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Mon May 13 2002

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  1. Brian Joseph, Prize Competition Results -- CORRECTION!!
  2. Holmer Hemsen, ESS2002 final programme and new deadlines

Message 1: Prize Competition Results -- CORRECTION!!

Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 19:56:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: Brian Joseph <>
Subject: Prize Competition Results -- CORRECTION!!

Dear Colleagues:

This is a corrected version of the announcement -- if possible, please
post this one and trash the previous one I sent -- sorry about the

My thanks,


Brian D. Joseph
Professor of Linguistics 
and Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics
The Ohio State University



Results of 2001 Competition for the Kenneth E. Naylor Young Scholar's Prize 
in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics:

First Place Prize of $500 awarded to:

Daniela Trenkic (Postdoctoral Researcher, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
(Ph.D. Cambridge, 2000): "Definiteness as a Grammatical Category and as a 
Category of Meaning in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian" 

Abstract: In this examination of the nature of nominal definiteness 
in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, two aspects of definiteness are 
distinguished and defined: definiteness as a grammatical category 
and definiteness as a category of meaning. The latter is taken as a 
universal category relating to the identifiability of nominal referents 
in communication (cf. Hawkins 1991), whereas the former is 
language-specific, relating to semantic/pragmatic definiteness as the 
grammaticalisation of the category of meaning (cf. Lyons 1999). 
Traditional views that relate word-order, adjectival 'definite aspect', 
and demonstratives to grammatical definiteness are considered here 
and found lacking. Rather, it is proposed that definiteness is not 
grammaticalised in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, and that the 
definiteness of nominal referents is inferred through general 
principles of goal-oriented behaviour.

Runner-up Prize of $50 awarded to:

Olga Arnaudova (Ph.D. candidate, University of Ottawa): "Why do 
clitics (sometimes) co-occur with DPs: The Case of Bulgarian"

Abstract: In this study of the cooccurrence of clitic pronouns in 
Bulgarian with full nominal phrases, it is argued that the presence of 
the resumptive clitic has a grammatical function, namely to 
'externalize' an argument with implications for the focus structure of 
the sentence. It is claimed that clitics in Bulgarian are argument-
variables, base-generated within the Verb Phrase in argument 
positions which later move to head position of Tense to license 
discourse operators related to inferentiality. Those discourse 
operators can optionally host a Determiner Phrase in their Specifier 
position and realize a higher predication. From this perspective, the 
motivation behind the formation of the clitic cluster becomes clear: 
in syntax, clitics move to license discourse-related operators. This 
analysis explains why clitics are never found in the domain of focus, 
as well as the thematic 'redundancy' in Clitic Left-Dislocation 
constructions. It is also shown that in constructions such as (focus) 
topicalization, there is no clitic since the moved constituent leaves a 
gap and, independently the needs of the predication do not require an 

These two young South Slavic scholars join Dr. Grant Lundberg of 
the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages of Brigham 
Young University and Dr. Svetlana Godjevac, of the University of 
California, San Diego, the First Prize and Runner-up respectively in 
the 2000 Naylor Prize competition. 

For more information on the competition and the winners, please 

	Brian D. Joseph, Naylor Professor
	Department of Slavic & East European Languages & Literatures
	The Ohio State University
	Columbus, Ohio USA 43210-1215
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Message 2: ESS2002 final programme and new deadlines

Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 10:25:30 +0200
From: Holmer Hemsen <>
Subject: ESS2002 final programme and new deadlines

 Final Programme -- new deadlines

 Evaluation and Assessment of Text and Speech Systems
 Odense, Denmark
 15-26 July 2002
Organized by the Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory (NISLab)
 University of Southern Denmark.

The ELSNET European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication
has become one of the most successful annual training courses in
Europe. For the year 2002 the topic of evaluation and assessment of
text and speech systems has been selected. The school will provide
courses on evaluation of language, speech, and multimodal systems and
components, and on the use of corpora and annotation schemes, methods
and tools in the evaluation process. State of the art techniques and
tools (hands-on experience included) will be presented by eminent
teachers. The target audience of the Summer School are advanced
undergraduate students, PhD students, postdocs and academic and
industrial researchers and developers.

GRANTS will be available from the EU Improving Human Potential
programme and may cover a substantial part of total costs for young
European researchers. The ISCA grant scheme is open for applications
related to this summer school.

Wolfgang Minker (DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany):
 Evaluation of spoken language dialogue systems.
Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau (University Lumiere, France)
 Speech recognition evaluation: broadcast news transcribtion, meeting
 transcription, audio-visual speech recognition.
Simone Teufel (Cambridge, UK)
 Evaluation of question/answering systems, summarization systems and
 information retrieval systems.
Maghi King (ISSCO, Switzerland):
 Evaluation of machine translation systems.
Laurent Romary (Loria, France):
 Annotation and evaluation of text and speech systems.
Bj�rn Granstr�m and David House (KTH, Sweden):
 Evaluation of talking animated interface agents.
Christopher Cieri (LDC, USA):
 Resources and evaluation of text and speech systems.
Patrick Paroubek (LIMSI, France):
 Evaluation of part of speech tagging and of parsing technologies.
Klaus Failenschmid (SpeechWorks):
 Usability evaluation.
Nick Campbell (ATR, Japan)
 Evaluation of speech synthesis systems.

Deadline for pre-registration & grant application: May 15, 2002
Deadline for registration/accomodation package: June 1, 2002
Notification of registration and grants: June 1, 2002
Payment deadline: June 21, 2002
(see the summer school website for details: )

Joseph-Jean Mariani (LIMSI, FR)
Antonio Zampolli (University of Pisa, IT)
Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University, NL)
Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen, NO)
Niels Ole Bernsen (University of Southern Denmark, DK)

Holmer Hemsen
Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory (NIS)
University of Southern Denmark - Odense
Forskerparken 10
DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
Phone: (+45) 63 15 73 08 -- Fax: (+45) 63 15 72 24
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