervi Research Station and its
surroundings, please visit the Station's web pages. Transportation
from Joensuu to Mekrijervi and back will be arranged by the


An accommodation fee of EUR 117 will cover 3 nights' full board and
lodging at Mekrijervi from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon
(accommodation fee to be paid upon arrival). The academic programme of
the symposium will run from Friday morning till Sunday afternoon.

For further information, please contact <>.

The organizing committee:

Juhani Klemola (chair), Department of English, P.O. Box 4, FIN-00014
University of Helsinki, Finland, e-mail:
Pentti Haddington (English, U of Oulu), Arja
Hamari (Finno-Ugric languages, U of Turku), Seppo
Kittile (General Linguistics, U of Turku),
Leena Kolehmainen (German, U of Helsinki), Marja Nenonen (General Linguistics, U of
Joensuu), Esa Penttile (English, U of
Joensuu), Heli Pitkanen (English, U of
Joensuu), Marja Palsi (General Linguistics,
U of Helsinki), Jouni Rostila (German, U
of Tampere), Jari Sivonen (Finnish, U of Oulu),

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Message 2: 2nd CFP: Coling GEE02 Workshop - Deadline Fri 26 April

Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 18:19:05 +0100
From: Richard.Sutcliffe <>
Subject: 2nd CFP: Coling GEE02 Workshop - Deadline Fri 26 April

Call for Papers

Grammar Engineering and Evaluation
Sunday 1 September 2002

Workshop to be held in conjunction with Coling 2002, Taipei
24 August - 1 September 2002


Grammars are central components of many types of NLP system. The
workshop will be concerned with methods for the effective engineering
and evaluation of grammars with particular emphasis on their use in
real-world applications.


Recent years have seen the development of techniques and resources to
support robust, deep grammatical analysis of language in real-world
domains, for instance in flexible human-computer dialog systems (e.g.
the Dutch OVIS prototype train information system) and
speech-to-speech translation (e.g. the Verbmobil system). The demands
of these types of tasks have driven significant advances in areas such
as parser efficiency, hybrid statistical / symbolic approaches to
disambiguation, and the acquisition of large-scale lexicons. In
response to these successes deep language processing is starting to be
deployed in commercial applications such as automated email response.

The effective development, maintenance and enhancement of grammars is
a central issue in such efforts, and the size and complexity of
realistic grammars forces these processes to be tackled in ways that
have much in common with software engineering. Thus, two common
metrics defined over grammars are coverage and degree of
overgeneration; these can be evaluated by applying the grammar to
manually-constructed test suites of grammatical and ungrammatical
inputs, ideally supported by automated profiling and visualisation
tools. Examples of test suites include those that have been produced
on the TSNLP, DiET and Verbmobil projects, while the Saarbruecken
[incr tsdb()] system is one of the established profiling tools. Since
grammars are expensive to develop, another important concern is the
effective re-use of existing grammatical resources: some grammar
formalisms facilitate this by for example allowing grammar writers to
structure the grammar hierarchically or in terms of individual classes
with modularised behaviour. A further issue is how to support a team
of grammarians working on the same or related grammars; a notable
effort in this area is the Xerox-led collaborative ParGram project
developing parallel grammars for several different languages.


The objectives of the workshop will be to summarise what has been
achieved in the areas of grammar engineering and evaluation, to
establish the common themes between different approaches and to
discuss future trends, with particular emphasis on real-world
applications. The focus will be on grammars rather than parsing
algorithms or the accuracy of parsing systems, on approaches which
enable re-use of resources, and on methods which are suitable for
multilingual systems.

In particular, contributions are solicited in the following areas:

 * Methods of grammar development and discussions of their strengths
 and weaknesses;

 * Standards for encoding grammatical information in a theory-neutral

 * Comparisons of manual techniques with those involving learning from

 * Techniques for establishing the effectiveness, coverage or quality
 of a grammar;

 * The determination of time or effort required to achieve a level of
 performance or to adapt an existing grammar to a new application

 * The application of a grammatical formalism to widely different
 languages; and

 * Issues in porting grammars between languages.


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.

Submission is to be sent by email, preferably in Postscript or PDF
format, to Richard Sutcliffe by Friday 26 April 2002. Abstracts will
be reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee.

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

Accepted papers will appear in the printed proceedings which will be
available to all those who register for the workshop.

The proceedings of all workshops will also be included in the Coling
CD ROM along with the tutorials and the proceedings of the main

Important Dates

Deadline for Submissions: Fri 26 April 2002
Notification of Acceptance: Fri 24 May 2002
Final Versions of Papers Due: Fri 28 June 2002
Workshop: Sun 1 September 2002

Workshop Chairs

John A. Carroll
Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH

Nelleke H. J. Oostdijk
Department of Language and Speech
University of Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Richard F. E. Sutcliffe (Contact Person)
Department of Computer Science
and Information Systems
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

Programme Committee

Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam
Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge
John Carroll, University of Sussex
Anette Frank, DFKI Saarbruecken
Gregory Grefenstette, Clairvoyance, Pittsburgh
Claire Grover, University of Edinburgh
Sadao Kurohashi, The University of Tokyo 
Stephan Oepen, CSLI Stanford
Nelleke Oostdijk, University of Nijmegen
Richard Sutcliffe, University of Limerick
Atro Voutilainen, Conexor oy

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