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LINGUIST List 16.2670

Thu Sep 15 2005

Calls: Socioling/Germany;Computational Ling/Italy

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

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        1.    Claus D. Pusch, Workshop 'Dialect Convergence and Standardization in Catalan and Other Languages'
        2.    Frank Keller, Posters and System Demonstrations

Message 1: Workshop 'Dialect Convergence and Standardization in Catalan and Other Languages'
Date: 13-Sep-2005
From: Claus D. Pusch <claus.puschromanistik.uni-freiburg.de>
Subject: Workshop 'Dialect Convergence and Standardization in Catalan and Other Languages'

Full Title: Workshop 'Dialect Convergence and Standardization in Catalan and Other Languages'

Date: 23-Feb-2006 - 25-Feb-2006
Location: Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen, Germany
Contact Person: Johannes Kabatek
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.katalanistik.de/colloqui.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2005

Meeting Description:

This workshop is held as part of the 20th German Conference on Catalan Studies / 20è Col.loqui Germano-Català / 20. Deutscher Katalanistentag, organized by the Department of Romance Languages of Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen in cooperation with the German Association for Catalan Studies / Deutscher Katalanistenverband e.V. and the Institut Ramon Llull Barcelona.


Keynote speakers:
Peter Auer (University of Freiburg im Breisgau / Germany)
Germà Colón Domènech (University of Basel / Switzerland)


The workshop is devoted to the question how language planning (on both status and corpus level), language policy in schools and education, mass media (traditional and electronic) and other means of spreading standardized language varieties affect diatopic variation in the case of regional and minority languages for which the process of standardization is still relatively recent and where the diffusion of this (comparatively) new standard variety takes place under the conditions of diglossic competition with another (national or international) language that in most cases already has an established and unchallenged standard variety. The workshop will focus on the question whether dialect convergence, dialect divergence, formation of new language varieties and diasystematic dynamism follow the same or different pathways in the case of minority languages as it does in ''big'' (inter-)national languages, and how this process affects identitarian and ideological attitudes among the linguistic communities involved. The main focus will be on Catalan, but studies on other regional languages in Europe (and elsewhere) including a comparative perspective on Catalan are also welcome. Papers may be read in German, Catalan, other Romance languages, and English.

Please send an abstract no longer than one A4 page, including your name, academic affiliation, and address, preferably as ASCII, MS WORD, HTML or PDF file attached to an e-mail, to the conference convenor at kabatekuni-tuebingen.de. Abstract deadline: October 31, 2005.

The conference will be held in Tübingen, a historic town in Southwestern-Germany with a long academic tradition and which has played an important role in the development of Catalan studies in Germany. Detailed information on the conference, registration and fees, on the scientific and social program, travel and accomodation is available on the conference web-site and through the links listed there.

Workshop organized by Johannes Kabatek (University of Tübingen) and Claus D. Pusch (University of Freiburg im Breisgau).

For more information, please contact the conference convenor: Prof. Dr. Johannes Kabatek, Universität Tübingen, Romanisches Seminar, Wilhelmstrasse 50, D-72074 Tübingen, E-mail kabatekuni-tuebingen.de.

Message 2: Posters and System Demonstrations
Date: 13-Sep-2005
From: Frank Keller <kellerinf.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Posters and System Demonstrations

Full Title: Posters and System Demonstrations

Date: 03-Apr-2006 - 07-Apr-2006
Location: Trento, Italy
Contact Person: Frank Keller
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://eacl06.itc.it/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Dec-2005

Meeting Description:

EACL 2006 will also include a session for posters and system demonstrations. POSTERS should present work in progress, project status reports, unevaluated results or system summaries.

DEMONSTRATIONS should showcase implemented systems in any area of computational linguistics. Posters and demos will be allocated 4 pages in a companion volume in the conference proceedings.


11th Meeting of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational

April 3rd - 7th 2006
Trento, Italy


- Submission deadline: December 6, 2005 -

The European Association of Computational Linguistics invites the submission of posters and system demonstrations for its 11th meeting. The areas of interest for posters and demos are the same as those mentioned in the call for full papers.

POSTERS should present work in progress, project status reports, unevaluated results or system summaries (with or without demos). In the programme of the conference there will be sessions reserved for posters. Each poster will be allocated 4 pages in a companion volume in the conference proceedings.

DEMONSTRATIONS should showcase implemented systems in any area of computational linguistics. Each demo will be allocated 4 pages in a companion volume in the conference proceedings.

Developers should outline the design of their system and provide sufficient details to allow the evaluation of its validity, quality, and relevance to computational linguistics. Pointers to web sites running a demo preview will also be helpful.

Demo submissions should also clearly indicate if any computer equipment is expected to be provided by the local organizer. If so, please specify desired hardware platform, hard disk and memory capacity, operating system and other software needed in order to run the demo. If you are bringing your own laptop, you should instead request a video projector if you need one, providing details about PC type, screen resolution, etc.


The reviewing of the submissions will be blind. It will be conducted by an international panel of experts. Final decisions on the program will be made by the poster and demo co-chairs.

Submission Information

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and should not exceed four (4) pages, including references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. They will be available at http://eacl06.itc.it/submission.htm

(Note: The submissions webpage is still under construction, it will be available soon).

A description of the format will also be available in case you are unable to use these style files directly. Submissions must conform to the official EACL-06 style guidelines, and we reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles including font size restrictions. Submissions should be in PDF format and must include all fonts, so that the submission will print (not just view) anywhere.

As reviewing will be blind, the submission should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''. Submissions that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Submission will be electronic using the submission software to be made available at http://eacl06.itc.it/submission.htm. The submissions must be submitted no later than 11:59pm (23:59) GMT December 6, 2005. Submissions submitted after that time will not be reviewed.

Important Dates

Poster/demo submission deadline: December 6, 2005
Notification of acceptance: January 12, 2006
Camera ready versions due: February 6, 2006
EACL 2006 Conference: April 5-7, 2006

Program Co-Chairs:
Frank Keller (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Gabor Proszeky (Morphologic, Hungary)

Local Organisers:
Alberto Lavelli (ITC-IRST, Italy)
Bernardo Magnini (ITC-IRST, Italy)

Student Sponsorships

The EACL has a limited number of student sponsorships available to student participants of the EACL 2006 main conference, the EACL 2006 poster/demo session and/or the EACL 2006 student session.

Priority is given to students from Eastern Europe and more generally, to students from countries with hard currency problems (within the geographical area covered by EACL).

A request for student sponsorship for EACL 2006 should include the
following information:

- Name, email address, affiliation and status (PhD year etc.) of the
- Source and amount of yearly income
- Letter of motivation
- Proof of student status
- Copy of acceptance letter from programme chair/student workshop
chair or poster/demo chair
- Letter of recommendation from supervisor
- Overview of the estimated costs

Requests for student sponsorships can be directed to the EACL at

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