LINGUIST List 16.980

Thu Mar 31 2005

Calls: Computational Ling/Australia; General Ling/Georgia

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        1.    Matthew Honnibal, 1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference
        2.    Paul Dekker, 6th Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation

Message 1: 1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference

Date: 30-Mar-2005
From: Matthew Honnibal <>
Subject: 1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference

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Full Title: 1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference
Short Title: CFGC

Date: 15-Jul-2005 - 16-Jul-2005
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Contact Person: Toby Hawker
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

2nd Call for Papers - Submission Deadline revised to 14th April

1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference

University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
15-16th July, 2005

Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is now a well developed linguistic theory
that has been used in many domains as a powerful resource for analysis of texts
of a wide range of types, comprehensive descriptions of English, Chinese,
Japanese, and a significant number of other languages, and theoretical modeling
of language and other semiotic systems. One key domain since the 1960s has been
computational linguistics (CL). It influenced Terry Winograd's work, contributed
to the development of Martin Kay's functional unification grammar, and played a
major role in the development of text generation, as this strand within CL
expanded in the 1980s. The seminal work in this area was the Penman project; and
this has led to the development of the current KPML system. However, there are
many areas of CL where SFL has not played a role but where it could have made a
significant contribution; and there are many lines of research in NLP that are
highly relevant to SFL. Developments within both CL and SFL in the last decade
or so have created a context where a much wider exchange and collaboration would
now be very timely. For example, in SFL, there is a small emerging group of
scholars who have independently developed tools for SFG text annotation, and
grammars for analysis and text generation, as well as dialects of SFG itself.
The theory now has enough coverage for use on larger tasks and the movement in
CL to give more attention to semantic processing clearly makes the time ripe to
bring the two communities together to explore mutual engagement and learn from
each other's knowledge.

This conference is organised to satisfy the needs of and bring together two
communities of scholars, providing a supportive context for linguists interested
in pursuing computational applications and in using computational tools and for
computational linguists who wish to exploit SFL's rich descriptions, extensive
experience with text analysis, and theoretical modeling for computing meaning.
The goal is to enrich both CL and SFL, and to facilitate the development of news
areas of research and application.

Papers relating SFL and CL to one another are invited, including papers dealing
with the use of SFL in both the development of operational or research systems
and the experience of working in technology projects no matter the language.
Some specific topics are:

Language technology in the service of community needs
Experience as linguists in NLP projects

Development and provision of specific linguistic resources
Descriptions of grammar dialects
Computational tools for linguistic research
Tools for SFG markup
Tools for SFG parsing

Document Classification
Discourse analysis
Text generation systems
Machine Translation
Specialised Semantic Processing, e.g. Sentiment, Persuasion, etc.

A shared task has been developed to encourage computational linguists to engage
in developing methods for computing SFG phenomena. The task consist of clause
boundary detection as defined by SFG. Papers for the shared task may be up to
5-pages. Authors do NOT have to attend the conference for their papers to be
accepted and all papers will be discussed in a critical analysis of the results
prepared by the organisers. Authors are encouraged to address investigations and
discussions into specific issues relating to understanding the theoretical and
algorithmic implications of their solutions rather than just obtaining the best

The details of the shared task can found here.

Papers for the shared task should be submitted by 27th May, 2005.

Pre-Congress Institute at Macquarie University, Sydney

Jon Patrick, University of Sydney
Christian Matthiessen, Macquarie University

Shlomo Argamon
John Bateman
Wu Canzhong
Marilyn Cross
Ed Hovy
Graeme Hirst
Kentaro Inui
Ichiro Kobayashi
Jim Martin
Michael O'Donnell
Cecile Paris
Robin Fawcett
Serge Sharoff
Erich Steiner
Kazuhiro Teruya
Michio Sugeno
Elke Teich
Gordon Tucker

Paper Submission
Full Papers: 14th April, 2005
Notification of Acceptance: 14 May, 2005
Camera ready final papers Due: 14 June, 2005

Papers can be at most 10 pages long, and should use the ACL style files
(available from the Association for Computational Linguistics website.).

The pdf file containing the camera-ready version of your paper must be e-mailed

Association for Computational Linguistics

Message 2: 6th Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation

Date: 30-Mar-2005
From: Paul Dekker <>
Subject: 6th Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation

Full Title: 6th Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation
Short Title: Batumi2005

Date: 12-Sep-2005 - 16-Sep-2005
Location: Batumi, Georgia
Contact Person: Paul Dekker
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2005

Meeting Description:

The sixth Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation will be held in
the Black Sea coastal resort Batumi from September 12 to September 16, 2005. The
Symposium is organized by the Centre for Language, Logic and Speech of the
Tbilisi State University in conjunction with the Institute for Logic, Language
and Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam. Everybody who has been at
previous occasions can confirm that these symposia constitute an unforgettable

Details about the symposium and about the submission of abstracts can be found at:

Please notice that the deadline for submissions is very soon: May 1.
We welcome electronic submissions only, which can be done via our

With kind regards,

Paul Dekker

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