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LINGUIST List 16.1214

Sun Apr 17 2005

Calls: Computational Ling/Corpus Ling/UK;General Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Amy Wronkowicz <amylinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Anja Belz, Workshop on Using Corpora for Natural Language Generation
        2.    Anne-Michelle Tessier, 36th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

Message 1: Workshop on Using Corpora for Natural Language Generation
Date: 15-Apr-2005
From: Anja Belz <ucnlgitri.brighton.ac.uk>
Subject: Workshop on Using Corpora for Natural Language Generation

Full Title: Workshop on Using Corpora for Natural Language Generation
Short Title: UCNLG

Date: 14-Jul-2005 - 14-Jul-2005
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Anja Belz
Meeting Email: ucnlgitri.brighton.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/ucnlg

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 27-May-2005

Meeting Description:

Using Corpora for Natural Language Generation is a pre-conference workshop at
Corpus Linguistics 2005, to be held in Birmingham, 14 July 2005.

We aim to bring together researchers who use corpora for NLG research either in
the traditional, manual way, or automatically, involving machine learning and
statistical methods. The goal of the workshop is to present and discuss current
research, to compare manual and automatic corpus exploitation, to evaluate
achievements, and to identify challenges for the future.

Using Corpora for Natural Language Generation - Call for papers

We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all
aspects of using corpora for natural language generation, including, but not
limited to:

* (Partial) automation of traditional corpus analysis for NLG
* Issues in annotating corpora for NLG
* Statistical approaches to deep and/or surface generation
* Machine learning methods for deep and/or surface generation
* Role of corpora in the evaluation of NLG systems
* Reuse of resources developed for NLU (e.g. treebanks) in NLG
* Domain-specific vs. general purpose corpora for NLG

We would like to emphasise that where we say 'NLG' we mean to include the
language generation components of MT and dialogue systems.

Invited Speaker

Irene Langkilde-Geary (Brigham Young University, Provo, USA) will give an
invited talk with the provisional title: Constraint programming as a Whiteboard
Architecture for Probabilistic NLG.

Panel on Exploiting Corpora for NLG

We will hold a panel discussion on the topics of this workshop. The following
researchers have so far agreed to join the panel:

Irene Langkilde-Geary, Brigham Young University, USA
Donia Scott, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK
Bonnie Webber, Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
(more to follow)


The proceedings of the workshop will be published in printed form and
electronically on the web. We plan to publish selected papers in a special
issue of a suitable journal.


Papers should describe original work, emphasizing actual rather than intended
work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported
results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included. A
paper submitted to the Workshop on Using Corpora for NLG cannot have previously
been published. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences or
workshops should indicate this.

Submission information

Reviewing will be based on abstracts, the final proceedings will contain papers
of 4-6 pages.

* Submission of abstracts:

Submissions should be extended abstracts of papers, and should be sent in PDF
format by email to ucnlgitri.brighton.ac.uk. Abstracts should not exceed 500
words. RTF format is also accepted but not encouraged.

Reviewing of papers will be blind. Reviewing will be managed by an international
workshop programme committee. Final decisions on the technical programme will
be made by the workshop organisers.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and
affiliations. Self-references that reveal the authors' identity, e.g., ''We
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be avoided. Instead, use citations
such as ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''.

In the body of the email submitting the abstract, please include the authors'
names and affiliations, and the paper title.

* Camera-ready full-length papers:

4-6 pages in the IJCAI'05 format. Please follow the IJCAI formatting
instructions (http://ijcai05.csd.abdn.ac.uk/). Further submission instructions
for full-length papers will be included in acceptance emails.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 27th May 2005
Notification of acceptance: Friday 10th June 2005
Camera-ready full-length papers: Friday 1st July 2005
Date of workshop: Thursday 14th July

Programme committee

Anja Belz, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK
John Carroll, Informatics, University of Brighton, UK
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Michel Genereux, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK
Kevin Knight, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, UK
Sebastian Varges, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK

Workshop website

Message 2: 36th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
Date: 15-Apr-2005
From: Anne-Michelle Tessier <tessierlinguist.umass.edu>
Subject: 36th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

Full Title: 36th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society
Short Title: NELS36

Date: 28-Oct-2005 - 30-Oct-2005
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States of America
Contact Person: Florian Schwarz
Meeting Email: nelslinguist.umass.edu
Web Site: http://people.umass.edu/nels/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

The 36th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

including a General Session, and Special Sessions on Topics at the
Morphology-Phonology Interface, and Semantics of Under-represented Languages

October 28-30, 2005
University of Massachusetts Amherst

NELS36 at UMass Amherst - Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion), and a
poster session, on any aspect of theoretical linguistics and closely-related fields.

DEADLINE for Abstract Submissions: June 15, 2005
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: August 15, 2005

* Greg Carlson (University of Rochester)
* Lisa Cheng (Universiteit Leiden)
* J. Michael Terry (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
* Bruce Tesar (Rutgers University)

Topics at the Morphology-Phonology Interface
Invited Speaker: Bruce Tesar

This session will include regular-length talks that address issues at the
morphology-phonology interface, including:

* morphological categories and boundaries in phonology
* learnability of morphological contrasts
* phonologically-conditioned allomorphy & paradigm gaps
* contrast neutralization/preservation in paradigms
* paradigm uniformity, OO-correspondence, stratal OT

Semantics of Under-represented Languages
Invited Speaker: J. Michael Terry

This session will include regular-length talks that address the semantics of
under-represented languages, including non-standard dialects of well-studied
languages (for instance African American English, Bavarian German, or Brazilian
Portuguese). We welcome any research on such languages concerning one or more of
the following areas:

* theoretical semantics
* experimental work on semantics
* semantic fieldwork
* morpho-semantics
* the syntax-semantics interface
* the semantics-pragmatics interface
* information structure


All abstracts should be submitted as email attachments, in PDF format only, to:

When submitting an abstract, your email should have as its subject 'Abstract',
and in its body the following text:

* author name(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es)
* title of abstract
* abstract sub-area (at most two): acquisition, morphology, phonology/phonetics,
pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, syntax
* session(s) you would like your abstract to be considered for: main, special,

PDF files should be named with the author(s) last name(s) only, e.g. 'smith.pdf'
in the case of one author or 'smithjohnson.pdf' in the case of two.

Abstracts should be anonymous, and limited to one page (using 1'' margins on all
sides and 11pt font size) and a second page containing examples and references.
Any non-standard fonts should be embedded in the PDF document.

Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.

For additional information, please contact the organizers at nelslinguist.umass.edu

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