LINGUIST List 13.676

Tue Mar 12 2002

Calls: Computational Ling,Complex Predicates&Inversion

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  1. Steven Krauwer, Roadmap Workshop at COLING 2002
  2. Jong-Bok Kim, Final Call For Papers

Message 1: Roadmap Workshop at COLING 2002

Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 15:39:43 -0500
From: Steven Krauwer <steven.krauwerLET.UU.NL>
Subject: Roadmap Workshop at COLING 2002

First announcement and call for papers and other contributions

 A Roadmap for Computational Linguistics
 Saturday, August 31 2002

 Workshop in conjunction with [1]COLING 2002
 (August 24 - September 1, 2002, Taipei, Taiwan)

 Organized by [2]ELSNET

 Context and objective

 ELSNET is the European Network of Excellence in Human Language
 Technologies, which was created in 1991, with a view to supporting and
 facilitating research, development and training in the field of
 language and speech technologies and related areas. The network funded
 by the European Commission, but its scope is not limited to Europe.
 This workshop should be seen as a step in ELSNET's aim to build a
 roadmap for language and speech technology. It is one of a number of
 workshops of this type that have been and will be organised in order
 to arrive at a broadly supported roadmap for our field, which should
 help us identifying major challenges, setting research priorities and
 defining common goals. At this workshop we will
 * confront the audience with the approach and the results of
 ELSNET's roadmapping exercise thus far;
 * invite participants to give their own presentation of what they
 see as the main longer term challenges and internmediate
 milestones in our field as well as their strategies to meet these
 * organise panel and discussion sessions aimed at reaching a
 consensus on what the main challenges and priorities are.

 As a special feature we will invite a number of rapporteurs to have a
 critical look at the papers presented at the various thematic sessions
 of the main conference, with a view to relating them to the main
 challenges and milestones: do we spot new challenges, new milestones,
 new strategies, new directions, regional differences, etc. All reports
 and summaries of discussions will be integrated in ELSNET's Roadmap,
 and given wide distribution via ELSNET's communication channels
 (website, newsletter, discussion forums, etc).

 Target audience

 A workshop of this type will be most appealing to people who are
 interested in developing longer term strategic views, e.g. senior
 scientists in charge of longer term research policies (both in
 academia and in industry), but also researchers and developers who
 have specific views on what will happen or what should happen, should
 feel invited to attend and contribute, as well as people who are
 responsible for the education of future generartions of researchers
 and developers.


 We invite papers that can contribute to the creation and further
 improvement of the roadmap for our field, such as (but not limited
 * visions of the future
 * identification of major challenges emanating from research results
 or from application needs
 * identification of major milestones on our way towards our goals
 and their interdependencies
 * comparative assessment of technologies and their impact on our
 * ways to address the growing demand for training, especially (but
 not exclusively) across disciplines and aimed at professionals
 already working in the field
 * ways to address the increasing needs for novel resources, both for
 the commercially interesting languages and for other languages

 Other contributions

 We also invite proposals for other possible contributions to this
 workshop, such as (but not limited to):
 * Proposals for a panel session. Proposers should describe the
 specific topic of a one hour panel session, including names of
 potential panelists. The proposer of an accepted panel should be
 prepared to assist the ELSNET team in the organisation of the
 * Proposals to act as a rapporteur for a specific subtheme of the
 main conference. Proposers should be willing to give an up to 15
 minutes report on the impact the papers related to this subtheme
 presented at the main conference on the future development of our
 field. Proposals should identify the proposer's preferred
 subtheme, and should provide evidence that the proposer has
 sufficient professional experience to do this job (e.g. a CV,
 pointers to relevant publications, supporting letters from
 colleagues, etc.).

 Panel reports and subtheme reports will be given wide distribution
 after the workshop, but by their nature they can not be published in
 the proceedings. In order to compensate panel organisers and
 rapporteurs for the fact that their efforts -however impactful they
 may turn out to be- will not result in standard academic publications,
 ELSNET will reimburse their workshop registration fee.

 Submission and calendar

 Abstracts for workshop papers, panel proposals or proposals to act as
 a rapporteur should not exceed four A4 pages, and should be sent
 electronically in plain ASCII text, in MS Word or in PDF format to
 [3] by Friday, April 26 2002.

 Deadline for Submissions: Fri 26 April 2002
 Notification of Acceptance for papers, panels and rapporteurs: Fri 24
 May 2002
 Final Versions of Papers Due: Fri 28 June 2002
 Workshop: Sat 31 August 2002

 Registration and other information

 Registration details and other information will be published on the
 main conference website: [4]
 The URL for this workshop is

 Workshop PC

 *composition to be confirmed*


 Steven Krauwer (Chair), [6]
 ELSNET / Utrecht University [7]
 Trans 10 phone: +31 30 253 6050
 3512 JK UTRECHT, NL fax: +31 30 253 6000

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Message 2: Final Call For Papers

Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 09:26:41 +0900
From: Jong-Bok Kim <>
Subject: Final Call For Papers

Final Call: Workshops on Complex Predicates and Inversion

The 2002 LSK International Summer Conference hosted by the Linguistic
Society of Korea invites abstracts for the following two workshops. We
encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks (such as
Minimialism, HPSG, and LFG). The workshops will be held on the final
day of the LSK conference at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea on
August 5-7, 2002 (see for more
information). Also HPSG-2002 will follow immediately after these
workshops (see for more information).


Invited Workshop participants: 
Peter Sells (organizer, Stanford University);
Norbert Hornstein (Univ. of Maryland); 
Daniel Godard (CNRS, University Paris 7);
Hiroto Hoshi (Univ. of London)

Complex Predicates -- for example certain causative, resultative,
serial verb, and light verb constructions -- are predicates composed
of more than one grammatical element (either morphemes or words), each
of which contributes part of the syntactic and semantic information
more typically associated with a single head. Complex Predicates are
found in many (perhaps all) languages, and often show quite similar
combinations of argument structure despite radically different overt
expressions across languages. They raise several analytical
questions: How are the composite argument structures formed and
represented (e.g. exactly what is combined, and how does that
combination happen)? What is the range of permissible argument
structure combinations (i.e. the semantic and syntactic typology of
complex predicates)? What is the set of permissible structural
representations for a given type (e.g. causatives)?

Different theoretical approaches such as HPSG, LFG, and GB/MP, offer
different perspectives and formal tools for the exploration of these
questions. This workshop will air diverse views on this topic, with
the goal of achieving greater insight into the questions above and
other related issues. We invite abstracts for 30 minute presentations
that address any empirical or theoretical issues relevant to the
analysis of Complex Predicates, from any theoretical perspective.


Invited Workshop participants: 
Ivan Sag and Robert Levine (Stanford University and Ohio State
University, co-organizers);
Howard Lasnik (University of Connecticut); 
Robert Borsley (University of Essex)

Inversion -- the patterned positional alternation of lexical elements
- has been of central importance in the development of most
frameworks for syntactic analysis. Inversion phenomena are diverse,
including interrogative-related initial position in Germanic, Romance
and other language families (e.g. English subject-auxiliary
inversion), second position phenomena, extraction-related `stylistic'
inversion in Romance, VSO languages, etc. A range of approaches to
inversion have been offered: transformational frameworks treat
inversion phenomena in terms of operations such as Head Movement; HPSG
and other constraint-based, lexicalist (CBL) frameworks allow
alternate structures (inverted and non-inverted) to be directly
generated; and some LFG treatments take a middle ground, positing the
Head-Movement-like notion of 'extended head', whereby a word can lie
outside the phrase it heads, but in a constraint-based setting. The
purpose of this session is to bring together researchers working in
transformational and CBL frameworks to arrive at a deeper
understanding of the theoretical and empirical issues at stake in the
different approaches to inversion that have been explored.
Contributions to this session may address any empirical or theoretical
issues relevant to the analysis of inversion phenomena. We invite
abstracts for 30 minute presentations addressing any aspect of
inversion, using any theoretical framework.


Abstracts should be as specific as possible. Include a statement of
your topic or problem, your approach, and your conclusions. Abstracts
should not exceed one page in length, plus one additional page of data
and/or references. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to The abstract should either be pasted into the email
or should be an attachment as an ASCII text file, Word, PS or PDF
file. Please use the subject header 'Workshop Abstract: Your last
name and first name initial'. Include all author information (the
title of the paper, area, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the
author(s), and the address, phone number and e-mail address of the
primary author) in the body of the e-mail.

Deadline for LSK Workshop abstract submission: March 15, 2002
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2002

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