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LINGUIST List 20.1188

Tue Mar 31 2009

Calls: Computational Ling,Forensic Ling,Semantics/Spain

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        1.    Adam Wyner, Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation

Message 1: Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation
Date: 31-Mar-2009
From: Adam Wyner <adamwyner.info>
Subject: Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation
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Full Title: Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation
Short Title: NaLELA'09

Date: 12-Jun-2009 - 12-Jun-2009
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Adam Wyner
Meeting Email: adamwyner.info
Web Site: http://nalea.org/nalela/nalela09.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic
Linguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation

Last Call for Papers

More information at: http://nalea.org

Workshop on Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation (NaLELA 09) June
12 2009
Barcelona, Spain

Held at the International Conference on AI and Law
June 8-12 2009,
Barcelona, Spain

Workshop Date: June 12, 2009

Contents:
Overview
Topics of Interest
Author Guidelines
Important Dates
Presentation
Contact
Blog for Natural Language Engineering of Argumentation (NaLEA)
Program Chairs
Program Committee

Overview:
The aim of this workshop is to draw together researchers around the issues of
the empirical analysis, formalisation, and implementation of legal argumentation
in natural language. Such a system would be a decision-support tool which
translates natural language arguments into and out of an argumentation framework
or logic which supports reasoning and inference. As the interface is in natural
language, the tool would be accessible to a wide range of end-users. The
workshop builds on recent advances in natural language engineering and
argumentation including: controlled languages, predictive editors, text mining
and corpus analysis, natural language parsing, ontology construction,
translation of natural language sentences into first order logic, logical
inference, linguistic analysis of argumentation, and computational theories of
argumentation. It draws on an interdisciplinary community in Computer Science,
Linguistics, and the Law.

While argumentation can be addressed in a broad range of areas, the workshop
focuses particularly on the language, logic, and computation of legal
argumentation such as that found between lawyers arguing a case before a court
or found in legal briefs and decisions where justifications are given for and
against a decision.

Topics of Interest:
Corpus development
Corpus analysis and text mining
Logical analysis of legal language
Automated parsing and translation of natural language arguments into a logical
formalism
Legal argument schemes
Pilot implementations of tools
Defeasible reasoning systems for the law with natural language interfaces
Burden of proof in argumentation
Consistency, inconsistency, and compatibility of statements in the law
Coherence in legal argumentation
The identification of enthymemes (missing premises due to presupposition with
respect to common knowledge and shared knowledge)
Legal argument modification
The generation of legal arguments
Linguistically-orientied XML mark up of legal arguments
Dialogue protocols for argumentation
Legal argument ontology
Legal Ontologies with associated lexical information
Computational theories of argumentation that are suitable to natural language

Author Guidelines:
Paper length: max. 10 pages
Paper format: Springer Style Format
http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,10735,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html

Paper Submission: EasyChair NaLELA 09
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nalela09

At the workshop, we will discuss issues concerning publication of papers.

Important Dates:
April 3, 2009: Paper submission
April 27, 2009: Notification of acceptance
May 4, 2009: Camera-ready paper
May 11, 2009: Early registration closes
June 1, 2009: Regular registration closes
June 8-12, 2009: ICAIL Conference Dates
June 12, 2009: Workshop

Note: one of the authors of the position paper must register for the ICAIL
conference.

Presentation:
Each position paper will have 20 minutes for presentation.

Contact:
Adam Wyner: adamwyner.info

Program Chairs:
Adam Wyner
Department of Computer Science, University College London
adamwyner.info

Tom van Engers
Leibniz Center for Law, University of Amsterdam
vanengersuva.nl

Program Committee:
Tony Hunter (University College London, United Kingdom)
Trevor Bench-Capon (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Burkhard Schafer (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Larry Solan (Brooklyn Law School, United States)
Katie Atkinson (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Stuart Shieber (Harvard University, United States)
Johan Bos (University of Rome, Italy)
Henry Prakken (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Doug Walton (University of Windsor, Canada)
Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College London, United Kingdom)
Floriana Grasso (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Rob Sanderson (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Graham Katz (Georgetown University, United States)
Frans van Eemeren (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Raquel Mochales Palau (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
Maite Taboada (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Thorne McCarty (Rutgers University)
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