LINGUIST List 6.25

Sat 14 Jan 1995

Calls: SIGIR-95 System Demos, Workshop on Voice in Austronesian

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  1. Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, SIGIR-95: System Demonstrations
  2. Jeroen van de Weijer, Call: Workshop on Voice in Austronesian during SLE Conference

Message 1: SIGIR-95: System Demonstrations

Date: Sun, 8 Jan 95 23:52:35 PSTSIGIR-95: System Demonstrations
From: Efthimis N. Efthimiadis <>
Subject: SIGIR-95: System Demonstrations

 SIGIR '95:
(18th International Conference on R&D in Information Retrieval)


 The Sheraton, Seattle, WA, USA,
 July 9-13, 1995
Deadline for proposal submissions: Friday, February 10, 1995

SIGIR invites proposals for demonstrations of information
retrieval (IR) systems and applications. Demonstrations should
focus on aspects of the system that are novel and important.

Demonstrations provide an opportunity for first-hand, interactive
experience with information retrieval systems. Researchers have
the opportunity to present their new developments and conference
participants have the opportunity to interact directly with
developers of the systems demonstrated.

Demonstrations are_NOT_limited to experimental systems only.
IR researchers participating in the NIST/DARPA sponsored TREC,
MUC, TIPSTER projects and the European Union research initiatives
are encouraged to participate.

Presenters of the systems must be individuals who have been
directly involved with the development of the system, and who are
aware of the differentiating and interesting ideas embodied in
their system. All presenters are expected to register for the

Presenters shall submit a proposal to the Demonstration Chair of
at most three pages describing the planned demonstration.
The proposal shall include:

(a) A description of noteworthy and distinguishing ideas or
 approaches the demonstration will illustrate.

(b) A brief explanation of how the demonstration will illustrate
 the above, (a), ideas or approaches.

(c) Complete contact information (mailing address, telephone,
 fax, and e-mail) and affiliation of the person(s) who will
 present the demonstration, including their relationship to
 the project (e.g., principal investigator, developer,
 project manager, architect).

(d) A 100-word summary for inclusion in a program description.

 [(d1) A description of the technical specifications of the
 system. (NOTE: For the systems selected for
 demonstrations a brief system description will be
 requested. This is modeled after the TREC system
 specification descriptions. An electronic form will be
 available via e-mail, ftp, http.)]

(e) A bibliography, if it exists, of published and unpublished
 material that relate to the system, its algorithms and
 underlying theories as well as any evaluations that have
 been undertaken.

(f) The hardware and software requirements for the demonstration,
 including the electrical requirements of the equipment.

(g) The network (Internet) requirements and the system's
 dependence to an Internet connection. Will you be able to
 provide a demonstration without an Internet connection
 available to you?

** NOTE: The summary (d), system description (d1) and
** bibliography (e) will be published in the Proceedings
** The goal of the publication is to disseminate
** information on IR systems research to a wider audience
** and to provide a resource for IR education.

No fax submissions; E-mail submissions preferred and shall be in
LaTeX or plain ascii text.

Deadline for proposal submissions: Friday, February 10, 1995
Acceptance notification: March 10, 1995

Demonstrations Chair:

Efthimis N. Efthimiadis
Assistant Professor
Department of Library and Information Science
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
University of California at Los Angeles
241 GSE&IS Building, 152004
405 Hilgard Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

tel: 310-825-8975; fax: 310-206-4460;
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Message 2: Call: Workshop on Voice in Austronesian during SLE Conference

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 11:25:12 Call: Workshop on Voice in Austronesian during SLE Conference
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <>
Subject: Call: Workshop on Voice in Austronesian during SLE Conference


At the SLE-conference, to be held at Leiden University (31
August, 1-2 September 1995), a workshop on voice in Austronesian
will be organised:

Many Austronesian languages, e.g. relatively well-known languages
like Tagalog and Malay, pose the problem that 'arguments' of the
verb can occur in different case-marking patterns. It looks like
passivization in English, except that the alternation seems to
have very different properties.
 The differences are manyfold from all kinds of perspectives.
The historical dimension of the problem lies in tracking down
precisely how the different systems arose; for even between
fairly closely related languages like Tagalog and Malay vast
differences can be observed. Closely related problems are, for
instance, patient-relativisation and the interaction of voice
with applicative affixes, etc.
 The workshop aims at bringing together different approaches
to the problem in the hope that they may cross-fertilize each
other. Papers are invited that deal with the problem from any
point of view. Generative syntax, quantitive discourse analysis,
and historical-comparative methods are just some of the
frameworks within which the problem can be approached. Purely
descriptive accounts of lesser-known languages are invited as long
as they shed light on the central question.

To spare the forests (and speed up communication), this
announcement is primarily distributed by e-mail. PLEASE
 Since the workshop is part of the SLE-conference, registration
for the conference as a whole will be required. See below for
information (also on registration fees).
 Send two copies of your 1-page abstract (with your name) for
a 20-minute presentation to the organizer of the workshop;
abstracts can also be sent in by fax, not by e-mail. Deadline for
submission is 1 March 1995.

 Jan Voskuil
 PO Box 9515
 2300 RA Leiden
 The Netherlands

fax: +31-71-272615
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