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LINGUIST List 20.127

Wed Jan 14 2009

Calls: Applied Ling,Computational Ling/Russia; Semantics/USA

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        1.    Alexey Karpov, 13-th International Conference on Speech and Computer
        2.    Suresh Manandhar, Unsupervised and Minimally Supervised Learning of Lexical Semantics


Message 1: 13-th International Conference on Speech and Computer
Date: 14-Jan-2009
From: Alexey Karpov <specomiias.spb.su>
Subject: 13-th International Conference on Speech and Computer
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Full Title: 13-th International Conference on Speech and Computer
Short Title: SPECOM

Date: 21-Jun-2009 - 25-Jun-2009
Location: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Contact Person: Andrey Ronzhin
Meeting Email: specomiias.spb.su
Web Site: http://www.specom.nw.ru

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2009

Meeting Description:

The conference on Speech and Computer is the thirteen in a series of SPECOM. The
global aim of the conference is to discuss state-of-the-art problems and recent
achievements in Signal Processing and Human-Computer Interaction related to
speech technologies.

Call for Papers

Main Topics of SPECOM'2009 are
- Signal processing and feature extraction
- Multimodal analysis and synthesis
- Speech recognition and understanding
- Natural language processing
- Spoken dialogue systems
- Speaker and language identification
- Text-to-speech systems
- Speech perception and speech disorders
- Speech and language resources
- Applications for human-computer interaction

Important Dates are:
Submission of full papers: February 1, 2009
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2009
Submission of final papers: March 20, 2009
Early registration: March 20, 2009
Conference dates: June 21-25, 2009

For further information please visit our web site: www.specom.nw.ru
Message 2: Unsupervised and Minimally Supervised Learning of Lexical Semantics
Date: 14-Jan-2009
From: Suresh Manandhar <sureshcs.york.ac.uk>
Subject: Unsupervised and Minimally Supervised Learning of Lexical Semantics
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Full Title: Unsupervised and Minimally Supervised Learning of Lexical Semantics

Date: 05-Jun-2009 - 05-Jun-2009
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Contact Person: Suresh Manandhar
Meeting Email: sureshcs.york.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/lls-workshop

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

Unsupervised and Minimally Supervised Learning of Lexical Semantics - is a
workshop being held in conjunction with NAACL-HLT 2009 in Boulder, Colorado.

Call for Papers

Submission deadline: March 15, 2009

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working in topics
related to the unsupervised and minimally supervised learning of the semantics
of lexical items. These include learning of word meanings, learning of lexical
relationships (e.g. hyponym, meronym, antonym learning), learning of idiomatic
and multi-word expressions, learning of bilingual lexicons etc.

Each of these topics has so far been covered in diverse venues eg. WordNet
conferences, SemEval, EMNLP etc. but has lacked a focused venue that brings
together the issues and methods relevant to lexical semantics within a single
venue. In the past few years there has been a surge of interest in unsupervised
and minimally supervised methods in natural language processing. The proposed
workshop will help focus on methods that are suitable in learning of lexical
semantics.

The workshop format would help speedup development in this area as it will make
it accessible to both experienced researchers and new PhD graduates working in
the field. Another purpose of the workshop will be to make available the
workshop proceedings that should serve as a review of the current
state-of-the-art in the field.

The scope of the workshop will be limited to topics that cover unsupervised and
minimally supervised methods relevant to learning of lexical semantics. The
following is a list of potential topics:

- representation, feature selection and parameter tuning for representing word
meanings e.g. bag-of-words context window, syntactic dependency (e.g.
verb-direct object), methods for feature selection (e.g. log likelihood vs
mutual information), issues dealing with sense conflation, measures of
similarity (e.g. distributional similarity), smoothing techniques

- unsupervised and minimally supervised induction of word senses including
senses of both single word and multi-word lexical items e.g. uniform methods for
both single and multi-word lexical items, methods for detecting near synonyms,
issues focussing on minimising manual parameter tuning

- unsupervised and minimally supervised learning of lexical relations e.g.
learning of hyponomy, antonomy, noun-adjective, meronomy relations

- unsupervised and minimally supervised learning of bilingual lexicon e.g.
bootstrapping methods for extending a small bilingual lexicon, use of cognates
in unsupervised bilingual lexicon extraction.

Important Dates
- Submission deadline: March 15, 2009
- Notification of acceptance: April 5, 2009
- Camera-ready papers due: April 12, 2009
- Workshop: June 05, 2009

Submission Guidelines
Papers will be accepted on or before 15 March in PDF or Postscript formats.
Details of the electronic submission mechanism will be made available via the
workshop website located at http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/lls-workshop. Submissions
should follow the NAACL HLT 2009 length and formatting requirements for full
papers of eight (8) pages of content with one (1) extra page for references,
found at http://clear.colorado.edu/NAACLHLT2009/stylefiles.html.

Workshop Website
More up-to-date information regarding the workshop can be found at the workshop
web site:

http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/lls-workshop

Program Committee
Eneko Agirre, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Enrique Alfonseca, Google, Switzerland
Chris Biemann, Powerset, USA
James Cussens, University of York, UK
Cristian Danescu Niculescu-Mizil, Cornell University, USA
Aria Haghighi, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Kyo Kaguera, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ioannis Klapaftis, University of York, UK
Lillian Lee, Cornell University, USA
Suresh Manandhar, University of York, UK
Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, USA
German Rigua, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Carlo Strapparava, ITC-Irst, Italy
David Weir, University of Sussex, UK

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