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LINGUIST List 19.794

Mon Mar 10 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/UK; Text/Corpus Ling/Spain

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        1.    Michael Zock, Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
        2.    Noemi Marin Cucala, International Seminar: New Trends in Corpus Linguistics

Message 1: Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
Date: 08-Mar-2008
From: Michael Zock <zockfree.fr>
Subject: Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
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Full Title: Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
Short Title: CogALex

Date: 23-Aug-2008 - 24-Aug-2008
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Michael Zock
Meeting Email: michael.zocklif.univ-mrs.fr
Web Site: http://pageperso.lif.univ-mrs.fr/~michael.zock/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 05-May-2008

Meeting Description:

The aim of this workshop is to bring together leading researchers involved in
the building of electronic dictionaries to discuss modifications of existing
resources in line with the users' needs (i.e. how to capitalize on the
advantages of the digital form). Given the breadth of the questions, we welcome
reports on work from many perspectives, including, but not limited to,
linguistics, computer science, psycholinguistics, language learning, and
ergonomics. We request that contributions address computational aspects.

Call for Papers

What are people looking for when they use a dictionary? What strategies do they
use for search? What do people know before they start? These questions concern
the cognitive aspects of the lexicon, and their answers should guide the design
of online dictionaries.

Many people believe in the virtues of completeness. Yet, the quality of a
dictionary depends not only on coverage (number of entries) and granularity, but
also on accessibility of information. Access strategies vary with the task (text
understanding vs. text production) and the knowledge available at the moment of
consultation (word, concept, sound). Unlike readers who look for meanings,
writers start from them, searching for the corresponding words. While paper
dictionaries are static, permitting only limited strategies for accessing
information, their electronic counterparts promise dynamic, proactive search via
multiple criteria (meaning, sound, related word) and via diverse access routes.
Navigation takes place in a huge conceptual-lexical space, and the results are
displayable in a multitude of forms (as trees, as lists, as graphs, or sorted
alphabetically, by topic, by frequency).

Many lexicographers work nowadays with huge digital corpora, using language
technology to build and to maintain the resource. But access to the potential
wealth in dictionaries remains limited for the common user. Yet, the new
possibilities of electronic media in terms of comfort, speed and flexibility
(multiple inputs, polyform outputs) are enormous. We have not even realized
their full potential yet. More than just allowing electronic versions of
paper-bound dictionaries, computers provide a freedom for rethinking
dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, etc., a distinction necessary in the past
for economical reasons, but no longer justified anymore. The goal of this
workshop is to perform the groundwork for the next generation of electronic
dictionaries, that is, to study the possibility of integrating the different
resources, as well as to explore the feasability of taking the user's needs,
knowledge and access strategies into account.


For this workshop, we solicit papers addressing any of the following issues:

1. Conceptual input of a dictionary user: what is present in speakers'/writers'
minds when they are generating a message and looking for a (target) word? Does
the user have in mind conceptual primitives, semantically related words, some
type of partial definition, something like synsets, or something completely

2. Access, navigation and search strategies: we would like to be able to access
entries by word form but also by meaning and sounds (syllables). Even if input
is given in an incomplete, imprecise or degraded form. The more precise the
conceptual input, the less navigation should be needed and vice versa. How can
we create local search spaces, and provide a user with the tools for navigating
within them?

3. Indexing words and organizing the lexicon: Words and concepts can be
organized in many ways, varying according to typology and conceptual systems.
For example, words are traditionally organized alphabetically in Western
languages, but by semantic radicals and stroke counts in Chinese. The way how
words and concepts are organized affects indexing and access. Indexing must
robustly allow for multiple ways of navigation and access. What efficient
organizational principles allow the greatest flexibility for access? What about
lexical entry standardization? Are universal definitions possible? What about
efforts such as the Lexical Markup Framework (LMF) and other global structures
for the lexicon? Can ontologies be combined with standards for the lexicon?

4. NLP Applications: Contributors can also address the issue of how such
enhanced dictionaries, once embedded in existing NLP applications, can boost
performance and help solve lexical and textual-entailment problems such as those
evaluated in SEMEVAL 2007, or, more generally, generation problems encountered
in the context of summarization, question-answering, interactive paraphrasing or

Important Dates:
Paper Submission Deadline: 5th May
Notification of Acceptance: 6th June
Camera-Ready Papers Due: 1st July
Workshop: 24th August

Submission Instructions:
Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work on the topic areas of
the workshop. As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, should be avoided.

Submitted papers should be no longer than eight (8) pages, 4 in the case of
project reports (including data, tables, figures, and references).
Please include a one-paragraph abstract of the entire work (about 200 words) and
use the Coling 2008 LaTeX or MS Word style sheets
Submission will be electronic (pdf format only) via the START paper submission
webpage: https://www.softconf.com/coling08/CAL08/submit.html

Workshop Organizers:
- Michael Zock (LIF-CNRS, Marseille)
- Churen Huang (Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan)

Programme Committee:
- Slaven Bilac, Google-Tokyo, Japan
- Pierrette Bouillon, ISSCO, Geneva, Switzerland
- Dan Cristea, University of Iasi, Romania
- Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton, USA
- Olivier Ferret, CEA LIST, France
- Thierry Fontenelle, Microsoft, Redmont
- Gregory Grefenstette, CEA LIST, France
- Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
- Ed Hovy, ISI, Los Angeles, USA
- Chu-Ren Huang, Sinica, Taiwan
- Terry Joyce, Tama University, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
- Adam Kilgarriff, Brighton, Lexical Computing Ltd, UK
- Philippe Langlais, University of Montreal, Canada
- Dekang Lin, Google, Mountain View, California, USA
- Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA
- Alain Polguère, University of Montreal, Canada
- Reinhard Rapp, university of Tarragona, Spain
- Sabine Schulte im Walde, University of Stuttgart, Germany
- Gilles Serasset, Imag, Grenoble, France
- Anna Sinopalnikova, FIT, BUT, Brno, Czech Republic
- Takenobu Tokunaga, Titech, Tokyo, Japan
- Dan Tufis, RACAI, Bucharest, Romania
- Jean Véronis, University of Aix-Marseille, France
- Yorick Wilks, Oxford Internet Institute, UK
- Michael Zock LIF-CNRS, Marseille, France
- Pierre Zweigenbaum, Limsi, Orsay, France

Contact Person and Workshop Website:
Michael Zock (michael.zocklif.univ-mrs.fr)
Message 2: International Seminar: New Trends in Corpus Linguistics
Date: 08-Mar-2008
From: Noemi Marin Cucala <noemi.marinalumail.uji.es>
Subject: International Seminar: New Trends in Corpus Linguistics
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Full Title: International Seminar: New Trends in Corpus Linguistics

Date: 22-Sep-2008 - 24-Sep-2008
Location: Granada, Spain
Contact Person: Carmen Perez Basanta
Meeting Email: newtrendsugr.es
Web Site: http://www.ugr.es/local/newtrends

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2008

Meeting Description:

Please, find below information on the International Seminar 'New Trends in
Corpus Linguistics for Language Teaching and Translation Studies. In Honour Of
John Sinclair' which will be held in Granada, 22-24 September 2008.

Call for Papers

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submissions of Abstracts: 1 May 2008.
Information of acceptance to authors: 15 May 2008.

Deadline for Registration:
Early bird registration: 30 June 2008.
Late registration until fully booked.

Academic Programme:
1. General plenary sessions tackling theoretical issues in Corpus Linguistics.
2. Parallel talks and discussions focusing on relevant aspects of corpus-based
work on language teaching and translation studies.
3. Parallel hands-on sessions (workshops) looking into practical aspects of
corpus-based applications and software demonstration.
4. Final panel discussion chaired by eminent scholar with the contribution of
guest speakers.
5. Presentation of research projects by participants.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Elena Tognini-Bonelli (University of Siena)
Mona Baker (University of Manchester)
Anthony Baldry (University of Messina)
Claudio Bendazzoli (University of Bologna)
Sabine Braun (University of Surrey)
José María Bravo Gozalo (University of Valladolid)
Daan Broeder (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Angela Chambers (University of Limerick)
Stefan Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Stig Johansson (University of Oslo)
Dorothy Kenny (Dublin City University)
Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing Ltd.)
Saturnino Luz (Trinity College Dublin)
Pascual Pérez Paredes (University of Murcia)
Paul Rayson (University of Lancaster)
Mariachiara Russo (University of Bologna)
Annalisa Sandrelli (University of Bologna)
Federico Zanettin (University of Perugia)

We welcome papers focusing on research projects in the field of Corpus
Linguistics, especially those concerned with innovative uses of data-driven
studies and leading-edge technologies for language teaching and translation
studies. Thus, we invite submissions for research papers (of approximately 20
minutes) and poster presentations. Seminar language will be English but
presentation of research may be in English, Spanish or Catalan. Abstracts should
be 300 words maximum.

Full CFP (PDF) can be downloaded here

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
We are pleased to announce that the International Journal of Translation and the
Language Forum have invited us to publish a selection of papers in two edited
volumes: one for Translation Studies and one for Language Teaching.

For Further Information: http://www.ugr.es/local/newtrends

We are looking forward to seeing you in Granada,



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