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LINGUIST List 18.827

Mon Mar 19 2007

Calls: Gen Ling/France; Comp Ling,Semantics/Estonia

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        1.    Sylvester Osu, Construction of Identity and Process of Identification
        2.    Magnus Sahlgren, Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation


Message 1: Construction of Identity and Process of Identification
Date: 19-Mar-2007
From: Sylvester Osu <sylvester.osuwanadoo.fr>
Subject: Construction of Identity and Process of Identification


Full Title: Construction of Identity and Process of Identification

Date: 29-Nov-2007 - 30-Nov-2007
Location: Tours, France
Contact Person: Sylvester Osu
Meeting Email: langrepuniv-tours.fr
Web Site: http://langrep.univ-tours.fr

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2007

Meeting Description

This conference aims to outline the different linguistic operations of
identification that involve the construction of identity and the different
linguistic devices through which the identity of a person or object is constructed.

Call for papers

Construction of identity and the process of identification

http://langrep.univ-tours.fr

Tours, France

29 - 30 November 2007

The world's languages use diverse means to construct and express the identity of
people and objects. These means include denomination (e.g. proper nouns, noun
phrases, denominal adjectives, etc.) in the sense of categorising living beings
and/or inanimate objects through the act of naming, and reduplication (e.g. a
salad salad, I mean up-up, etc.) which in some of its uses amounts to typifying.
Categorisation is a way of identifying an element with a group while marking its
singularity (see e.g. Folkbiology). On the other hand, to produce a sequence
like 'un parfum pour les femmes femmes' is tantamount to setting up a
subcategory of women par excellence and consequently, introducing a difference
among women.

In recent years, identification has received a great deal of attention in
linguistics. In some theoretical models it has even come to be regarded as a
form of linguistic operation.

The aim of this conference is to outline the different linguistic operations of
identification insofar as they involve the construction of identity and the
different linguistic devices through which the identity of a person or object is
constructed.

We welcome contributions that show how the two notions of identity and
identification are articulated in both language and discourse. Contributions can
stem from any theoretical background, be based upon any methodological approach
and address the issue in any of the world's languages.

Languages

The conference will feature presentations in French as well as in English.

Abstracts

Please submit your abstracts in both RTF and PDF (2 pages minimum and 3 max, in
12-point Times New Roman, simple spacing) by e-mail to the following address:
langrepuniv-tours.fr no later than 31 May 2007, submission deadline. Please
include the title of the paper but do not mention the name of the author as
abstracts will be refereed anonymously. A separate page should contain the title
of the paper, the author's name, affiliation, postal and email addresses.

Publications

We intend to publish the papers accepted for the conference. To this effect,
revised versions will be reviewed anew by the members of the scientific committee.

Scientific Committee

Gabriel Bergounioux (Université d'Orléans/CORAL, Orléans)
Isabelle Bril (LACITO-CNRS, Paris)
Pierre Cadiot (Université d'Orléans/CORAL, Orléans)
Gilles Col (Université François Rabelais, Tours/FORELL, Poitiers)
Jean-Michel Fournier (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)
Jean-Jacques Franckel (Université de Paris X, Nanterre/ LLF (UMR 7110) CNRS, Paris)
Jacques François (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie/CRISCO, FRE 2805)
Nathalie Garric (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)
Thierry Grass (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)
Bernhard Hurch (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Graz, Austria)
Raphaël Kabore (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle/LACITO-CNRS, Paris)
Georges Kleiber (Université Marc Bloch Strasbourg & EA 1339 LDL- Scolia)
Daniel Lebaud (Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon)
Fiona McLaughlin (University of Florida, USA)
François Nemo (Université d'Orléans/CORAL, Orléans)
Sylvester Osu (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)
Denis Paillard (LLF (UMR 7110) CNRS - Université Paris 7, Paris)
Michel Paillard (Université de Poitiers/FORELL, Poitiers)
Fabienne Toupin (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)
Bernard Victorri (LATTICE (UMR 8094) CNRS-ENS, Montrouge)

Important dates

Abstract deadline: 31 May 2007
Notification: 15 July 2007
Conference dates: Thursday 29 & Friday 30 November 2007
Deadline for registration: 15 September 2007

Venue: Tours (France). The halls will be announced with the programme.

Registration fee: 80 EUR


Organising committee

Sylvester Osu, Gilles Col, Nathalie Garric, Fabienne Toupin

Langues & Représentations


For further questions please contact:

Sylvester Osu

Phone: 336.78.34.13.51
Email: Sylvester.osuuniv-tours.fr
Université François Rabelais, Tours
UFR Lettres et Langues
Département des Sciences du Langage
3 rue des Tanneurs
37041 Tours Cedex 1, France
Message 2: Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation
Date: 19-Mar-2007
From: Magnus Sahlgren <mangesics.se>
Subject: Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation



Full Title: Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation
Short Title: SCAR

Date: 24-May-2007 - 24-May-2007
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact Person: Magnus Sahlgren
Meeting Email: mangesics.se
Web Site: http://www.sics.se/~mange/scar2007

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

This workshop provides a forum for researchers to present and discuss
theories and methods for semantic content acquisition and representation.
Participants will also be encouraged to apply their methods, or relate
their theories, to a specific test corpus. In this workshop, the relevance
of an approach to meaning is judged only by what it can tell us about real
language data.

Final Call for Papers
Workshop on Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation
(SCAR 2007)
http://www.sics.se/~mange/scar2007/
Pre-conference workshop NODALIDA
Thursday, May 24, Tartu, Estonia

Text (and language in general) has aboutness; it has meaning, or semantic
content. We as (computational) linguists are highly adept at dissecting text on
a number of different levels: we can perform grammatical analysis of the words
in the text, we can detect animacy and salience, we can do syntactic analysis
and build parse trees of partial and whole sentences, and we can even identify
and track topics throughout the text. However, we are comparatively inept when
it comes to identifying the semantic content, or meaning, of the text. Or, to
put matters in more concise terms, even though there are theories and methods
that claim to accomplish this, there is a striking lack of consensus regarding
both acquisition, representation, and practical utility of semantic content.

The aim of this workshop is not only to provide a forum for researchers to
present and discuss theories and methods for semantic content acquisition and
representation. The aim is also to discuss a common evaluation methodology
whereby different approaches can be adequately compared. As a first step in this
direction, participants will be encouraged to apply their methods, or relate
their theories, to a specific test corpus that will be available in several of
the Nordic languages and English. Participants will be expected to demonstrate
what kind of results their methods can yield. In this workshop, the relevance of
an approach to meaning is judged only by what it can tell us about real language
data. The overall purpose of this workshop is thus to put theories and models
into action.

Questions of interest include:

- Is there a place in linguistic theory for a situation- and
speaker-independent semantic model beyond syntactic models?

- What are the borders, if any, between morphosyntax, lexicon and
pragmatics on the one hand and semantic models on the other?

- Are explicit semantic models necessary, useful or desirable? (Or
should they be incidental to morphosyntactic and lexical analysis on
the one hand and pragmatic discourse analysis on the other?)

We encourage submissions in the following areas:

- Discussions of foundational theoretical issues concerning meaning
and representation in general.

- Methods for supervised, unsupervised and weakly supervised
acquisition (machine learning, statistical, example- or rule-based,
hybrid etc.) of semantic content.

- Representational schemes for semantic content (wordnets, vectorial,
logic etc.).

- Evaluation of semantic content acquisition methods, and semantic
content representations (test collections, evaluation metrics etc.).

- Applications of semantic content representations (information
retrieval, dialogue systems, tools for language learning etc.).

Submission procedure:

Online submission is now open at http://www.easychair.org/SCAR2007/.
Submissions should not exceed 8 pages, and should use the ACL style
files available at http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/acl2007/styles/. Since reviewing will
be blind, papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations, and
self-references should be avoided. Proceedings will be published electronically.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: March 26
Notification of acceptance: April 26
Final papers due: May 7
Workshop: May 24

Location:

NODALIDA 2007, Tartu, Estonia.

Organizers:

Magnus Sahlgren, SICS (mangesics.se)
Ola Knutsson, KTH (knutssoncsc.kth.se)

Program Committee:

Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Gregory Grefenstette, CEA LIST, France
Jussi Karlgren, SICS, Sweden
Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa, Italy
Hinrich Schütze, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Fabrizio Sebastiani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Dominic Widdows, MAYA Design, USA

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