LINGUIST List 14.2965

Thu Oct 30 2003

Calls: Applied Ling/China; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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  1. kevinzzh, 6th International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching
  2. Jean Veronis, Spoken corpus processing

Message 1: 6th International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 23:28:53 +0000
From: kevinzzh <>
Subject: 6th International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching

6th International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching 

Date: 07-Aug-2004 - 15-Aug-2004
Location: Beijing & Shanghai, China
Contact: Kevin Zhang
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Applied Linguistics 
Subject Language: English
Call Deadline: 31-May-2004

Meeting Description:

The Sixth International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language
Teaching (Beijing-Shanghai) now calls for papers.
1. Subject: Language Teaching and Skill Developing 
2. Date: August 7-15, 2004
Aug. 7 Arrival in Beijing
Aug. 8-9 Plenary & group sessions for paper presentations, seminars &
Aug. 10 Visiting places of historical interest (One night of
performance of Beijing opera or equivalent during Aug. 8-10)
Aug. 11 Sight-seeing in the morning in Beijing & flight to Shanghai in
the afternoon
Aug. 12-13 Conference in Shanghai, with a night tour of the Bund & the
new Pudong District
Aug. 14 Tour of New Shanghai, with some entertainment at night
Aug. 15 Departure

Requirements for abstracts:
Papers are invited for a 20-minute presentation in all areas of second
or foreign language teaching and skill developing and from any
theoretical perspective. Send one copy of a one-page abstract for
review. (There may be an additional page for references.) The abstract
must specify which meeting you wish to present in (Beijing or Shanghai
or both), title of paper, author's name, academic affiliation, current
and summer address, phone and fax number, e-mail, and audiovisual
requests. Abstracts must be on a single page, single spaced, in
12-point type, with one inch margins. Abstracts may be submitted via
e-mail or mail. If submitted via email, they may be included in the
body of the e-mail message or as an attachment.

Please do not send abstracts by fax.
 University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Cedar Falls, IA 50614, USA
 Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics (BUAA), PRC
 Shanghai University of Science and Technology (SUST), PRC
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Message 2: Spoken corpus processing

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 08:02:31 +0100
From: Jean Veronis <>
Subject: Spoken corpus processing

 Journal "Traitement Automatique des Langues"

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 "Spoken corpus processing"

 Special issue edited by Jean V�ronis (Universit� de Provence)

 Submission deadline : 15 March 2004


Several hundred million words of written texts are available for
research and the World Wide Web pushes this limit further everyday. At
the same time, very few spontaneous spoken language corpora are
available, although they are of prime importance for linguistic
studies and the development of spoken language technologies.

A number of spoken corpora have been completed for English (British
National Corpus, Santa Barbara Corpus of American English, Corpus
CANCODE, etc.) and some are being developed for other languages
(Corpus Gesproken Nederlands, Corpus of Spoken Israeli Hebrew, Corpus
of Spoken Portuguese, etc.), but the transcription and annotation of
spoken corpora is a very expensive process.

In the last decade, many annotation and processing tools have been
developed for written corpora, but equivalent tools for spoken data
are very far from being available. Of course, phonetic institutes have
developed sophisticated tools for the analysis of laboratory speech,
but their applicability to spontaneous data is not immediate, given
the different corpus sizes, the different types of analyses, and the
phenomena that are specific to spontaneous speech (high variability,
disfluencies, non canonical syntax, etc.).


The present issue of "Traitement Automatique des Langues" (T.A.L.)
aims at assessing the state of the art on the technologies available
for processing spoken corpora, and at answering questions such as the
adaptability of the techniques developed for written corpora, or the
degree of reusability of the techniques developed for laboratory

Topics of interest (non-exhaustive list):

 - tools for transcription
 - phonetisation
 - segmentation (pauses, speaker turns) and text-to-sound alignment
 - identification of hesitations, repeats, disfluencies and other
phenomena specific to spontaneous speech
 - prosodic tagging
 - morpho-syntactic tagging
 - chunking and shallow parsing
 - other analysis levels (anaphoras, etc.)
 - search and exploitation tools


 Jean-Yves Antoine (Universit� de Bretagne Sud)
 Claude Barras (LIMSI-CNRS)
 Fr�d�ric B�chet (Universit� d'Avignon)
 Edouard Geoffrois (DGA)
 Dafydd Gibbon (Universit�t Bielefeld)
 Daniel Hirst (LPL-CNRS)
 Amy Isard (University of Edinburgh)
 Joaquim Llisterri (Universitat Aut�noma de Barcelona)
 Philippe Martin (Universit� Paris VII)
 Joakim Nivre (V�xj� Universitet)
 Nelleke Oostdijk (Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen)
 Geoffrey Sampson (University of Sussex)
 Antonio Moreno Sandoval (Universidad Aut�noma de Madrid)
 Fran�ois Yvon (ENST)


Papers (25 pages maximum) may be submitted in Word or LaTeX (in the
latter case, please provide a PDF file). The publisher's style sheets
are available at:


Papers may be written either in French or in English (non-French
speaking authors only).


The submission deadline is March 15th, 2004. Authors intending to
submit a paper should contact Jean V�ronis

Articles will be reviewed by a member of the editorial board of the
journal and by two external reviewers chosen by the editors of the
special issue. Editorial board decisions and referees' reports will
be transmitted to the authors by May 31st, 2004.

Final versions of accepted papers will be required by July 1st, 2004.
Publication is planned for the end of 2004.


Submissions (25 pages maximum, following the publisher's style sheet)
should be sent electronically to:

 Jean V�ronis <>
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