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Mon 16 Jan 1995

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  1. Rajesh Bhatt, final call for papers
  2. Martha Palmer, Workshop on Computational Lexical Semantics

Message 1: final call for papers

Date: Sat, 14 Jan 95 01:09:38 ESfinal call for papers
From: Rajesh Bhatt <>
Subject: final call for papers


 The Penn Linguistics Club Announces

 The Nineteenth Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium

 Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, 1995

We welcome papers on any topic in linguistics. Speakers will have
twenty minutes for their presentation and five minutes for discussion
and questions.

Prospective speakers should submit an abstract no later than Monday,
January 16, 1995 to:

 The Penn Linguistics Colloquium Committee
 Department of Linguistics
 619 Williams Hall
 University of Pennsylvania
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6305

Abstracts should be no longer than 2 pages in 12 point font with 1 inch
margins and should be accompanied by an index card including your name,
affiliation (department and institution), address, email address and
the subfield of linguistics (or related discipline) that you find most
appropriate to your topic. Submission by email to
will be greatly appreciated.

Abstracts will be evaluated by jurors from the University of Pennsylvania
and other institutions.

Colloquium participants are invited to submit their paper to the Penn Review
of Linguistics, which will be published late in the spring following the

If you have any further questions, please contact us at the above address
or via e-mail at

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Message 2: Workshop on Computational Lexical Semantics

Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 17:29:35 Workshop on Computational Lexical Semantics
From: Martha Palmer <>
Subject: Workshop on Computational Lexical Semantics

 1st Annual Workshop for the IFIP Working Group for
 Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Representation

 Computational Lexical Semantics of Verbs
 April 28 and 29
 U. of Pennsylvania
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 sponsored by the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science
 at the U. of Pennsylvania
 and IFIP

 PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Martha Palmer, Harry Bunt, Bonnie Dorr,
Paul Jacobs, Sergei Nirenburg, James Pustejovsky, Patrick St.
Dizier, Rich Thomason

 We would like to hold a two-day workshop on issues in
computational lexical semantics. Long recognized as a critical
component of any natural language system, this area has
paradoxically offered tantalizing glimpses of a wealth of data
for resolving parsing and reference issues, while at the same
time successfully eluded systematic representation. Current
implementations each have their own representation schemas, and
require customized lexical semantic representations, with the
notion of reuse and recycle with respect to lexicons seemingly
quite far out of reach. However, a recent spate of workshops
on dictionaries and on lexical semantics, current developments
in linguistics such as Wordnet [Miller, 1991], and Levin's verb
classes [Levin,1993] , as well as the wide-spread use of MRDs,
(Machine Readable Dictionaries), suggest that the time is ripe
for a push towards commonality.

 The aim of this workshop is to bring together influential
researchers in linguistics, text analysis, machine translation,
lexical semantics, formal semantics and knowledge representation
for an in-depth discussion of fundamental issues. The focus
of the workshop will be the discussion of the representational
needs of pre-selected controversial lexical items, all verbs.
Having established these needs, the ability of individual
system implementations to meet these needs will be compared and
contrasted. The utility of data structures such as multi-lingual
ontologies and cross-linguistic verb classification schemes will
be stressed, with an open discussion of possible techniques and
methodologies for determining such data structures. The short
term benefit would be a greater consensus on representation that
would allow researchers to exchange lexicons and morphological
analyzers, and to collaborate on common corpora. The long term
goal is a unified methodology for resolving issues in semantic
representation that would allow the whole to be built from the
sum of its parts - that would encourage the joint development of
a shared core lexicon. It is not expected that a single workshop
can accomplish this objective, but rather that open discussion
can allow us to recognize unexpected areas of agreement and
isolate areas of disagreement. The two day workshop would begin
each day with presentations and panel discussions, and break up
into working groups in the afternoons. These working groups
will examine the pre-selected examples and work through the
comparisons of the implementations of these examples with respect
to different systems. It will be necessary to keep the number
of participants in the workshop quite low, and we will expect the
participants to engage in a certain amount of advance preparation
in order to make the working groups as effective as possible.

 The two days will be organized as follows: The first day will
concentrate on semantic problems in text analysis of English,
with presentations of different system approaches. The speakers
will be asked to focus on selected examples, and give details
about their system's treatment of the following issues:

 - Interaction between syntax and semantics; definition of
 linking rules (by class, by thematic role, by verb argument,

 - Relation between alternations and verb classes; properties
 inherited by verb classes

 - Status of thematic roles vs. thematic relations vs. verb

In addition to system approach presentations, we would like to
have three invited speakers, on Knowledge Representation, Lexical
Semantics and Verb Classifications.

 The second day the emphasis will shift more to multilingual
analysis, and extending some of the techniques discussed the
day before to other languages. The presentations of different
approaches will look at some of the same examples as the day
before, as well as additional ones, focusing on:

 - language-specific primitives vs. interlingua primitives

 - language-specific ontologies vs. an interlingua ontology

We would hope to have one more invited talk on Wordnet.

Anyone interested in participating in this workshop is invited to
send a 1/2 page Statement of Interest to


 Martha Palmer
 CIS Department
 Moore School
 U of Pennsyslvania
 Philadelphia, PA 19104-6389

 by Feb 17. Participants will be notified by March 17.
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