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LINGUIST List 19.485

Mon Feb 11 2008

Calls: General Ling/USA; Computational Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Berez Andrea, Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
        2.    Robert Ross, Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems

Message 1: Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
Date: 09-Feb-2008
From: Berez Andrea <aberezumail.ucsb.edu>
Subject: Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
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Full Title: Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
Short Title: WAIL

Date: 23-May-2008 - 24-May-2008
Location: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Contact Person: Joye Kiester
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/nailsg/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Feb-2008

Meeting Description:

The Linguistics department at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces its 11th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), which provides a forum for the discussion of theoretical and descriptive studies of the indigenous languages of the Americas.

Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,
Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
Santa Barbara, CA
May 23-24, 2008

Extended Call for Papers Deadline! New abstract deadline: February 16 2008.

We are pleased to announce that Keren Rice (U Toronto) will be our plenary speaker. Topic TBA.

Anonymous abstracts are invited for talks on any topic in linguistics. Talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be 500 words or less (excluding examples and/or references) and can be submitted by hard copy or email. Individuals may submit abstracts for one single-authored and one co-authored paper. Please indicate your source(s) and type(s) of data in the abstract ( e.g. recordings, texts, conversational, elicited, narrative, etc.). For co-authored papers, please indicate who plans to present the paper as well as who will be in attendance.

Special Panel on Language Policy: This year we are welcoming abstracts for a Special Panel on all issues concerning language policy. Talks will be 20 minutes each, followed by a group discussion/question-and-answer period.

For email submissions: Include the abstract as an attachment. Please limit your abstracts to the following formats: PDF, RTF, or Microsoft Word document.

Include the following information in the body of the email message: (1) your name; (2) affiliation; (3) mailing address; (4) phone number; (5) email address; (6) title of your paper; (7) whether your submission is for the general session or the Special Panel.

Send email submissions to: wail.ucsbgmail.com

For hard copy submissions: Please send four copies of your abstract, along with a 3x5 card with the following information: (1) your name; (2) affiliation; (3) mailing address; (4) phone number; (5) email address; (6) title of your paper; (7) whether your submission is for the general session or the Special Panel.

Send hard copy submissions to: Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
Attn: Joye Kiester or Verónica Muñoz Ledo
Department of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts:
February 16, 2008
Notification of acceptance will be by email no later than February 29, 2008.

General Information: Santa Barbara is situated on the Pacific Ocean near the Santa Yñez Mountains. The UCSB campus is located near the Santa Barbara airport. Participants may also fly into LAX airport in Los Angeles, which is approximately 90 miles southeast of the campus. Shuttle buses run between LAX and Santa Barbara. Information about hotel accommodations will be posted on our website ( http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/nailsg/).

For further information contact the conference coordinators, Joye Kiester and Verónica Muñoz Ledo, at wail.ucsbgmail.com or (805) 893-3776, or check out our website at http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/nailsg/

Message 2: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems
Date: 07-Feb-2008
From: Robert Ross <robertrinformatik.uni-bremen.de>
Subject: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems
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Full Title: Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems
Short Title: YRRSDS08

Date: 21-Jun-2008 - 21-Jun-2008
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact Person: Robert Ross
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.yrrsds.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-May-2008

Meeting Description:

The Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems is an annual workshop designed for students, post docs, and junior researchers working in research related to spoken dialogue systems in both academia and industry. The roundtable provides an open forum where participants can discuss their research interests, current work and future plans. The workshop is meant to provide an interdisciplinary forum for creative thinking about current issues in spoken dialogue systems research, and help create a stronger international network of young researchers working in the field. The workshop is co-located with ACL 2008 and will occur the day after the 9th SIGdial workshop.

Call for Papers

Young Researchers' Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems
June 21st, 2008, Columbus, Ohio

Workshop Format:
Workshop events will include small informal discussion groups, a larger Question & Answers style discussion with senior researchers from academia and industry, and an opt-in demo presentation session. There will also be time for participants to have informal discussions over coffee with senior researchers on potential career opportunities. The small discussion groups are intended to allow participants to exchange ideas on key research topics, and identify issues that are likely to be important in the coming years. The results of each discussion group will then presented and discussed in plenary sessions. The topics for discussion are still open and will be determined by participant submissions and finalized online before the workshop. Potential participants should submit a short paper, as described below in the submission process to get accepted to the workshop.

In addition to the traditional one day event, a half day extension on the topic of ''Frameworks and Grand Challenges for Dialog System Evaluation'' is under consideration for the morning of June 22nd, 2008. The aim of this extra extension is to provide an opportunity for dialog systems researchers to discuss issues of evaluation, and hopefully determine an agenda for a future evaluation event or framework. Organization of this extended event will depend on interest; we therefore, as described below, invite potential participants to indicate their interest with their YRR08 submission.

Submission Process:
We invite participation from students, post docs, and junior researchers in academia or industry who are currently working in spoken dialog systems research. We also invite participation from those who are working in related fields such as linguistics, psychology, or speech processing, as applied to spoken dialog systems. Please note that by 'young researchers' the workshop's organizers mean to target students and researchers in the field who are at a relatively early stage of their careers, and in no way mean to imply that participants must meet certain age restrictions.

Potential participants should submit a 2-page position paper and suggest topics for discussion and whether they would be interested in attending the extended session on Sunday morning. A template and specific submission instructions will be available on http://www.yrrsds.org/ on March 1. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis from that day until the maximum number of participants for the workshop (50) is reached, or until the submission deadline (May 10th, 2008) is reached. Proceedings from previous years' workshops are also available on our web site. Specific questions can be directed to the organizing committee at yrr08-organizersgooglegroups.com

Important Dates:
Submissions: March 1st, 2008
Submissions deadline: May 10th, 2008
Notification: May 20th, 2008
Registration begins: to be announced
Workshop: June 21st, 2008

Organizing Committee:
Hua Ai, Intelligent Systems Program, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Carlos Gómez Gallo, Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester, USA
Robert J. Ross, Department of Computer Science, University of Bremen, Germany
Sabrina Wilske, Department of Computational Linguistics, Saarland University, Germany
Andi Winterboer, Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems, University of Edinburgh, UK
Craig Wootton, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Local Organization:
Tim Weale, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA

Advisory Committee:
John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Sudeep Gandhe, University of Southern California, USA
Stefan Hamerich, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, Germany
Hartwig Holzapfel, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tatsuya Kawahara, Kyoto University, Japan
Alistair Knott, Otago University, New Zealand
Geert-Jan Kruijff, DFKI Language Technology, Germany
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Michael McTear, University of Ulster, UK
Helen Meng, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Johanna Moore, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ian O'Neill, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Tim Paek, Microsoft Research, USA
Verena Rieser, University of Edinburgh, UK
Antonio Roque, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany
Marilyn Walker, University of Sheffield, UK
Fuliang Weng, Bosch Research, USA
Wieneke Wesseling, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Michael White, Ohio State University, USA

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