LINGUIST List 13.739

Tue Mar 19 2002

Calls: Heritage Lang Education, Computational Ling

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  1. Scott McGinnis, Second call for proposals (poster session): Heritage Languages in America Second National Conference -- DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS 3 APRIL
  2. Antal van den Bosch, CfP: CoNLL-2002, Sixth Conference on Natural Language Learning -- A COLING-2002 workshop

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

Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 13:39:13 -0500
From: Scott McGinnis <>
Subject: Second 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: CfP: CoNLL-2002, Sixth Conference on Natural Language Learning -- A COLING-2002 workshop

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 20:32:25 +0100 (MET)
From: Antal van den Bosch <>
Subject: CfP: CoNLL-2002, Sixth Conference on Natural Language Learning -- A COLING-2002 workshop


 Sixth Conference on Natural Language Learning

 COLING-2002 workshop W11
 Taipei, Taiwan, August 31 - September 1, 2002

Background and Scope
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CoNLL is the yearly meeting organized by SIGNLL, the Association for
Computational Linguistics Special Interest Group on Natural Language
Learning. Previous CoNLL meetings were held in Madrid (1997), Sydney
(1998), Bergen (1999) Lisbon (2000) and Toulouse(2001).

The 2002 event will be held as a two-days workshop at the 19th
International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), 24
August - September 1, 2002 in Taipei, Taiwan. CoNLL is organised in
cooperation with SIGDAT.

CoNLL is an international forum for discussion and presentation of
research on natural language learning. We invite submission of papers
about natural language learning topics, including, but not limited to:

 * Computational models of human language acquisition
 * Computational models of the origins and evolution of language
 * Learning from very large corpora
 * Machine learning methods applied to natural language processing 
 tasks (speech processing, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, 
 discourse processing, language engineering applications) 
 * Symbolic learning methods (Rule Induction and Decision Tree 
 Learning, Lazy Learning, Inductive Logic Programming, Analytical 
 Learning, Transformation-based Error-driven Learning)
 * Biologically-inspired methods (Neural Networks, Evolutionary
 * Statistical methods (Bayesian Learning, HMM, maximum entropy,
 SNoW, Support Vector Machines) 
 * Reinforcement Learning 
 * Active learning, ensemble methods, meta-learning
 * Computational Learning Theory analysis of language learning 
 * Empirical and theoretical comparisons of language learning methods 
 * Models of induction and analogy in Linguistics 

Special Theme
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As in previous years, in addition to submissions on the general topics
listed above, we encourage submissions on a special theme. This year's
special theme is:

 Using unsupervised and semi-supervised learning methods
 in natural language learning

Many machine learning approaches to natural language problems require
supervision, typically in the form of labeled examples. Due to the
difficulty annotating data, there has been a significant interest
recently in the study of methods that can benefit from large amounts
of unlabeled data, perhaps in addition to relatively small amounts of
labeled examples. The purpose of the special theme is to present and
discuss progress in this direction in the context of natural language
learning and highlight both theoretical and experimental studies on a
variety of approaches to these issues.

Special Session: Shared Task - Named Entity Recognition
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This year's workshop will also accept submissions for a shared task:
named entity recognition. Participating groups will be provided with
the same training and testing material (in several languages), and
will all use the same evaluation criteria, thus allowing comparison
between various learning methods.

More information on the shared task is available at:

Invited Speaker
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John Lafferty (School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

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Main Session Submissions

 Submit an abstract of maximum 1500 words (Postscript, PDF or plain
 text ASCII) by May 2nd, 2002 electronically to the address below.
 Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to produce a full paper
 to be published in the proceedings of the workshop, which will be
 available at the workshop for participants, and distributed
 afterwords by COLING. Final submissions must follow the COLING style
 ( We strongly
 recommend the use of these style files also in the submission.

 Submit main session abstracts to:

 Dan Roth,
 Department of Computer Science,
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 1304 West Springfield Ave. Urbana, IL 61801 USA
 Tel: 217 244 7068 Fax: 217 244 6500


 Antal van den Bosch,
 Computational Linguistics, Tilburg University,
 P.O. Box 90153
 NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
 Tel: +31.13.4663117 Fax: +31.13.4663110

Shared Task Submissions

 Submit an abstract of maximum 1500 words describing the learning
 approach, and your results on the test set by April 6, 2001 to the
 address below (preferably by email). A special section of the
 proceedings will be devoted to a comparison and analysis of the
 results and to a description of the approaches used. Submit shared
 task submissions to:

 Erik Tjong Kim Sang,
 Centrum Nederlandse Taal en Spraak
 Linguistics, Department of Germanic languages and literature
 UIA, University of Antwerp
 Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium 

Important Dates
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 * Deadline for Abstract Submission: May 2, 2002
 * Deadline for Shared Task Submission: May 2, 2002
 * Notification: May 22, 2002
 * Deadline camera-ready full paper: June 8, 2001
 * Conference: August 31-September 1, 2002

Programme Committee
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 Dan Roth (University of Illinois, Urbana, USA (co-chair)
 Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, Netherlands) (co-chair)
 Thorsten Brants (PARC, USA)
 Claire Cardie (Cornell University, USA)
 Ken Church (AT&T Labs-Research, USA) 
 James Cussens (University of York, UK)
 Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
 Diane Litman (University of Pittsburgh, USA) 
 Raymond Mooney (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
 John Nerbonne (Groningen University, Netherlands)
 Miles Osborne (University of Edinburgh, UK)
 David Powers (Flinders University, Australia)
 Adwait Ratnaparkhi (WhizBang! Labs-Research, USA)
 Erik Tjong Kim Sang (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
 David Yarowsky (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
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