LINGUIST List 13.855

Wed Mar 27 2002

Calls: Computational Ling, Natural Lang Processing

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  1. Deborah Coughlin, AMTA-2002 ***Updated submission guidelines*** - Call for Papers
  2. Anna-Maria Di Sciullo, call for papers

Message 1: AMTA-2002 ***Updated submission guidelines*** - Call for Papers

Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 15:49:02 -0800
From: Deborah Coughlin <>
Subject: AMTA-2002 ***Updated submission guidelines*** - Call for Papers

 The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas



AMTA-2002 Conference
Location: Tiburon, California
Dates: October 8-12, 2002

The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) is
pleased to announce its fifth biennial conference, planned for October
8-12, 2002, in Tiburon (near San Francisco), California.

CONFERENCE THEME: From Research to Real Users

Ever since the showdown between Empiricists and Rationalists a decade
ago at TMI-92, MT researchers have hotly pursued promising paradigms
for MT, including data-driven approaches (e.g., statistical,
example-based) and hybrids that integrate these with more traditional
rule-based components.

During the same period, commercial MT systems with standard transfer
architectures have evolved along a parallel and almost unrelated
track, increasing their coverage (primarily through manual update of
their lexicons, we assume) and achieving much broader acceptance and
usage, principally through the medium of the Internet. Web page
translators have become commonplace; a number of online translation
services have appeared, including in their offerings both raw and
post-edited MT; and large corporations have been turning increasingly
to MT to address the exigencies of global communication. Still, the
output of the transfer-based systems employed in this expansion
represents but a small drop in the ever-growing translation
marketplace bucket.

Now, 10 years later, we wonder if this mounting variety of MT users is
any better off, and if the promise of the research technologies is
being realized to any measurable degree. In this regard, we pose the
following questions:

Why aren't any current commercially available MT systems primarily

Do any commercially available systems integrate (or plan to integrate)
data-driven components?

Do data-driven systems have significant performance or quality issues?

Can such systems really provide better quality to users, or is their
main advantage one of fast, facilitated customization?

If any new MT technology could provide such benefits (somewhat higher
quality, or facilitated customization), would that be the key to more
widespread use of MT, or are there yet other more relevant unresolved
issues, such as system integration?

If better quality, customization, or system integration aren't the
answer, then what is it that users really need from MT in order for it
to be more useful to them?

We solicit participation on these and other topics related to the
research, development, and use of MT in the form of original papers,
demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, and panels. We invite all who
are interested in MT to participate, including developers,
researchers, end users, professional translators, managers, and
marketing experts. We especially invite users to share their
experiences, developers to describe their novel systems, managers and
marketers to talk about what is happening in the marketplace,
researchers to detail new capabilities or methods, and visionaries to
describe the future as they see it. We also welcome and encourage
participation by members of AMTA's sister organizations, AAMT in Asia
and EAMT in Europe.


We are pleased to announce that invited speakers for the conference
will include Yorick Wilks and Ken Church, both notable participants at
TMI-92, and Jaap van der Meer, former president of ALPNET. We
anticipate that the speakers will provide a sharp and stimulating
focus on the theme of the conference.

Further details regarding the conference, including a call for
Tutorial and Workshop proposals, may be found on the AMTA Web site at:


Elliott Macklovitch, General Chair
Stephen D. Richardson, Program Chair
Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, Local Arrangements Chair
Bob Frederking, Workshops and Tutorials
Laurie Gerber, Exhibits Coordinator



We are pleased to announce that the AMTA-2002 conference proceedings
will be published in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
series by Springer-Verlag. (LNCS/LNAI series home page is located at:

It is therefore recommended that initial submissions to AMTA-2002
adhere as closely as possible to the formatting guidelines for authors
located at: These
guidelines will need to be strictly adhered to for the final versions
of submissions that are accepted for publication in the

All submissions should be in English, and it is recommended that they
be prepared using Latex2e or Microsoft Word, per instructions at the
authors' web site given above (see site for details on using other
text processing systems). Once prepared, they should be submitted
electronically for review in one of the following three formats:

PDF (recommended)
Microsoft Word

All submissions will be received and processed using the Conference
Management Toolkit (CMT), located at:

Authors should follow the instructions at the CMT web site to
register, enter information about themselves and their paper, and
upload a copy of their paper in one of the acceptable formats by the
submission deadline.

Any questions regarding submissions or the use of this web site should
be directed in email to:

Important SUBMISSION DEADLINES are as follows:

Submissions uploaded at CMT web site: April 15, 2002 (Monday)
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2002 (Friday)
Final versions of papers due: July 15, 2002 (Monday)

At the CMT web site, authors will be asked to designate their
submissions for one of the three conference tracks listed
below. Again, initial submissions are expected to adhere as closely as
possible to the guidelines found at Information regarding
submission length and additional requirements is also provided below.

Conference tracks:

1. Theoretical papers: Unpublished papers describing original work on
all aspects of Machine Translation. Preference will be given to
papers that include concrete results and that address the theme of
moving MT research technology (including, but not limited to,
data-driven systems or components) into real use. Papers may not be
longer than 10 pages.

2. User studies: Studies of users' experiences with implementing MT or
testing its applicability to some task. Of particular interest are
experiences deploying new or advanced MT technology in a production
context. Users, managers, and sales/marketing professionals are
especially welcome to submit. Studies may not be longer than 8 pages.

3. System descriptions with optional system demonstrations: Approx. 25
minutes will be allocated per system description/demo. Descriptions
may not be longer than 4 pages. The goal of system descriptions is to
educate participants about the features and functionality of current
and emerging MT systems. Sales presentations are not appropriate. The
following additional information should be provided in each system
	- name and contact information of system builder
	- system category (research, pre-market prototype, or
		commercially available)
	- system characteristics (e.g., languages, domains,
		integration/networking features)

If a system demonstration is included, please provide the following
	- hardware platform and operating system
	- name and contact information of system operations specialist

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Message 2: call for papers

Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 11:22:53 -0500
From: Anna-Maria Di Sciullo <>
Subject: call for papers

Call for papers for

The Second Conference of the Federation on Natural Language Processing
Language, Brain and Computation
which will be held at the University of Venice, October 3-5, 2002.

Description :
Restrictions observed in a great variety of languages on the
composition, displacement and dependencies of linguistic elements
indicate that Universal Grammar includes abstract relations whose
investigation is crucial to the formulation of a fine grained
explanatory theory of human mind/brain. The investigation of natural
language configurations contributes to our understanding of what is
common to all languages, but not immediately accessible to human
perception, the abstract relations inherent to Universal
Grammar/Language Faculty. With configurations as part of the presumed
Universal Grammar vocabulary, a number of phenomena can be analyzed
from a new perspective. Notwithstanding the progress achieved,
questions still remain with respect to the definition of
grammar-specific relations, their role in the derivations, and their
legibility at the interfaces with the external systems,
conceptual-intentional and sensori-motor.

The conference also aims to contribute to our understanding of the
external systems. They can be seen as universal systems allowing for
an optimal legibility of interface representations. We might think
that, interacting with Universal Grammar, the Universal Parser
incrementally recovers natural language configurations. From this
viewpoint, questions arise with respect to the relative autonomy of
the grammar and the parser, as well as the nature of the interaction
of the external systems with the interface representations. The
importance of configurational relations in computational linguistics
has already been established, given the central role played by
asymmetric c-command in principle-based parsing (generate and filter
type) based on GB Theory. It might be the case that a computational
model based on the generation and recovery of more basic relations
(check and generate type), based on Minimalism, will constitute
another step ahead in the field.

The conference will bring together linguists, psycholinguists and
computational scientists who addressed these issues in order to
explore the formalization and the interaction of the grammar with the
external systems.

Call for papers :

Abstracts are invited for thirty-minute talks (twenty minutes for
presentation plus ten minutes for discussion). A limited number of
oral presentations will be selected. In addition, abstracts can be
sent for the poster session.

Please Submit:
an one-page abstract, 11 pt. single-line spacing, to :
Language, Brain, and Computation Conference Committee
Departement de linguistique
Universite du Quebec - Montreal
Case Postale 8888, Succursale
Montreal, Qc, H3C 3P8

Specify oral presentation, poster or demo

Send abstracts by FAX to: +514-987-0377
or (preferably) by e-mail to:

Electronic submissions are encouraged; abstracts should be attached in
plain text format or as Word files.

Submit a camera-ready full paper no longer than 15 pages using 11pt
fonts and single-line spacing throughout, with the title of the paper,
the name(s)of the author(s), affiliation(s), postal address, and
e-mail address for correspondence on a separate page. Accepted papers
will be published in a collection of papers.


All submissions must be received by May 15, 2002.
Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed in mid-June.


May 15, 2002: deadline for abstracts
June 15, 2002: notification of acceptance
October 3-5, 2002: Conference
December 15, 2002: camera-ready full paper

Organizers :
Anna Maria Di Sciullo
Universite du Quebec - Montreal
Rodolpho Delmonte
Universite di Venezia

The Federation on Natural Language Processing
Valorisation-Recherche Quebec
The Natural Language Processing Project
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
The Asymmetry Project:
L' Associazione Italiana di Intelligenza Artificiale
La Societe di Scienze Cognitive
L' Istituto di Scienze Cognitive del CNR Roma


Appel de communications en vue de la deuxieme conference sur le
traitement des langues naturelles Langues naturelles, Systeme Cognitif
et Traitement Computationnel qui se tiendra a l'Universite de Venise
du 3 au 5 octobre 2002.

Les restrictions observees dans une grande variete de langues sur la
composition, le mouvement et l'interpretation des elements
linguistiques indiquent que la Grammaire Universelle contient des
relations configurationnelles dont l'investigation est cruciale a la
formulation d'une theorie explicative de l'esprit/du cerveau
humain. L'etude des configurations propres aux langues naturelles
contribue a notre comprehension de ce qui est commun a toutes les
langues, mais pas immediatement disponible a la perception humaine,
les relations abstraites inherentes de la Grammaire Universelle/de la
Faculte du Langage. Si les relations configurationnelles font partie
du vocabulaire presume de la Grammaire Universelle, plusieurs
phenomenes peuvent etre analyses dans une nouvelle perspective. Malgre
le progres obtenu, il reste des questions quant a la definition des
relations propres a la grammaire, leurs role dans les derivations, et
leur visibilite aux interfaces de la grammaire et des systemes
externes, conceptuel-intentionel et sensori-moteur.

Cette conference a aussi pour but de contribuer a notre comprehension
des systemes externes. Ceux-ci peuvent etre vus comme des systemes
universaux permettant une lisibilite optimale des representations
d'interface. Nous pouvons penser qu'en interaction avec la Grammaire
Universelle, l'Analyseur Universel reconnait les configurations
propres aux langues naturelles de maniere incrementielle. Dans cette
perspective, des questions ressortent quant a l'autonomie relative de
la grammaire et de l'analyseur, et sur la nature de l'interaction des
systemes externes et des representations d'interfaces. L'importance
des relations configurationnelles dans la linguistique
computationnelle est deja etablie, etant donne le role central joue
par la c-commande asymetrique dans le parsage base sur des principes
GB (de type generer et filtrer). Il est probable qu'un modele
computationnel base sur la generation et la reconnaissance d'un plus
grand nombre de relations elementaires, base sur les principes du
Minimalisme (de type verifier et generer) constituera un avancement
dans le domaine.

Cette conference permettra de rassembler des linguistes, des
psycholinguistes et des informaticiens qui ont considere ces problemes
en vue d'explorer la formalisation et l'interaction de la grammaire et
des systemes externes.

Appel de communications : 
Langues naturelles, systeme cognitif et traitement computationnel

Les interesses sont invites a envoyer un resume pour une communication
de trente minutes (vingt minutes de communication et dix minutes de
discussion). Un nombre limite de presentations orales seront
selectionnees. Les resumes peuvent aussi etre envoyes pour une seance

Soumettre S.V.P.:
un resume d'une page, 11pt. simple interligne au : 

Comite de selection de la conference Language, Brain and Computation
Departement de linguistique
Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Case Postale 8888, Succursale
Montreal, Qc, H3C 3P8

Specifier communication orale, affiche ou demonstration
Les resumes sont a envoyer en fichier joint en format texte ou en fichier
Word par Telecopieur: +514- 987-0377
ou par courriel �:

Soumettre la version finale de l'article de maximum 15 pages utilisant
des caracteres de 11pts et simple interligne, et une page separee
contenant le titre du travail, le nom de l'auteur, l'universite,
l'adresse postale, l'adresse electronique. Les communications
acceptees seront publiees dans une collection sur le domaine.


15 mai 2002: date limite de reception des resumes.
15 juin 2002: notification d'acceptation des resumes.
3-5 octobre 2002: conference.
15 decembre 2002: la version finale de l'article.

Anna Maria Di Sciullo
Universite du Quebec a Montreal 
Rodolpho Delmonte				 			
Universita di Venezia

Commanditaires : 	
La Federation sur le traitement des langues naturelles
Valorisation-Recherche Quebec
Le projet sur le traitement des langues naturelles
Le Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada
Le projet sur l'asymetrie des langues:
L' Associazione Italiana di Intelligenza Artificiale 
La Societa di Scienze Cognitive
L' Istituto di Scienze Cognitive del CNR

Anna Maria Di Sciullo
Asymmetry Project

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