LINGUIST List 14.2966

Thu Oct 30 2003

Calls: Socioling/Spain; Computational Ling/UK

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  1. mercator, 2nd Mercator International Symposium "EUROPE 2004: A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR ALL LANGUAGES?"
  2. sigir2004announce, 27th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in IR

Message 1: 2nd Mercator International Symposium "EUROPE 2004: A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR ALL LANGUAGES?"

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 06:05:30 +0000
From: mercator <>
Subject: 2nd Mercator International Symposium "EUROPE 2004: A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR ALL LANGUAGES?"

2nd Mercator International Symposium "EUROPE 2004: A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR ALL LANGUAGES?"

Date: 27-Feb-2004 - 28-Feb-2004
Location: Tarragona, Spain
Contact: Sergi Vilar´┐Ż
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Sociolinguistics 
Call Deadline: 19-Dec-2003

Meeting Description:

Given the significance of the year 2004 for the future of the European
Union and, more specifically, the new linguistic policy deriving from
the adoption of the new Constitutional Treaty, the II Mercator
International Symposium will aim at a critical assessment of the role
assigned to minority or regional languages within the new European
order. The event will also focus on the way in which "respect for
linguistic diversity" (Art. 3.3 and Art. 22 of the Charter of
Fundamental Rights) will be reflected in the European Union's new
policies and actions.

The Symposium will also seek to focus on how the voice of minority
language communities will be heard within the future European Union,
as well as on the possible role of the Committee of the Regions,
despite the fact that the draft text submitted by the European
Convention 2004 has yet to define the role of the "regions",
particularly those which have their own language and their own
legislative powers.

Another essential element to be taken into account when thinking about
the future of these languages is the Council of Europe and its
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. There is a need
to appraise the effect of this international instrument ''the only
binding and most explicit document concerning these languages'' on
Community policies dealing with non-official languages of the EU and
with languages which are not explicitly recognised or do not receive
adequate institutional support from the state.

Main thematic areas for papers:

1. European Constitution and linguistic diversity
-	Language policies within the new Constitutional Treaty
-	The recognition of non-official languages
-	The effects on the new institutional structure (EU, CoE, OSCE)
-	Language requirements for EU-accession. Why a double standard?

2. The role of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
(the Charter)
- 	The Charter as a development of Art. 22 of the European Charter of
Fundamental Rights and Art. 3.3 of the new Constitutional Treaty
-	The Charter and EU programmes and actions 
-	EU language policy from the perspective of new member states
-	Other alternatives beyond the Charter

3. Level of recognition and language vitality 
-	Case studies
-	Monitoring and follow-up experiences regarding the
implementation of legal measures
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Message 2: 27th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in IR

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 09:21:54 +0000
From: sigir2004announce <>
Subject: 27th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in IR

27th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in IR 
Short Title: SIGIR 2004

Date: 25-Jul-2004 - 29-Jul-2004
Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Contact: Mark Sanderson
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics, General Linguistics
Call Deadline: 26-Jan-2004

Meeting Description:

SIGIR 2004

Twenty-Seventh Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
July 25 - 29, 2004
Sheffield, UK
Organized by
The University of Sheffield and ACM 

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SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new
research results and for the demonstration of new systems and
techniques in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The
Conference and Program Chairs invite all those working in areas
related to IR to submit original research contributions, posters, and
proposals for tutorials, workshops, and demonstrations of systems.

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SIGIR 2004 welcomes contributions related to any aspect of IR, but the
major areas of interest are listed below. For each general area, two
to four area coordinators will guide the reviewing process.

Formal Models, Language Models, Fusion/Combination
-Keith van Rijsbergen, University of Glasgow
-John Lafferty, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Text Representation and Indexing, XML and Metadata
-Airi Salminen, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
-Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg, Germany

Performance, Compression, Scalability, Architectures, Mobile
-Chris Buckley, SabIR research, USA
-Justin Zobel, RMIT University, Australia

Web IR, Intranet/Enterprise Search, Citation and Link Analysis,
Digital Libraries, Distributed IR
-Andrei Broder, IBM Research, USA
-David Hawking, CSIRO, Australia

Cross-language Retrieval, Multilingual Retrieval, Machine Translation
for IR
-Ari Pirkola, University of Tampere, Finland
-Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts, USA

Video and Image Access, Audio and Speech Retrieval, Music Retrieval
-Hong-Jiang Zhang, Microsoft Research, China
-R. Manmatha, University of Massachusetts, USA

Machine Learning for IR, Text Data Mining, Clustering, Text
-Fabrizio Sebastiani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
-Wai Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
-David Hull, Clairvoyance, USA
-Yoram Singer, The Hebrew University, Israel

Topic Detection and Tracking, Content-Based Filtering, Collaborative
Filtering, Agents
-Stephen Robertson, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
-John Riedl, University of Minnesota, USA

Summarization, Question Answering, Natural Language Processing for IR,
Information Extraction, Lexical Acquisition
-Jussi Karlgren, SICS, Sweden
-Charlie Clarke, University of Waterloo, Canada

Interfaces, Visualization, Interactive IR, User Models, User Studies
-Pia Borlund, Royal School of Librarianship and Information Science,
-Nick Belkin, Rutgers University, USA

Specialized Applications of IR, including Genomic IR, IR in Software
Engineering, and IR for Chemical Structures
-Bill Hersh, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
-Hugh E. Williams, RMIT University, Australia

Evaluation, Building Test Collections, Experimental Design and Metrics
-Donna Harman, NIST, USA
-Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

-John Tait, University of Sunderland, UK
-Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina, USA
-Alistair Moffat, University of Melbourne, Australia

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November 14, 2003 - Mentoring program
January 26, 2004 - Paper submissions due.
February 27, 2004 - Tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, posters, and
doctoral consortium due.
April 12, 2004 - Notification of acceptance for all submissions.
May 21, 2004 - Camera-ready copy due.
July 25, 2004 - Conference opens.

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Authors are invited to submit research papers, not exceeding 5000
words, representing original, previously unpublished work, on or
before January 26, 2004. Papers must be submitted electronically, via
the submission web page. For paper submission guidelines, see author
instructions on the Conference web site.

Submission Guidlines:

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For requirements and details on submission of

-Doctoral Consortium
-Demonstrations of systems

and on proposals for

-Tutorials (either a full day or half day)

see the Conference web site.

SIGIR 2004 CFPs:

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Once devoted to being a world-leading steel town, Sheffield's largest
money-making industries are now its Universities. The fifth largest
city in the UK, Sheffield is one of the country's greenest: filled
with parks and trees. The University of Sheffield is located in one of
the pleasantest parts: the west end. Here, restaurants, cafes, and
bars - all within walking distance of the conference location - offer
evening activities for all.

Sheffield is an excellent starting point to explore the North of
England. To the west, only 5 miles from the city centre, is the Peak
District National Park. Here, internationally renowned stately homes,
such as Chatsworth, Lyme Park, and Haddon Hall, combine with famous
rock climbing crags and great opportunities to walk to produce one of
the worlds most visited national parks. To the north east, the city of
York offers to the visitor its Minster (the largest Gothic Cathedral
in Northern Europe), the Jorvik Viking centre, and the National
Railway Museum, the largest such museum in the world. The other great
cities of the North, Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool can all be
visited as a day trip from Sheffield. London to the south is only 2.5
hours on the train.

Travel to Sheffield:

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Programme Committee
-Kalervo Jarvelin, University of Tampere, Finland
-James Allan, University of Massachusetts, USA
-Peter Bruza, Distributed Systems Technology Centre, Australia

Posters Chair
-Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland

Best Papers Chair
-John Tait, University of Sunderland, UK

Mentoring Chair
-Doug Oard, University of Maryland, USA

Doctoral Consortium
-David Harper, Robert Gordon University, UK

Tutorials Chair
-Fabio Crestani, University of Strathclyde, UK

Workshops Chair
-Mounia Lalmas, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Demos Chair
-Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde, UK

Allocation of EU Student Travel Grants
-Stefan Rueger, Imperial College London, UK

Local Organisers
 General Chair
 -Mark Sanderson, University of Sheffield, UK

 -Micheline Beaulieu, University of Sheffield, UK
 -Kathryn Cobley (Conference accountant), University of Sheffield, UK

 Local Arrangements
 -Peter Willett, University of Sheffield, UK

 Registration chair
 -Daniela Petrelli, University of Sheffield, UK

 Publicity & Website
 -Hideo Joho, University of Sheffield, UK
 -Steve Levin, University of Sheffield, UK

 Organiser of PC meeting in London
 -Mounia Lalmas, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

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For further details, see the Conference web site.
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