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LINGUIST List 19.16

Mon Jan 07 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/Morocco; Pragmatics,Semantics/Russia

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


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        1.    Pierre Zweigenbaum, Building and Using Comparable Corpora
        2.    Igor Yanovich, Formal Semantics in Moscow 4


Message 1: Building and Using Comparable Corpora
Date: 28-Dec-2007
From: Pierre Zweigenbaum <pzlimsi.fr>
Subject: Building and Using Comparable Corpora
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Full Title: Building and Using Comparable Corpora

Date: 31-May-2008 - 31-May-2008
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Contact Person: Pierre Zweigenbaum
Meeting Email: pzlimsi.fr
Web Site: http://www.limsi.fr/~pz/lrec2008-comparable-corpora/

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

Call Deadline: 11-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

Comparable corpora overcome the limitations of parallel corpora, since sources
for original, monolingual texts are much more abundant than translated texts.
However, because of their nature, mining translations in comparable corpora is
much more challenging than in parallel corpora. What constitutes a good
comparable corpus, for a given task or per se, also requires specific attention:
while the definition of a parallel corpus is fairly straightforward, building a
comparable corpus requires control over the selection of source texts in both
languages.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in the constitution
and use of comparable corpora. Contributions are solicited on the constitution
and application of comparable corpora.

Call for Papers

Building and Using Comparable Corpora
LREC 2008 Post-Conference Workshop
31 May 2008
(The main conference will be held 28-30 May 2008).

http://www.limsi.fr/~pz/lrec2008-comparable-corpora/
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/Workshops.html

Context and Focus

Research in comparable corpora is motivated by the scarcity of parallel corpora.
Parallel corpora are a key resource to mine translations for statistical machine
translation or for building or extending bilingual lexicons and terminologies.
However, beyond a few language pairs such as English-French or English-Chinese
and a few contexts such as parliamentary debates or legal texts, they remain a
scarce resource, despite the creation of automated methods to collect parallel
corpora from the Web. A more fundamental limitation is that translated texts,
whatever the skills of translators, are generally influenced by the very
translation process and by the language of source texts, so that they may not be
fully adequate for the task at hand.

This has motivated research into the use of comparable corpora: pairs of
monolingual corpora selected according to the same set of criteria, but in
different languages or language varieties. Comparable corpora overcome the two
limitations of parallel corpora, since sources for original, monolingual texts
are much more abundant than translated texts. However, because of their nature,
mining translations in comparable corpora is much more challenging than in
parallel corpora. What constitutes a good comparable corpus, for a given task or
per se, also requires specific attention: while the definition of a parallel
corpus is fairly straightforward, building a comparable corpus requires control
over the selection of source texts in both languages.

Topics

This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in the constitution
and use of comparable corpora. Contributions are solicited on the constitution
and application of comparable corpora, including the following topics:

Applications of comparable corpora:

tools for translators;
tools for language learning;
cross-language information retrieval;
cross-language document categorization;
machine translation;
monolingual comparable corpora for writing assistance;
extraction of parallel segments in comparable corpora.

Units aligned in comparable corpora:

single words and multi-word expressions; proper names; alignment across
different scripts.

Constitution of comparable corpora:

criteria of comparability;
degree of comparability;
methods for mining comparable corpora.

Important Dates

11 February 2008 - Deadline for submission
10 March 2008 - Notification
31 March 2008 - Final version
31 May 2008 - Workshop

Organisers

Pierre Zweigenbaum
LIMSI, CNRS, Orsay, France
Eric Gaussier
LIG, Université J. Fourier, Grenoble, France
Pascale Fung
Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of Science &
Technology, Hong Kong

Submission Information

We expect short papers of max 3500 words (about 4-6 pages) describing research
addressing one of the above topics, to be submitted as PDF documents by email to
the following address:

Pierre Zweigenbaum pzlimsi.fr

The final papers should not have more than 6 pages, adhering to the stylesheet
that will be adopted for the LREC Proceedings (to be announced later on the
Conference web site).

Scientific Committee

Lynne Bowker (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Hervé Déjean (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)
Éric Gaussier (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France)
Gregory Grefenstette (CEA/LIST, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France)
Pascale Fung (University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong)
Nathalie Kübler (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University, UK)
Emmanuel Morin (Université de Nantes, France)
Dragos Stefan Munteanu (Information Sciences Institute, Marina Del Rey, USA)
Carol Peters (ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Reinhard Rapp (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
Monique Slodzian (INALCO, Paris, France)
Richard Sproat (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France)
Message 2: Formal Semantics in Moscow 4
Date: 25-Dec-2007
From: Igor Yanovich <Igor_Yabbyy.com>
Subject: Formal Semantics in Moscow 4
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Full Title: Formal Semantics in Moscow 4
Short Title: FSIM 4

Date: 05-Apr-2008 - 06-Apr-2008
Location: Moscow, Russia
Contact Person: Igor Yanovich
Meeting Email: fsim4.submissionsgmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 20-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

Formal Semantics in Moscow is an annual workshop devoted to the formal semantics
and pragmatics of natural language.

The 4th Formal Semantics in Moscow workshop (FSIM 4) will be held in Moscow on
April 5-6, at ABBYY Production.

The invited speakers are:

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (CNRS, Université Paris 7)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS, Humboldt University)

We invite submissions of abstracts for 30-minute presentations followed by
10-minute discussion on any topic pertaining to formal semantics and formal
pragmatics of natural language.
The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2007. Each author may be involved in
at most two submissions and may be the sole author of at most one submission.
Abstracts should be anonymous and should not exceed 2 pages. To submit an
abstract, please send an e-mail to fsim4.submissionsgmail.com with your
abstract attached as a .pdf (preferably) or Microsoft Word file. If you use
Word, please save your file in the .rtf format. In the body of the message
please specify your name, affiliation, and the title of the paper. Notifications
of acceptance will be sent by late February.

The annual FSiM workshop was originally started as a place for young researchers
from the field of formal semantics and pragmatics to present their work in a
lively and friendly setting. So while the workshop today is not restricted to
only young and/or student researchers, papers by young researchers are
especially welcome.
There is no registration fee for the workshop. Crash space will be available
upon request.

There are two satellite workshops in Moscow this April: FSIM 4 (April 5-6) and
Syntactic Structures 2, to be held on April 3-4, a conference devoted to syntax
of natural language, but not limited to a single paradigm, allowing to meet both
people studying syntax from a more theoretical perspective and those taking a
more typology-based and hands-on-data direction. One may find more information
on Syntactic Structures 2 at http://syntactic-structures.ru


FSIM 4 Organizing Committee

Igor Yanovich (Moscow State University, ABBYY Production)
Anna Pazelskaya (ABBYY Production)
Peter Arkadyev (Institute of Slavic Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences)

Barbara H. Partee (UMass Amherst) - Honorary Mentor of the organizing committee.



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