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LINGUIST List 19.274

Wed Jan 23 2008

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

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

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        1.    Andreas Witt, Uses and Usage of Language Resource-Related Standards
        2.    Cristiane Santos, Special 6th World Congress of African Linguistics

Message 1: Uses and Usage of Language Resource-Related Standards
Date: 23-Jan-2008
From: Andreas Witt <Andreas.Wittuni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Uses and Usage of Language Resource-Related Standards
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Full Title: Uses and Usage of Language Resource-Related Standards
Short Title: langstanduse08

Date: 27-May-2008 - 27-May-2008
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Contact Person: Andreas Witt
Meeting Email: Andreas.Wittuni-tuebingen.de
Web Site: http://www.sfb441.uni-tuebingen.de/c2/langstanduse/

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

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

The workshop is intended to bring together researchers from a variety of fields
concerned with LRs in a wider sense (language documentation, localization,
computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, literary computing) and invite
them to report and critically reflect upon their experiences with employing
existing standards. We thus expect to gain new insights on the uses, usage and
usefulness of standards for a variety of tasks as well as possible needs for
elaboration and expansion (e.g., best practices, interaction with non-language
data standards). The workshop will thus focus on experiences with standards
as well as tools to enhance the use of standards.

Call for Papers

Pre LREC-2008 Workshop:
Uses and Usage of Language Resource-Related Standards
Marrakech, Morocco
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

In recent years more and more standards related to the representation and
processing of language resources (LRs) have been issued by different
organizations (e.g., ISO, Oasis, LISA, W3C, TEI etc.). While some of these have
been designed explicitly for the purpose of modeling language (e.g., LAF, OLAC,
IMDI, etc), other standards in use in the community are originally geared to the
representation of properties of texts (e.g., TEI). Still others have been
defined with broader, not inherently language or text-related purposes in mind.
Apart from standards for representation and linguistic description, recently
standards for resource management are also emerging.

The formal standardisation process is only one aspect of the evolution of a
standard. The application and the real use seem to be even more important. A
standard is useful for the community only if it is actually applied. The
workshop will concentrate on standards which are in use, experiences with
standards as well as tools to enhance the use of standards. In particular we
will encourage contributions in the following areas:

(a) experiences with different types of standards:

- research contexts inviting/impeding the use of standards
- standards and exploitation of LRs
- use of language vs. text encoding standards
- use of standards for representation vs. linguistic description
- standards for different types of LRs (corpora, archives, dictionaries, spoken
vs. written language etc)
- standards used in the localization process
- competing standards (comparison of competing standards, motivations for
preferring one standard over another)

(b) use of standards from different vantage points:

- data providers (support for standards, e.g., data category registry)
- data users (e.g., standards supporting resource exploitation)
- tool developers (e.g., corpus annotation tools supporting standards, standards
aware localization tools)

(c) new horizons in standardization

- standardization for resource management (e.g., resource validation) and best
- efforts to make language resource-related standards communicate with each
other (e.g., mappings, upper structures)
- interaction of language resource-related standards with non-language data
- special requirements for multilingual resources
- special requirements for multimodal resources
- methodologies for the evaluation of standards

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

Questions regarding the submission procedure should be directed to

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

Nicoletta Calzolari Zamorani, ILC, Pisa
Felix Sasaki, W3C, Keio Research Institute
Elke Teich, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Andreas Witt, Tübingen University
Peter Wittenburg, MPI Nijmegen

Program Committee

Nuria Bel (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Spain)
Lou Burnard (University of Oxford, UK)
Gerhard Budin (Vienna University, Austria)
Key-Sun Choi (KAIST, Republic of Korea)
Thierry Declerck (DFKI, Germany)
Peter Fankhauser (FhG-IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany)
Gil Francopoulo (Tagmatica, France)
Thilo Goetz (IBM, Germany)
Yoshihiko Hayashi (Osaka University and NICT, Japan)
Uli Heid (Stuttgart University, Germany)
Erhard Hinrichs (Tübingen University, Germany)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, New York, USA)
Fotis Jannidis (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
Kiyong Lee (Korea University, Republic of Korea)
Christian Lieske (SAP AG, Germany)
Monica Monachini (ILC Pisa, Italy)
Laurent Romary (MPG, Germany)
Justus Roux (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Yves Savourel (Enlaso, USA)
C.M. Sperberg-McQueen (W3C, USA)
Sue Ellen Wright (Kent State University, OH, USA)
Message 2: Special 6th World Congress of African Linguistics
Date: 23-Jan-2008
From: Cristiane Santos <cbenjamimuol.com.br>
Subject: Special 6th World Congress of African Linguistics
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Full Title: Special 6th World Congress of African Linguistics

Date: 11-Aug-2008 - 15-Aug-2008
Location: São Paulo, São Paulo State, Brazil
Contact Person: Margarida Petter
Meeting Email: gelausp.br
Web Site: http://www.fflch.usp.br/dl/wocal6special/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

The conference theme is Exploring the African Language Connection in the
Americas. We welcome papers addressing the conference theme, focusing on issues
related to the contact between African languages and European and Indigenous
languages in the Americas, or any other topic related to African languages and

Call for Papers

February 18, 2008 is the deadline for the submission of an abstract, in English
or French, containing the following information: author name(s) and
affiliation(s); address information (incl. fax and email); title of
presentation; preferred format (oral presentation or poster); three to five
keywords; a 500-word summary. Abstracts should be sent in PDF format, or
postscript attachments to the following email address: gelausp.br .
Abstracts are solicited for 20-min oral presentations to be presented in
parallel sessions, and for poster presentations. Each proposal will be reviewed
anonymously by two members of a large international panel. Notifications of the
Organizing Committee's decisions will be sent out by March 28, 2008.

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