LINGUIST List 14.2898

Thu Oct 23 2003

Calls: History of Ling/Brazil;Computer Speech and Lang

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  1. otto.zwartjes, Conference on (Missionary-) Colonial Linguistics (1492-1850)
  2. alk23, Computer Speech and Language

Message 1: Conference on (Missionary-) Colonial Linguistics (1492-1850)

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 16:10:47 +0000
From: otto.zwartjes <>
Subject: Conference on (Missionary-) Colonial Linguistics (1492-1850)

2nd International Conference on (Missionary-) Colonial Linguistics

Short Title: Missionary Linguistics

Date: 10-Mar-2004 - 13-Mar-2004
Location: S�o Paulo, Brazil
Contact: otto zwartjes
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: History of Linguistics
Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2003

Meeting Description:

Second meeting on ''Missionary Linguistics'', organized by CEDOCH/
S�o Paulo and OsProMil/ Oslo University. Special sessions on

* Luso-Brazilian historiography of linguistics
* Missionary works in Asia
* Orthography/ Phonology (worldwide)
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Message 2: Computer Speech and Language

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 17:52:47 +0000
From: alk23 <>
Subject: Computer Speech and Language

Computer Speech and Language	

Call Deadline: 5-MAY-2004 Apologies for multiple postings.


Journal of Computer Speech and Language

Special Issue on Multiword Expressions

Guest editors:

Aline Villavicencio (University of Cambridge, UK) 
Francis Bond (NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan) 
Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK) 
Diana McCarthy (University of Sussex, UK)

Multiword expressions (MWEs) include a large range of linguistic
phenomena, such as phrasal verbs (e.g. ''add up''), nominal compounds
(e.g. ''telephone box''), and institutionalized phrases (e.g. ''salt
and pepper''), and they can be syntactically and/or semantically
idiosyncratic in nature. MWEs are used frequently in everyday
language, usually to express precisely ideas and concepts that cannot
be compressed into a single word. A considerable amount of research
has been devoted to this subject, both in terms of theory and
practice, but despite increasing interest in idiomaticity within
linguistic research, there is still a gap between the needs of natural
language processing (NLP) and the descriptive tradition of
linguistics. Most real-world applications tend to ignore MWEs or
address them simply by listing. However, it is clear that successful
applications will need to be able to identify and treat them more

In recent years there has been a growing awareness in the NLP
community of the problems that MWEs pose and the need for their robust
handling. This special issue of Computer Speech and Language, due for
publication in 2005, will be devoted to the acquisition,
identification and treatment of MWEs. We invite papers adopting a
quantitive approach to the following aspects of MWE research:

* Extraction of MWEs:

There has been considerable research into extraction of lists of some
multiword expressions and collocations of certain types, such as noun
noun compounds, institutionalised expressions and verb particle
constructions. Papers which explore the benefits and weaknesses of
methods across different MWE types, and across different languages are
particularly welcome. Also, we encourage papers where the extraction
is not limited to an enumeration of MWEs of a given type, but permits
some sort of subcategorization or analysis of the syntactic or
semantic properties of the expression.

* Evaluation of extracted MWEs:

To date researchers have tended to evaluate MWE extraction by
exploiting available man-made lexical resources or using manual
annotation of either the input data or the automatically extracted
lists. There is considerable scope for proposals of standard
evaluation metrics, test and training data and for task-based

* Identification of MWEs:

Whilst there has been considerable research on extraction, less
attention has been paid to determining if a candidate multiword token
is in fact a genuine multiword, or simply a regular compositional
occurrence of the words that can comprise a multiword e.g. ''She
looked up the road'' vs ''She looked up his telephone number''.

* The benefits of MWE identification and treatment for applications:

Papers are encouraged which expose the problems that MWEs pose for
specific applications and solutions to these problems.

Submission Information:

Deadline for paper submissions: 5 May 2004
Notification of acceptance: 5 August 2004
Final manuscripts due: 5 November 2004

All submissions will be subject to the normal peer review process for
this journal.

Submissions in electronic form (PDF) are strongly preferred and must
conform to the Computer Speech and Language specifications, which are
available at:

Any initial queries should be addressed to
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