LINGUIST List 15.647

Fri Feb 20 2004

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  1. alessandro.zucchi, 2004 Milan Meeting
  2. erk, Building Lexical Resources from Semantically Annotated Corpora

Message 1: 2004 Milan Meeting

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 20:47:45 -0500 (EST)
From: alessandro.zucchi <>
Subject: 2004 Milan Meeting

2004 Milan Meeting
Short Title: MM04 

Date: 10-Jun-2004 - 12-Jun-2004
Location: Gargnano sul Garda, Italy
Contact: Sandro Zucchi
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Philosophy of Language ,Semantics

Call Deadline: 17-Apr-2004 

Meeting Description:

A formal semantics conference
JUNE 10 -- 12, 2004
Università degli Studi di Milano
Palazzo Feltrinelli in Gargnano, on lake Garda
Invited speakers:

JUNE 10 -- 12, 2004
Università degli Studi di Milano

The 2004 Milan Meeting will take place from June 10 to June 12,
2004. It will be held at Palazzo Feltrinelli in Gargnano, on lake
Garda. The Milan meeting is a formal semantics conference.

The theme of the meeting: Covert Variables at Logical Form

In recent times, a debate has taken place on the articulation of
propositional constituents at the level of Logical Form. The debate
has focused on the issue whether (a) there exist propositional
constituents that are freely contributed by the context without being
articulated at LF or (b) propositional constituents provided by the
context and lacking overt linguistic counterparts are always realized
at LF by covert variables whose values are contextually determined
(see, for example, recent work by Stanley, Recanati, Perry, and
others). The issue has wide ranging consequences for the nature (and
existence) of a linguistic level of sentence meaning generated by the
grammars of natural languages. While this debate is foundational in
nature, it draws on current semantic analyses of phenomena like
temporal and spatial reference, adverbial modification, domain
restriction on quantification, ecc. Indeed, appeal to LF covert
variables whose value is contextually furnished is a formal device
often adopted by natural language semanticists investigating these
phenomena. The goal of the meeting is to bring together semanticists
that work at specifying the nature of LF covert variables and
philosophers of language and logicians engaged by the foundational and
methodological issues raised by positing these variables.

Submission of abstracts

The meeting will include 10 contributed talks of 30 minutes each (plus
a discussion of 15 minutes) and five invited talks of 45 minutes each
(plus a discussion of 15 minutes). People who want to contribute a
talk are requested to send an e-mail message to the following address:

The text of the message should specify the author's name, affiliation,
postal address, e-mail address and the title of the contribution. The
message should contain as an attachment an anonymous two page abstract
(1000 words at most ) in pdf or rtf format.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 17th, 2004.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 30th 2004.

Organizing Committee

The organizing committee of the 2004 Milan Meeting has the following
members: Andrea Bonomi, Paolo Casalegno, Carlo Cecchetto, Gennaro
Chierchia, Stefano Predelli, Achille Varzi, Orin Percus, Ernesto
Napoli, Marina Sbisà, Elisa Paganini, Fabio Del Prete, Fabrizio
Arosio, Francesca Panzeri, Claudia Bianchi, Sandro Zucchi.

Location of the meeting: Palazzo Feltrinelli, Gargnano (Brescia),

The meeting will take place at Palazzo Feltrinelli, on Lake
Garda. This historical Villa is now owned by the University of Milan
and is dedicated to workshop and meeting activities. Gargnano is a
small resort village on Lake Garda, about 100 km east of Milan.

Foreign participants are advised to travel to Milano. People arriving
by plane can reach Milano Centrale Railway Station
( in about one hour from Malpensa airport,
where most overseas flights land, in about one hour from Orio al Serio
airport, where Ryanair flights land, and in about 20 minutes from
Linate Airport ( where most other
flights land. Public transport to Milano Railway Stations is available
by bus from all airports and by train + underground from Malpensa
airport; a taxi service is also available at a much higher rate.

Once you are in Milan, you can reach Gargnano in two ways: by
train+bus or directly by bus. You can take a train to Brescia from
Milano Centrale Railway Station, then take a bus from Brescia to
Gargnano (each trip takes about one hour). Buses leave Brescia for
Gargnano about every hour. Or you can take a bus from Piazza Castello
directly to Gargnano (the trip takes about three hours).


Accommodation is provided by within the Palazzo (12 single rooms and
five double rooms) and at the adjacent Casa ''F. Bertolini'' (five
single rooms and four double rooms). One night+breakfast is 19.26
euros at Palazzo Feltrinelli and 23.65 at Casa Bertolini.

Further information

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website: or you
can write to
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Message 2: Building Lexical Resources from Semantically Annotated Corpora

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 03:40:04 -0500 (EST)
From: erk <>
Subject: Building Lexical Resources from Semantically Annotated Corpora

Building Lexical Resources from Semantically Annotated Corpora 

Date: 30-May-2004 - 30-May-2004
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact: Katrin Erk
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics ,Semantics
,Text/Corpus Linguistics ,Lexicography

Call Deadline: 29-Feb-2004 
This is a session of the following conference: 4th International
Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Meeting Description:

LREC 2004 Workshop: Building Lexical Resources from Semantically
Annotated Corpora

This workshop will bring together researchers building and using
large-scale, corpus-based lexical resources to report on recent work
and to share ideas for future directions. (Apologies for multiple

	 Call for Papers

	 Building Lexical Resources from Semantically
		 Annotated Corpora

In association with the Fourth International Conference on Language
Resources and Evaluation - LREC 2004

Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
May 30, 2004


Over the last several decades, print dictionaries have largely shifted
from being based on previous dictionaries, citation slips and
lexicographer's intuitions, to using sophisticated corpus searches for
discovering and recording the actual ways in which words are used. A
similar change is under way in the field of on-line lexical resources,
as people seek a middle way between massive word crunching at one
extreme and hand-built entries based on native speaker intuitions at
the other.

Since 1997, the FrameNet project has built a body of more than 120,000
corpus examples annotated with finely detailed semantic roles (based
on frame semantics) and deriving from these a lexicon with rich
semantic/syntactic descriptions of roughly 7,000 lexical
units. Projects with goals very similar to FrameNet are under way for
German at the University of the Saarland (SALSA), for Spanish in
Barcelona, and for Japanese in Tokyo, and independent but allied
efforts are in progress for English at U Penn (PropBank) and for Czech
in Prague (Prague treebank).

This workshop will bring together researchers building and using such
lexica to report on recent work and to share ideas for future


Papers are invited on questions such as:

What sorts of lexical information will be most useful for NLP
applications, commercial lexicography, or language pedagogy? (And
what's a reasonable balance between what we would like and what we can
cost-effectively get?)

To what extent can manual annotation of corpus examples be facilitated
or replaced by automatic processes?

How can the lexica be used to guide semantic parsing/role labeling in
unrestricted text?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the differing approaches
of the various projects? What are the possibilities of adopting a
common program and setting up the means of cooperating closely?

How do the semantic role concepts underlying different annotation
practices compare? What are their respective advantages and
disadvantages? Is it possible to align them and to map between them?


We would like the workshop to contain a balance of papers dealing with

(1) lexicon building of the kind supported by corpus analysis,

(2) methods of semantic and/or functional annotation,

(3) ontological issues with frame structures and the elements of

(4) outreach, including NLP applications, the suitability of current
procedures to the terminologies of scientific and technical discourse,
and the special problems related to the lexica and grammatical
structures of different languages,

(5) the potential for achieving some level of cross-linguistic and
cross-framework standardization of annotation and analysis practices.


Builders and potential users of semantically/functionally annotated


Abstract Submission Deadline:		February 29, 2004
Notification:				March 21, 2004
Camera Ready Papers:			April 21, 2004
Workshop:				May 30, 2004


Abstracts should be no more than 1000 words in length, in .pdf format
(preferred) or plain ASCII text. The abstract should be emailed to
Collin Baker ( with the subject line ''CORPUS
ANNOTATION WORKSHOP''. The body of the email should begin with the
author's name(s) and affiliation(s), and the email address of the
contact person. The attachment should contain only the text of the


Charles Fillmore
Manfred Pinkal
Collin Baker
Katrin Erk


Collin Baker
Katrin Erk
Charles Fillmore
Daniel Gildea
Eva Hajicova
Ulrich Heid
Mirella Lapata
Martha Palmer
Manfred Pinkal 
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