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LINGUIST List 19.946

Thu Mar 20 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/USA; General Ling/Australia

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        1.    Sandra Kuebler, ACL-08 Workshop on Parsing German
        2.    Mel Gallagher, Interspeech 2008

Message 1: ACL-08 Workshop on Parsing German
Date: 19-Mar-2008
From: Sandra Kuebler <skueblerindiana.edu>
Subject: ACL-08 Workshop on Parsing German
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Full Title: ACL-08 Workshop on Parsing German

Date: 19-Jun-2008 - 20-Jun-2008
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact Person: Gerald Penn
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://https://www.softconf.com/acl08/ACL08-WS11/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 24-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

ACL-08 Workshop on Parsing German

Final Call for Papers

ACL 2008
Workshop on Parsing German (PaGe 08)
June 20, 2008
Columbus, Ohio


Extended Deadline: March 24

German possesses an interesting set of configurational properties on the syntactic level which make it far less flexible with respect to word order than other free word order languages. Analyses of these properties, which have formed a part of the traditional syntax of German since the early 19th century, only re-entered the mainstream of generative linguistics research within the last twenty years or so. In computational linguistics, however, their realization has varied quite widely: ''topological fields'' in HPSG-style analyses, multiple
parse trees, special constraints on liberation in constraint-based dependency-style analyses, various hybrid ''deep/shallow'' approaches, and agnostic parameter estimation over graphs. This variation can also acutely be felt in the annotation of German treebanks. Many corpora have historically elected to annotate only a few of the different senses of the term ''constituent'' inherent to German syntax, resulting in standards that make German appear either more like English or more like Czech.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for theoretical discussion as well as a shared task, based on the TIGER and TueBa-D/Z German treebanks, for these various approaches to make their case on empirical grounds. This combination we believe to be essential to balancing the considerations of what structure merits learning versus the ease with which it can be learned. Both treebanks are annotated collections of German newspaper text on similar topics. They are annotated with POS, morphology, phrase structure, and grammatical functions. TueBa-D/Z additionally uses topological fields to describe fundamental word order restrictions in German clauses. The treebanks differ significantly in their annotation schemes, however: while TIGER relies on crossing branches to describe long distance relationships, TueBa-D/Z uses pure tree structures with designated labels for long distance relationships. Additionally, the annotation is TIGER is flat
on the phrasal level while TueBa-D/Z annotates phrasal structure more hierarchically.

Participation in the shared task is optional.

- constituent based approaches to parsing German
- dependency based approaches to parsing German
- treatment of long-distance relationships in German
- comparisons of parsing results for German to other free word order languages

Shared Task:
The workshop will feature a shared task on parsing German. We will
provide the following data sets:
- TIGER in constituent structure
- TIGER in dependency structure
- TueBa-D/Z in constituent structure
- TueBa-D/Z in dependency structure

The task will be to parse both treebanks using one structural encoding. The final ranking of systems will be based on averages computed between both treebanks. The data sets will be made available free of charge for the shared task, but they do require a license.

In order to take part in the shared task, participants should register their intent to participate by sending an email to skueblerindiana.edu. More information will be made available to registered participants.

Important Dates:
Workshop Paper Submission deadline: March 24, 2008
Notifications sent to authors: April 4, 2008
Camera ready due: April18, 2008
Workshop Dates: June 20, 2008

Paper Submission Information:
Submissions will consist of regular full papers of max. 8 pages, formatted following the ACL 2008 main session guidelines. In addition, shared task participants will be invited to submit short papers describing their systems and/or their evaluation metrics. Both submission and review processes will be handled via the START system:


Program Committee:
Berthold Crysmann, Bonn
Amit Dubey, Edinburgh
Anette Frank, Heidelberg
Erhard Hinrichs, Tuebingen
Julia Hockenmaier, Illinois
Laura Kallmeyer, Tuebingen
Frank Keller, Edinburgh
Sandra Kuebler (co-chair)
Wolfgang Menzel, Hamburg
Stefan Mueller, Berlin
Stephan Oepen, Oslo
Gerald Penn (co-chair)
Helmut Schmid, Stuttgart
Gerold Schneider, Zuerich
Hans Uszkoreit, Saarbruecken
Josef van Genabith, Dublin

Workshop Organizers:
Sandra Kuebler
Indiana University

Gerald Penn
University of Toronto

Message 2: Interspeech 2008
Date: 19-Mar-2008
From: Mel Gallagher <m.gallagheruws.edu.au>
Subject: Interspeech 2008
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Full Title: Interspeech 2008

Date: 22-Sep-2008 - 26-Sep-2008
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Contact Person: Denis Burnham
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.interspeech.org

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:

Interspeech 2008 (22-26 September) is the ninth conference in the annual series of Interspeech events. It will be held in Brisbane, Australia, under the sponsorship of the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA) and the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). Interspeech 2008 will cover all the scientific and technological aspects of speech science and technology.

Call for Papers

Interspeech 2008 incorporating SST 08
September 22-26, 2008
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, Australia

Paper Submission Due: 7 April 2008

Interspeech is the world's largest and most comprehensive conference on Speech Science and Speech Technology. We invite original papers in any related area, including (but not limited to):
- Human Speech Production, Perception and Communication;
- Speech and Language Technology;
- Spoken Language Systems; and
- Applications, Resources, Standardisation and Evaluation.

In addition, a number of Special Sessions on selected topics have been organised and we invite you to submit for these also (see website for a complete list).

Interspeech 2008 has two types of submission formats: Full 4-page Papers and Short 1-page Papers. Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in either format via the conference website by 7 April 2008.

Important Dates
- Paper Submission: Monday, 7 April 2008, 3pm GMT
- Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: Monday, 16 June 2008, 3pm GMT
- Early Registration Deadline: Monday, 7 July 2008, 3pm GMT
- Tutorial Day: Monday, 22 September 2008
- Main conference: 23-26 September 2008

For more information please visit the website http://www.interspeech2008.org/

Denis Burnham
Conference Chair
Interspeech 2008

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