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LINGUIST List 17.564

Mon Feb 20 2006

Calls: Syntax/Spain;Computational Ling/Australia

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        1.    Hedde Zeijlstra, Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface
        2.    Timothy Baldwin, COLING-ACL Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Identifying and Exploiting Underlying Properties

Message 1: Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface
Date: 19-Feb-2006
From: Hedde Zeijlstra <hedde.zeijlstrauni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface

Full Title: Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface

Date: 07-Aug-2006 - 11-Aug-2006
Location: Malaga, Spain
Contact Person: Hedde Zeijlstra
Meeting Email: hedde.zeijlstrauni-tuebingen.de
Web Site: http://www.heddezeijlstra.nl/cpssi.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
31 July - 11 August, 2006 in Malaga, Spain

-Concord Phenomena-
In natural languages a functional operation can be manifested more than once in
the morphosyntax of one sentence. Most notable are the phenomena of negative
concord (where several negative elements contribute to one negation) and
sequence of tense phenomena, where the same happens in the temporal domain.
Similar observations can be made regarding the domain of mood, case-agreement,
multiple Wh, and conditional sentences. On a general and intuitive level, the
similarities are striking.

-Thematic Questions-
These phenomena have each been studied in various domains, from both an
empirical and a theoretical point of view. With this workshop we want to solicit
contributions which approach the phenomena from a general, cross-categorial
perspective: across the various domains, theoretical, and typological as well.
Thematic questions: What should be the logical form of those constructions? To
what extent (at what cost) does it allow for a compositional treatment? How
similar and how general are the phenomena really? What do these phenomena tell
us about the model of grammar?

-Workshop Aims-
The general aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers of different
disciplines (semantics, syntax, typology) in order to create new insights about
concord phenomena and the syntax-semantics interface. The workshop aims to
provide a forum for advanced PhD students and researchers to present and discuss
their work with colleagues and researchers who work in the broad subject areas
represented at ESSLLI.

-Submission Details-
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract on the general theme of the
worshop. (Cognitive and evolutionary analyses are welcome, too.) Submissions
should be anonymous and no longer than two pages and should be either in .pdf,
txt, .doc or .rtf format. Please send your submission electronically to the
above email addresses of the organizers, with the name of the author(s) and
their affilitation(s), their adresses and the title of the paper in the body of
the message. The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme
committee (see below). The accepted papers will appear in the workshop
proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final version will be .pdf.

-Workshop Format-
The workshop is part of ESSLLI 2006. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions
held over five consecutive days in the second week of ESSLLI. Depending on the
number and quality of the submissions there will be 2 or 3 slots for paper
presentation so the talks including the discussion will be either 45 or 30
minutes. On the first day the workshop organizers will give an introduction to
the topic, and the workshop ends with a general discussion.

-Follow Up-
The organizers intend both to organize a follow up of this workshop, and a book
or special journal issue around the subject. Both options will be discussed at
the workshop in Malaga.

-Invited Speakers (TBC)-
Pieter Muysken (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Arnim von Stechow (Seminar fuer Sprachwissenschaft, Tuebingen)

-Workshop Programme Committee (TBC)-
Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute)
Rajesh Bhatt (UMass)
Paul Dekker (Amsterdam, co-chair)
Regine Eckardt (Goettingen)
Helen de Hoop (Nijmegen)
Ed Keenan (UCLA)
Pieter Muysken (Nijmegen)
Ad Neeleman (UCL)
Arnim von Stechow (Tuebingen)
Henriette de Swart (Utrecht)
Raffaella Zanuttini (Georgetown)
Hedde Zeijlstra (Tuebingen, co-chair)
Alessandro Zucchi (Milano)
Jan Wouter Zwart (Groningen)

-Important Dates-
Submissions : March 1, 2006
Notification : April 1, 2006
Full paper deadline: May 1, 2006
Final programme : June 21, 2006
Workshop Dates : August 7 - 11, 2006

-Local Arrangements-
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register
for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond
to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee.
There will be no reimbursement for travel costs or accommodation. Workshop
speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local
organizing committee to ask for the possibilities of a grant.

-Further Information-
About the workshop: http://www.heddezeijlstra.nl/cpssi.htm
About ESSLLI: http://esslli2006.lcc.uma.es/
Message 2: COLING-ACL Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Identifying and Exploiting Underlying Properties
Date: 19-Feb-2006
From: Timothy Baldwin <tim+colacl2006csse.unimelb.edu.au>
Subject: COLING-ACL Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Identifying and Exploiting Underlying Properties

Full Title: COLING-ACL Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Identifying and
Exploiting Underlying Properties

Date: 23-Jul-2006 - 23-Jul-2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact Person: Timothy Baldwin
Web Site: http://www.inf.ufrgs.br/~avillavicencio/mwe-acl06.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

COLING-ACL Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Identifying and Exploiting
Underlying Properties
(Endorsed by SIGLEX)

July 23, 2006, Sydney, Australia

- Submission Deadline: April 12 2006 -

Workshop Description:

There has been a growing awareness in the NLP community of the
problems that Multiword Expressions (MWEs) pose. Given all the
progress that has been made, it is now the time to ask some
fundamental questions on the nature of MWEs. A better understanding of
the underlying linguistic properties that define MWEs as well as their
cognitive aspects can be used to inform their computational
treatment. These combinations of research will help to provide a more
complete picture of the nature of MWEs, which can be used to advance
NLP methods for capturing them.

This workshop continues a tradition of ACL workshops on Collocations
(2001) and Multiword Expressions (2003 and 2004). Its specific
objective is to focus on the underlying properties of MWEs.


We welcome papers describing original work on MWEs, and this includes
(but is not limited to) research on:

(1) Linguistic, Empirical and Cognitive Properties of MWEs: research
into the definitions and properties of MWEs and the impact that
such information has on NLP applications. We will also welcome
studies which investigate cross-linguistic properties or
which identify variation across languages (or families of
languages). This includes research on how to identify and
handle parallel constructions in different languages: how easily
can techniques developed for one language be transferred to
another and how can cues in one language help in another?

(2) Classes of MWEs: investigating the representation of classes of
MWEs and the extent to which classes of MWEs can be treated with
common methods, to help assess how much we can expect
computational techniques to transfer across classes. What methods
are there for identifying variability in MWEs and how reliable are

(3) Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Theories of MWEs: combining the
computational treatment of a class of MWEs with a solid linguistic
and/or psycholinguistic analysis.

(4) Evaluation: addressing how to overcome the limitations that the
lack of gold standards brings on the evaluation of techniques for
automatic extraction, representation, and use of information about
MWEs. What techniques are best for establishing standards - web
experiments, expert judgements, etc. - and how can we best
contribute to available resources?

(5) Compositionality: assessing how humans and computers can make
reliable judgements on compositionality for the different
categories of MWE and to what extent non-compositionality is
important for determining whether a given candidate is a MWE.

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and
should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. We strongly
recommend the use of the LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word document
template that will be made available on the COLING-ACL main conference
Web site (http://www.acl2006.mq.edu.au/).

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) ...''.

Submission will be electronic using the paper submission START system,
and they must be in Adobe PDF format. The papers must be submitted no
later than April 12, 2006. Papers submitted after that time will not
be reviewed. For details of the submission procedure, please consult
the submission webpage reachable via the workshop website.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: April 12, 2006
Notification of acceptance for papers: May 12, 2006
Camera ready papers due: May 26, 2006
Workshop Date: July 23, 2006

Programme Committee:

Timothy Baldwin (Stanford University, USA; Melbourne University,
Colin Bannard (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Francis Bond (NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan)
Gosse Bouma (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Beatrice Daille (Nantes University, France)
Gael Dias (Beira Interior University, Portugal)
James Dowdall (University of Sussex, UK)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Nicole Gregoire (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Matthew Hurst (Inteliseek, USA)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, USA)
Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Kyo Kageura (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK)
Brigitte Krenn (OFAI, Vienna, Austria)
Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Roger Levy (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Rosamund Moon (University of Birmingham, UK)
Stephan Oepen (Stanford University, USA; University of Oslo,
Kentaro Ogura (NTT Cyber Space Laboratories, Japan)
Darren Pearce (University of Sussex, UK)
Scott Piao (University of Lancaster, UK)
Ivan Sag (University of Stanford, USA)
Violeta Seretan (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Beata Trawinski (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
Kiyoko Uchiyama (Keio University, Japan)
Tom Wasow (Stanford University, USA)
Annie Zaenen (PARC, USA)


For any inquiries regarding the workshop please contact Begona Villada
Moiron (mwe_iep06 at let.rug.nl).

Workshop organizing committee:

Begoqa Villada Moirsn [Chair] (University of Groningen, The
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Diana McCarthy (University of Sussex, UK)
Stefan Evert (University of Osnabrueck, Germany)
Suzanne Stevenson (University of Toronto, Canada)

WEB site: http://www.inf.ufrgs.br/~avillavicencio/mwe-acl06.html

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