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Calls: Linguistic Rules, ALLC/ACH '92

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  1. Jane Edwards, Conference on Linguistic Rules
  2. "NANCY M. IDE, ALLC/ACH '92: Call For Papers

Message 1: Conference on Linguistic Rules

Date: Fri, 6 Sep 91 11:59:11 -0700
From: Jane Edwards <edwards%cogsci.Berkeley.EDURICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
Subject: Conference on Linguistic Rules
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21st Annual University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Linguistics Symposium
April 10-12, 1992
Invited Speakers:	John DuBois, University of California, Santa Barbara
			Janet Dean Fodor, City University of New York
			John Goldsmith, University of Chicago
			William Labov, University of Pennsylvania
			Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
			Steven Pinker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This conference will address the question of the nature--in fact the
existence--of linguistic rules. Are such rules best seen simply as
convenient tools for the description of languages, or are they actually
invoked, as a guide to performance, by individual language users? We
anticipate that this issue can be addressed from a number of linguistic,
psychological, and philosophical perspectives, including, but not
restricted to, the following:
--Does knowledge of language consist of mentally represented rules?
--Are such rules categorical or variable?
--What sorts of evidence can be taken to indicate the presence of a
 linguistic rule? What is the relevance in this connection of
 historical change and language variation?
--Do rules inhere in the individual, the speech community, the species?
--To what extent can linguistic rules be distinguished from strategies
 motivated by the pressures of situated language use?
--What types of representation are necessary in order to characterize
 phonological or syntactic patterns? Are the principles involved
 significantly different in the two cases?
--To what extent can linguistic rules be eliminated in favor of
 constraint satisfaction? Is there evidence for the mental
 representation of such constraints?
--What is the nature of the child's innate equipment for language
 learning--a set of unmarked parameters, a specifically linguistic
 rule-based architecture, or some other more general cognitive
 architecture? How is this equipment modified as the child learns a
 specific language?
--If children come equipped with linguistic rules, how do they adjust
 these rules and symbolic representations in the course of language
--If children do not use linguistic rules, what learning algorithms can
 be used to describe developmental changes in language?
--Is linguistic processing best characterized as modular or interactive?
--What is the proper role of connectionism in modeling language
 comprehension and production?
--Do parallel distributed processing networks eliminate the need for
 linguistic rules?
--What changes in formal language theory does adoption of a non-rule
 based architecture require?
Papers will be twenty minutes long, and it is anticipated that a
selection of them will be published. Send ten copies of a camera-ready,
anonymous abstract (one typed page, with figures and references allowed
on a second page) along with a 3"x5" card containing the title of your
paper, your name, address, and institutional affiliation, to:
Pamela Downing
Department of English
P.O. Box 413
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Friday, November 1, 1991
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Message 2: ALLC/ACH '92: Call For Papers

Date: Thu, 5 Sep 91 09:02 EDT
From: "NANCY M. IDE <>
Subject: ALLC/ACH '92: Call For Papers
 5-9 April 1992
 Christ Church, Oxford, England
This conference is the major annual forum for literary, linguistic and
humanities computing. Its focus is on the development of new computing
methodologies for research and teaching in the humanities, on the development
of significant new materials and tools for humanities research, and on the
application and evaluation of computing techniques in humanities
TOPICS: Submissions are invited on all areas of literary, linguistic and
humanities computing, including, but not limited to: text encoding;
hypertext; text corpora; computational lexicography; statistical models;
syntactic, semantic and other forms of text analysis; also computer
applications in history, philosophy, music and other humanities disciplines.
The deadline for submissions is 1 OCTOBER 1991.
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. Please pay particular
attention to the format given below. Submissions which do not conform to
this format will be returned to the authors for reformatting, or may not
be considered if they arrive very close to the deadline.
REQUIREMENTS: Proposals should describe substantial and original work.
Those which concentrate on the development of new computing
methodologies should make clear how the methodologies are applied
to research and/or teaching in the humanities, and should include
some critical assessment of the application of those methodologies
in the humanities. Those which concentrate on a particular application
in the humanities (e.g. a study of the style of an author) should cite
traditional as well as computer-based approaches to the problem and
should include some critical assessment of the computing methodologies
used. All proposals should include conclusions and references to
important previous related work.
INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Abstracts for individual papers should be 1500-2000
words in length. Thirty minutes will normally be allowed for the
presentation of each paper including questions.
SESSIONS: Proposals for sessions (90 minutes) are also invited. These
should take the form of either:
(a) Three papers. The proposer of the session should submit a statement
of approximately 500 words describing the topic of the session.
Abstracts of 1000-1500 words should be submitted for each of the
papers, together with an indication that the author of each paper is
willing to participate in the session.
(b) A panel of up to 6 speakers. The proposer of the panel should submit
an abstract of 1500 words describing the topic of the panel and how it
will be organized, together with the names of all the speakers, and an
indication that each of the speakers is willing to participate in the
All submissions should begin with the following information:
TITLE: title of paper
AUTHOR(S): names of authors
AFFILIATION: of author(s)
CONTACT ADDRESS: full postal address
E-MAIL: electronic mail address of main author (for contact), followed by
 other authors (if any)
FAX NUMBER: of main author
PHONE NUMBER: of main author
(1) Electronic submissions
These should be plain ASCII files, not wordprocessor files, and should
not contain TAB characters or soft hyphens. Paragraphs should be
separated by blank lines. Headings and subheadings should be on
separate lines and be numbered. Footnotes should not be included and
endnotes only where absolutely necessary. References should be given at
the end. Choose a simple markup scheme for accents and other characters
which cannot be transmitted by electronic mail and include an
explanation of the scheme after the title information and before the
start of the text.
Electronic submissions should be sent to ALLCACHVAX.OX.AC.UK with the
subject line "<Author's surname> Submission for ALLCACH92".
If diagrams are necessary for the evaluation of electronic submissions,
they should be faxed to 44-865-273275 (international, or 0865-273275
(from within UK) and a note to indicate the presence of diagrams put at
the beginning of the abstract.
(2) Paper submissions
Submissions should be typed or printed on one side of the paper only,
with ample margins. Six copies should be sent to
ALLC-ACH92 (Paper submission)
Centre for Humanities Computing
Oxford University Computing Service
13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN
Proposals for papers and sessions 1 October 1991
Notification of acceptance 15 December 1991
Advance registration 8 February 1992
There will be a substantial increase in the registration fee for
registrations received after 8 February 1992.
A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in
the series Research in Humanities Computing edited by Susan Hockey and
Nancy Ide and published by Oxford University Press.
Proposals will be evaluated by panel of reviewers who will make
recommendations to the Programme Committee which consists of:
Chair: Thomas Corns, University of Wales (ALLC)
 Gordon Dixon, Manchester Polytechnic (ALLC)
 Paul Fortier, University of Manitoba (ACH)
 Jacqueline Hamesse, Universite Catholique Louvain-la-Neuve (ALLC)
 Nancy Ide, Vassar College (ACH)
 Randall Jones, Brigham Young University (ACH)
 Donald Ross, University of Minnesota (ACH)
 Antonio Zampolli, University of Pisa (ALLC)
Local organiser: Susan Hockey, Oxford University (ALLC)
Accommodation has been reserved for the conference in Christ Church
which is one of Oxford University's oldest and best-known colleges. It
is situated in the centre of the city, but overlooks Christ Church
Meadow and the River Thames. The conference will run from dinner on
Sunday 5 April until lunch on Thursday 9 April. There will be a banquet
in Christ Church's Tudor hall on the evening of 8 April.
Oxford is an hour from London and from Heathrow Airport and is also
close to Stratford-on-Avon and the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of
English countryside. There is a frequent bus service from Heathrow to
Oxford and good transport arrangements from Gatwick airport.
Please address all enquiries to
Centre for Humanities Computing
Oxford University Computing Service
13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN
Telephone: 44-865-273200 or (from within UK) 0865-273200
Fax: 44-865-273275 or (from within UK) 0865-273275
Please make sure that you give your name, full mailing address,
telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address with any enquiry.
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