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LINGUIST List 17.207

Sun Jan 22 2006

Calls: Computational Ling/France;Applied Ling/USA

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

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        1.    Marie-Paule Pery-Woodley, International Symposium: Discourse and Document
        2.    Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, American Association for University Supervisors, Coordinators, & Language Program Directors

Message 1: International Symposium: Discourse and Document
Date: 19-Jan-2006
From: Marie-Paule Pery-Woodley <peryuniv-tlse2.fr>
Subject: International Symposium: Discourse and Document

Full Title: International Symposium: Discourse and Document
Short Title: ISDD 06

Date: 15-Jun-2006 - 17-Jun-2006
Location: Caen, France
Contact Person: Marie-Paule Pery-Woodley
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://discours2006.info.unicaen.fr/

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

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The “document level” in discourse linguistics, computational linguistics, and document engineering.


In connection with the development of digital documents, discourse linguistics, document engineering and NLP are increasingly converging: a) applying corpus analysis methods to discourse calls for greater use of NLP techniques; b) new modes of access to documents' contents place more emphasis on exploiting discourse structure. This convergence is manifest in a number of joint studies, and results in cross fertilisation between text and discourse linguistics on the one hand, document engineering and NLP on the other.

The Discourse and Document Symposium will bring together researchers interested in what can be termed the ''document level'' in discourse linguistics, in computational linguistics, and in document engineering, according to the following (preliminary) postulates:

The document is envisaged as a functional unit, situated in a specific setting, and actualised in a medium (whatever its nature) which confers on it material characteristics which are an integral part of the use and sense made of it;

The expression ''document level'' signals a marked interest in coarse grain structures, or ''global'' structures (so-called ''logical'' structure, organisation in sections…), or in the interaction between local and global structures (reference chains, topical chains, inter-propositional relations, etc.). It indicates a specific interest in ''top down'' approaches based on the exploitation of surface cues or markers.

TOPICS (non-exhaustive list)

- Analysis of discourse structures; the setting-up of automatic procedures for these analyses;
- Analysis of the structure of composite documents (text-images, text-graphics); automatic procedures for these analyses;
- Impact of hypertextual or hyperdocument organisation on the way documents are apprehended. Hypertext formatting, computational tools based on NLP procedures;
- Reading models, discourse organisation models;
- Computational experimentation as a means of testing hypotheses on corpora;
- Preliminary corpus studies: identification and annotation of discourse structures;
- Computational devices for such experimental approaches (formalising linguistic knowledge, ensuring re-usability of resources, articulating levels of processing, visualising annotations);
- Articulating approaches using linguistic markers, domain knowledge, statistical techniques;
- Applications: intra-document information retrieval, browsing aids, document summarisation or synthesis, etc.


he Symposium will include:
- A plenary conference (submitted and invited papers).
- A ''young researchers' session
- An NLP demonstration workshop

Symposium languages: English and French


Plenary conference:
Declaration of intention to submit: 200-word abstract + key words indicating the themes of the proposed paper. Full papers will not exceed 10 pages (in accordance with the style sheets provided). Presentation of full papers will conform to that for final versions.

Young researchers' session:
A two-page abstract and keywords.

NLP Demonstration workshop:
A two-page abstract and keywords. References to existing on-line demonstrations will be welcome. Authors will be contacted by the organising committee on practical questions of hardware and software installation on the Symposium's site.


The proceedeedings of the symposium will be published by Caen University Press / Presses Universitaires de Caen , both in electronic and printed form.


- January 30, 2006: declaration of intention to submit (optional, 200 word abstract)
- February 15th 2006: submission of papers
- April 15th 2006: notification of acceptance
- May 15th 2006: final versions

Full details for submission and registration on the Symposium website : http://discours2006.info.unicaen.fr/

Email (information) : discours2006info.unicaen.fr


Symposium's chairpersons: Marie-Paule Péry Woodley (U. Toulouse), Patrice Enjalbert (U. Caen) , Mauro Gaio (U,Pau et Pays de l'Adour)

Plenary conference:
J. Bateman (U. Bremen, Germany), D. Battistelli (U. Paris 4, France), Y. Bestgen (U. C. Louvain, Belgium), B. Boguraev (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA), A. Borillo (U. Toulouse 2, France), N. Bouayad-Agha (U. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain), F. Cerbah (Dassault Aviation, France), M. Charolles (U. Paris 3, France), D. Cristea (U. Iasi, Romania), L. Degand (U. C. Louvain, Belgium), D. Dutoit (Memodata, France), P. Enjalbert (U. Caen, France), S. Ferrari (U. Caen, France), O. Ferret (CEA, France), M. Gaio (U. Pau, France), B. Grau (U. Paris-Sud, France), N. Hernandez (U. Caen, France), G. Lapalme (U. Montréal, Québec, Canada), A. Le Draoulec (U. Toulouse 2, France), A. Lehmam (Pertinence Mining.com, France), D. Legallois (U. Caen, France), N. Lucas (U. Caen and CNRS, France), F. Maurel (U. Caen, France), A. Max (U. Paris-Sud, France), J.-L. Minel (U. Paris 4, France), M. Mojahid (U. Toulouse 3, France), M.-P. Péry Woodley (U. Toulouse 2, France), H. Saggion (U. Sheffield, England), L. Sarda (CNRS, LATTICE, France), I. Saleh (U. Paris 8, France), S. Salmon Alt (ATILF-CNRS, France), D. Scott (Open University, England).

Young researchers' session (in addition to the plenary conference committe)
Frédéric Bilhaut (U. Caen), Nicolas Hernandez (U. Caen), Mai Ho-Dac (U. Toulouse 2), Marion Laignelet (U. Toulouse 2), Christophe Pimm (U. Toulouse 2), Antoine Widlöcher (U. Caen)

NLP workshop :
Frédéric Bilhaut, Antoine Widlöcher (U. Caen)
Organising Committee
S. Ferrari (chair), F. Bilhaut, N. Hernandez, A. Widlöcher

Message 2: American Association for University Supervisors, Coordinators, & Language Program Directors
Date: 18-Jan-2006
From: Johanna Watzinger-Tharp <jwtharphum.utah.edu>
Subject: American Association for University Supervisors, Coordinators, & Language Program Directors

Full Title: Amer. Assn for University Supervisors, Coordinators, & Lang, Prog. Directors
Short Title: AAUSC

Date: 17-Nov-2006 - 19-Nov-2006
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Contact Person: Johanna Watzinger-Tharp
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.actfl.org

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

Call for papers

The AAUSC invites abstracts for its paper session at the 2006 ACTFL Conference to be held in Nashville, Tennessee from Friday, Nov. 17 to Sunday, Nov. 19

Session Title: From Thought to Action: Exploring Beliefs and Outcomes in the Foreign Language Program

Session Information:
The session will explore the theoretical construction and role of belief systems among students, instructors, and administrators as they affect the organization, curriculum, and mission of foreign language programs. Student belief systems may be reflected in enrollment trends and classroom discourse. Instructor beliefs influence methodological choices, curricular decisions, and program goals. Administrators' belief systems may be manifest in departmental organization, intellectual values, and hiring and promotion. These issues are intimately related to the role of the language program director (LPD) who must reconcile the competing interests of these constituencies while maintaining the direction and integrity of the program. Understanding the consonance--and dissonance--among belief systems will enable the LPD to enhance his or her departmental standing and implement change by harmonizing pedagogical goals with student needs, departmental culture, and administrative concerns.
We invite participants to explore these and other issues in their presentations. Presenters are encouraged to consider submitting to the 2007 AAUSC volume, edited by Jay Siskin, as well.

Please submit abstracts approx. one page in length by March 1, 2006 to Johanna Watzinger-Tharp: jwtharphum.utah.edu. Submission forms are available at aausc.org.

Speakers will be notified of acceptance by March 15. All speakers must be current members of ACTFL and register for the conference.

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