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LINGUIST List 16.3401

Mon Nov 28 2005

Calls: General Ling/Canada;Computational Ling/UK

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

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        1.    Andy Van Drom, 20th Journées de Linguistique
        2.    Johan Bos, Inference in Computational Semantics

Message 1: 20th Journées de Linguistique
Date: 28-Nov-2005
From: Andy Van Drom <andy.van-drom.1ulaval.ca>
Subject: 20th Journées de Linguistique

Full Title: 20th Journées de Linguistique
Short Title: JDL

Date: 09-Mar-2006 - 10-Mar-2006
Location: Québec, Québec, Canada
Contact Person: Julie Pelletier
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://agora.ulaval.ca/~anvad10/JDL.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 13-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:

This year, we at Laval University very proudly celebrate the 20th Journées de linguistique (JDL), an international student seminar organised by the Association of Graduate Students Enrolled in Languages and Linguistics (AEDILL). The Journées de linguistique will be held on March 9th and 10th, 2006.

Over the past 20 years, the JDL have given graduate and post-graduate students an opportunity to present and publish the results of their research in all fields of linguistics. Once again this year, the JDL will offer a multidisciplinary colloquium open to the world. To this end, humanities students whose research focuses on any aspect of language are invited to present their work. Over the past years, the JDL have been pleased to welcome foreign speakers and hope to continue this tradition.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit their proposal before Friday, January 13th, 2006. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by a question period of 10 minutes. Both the abstract and presentation should be entirely in French. Participants must fill out the form entitled ''Proposition de communication'' found on our website (http://agora.ulaval.ca/~anvad10/JDL.html), according to the instructions included. Presentation proposals will be examined by a review committee. Please include a $15 CDN check payable to the Journées de linguistique to cover registration and administration fees.

Message 2: Inference in Computational Semantics
Date: 27-Nov-2005
From: Johan Bos <jbosinf.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Inference in Computational Semantics

Full Title: Inference in Computational Semantics
Short Title: ICoS-5

Date: 20-Apr-2006 - 21-Apr-2006
Location: Buxton, England, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Johan Bos
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~ipratt/ICoS-5/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 16-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:

The next International workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-5) will take place from 20th-21st April at the University of Derby College, Buxton, England. ICoS-5 is intended to bring together researchers interested in inference-oriented NLP from areas such as Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Formal Semantics, and Logic.


5th workshop on

Buxton, England, 20-21 April 2006

Submission deadline: 16 January 2006

Endorsed by SIGSEM, the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Special Interest Group (SIG) on computational semantics.


Natural Language Processing has reached a stage where the exploration
and development of inference is one of its most pressing tasks. On the
theoretical side, it is clear that inference plays a key role in such
areas as semantic construction and the management of discourse and
dialogue. On the practical side, the use of sophisticated inference
methods could lead to improvements in application areas such as
natural language generation, automatic question answering, and spoken
dialogue systems.

ICoS-5 is intended to bring together researchers interested in
inference-oriented NLP from areas such as Computational Linguistics,
Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Formal Semantics, and

We invite submissions addressing the theme of inference in
computational semantics broadly construed. Subjects relevant to ICoS-5
include but are not restricted to:

- natural language generation
- natural language pragmatics
- discourse and dialogue processing
- (spoken) dialogue systems
- underspecified representations
- ambiguity resolution
- interfacing lexical and computational semantics
- lexically-driven inference
- inference for shallow semantics
- inference in question answering
- recognising textual entailment
- background knowledge: use and acquisition
- applications of semantic resources
(e.g. CYC, WordNet, FrameNet, PropBank, ontologies)
- automatic ontology creation
- common-sense reasoning in NLP
- temporal and epistemic reasoning
- resource-bounded inference
- applications of automated reasoning
(e.g. model building, model checking, theorem proving)
- alternative inference strategies
(e.g. abduction, nonmonotonic reasoning, default)
- decidable fragments of natural language
- controlled languages
- natural language inference in decidable logics
(e.g. description logic)
- probabilistic and statistical approaches to inference
- machine learning and inference
- inference and information extraction and/or text mining
- novel applications (e.g. semantic web)
- evaluation methodologies and resources for inference
- robustness and scalability of inference
- system descriptions

Submitted papers should not exceed 10 pages (A4, single column, 12
point font) including references. All submissions must be in PDF, and
must be sent by email to icos5coli.uni-sb.de.


We also encourage submission of papers describing systems that show
aspects of inference in computational semantics. There will be a
separate slot at the workshop where people can demonstrate their
systems. System descriptions should follow the same submission
guidelines as regular papers.


Submission Deadline: January 16, 2006.
Notification: February 20, 2006.
Final Versions: March 20, 2006.
Conference: April 20-21, 2006.


Christian Ebert (University of Bielefeld)
Patrick Pantel (ISI, University of Southern California)
Stephen Pulman (Oxford University)


Carlos Areces
Peter Baumgartner
Christoph Benzmueller
Raffaella Bernardi
Patrick Blackburn
Johan Bos (co-chair)
Harry Bunt
Ann Copestake
Dick Crouch
Ido Dagan
Kees van Deemter
Nissim Francez
Claire Gardent
Alexander Koller (co-chair)
Shalom Lappin
Alex Lascarides
Bernardo Magnini
Katja Markert
Dan Moldovan
Jeff Pelletier
Maarten de Rijke
Michael Schiehlen
Matthew Stone
Bonnie Webber


As well as producing the workshop proceedings, we plan to publish a
selection of accepted papers as a book or special issue of a journal.

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