LINGUIST List 13.906

Mon Apr 1 2002

Calls: Treebanks & Ling Theory, Lang & Identity

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  1. Kiril Simov, Corpora: CFP: Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002
  2. Wayne Finke, announcement

Message 1: Corpora: CFP: Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002

Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2002 14:30:58 +0200
From: Kiril Simov <>
Subject: Corpora: CFP: Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002

 Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 2002
 20th and 21st September 2002, Sozopol, Bulgaria

Workshop motivation and aims

Treebanks are a language resource that provides annotations of natural
languages at various levels of structure: at the word level, the
phrase level, the sentence level, and sometimes also at the level of
function-argument structure. Treebanks have become crucially
important for the development of data-driven approaches to natural
language processing, human language technologies, grammar extraction
and linguistic research in general. There are a number of on-going
projects on compilation of representative treebanks for languages that
still lack them (Spanish, Bulgarian, Portugese,Turkish) and a number
of on-going projects on compilation of treebanks for specific purposes
for languages that already have them (English).

The practices of building syntactically processed corpora have proved
that aiming at more detailed description of the data becomes more and
more theory-dependent (Prague Dependency Treebank and other
dependency-based treebanks as the Italian treebank (TUT) or the
Turkish treebank (METU); Verbmobil HPSG Treebanks, Polish HPSG
Treebank, Bulgarian HPSG-based Treebank etc.). Therefore the
development of treebanks and formal linguistic theories need to be
more tightly connected in order to ensure the necessary information
flow between them.

The workshop aims at being a forum for researchers and advanced
students working in one or both of these areas. It will be held in
conjunction with the summer school "Empirical Linguistics and Natural
Language Processing", Flagman hotel, Sozopol, Bulgaria.

Topics of interest

Papers should address the following topics:

- design principles and annotation schemes for treebanks;
- applications of treebanks in acquiring linguistic knowledge and NLP;
- the role of the linguistic theories in a treebank development;
- treebanks as a base for linguistic research;
- evaluation of treebanks;
- tools for creation and management of treebanks;
- standards for treebanks.

Two round-table discussions will be organized on the following topics: 

- the relationship between the syntactic properties of a given
language and the choice of linguistic theory for annotation purposes

- the utility of treebanks for linguistic theorizing

Important dates

Deadline for workshop abstract submission
12th April 2002

Notification of acceptance
20th May 2002

Final version of paper for workshop proceedings
24th June 2002


Papers should describe existing research connected to the topics of
the workshop. The presentation at the workshop will be 25 minutes long
(20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and
discussion). Each submission should include: title; author(s);
affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, postal address,
telephone and fax numbers. Extended abstracts (maximum 1500 words,
plain-text format or Postscript) should be sent to:

Name: Kiril Simov

Those who wish to attend without offering a paper are asked to briefly
motivate their interest.

The final version of the accepted papers should not be longer than
4,000 words or 10 A4 pages. Instructions for formatting and
presentation of the final version will be sent to authors upon
notification of acceptance.

Program Committee

Erhard Hinrichs, Germany (co-chair)
Tilman Berger , Germany
Marek Swidzinski, Poland
Adam Przepi'orkowski, Poland
Kiril Simov, Bulgaria (co-chair)
Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Republic
Anatolij N. Baranov, Russia
Sandra Kuebler, Germany
Kemal Oflazer, Turkey
Michael Barlow, USA
Tomaz Erjavec, Slovenia
Robert Engels, Norway
Andreas Wagner, Germany
Frank Richter, Germany
Manfred Sailer, Germany
Walter Daelemans, Belgium
Karel Oliva, Austria
Laurent Romary, France

Invited Speakers

Frantisek Cermak, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic Hans
Uszkoreit, DFKI, Saarbruecken, Germany (to be confirmed)

Workshop registration

The registration fee for the workshop is:

150 Euro

The fees cover the following services: a copy of the proceedings of
the attended workshop, coffee-breaks and refreshments.

Participation in the workshop is limited by the venue. Requests for
participation will be processed on first come first served basis.

Local organisation

Kiril Simov (
Petya Osenova (
Milena Slavcheva (

BulTreeBank Project
Linguistic Modelling Laboratory, CLPP,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Acad. G.Bonchev St. 25A
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Message 2: announcement

Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2002 17:36:44 -0500 (EST)
From: Wayne Finke <>
Subject: announcement

You are cordially invited to submit a proposal to read a paper at


Sponsored by
October 4-5, 2002

Papers on any aspect of the topic should take 15 minutes to read aloud
but may be expanded to as many as 15 pages (single-spaced, with
one-line spaces between paragraphs) for publication in the
proceedings. Those will appear early in 2003. Participants are asked
to submit final articles to the secretary by December 15, 2002.

Names are so important to personal identity that even those seeking
aliases tend to retain some part of the real name, if only
initials. Language underlies ethnic unity and fuels political
aspirations, whether speakers have a country or their own or (as with
gypsies or the Kurds) not. The conference will address all the
cultural, economic, political and other ramifications of the
connections between language and personal, group, and national
identities; the impact of artificial and dominant international
languages; the have/have-nots of the modern technological world with
its special languages; bilingualism and language
competition/legislation; language as affecting the personality and the
tribe; and more. The conference is, like other ASG conferences since
1985, under the direction of Prof. Leonard R. N. Ashley, president of
ASG, and the secretary again is Prof. Wayne H. Finke. Prof. Finke may
be contacted now with early proposals (to 400 words) for papers,
questions about registration fees, $45.00 (as usual covering also the
gala banquet and a copy of the proceedings), etc. Enjoy New York City
in the fall and participate with colleagues from the US and abroad in
an important scholarly meeting!

Professor Wayne H. Finke, Modern Languages, B6-280, Baruch College, 17
Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010-5585. E-mail:

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