LINGUIST List 13.1726

Tue Jun 18 2002

Calls: Natural Lang Processing, Semantic Productivity

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  1. Diego Molla, CFP -- ANLP2002
  2. Peter Bosch, Explaining Productivity - CALL FOR PAPERS

Message 1: CFP -- ANLP2002

Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 11:22:05 +1000
From: Diego Molla <>
Subject: CFP -- ANLP2002


 Call for Papers

 Workshop: 2nd or 3rd December 2002
 (exact date to be confirmed)
 Submissions due: 31st July 2002
 Canberra, Australia


A one-day workshop on Natural Language Processing will be held in
conjunction with the Australian AI conference (AI'02) in Canberra:

The goals of the workshop are:

 * to bring together the growing NLP community in Australia and New
 * to provide an opportunity for the broader artificial intelligence
 community to become aware of local NLP research;
 * to provide a forum for discussion of new research;
 * to foster interaction between academic and industrial research.

Our hope is to get as many Australasian NLPers together as possible to
encourage dialogue between those working on similar topics and between
areas with a - perhaps as yet untapped - potential to interact.

Currently under negotiation, the name of our internationally renowned
invited speaker will be announced soon.

The workshop proceedings will be printed with an ISBN number.


We invite the submission of papers on substantial, original, and
unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing,
including, but not limited to:

 * speech understanding and generation;
 * phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and
 * interpreting and generating spoken and written language;
 * linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language;
 * language-oriented information extraction and retrieval;
 * corpus-based and statistical language modeling;
 * machine translation and translation aids;
 * natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
 * message and narrative understanding systems;
 * computational lexicography.

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the NLP
community, but we particularly encourage submissions that broaden the
scope of our community through the consideration of practical NLP
applications. We especially invite people from industry working on NLP
to send us their submissions and offer an opportunity to discuss and
demonstrate their latest applications in front of an informed


 * Diego Molla-Aliod, Macquarie University (Co-chair)
 * Sabine Geldof, Macquarie University (Co-chair)
 * Dominique Estival, Human Systems Integration Group, DSTO (AU)
 * Alistair Knott, University of Otago (NZ)
 * Christopher Manning, Stanford University (USA)
 * Cecile Paris, CSIRO (AU)
 * Jon Patrick, University of Sydney (AU)
 * Graeme Ritchie, University of Edinburgh (UK)
 * Peter Wallis, University of Melbourne (AU)
 * Eric Wehrli, University of Geneva (CH)


The length of the submissions should not exceed 8 pages, printed
single-spaced in 11 point font. For the camera-ready version of the
papers, please follow the instructions detailed on the workshop's
homepage (instructions for authors).

The first page of your submission should include:

 - paper title,
 - author name(s) and affiliation,
 - complete addresses including email address and fax number,
 - keywords,
 - abstract.

Only electronic submissions of PDF or PostScript files will be
accepted. If we cannot print your file by the submission date it will
be rejected without being reviewed. Therefore you are encouraged to
send an early version with the typographical complexity of your final
intended version so that we can check it is printable. Electronic
submissions should be sent to


Paper submission:		Wednesday 31st July 2002
Notification of acceptance:	Monday 16th September 2002
Camera-ready copy:		Wednesday 16th October 2002
Workshop:			2nd or 3rd December 2002 (to be confirmed)


The ANLP2002 webpage will regularly be updated with useful information
about the workshop:

You can contact the workshop organisers for further information:
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Message 2: Explaining Productivity - CALL FOR PAPERS

Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 08:38:46 +0200
From: Peter Bosch <>
Subject: Explaining Productivity - CALL FOR PAPERS

Workshop "Explaining Productivity" - CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline 9 August, 2002

Abstracts are invited for papers to be presented at the Workshop
"Explaining Productivity", taking place at the 25th Annual
Meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS)in Munich
(February 26 - 28, 2003)

Workshop Organizer: Peter Bosch, Inst. of Cognitive Science,
University of Osnabrueck

One of the essential features of human language is its productivity:
the built-in option for the construction of new forms - words,
phrases, sentences, texts - derived on the basis of simple and complex
forms already known, and new uses, functions, or meanings for these
forms in new contexts.

Classic Generative Grammar has gone a long way explaining the
productivity of I-language (commonly under the name of "creativity")
by means of recursion of categorial rules, and Formal Semantics -
guided by the postulate of compositionality - has been equally
successful on the semantic side. In combination with a theory of
genetically determined Universal Grammar this model leaves however
little room for the role of the individual's linguistic experience and
for E-language.

Over the past decade, and usually independently, approaches in
Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Neuroinformatics, Computational
Linguistics, Language Technology as well as in theoretically less
committed approaches in descriptive linguistics, have worked on
complementary models for the explanation of productivity that put less
weight on categorial rules and instead focus on patterns of linguistic
experience, quantitative data, and mechanisms for projecting
linguistic knowledge to new contexts and situations that are inspired
by analogy.

There has been only little discussion across the boundaries of the
approaches just sketched, and the discussion that there has been is
limited to phenomena of Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax. The
Workshop is interested in the semantic side of productivity - not in
the sense of excluding matters of phonological, morphological and
syntactic productivity, but in the sense of looking at their semantic
aspects as well as at contextual and situational parameters.

Topic areas and methodology for the Workshop:

Indexicality, compositionality, semantics of word formation and
derivation, semantics for "constructions", discourse semantics,
language contact, language development, historical linguistics, The
methodology of the workshop is explicitly interdisciplinary and
presentations from Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Computational
Linguistics, Neuroinformatics, are explicitly invited.

Papers offered for presentation should be explicitly addressed at the
question of how particular forms of semantic productivity are to be

The presentation may be in English or German, although presentation in
English is encouraged. Time for presentation will be 30 minutes
(including discussion). A maximum of 15 papers can be accepted for the
Workshop. Intending participants are warned that the regulations of
DGfS explicitly exclude presentations by the same person at more than
one of the workshops at the DGfS conference.

Abstracts must not exceed one page A4 (12-point font, 2.5 cm margins),
but references and materials may be attached on separate sheets (which
will not be printed in DGfS's conference brochure but only in the
workshop materials) and must be submitted as either ASCII or RTF
documents (no PS or PDF because they may have to be reformatted).


Please send your abstract by email to, Peter Bosch,
Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck,
Kolpingstr. 7, 49069 Osnabrueck, Germany, fon: (+49 541) 969 6224,

Professor Dr. Peter Bosch
Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Osnabrueck
Kolpingstrasse 7 /Room 314
D-49074 Osnabrueck, Germany
fon: (+49 541) 969 6224
fax: (+49 541) 969 6229
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