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LINGUIST List 18.1646

Wed May 30 2007

Calls: Computational Ling/Bulgaria; General Ling/Germany

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        1.    Marina Santini, CFP: Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines
        2.    Anke Holler, Non-native Entities and Structures


Message 1: CFP: Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines
Date: 30-May-2007
From: Marina Santini <MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com>
Subject: CFP: Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines


Full Title: CFP: Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines
Short Title: Genre & NLP

Date: 30-Sep-2007 - 30-Sep-2007
Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Marina Santini
Meeting Email: MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com
Web Site: http://www.sics.se/use/genre-ws/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2007

Meeting Description
Genre & NLP: 'Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP' Workshop
held in conjunction with RANLP-2007, Borovets, Bulgaria
30 September 2007

Final Call for Papers

Workshop held in conjunction with RANLP 2007
''Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP''

Workshop Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Workshop Date: 30 September 2007
Workshop website: http://www.sics.se/use/genre-ws/
RANLP 2007 website: http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/

Organizers: Marina Santini and Georg Rehm

Workshop Description
Broadly speaking, genres are textual categories that streamline communication by
relying on acknowledged conventions and raising predictable expectations. For
instance, the conventions underlying the Blog genre are represented by a
sequence of daily entries that contain narratives, opinions, as well as the
feelings of the blogger, an individual who wishes to participate in a discussion
on a certain subject. These entries are public and other bloggers can directly
comment on them by sending their own postings. These conventions are different
from those underlying the Editorial genre, where a single person presents an
argumentative statement of views that are considered to be representative of a
newspaper as a whole. In brief, genres convey the context of communication. This
context is essential when determining the relevance of the information contained
in a text.

The concept of genre has great potential for Information Retrieval (IR). One
application is its integration in a search-engine architecture, enabling the
user to combine topic-based search with genre-based search.

The distinction between topical and non-topical textual dimensions is crucial
when it comes to features. Traditionally, topics and domains rely on features
based on content words (e.g. in the bag-of-words approach), while genre classes
appear to be more easily identified through the use of grammatical features
(like function words, POS tags, and syntactic features). As Natural Language
Processing (NLP) provides methods to retrieve grammatical features, an
investigation of the influence of NLP on automatic genre identification appears
of primary importance. For this reason, we wish to investigate to what extent
NLP can help identify genre in an IR scenario.

The main aims of the workshop are as follows:

- To identify the key features that help classify documents by genre, and their
efficiency and effectiveness within an IR framework.
- To explore how genres can improve search engines, and in particular how it can
be integrated with topic-based retrieval.
- To bring together researchers working on genre in different communities - such
as Computational Linguistics, NLP, Information Retrieval and Extraction, Text
and Web Mining, or Summarization - in order to investigate the extent to which
NLP can assist or enable automatic genre identification.

Topics
The topics of interests include but are not limited to:

- Computational modelling of genres for web applications;
- Implementation of genre-based applications for retrieval;
- The impact of lexis, morphology and syntax on automatic genre identification;
- Genre-revealing features and their automatic extraction;
- Genre-driven NLP tools, such as genre-driven taggers, parsers, or discourse
annotation;
- Genre classification schemes accounting for multi-genre and no-genre documents;
- Test collections and evaluation metrics for genre-enabled applications;
- Clustering and visualization of results based on genre.

Categories of Papers
Papers can be submitted to one of two categories: regular paper and poster.
Authors must designate one of these categories at submission time. Regular
papers are full-length papers and must not exceed 8 pages. Posters are submitted
as extended abstracts (max 4 pages). If accepted, a poster is presented in the
workshop poster session. Both regular papers and poster papers are included in
the workshop proceedings.

Submission Instructions
Format. Authors are invited to submit papers and posters on original and
unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. Papers and posters should
be submitted as PDF files, formatted according to the RANLP 2007 stylefiles,
without author name(s) and affiliation(s). Papers and posters should not exceed
the length indicated above. The RANLP 2007 stylefiles are available at:
http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/submissions.htm

Please, send papers and posters to both MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com and
georg.rehmuni-tuebingen.de

Reviewing. Each submission will be reviewed at least by three members of the
Program Committee. Reviewing will be blind. Reviewers will be asked to provide
detailed comments, and to score submissions on the following factors:

- Relevance to the workshop
- Significance and originality
- Technical/methodological accuracy
- References to related work
- Presentation (clarity, organisation, English)

Accepted papers policy. Accepted papers (regular papers and posters) will be
published in the workshop proceedings. By submitting a paper at the workshop the
authors agree that, in case the paper is accepted for publication, at least one
of the authors will attend the workshop; all workshop participants are expected
to pay the RANLP-2007 workshop registration fees.

Dual submissions to the main RANLP 2007 conference and this workshop are
allowed; if you submit to the main session, please do indicate this when you
submit to the workshop. If your paper or poster is accepted for the main
session, you should withdraw it from the workshop upon notification by the main
session.

Registration
Information on registration and registration fees are provided at the conference
website (http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/).

Important Dates
First Call for Papers: March 20-22, 2007 (passed)
Second Call for Papers: May 2, 2007 (passed)
Final Call for Papers: June 2007
Workshop paper submission deadline: June 15, 2007
Workshop paper acceptance notification: July 25, 2007
Camera-ready papers for workshop proceedings due: August 31, 2007
Workshop date: September 30, 2007

Program Committee
Shlomo Argamon (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)
Roberto Basili (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
Pavel Braslavski (Institute of Engineering Science, RAS, Russia)
Kevin Crowston (Syracuse University, USA)
Aidan Finn (DERI, Ireland)
Jussi Karlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden)
Alexander Mehler (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Sven Meyer zu Eissen (University of Weimar, Germany)
Alessandro Moschitti (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
Michael Oakes (University of Sunderland, UK)
Andreas Rauber (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Georg Rehm (University of Tübingen, Germany) (co-chair)
Mark Rosso (North Carolina Central University, USA)
Dmitri Roussinov (Arizona State University, USA)
Marina Santini (University of Brighton, UK) (co-chair)
Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
Michael Shepherd (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Efstathios Stamatatos (University of the Aegean, Greece)
Benno Stein (University of Weimar, Germany)
John Tait (University of Sunderland, UK)
Ozlem Uzuner (State University of New York, USA)

Organizing Committee
Marina Santini (University of Brighton, UK)
Email: MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com
Personal Home Page: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Marina.Santini/

Georg Rehm (University of Tübingen, Germany)
Email: georg.rehmuni-tuebingen.de
Personal Home Page: http://georg-re.hm/


Contact Information
For questions or comments, please contact Marina Santini
(MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com), or Georg Rehm (georg.rehmuni-tuebingen.de).
Message 2: Non-native Entities and Structures
Date: 26-May-2007
From: Anke Holler <hollercl.uni-heidelberg.de>
Subject: Non-native Entities and Structures



Full Title: Non-native Entities and Structures
Short Title: DGfS 2008 - AG 10

Date: 27-Feb-2008 - 29-Feb-2008
Location: Bamberg, Germany
Contact Person: Anke Holler
Meeting Email: hollercl.uni-heidelberg.de
Web Site: http://www.cl.uni-heidelberg.de/~holler/main.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2007

Meeting Description:

Workshop on strategies of integrating and isolating non-native entities and
structures (to be held as part of the 30th annual meeting of the Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Bamberg, Germany, 27-29 February 2008)

Call for Papers (Deutsche Fassung)

(English version below)

Arbeitsgruppe zu Strategien der Integration und Isolation nicht-nativer
Einheiten und Strukturen
(im Rahmen der 30. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS) in Bamberg, 27.-29. Februar 2008)

Organisatorinnen:

Carmen Scherer (Universität Mainz) und Anke Holler (Universität Heidelberg)


Informationen zur Arbeitsgruppe:

Fremdwörter sind eines der sprachwissenschaftlichen Themen, die in der
Öffentlichkeit auf große Resonanz stoßen. Wie die Debatte um die
Rechtschreibreform verläuft die ''Fremdwort-Diskussion'' häufig nicht
sachorientiert und oftmals weder theoretisch noch empirisch fundiert. Die in
Deutschland immer wieder erhobene Forderung nach einem Gesetz zum Schutz der
Sprache - wie sie etwa in Frankreich und Polen bestehen - steht jedoch in
offenem Widerspruch zu der Tatsache, dass die meisten heutzutage im Deutschen
verwendeten ''Fremdwörter'' nicht etwa aus dem Englischen oder dem Lateinischen
entlehnt sind, sondern vielmehr im Deutschen mithilfe produktiver
Wortbildungsprozesse gebildet wurden. Dieses Beispiel zeigt, dass die
Integration nicht-nativer Elemente de facto oft deutlich weiter fortgeschritten
ist als von den Sprechern angenommen.
Trotz des großen Interesses an der Thematik fehlen bis heute weitgehend
Forschungsarbeiten, die sich übergreifend mit der Integration von Entlehnungen
in eine Zielsprache beschäftigen. Vor diesem Hintergrund soll es das Ziel dieser
AG sein, Forscher(innen) aus unterschiedlichen Philologien und Disziplinen mit
unterschiedlicher theoretischer und methodischer Ausrichtung zusammenzubringen,
um einen umfassenden Austausch zu ermöglichen und eine themen- und
sprachübergreifende Diskussion bezüglich nicht-nativer Einheiten und Strukturen
anzustoßen.
Die AG wendet sich an Sprachwissenschaftler(innen) aller Fachgebiete und
Disziplinen, die sich mit der Entlehnung sprachlicher Einheiten und Strukturen
und deren Integration bzw. Nicht-Integration in eine Zielsprache beschäftigen.
Wir bitten um Beiträge zum Thema des Workshops, die sich beispielsweise mit
einem der folgenden Probleme beschäftigen:
- Aussprache und Schreibung von Fremdwörtern
- Flexionsverhalten entlehnter Verben, Substantive und Adjektive
- neoklassische Wortbildung
- Integration von Fremdwörtern ins Lexikon
Neben diesen traditionell stärker erforschten Themengebieten sollen in der AG
aber auch syntaktische, semantische und pragmatische Aspekte von Entlehnungen
diskutiert werden, etwa:
- die syntaktische Integration oder Isolierung entlehnter Phrasen
- die Argumentstruktur und Kasusrektion entlehnter Verben
- Lehnbedeutungen, Bedeutungserweiterung, einengung und Bedeutungsverschiebung
als Folge der Entlehnung
Willkommen sind auch Beiträge, die die Strategien einzelner Sprecher oder ganzer
Sprachgemeinschaften beim Umgang mit Entlehnungen untersuchen.

Call deadline: 15. August 2007

Einreichung der Abstracts:

Abstracts sollen nicht länger als eine Seite sein (Seitenränder jeweils 2,5 cm,
Schriftgröße 12 pt). Der Kopf des Abstracts sollte folgende Informationen
enthalten: Name des/der Vortragenden, Anschrift, E-Mail-Adresse und Titel des
Abstracts. Abstracts können in Deutsch oder Englisch eingereicht werden. (Bitte
verwenden Sie die Sprache, in der Sie vortragen möchten.)
Die Vorträge zum AG-Thema sollen 20 Min. umfassen (+ 10 Min. Diskussion).
Abhängig von der Zahl und der Qualität der Abstracts, die wir erhalten, besteht
ggf. die Möglichkeit für längere Präsentationen (45+15 Min.). Bitte teilen Sie
uns mit, falls Sie Interesse an einem längeren Vortrag haben.

Bitte senden Sie Ihr Abstract im Word-Format (RTF) und/oder PDF-Format
elektronisch parallel an beide AG-Leiterinnen:

Carmen Scherer (cschereruni-mainz.de)
Anke Holler (hollercl.uni-heidelberg.de).

Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Arbeitsgruppe Bestandteil der DGfS-Jahrestagung (AG
10) ist. Alle Workshop-Teilnehmer müssen sich für die Tagung anmelden.
Bitte beachten Sie zusätzlich, dass Vortragende gemäß den DGfS-Richtlinien nur
in einer der 13 Arbeitsgruppen der Tagung vortragen dürfen.

Wichtige Termine:

Deadline für die Einreichung von Abstracts: 15. August 2007
Benachrichtigung über die Annahme: 15. September 2007
Vorläufiges Programm: 15. Dezember 2007
DGfS-Jahrestagung: 27.-29. Februar 2008



Call for Papers (English version)

Organizers:

Carmen Scherer (University of Mainz) and Anke Holler (University of Heidelberg)

Information on the Workshop:

Loan words are one of the linguistics topics that are of great interest to
non-linguists. Comparable to the debate on the reform of the German orthography,
the discussion about loans is often neither focussed on the subject nor is it
theoretically and empirically founded. However, the demand for legal protection
of the language - comparable to the laws in France and Poland - disagrees with
the fact that most loans used in present-day German are neither borrowed
directly from English or Latin nor from any other language. Actually, most
''loan words'' are home made lexical units, formed by means of productive German
word-formation processes. This example clearly shows that the integration of
non-native elements has progressed further than usually assumed by the average
speaker.
However, in spite of the great interest in the subject, comprehensive research
on the integration of loans into recipient languages is still missing. Against
this background, the aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from
different philologies and disciplines with different theoretical and methodical
backgrounds. We hope to initiate a comprehensive exchange about non-native
entities and structures and are looking forward to a fruitful discussion not
limited to particular topics or languages.
The workshop addresses all linguists, irrespective of their field and language
of research, who are interested in the borrowing of linguistic entities and
structures and their integration or non-integration into a recipient language.
We invite contributions concerned with the subject of the workshop including but
not limited to topics such as the following:
- pronunciation and spelling of loans
- inflection of loan verbs, nouns and adjectives
- neoclassical word-formation
- integration of loan words into the lexicon
Apart of these traditionally better studied topics, the workshop also aims at
the discussion of syntactic, semantic and pragmatic aspects of loans, e.g.:
- the syntactical integration or isolation of loan phrases
- the argument structure of loan verbs
- loan meaning, the broadening, narrowing or shift of meaning due to loan processes
We also welcome contributions addressed to the strategies of single speakers or
whole speech communities regarding their handling of loans.

Call deadline: August 15, 2007

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstracts should be up to one page long (using 2.5cm margins on each side and
12pt font size). The head of the abstract should include the following
information: author's name(s), affiliation, email address, and title of
abstract. All abstracts should be submitted in English or German only. (Please
use the language you intend to give your talk in.)
Presentations should last 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for questions and
discussion). Depending on the number and quality of abstracts we receive, there
may be room for a few longer presentations (45 min. + 15 min. quest./disc.).
Make sure to indicate in your message whether you would be interested in
extending your presentation.

Your submission should be sent electronically in Word (RTF) and/or PDF format to
both organizers:

Carmen Scherer (cschereruni-mainz.de)
Anke Holler (hollercl.uni-heidelberg.de).

Note that the workshop is part of the DGfS conference. All participants must
register for the conference. Note also that in accordance with the DGfS
guidelines speakers are only allowed to give one talk in one of the 13 workshops
at the DGfS main conference.

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2007
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2007
Provisional program: December 15, 2007
DGfS conference: February 27-29, 2008





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