LINGUIST List 13.3306

Mon Dec 16 2002

Calls: Large Corpora/Postgraduate Ling Conference

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  1. kivs, Shallow Processing of Large Corpora, Lancaster UK
  2. watsonk, Postgraduate Linguistics Conference, Manchester UK

Message 1: Shallow Processing of Large Corpora, Lancaster UK

Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 06:15:02 +0000
From: kivs <kivsbultreebank.org>
Subject: Shallow Processing of Large Corpora, Lancaster UK


Workshop on Shallow Processing of Large Corpora

Short Title: SProLaC 2003
Location: Lancaster, UK
Date: 27-Mar-2003 - 27-Mar-2003 
Call Deadline: 10-Jan-2003

Web Site: http://www.bultreebank.org/SProLaC.html
Contact Person: Kiril Simov
Meeting Email: kivsbultreebank.org

Linguistic Subfield(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

The workshop aims at being a forum for researchers to present their
work in the area of Computational Corpus Linguistics and Language
Engineering and to discuss the problems in design, management,
linguistic interpretation and exploration of unrestricted data from
both perspectives. 

Topics of interest: 

- design principles for shallow-parsed large corpora; 
- text segmentation and preprocessing; 
- definition of the connection between the levels of processing; 
- chunk and partial parsing of large amounts of texts; 
- machine learning methods with large coverage; 
- software systems for management and accessibility to shallow-parsed
large corpora;
- applications of shallow-parsed large corpora.

There will be a general discussion at the end of the workshop. 

Corpora have developed with respect to two main directions:

 - large corpora of size min. 100 mln. tokens, and
 - small corpora of size up to 1 mln. tokens. 

The data in the former is only morpho-syntactically annotated and the
data in the latter is assigned more detailed syntactic (and) semantic
information. Needless to say, both types of language corpora are
valuable. However, a question arises, whether it is possible to build
a really large corpus, which is fully processed linguistically. Since
it is a hard task and concerns metadata problems (theories,
availability of appropriate tools etc), we put the stress on shallow
parsing of unrestricted data. In our view, the creation of such a
resource, using automation, is a task of great importance. It would
serve as a template for linguistic research, consistency checking and
validation, large-scale applications in Information Retrieval and
Information Extraction, testing of machine learning algorithms and
many others. This task is related to other subtasks, such as: an
adequate combination of diverse shallow processing techniques in a
sound and robust processor, and smoothing shallow parsing approaches
for stages of deeper linguistic analyses.

We envisage a one-day workshop and 10-12 presentations.
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Message 2: Postgraduate Linguistics Conference, Manchester UK

Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 06:32:38 +0000
From: watsonk <watsonkedgehill.ac.uk>
Subject: Postgraduate Linguistics Conference, Manchester UK


12th Manchester Postgraduate Linguistics Conference

Location: Manchester, UK
Date: 12-Apr-2003 - 12-Apr-2003 
Call Deadline: 21-Feb-2003

Web Site: http://www.nwcl.salford.ac.uk
Contact Person: Kevin Watson
Meeting Email: watsonkedgehill.ac.uk

Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

The 12th Annual Postgraduate Linguistics Conference will take place at
the University of Manchester, UK, on Saturday 12 April 2003, following
the Research Training Spring Programme of the Northwest Centre of
Linguistics held at Manchester University (7 - 11 April 2003). The
conference is organized by postgraduates for postgraduates, to present
their research and exchange ideas. There will be up to 24 student
papers on a variety of linguistic topics, and a guest lecture by Robyn
Carston, of UCL. See http://www.nwcl.salford.ac.uk for more
information. 


The 12th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference at the University of Manchester
*******
In collaboration with the North West Centre for Linguistics
And with the support of the LAGB

SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2003
University of Manchester

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

Guest Speaker: Robyn Carston

We are delighted to announce that the 12th Postgraduate Linguistics
Conference at the University of Manchester will be held on the 12
April 2003, following the 3rd NWCL Research Training Programme in
Linguistics (see http://www.nwcl.salford.ac.uk/research.htm). The
conference is organized by postgraduates for postgraduates, to present
their research and exchange ideas.

There will be a number of papers (20 minutes plus 5 minutes for
discussion) on a wide range of linguistic topics, and a guest lecture
by Robyn Carston of UCL (see below).

We welcome submissions from all postgraduates in any area of
linguistics, from phonetics and phonology, to syntax, to
sociolinguistics. Please see the 'Guidelines for Submission' below.

The proceedings of the conference will be published in the Papers in
Linguistics of the University of Manchester (PLUM).

The conference will be followed by a wine party hosted by the NWCL,
and so we invite you to join us for a farewell drink at the end of the
day (or week, for those of you who will have been to the NWCL Research
Training Programme).

Registration fee only 7UKP 
**No registration fee for students from NWCL institutions***


INVITED SPEAKER
The guest speaker for the 12th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference
will be Robyn Carston, of UCL. Robyn is the author of many papers on
the implicit/explicit distinction, pragmatics & cognition, the
interface between pragmatics & grammar, and others, and is an editor
of Mind & Language. She is also the author of the very recent book
'Thoughts and Utterances: The Pragmatics of Explicit Communication'
(2002, Oxford: Blackwell). The title of the lecture will be announced
in due course. See the conference website for further information.


GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
You should submit 1 electronic copy (anonymous) and 1 hard copy
(containing your name and affiliation). Send the electronic copy (as
.doc, .rtf, or .pdf) to watsonkedgehill.ac.uk, and mail the hard copy
to Kevin Watson, North West Centre for Linguistics, School of
Languages, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT

FORMATTING
Abstracts should be no longer than 1 side of A4, and in Times New
Roman font (size 12pt). Your page should have 3cm margins on each
side. The title, author's name and affiliation should be
in size 14pt (Times New Roman) and centred on the lines at the top of
the page. Please note that your name and affiliation should be left
off the version you email to us, as this will be distributed amongst
the refereeing committee.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Abstracts should reach us by 21st February 2003
You will be notified whether your abstract has been successful by the
14th March 2003.


REGISTRATION
Conference fee: 7UKP
No fee for students from NWCL institutions

To register, download the registration form from the NWCL website
(http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgconf.htm) and send, with your payment if
applicable (with cheques made payable to University of Manchester) to
Kevin Watson, North West Centre for Linguistics, School of Languages,
University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION
2nd March 2003


CONFERENCE WEBSITE
http://www.nwcl.salford.ac.uk
Follow the link to the 12th Manchester PG Conference


CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS
watsonkedgehill.ac.uk


THE 12TH MANCHESTER PG CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE 

Main contact for correspondence:
Kevin Watson, Edge Hill College of Higher Education (watsonkedgehill.ac.uk)

Main local organizers:
Francesco Goglia, University of Manchester (francantyahoo.com)
Efrosini Deligianni, University of Manchester (efrosini_hotmail.com)

Conference organizers:
Aousouk Mohammed Ali, University of Wales Bangor (elpa1abangor.ac.uk)
Kelly Pycroft, University of Sheffield (kellypycrofthotmail.com)
Dave Mcgrath Wilkinson, University of Central Lancashire 
(dmcgrathwilkinsonbtinternet.com)
Sattar Izwaini, UMIST (sattar.izwainistudent.umist.ac.uk)
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