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LINGUIST List 16.1670

Wed May 25 2005

Calls: Lang Description/Typology/Germany; Comp Ling/Korea

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Martin Haspelmath, The Tension between Language Description and Language Typology: Workshop at the DGfS Annual Conference
        2.    Mark Dras, 3rd International Workshop on Paraphrasing

Message 1: The Tension between Language Description and Language Typology: Workshop at the DGfS Annual Conference
Date: 23-May-2005
From: Martin Haspelmath <haspelmatheva.mpg.de>
Subject: The Tension between Language Description and Language Typology: Workshop at the DGfS Annual Conference

Full Title: The Tension between Language Description and Language Typology:
Workshop at the DGfS Annual Conference

Date: 22-Feb-2006 - 24-Feb-2006
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Contact Person: Martin Haspelmath
Meeting Email: haspelmatheva.mpg.de
Web Site: http://email.eva.mpg.de/~haspelmt/dgfs2006.html

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2005

Meeting Description:

The Tension between Language Description and Language Typology:
Workshop at the 28th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Bielefeld, 22-24 February 2006.

Organized by Walter Bisang (Universität Mainz) and Martin Haspelmath
(Max-Planck-Insitut für evolutionäre Anthropologie)

Typological insights about variation and invariance in linguistic
structures depend on the systematic exploitation of descriptions of
particular languages, many of which are now endangered. Language-particular
grammars in turn take recourse to typologically-based abstractions. There
is thus a mutual interaction between description and typology, which is,
however, not without its problems. Typologists complain that descriptive
grammars often fail to provide the information that happens to interest
them, while grammar authors criticize typologists for ignoring
language-internal generalizations. This tension is unfortunately approached
too rarely in a constructive manner, but it is of crucial importance for
progress in linguistics, since new insights can grow primarily at the
interface of detailed language-particular analysis and broader theories.
Despite the difficulties, both language description and language typology
have made enormous progress over the last two decades by profiting from
each other.

This workshop is intended both for descriptive linguists and for
typologists. The organizers expect that the general issue will be
considered in light of concrete (possibly even highly specific) phenomena.
Talks on all levels of language structure are welcome (phonology,
morphology, syntax, semantics).

All talks should touch upon the central questions in one way or another:
- Which features should language descriptions have to be particularly
useful for typological questions?
- How can language descriptions profit best from typological insights?
- Which kind of language typology does best justice to features that seem
unique to a particular language?
- What should typology do to be particularly useful for the practice of
descriptive linguists?
Message 2: 3rd International Workshop on Paraphrasing
Date: 24-May-2005
From: Mark Dras <madrasics.mq.edu.au>
Subject: 3rd International Workshop on Paraphrasing

Full Title: 3rd International Workshop on Paraphrasing
Short Title: IWP2005

Date: 14-Oct-2005 - 14-Oct-2005
Location: Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Contact Person: Mark Dras
Meeting Email: madrasics.mq.edu.au
Web Site: http://nlp.nagaokaut.ac.jp/IWP2005/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2005

Meeting Description:

Call for Paper
The 3rd International Workshop on Paraphrasing (IWP2005)


IJCNLP-05 Workshop
October 14, 2005
Jeju Island, South Korea

Paper Submission Deadline: May 31.

Background and Goals

Paraphrases are alternative ways to convey the same information. As has been
claimed by an increasing number of researchers, technology for generating and
recognizing paraphrases can potentially benefit a broad range of NLP tasks
including machine translation, reading assistance, multi-document summarization,
information retrieval, and question answering.

Motivated by this background, we organized international workshops on automatic
paraphrasing in 2001 and 2003 (IWP2003), which successfully drew the growing
interest of NLP researchers. As both workshops attracted attention and
successfully finished, we will collect existing and emerging research topics on
automatic paraphrasing during the recent two years.

The proposed workshop is intended to be the successor to these previous
workshops. The goals of the workshop are to connect with a broader range of
research activities related to automatic paraphrasing, and to place the
workshops in a series with the aim of establishing a new research field.

General Topics

The workshop will be open to any research topic related to paraphrasing of any
language. More specifically, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* typology of paraphrases
* representation of paraphrases
* automatic acquisition of paraphrases
* algorithms for recognizing and generating paraphrases
* existing and potential applications of automatic paraphrasing
* computational modeling of linguistic theories on paraphrases
* open resources for paraphrasing technology
* methods for evaluating paraphrasing technology

Given the location of the workshop, papers focusing on paraphrasing within the
languages of the Asia-Pacific region are particularly encouraged.

Special Topic: constructing paraphrase-related resources

The theme of the previous workshop in the series was the automated acquisition
of paraphrase. A particular topic of interest for this workshop, then, is the
issue of constructing paraphrase-related resources that would follow from this
automated acquisition: What should these look like? How would dictionaries and
corpora of automatically acquired paraphrases be defined?

Submission Information

Paper submissions must be anonymous and are limited to at most 8 pages including
references, figures etc. Authors are required to follow the guidelines of
IJCNLP-05 workshop style, by hopefully using either the LaTeX style file or the
MS Word document template shown in the IJCNLP-05 style file page
(http://www.afnlp.org/IJCNLP05/archives4.html). Only electronic submissions will
be accepted. Please email your submission in PDF (preferred), PostScript, or MS
Word to the following address:


Each submission should also specify the author's name, affiliation, postal
address, email address and title in the body of the email message. For more
information, please make contact with the workshop co-chairs by using the same
e-mail address above.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: May, 31, 2005
Notification of acceptance: July 18, 2005
Camera ready manuscripts due: August 5, 2005
Workshop date: October 14, 2005

Workshop Organizers

Mark Dras, Macquarie University, Australia
Kazuhide Yamamoto, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan

Please use the following e-mail address to contact us:

Program Committee

* Caroline Brun (Xerox Research Centre Europe, France)
* Mark Dras (co-chair, Macquarie University, Australia)
* Ulf Hermjakob (USC Information Sciences Institute, USA)
* Kentaro Inui (NAIST, Japan)
* Gen'ichiro Kikui (ATR-SLT, Japan)
* Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK)
* Hiroshi Nakagawa (University of Tokyo, Japan)
* Fabio Rinaldi (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
* Satoshi Sato (Kyoto University, Japan)
* Yusuke Shinyama (New York University, USA)
* Noriko Tomuro (DePaul University, USA)
* Hua Wu (Toshiba China, P.R.China)
* Kazuhide Yamamoto (co-chair, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan)
* Chengqing Zong (Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.R.China)

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