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LINGUIST List 17.1479

Sun May 14 2006

Calls: General Ling/Germany;Text/Corpus Ling/USA

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

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        1.    Eric Anchimbe, Panel: Universalism and Relativism in Face-Saving: Focus on Postcolonial Contexts
        2.    Pierre Zweigenbaum, New Frontiers in Biomedical Text Mining

Message 1: Panel: Universalism and Relativism in Face-Saving: Focus on Postcolonial Contexts
Date: 09-May-2006
From: Eric Anchimbe <anchimbe_ericyahoo.com>
Subject: Panel: Universalism and Relativism in Face-Saving: Focus on Postcolonial Contexts

Full Title: Panel: Universalism and Relativism in Face-Saving: Focus on
Postcolonial Contexts

Date: 30-Aug-2006 - 02-Sep-2006
Location: Bremen, Germany
Contact Person: Eric Anchimbe
Meeting Email: anchimbe_ericyahoo.com
Web Site: http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/sle2006/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-May-2006

Meeting Description:

We wish to call for papers for the panel 'Universalism and relativism in
face-saving: Focus on postcolonial contexts' scheduled for the 39th annual
meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), 30-Aug-2006 to 02-Sep-2006
in Bremen, Germany.

Although the focus of this panel is primarily on face-saving, papers related to
the myriad locutionary forms, illocutionary functions, and perlocutionary
effects of language communication and communication systems in postcolonial
contexts are welcome as well. Papers dealing with natural discourse and issues
of cultural displacement, migration, hybridity, diaspora, and the role of public
and government media in shaping perceptions of postcolonial history, politics,
and regional, ethnic, and social identities will also be considered. With its
emphasis on communication and issues of identity, agency, understanding, and
empowerment in different postcolonial contexts, this panel wishes to provide a
common platform for interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars of different
persuasions with interests in language, communication, and postcolonial questions.

Abstracts to
- anchimbe_ericyahoo.com and
- janneylmu.de

Deadline: May 30th, 2006.

Panel: SLE Conference August 30th - 2nd September, 2006. Bremen

Universalism and relativism in face-saving: Focus on postcolonial contexts

Richard W. Janney (University of Munich)
Eric A. Anchimbe (University of Munich)

The main question this panel wishes to address is: to what extent are the
patterns of face-saving claimed by Brown and Levinson (1978) really universal?
Since the publication of Brown and Levinson's work, several other works have
been published that describe patterns of politeness and face-saving in
Non-western cultures that are distinctly different from those in Western
cultures. Although some researchers have discussed politeness in certain African
and Asian cultures, it is still not established if the further mix of languages
and linguistic identities created by colonialism play a significant role in the
way speakers in multilingual postcolonial speech communities produce and react
to speech acts related to politeness and face-saving. This issue is particularly
complex, because language use and abuse play important roles in many areas of
postcolonial life. Language can be a powerful mediator of understanding,
empowerment, and solidarity, or a source of repression, disempowerment, and
discrimination. Choices of what and how (and in what languages) things are
expressed stand at the centre of postcolonial pragmatic interest.

If certain face-saving strategies (hedging, complimenting, understating,
distancing, etc.) are relatively uniform in Western cultures, as Brown and
Levinson claim, how are these realised in postcolonial contexts? What happens to
these strategies among speakers who have complex, hybrid linguistic identities
built on mixtures of foreign languages imposed during colonialism, indigenous
languages, and the languages of wider communication (Pidgins and Creoles)? Do
speakers adopt situational faces, using the different languages (and with these,
identities) at their disposal to project such faces? Or do they adopt stabile
face-saving patterns specific to one language and culture in their daily
communication? Answers to these questions could be found by analyzing everyday
face-to-face discourse, political and institutional discourse, print media
discourse, literary discourse, and all forms of electronically mediated

Send abstracts to
- anchimbe_ericyahoo.com and
- janneylmu.de
Message 2: New Frontiers in Biomedical Text Mining
Date: 09-May-2006
From: Pierre Zweigenbaum <pzbiomath.jussieu.fr>
Subject: New Frontiers in Biomedical Text Mining

Full Title: New Frontiers in Biomedical Text Mining
Short Title: PSB2007-NLP

Date: 03-Jan-2007 - 07-Jan-2007
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Contact Person: Pierre Zweigenbaum
Meeting Email: pzbiomath.jussieu.fr
Web Site: http://psb.stanford.edu/cfp-nlp.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Semantics;
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 17-Jul-2006

Meeting Description:

New Frontiers in Biomedical Text Mining

A Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing Session
January 3-7, 2007
Grand Wailea Resort, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii


- Pierre Zweigenbaum (Contact person)
Inserm U729; Assistance Publique - Paris Hospitals; Inalco
- Dina Demner-Fushman
Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Kevin Bretonnel Cohen
Center for Computational Pharmacology
- Hong Yu
College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Paper submissions due: July 17, 2006
Notification of paper acceptance: September 6, 2006
Final paper deadline: September 25, 2006
Meeting dates: January 3-7, 2007


Papers are invited on the topic of text data mining in its strictest
sense: providing users with information not explicitly stated in
text. Work submitted to this session will be required to be more
ambitious with respect to either theory or reach than the entity
identification, information extraction, and information retrieval
projects that comprise most work in biomedical language processing.

We especially solicit work in the following areas:

- Question answering
- Summarization
- Mining data from full text including figures, tables, and images
- Coreference resolution and normalization
- User-driven systems, including user needs, user model, interactive
systems, and user interfaces for biomedical language processing
- Evaluation: test collections and evaluation methods


- All papers must be submitted to Russ Altman in PostScript (.ps),
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), or Microsoft Word (.doc) format. Adobe Acrobat
is preferred.

- Attached files should be named with the last name of the first
author ( e.g. altman.ps, altman.pdf, or altman.doc). Hardcopy
submissions or unprocessed TeX or LaTeX files will be rejected
without review.

- Every paper must be accompanied by a cover letter which must include
the following:
- The email address of the corresponding author
- The specific PSB session that the paper should be considered for
- A statement that the submitted paper contains original,
unpublished results, and is not currently under consideration
- A statement that all authors concur with the contents of the

- Submitted papers are limited to twelve (12) pages in the PSB
publication format.

- Please format your paper according to the instructions found at

- If figures cannot easily be resized and placed precisely in the
text, then it should be clear that with appropriate modifications,
the total manuscript length would be within the page limit.

- Color pictures can be printed at the expense of the authors.
The fee is $500 per page of color pictures, payable at the time of
camera-ready submission.

- Contact Russ Altman ( russ.altmanstanford.edu) for additional
information about paper submission requirements.


Eugene Agichtein, Microsoft Research
Sophia Ananiadou, University of Salford
Alan Aronson, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Sabine Bergler, Concordia University
Olivier Bodenreider, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Breck Baldwin, Alias-i Inc
Bob Carpenter, Alias-i Inc
Shih-Fu Chang, Columbia University
James Cimino, Columbia University
Aaron Cohen, Oregon Health Sciences University
Nigel Collier, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Lynne Fox, University of Colorado
Kristofer Franzén, Swedish Institute of Computer Science
Carol Friedman, Columbia University
Robert Futrelle, Northeastern University
Henk Harkema, Cognia Corporation
Marti Hearst, University of California, Berkeley
Lynette Hirschman, The MITRE Corporation
Adeline Nazarenko, LIPN-CNRS & University Paris-Nord
Tom Rindflesch, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Jasmin Saric, University of Stuttgart
Vijay Shanker, University of Delaware
Hagit Shatkay, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Padmini Srinivasan, University of Iowa
Lorrie Tanabe, NCBI/U.S. National Library of Medicine
Jun'ichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo
Alfonso Valencia, National Centre for Biotechnology, Madrid
Karin Verspoor, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh
John Wilbur, NCBI/U.S. National Library of Medicine

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