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LINGUIST List 19.2796

Sat Sep 13 2008

Calls: General Ling/Malaysia; Computational Ling/Austria

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Dr. Vijay Kumar Mallan, Msian Int Conference on Languages, Lit and Culture
        2.    Dag Haug, Computational Linguistics and Latin Philology

Message 1: Msian Int Conference on Languages, Lit and Culture
Date: 12-Sep-2008
From: Dr. Vijay Kumar Mallan <vijayfbmk.upm.edu.my>
Subject: Msian Int Conference on Languages, Lit and Culture
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Full Title: Msian Int Conference on Languages, Lit and Culture
Short Title: MICOLLAC 2009

Date: 28-Apr-2009 - 30-Apr-2009
Location: Putrajaya, Malaysia
Contact Person: Dr Mardziah Hayati Abdulah
Meeting Email: mardziahfbmk.upm.edu.my

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

Nationally and internationally, the biannual MICOLLAC organized by the
Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication,
Universiti Putra Malaysia, has a reputation as a comprehensive conference
covering areas of languages, literatures and cultures. At each of these
conferences (since 1999), we explore how languages, literatures and
cultures are constantly evolving. The coming conference aims to look at
how language universals continue to have an impact on language studies.
At the same time, particular distinctions are also the foray of current
investigations with simultaneous emphasis on cross-disciplinary
perspectives that enrich the macro fields of the links between languages,
literatures and cultures.

MICOLLAC brings together local and international academics, educators,
planners and teaching professionals to exchange views and insights on
past and current practices in the areas of languages, literatures and
cultures with significance for future directions. Attendees will have excellent
opportunities to meet colleagues from Malaysia and other parts of the

Call for Papers

Papers are invited for the discussion of universals, distinctions and cross-
disciplinary perspectives in the following areas:

Language Universals
Language and Identity
Ethnicity, Nationalism and Language
Literatures across Cultures
Heritage Language
Gender and Sexism in Language
Language Engineering
Variation and Language Change
Issues in Assessment
Second Language Acquisition
Literary Theories
Media and Language
Translation Studies

Papers on other related sub-themes are also welcome.
Message 2: Computational Linguistics and Latin Philology
Date: 11-Sep-2008
From: Dag Haug <daghaugifikk.uio.no>
Subject: Computational Linguistics and Latin Philology
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Full Title: Computational Linguistics and Latin Philology

Date: 06-Apr-2009 - 06-Apr-2009
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Contact Person: Dag Haug

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Latin (lat)

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2008

Meeting Description:

The workshop aims to bring together scholars working in the field of
computational linguistics and Latin philology - both those developing
resources and those conducting linguistic research using them - to share
their work and experience.

Call for Papers

Workshop in Computational Linguistics and Latin Philology

Place: University of Innsbruck, 15. International Colloquium on Latin
Date: April 6, 2009
Workshop organizers: David Bamman (Perseus Project, Tufts University),
Dag Haug (University of Oslo), Marco Passarotti (Catholic University of

Invited speaker: Roberto Busa, S.J.

Classical Studies has long had a history of driving pioneering research in
linguistics and literary studies. The great Classical philologists and
lexicographers of the 19th century are arguably some of the world's
earliest and finest corpus linguists - but we find ourselves now lagging
behind the achievements of other languages due in large part to the
absence of structured digital resources on which to base our research.
While the TLG and the Packard Humanities Institute each released their
respective Greek and Latin corpus in the 1970s (only shortly after the
release of the Brown Corpus of English in 1967), they remain today -
almost 40 years later - two of our most widely used electronic resources.
Those ensuing 40 years have seen the rise and widespread development
of structured knowledge bases, such as huge treebanks to encode
syntactic information in English, Czech, Arabic and over twenty other
languages, lexical ontologies such as WordNet, and new corpora being
annotated not just with their semantics and syntax disambiguated, but their
named entities and propositional data made explicit as well.

We are, however, now beginning to see these same resources being
developed for Latin, along with the automatic tools that can exploit them
(such as automatic syntactic parsers and morphological taggers) and a
new interest in quantitative research that can only exist as a result. As we
enter this new era, we must take care to work together as a community
going forward - the three organizers, for instance, are each leading the
development of independent treebank projects for different eras of Latin
(Classical, Biblical and Thomistic) and we recognize that the value of each
project is exponentially greater when compatible with the others. This
workshop aims to bring together scholars working in the field - both those
developing such resources and those conducting linguistic research using
them - to share such work and experience.

We invite presentations including the following:

- Electronic resources for Latin in development
- Corpus linguistic research
- Application and evaluation of NLP tools on Latin texts
- Development of corpus-driven lexica
- Standards and standardization of annotation styles on different linguistic
layers (e.g., morphological, syntactic, semantic, propositional)

Please submit abstracts of up to two a4-pages to Dag Haug at
daghaugifikk.uio.no.ignorethisbit before December 1, 2008. Notifications
will be sent before January 1, 2009.

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