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LINGUIST List 18.330

Wed Jan 31 2007

Calls: Comp Ling,Semantics,Syntax/Ireland; Gen Ling/Czech Republic

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        1.    Stephan Kepser, Model -Theoretic Syntax at 10
        2.    Nicole Gregoire, A Broader Perspective on Multiword Expressions

Message 1: Model -Theoretic Syntax at 10
Date: 31-Jan-2007
From: Stephan Kepser <kepsersfs.uni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Model -Theoretic Syntax at 10

Full Title: Model -Theoretic Syntax at 10
Short Title: MTS10

Date: 13-Aug-2007 - 17-Aug-2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact Person: Stephan Kepser
Meeting Email: kepsersfs.uni-tuebingen.de
Web Site: http://cs.earlham.edu/esslli07mts

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2007

Meeting Description:

In 1996 ESSLLI hosted a workshop on 'The Mathematics of Syntactic Structure'
that covered a range of topics in the area now known as Model-Theoretic Syntax
which was then just emerging. Over the ensuing decade MTS has established itself
as a subdiscipline, focusing on descriptive approaches to formalizing theories
of syntax by defining classes of ordinary mathematical structures directly in
terms of linguistically relevant structural properties rather than in terms of
generative or automata-theoretic processes. The 2001 FG/MoL meeting, affiliated
with ESSLLI'01, included a symposium on the then current state of MTS.

Final Call for Papers
Model-Theoretic Syntax at 10
13 - 17 August 2007

Submission deadline: 15th February 2007

Organized as part of
the European Summer School on
Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2007 http://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007
6 - 17 August, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland

Endorsed by the
Association for Mathematics of Language
a special interest group of the
Association for Computational Linguistics

Workshop Organizers:

James Rogers cs.earlham.edu> and
Stephan Kepser sfs.uni-tuebingen.de>

Workshop Purpose:

The purpose of this workshop at ESSLLI'07 is to survey the developments in
this area over its first decade and to lay the foundations for its further
development in the decades to come. The workshop will include invited talks by
several participants of the previous meetings as well as current papers from the
broader community.

Workshop Topics:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following areas, with
particular focus in each area on Formal Language Theory and applications to
theories of Natural Language Syntax:

- Descriptive Complexity Theory
- Monadic Second-Order Logic
- Modal Logic
- Semantically constrained extensions of FOL/MSO
- Other declarative approaches defining syntactic structures
- Automata and Transducers over complex structures
- Logically defined translations between structures
- Logical query languages
- Model checking
- Applications to existing grammar formalisms
- Applications to Linguistics

Submission details:

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing either
perspectives on the development and current state of MTS or new work providing
foundations for its further development. Submissions should not exceed five A4
pages, 11pt type, including the Bibliography and all figures and tables. While
PDF is preferred the following formats will be accepted: PDF, PS, Word, ASCII
text. Please send your submission electronically via the submission form at
http://cs.earlham.edu/esslli07mts/submit.html by the deadline listed below.

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the workshop's program committee and
additional reviewers. The submission form will isolate authors'
identification from the submitted paper and this information should not appear
in the paper itself. Authors' are also asked to avoid first-person references
in the paper.

Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The
format for the final versions will be LaTeX. Assistance for those
unfamiliar with LaTeX will be available. Our intention is to publish a selected
subset of the workshop papers in a collected volume. These plans will
be discussed at the workshop.

Workshop format:

The 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
second week of ESSLLI. There will be 2 or 3 slots for paper presentation and
discussion per session. One slot per day will be reserved for overview or
retrospective talks. The first day of the workshop will include an integrative
introduction to the topic. Submitters should keep in mind that this workshop
is part of the larger ESSLLI educational program; presentations should be
accessible to a broad audience from across the spectrum of ESSLLI areas.

Workshop Program Committee:

Patrick Blackburn, INRIA Lorraine
Laura Kallmeyer, Universität Tübingen
Stephan Kepser, Universität Tübingen, co-chair
Marcus Kracht, UCLA
Jens Michaelis, Universität Osnabrück
Uwe Mönnich, Universität Tübingen
Drew Moshier, Chapman University
Lawrence Moss, Indiana University
Adi Palm, Universität Passau
Geoffrey Pullum, University of California, Santa Cruz
Frank Richter, Universität Tübingen
James Rogers, Earlham College, co-chair
Edward Stabler, UCLA
Hans-Jörg Tiede, Illinois Wesleyan University

Important Dates:

15 Jan 2007: Web submissions open
15 Feb 2007: Deadline for submissions
9 April 2007: Notification of workshop contributors
24 April 2007: Preliminary program
1 May 2007: ESSLLI early registration deadline
7 May 2007: Final papers for proceedings
21 June 2007: Final program
13-17 Aug 2007: Workshop dates

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 will be made available by the ESSLLI
Organizing Committee on a competitive basis and workshop participants are
eligible to apply for those. There will be no reimbursement for travel costs
and accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding
should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a

Further Information:

About the workshop: http://cs.earlham.edu/esslli07mts
About ESSLLI: http://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007
Message 2: A Broader Perspective on Multiword Expressions
Date: 31-Jan-2007
From: Nicole Gregoire <Nicole.Gregoirelet.uu.nl>
Subject: A Broader Perspective on Multiword Expressions

Full Title: A Broader Perspective on Multiword Expressions
Short Title: ACL07 - MWE

Date: 28-Jun-2007 - 28-Jun-2007
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Contact Person: Nicole Gregoire
Meeting Email: Nicole.Gregoirelet.uu.nl
Web Site: http://www.let.uu.nl/~Nicole.Gregoire/personal/ACL07-MWE/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

ACL 2007 workshop: A Broader Perspective on Multiword Expressions

In recent years, the NLP community has increasingly become aware of the problems
that multiword expressions (MWEs) pose. A considerable amount of research has
been conducted in this area, some within large research projects dedicated to
MWEs. Although progress has been made especially in the area of multiword
extraction, a number of fundamental questions remain unanswered.

Following up workshops on various aspects of MWEs at previous ACL conferences,
we want to address these questions in this year's MWE workshop.

Workshop Announcement and Call for Papers
ACL2007 - A Broader Perspective on Multiword Expressions

Endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX)

Date: June, 28 (AM), 2007
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Workshop web page: http://www.let.uu.nl/~Nicole.Gregoire/personal/ACL07-MWE/

In recent years, the NLP community has increasingly become aware of the problems
that multiword expressions (MWEs) pose. A considerable amount of research has
been conducted in this area, some within large research projects dedicated to
MWEs. Although progress has been made especially in the area of multiword
extraction, a number of fundamental questions remain unanswered.

Following up workshops on various aspects of MWEs at previous ACL conferences,
we want to address these questions in this year's MWE workshop:

- Is it sufficient to use purely statistical methods for the extraction of MWEs
from corpora, or is it necessary to harness human knowledge and linguistic insights?
- Is fully automatic MWE extraction feasible, or will manual validation always
be required?
- What is the nature of MWEs, and how can they be defined formally?
- To what extent can definitions and extraction procedures be generalised to
other languages, other text types and other types of MWEs?
- Can and should we distinguish subtypes of MWEs for NLP applications?

In addition to these fundamental issues, we want to address the practical
question of what is needed for a successful treatment of MWEs in NLP:

- What properties should be specified for MWEs or subtypes of MWEs in the lexicon?
- Can we detect these properties automatically with sufficient accuracy?
- How can existing grammars be adapted in order to deal better with MWEs?
- What role do the semantics of MWEs play in NLP applications and can they be
determined automatically from large corpora?

We therefore solicit papers describing linguistically motivated approaches to
MWEs, comparative studies across languages or different subtypes of MWEs, and
the treatment of MWEs in NLP applications. This includes (but is not limited to)
research on:

- Linguistic, Empirical and Cognitive Properties of MWEs: research into the
definitions and characteristic properties of MWEs and the impact that such
information has on NLP applications.

- Classes of MWEs: investigating classes (or subtypes) of MWEs and the extent to
which computational techniques transfer to different classes and different

- Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Theories of MWEs: combining the computational
treatment of a class of MWEs with a solid linguistic and/or psycholinguistic

Submission Information

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and should
not exceed eight (8) pages, including references.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and
affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other references (e.g. to
projects, corpora, or software) that could reveal the author's identity should
be avoided. For example, instead of ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'',
write ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''.

Submission will be electronic, using the workshop's ''start'' paper submission
webpage (http://www.softconf.com/acl07/ACL07-WS6/submit.html). The only accepted
format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. The papers must be submitted no later
than 7pm US Eastern time March 26, 2007 (23:59 GMT March 26, 2007). Papers
submitted after that time will not be reviewed.

Wrokshop Format

This is a half-day workshop. The accepted papers will be presented as 20-minute
talks followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 26, 2007
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2007
Camera ready papers due: May 9, 2007
Workshop date: June 28 (AM), 2007

Program Committee

Iñaki Alegria - (University of the Basque Country)
Timothy Baldwin - (Stanford University, USA; University of Melbourne, Australia)
Colin Bannard - (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
Francis Bond - (NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan)
Beatrice Daille - (Nantes University, France)
Gael Dias - (Beira Interior University, Portugal)
James Dowdall - (University of Sussex, UK)
Uli Heid - (Stuttgart University, Germany)
Kyo Kageura - (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Anna Korhonen - (University of Cambridge, UK)
Brigitte Krenn - (OFAI, Vienna, Austria)
Dan Moldovan - (University of Texas, USA)
Rosamund Moon - (University of Birmingham, UK)
Diana McCarthy - (University of Sussex, UK)
Eric Laporte - (University of Marne-la-Vallee, France)
Preslov Nakov - (University of California, USA)
Jan Odijk - (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Stephan Oepen - (Stanford University, USA; University of Oslo, Norway)
Darren Pearce - (University of Sussex, UK)
Scott Piao - (University of Lancaster, UK)
Violeta Seretan - (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Suzanne Stevenson - (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
Beata Trawinski - (University of Toronto, Canada)
Kiyoko Uchiyama - (Keio University, Japan)
Ruben Urizar - (University of the Basque Country)
Begoña Villada Moirón - (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Aline Villavicencio - (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Workshop Chairs

Nicole Grégoire
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Stefan Evert
University of Osnabrueck, Germany

Su Nam Kim
University of Melbourne, Australia

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