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LINGUIST List 19.14

Mon Jan 07 2008

Calls: General Ling/USA; Computational Ling,Text/Corpus Ling/Morocco

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        1.    Cynthia Clopper, Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
        2.    Andreas Witt, Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing

        1.    Cynthia Clopper, Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
        2.    Andreas Witt, Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing


Message 1: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
Date: 03-Jan-2008
From: Cynthia Clopper <clopper.1osu.edu>
Subject: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
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Message 1: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
Date: 03-Jan-2008
From: Cynthia Clopper <clopper.1osu.edu>
Subject: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
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Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Full Title: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
Contact Person: Cynthia Clopper

Meeting Email: springsymling.osu.edu
Date: 02-May-2008 - 03-May-2008
Web Site: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~springsym/
Location: Columbus, OH, USA

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Contact Person: Cynthia Clopper
Call Deadline: 18-Jan-2008

Meeting Email: springsymling.osu.edu
Meeting Description

The Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University will host a
symposium entitled Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan on May 2-3,
2008. The symposium will bring together scholars from linguistics and
related disciplines, including psychology, speech and hearing sciences, and
anthropology, to examine variability as a fundamental property of human
language at all life stages. The symposium will focus on questions about
the sources of linguistic variability at each life stage and the
implications of these sources of variability for language processing,
acquisition, perception, and social identity construction. For example, in
early childhood, how does variability relate to the acquisition process? In
adulthood, how does stylistic variation mark membership in communities
centered around work or leisure? In later life, how do physical changes in
the vocal tract contribute to linguistic and social sources of variability?
By bringing together scholars interested in acquisition, stylistic
variation, and aging, this symposium will also provide the opportunity to
extend research questions beyond their typical life stage. For example, how
does language acquisition continue beyond childhood? How could we view
adulthood as characterized as much by variability and transition as other
life stages?

The symposium will include invited talks by:
Penelope Eckert, Stanford University
Carla Hudson Kam, University of California, Berkeley
Benjamin Munson, University of Minnesota
Gillian Sankoff, University of Pennsylvania

Web Site: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~springsym/

We invite abstracts for contributed talks on research examining variation at all
levels of linguistic representation in infants, children, adolescents, and
adults. We hope that the final symposium program will represent a wide range of
approaches to linguistic variability from infancy through late life, including
formal, experimental, computational, sociolinguistic, developmental, and
historical perspectives.

Contributed talks will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts of at most 500 words should be submitted as an email attachment to
springsymling.osu.edu in pdf (preferred) or Word format by January 18, 2008.
Please include only the title and text of the abstract in the attachment. The
authors' names, affiliations, and postal and email addresses should be included
in the text of the email.

Symposium website: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~springsym/

Please email springsymling.osu.edu if you have any questions.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Jan-2008

The Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University will host a
symposium entitled Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan on May 2-3,
2008. The symposium will bring together scholars from linguistics and
related disciplines, including psychology, speech and hearing sciences, and
anthropology, to examine variability as a fundamental property of human
language at all life stages. The symposium will focus on questions about
the sources of linguistic variability at each life stage and the
implications of these sources of variability for language processing,
acquisition, perception, and social identity construction. For example, in
early childhood, how does variability relate to the acquisition process? In
adulthood, how does stylistic variation mark membership in communities
centered around work or leisure? In later life, how do physical changes in
the vocal tract contribute to linguistic and social sources of variability?
By bringing together scholars interested in acquisition, stylistic
variation, and aging, this symposium will also provide the opportunity to
extend research questions beyond their typical life stage. For example, how
does language acquisition continue beyond childhood? How could we view
adulthood as characterized as much by variability and transition as other
life stages?

The symposium will include invited talks by:
Penelope Eckert, Stanford University
Carla Hudson Kam, University of California, Berkeley
Benjamin Munson, University of Minnesota
Gillian Sankoff, University of Pennsylvania

We invite abstracts for contributed talks on research examining variation at all
levels of linguistic representation in infants, children, adolescents, and
adults. We hope that the final symposium program will represent a wide range of
approaches to linguistic variability from infancy through late life, including
formal, experimental, computational, sociolinguistic, developmental, and
historical perspectives.

Contributed talks will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts of at most 500 words should be submitted as an email attachment to
springsymling.osu.edu in pdf (preferred) or Word format by January 18, 2008.
Please include only the title and text of the abstract in the attachment. The
authors' names, affiliations, and postal and email addresses should be included
in the text of the email.

Symposium website: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~springsym/

Please email springsymling.osu.edu if you have any questions.
Message 2: Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing
Date: 29-Dec-2007
From: Andreas Witt <Andreas.Wittuni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing
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Message 2: Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing
Date: 29-Dec-2007
From: Andreas Witt <Andreas.Wittuni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing
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Date: 31-May-2008 - 31-May-2008
Full Title: Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language
Processing
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Short Title: SustainableNLP08

Contact Person: Andreas Witt
Meeting Email: Andreas.Wittuni-tuebingen.de
Date: 31-May-2008 - 31-May-2008
Web Site: http://www.sfb441.uni-tuebingen.de/SustainableNLP08/

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation;
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Contact Person: Andreas Witt
Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2008

Meeting Email: Andreas.Wittuni-tuebingen.de
Web Site: http://www.sfb441.uni-tuebingen.de/SustainableNLP08/

Meeting Description

One of the problems in Natural Language Processing and related fields is that
the sustainability of language resources and of language technology tools are
neglected. The very complex question of how to ensure or maybe even guarantee
sustainability is a multi-faceted one and depends on different individual
subtasks. Several of these tasks will be addressed by contributions of this
workshop.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation;
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2008

Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing

One of the problems in Natural Language Processing and related fields is that
the sustainability of language resources (e.g., corpora) and of language
technology tools (e.g. annotation or query tools) are neglected on a regular
basis.

This results in, for example, tools whose algorithms and data structures
are poorly documented and whose area of application is evident only to
the people who built the software. Similar issues arise with regard to
language resources: often, these are tailored to the needs of an individual
application or of a project with a very specific research question. When
the project is finished it becomes next to impossible (especially for
third parties) to gain access to the resource that may have taken several
months or even years to create.

The very complex question of how to ensure or maybe even guarantee
sustainability is related to several key issues spanning a broad spectrum
across several closely related fields: in the area of language documentation,
seven dimensions of portability (content, format, discovery, access, citation,
preservation, rights) have been suggested. Another area of research is primarily
concerned with annotation technology, especially the problem of building generic
annotation frameworks as well as representing several different layers of
linguistic annotation referring to one specific set of primary data by means of
standoff annotation. Closely related work deals with the
standardisation of annotation frameworks, especially with regard to the level of
impact a specific linguistic theory has on their vocabularies and markup
grammars. A last area concerns the fostering of sustainability through specific

Providing sustainability for linguistic tools and language resources
becomes increasingly important for the research community. Nowadays, this
is also acknowledged by funding organisations - they often encourage
research projects to make sure that language resources will still be
accessible and (re-)usable in ten, 15, or 20 years time.

The problem of ensuring sustainability is a multi-faceted one and depends
on several individual subtasks. At least one of these tasks should
be addressed by contributions to this workshop. The topics of interest
include but are not limited to:

- Archiving linguistic data and resources
- Annotation technology, e.g., generic corpus annotation frameworks; the
relationship of linguistic theories to corpus annotation; metadata annotation
schemes, and related tools and applications
- Reusability of treebanks, e.g., annotations according to one specific
linguistic framework should be applicable to NLP tasks that are based on
different linguistic paradigms
- Sustainability in Software Engineering for Computational Linguistics
- Copyright issues, e.g., legal restrictions, copyright of web pages (for
example, in a web as corpus approach), software patents, intellectual property,
national and international issues etc.
- Privacy protection, e.g., automatic anonymisation of language data
- Sustainability, maintenance, and adaptability of NLP applications and tools,
e.g., to new domains, to new linguistic resources, or even to new linguistic
frameworks or theories
- Querying linguistic data, e.g., the usability and adaptability of query
interfaces or query toolboxes
- Usability and acceptance of NLP software, e.g., corpus query interfaces


Submission Instructions

Submissions should not exceed ten (10) pages, including references. We
strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word
document template that will be made available on the LREC Conference
Web site. A description of the required format will be made available to
those who are unable to make direct use of these style files.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted
papers is Adobe PDF. The papers must be submitted no later than
15th February 2008. Papers submitted after that time will not be
reviewed. For details of the submission procedure, please consult the
submission webpage reachable via the workshop website.


Important Dates

Deadline for submission of Papers: 15th February 2008
Notification of Acceptance: 18th March 2008
Deadline for final paper submission: 2nd April 2008


Organizing Committee

Lou Burnard, Oxford University
Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA
Georg Rehm, Tübingen University
Thomas Schmidt, University of Hamburg
Andreas Witt, Tübingen University


Program Committee

Helen Aristar-Dry, Eastern Michigan University, USA
Jeannine Beeken, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, The Netherlands
Jean Carletta, University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, UK
Dan Cristea, University of Iasi, Romania
Stefanie Dipper, Bochum University, Germany
Jost Gippert, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany
Erhard Hinrichs, Tübingen University, Germany
Marc Kupietz, Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim, Germany
Sandra Kübler, Indiana University, Computational Linguistics, USA
D. Terence Langendoen, NSF, USA
Joakim Nivre, Växjö University & Uppsala University, Sweden
Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
Kiril Ribarov, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Laurent Romary, Max-Planck Digital Library, Germany
Hinrich Schuetze, Stuttgart University, Germany
Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds, UK
Gary F. Simons, SIL International, USA
Manfred Stede, Potsdam University, Germany
Simone Teufel, University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory, UK
Peter Wittenburg, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Martin Wynne, Oxford Text Archive, UK
Heike Zinsmeister, Heidelberg University, Germany


One of the problems in Natural Language Processing and related fields is that
the sustainability of language resources and of language technology tools are
neglected. The very complex question of how to ensure or maybe even guarantee
sustainability is a multi-faceted one and depends on different individual
subtasks. Several of these tasks will be addressed by contributions of this
workshop.

Sustainability of Language Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing

One of the problems in Natural Language Processing and related fields is that
the sustainability of language resources (e.g., corpora) and of language
technology tools (e.g. annotation or query tools) are neglected on a regular
basis.

This results in, for example, tools whose algorithms and data structures
are poorly documented and whose area of application is evident only to
the people who built the software. Similar issues arise with regard to
language resources: often, these are tailored to the needs of an individual
application or of a project with a very specific research question. When
the project is finished it becomes next to impossible (especially for
third parties) to gain access to the resource that may have taken several
months or even years to create.

The very complex question of how to ensure or maybe even guarantee
sustainability is related to several key issues spanning a broad spectrum
across several closely related fields: in the area of language documentation,
seven dimensions of portability (content, format, discovery, access, citation,
preservation, rights) have been suggested. Another area of research is primarily
concerned with annotation technology, especially the problem of building generic
annotation frameworks as well as representing several different layers of
linguistic annotation referring to one specific set of primary data by means of
standoff annotation. Closely related work deals with the
standardisation of annotation frameworks, especially with regard to the level of
impact a specific linguistic theory has on their vocabularies and markup
grammars. A last area concerns the fostering of sustainability through specific

Providing sustainability for linguistic tools and language resources
becomes increasingly important for the research community. Nowadays, this
is also acknowledged by funding organisations - they often encourage
research projects to make sure that language resources will still be
accessible and (re-)usable in ten, 15, or 20 years time.

The problem of ensuring sustainability is a multi-faceted one and depends
on several individual subtasks. At least one of these tasks should
be addressed by contributions to this workshop. The topics of interest
include but are not limited to:

- Archiving linguistic data and resources
- Annotation technology, e.g., generic corpus annotation frameworks; the
relationship of linguistic theories to corpus annotation; metadata annotation
schemes, and related tools and applications
- Reusability of treebanks, e.g., annotations according to one specific
linguistic framework should be applicable to NLP tasks that are based on
different linguistic paradigms
- Sustainability in Software Engineering for Computational Linguistics
- Copyright issues, e.g., legal restrictions, copyright of web pages (for
example, in a web as corpus approach), software patents, intellectual property,
national and international issues etc.
- Privacy protection, e.g., automatic anonymisation of language data
- Sustainability, maintenance, and adaptability of NLP applications and tools,
e.g., to new domains, to new linguistic resources, or even to new linguistic
frameworks or theories
- Querying linguistic data, e.g., the usability and adaptability of query
interfaces or query toolboxes
- Usability and acceptance of NLP software, e.g., corpus query interfaces


Submission Instructions

Submissions should not exceed ten (10) pages, including references. We
strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word
document template that will be made available on the LREC Conference
Web site. A description of the required format will be made available to
those who are unable to make direct use of these style files.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted
papers is Adobe PDF. The papers must be submitted no later than
15th February 2008. Papers submitted after that time will not be
reviewed. For details of the submission procedure, please consult the
submission webpage reachable via the workshop website.


Important Dates

Deadline for submission of Papers: 15th February 2008
Notification of Acceptance: 18th March 2008
Deadline for final paper submission: 2nd April 2008


Organizing Committee

Lou Burnard, Oxford University
Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA
Georg Rehm, Tübingen University
Thomas Schmidt, University of Hamburg
Andreas Witt, Tübingen University


Program Committee

Helen Aristar-Dry, Eastern Michigan University, USA
Jeannine Beeken, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, The Netherlands
Jean Carletta, University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, UK
Dan Cristea, University of Iasi, Romania
Stefanie Dipper, Bochum University, Germany
Jost Gippert, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany
Erhard Hinrichs, Tübingen University, Germany
Marc Kupietz, Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim, Germany
Sandra Kübler, Indiana University, Computational Linguistics, USA
D. Terence Langendoen, NSF, USA
Joakim Nivre, Växjö University & Uppsala University, Sweden
Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
Kiril Ribarov, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Laurent Romary, Max-Planck Digital Library, Germany
Hinrich Schuetze, Stuttgart University, Germany
Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds, UK
Gary F. Simons, SIL International, USA
Manfred Stede, Potsdam University, Germany
Simone Teufel, University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory, UK
Peter Wittenburg, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Martin Wynne, Oxford Text Archive, UK
Heike Zinsmeister, Heidelberg University, Germany



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