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Sat Feb 25 2006

Calls: Postgraduate Conf/UK;Computational Ling/USA

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        1.    David Young, 1st Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
        2.    Greg Kondrak, 8th Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology


Message 1: 1st Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Date: 23-Feb-2006
From: David Young <pgconflingncl.ac.uk>
Subject: 1st Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


Full Title: 1st Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied
Linguistics

Date: 23-Jun-2006 - 23-Jun-2006
Location: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Contact Person: David Young
Meeting Email: pgconflingncl.ac.uk
Web Site: http://pglinguistics2006.ncl.ac.uk

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 17-Mar-2006

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

We are pleased to announce the First Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics in association with the University of
Durham, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The conference
will take place on Friday 23rd June at the University of Newcastle.

The success of the Durham Postgraduate Linguistics Conference over the past
decade, and the recent amalgamation of Durham's linguistics department with
Newcastle University's School of English, has led to the creation of a new
conference based in Newcastle. This one-day conference is designed to give
linguistics postgraduates an opportunity to present and discuss their research
in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

Professor Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
will be giving a guest lecture at this year's conference on 'Language and Genes'.

We invite postgraduate students to submit abstracts for oral and poster
presentations on ANY area of linguistics, theoretical or applied. This is a
great opportunity for postgraduates to present and get constructive feedback on
either work in progress or completed research.

Full abstract submission guidelines are available at
pglinguistics2006.ncl.ac.uk. Please read the guidelines carefully before
submitting your abstract. Abstracts should be sent to pgconflingncl.ac.uk with
the subject line: ''Abstract Submission''. Email submissions only, please
(Microsoft Word/PDF format only).

Accepted abstracts will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes
for discussion. There will be two poster sessions on the day of the conference,
but posters will be on display all day. Speakers will also be invited to submit
their paper for publication in the Newcastle & Durham Working Papers in Linguistics.

More information can be found at the conference website:
pglinguistics2006.ncl.ac.uk. If you have any queries, please email:
pgconflingncl.ac.uk.
Message 2: 8th Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology
Date: 23-Feb-2006
From: Greg Kondrak <gkondrakhotmail.com>
Subject: 8th Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology



Full Title: 8th Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational
Phonology
Short Title: SIGPHON 2006 at NAACL-HLT

Date: 08-Jun-2006 - 08-Jun-2006
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contact Person: Greg Kondrak
Meeting Email: gkondrakhotmail.com
Web Site: http://nlp.cs.swarthmore.edu/sigphon06/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

The Eighth Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology.

A workshop devoted to all areas of computation, as applied to contemporary
phonology and morphology, will be held in New York City on June 8, 2000,
immediately after the HLT-NAACL 2006 meetings in New York City.

Call for Papers

HLT-NAACL 2006

Eighth Meeting of the
ACL Special Interest Group
in Computational Phonology

New York City, NY, USA
June 8, 2006


Workshop Description and Motivation

Eighth Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology

The workshop will be devoted to all areas of computation, as applied to
contemporary phonology and morphology. Papers will be on substantial, original,
and unpublished research on any aspect of computational phonology and
computational morphology.

Preference will be given to high-quality papers which address the role of
computational morphology and phonology in NLP. In particular, we looking for
work which shows how (or if) morphology and phonology are useful in larger
problems such as machine translation, speech recognition, OCR, or sentence-level
parsing.

Other topics include, but are not limited to, those listed below, focusing on
recent developments since our last meeting at ACL (Barcelona) in 2004.

* Speech technologies relating to phonology
* Unsupervised learning of phonotactics, morphology, and phonology
* Stochastic or probabilistic phonology
* Computational evolutionary modeling of phonological systems
* Language-independent learning algorithms relating to computational phonology
* Finite-state formalizations of phonology
* Computational morphology and morphological modeling
* Speech generation
* Assistive learning tools for second language speakers

One of the missions of SIGPHON is to encourage interaction between work in
computational linguistics and work in theoretical phonology, in the hope that
both fields profit from the interaction. In addition, SIGPHON continues to
promote work in computational morphology, seeking to fill in for the absence of
an analogous SIGMORPH group. Our recent meetings have been successful in both
regards, and we hope to see this continue in 2006. Many mainstream phonologists
are employing computational tools and models that are of considerable interest
to computational linguists more generally, and our intention is that this
workshop should be a forum to bring this work to the attention of a wider range
of computational linguists.

This workshop will be the eighth meeting of SIGPHON, the ACL Special Interest
Group in Computational Phonology. We will hold a full-day workshop consisting of
approximately 12 half-hour presentations plus an invited speaker.

The principal goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers in the area
of computational phonology. Computational phonology is an important and
recognized subfield of computational linguistics, but has received little
attention at recent ACL meetings. We expect the workshop to facilitate
interactions among computational phonologists who are attending ACL, and to
attract more attendance by computational phonologists.

The workshop will be held on June 8, immediately after the HLT-NAACL 2006
meetings in New York City.

The workshop website is: http://nlp.cs.swarthmore.edu/sigphon06/ (forthcoming)
The SIGPHON website is: http://nlp.cs.swarthmore.edu/sigphon/
The HLT-NAACL 2006 website is: http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/hlt-naacl06/

Organizers and Program Committee

SIGPHON has sponsored seven previous workshops, most recently co-located with
ACL in Barcelona is 2004, and including Philadelphia (ACL) in 2002, Luxembourg
(COLING) in 2000, and Montreal (ACL) in 1998.

The members of the SIGPHON Executive Committee have a wide range of research
experience, covering not only computational phonology and morphology, but also
related areas such as phonological field work, phonetics, statistics,
psycholinguistics, and engineering. They are:

Paul Boersma, University of Amsterdam (paul.boersmauva.nl) Julie
Carson-Berndsen, University College Dublin (julie.berndsenucd.ie) John Coleman,
University of Oxford (john.colemanphon.ox.ac.uk) Jason Eisner, The Johns
Hopkins University (jasoncs.jhu.edu) John Goldsmith, University of Chicago
(ja-goldsmithuchicago.edu) Richard Wicentowski, Swarthmore College
(richardwcs.swarthmore.edu)

The organizers will be Richard Wicentowski and Grzegorz Kondrak
(kondrakcs.ualberta.ca).

The Executive Committee will appoint a program committee that will be
responsible for selection of the papers. The program chair may invite additional
reviewers as necessary to obtain relevant expertise and avoid conflicts of interest.

The program committee will consist of all members of the executive plus, and the
following individuals:

Adam Albright, University of California at Santa Cruz
Anja Belz, University of Brighton
Steven Bird, University of Melbourne
Mathias Creutz, Helsinki University of Technology
Sharon Goldwater, Brown University
Lauri Karttunen, Palo Alto Research Center
Mike Maxwell, Linguistic Data Consortium
Kemal Oflazer, Sabanci University
Gerald Penn, University of Toronto
Vito Pirrelli, I. di Linguistica Computazionale
Richard Sproat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Important Dates

* Submission Deadline: March 6, 2006
* Notification: April 3, 2006
* Camera-ready Copy Due: April 21, 2006
* Workshop: June 8, 2006

Paper Submission

Content: Papers should be original, topical, and clear. Completed work is
preferable to intended work, but in any event the paper should clearly indicate
the state of completion of the reported results.

Dual Submission: Papers which are submitted to the ACL 2006 general conference
may not be also submitted to SIGPHON 2006.

Length: Submissions should be full-length papers, up to a maximum of 8 pages.
(The final version in the proceedings should incorporate reviewers' suggestions
and may be up to 10 pages.) High-quality short papers of 4 to 5 pages will also
be considered.

Layout: Except for length, papers must conform to HLT-NAACL 2006 formatting
guidelines, available at http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/hlt-naacl06/

Electronic Submission: All submissions will be electronic. Reviews will be
blind, so be careful not to disclose authorship or affiliation. PDF submissions
are preferred over PostScript submissions and will be required for the final
camera-ready copy. Submissions should be sent as an attachment to
sigphon06cs.swarthmore.edu. Please be sure to include accurate contact
information in the body of the email.



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