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LINGUIST List 17.509

Thu Feb 16 2006

Calls: General Ling/Czech Republic;Socioling/UK

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

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        1.    Ales Horak, 9th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue
        2.    Robert Blackwood, Languages of France

Message 1: 9th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue
Date: 15-Feb-2006
From: Ales Horak <halesfi.muni.cz>
Subject: 9th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue

Full Title: 9th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue
Short Title: TSD 2006

Date: 11-Sep-2006 - 15-Sep-2006
Location: Brno, Czech Republic
Contact Person: Karel Pala
Meeting Email: tsd2006tsdconference.org
Web Site: http://www.tsdconference.org

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational
Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Description; Lexicography; Morphology;
Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics;
Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation;
Typology; Writing Systems

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

The Ninth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2006) is
organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the
Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference
is supported by International Speech Communication Association.

The TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in
both spoken and written language processing from the former East Block countries
and their Western colleagues. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by
Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.

Ninth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2006)
Brno, Czech Republic, 11-15 September 2006

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University,
Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen.
The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.

VENUE: Brno, Czech Republic


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both
spoken and written language processing from the former East Block countries and
their Western colleagues. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by
Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

text corpora and tagging
transcription problems in spoken corpora
sense disambiguation
links between text and speech oriented systems
parsing issues, especially parsing problems in spoken texts
multi-lingual issues, especially multi-lingual dialogue systems
information retrieval and information extraction
text/topic summarization
machine translation
semantic networks and ontologies
semantic web
speech modeling
speech segmentation
speech recognition
search in speech for IR and IE
text-to-speech synthesis
dialogue systems
development of dialogue strategies
prosody in dialogues
emotions and personality modeling
user modeling
knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
applied systems and software
facial animation
visual speech synthesis

Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
Hynek Hermansky, Switzerland (executive chair)
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Genevieve Baudoin, France
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Attila Ferencz, Romania
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, GB
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Elmar Noeth, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Vladimr Petkevic, Czech Republic
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
E.G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
Yorick Wilks, GB
Victor Zakharov, Russia


Eduard Hovy, USA
Louise Guthrie, GB
James Pustejovsky, USA


The conference program will include oral presentations and poster/demonstration
sessions with sufficient time for discussions of the issues raised. Papers will
be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.
The conference will welcome three keynote speakers - Eduard Hovy, Louise Guthrie
and James Pustejovsky, and it will offer two special panels devoted to Emotions
and Search in Speech.
Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional
informal interactions.


Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages formatted in
the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be presented either orally or as
posters. The decision about the presentation format will be based on the
recommendation of the reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers
using the on-line form accessible from the conference website.
Papers submitted to TSD 2006 must not be under review by any other conference or
publication during the TSD review cycle, and must not be previously published or
accepted for publication elsewhere.
As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and
affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity,
e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be avoided. Instead,
use citations such as ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''. Papers
that do not conform to the requirements above are subject to be rejected without
The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX or LaTeX
formats. These formats are necessary for the final versions of the papers that
will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes. Authors using a WORD
compatible software for the final version must use the LNCS template for WORD
and within the submit process ask the Proceedings Editors to convert the paper
to LaTeX format. For this service a service-and-license fee of CZK 1500 will be
levied automatically.
The paper format has to be either PDF or PostScript file with all required fonts
included. Upon notification of acceptance, presenters will receive further
information on submitting their camera-ready and electronic sources (for
detailed instructions on the final paper format see
Authors are also invited to present actual projects, developed software or
interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The presenters
of the demonstration should provide the abstract not exceeding one page. The
demonstration abstracts will not appear in the conference proceedings.


March 15 2006 ............ Submission of abstract
March 22 2006 ............ Submission of papers
May 15 2006 .............. Notification of acceptance
May 31 2006 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration
July 23 2006 ............. Submission of demonstration abstracts
July 30 2006 ............. Notification of acceptance for demonstrations sent to
the authors September
11-15 2006 ..... Conference date

Submission of abstract serves for better organization of the review process only
- for the actual review a full paper submission is necessary.
The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that will
be made available to participants at the time of the conference.


The official language of the conference is English.


The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your status. It
includes one copy of the proceedings, refreshments, local transport, social
events and organizing costs. The fee does not include accommodation.

Full participant:
Early payment (by May 31): CZK 8500
Late payment (by August 15): CZK 10500
On-site payment: CZK 12000

Early payment (by May 24): CZK 5500
Late payment (by August 15): CZK 6500
On-site payment: CZK 8000

The payment may be refunded up until August 15, at the cost of CZK 1500. No
refund is possible after this date.
All costs are in Czech Crowns (Czech Koruna, CZK), see e.g.
http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for the current exchange rate.
One of the authors has to register and to pay the registration fee by June 16,
2006 to be included in the conference proceedings. Only one paper of up to 8
pages is included in the regular registration fee. The additional paper and page
charge is CZK 1000 per page. An author with more than one paper pays the
additional paper(s) rates unless a co-author has also registered and paid the
full registration fee.
The organizing committee will provide discounts and grants for participants from
East European countries (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, ...). To apply for a grant,
send an email to tsd2006tsdconference.org with subject 'Grant Application', in
which you briefly describe the reasons for your application. Each applicant
must send a separate e-mail.


The organizing committee will arrange discounts on accommodation in a 3-star
hotel and student dormitories at reasonable prices. The current list of
available accommodation and prices will be accessible at the conference website.


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to Dana
Hlavackova, TSD 2006 Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University Botanicka 68a,
602 00 Brno, Czech Republic phone: +420-5-49 49 33 29 fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
email: tsd2006tsdconference.org

The official TSD 2006 homepage is: http://www.tsdconference.org/


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of
almost 400.000. The city is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno
is the capital of Moravia, which is in the south-east part of the Czech
Republic. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it
forms also a cultural center of the region.
Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from Prague, London and Munich and
by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).
For the participants with some extra time, some nearby places may also be of
interest. Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri Castle,
the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with St. Thomas Church and
crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St. James, Cathedral of St. Peter &
Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole, the famous Villa Tugendhat designed
by Mies van der Rohe along with other important buildings of between-war Czech
For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha Chasm and
Punkva caves, battlefield of Battle of three emperors (Napoleon, Russian
Alexander and Austrian Franz - Battle by Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov
(Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle, Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice
Chateau, Letovice Chateau, Mikulov with one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in
Central Europe, Telc - a town on the UNESCO heritage list, and many others are
all within easy reach.
Message 2: Languages of France
Date: 14-Feb-2006
From: Robert Blackwood <robert.blackwoodliverpool.ac.uk>
Subject: Languages of France

Full Title: Languages of France

Date: 11-Sep-2006 - 13-Sep-2006
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Robert Blackwood
Meeting Email: robert.blackwoodliverpool.ac.uk
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

This conference will aim to provide an overview of current research on the
linguistic diversity of the 96 d├ępartements of France, within both an historical
and contemporary framework.

Despite the desire for linguistic unity that underpins the Republican myth of
France as a monolingual State, despite the aggressive assimilation policies
pursued since the Revolution, and despite the 1992 change to the Constitution,
making French the official language of the Republic, a number of languages
continue to survive, and in some cases thrive, from Boulogne-sur-Mer to
Bonifacio, from Strasbourg to St Brieuc. France is home not only to a
significant number of regional heritage languages, but also to a host of migrant
languages, both from European neighbours and from beyond the continent. At the
same time, languages, such as verlan and its descendents, are developed by the
young or the disaffected, whilst French finds itself in productive contact with
numerous other languages, both as a donor and as a recipient. Moreover, European
bureaucrats are creating a new French at the hub of the European Union in
Strasbourg. On a number of levels, French itself is thus transformed, with other
languages challenging its hegemony, creating, as some see it, a siege mentality
amongst those who seek to police linguistic matters. Given these languages of
France and the porosity of the country's linguistic borders, the question of
French identity in the twenty-first century must be understood in a number of
new ways.

Initial abstracts, in either French or English, for papers (to last twenty
minutes) are invited on themes including, but not limited to:

- the regional heritage languages: past, present and future
- community languages in France: from Rroma to Berber and
- language policy
- languages in contact: trends in morphology
- language and the media
- language and Republicanism
- Anglicisation and globalisation
- La Francophonie and supranational institutions
- language and identity
- the linguistic boundaries of French
- youth-speak and other variants

Confirmed keynote speakers are Dr Alexandra Jaffe (California State University,
Long Beach), Dr Mari Jones (Peterhouse, Cambridge) and Professor Gabrielle
Parker (Middlesex). Proposals for papers, accompanied by a short abstract,
should be sent by e-mail to the conference organiser, Robert Blackwood
(robert.blackwoodliverpool.ac.uk) by 31 March 2006. A provisional programme
will appear by 31 May 2006.

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