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LINGUIST List 18.3442

Mon Nov 19 2007

Calls: Computational Ling/Egypt; Anthropological Ling/Estonia

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

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        1.    Khaled Shaalan, Special Track on Natural Language Processing
        2.    Jonathan Roper, Seminar on Encounter Charms / Begegnungssegen

Message 1: Special Track on Natural Language Processing
Date: 16-Nov-2007
From: Khaled Shaalan <k.shaalanfci-cu.edu.eg>
Subject: Special Track on Natural Language Processing
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Full Title: Special Track on Natural Language Processing
Short Title: NLP

Date: 27-Mar-2008 - 28-Mar-2008
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Contact Person: Khaled Shaalan
Meeting Email: k.shaalanfci-cu.edu.eg
Web Site: http://www.fci.cu.edu.eg/INFOS2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Dec-2007

Meeting Description

CFP: Natural Language Processing special track session(s), INFOS2008, Cairo
University, Egypt

INFOS 2008: The 6th International Conference on Informatics and Systems

Special Track on Natural Language Processing

27 - 28 March, 2008
Cairo, Egypt

Natural language processing research is gaining much interest from many parties
such as researchers from academia, industry, and government developers,
practitioners, and users. The goal of this track session(s) is to provide the
participants with an opportunity to exchange ideas, approaches and
implementations of computational systems, to highlight the common challenges
faced by all practitioners, to assess the state of the art in the field, and to
identify promising areas for future collaborative research in the development of
NLP resources and systems.


The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics covered by the track:
- Ontologies and linguistic resources (corpora, electronic dictionaries,
treebanks, etc.)
- Transliteration, transcription and diacritization
- Part of speech tagging
- Morphological analysis and generation
- Shallow and deep parsing
- Machine translation
- Word sense and syntactic disambiguation
- Semantic analysis
- Information retrieval
- Information extraction
- Question answering
- Text clustering and classification
- Text summarization
- Text and web content mining
- Named entity recognition
- Arabic script-based language processing

Invited Speaker

Prof. Ali Farghaly, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Text Group, Oracle USA,
CA, and Adjunct Professor of Arabic Linguistics, Monterey Institute of
International Studies, Monterey, CA, USA.

Track Chair

Prof. Khaled Shaalan (Faculty of Computers & Information, Cairo University, Egypt)

Program Committee

Nahed Aboelhassan (Brandeis University, USA)
Fawaz Al-Anzi (Kuwait University, Kuwait)
Ibrahim Alkharashi (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Achraf Chalabi (Sakhr, Egypt)
Chia-Hui Chang (National Central University, Taiwan)
Kareem Darwish (Cairo University, Egypt)
Mona Diab (Columbia University, USA)
Joseph Dichy (Université Lumière-Lyon 2, France)
Ahmed Guessoum (Freelance Consultant, Algeria)
Nizar Habash (Columbia University, USA)
Lamia Hadrich Belguith (Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management of Sfax,
Sattar Izwaini (Abu Dhabi University, UAE)
Mohammed Kayed (Beni-Sueif University, Egypt)
Shereen khoja (Pacific University, USA)
Petra Maier-Meyer (FAST, Germany)
Farid Meziane (Salford University, UK)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Farhad Oroumchian (University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE)
Ahmed Rafea (American University in Cairo, Egypt)
Doaa Samy (Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Spain)
Otakar Smrz (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Abdelhadi Soudi (Ecole Nationale de l'Industrie Minérale, Morocco)
Hissam Tawfik (Liverpool Hope University, UK)
Henry Thompson (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Imed Zitouni (IBM, USA)

Conference URL

Important Dates

Full Paper submission due: 30 December 2007
Notification of acceptance: 30 January 2008
Camera ready submissions: 15 February 2008

For Further Information
Prof. Khaled Shaalan, k.shaalanfci-cu.edu.eg
Message 2: Seminar on Encounter Charms / Begegnungssegen
Date: 16-Nov-2007
From: Jonathan Roper <j.roperleeds.ac.uk>
Subject: Seminar on Encounter Charms / Begegnungssegen
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Full Title: Seminar on Encounter Charms / Begegnungssegen

Date: 09-May-2008 - 09-May-2008
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact Person: Ulo Valk
Meeting Email: ulovalkut.ee
Web Site: http://www.ut.ee/isfnr/page.php?p=10&cm=15

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

Day seminar on encounter charms / Begegnungssegen

Call for Papers

One-day seminar on Encounter charms / Begegnungssegen

May 9th 2008, Tartu, Estonia

Organised by the Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming of the International
Society for Folk Narrative Research

Hosted by the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu,

Many narrative charms feature an encounter between the chief protagonist of the
historiola and another key figure. These may be encounters with a supernatural
helper or encounters with an evil power. The great charms scholar Ferdinand Ohrt
termed such charms 'Begegnungssegen' in a series of influential articles and in
his entry on 'Segen' in the Handwörterbuch des deutschen Aberglaubens. But
little concentrated work has been done on encounter charms since then - a
situation this seminar intends to remedy.

This seminar will be dedicated to addressing encounter charms across
cultures and over time, and papers are requested dealing with topics such as:

history of particular types of encounter charms,

the genre characteristics of historiolas,

the role of protagonists, antagonists and helpers in historiolas

the nature of encounters and dialogues in charms,

the links (or lack of links) between the historiola and the remainder of the charm,

the connections of encounter charms with other charm types,

the relationship between encounter charms and other genres,

and other related themes.

Please send your proposals of 75-150 words, before the deadline of February
29th, either electronically to:

ulo.valk ut.ee (with copies to j.roper leeds.ac.uk and pocse

or by post to:

Ülo Valk
Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore
University of Tartu
Ülikooli 16
51003 Tartu

fax +372 737 5310

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