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LINGUIST List 16.3423

Wed Nov 30 2005

Calls: Forensic Ling/France;Computational Ling/Italy

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

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        1.    wagner anne, 5th International Round Tables for the Semiotics of Law
        2.    Beata Trawinski, EACL 2006 Workshop Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions

Message 1: 5th International Round Tables for the Semiotics of Law
Date: 29-Nov-2005
From: wagner anne <valwagnerfryahoo.com>
Subject: 5th International Round Tables for the Semiotics of Law

Full Title: 5th International Round Tables for the Semiotics of Law
Short Title: IRSL2006

Date: 17-May-2006 - 20-May-2006
Location: Boulogne sur Mer, France
Contact Person: Catherine Wadoux
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:


17-20 May, 2006

Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (France)

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: French and English
Organised under the auspices of CERCLE, équipe VolTer (Vocabulaire, Lexique et Terminologie) and of LARJ (Laboratoire d’Analyse et de Recherche Juridiques) – Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale in collaboration with International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.

Comité organisateur / Organising Committee

Anne Wagner
Senior Lecturer
Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale

Dragan Milovanovic
Justice Studies
Northeastern Illinois University

Wouter Werner
Senior Lecturer
Institute of Public International Law
Utrecht University

Phillip Chong Ho Shon
Assistant Professor
Indiana State University
Department of Criminology

Rick Mohr
Senior Lecturer
University of Wollongong

Bureau de la conférence / Conference Office :
Catherine Wadoux et Monique Randon
34 Grande Rue
B.P. 751
62321 Boulogne-sur-Mer Cedex
Tél. : 03 21 99 43 00
Fax : 03 21 99 43 91
E-mail : IRSL2006univ-littoral.fr



The other's otherness (L'altérité de l'autre)

'' Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. ''

Unesco's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
Religious, cultural and ethnic diversity together with international, political, and economic integration bring issues of tolerance and diversity to the forefront; and raise important questions for the semiotic analysis of law. Recent events have shown that tolerance and diversity remain under threat despite the best efforts of the international community, which has attempted through international conventions, treaties and national statutes, to stem the march of intolerance.

The 5 th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law invites contributors to reflect on the growing importance of Tolerance and Diversity in our international community and why attacks upon it have become so prolific. Contributors may choose to explore semiotic, rhetorical, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, psychological, philosophical and/or visual perspectives on the Law, Tolerance and Diversity.

Papers that examine the ways 'actors' in our society (legislators, politicians, activists, movie producers, singers, painters, graffiti artists, photographers etc.) have provoked public discourse to confront intolerance, racism, nationalism and anti-Semitism are particularly welcome.

The Roundtable will provide an opportunity for a general discussion of issues in the semiotics of law as well as open discussion to increase our knowledge about our ''other's otherness'' with respect to Law, Tolerance and Diversity.


Abstract should be no longer than 400 words. They can include references but should not contain a bibliography.
Abstracts should be sent in English or in French
Abstracts should contain :
a - Title of the presentation
b - Name(s) of the author(s)
c - Affiliation of the author(s)
d - Both e-mail and postal addresses.
Only abstracts meeting the above criteria will be considered.
Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to Anne WAGNER (valwagnerfryahoo.com).

Message 2: EACL 2006 Workshop Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions
Date: 28-Nov-2005
From: Beata Trawinski <trawinskisfs.uni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: EACL 2006 Workshop Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions

Full Title: EACL 2006 Workshop Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions

Date: 03-Apr-2006 - 03-Apr-2006
Location: Trento, Italy
Contact Person: Beata Trawinski
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~tim/events/eacl2006/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:

The Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions will be hosted in conjunction with the 11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics on April 3, 2006, in Trento, Italy.

EACL 2006 Workshop

Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions

3 April, 2006
Trento, Italy


The Third ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions will be hosted in conjunction with the 11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics on April 3, 2006, in Trento, Italy.


Prepositions have received a considerable amount of attention in recent years, due to their importance in computational tasks. For instance, in NLP, PP attachment ambiguities have attracted a lot of attention, and different machine learning techniques have been employed with varying degrees of success. Researchers from various perspectives have also looked at spatial or temporal aspects of prepositions, and their cross-linguistic differences, monolingual and cross-linguistic contrasts or the role of prepositions in syntactic alternations. Moreover, in languages like English and German, phrasal verbs have also been the subject of considerable effort, ranging from techniques for their automatic extraction from corpora, to methods for the determination of their semantics. In other languages, like Romance languages or Hindi, the focus has been either on the incorporation of the preposition or its inclusion in the prepositional phrase. All these configurations are of much interest semantically as well as syntactically.


Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Descriptions:

prepositions in lexical resources (WordNet, Framenet), productive versus collocation uses, multilingual descriptions (mismatches, incorporation, divergences), prepositions and thematic roles.

- Applications:

dealing with prepositions in applications e.g. for Machine Translation, Information extraction or Language Generation.

- Representation of Prepositions:

prepositions in knowledge bases, cognitive or logic-based formalisms for the description of the semantics of prepositions (in isolation, and in composition/confrontation with the verb and the NP), compositional semantics; implications for AI and KR.

- Prepositions in reasoning procedures:

how different kinds of preposition provide distinct challenges to a reasoning system and how they can be handled.

- Cognitive dimensions of prepositions:

how different kinds of prepositions are acquired/interpreted/represented, in terms of human and/or computational processing.


Paper submission deadline: January 6, 2006
Notification date: January 27, 2006
Camera-ready submission deadline: February 10, 2006
Workshop date: April 3, 2006

As the schedule is extremely tight, there is no scope for a deadline extension.


Authors are invited to submit either full papers or short papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. Full papers should be up to 8 pages in length; they should emphasize completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included. Short papers should be up to 6 pages in length; they can describe work in progress rather than completed work, or smaller-scale implementation/experimentation. Presentations for short papers will be proportionately shorter than presentations for full papers. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the workshop, and interest to the attendees.

Submissions should be formatted using the EACL 2006 stylefiles without overt author and affiliation information and not exceeding 8 pages. The EACL 2006 stylefiles are available from:


Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format via the START Conference Manager at:


The contact author of the paper will receive an auto-generated notification of receipt via email.

Dual submissions to the main EACL 2006 conference and this workshop are allowed, although you must make sure to indicate this in your submission. If your paper is accepted for the main conference, you should withdraw your paper from the workshop immediately upon notification.

Address any queries regarding the submission process to:



Information on registration and registration fees will be provided on the EACL 2006 conference web page.


Boban Arsenijevic (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Beata Trawinski (University of Tuebingen, Germany)


Boban Arsenijevic (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
Doug Arnold (University of Essex, UK)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
John Beavers (Stanford University, USA)
Bob Borsley (University of Essex, UK)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy)
Ann Copestake (University of Cambridge, UK)
Markus Egg (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Anette Frank (DFKI, Germany)
Julia Hockenmaier (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Tracy Holloway King (PARC, USA)
Valia Kordoni (Saarland University, Germany)
Ken Litkowski (CL Research, USA)
Alda Mari (CNRS / ENST Infres, France)
Paola Merlo (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Stephen Pulman (University of Oxford, UK)
Patrick Saint Dizier (IRIT, France)
Beata Trawinski (University of Tübingen, Germany)
Jesse Tseng (Loria, France)
Hans Uszkoreit (Saarland University and DFKI)
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Martin Volk (Stockholms Universitet, Sweden)
Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)


Workshop web page


- Conference web page


- EACL 2006 Workshops site




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