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LINGUIST List 17.1406

Sun May 07 2006

Calls: General Ling/UK;Computational Ling/USA

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


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        1.    John Kirk, 6th Language and Politics Symposium on the Gaeltacht and Scotstacht
        2.    Jussi Karlgren, Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice


Message 1: 6th Language and Politics Symposium on the Gaeltacht and Scotstacht
Date: 03-May-2006
From: John Kirk <j.m.kirkqub.ac.uk>
Subject: 6th Language and Politics Symposium on the Gaeltacht and Scotstacht



Full Title: 6th Language and Politics Symposium on the Gaeltacht and Scotstacht
Short Title: 6L&PS

Date: 30-Aug-2006 - 01-Sep-2006
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Contact Person: John Kirk
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): None

Call Deadline: 15-May-2006

Meeting Description:

6th Language and Politics Symposium on the Gaeltacht and Scotstacht

Economic Development through Language:
The Role of Communities, the State and Enterprise Initiatives

First Circular: 19 April 2006

Arts and Humanities Research Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies

6th Language and Politics Symposium on the Gaeltacht and Scotstacht

Economic Development through Language:
The Role of Communities, the State and Enterprise Initiatives

Organised by John M. Kirk, Dónall P. Ó Baoill and Raymond Cummings

Queen's University Belfast, 30 August - 1 September 2006

The central questions to be addressed in this symposium are the following:
* How is economic development being achieved through the language?
* And how could it be done?
* Are the agents at the grass roots with development being driven by communities bottom-up?
* Or are the agents the various embodiments of the state (the Government, NGOs and Agencies, universities, the educational sector, broadcasting, and the media), driving development top-down?
* Or is it up to laissez-faire enterpreneurism within the commercial sector to drive development through language?
* Or are there other enterprises or initiatives which are bringing or could bring beneficial forces? For instance, Cultural tourism? Academic tourism?

The symposium will also be interested in exploring the following areas: minority languages in the world of work; minority languages and the private sector; Labour Employment Law; 'the Irish language industry'; Gaelic as a language at work; the barriers to minority languages at work; the relationship between minority languages and the international economy; globalisation => monolingualism; need to consider macro-economic level as well as micro-economic and meso-economic levels; is the Gaelic economy only where Gaelic is spoken? Area economics vs. the economics of the individual as creator of wealth and payer of taxes; the minority language speaker as a fiscal unit. Are the discourses and perceptions about learning Gaelic economically-driven or economically-empowering?
The symposium might also consider the effects of globalisation and the inhabitation of the local (language, culture, economy, work); globalisation vs. glocalisation.

Contacts:
j.m.kirkqub.ac.uk
d.obaoillqub.ac.uk
r.cummingsqub.ac.uk
Tel. 028 9097 3815 // Fax 028 9031 4615

Confirmed supported from AHRC RCISS, Queen's University of Belfast, and Foras na Gaeilge. Other applications pending.
Thursday 31 August 2006 (provisional schedule)

Sessions with invited, key-note speakers (30 minutes presentation + 15 discussion)

Section 1: The current situation
· Senior Representative(s) of Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge
· Senior Representative(s) of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Section 2: Models, theory and practice and Ireland
Confirmed speakers
· Prof. Francois Grin (University of Geneva)
· Dr John Walsh (University College Galway)
Section 3: Other voices
Confirmed speakers
· Prof. Glyn Williams (Currently Research Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, University Ramon Llull, Barcelona. Formerly Director, Research Centre Wales, University of Wales, Bangor)
· Professor Finbarr Bradley (Maynooth University)
Section 4: Scotland
· Speakers not yet confirmed
Panel Discussion

Friday 1 September

Call for Papers on Economic Development through Language: The Role of Communities, the State and Enterprise Initiatives.

For the Friday sessions, we invite offers of suitable papers. To be considered, abstracts of at least 500 and no more than1500 words should be sent to the organisers by 15 May 2006. Papers are to be of no more than 20 minutes duration, to be followed by up to 10 minutes discussion. Up to 12 such papers can be accommodated.

Call for Participation

We invite all those interested in participating to declare themselves as far as possible by 15 May 2006, particularly those coming to Belfast from a distance who might wish us, as in previous years, to contribute to their travelling expenses.

Timetable
Informal Get-together & registration: evening of Wednesday 30 August
Daytime: sessions; evening: Conference Dinner on Thursday 31 August
Daytime sessions; evening: Book Launch: Friday 1 September

Publication of edited papers by December 2006, to be edited by John M. Kirk, Dónall P. Ó Baoill and Raymond Cummings.



Message 2: Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice
Date: 03-May-2006
From: Jussi Karlgren <jussisics.se>
Subject: Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice



Full Title: Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice
Short Title: SIGIR workshop

Date: 10-Aug-2006 - 10-Aug-2006
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Contact Person: Jussi Karlgren
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lingcog.iit.edu/style2006

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Forensic Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2006

Meeting Description:

The workshop on Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice follows four previous successful exploratory events on stylistic analysis and will focus on the practical craft of stylistic analysis in natural language texts.

Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice
SIGIR 2006 Workshop
Seattle, August 10, 2006

http://www.lingcog.iit.edu/style2006
style2006sics.se

Recent years have seen an increased attention to various aspects
of automatic analysis and extraction of stylistic aspects of
natural language texts.

Style may be roughly defined as the 'manner' in which something is
expressed, as opposed to the 'content' of a message. Modelling,
representing, explaining, and utilizing variation in the manner of
expression is the business of stylistic analysis.

This workshop follows four previous successful exploratory events
on stylistic analysis and will focus on the practical craft of
stylistic analysis in natural language texts.

THIS YEAR: BRING A DEMO!

Potentially useful applications of stylistic analysis abound,
including systems for genre-based information retrieval,
authorship attribution, plagiarism detection, context-sensitive
text or speech generation systems, organizing and retrieving
documents based on their writing style, attitude, or sentiment,
quality or appropriateness filters for messaging systems,
detecting abusive or threatening language, and more. This year,
participants are expected to bring with them a method for applying
stylistic analysis to information access tasks.

Before lunch, methods are discussed in session; after lunch,
demonstrated in practice.

DISCUSSION QUESTION

Participants should address the following key challenge question
in their participation proposals:

* WHAT IS A MEANINGFUL ''KILLER APP'' FOR STYLISTIC TEXT ANALYSIS? *

and consider the following questions for discussion in session:

1. How does style relate to other forms of non-topical textual variation?
2. What features are best for different style analysis tasks?
3. Is cross-lingual or 'universal' style analysis possible, and if so, how?
4. How might we develop useful shared resources for moving style research forward?

SUBMISSION FORMAT

Send us a statement (in PDF) of up to five pages describing your
research or application with a short description (and screenshots
if possible) of the demonstration you plan to show. At the
workshop we will discuss and decide on an appropriate forum for a
more permanent record of the proceedings. If you would like a
speaking slot in the discussion session, you should indicate this
in your statement of interest.

ORGANIZERS

Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute for Computer Science, Sweden
Ozlem Uzuner, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

http://www.lingcog.iit.edu/style2006
style2006sics.se

IMPORTANT DATES

Expression of interest to participate now!
Submission of participation proposals June 1
Notification of acceptance June 14
Program published June 20
Workshop August 10



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