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LINGUIST List 19.3436

Tue Nov 11 2008

Calls: Philosophy of Lang,Pragmatics/France; Computational Ling/USA

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

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        1.    Alda Mari, Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)
        2.    Joel Tetreault, NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP

Message 1: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)
Date: 10-Nov-2008
From: Alda Mari <alda.mariens.fr>
Subject: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)
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Full Title: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)
Short Title: GENIUS (I)

Date: 11-May-2009 - 13-May-2009
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Alda Mari
Meeting Email: alda.mariens.fr
Web Site: http://www.genericity.ens.fr

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The conference welcomes papers on genericity clearly articulating empirical and
formal issues.

Call for Papers

Genericity: Interpreation and Uses (Conference I)
May 11-12-13, 2009
ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
Paris - France

Invited Speakers:
Nicholas Asher (IRIT / University of Texas at Austin)
Ariel Cohen (Ben Gurion University)
Francis Corblin (Université Paris Sorbonne)
Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (CNRS / Paris VII)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS Berlin)
Christopher Piñón (Université Lille III)

Since the publication of the collective work 'The Generic Book' (Carlson &
Pelletier (ed.), 1995), research on genericity has developed in various
directions. The principal merit of 'The Generic Book' was to establish a unified
terminology, which paved the way for very detailed and specific studies, whose
results are intended to be cumulative.

Since then, much of the research has focused on syntactic, semantic and
pragmatic issues and important advances have been made in each of these fields
and at their interfaces. The goal of the conference is to bring together
theoreticians of different horizons articulating linguistic issues with logical
and philosophical ones.

The conference welcomes papers on different languages clearly articulating
empirical and formal issues, including but not limited to the following topics:
ILP SLP distinction
Kind terms
Generic Determiners
Generic Quantification
Frequency Adverbs
GEN / HAB distinction
Tense and Aspect in generic sentences
Free choiceness and genericity
Genericity and modality

Selection Committee:
Nicholas Asher (CNRS/Austin Texas)
Claire Beyssade (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University)
Francis Corblin (Paris IV Sorbonne)
Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (LLF Paris VII)
Brenda Laca (Université Paris VIII)
Alda Mari (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Christopher Piñón (Université Lille III)
Benjamin Spector (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)

Organization Committee:
Claire Beyssade (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Alda Mari - Chair - (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)

Abstract Submission:
Anonymous abstracts in pdf format not exceeding 2 pages with standard 1 inch
margins on all sides, including examples, figures and references, are to be sent
to GenerictyConferencegmail.com One single authored and a co-authored abstract
can be submitted. Please include in the body of the mail the following information:
Title of the abstract
E-mail Address

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: January 31st
Notification: March 1st

This conference opens the ANR Project 'Genius: Genericity Interpretation and Uses'.
Message 2: NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP
Date: 10-Nov-2008
From: Joel Tetreault <JTetreaultets.org>
Subject: NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP
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Full Title: NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP
Short Title: BEA-4

Date: 04-Jun-2009 - 05-Jun-2009
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contact Person: Joel Tetreault
Meeting Email: JTetreaultets.org
Web Site: http://www.cs.rochester.edu/u/tetreaul/naacl-bea4.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

The 4th Workshop on the Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational
Applications (BEA-4)
June 04 or 05, 2009
Co-located with NAACL-HLT 2009
Boulder, Colorado, USA

Call for Papers

Workshop Description
The Innovative Use of NLP in Educational Applications workshops have fostered
interaction and collaboration among researchers in intelligent tutoring systems
(ITS) using text and speech, scoring of free-response assessments and
proofreading tools. This workshop will continue to explore NLP technologies with
the goal of identifying novel use of NLP techniques and tools for the
development of educational applications.

We are increasing the scope of the workshop to (1) include a demo and poster
session and (2) begin to plan for the first shared task of the workshop:
grammatical error detection and correction of articles and prepositions (for
2010 workshop).

Full paper, demo and poster submission topics will include, but will not be
limited to the following:
1) Automated scoring/evaluation for oral and written student responses
- Content analysis for scoring/assessment
- Grammatical error detection and correction
- Discourse and stylistic analysis
- Plagiarism detection
- Machine translation for assessment, instruction and curriculum development

2) Intelligent Tutoring (IT) that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP methods
- Dialogue systems in education
- Hypothesis formation and testing
- Multi-modal communication between students and computers
- Generation of tutorial responses
- Knowledge representation in learning systems
- Concept visualization in learning systems

3) Learner cognition
- Assessment of learners' language and cognitive skill levels
- Systems that detect and adapt to learners' cognitive or emotional states
- Tools for learners with special needs

4) Use of corpora in educational tools
- Data mining of learner and other corpora for tool building
- Annotation standards and schemas / annotator agreement

5) Tools for classroom teachers and/or test developers
- NLP tools for second and foreign language learners
- Semantic-based access to instructional materials to identify appropriate texts
- Tools that automatically generate test questions - such as multiple choice or
short answer
- Processing of and access to lecture materials across topics and genres
- Adaptation of instructional text to individual learners' grade levels assist
in text-based curriculum development
- E-learning tools for personalized course content
- Language-based educational games

6) Issues involving the shared tasks for the 2010 Workshop: Grammatical
error detection and correction

7) Issues concerning the evaluation of NLP-based educational tools

8) Descriptions of implemented systems

Submission Information
Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages in electronic, PDF
format (with up to 1 additional page for references). Previously published
papers cannot be accepted. The submissions will be reviewed by the program
committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous.
Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed
(Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Style files will be available soon.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: March 06, 2009
Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2009
Camera-ready papers due: April 12, 2009
Workshop: June 04 or 05, 2009

Workshop Chairs:
Joel Tetreault, ETS, USA (principal contact: JTetreaultets.org)
Jill Burstein, ETS, USA
Claudia Leacock, Butler Hill Group, USA

Program Committee:
Martin Chodorow, Hunter College, CUNY, USA
Bill Dolan, Microsoft, USA
Jennifer Foster, Dublin City University, Ireland
Michael Gamon, Microsoft, USA
Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Na-Rae Han, Korea University, Korea
Trude Heift, Simon Frasier University, Canada
Derrick Higgins, ETS, USA
Emi Izumi, NICT, Japan
Ola Knutsson, KTH Nada, Sweden
John Lee, MIT, USA
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Detmar Meurers, University of Tubingen, Germany
Lisa Michaud, Saint Anselm College, USA
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Mathias Schulze, University of Waterloo, Canada
Stephanie Seneff, MIT, USA
Richard Sproat, UIUC, USA
Jana Sukkarieh, ETS, USA
David Wible, Tamkang University, Taiwan

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