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  1. David Powers, IJCAI-91 NLL Workshop - Call for Papers
  2. Arild Hestvik, Conference on Comparative Germanic Syntax
  3. Gregory K. Iverson, 1991 UWM Linguistics Symposium
  4. David Powers, IJCAI-91 NLL Workshop - Call for Papers

Message 1: IJCAI-91 NLL Workshop - Call for Papers

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 91 15:31:56 MET
From: David Powers <>
Subject: IJCAI-91 NLL Workshop - Call for Papers


 Natural Language Learning
 August 25 1991 - IJCAI Workshop - Sydney

Machine Learning and Natural Language are two areas of Artificial
Intelligence which not only overlap with each other, but with other
significant areas of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science.

The focus of this workshop is computational language learning
models. Primarily, we aim to bring together those who have
implemented language learning models, or aspects thereof. However,
we intend that computationally viable language learning theories
developed by Linguists and Psycholinguists will also be examined at
the workshop. In addition, Machine Learning or Natural Language
research which has not specifically been undertaken from a language
learning perspective may be considered relevant - in particular, for
example, work in Concept Learning and Semantic Representation.

Thus we wish to invite applications from all who have implemented
language learning programs, and we will further encourage
participation from those whose work could be of use in the
implementation of language learning systems.

A major goal will be the analysis of the various language
learning models to allow comparison and contrasting of the
theoretical perspective and hypotheses embodied, the implementation
techniques and learning algorithms, and the implications of the
virtues, failings and results of particular implementations and
modelling experiments.

Attendance will be by invitation, and the number of participants
will be strictly limited, probably to 35. It will be necessary to
charge a fee of $65 for each participant.


What technology and ideas can be imported into Natural Language
Learning from other areas of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive

Which phenomena, hypotheses and theories have been modelled, tested
or used in Natural Language Learning, and with what success?

To what extent do results in Natural Language Learning suggest the
need for a revision of Formal Language, Linguistic, Neural Network
and Psycholinguistic theory and application?

How broadly must we define Natural Language Learning - in particular,
do we need to learn simultaneously interpretation of both the symbolic
and grounded modalities?

Possible Sessions
-------- --------

The issues above suggest that the workshop could be organized into
sessions along the following lines:

Psycholinguistic Models
Learning Algorithms
Complexity & Restriction
Semantics & Representation

The final program will of course reflect the distribution of the
submissions received, and other issues may also be highlighted.

Organizing Committee
---------- ---------

David M. W. Powers (or
FB Informatik, Universitaet Kaiserslautern, 6750 Kaiserslautern FRG
+49-631-205 -3449 (Tel), -3200 or -3210 (Fax), -3455 (Sec)

Larry Reeker
Institute for Defence Analyses, 1801 N. Beauregard St, Alexandria VA 22311-1772
+1-703 -845-3577 (Tel), -820-9680 (Fax)

Ephraim Nissan onomatabengus.bitnet
Dept of Computer Science, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia

Submission Details
---------- -------

Prospective participants are encouraged to contact a member of the
symposium committee to obtain a more detailed description of the symposium
goals and issues. Participants should then submit an extended
abstract of a paper (1000-2000 words) and/or a personal bio-history of
work in the area (300-500 words) with a list of (up to 12) relevant

We will acknowledge your e-mail enquiries or submissions promptly, and
will deal with other forms of communication as quickly as possible.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to
(and/or by May 15th. If e-mail is impossible, two
copies should be sent to arrive by May 15th to:

 Larry Reeker, Institute for Defense Analyses, C & SE Div.,
 1801 N. Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311-1772

OR, fax a copy (with cover page) by May 15th BOTH to 1-703-820-9680
(Larry Reeker, USA) AND to +49-631-205-3210 (David Powers, FRG).
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Message 2: Conference on Comparative Germanic Syntax

Date: 19 Mar 91 17:19 +0100
From: Arild Hestvik <>
Subject: Conference on Comparative Germanic Syntax

 Call for Papers


 University of Stuttgart, November 22 - 24, 1991.

 After a year's intermission, we would like to resume the
annual series of workshops on comparative Germanic syntax with a
1991. (We thus hope to continue the tradition begun in Trondheim
1984 and continued in Reykjavik 1985, Turku 1986, Montreal 1987,
Groningen 1988 and Lund 1989.)

 Those who wish to present a paper (30 min. + discussion)
are hereby invited to submit an abstract no longer than 2 pages

 Preference will be given to presentations on parametric
(and other) variation concerning/involving the Germanic
languages, as this workshop will be sponsored by the University
of Stuttgart Graduate Programme "Linguistic Foundations of
Language Processing". We expect to be able to meet travel
expenses of the speakers.

 Abstracts should be sent anonymously in tenfold,
accompanied by a camera-ready original with name and address of
the author(s), to

 Hubert Haider, Susan Olsen & Sten Vikner
 Institut fuer Linguistik/Germanistik
 Universitaet Stuttgart
 Postfach 10 60 37
 D-7000 Stuttgart 10

Requests for further information can be sent to the above address
 or via e-mail to ""
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Message 3: 1991 UWM Linguistics Symposium

Date: Wed, 20 Mar 91 10:11:11 -0600
From: Gregory K. Iverson <>
Subject: 1991 UWM Linguistics Symposium

 20th Annual University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 Linguistics Symposium


 Invited speakers:

 Barbara FOX, University of Colorado
 Matthew DRYER, State University of New York, Buffalo
 Talmy GIVON, University of Oregon
 Robert LONGACRE, University of Texas, Arlington
 Marianne MITHUN, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Doris PAYNE, University of Oregon

 Other papers by 

 Keith ALLAN, Werner ABRAHAM, Carl BLYTH, Cynthia CLAMONS, Ron 
 COWAN, Yoko COLLIER-SANUKI, Soon Ae CHUN, Susanna CUMMING, Michael 
 DARNELL, Helma DIK, Chrysanne DIMARCO, George FOWLER, Bruce 
 HAROLD, Hilde HASSELGARD, Susan HERRING, Agnes Weiyun HE, 
 Graeme HIRST, Christina KAKAVA, Wenze HU, Alan KIM, Kyu-hyun KIM, 
 M. KLAIMAN, Randy LAPOLLA, Marshall LEWIS, Silvia LURAGHI, 
 Enrique MALLEN, Alan MANNING, Ann MULKERN, Francisco OCAMPO, 
 Tsuyoshi ONO, Dorit RAVID, Gerald SANDERS, Ronald SCHAEFER, 
 Mutsuko Endo SIMON, Ryoko SUZUKI, Aleksander SZWEDEK, James TAI, 
 Bin ZHANG, and David ZUBIN. 

 For more information, write to Michael Nooonan or Edith 
 Moravcsik, Department of Linguistics, University of 
 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201. 
 Noonan: 414; 229-4539; Moravcsik: 414; 229-6794
 Noonan:; Moravcsik:



 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 April 12-14, 1991 (Friday morning - Sunday noon)

 Preregistration rates: (DEADLINE MONDAY, APRIL 1)
 student: $30 (UWM students: free)
 non-student: $35

 At-the-door registration rates: 
 student: on Friday: $35 (UWM students: free)
 on Saturday: $20 (UWM students: free)
 non-student: on Friday: $40
 on Saturday: $25

 Name: ____________________________________________________________

 Mailing address: _________________________________________________


 Affiliation: _____________________________________________________

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Message 4: IJCAI-91 NLL Workshop - Call for Papers

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 91 15:15:02 MET
From: David Powers <>
Subject: IJCAI-91 NLL Workshop - Call for Papers
American Association for Artificial Intelligence

Spring Symposium Series 1991


"TUESDAY 26th March 1991"

9:00 "COGNITIVE SCIENCE" "Psycholinguistics" "Powers"
David Powers" "WELCOME"

Mallory Selfridge "How Do Children Learn to Recognize Ungrammatical Sentences"
Steven Lytinen & Carol Moon "Cognitive Modelling of Second Language Acquisition"
James Martin "Learning Conventional Metaphors and Learning Using Conventional 
Neza van der Leeuw "A Data-Driven Model of First Language Acquisition"

11:00 "COMPLEXITY THEORY" "Learnability" "Berwick"
Janet Fodor "Making Phrase Structure Grammars learnable"
Sanjay Jain & Arun Sharma "Restrictions on grammar size in language 
Leona Fass "Applying Some CFL Learnability Results to Natural Language Learning"

14:00 "TRADITIONAL APPROACHES" "Explanation-Based Learning" "Reeker"
Scott Stethem "Explanation-Based Learning from Rule-Governed Features in 
 Phonological Representations"
Christer Samuelsson & Manny Rayner "Quantitative Evaluation of the Utility of 
 Explanation-Based Learning as a Tuning Tool for Large-Scale Natural 
 Language Interfaces"

16:00 "TRADITIONAL APPROACHES" "Machine Learning" "Feldman"
Pat Langley "Machine Learning and Language Acquisition"
Robin Clark "A Computational Model of Parameter Setting"
Robert Berwick "Parsing and Language Acquisition: From rules to parameters"

18:00 "RECEPTION" "Tresidder Oak Lounge"

"WEDNESDAY 27th March 1991"

9:00 "SYMBOL GROUNDING" "Problem and Practice" "Powers"
Stevan Harnad "The Symbol Grounding Problem and Categorical Perception"
Jeffrey Siskind "Naive Physics, Event Perception, Lexical Semantics and 
 Language Acquisition"
Brian Bartell & Garrison Cottrell "A Model of Symbol Grounding in a Temporal 
 Linguistic Environment"
Susan Weber "Miniature Language Acquisition and the L0 Project"

11:00 "SYMBOL GROUNDING" "Symbol and Semantics" "Harnad"
Vasant Honavar "Towards Computational Models of Natural Language Acquisition"
Uri Zernik "Learning from Authentic Corpus"
Stefan Wermter "Hybrid Symbolic/Connectionist Methods for Natural Language 
Jan Scholtes "Learning Simple Semantics by Self-Organization

14:00 "TRADITIONAL APPROACHES" "Semantics and Phonology" "Lehnert"
Peter Hastings & Steven Lytinen "Automatic Acquistion of Word Meanings"
Michael Brent "Automatic Semantic Classification of Verbs"
Narciso Jaramillo & Marti Hearst "Acquiring the Semantics of Simple Phrasal 
 Patterns Using COBUILD
Jeffrey Siskind "Acquiring Core Meanings of Words, Represented as 
 Jackendoff-style Conceptual Structures, from Correlated Streams of 
 Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Input"
Mark Ellison "Discovering Planar Segregation"

16:00 "TRADITIONAL APPROACHES" "Syntax and Structure" "Marcus"
Mitchell Marcus "Deducing Linguistic Structure from Large Corpora"
David Leblanc & Henry Davis "A Model of the Development of Phrase-Structure"
David Magerman "Mutual Information"
Rick Kazman "On Building a Model of Grammar from Information in the Lexicon"
Deborah Dahl "Applications of Training Data in Semantic Processing"

PLENARY "Kresge Auditorium" "Patel-Schneider"
THURSDAY 28th March 1991

SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT" "Computing and Applications" "Selfridge"
Larry Reeker "Language Learning and Adaptive User Interfacs"
Claire Cardie & Wendy Lehnert "Learning Complex Syntax within a Semantic Parser"
Marc Goodman "A Case-Based, Inductive Architecture for Natural Language 
Bill Hart "Recurrent Neural Nets for Natural Language Acquistion"

11:00 "JOINT PANEL" "Connectionist Learning of Natural Language" "Powers & 
Jordan Pollack "Induction as Phase Transition"
Charles Dolan "Why Natural Language Processing needs Connectionism."
David Powers "How Far Can Self-Organization Go? Results in unsupervised 
 language learning"
Jane Hill "Hybrid Models of Language Learning"
Andreas Stolcke "Vector Space Grammars and the Acquisition of Syntactic 
 Categories: What connectionist and traditional models can learn from each 

"Formal End of Symposium"


The aim of the MLNLO symposium is to encourage interaction and promote
discussion amongst Language and Learning researchers. With this in
mind, in addition to the usual long talks, we have included a
similar number of short spots
which allow people to introduce themselves, their work and their
groups. The long talks are a nominal 30 mins and the spots 10 mins.

These times include a few minutes for questions and discussion, as
usual, but additional time is allowed at the end of each session
for general discussion. As this discussion is not intended to be
limited to the current session, but may allow picking up and
relating of earlier themes, increasing amounts of discussion time
are allowed as the day wears on, and as the days roll by.

As we are not running parallel session, chairmen also have the
freedom to allow discussion to continue following a particularly
provocative presentation, taking into account the additional
discussion time in that session. For this reason precise times for
talks are not shown in this programme.
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