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Sun Mar 26 2006

Calls: Lang acquisition/Netherlands;Writing Systems/Spain

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

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        1.    Jacqueline van Kampen, Romance Turn II
        2.    Edward Garrett, Resource-Scarce Language Engineering

Message 1: Romance Turn II
Date: 24-Mar-2006
From: Jacqueline van Kampen <jacqueline.vankampenlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Romance Turn II

Full Title: Romance Turn II

Date: 07-Sep-2006 - 09-Sep-2006
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Jacqueline van Kampen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.let.uu.nl./romanceturn/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

The Romance Turn II will take place at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Like the first edition of The Romance Turn, which took place in 2004 at the UNED in Madrid, the present workshop intends to gather people working on the acquisition of the Romance languages.

Papers are invited in the area of the acquisition of Romance languages. All topics in the fields of (typical and impaired) first and second language acquisition from a generative perspective will be considered. Presentations will be 30-minutes long, plus 15 minutes for discussion, and will be in English.

Final Call for papers
Authors are invited to send one copy of an abstract (maximally two pages) in English for review. Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Romanceturnlet.uu.nl, as an attachment in PDF. In the body of the e-mail message include the title, language, name, academic affiliation, current address, phone and fax number, e-mail, and audiovisual requests. Authors may submit up to two abstracts, one individual and one joint.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: April 1 2006.
Notification of acceptance: May 1 2006.
Address for sending abstracts: Romanceturnlet.uu.nl

Organizing committee: Sergio Baauw, Jacqueline van Kampen, Joke de Lange & Manuela Pinto

Message 2: Resource-Scarce Language Engineering
Date: 24-Mar-2006
From: Edward Garrett <egarrettemich.edu>
Subject: Resource-Scarce Language Engineering

Full Title: Resource-Scarce Language Engineering

Date: 31-Jul-2006 - 04-Aug-2006
Location: Málaga, Spain
Contact Person: Edward Garrett
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://altiplano.emich.edu/resource_scarce/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Writing Systems

Call Deadline: 07-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

This workshop will bring together scientists from academia and industry, as well as advanced PhD students, to present and discuss research on the theoretical and practical challenges of engineering resource-scarce languages. We intend to provide an inclusive forum for exchanging ideas on a broad range of topics in areas represented by ESSLLI, including basic text processing, speech analysis, and machine translation.

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS (24 March, 2006)
Resource-Scarce Language Engineering
31 July - 4 August, 2006

Workshop Topics:
Seen through one lens, ''resource-scarce languages'' are languages
for which few digital resources exist; and thus, languages whose
computerization poses unique challenges. Through another lens,
''resource-scarce languages'' are languages with limited financial,
political, and legal resources, languages that lack the clout or
global importance of the world's major languages.

In spite of these challenges, resource-scarce languages and
their speakers are not being ignored. Individuals, governments,
and companies alike are busy developing technologies and tools
to support such languages. They are driven by a variety of
motivations - from the desire among academics and community
activists to preserve or revitalize endangered or threatened
languages - to the desire by governments to promote minority
languages - to the need by other governments to detect hostile
chatter in diverse tongues - to the strategy of some companies to
enhance their stature in emerging markets such as China and
South America.

Recognizing the above trend, this workshop will serve as a forum
for the discussion of academic and industrial research on resource-
scarce language engineering. Possible topics include but are not
limited to:

- multilingual text processing and the Unicode Standard
- machine translation and speech recognition with minimal
training data
- rapid portability of existing language technologies to new languages
- the use of multilingual resources for monolingual annotation
- the annotation of new language data on the basis of knowledge
of related languages
- coping with data of inconsistent or uneven quality or coverage

In addition, there will be a shared task on a specific resource-
scarce language - Tibetan (details to be announced separately).

Submission Details:
Authors are invited to submit a paper describing completed work
in the area of the workshop. Each submission will be read by at least
two members of the program committee, and will be evaluated
according to its scientific merit, its relevance to the workshop, and
the degree to which its ideas are expressed fully yet concisely.
Submissions of any length will be accepted, but acceptable formats
are limited to postscript and pdf. Papers sent in other formats will be
subject to immediate disposal. Please send your submission electronically
to egarrettemich.edu by the deadline listed below. Accepted
papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI.

Workshop Format:
This workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI
participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over
five consecutive days in the first week of ESSLLI. There will be
at least 2-3 slots for paper presentation and discussion plus one
invited talk per session. On the first day the workshop organizer
will give a general introduction to the topic.

Invited Speakers:
Tom Emerson, Basis Technology Corporation
John Goldsmith, University of Chicago
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas
Richard Sproat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cathy Wissink, Microsoft Corporation

Workshop Programme Committee:
Deborah Anderson, University of California, Berkeley
Emily Bender, University of Washington
Steven Bird, University of Melbourne
Alan W. Black, Carnegie Mellon University
Sean Fulop, California State University, Fresno
Andrew Hardie, Lancaster University
Baden Hughes, University of Melbourne
William Lewis, University of Washington
Steven Loomis, IBM
Joel Martin, National Research Council, Canada
Mike Maxwell, University of Maryland
Tony McEnery, Lancaster University
Manuela Noske, Microsoft Corporation
Charles Schafer, Johns Hopkins University
Tanja Schultz, Carnegie Mellon University
Michael Tjalve, University College London

Important Dates:
Submissions : April 7, 2006
Notification : April 28, 2006
Full paper deadline: May 19, 2006
Final program : June 30, 2006
Workshop Dates : July 31 - August 4, 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. Moreover, a number
of additional fee waiver grants might be made available by
the local organizing committee on a competitive basis and
workshop participants are eligible to apply for those.

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://altiplano.emich.edu/resource_scarce/
About ESSLLI: http://esslli2006.lcc.uma.es/

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