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LINGUIST List 18.128

Sun Jan 14 2007

Calls: Comp Ling, Lang Acquisition/Czech Republic; General Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <danlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Jason Eisner, Empirical Methods in NLP & Computational NL Learning
        2.    Carlee Arnett, Modern Language Association

Message 1: Empirical Methods in NLP & Computational NL Learning
Date: 12-Jan-2007
From: Jason Eisner <jasoncs.jhu.edu>
Subject: Empirical Methods in NLP & Computational NL Learning

Full Title: Empirical Methods in NLP & Computational NL Learning
Short Title: EMNLP-CoNLL 2007

Date: 28-Jun-2007 - 30-Jun-2007
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Contact Person: Jason Eisner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://cs.jhu.edu/EMNLP-CoNLL-2007

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning

The annual EMNLP and CoNLL conferences will be holding an unprecedented
3-day joint meeting this year. The joint conference will be
co-located with ACL 2007 in Prague.

The focus of EMNLP-CoNLL 2007 is learned models and data-driven
systems concerning all aspects of human language. Both empirical and
theoretical results are welcome.

EMNLP is the annual conference organized by SIGDAT, the ACL Special
Interest Group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP.
Previous EMNLP meetings were held in Sydney (2006), Vancouver (2005),
Barcelona (2004), Sapporo (2003), Philadelphia (2002), Pittsburgh
(2001), Hong Kong (2000), College Park (1999), Granada (1998),
Providence (1997), and Philadelphia (1996).

CoNLL is the annual conference organized by SIGNLL, the ACL Special
Interest Group on natural language learning. Previous CoNLL meetings
were held in New York (2006), Ann Arbor (2005), Boston (2004),
Edmonton (2003), Taipei (2002), Toulouse (2001), Lisbon (2000), Bergen
(1999), Sydney (1998), and Madrid (1997).

First Call for Papers


We solicit high-quality papers from academia, government, and industry
on all areas of interest to SIGDAT and SIGNLL researchers. These areas
include (among others):

* Empirical, statistical, or learning approaches to core NLP tasks

- Words (speech, phonology, morphology, tagging, word senses, ...)
- Syntax (chunking, entity recognition, parsing, ...)
- Semantics (information extraction, relation extraction, textual
entailment, sentiment analysis, full semantics, ...)
- Generation (machine translation, dialogue, summarization,
speech synthesis ...)

* Data-driven techniques in applications of human language technology

- Information retrieval; information navigation
- User interfaces, including dialogue systems
- Domain-specific applications (email, medicine, education, helpdesk, ...)

* Data mining on natural language data

- Knowledge discovery
- Clustering, segmentation, sense discovery, topic discovery,
dimensionality reduction
- Language acquisition (grammar induction, etc.)
- Scalable algorithms on extremely large corpora

* New machine learning techniques as applied to natural language data

- Symbolic methods; statistical methods; ensemble methods
- Architectures for structural and relational learning
- Learning with little supervision (unsupervised or semi-supervised
learning, active learning, inductive biases, ...)
- Techniques for multilinguality or cross-domain adaptation
- Joint modeling of language and non-language data (networks,
images, structured databases, ...)
- Theoretical or empirical comparisons of learning techniques
- Theory (error bounds, learnability, computational complexity, ...)
- Algorithms and efficiency

* Computational models of human language learning

- Human language acquisition
- Linguistically informed models, priors, or learning methods
- Models of analogical or generative processes
- Learning or frequency effects in human language processing
- Evolution of language

Shared Task:

CoNLL traditionally runs a friendly competition, the ''shared task.''
The 2007 CoNLL shared task is dependency parsing, for the second year
running. There are actually two tasks: a ''multilingual track'' as in
2006, and a new ''domain adaptation track'' for adapting to different
domains of English.

A separate call is being sent out for the shared task. Participants
must register by JANUARY 20, 2007. The systems and their results
will be described in short papers, which will be refereed separately
and will be presented in a special session at EMNLP-CoNLL 2007.

More information, including the call for participation, is available
at the shared task website
http://depparse.uvt.nl/depparse-wiki/SharedTaskWebsite .
Questions can be sent to conll07st at uvt dot nl.


* Format: Please submit your complete paper as a PDF file.
Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings
and should not exceed 8 pages, including figures. We strongly
recommend using the ACL 2007 style files at
http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/acl2007/styles/ . If you cannot use these
style files directly, please read the sample document at that URL
for a description of the required format. We reserve the right to
reject submissions that do not conform to this format; note
especially the restriction to 8 pages at 11-point font.

* New Length Policy: To encourage thorough citation of related work,
the References section does not count against the 8-page submission
limit for EMNLP-CoNLL 2007. Thus, your PDF file may exceed 8 pages.
However, all material other than the bibliography must fall within
the first 8 pages!

* Anonymization: As reviewing will be double-blind, the paper should
not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, avoid
self-references that reveal the authors' identities, e.g., ''We
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'' Instead, use citations such as
''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991)...''. Papers that do not
conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

* Double Submission Policy: Papers presented at EMNLP-CoNLL should
consist mainly of new material that has not been previously published.
Submission of similar papers to EMNLP-CoNLL and another conference
or workshop must be disclosed on the first page of the submission.
For details, see the standard policy for ACL-affiliated conferences,
http://www.cis.udel.edu/~carberry/ACL/double-submission-policy.html .

* Electronic Submission: To submit your paper, please visit
http://www.softconf.com/acl07/EMNLP-CoNLL07/submit.html , fill in
the online submission form, and upload your anonymous PDF file.
The only accepted file format is PDF. You may revise your
submission up until the deadline given below. Papers submitted
after the deadline will not be reviewed.


Reviewers will be asked to provide detailed comments, and
to score the submitted paper on a number of factors such as

- technical soundness and completeness
- originality of the problems or solutions
- experimental and theoretical comparison with previous work
- clarity of presentation
- significance to the EMNLP-CoNLL research community

as well as a new factor, which encourages authors to release their
systems so that others can replicate or build on their results:

- likely impact of any promised new resources to be released
along with the paper (code, data, ...)

Reviewing will be conducted by an international program committee with
a number of Area Chairs. Each paper will be blind-reviewed by at
least 3 program committee members, who can then discuss the paper
further to resolve disagreements.

The program committee will make an Best Paper Award to the authors of
the submission that makes the most original or significant impact on
the field. We seek to honor scientific contributions that advance the
state of the field.

Conference Format:

The majority of the accepted papers will be presented as 20-minute
talks, probably in 2 parallel sessions. Additional papers will be
accepted for presentation in poster sessions. We also plan additional
events such as invited talks.

Main Organizers:

Program Chairs:

Jason Eisner (Johns Hopkins University)
Taku Kudo (Google Japan)

Shared Task Organizer:

Joakim Nivre (Vaxjo University)

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: Mon, March 26, 2007, 11:59pm EDT (GMT -0400)
Notification of acceptance: Thu, April 26, 2007
Camera-ready copy due: Mon, May 14, 2007
Conference meeting: Thu, June 28 - Sat, June 30, 2007

News and Contact Information:

Updates will be posted at the conference home page:

Questions may be sent to the program chairs at this address:
emnlp-conll-2007 at clsp dot jhu dot edu

Message 2: Modern Language Association
Date: 12-Jan-2007
From: Carlee Arnett <clarnettucdavis.edu>
Subject: Modern Language Association

Full Title: Modern Language Association
Short Title: MLA

Date: 27-Dec-2007 - 30-Dec-2007
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contact Person: Carlee Arnett
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.mla.org/convention

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

Topics in Germanic Philology and Linguistics

Papers on any philological or linguistic topic related to historical or modern Germanic languages, including English to 1500. Submit one page abstracts electronically by March 15 to clarnettucdavis.edu.

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