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LINGUIST List 18.3064

Fri Oct 19 2007

Calls: Cognitive Science/Germany; Computational Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Doris Schoenefeld, 3rd International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association
        2.    Crystal Nakatsu, 5th International Natural Language Generation

Message 1: 3rd International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association
Date: 18-Oct-2007
From: Doris Schoenefeld <schoenefelduni-leipzig.de>
Subject: 3rd International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association
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Full Title: 3rd International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics
Short Title: GCLA-08/DGKL-08

Date: 25-Sep-2008 - 27-Sep-2008
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Doris Schoenefeld
Meeting Email: doris.schoenefeldruhr-uni-bochum.de
Web Site: http://webapp.rrz.uni-hamburg.de/~DGKL/GCLA_08/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Call Deadline: 01-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

The third international conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics
Association (GCLA/DGKL) will take place in Leipzig, Germany, from September, 25
to 27, 2008. It is organized by the Linguistics Department at the Institute of
English and American Studies at Leipzig University.

2nd Call for Papers

Third international conference of the
German Cognitive Linguistics Association
Leipzig, September, 25 - 27, 2008

The third international conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics
Association (GCLA/DGKL) will take place in Leipzig, Germany, from September, 25
to 27, 2008. It is organized by the Linguistics Department at the Institute of
English and American Studies at Leipzig University.

Special theme: Converging Evidence

Submissions are invited for papers addressing - from various perspectives - any
facet of cognitive linguistics research, including research on meaning,
conceptual structure, conceptual operations, cognitive processing, grammar,
acquisition, language use, discourse function, and other issues. Papers
supporting their arguments by various methodologies or drawing on evidence from
various fields are especially welcome, though others are not excluded. The
conference languages are English and German.

Submissions may offer any of the following:
(i) theme session; (ii) paper presentation; (iii) poster presentation; (iv)
paper or poster.

Important dates:

August, 2007 - First Call for papers, posters & theme sessions
15th November 2007 (extended) - Deadline for Theme sessions
1st December 2007 - Deadline for paper & poster submissions
March, 2008 - Notification of acceptance
25 - 27th September, 2008 - 3rd GCLA/DGKL-Conference

Talks are scheduled in 30 minute slots: 20 minutes presentation, 5 minutes for
discussion and 5 minutes to change sessions and/or change speakers. We
anticipate 3 parallel sessions of regular papers, plus plenary lectures, plus 1
- 2 theme sessions.

Abstract submission
For papers and posters:
- should not exceed 500 words of text (exclusive of references)
- should indicate a clear title
- should meet the following criteria:
topic relevance
clear structure
conclusive argumentation
- should be anonymous for purposes of blind peer-review
- should be formatted as Word, RTF or PDF documents
- should be submitted electronically to the address given on the conference
website (http://webapp.rrz.uni-hamburg.de/~DGKL/GCLA_08/)

- Please, include the following information in the main body of your email:
Title of presentation and name of author(s)
Email address for correspondence
Presentation title
3-5 keywords
Preference re general or poster session

- Please, include the following information in the subject header of your email
''Abstract submission - Author(s) name(s)''

Abstract submission deadline: December 1st, 2007

For theme sessions:
Proposals for theme sessions should include
- a brief description of the topic of the planned session (max. 500 words)
- a list of the contributions already planned
- a list of further aspects expected to be discussed in the session, to allow
for additional applications

Theme sessions will be organized as half-day sessions, with the time for
presentations and discussions adapted to the schedule of the general session.
Theme session organizers will take responsibility for the quality of the
contributions to their sessions and will decide on the acceptance/rejection of
the papers submitted (once the theme session has been accepted).

Submission deadline: November 15th, 2007

The conference languages are English and German.

Plenary speakers:
We are happy to announce the following plenary speakers:

Seana Coulson, University of California at San Diego
Holger Diessel, Jena University
Stefan Th. Gries, University of California at St. Barbara
Günter Radden, Hamburg University
Gerard Steen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Organizing Committee: Doris Schönefeld
Institut für Anglistik, Universität Leipzig
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig, Germany

Message 2: 5th International Natural Language Generation
Date: 18-Oct-2007
From: Crystal Nakatsu <cnakatsuling.osu.edu>
Subject: 5th International Natural Language Generation
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Full Title: 5th International Natural Language Generation
Short Title: INLG 2008

Date: 12-Jun-2008 - 14-Jun-2008
Location: Salt Fork, OH, USA
Contact Person: INLG Organizers
Meeting Email: inlg2008ling.osu.edu
Web Site: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/inlg2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Mar-2008

Meeting Description

The 5th International Natural Language Generation Conference (the Biennial
Meeting of the Special Interest Group in Natural Language Generation SIGGEN)
will be held June 12-14, 2008 in Salt Fork, Ohio, USA.

INLG is the leading international conference on research into natural language
generation. It has been held in Sydney, Australia in 2006
(http://www.ict.csiro.au/inlg2006/), at Brockenhurst, UK in 2004
(http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/inlg04/), in Harriman, NY, USA in 2002
(http://inlg02.cs.columbia.edu/), and in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel in 2000
(http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~nlg2000/). Prior to 2000, INLGs were International
Workshops, running every other year since 1984. INLG provides a forum for the
discussion, dissemination and archiving of research topics and results in the
field of text generation.

INLG 2008 will be held this year immediately prior to ACL:HLT 2008 (June 15-20),
in Salt Fork, OH (about 2 hours from Columbus, OH, the site of ACL:HLT 2008). In
addition to the INLG conference, there will be a special session for the
Referring Expression Generation Challenge (REG Challenge 2008).

INLG invites substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics
related to natural language generation. Active topics of interest include:

- Applications of generation technology
- Architecture of generators
- Affect/emotion generation
- Content planning
- Discourse models (and pragmatic influences)
- Embodied generation
- Evaluation of NLG systems
- Generation and summarization
- Information organization for planning and NLG
- Lexicalization
- Multilingual NLG
- Multimedia or multimodal generation
- NLG for real-world applications
- NLG in linguistically motivated frameworks
- NLG workflows and architectures
- Referring expression generation
- Statistical processing for NLG
- Syntactic realization
- Use of ontologies in NLG

Submission Information

Requirements: A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2008 must not
have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available
proceedings. Submission to other conferences should be clearly indicated
on the paper.

Category of Papers: The conference will be organized as a 2.5 day workshop,
including sessions to present long papers, a special session for discussing the
Referring Expression Generation Challenge (REG Challenge 2008), and a poster
session for short papers and REG Challenge results.

Authors must designate one of these categories at submission time:

- Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research
results and must not exceed eight (8) pages, including references;

- Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort
and must not exceed four (4) pages, including references (these will be
presented at posters during the poster session).

Special Session on Referring Expression Generation Challenge 2008 (REG
Challenge 2008).

The second Referring Expression Generation Challenge will involve two different
data sets: the TUNA Corpus (with previously unseen test data), and the GREC
Corpus of references to named entities in free text. The Challenge will have
eight submission tracks, including attribute selection, realisation and named
entity generation tasks, as well as open category and evaluation methods tracks.
Assessment criteria will range from automatically computed metrics to human
evaluation. For the TUNA tasks the criteria will include minimality,
humanlikeness, and identification/comprehension by human readers; those for the
GREC task will include humanlikeness and the DUC criteria of coherence and
referential clarity. Subject to feasibility, system processing efficiency is
another possible criterion.

The full preliminary announcement can be found here:


A separate call for participation in the REG Challenge will be issued. In the
meantime, please contact Anja Belz and Albert Gatt at
gre-stec (at) itri.brighton.ac.uk for further information.

Important Dates

Submission of papers and posters: Mar 14
Notification of acceptance: Apr 25
Submission of camera-ready copy: May 16
INLG 2008 in Salt Fork, OH: Jun 12-14

Paper Submission: Submission will be electronic and the only accepted
format for submitted papers will be Adobe PDF. Submissions should follow
the two-column format of ACL proceedings (see the guidelines provided on
the ACL:HLT conference website). More details on the submission process
to follow.

Reviewing will be blind, so you should avoid identifying the authors
within the paper. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Note that in extreme cases, an author unable to comply with the above submission
procedure should contact the program chairs sufficiently
before the submission deadline so alternative arrangements can be made.

Programme Committee (partial list)

Regina Barzilay, MIT, USA
John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany
Anja Belz, University of Brighton, UK
Stephan Busemann, DFKI, Germany
Charles Callaway, University of Edinburgh, UK
Robert Dale, University of Macquarie, Australia
Phil Edmonds, Sharp Laboratories of Europe, UK
Roger Evans, University of Brighton, UK
Nancy Green, University of North Carolina Greensboro, USA
James Lester, North Carolina State University, US
Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh, UK
Stephan Oepen, University of Oslo, Norway
Cecile Paris, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Paul Piwek, The Open University, UK
David Reitter, University of Edinburgh, UK
Amanda Stent, Stony Brook University, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers, USA
Mariet Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Sebastian Varges, University of Trento, Italy

Organising Committee

Michael White and Crystal Nakatsu
Dept. of Linguistics, The Ohio State University

David McDonald
BBN Technologies

Please send any requests for information to: inlg2008ling.osu.edu

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