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LINGUIST List 18.968

Fri Mar 30 2007

Calls: General Ling/Germany; Applied Ling,Comp Ling/Bulgaria

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        1.    Carsten Breul, Contrastive Information Structure Analysis
        2.    Mathias Schulze, Workshop on NLP for Educational Resources

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Message 1: Contrastive Information Structure Analysis
Date: 30-Mar-2007
From: Carsten Breul <breuluni-wuppertal.de>
Subject: Contrastive Information Structure Analysis

Full Title: Contrastive Information Structure Analysis
Short Title: CISA

Date: 18-Mar-2008 - 19-Mar-2008
Location: Wuppertal, Germany
Contact Person: Carsten Breul
Meeting Email: cisa-08uni-wuppertal.de
Web Site: http://www.cisa-2008.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2007

Meeting Description:
The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of
original research that addresses empirical or theoretical questions of
information structure from an explicitly contrastive perspective. The range of
languages to be dealt with is not restricted, but we would prefer to have at
least one of the languages to be contrasted to be English, German, French,
Italian, or Spanish. (For a more detailed description see below, or the
conference website at www.cisa-2008.de.)

Invited speakers:
Prof. Dr. Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-U Berlin & ZAS Berlin) (to be confirmed)
Prof. Dr. Knud Lambrecht (U of Austin, TX)

Advisory board:
Prof. Dr. Paul Boucher (U of Angers)
Dr. Edward Göbbel (U of Tübingen)
Prof. Dr. Joachim Jacobs (U of Wuppertal)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Uhmann (U of Wuppertal)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Winkler (U of Tübingen)

Prof. Dr. Carsten Breul (U of Wuppertal)

Important dates and addresses:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 Aug 2007
Notification of acceptance: 1 Dec 2007
Conference: 18 - 19 Mar 2008
E-mail address for abstracts: cisa-08uni-wuppertal.de
Conference website: www.cisa-2008.de

We invite abstracts in RTF, DOC or PDF format for 30 minutes talks (plus 10
minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be no longer than one page of A4 plus
one page for references, with 2.5 cm margins on all sides, 1.5 line spacing,
typed in Times New Roman, 12 p. Please send two copies of your abstract to
uni-wuppertal.de>; one of these should be anonymous and one should
include your name, affiliation and e-mail address at the top of the page,
directly below the title. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by members
of the advisory board.

The notion of information structure underlying this conference refers to the
grammatical properties of sentences that encode ''a speaker's assumptions
concerning the hearer's state of mind at the time of an utterance'' (Lambrecht
1994). More specifically, what is relevant here is the addressee's state of mind
as concerns their mental representation of the discourse. The communicator's aim
and task in uttering a sentence is to supply information, or to be 'relevant' in
Sperber & Wilson's (1986/1995) sense, in order to effect a modification of the
addressee's representation of the discourse.
Information structure thus conceived comprises two basic types of grammatical
properties: (a) Properties relating to the communicator's assumptions about
whether a given entity or proposition is known to the addressee and whether he
is aware of it at the time of the utterance. Grammatical categories associated
with such properties include (in)definiteness, (non-)specificity, mood,
pronominal/zero versus full lexical coding, sentence versus embedded clause. (b)
Properties relating to the communicator's assumptions about vacant information
slots recently created in the process of the addressee's representation of the
discourse. Information being propositional in nature, such slots have to be
filled by expressions capable of denoting a proposition at the given point of
the discourse, i.e. by complete or elliptical sentences. Moreover, in order to
be 'relevant', in Sperber & Wilson's (1986/1995) sense, these expressions have
to provide clues that help the addressee to determine which recently created
information slot is to be filled by the utterance. The grammatical categories
associated with such aspects of sentence grammar have been subsumed under the
notion of focus structure. They include concepts such as background and focus,
theme and rheme, sentence versus predicate versus argument focus (or thetic
versus categorical versus identificational sentences).
Intonation plays an important role in signalling assumptions of the kinds
mentioned in (a) and (b) as well. Independently of the question of how
intonation relates to syntax, it is clear that intonational properties may
express categories of information structure instead of or in combination with
morpho-syntactic properties.
Contrastive, or comparative, analyses can be found in numerous works on various
aspects of information structure (see e.g. Lambrecht 1994, Schwabe & Winkler
(eds.) 2007). However, the contrastive approach has seldom provided the explicit
and guiding perspective in this field (for recent works that do take an
explicitly contrastive/comparative approach, see e.g. Doherty 2005, Drubig 2003,
Frey 2005, Hasselgård & Johansson & Behrens & Fabricius-Hansen (eds.) 2002).

Doherty, M. 2005. ''Topic-worthiness in German and English''. Linguistics 43:
Drubig, H. B. 2003. ''Toward a typology of focus and focus constructions''.
Linguistics 41: 1-50.
Frey, W. 2005. ''Pragmatic properties of certain German and English left
peripheral constructions''. Linguistics 43: 89-129.
Hasselgård, H. & Johansson, S. & Behrens, B. & Fabricius-Hansen, C. (eds.).
2002. Information structure in a cross-linguistic perspective. Amsterdam & New
Lambrecht, K. 1994. Information structure and sentence form: Topic, focus, and
the mental representation of discourse referents. Cambridge et al.
Schwabe, K. & Winkler, S. (eds.) (2007). On information structure, meaning and
form: Generalizations across languages. Amsterdam & Philadelphia.
Sperber, D. & Wilson, D. 1986/1995. Relevance: Communication and cognition. 2nd
edn. Oxford & Cambridge (MA): Blackwell.
Message 2: Workshop on NLP for Educational Resources
Date: 30-Mar-2007
From: Mathias Schulze <mschulzeuwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Workshop on NLP for Educational Resources

Full Title: Workshop on NLP for Educational Resources
Short Title: NLPER07

Date: 26-Sep-2007 - 26-Sep-2007
Location: Borovetz, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Mathias Schulze Schulze
Meeting Email: nlper07gmail.com
Web Site: http://ixa.si.ehu.es/NLP_ER2007

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2007

Meeting Description

Workshop on NLP for Educational Resources

In conjunction with RANLP-2007
September 26, 2007
Borovetz, Bulgaria

Workshop site http://ixa.si.ehu.es/NLP_ER2007

RANLP 2007 site http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/

First Call for Papers

Workshop on NLP for Educational Resources

In conjunction with RANLP-2007
September 26, 2007
Borovetz, Bulgaria

Workshop site

RANLP 2007 site

In this workshop we will discuss how using NLP techniques in the automatic
treatment of texts can support pedagogic goals. There are well over 100
documented projects at the use of NLP in Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language
Learning (ICALL) (Heift & Schulze, 2007); however, there are significantly fewer
publications about the use of NLP techniques in educational areas other than
language learning.
This workshop will bring together NLP and ICALL researchers with colleagues who
are investigating NLP treatment for other educational purposes. Our main aim is
to discuss how we can use NLP in the automatic treatment of corpora for
pedagogical purposes as well as in the analysis of learner corpora (students
free responses). The contributions of this workshop will share at least two
keywords: NLP and Education. We especially seek contributions about the
adaptation and integration of NLP techniques in the following areas:

- Automatic exercise and task generation
- Controlled language
- Error diagnosis and remediation
- Essay assessment
- Fostering language awareness
- Automatic generation of didactic resources
- Analysis of learners' interlanguage
- NLP for processing texts in ICALL environments
- Learner corpora
- Learning of textual analysis (in linguistics, literature, anthropology, ?)
- Student modelling
- Text production tools (e.g. grammar and spell checkers)
- Translator training

Heift, Trude, & Schulze, Mathias. (2007). Errors and Intelligence in CALL.
Parsers and Pedagogues. New York: Routledge.

Important Dates

Call for papers: March 26, 2007
Workshop paper submission deadline: June 15, 2007
Workshop paper acceptance notification: July 23, 2007
Camera-ready papers for workshop proceedings: August 24, 2007
Workshop date: September 26, 2007

Submission Guidelines

Instructions for Authors:
Submissions should be A4, two-column format and should not exceed 7
pages, including cover
page, figures, tables and references. Times New Roman 12 font is
preferred. Papers should be
submitted electronically in PDF format.
The RANLP 2007 stylefiles are available at:

Submission procedure:
The submission will be maintained by conference management software - START

Further details will be announced soon.

Reviewing and Accepted Papers:
Each submission will be reviewed by 3 members of the Programme Committee.
Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce
camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the proceedings.
Guidelines for producing camera-ready versions will be available at the
conference web site at http://www.lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007.
If the paper is accepted for publication, at least one of the authors will
attend the workshop; all workshop participants are expected to pay the
RANLP-2007 workshop registration fee.

Papers should describe original work. A paper accepted for presentation cannot
be presented or have been presented at any other meeting. Papers that are being
submitted to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page.
The reviewing of the papers will be blind. The paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other
references that could reveal the author's identity should be avoided.


Organizing Committee:
Montse Maritxalar (University of the Basque Country)
Nerea Ezeiza (University of the Basque Country)
Mathias Schulze (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Programme Committee:
Arantza Diaz de Ilarraza (University of the Basque Country)
Nerea Ezeiza (University of the Basque Country)
Pius ten Hacken (Swansea University, U.K.)
Trude Heifth (Linguistics Department, Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Ola Knutsson (School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal
Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Chao-Lin Liu (Department of Computer Science, National Chengchi
University, Taiwan)
Montse Maritxalar (University of the Basque Country)
Detmar Meurers (Ohio State University, USA)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton, U.K)
John Nerbonne (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Leonel Ruiz Millares (Centre for Applied Linguistics, Santiago de Cuba)
Mathias Schulze (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Eiichiro Sumita (ATR Spoken Language Communication Laboratories, Japan)


For questions or comments, please contact nlper07gmail.com

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