LINGUIST List 13.424

Sun Feb 17 2002

Calls: Heritage Lang Education, Computational Ling

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  1. Scott McGinnis, Call for proposals (poster session): Heritage Languages in America Second National Conference -- DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS 3 APRIL
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Call for Bids to Host Human Language Technology 2003: 3rd Meeting of the NAACL

Message 1: Call for proposals (poster session): Heritage Languages in America Second National Conference -- DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS 3 APRIL

Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 15:21:45 -0500
From: Scott McGinnis <>
Subject: Call for proposals (poster session): Heritage Languages in America Second National Conference -- DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS 3 APRIL

Heritage Languages in America: Building on our National Resources Second
National Conference Washington, D.C. October 18-20, 2002


The Second National Conference on Heritage Languages in America will
be held at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Virginia (in the
greater Washington, D.C. area) October 18-20, 2002. The conference is
being organized by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and the
National Foreign Language Center (NFLC), with support from the
University of Maryland, College Park.

Building from the foundation of the First National Conference,
convened in October 1999, in Long Beach, California, the Second
National Conference will seek to further the aims of the Heritage
Languages Initiative, a national effort to develop the non-English
language resources that exist in our communities. It will bring
together heritage language community and school leaders,
representatives from pre-K-12 schools and colleges and universities,
world-renowned researchers, and federal and state policymakers. The
goals of the Heritage Languages Initiative and this conference are to
continue to make manifest the personal, economic, and social benefits
to our nation of preserving and developing the languages spoken by
those living in this country; to build a national dialogue on this
topic; and to develop an action agenda for the next several years.

Poster sessions will take place on Saturday, October 19. We encourage
submissions on all topics related to heritage language education, and
we suggest the following topics:

* Instruction (programs, materials and curricula, strategies, and
* Community-based initiatives
* Career opportunities for heritage language speakers
* Teacher preparation programs and materials
* Professional needs and opportunities (development and recruitment)
* Research
* Language and education policy

Poster sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress. They
will include a display of work and a brief oral presentation. Tables
and display boards will be provided. Presenters are responsible for
all other audiovisual equipment. They may bring their own equipment or
make arrangements with the audiovisual supplier for the
conference. For information on how to construct a poster presentation
see <>;

Proposals should include a title (not to exceed ten words), an
abstract of no more than 250 words, and a 50-75 word abstract suitable
for inclusion in the conference program. The primary language(s)
involved should be included as well as the presenter's contact
information (including institutional affiliation and e-mail
address). All proposals may be submitted by e-mail attachment (the
preferred method) in WordPerfect or Word, or postal mail to the
following address:

Ana Maria Schwartz
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone 410-455-2109

The deadline for receipt of proposals is April 3, 2002. The conference
program committee will notify those who submitted proposals of their
status no later than May 15, 2002. Abstracts received after the
deadline will be considered only if space is available.

"Competence in languages other than English is desperately needed in
the United States. Our huge and varied heritage language resources
have a definite role to play in arriving at such competence." 
		Joshua Fishman, Yeshiva and Stanford Universities
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Message 2: Call for Bids to Host Human Language Technology 2003: 3rd Meeting of the NAACL

Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 16:08:30 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Call for Bids to Host Human Language Technology 2003: 3rd Meeting of the NAACL

Call for Bidds to Host
Human Language Technology 2003: 3rd Meeting of the NAACL

The Human Language Technology -North American Chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics Advisory Board hereby invite
proposals to host Human Language Technology 2003: 3rd Meeting of the

The proposal submission process is incremental. First, draft proposals
are sought from prospective bidders. Based on the evaluation of the
draft proposals, promising bidders will be subsequently asked to
provide additional information as needed.

Bids must specify a Local Arrangements Chair, who will be responsible
for the usual activities, such as arranging meeting rooms, equipment,
refreshments, housing, on-site registration, participant e-mail
access, security for equipment, the reception, the banquet, and
working with the General Chair, the HLT-NAACL Advisory Board and NAACL
to develop the budget and registration materials.

Bids for Local Arrangements Chair can include suggestions for General
Chair, which mustt be someone other than the Local Arrangements Chair
but could be at the same institution. However, the HLT-NAACL Advisory
Board will be responsible for selecting the General Chair.

The General Chair will be responsible for overseeing operations of the
conference, including working with the HLT-NAACL Advisory Board and
the Local Arrangements Chair to develop the budget and registration
materials; working with the Program and Local Arrangements Chairs to
develop the schedule and program; working witth the HTL-NAACL Advisory
Board to appoint supporting chairs to obtain outside funding,
publicize the conference, and organize workshops, tutorials, student
events, and demonstrations (none of these supporting nominations need
to be included in the proposal); and coordinating the activities of
the various chairs and their committees.

The HLT-NAACL Advisory Board will be responsible for selecting the
Program Committee Co-Chairs, who will oversee the processes of
soliciting, receiving, and reviewingg submissions; selecting the
papers to be presented at the conference; notifying authors of
acceptance or rejection; and developing the conference program.

Draft proposals are due on Wednesday, March 20, 2002. They will be
evaluated by the HLT-NAACL Advisory Board during HLT-2002 March 24-27.
Promising bidders will be contacted shortly afterwards and will be
asked to provide further information due to the Advisory Board on
Monday, April 22. The final bid will be chosen by the HLT-NAACL
Advisory BBoard by Monday May 6, 2002.

The 1st and 2nd meetings of NAACL were highly successful, with
approximately 500 attendees at NAACL-01. By merging with the HLT
conference, we hope to attract new attendees from areas such as the
speech and information retrieval communities. The conference might,
therefore, draw over 600 people, depending on the venue.

The HLT/NAACL Advisory Board is a new group still being organized and
we apologize for the tight time frame. We thank proposers in advance
for theirr efforts.

Draft proposals should include information on:

* Location (accessibility; conference venue, e.g., hotel or
 university; accommodations, e.g., hotels, motels, student
 dorms). Note that bids must be for locations in North America.
* Local CL Community
* Proposed Dates
* Meeting Space (space for plenary sessions, tutorials, workshops,
 posters, exhibits, demos and small meetings)
* A/V Equipment
* Food/Entertainment/Banquet/Receptions
* Local Arrangements Team (chair/co-chair, commmittee, volunteer labor,
 registration handling)
* General Chair (optional)
* Sponsorships
* Budget Estimates
* Opportunities for Co-location with Other Meetings (if any)

Proposals will be evaluated in relation to a number of site selection
criteria (unordered):

* Experience of local arrangement team.
* Local CL community support.
* Any local government and industry support
* Accessibility and attractiveness of proposed site.
* Appropriateness of proposed dates.
* Adequacy of conference aand exhibit facilities for the anticipated
 number of registrants.
* Adequacy of residence accommodations and food services in a range of
 price categories and close to the conference facilities.
* Adequacy of budget projections and expected surplus.
* Geographical balance with regard to the previous conferences in
 Pittsburgh and Seattle, USA, but still limited to North America.

The HLT-NAACL Advisory Board seeks proposals for holding the meeting
during the first half of 2003.The HLT-NAACL Advvisory Board will look
especially favorably on proposals for the spring.

Please send draft proposals electronically to Lynette Hirschman, the
NAACL Executive Board member responsible for the Call for Bids:

Lynette Hirschman
202 Burlington Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730
781-271-7789; fax: 781-271-2780

Important Dates:

March 20, 2002 	Draft proposals due
March 27, 2002 HLT-NAACL Advisory Board evaluates proposals and
contacts promising bidders
April 22, 2002 Promiising bidders provide any requested information
May 6, 2002 Bid selected
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