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LINGUIST List 18.828

Mon Mar 19 2007

Calls: Comp Ling/Denmark; Historical Ling/Spain

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        1.    Anja Belz, Language Generation and Machine Translation
        2.    Andrés Enrique-Arias, Colloquium on Ibero-Romance Historical Corpora

Message 1: Language Generation and Machine Translation
Date: 19-Mar-2007
From: Anja Belz <A.S.Belzbrighton.ac.uk>
Subject: Language Generation and Machine Translation

Full Title: Language Generation and Machine Translation
Short Title: UCNLG+MT

Date: 11-Sep-2007 - 11-Sep-2007
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact Person: Anja Belz
Meeting Email: ucnlgbrighton.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/ucnlg

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Jun-2007

Meeting Description:

Using Corpora for NLG: Language Generation and Machine Translation UCNLG+MT is a
pre-conference workshop at MT Summit XI, to be held in
Copenhagen on 11 September 2007. Continuing from UCNLG'05, the workshop's
general focus is data-based methods for language generation and their
evaluation. This year the special theme is Language Generation and Machine
Translation with which we aim to explore crossover points and potential for
cross-fertilisation between MT and NLG.

UCNLG+MT - First Call for Papers

There are many branches of NLP research where language is generated
(MT, summarisation, human-computer dialogue, data-to-text generation,
document authoring, etc.). However, for the most part, these form
separate research communities and the field called ''Natural Language
Generation (NLG)'' is to some degree isolated from many of them.

The UCNLG workshops have the general aims

1. to provide a forum for reporting and discussing data-based
methods for generating language in all areas of application;
2. to open up the NLG research field to neighbouring areas in NLP
and to foster cross-fertilisation between these research fields;
3. to promote the sharing of data in NLG and the use of data-based
methods of evaluation.

The special theme of this second UCNLG workshop is Language Generation
and MT. Target language generation is typically given less attention than other
aspects of MT, such as evaluation, source language analysis and transfer.
Recently there has been increasing interest in combining linguistic knowledge
with statistical MT. Conversely, NLG -- where symbolic approaches have long
dominated -- has seen increasing interest in probabilistic methods. With this
special theme, we would like to explore crossover points and potential for
cross-fertilisation between MT and NLG.

The workshop also continues from UCNLG'05 in its general focus on data-based
methods for language generation and their evaluation.
We invite submissions on all aspects of using corpora in the generation of
language. Specific topics include, but are not limited

- Using NLG techniques in MT
- Combining statistical MT with rule-based techniques such as those
developed in NLG
- Introducing linguistic filters into statistical MT
- Issues in annotating corpora for language generation
- Statistical approaches to deep and/or surface generation
- Machine learning methods for deep and/or surface generation
- Uses of corpora in the evaluation of automatically generated language
- Reuse of corpus resources developed for NLU (e.g. treebanks) in
language generation
- Domain-specific vs. general-purpose corpora for language generation

Invited Speaker:

Kevin Knight, ISI, University of Southern California, US.

Panel on Language Generation and MT:

We will hold a panel discussion on the special theme of the workshop.
Panel members T.B.A.


The proceedings of the workshop will be published by the MT Summit XI
conference organisers, in a companion volume to the main conference


Papers should describe original and unpublished work, emphasizing
actual rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the
state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate,
concrete evaluation results should be included. Papers that are being
submitted to other conferences or workshops should indicate this.

Submission information:

Submissions should be no longer than 8 (eight) pages, should follow
the MT Summit XI style guidelines, and should be sent in PDF format by
email to ucnlgitri.brighton.ac.uk no later than 8 June 2007. RTF
format is also accepted but not encouraged.

Reviewing of papers will be blind. Reviewing will be managed by the
international workshop programme committee. Final decisions on the
technical programme will be made by the workshop organisers.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Self-references that reveal the authors'
identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be
avoided. Instead, use citations such as ''Smith previously showed
(Smith, 1991) ...''.

In the body of the email submitting the paper, please include
the authors' names and affiliations, and the paper title.

Important Dates:

08 June Submission deadline for workshop papers
29 June Notification of acceptance to authors of workshop
20 July Camera-ready copy from all authors
11 September UCNLG+MT in Copenhagen

Programme Committee:

Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T, USA
Stephan Busemann, DFKI, Germany
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Kevin Knight, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
Irene Langkilde-Geary, Brigham Young University, USA
Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, UK
Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh, UK
Richard Power, Open University, UK
Flo Reeder, The Mitre Organisation, USA
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
Amanda Stent, SUNY, USA
Michael Strube, EML Research, Germany
Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen, UK
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK
Mike White, Ohio State University, USA

Workshop organisers:

Anja Belz, NLTG, University of Brighton, UK
Sebastian Varges, Information and Communication Technology, University of
Trento, Italy

Workshop website:

Message 2: Colloquium on Ibero-Romance Historical Corpora
Date: 19-Mar-2007
From: Andrés Enrique-Arias <andres.enriqueuib.es>
Subject: Colloquium on Ibero-Romance Historical Corpora

Full Title: Colloquium on Ibero-Romance Historical Corpora
Short Title: CODILEI

Date: 25-Oct-2007 - 27-Oct-2007
Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Contact Person: Andres Enrique-Arias
Meeting Email: andres.enriqueuib.es
Web Site: http://www.bibliamedieval.es

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Ibero-Romance

Call Deadline: 30-May-2007

Meeting Description:
This colloquium, organized by the Old Spanish Biblical Corpus research group at
the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) is a venue for
specialists on the design and use of language corpora applied to the historical
study of the Ibero-Romance languages.

International Colloquium on Ibero-Romance Historical Corpora (CODILEI)
Palma de Mallorca (SPAIN), October 25-27 2007

Call for Papers
This colloquium, organized by the Old Spanish Biblical Corpus research group at
the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) is a venue for
specialists on the design and use of language corpora applied to the historical
study of the Ibero-Romance languages.

We invite papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion) on any topic related
to corpus linguistics applied to the historical study of Ibero-Romance
languages. We especially encourage the participation of researchers in charge of
current corpus projects. Paper abstracts of 300 words maximum should be
submitted using the application which is in the colloquium's website (soon
available at http://www.bibliamedieval.es). Abstracts can be written in any
Ibero-Romance language or English, and will be evaluated by the members of the
scientific committee. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is May 30th 2007.

This meeting also aims at promoting the coordination of the different corpus
initiatives within the realm of Ibero-Romance historical linguistics. Time will
be devoted to discussing a number of issues related to the methodology of
corpus-based historical linguistics in the area of Ibero-Romance languages:
composition of the corpora, transcription guidelines, text preparation,
possibility of access to facsimile images, philological information that should
accompany texts (date, geographic origin, etc.), mark-up languages,
lemmatization, grammatical labels, etc.

Organizing Committee:
Andrés Enrique Arias (director), andres.enriqueuib.es
Antonio Bernat Vistarini (secretary), a.bernatuib.es
Cristina Matute Martínez, matutecmadrid.slu.edu
Aitor García Moreno, aitor.garciauib.es
Laura Camargo Fernández, laura.camargouib.es
Magdalena Romera Ciria
María Nadia Lassel Sopeña

Scientific Committee:
Inés Fernández-Ordóñez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Carmen Isasi (Universidad de Deusto)
Johannes Kabatek (Universiy of Tubingen)
Claus Pusch (University of Freiburg)
Ramón Santiago (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Dieter Wanner (Ohio State University)

Plenary Talks:
The following plenary speakers (in alphabetical order) have confirmed their

Mark Davies (Brigham Young University, Provo, USA)
''From the 'Corpus del espanol' to the 'Corpus do portugues': Evolving
architectures for historical corpora''
Francisco Gago-Jover (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, USA)
''Los textos y concordancias del Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies: de la
microficha a internet. (Pasado y futuro de un proyecto)''
Bautista Horcajada Diezma (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
''Lematización y etiquetación de corpus diacrónicos del castellano''
José Antonio Pascual (Spanish Royal Academy, Spain)
''Problemas en la confección de un corpus para un diccionario histórico del
Francisco Javier Pueyo (CSIC, Spain)
''El corpus bíblico del español sefardí''
Guillermo Rojo (Spanish Royal Academy, Spain)
(title TBA)
Pedro Sánchez-Prieto Borja (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain)
El corpus ''Documentos españoles anteriores a 1700'' (CODEA)
Joan Torruella (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats / Universidad
Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain)
El ''Corpus informatitzat del català antic''. Un corpus al servicio de una gramática

For further information (registration, travel, lodging, etc.) check the
meeting's web page (http://www.bibliamedieval.es) or contact the organizers.

Conference Address:

Andrés Enrique Arias
Universitat de les Illes Balears
Edifici Ramon Llull
Departament de Filología Espanyola, Moderna i Llatina
Cra. de Valldemossa Km. 7,5
07123 Palma de Mallorca (Illes Balears)
Telef. +(34)-971-172363
Fax +(34)-971-173473

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