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LINGUIST List 18.876

Fri Mar 23 2007

Calls: Phonology/USA; Cognitive Science,Psycholing,Semantics/France

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


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        1.    Lauren Hall-Lew, Variation, Gradience & Frequency in Phonology
        2.    Catherine Pelachaud, 7th International Conf on Intelligent Virtual Agents


Message 1: Variation, Gradience & Frequency in Phonology
Date: 20-Mar-2007
From: Lauren Hall-Lew <dialectstanford.edu>
Subject: Variation, Gradience & Frequency in Phonology


Full Title: Variation, Gradience & Frequency in Phonology

Date: 06-Jul-2007 - 08-Jul-2007
Location: Stanford, CA, USA
Contact Person: Lauren Hall-Lew
Meeting Email: variation07gmail.com
Web Site:
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/linguistics/linginst/nsf-workshop/workshop-july-2007.html


Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:

This three-day workshop on Variation, Gradience, and Frequency in Phonology will
run concurrently with the 2007 Linguistic Institute at Stanford University in
July 2007. The goal is to facilitate the collaboration among phonologists
seeking unified theoretical explanations for qualitative and quantitative
patterns in phonology.

Workshop on Variation, Gradience and Frequency in Phonology

Call for posters:

The workshop will focus on three main topics:

- Phonological variation
- Gradient phonotactics
- Lexical frequency effects

Phonology studies the sound patterns of human languages. Sound patterns
sometimes emerge as quantitative tendencies and preferences. This can be
illustrated by the following three examples. First, in American English,
word-final /t/ is variably deleted, more often before consonants (''west side'')
than before vowels (''west end''). Second, some sound combinations make better
words than others. This can be seen in the dictionary where some combinations
are statistically overrepresented, others underrepresented, as well as in
experiments where subjects judge some nonsense words to sound more natural than
others (''stin'' > ''smy'' > ''bzharsk''). Third, word frequency influences
phonological patterns. The low-frequency word ''exploit'' has initial stress as
a noun, final stress as a verb, whereas the high-frequency word ''express'' has
final stress under both readings.

Phonological theory has traditionally focused on qualitative patterns.
Quantitative phenomena, such as variation, gradient phonotactics and lexical
frequency effects, have not figured prominently in theoretical discussion. This
is changing. Quantitative studies are becoming common, partly because of new
methodological developments (annotated corpora, sociolinguistic databases,
searchable dialect archives, on-line dictionaries, experimental psycholinguistic
data, new computational tools), and partly because of new theoretical
developments. This has broadened the empirical base of phonology and is likely
to lead to new discoveries and connections to neighboring fields of inquiry.

Speakers:

Adam Albright (MIT)
Arto Anttila (Stanford University)
Paul Boersma (University of Amsterdam)
Andries Coetzee (University of Michigan)
Gregory Guy (New York University)
Michael Hammond (University of Arizona)
Bruce Hayes (UCLA)
Dan Jurafsky (Stanford University)
Yoonjung Kang (University of Toronto)
Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)
James Myers (National Chung Cheng University)
Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Institute)
Joe Pater (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Betty Phillips (Indiana State University)
Kie Zuraw (UCLA)

Abstract Guidelines:

We are soliciting abstracts for posters relevant to any of the topics mentioned
above. Abstracts should be at most one page long on a letter size or A4 sheet
with one-inch margins and typed in at least 12 point font. An optional second
page may be used for data, charts, and references. Abstracts should be submitted
electronically in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format to gmail.com>. The
author(s) of the abstract should not be identified in the abstract itself. The
body of the submission message should include the title of the abstract, the
names(s) of the author(s), the(ir) affiliation(s), and e-mail address(es).
Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or
two joint abstracts per author.

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2007. The workshop program will be announced
in early May.

Important Dates:

April 30: Poster abstracts due (send to: variation07gmail.com)
Early May: Notification of acceptance
July 6-8: Workshop

More information about the workshop, including the final program, will be posted
on the workshop's website in due course:

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/linguistics/linginst/nsf-workshop/workshop-july-2007.html


For any questions about the workshop, please email your queries to either of the
organizers:

Arto Anttila or Lauren Hall-Lew
variation07gmail.com
Message 2: 7th International Conf on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Date: 19-Mar-2007
From: Catherine Pelachaud <pelachaudiut.univ-paris8.fr>
Subject: 7th International Conf on Intelligent Virtual Agents


Full Title: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Short Title: IVA'07

Date: 17-Sep-2007 - 19-Sep-2007
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Catherine Pelachaud
Meeting Email: pelachaudiut.univ-paris8.fr
Web Site: http://iva07.ntua.gr/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2007

Meeting Description

IVA'07 is an interdisciplinary conference, bringing together researchers,
industrialists and users in the fields of interactive graphics, animation,
computer games, cognitive modelling and human-computer interaction.

7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA'07)
Plus GALA - Gathering of Lifelike Agents
17th - 19th September 2007
Paris, France
http://iva07.ntua.gr
Call for Papers

Scope

Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) are autonomous, graphically embodied agents in
an interactive, 2D or 3D virtual environment. They are able to interact
intelligently with the environment, other IVAs, and especially with human users.

The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners
in computer graphics, animation, computer games, virtual environments,
artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive modeling,
human-computer interaction and artificial life. Since the first IVA back in 1999
firm lines of research have been established and there is much that the graphics
and AI communities can learn from each other.

The domain of Intelligent Virtual Agents has become much more diverse and now
encompasses a wide range of disciplines; cognitive and social psychology,
communication models (conversational skills, interaction loops, conversational
analysis), non-verbal communication, sociology (modeling human / IVA societies),
HCI (intelligent user interfaces, gesture/body tracking interfaces), design and
arts (e.g., interactive installations with IVAs), and numerous application domains.

While initial research often focused on the use of IVAs in virtual environments,
they are now increasingly used in web-based interfaces, personal computing
devices and interactive television. The rapid advances in the field have enabled
it to be applied in both in research and industrial contexts. IVAs can provide
appealing characters for games and entertainment. They can also be used in novel
user interfaces or even as tools of psychological research.

IVA'07 will be a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners from
academia and industry with an interest in the design, implementation, and
evaluation of IVAs and IVA applications. We aim for a lively program of timely,
high-quality presentations and demonstrations to discuss the state of the art
and future of Intelligent Virtual Agents. Papers will be published in the
Springer-Verlag LNAI (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence) series.

This year, IVA'07 and ACII'07 (http://gaips.inesc-id.pt/acii2007/) are happening
close to each other. While we do encourage submitting to both conferences we do
highlight there are differences in topics of interest in each conference. We
highly advise authors to read them carefully. Papers submitted to both
conferences should be clearly different in their scope and topic.

IVA'07 will also host GALA - The Gathering of Life-like Agents - see
http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/gala/

Topics

Design and modeling of IVAs
- design criteria and methodologies
- nature inspired IVAs/A-life for IVAs
- dimensions of intelligence in IVAs
- models of personality, culture for IVAs
- models of awareness of social context
- models of social agents/robots
- models of conversational skills and multi-modal interaction
- non-verbal expressiveness in IVAs
- IVAs with physical embodiment: lessons from and for robotics
- ethical considerations
- Application fields for IVA and experience reports
- Evaluation methodologies and user studies of IVAs

Software engineering issues
- standards / measures to support interoperability, portability, and reuse
- tools and toolkits for building IVAs
- advanced 3D modeling and animation technologies for IVAs
- real-time integrated system

Conceptual architectures
- learning IVAs
- improvisational IVAs
- multi-user /multi-IVA interaction
- crowd simulations with IVAs

Important Dates

- Paper Submission: 15th April 07
- Authors Notification: 15th May 07
- Camera-Ready: 12th June 07

Submission Procedures

- Long submissions: 12 pages
- Short submissions: 7 pages
- Poster submissions: 1 page

- Papers should be submitted in PDF format via the web site
- Please format your paper according to Springer-Verlag's Guidelines:

http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,10735,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html.
- We would appreciate it if you could compress the files using zip, rar or ace
compression.

Organizing Committee

- Catherine Pelachaud, University of Paris 8
- Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS
- Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg
- Kostas Karpouzis, ICCS, National Technical University of Athens
- Danielle Pelé, France Telecom

General Committee

Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University
Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California
Patrick Olivier, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Stefan Kopp, University of Bielefeld

Local Committee

Gérard Chollet, ENST

Program Committee

Jan Albeck, USA
Jens Allwood, SE
Elisabeth André, DE
Norman Badler, USA
Jeremy Bailenson, USA
Amy Baylor, USA
Gautam Biswas, NL
Gaspard Breton, FR
Joanna Bryson, UK
Stéphanie Buisine, FR
Felix Burkhardt, DE
Lola Cañamero, UK
Justine Cassell, USA
Marc Cavazza, UK
Jeffrey Cohn, USA
Zhigang Deng, USA
Patrick Doyle, USA
Angelica de Antonio, SP
Fiorella de Rosis, I
Patrick Gebhard, DE
Marco Gillies, UK
Art Graesser, USA
Randy Hill, USA
Adrian Hilton, UK
Katherine Isbister, USA
Mitsuru Ishizuka, JP
Kostas Karpousis, GR
Michael Kipp, DE
Martin Klesen, DE
Nicole Kramer, DE
Brigitte Krenn, AU
James Lester, USA
Craig Lindley, SE
Christine Lisetti, FR
Brian Loyall, USA
Steve Maddock, UK
Andrew Marriott, AUS
Jean-Claude Martin, FR
Stacy Marsella, USA
Yukiko Nakano, JP
Shrini Narayanan, USA
Anton Nijholt, NL
Toyoaki Nishida, JP
Wenji Mao, CN
Ana Paiva, PO
Maja Pantic, UK
Catherine Pelachaud, FR
Danielle Pelé, FR
Sylvie Pesty, FR
Paolo Petta, AU
Isabella Poggi, I
Helmut Prendinger, JP
Stephen Read, USA
Matthias Rehm, DE
Thomas Rist, DE
Zsofia Ruttkay, NL
Marc Schröder, DE
Jianhua Tao, CN
Daniel Thalmann, CH
Kristinn Thórisson, IS
Demetri Terzopoulos, USA
David Traum, USA
Henriette C. van Vugt, NL
John Vince, USA
Hannes Vilhjálmsson, IS
Spyros Vosinakis, GR
Nigel Ward, USA
Ian Wilson, JP

Contact Person

Catherine Pelachaud: pelachaudiut.univ-paris8.fr

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