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Wed 24 May 1995

Calls: Lexical Choice in Text Generation & Machine Translation

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  1. Leo Wanner, call for submissions

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Date: Mon, 22 May 1995 22:23:25 call for submissions
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 ******** CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ********

 Special Issue on Lexical Choice
 in Text Generation and Machine Translation

 The Machine Translation Journal

 Editor: Sergei Nirenburg
 Guest Editor: Leo Wanner (Waterloo and Stuttgart)

 The Journal of Machine Translation is inviting submissions for a
Special Issue on Lexical Choice in Text Generation and Machine
Translation. This is the second special issue of the MT Journal that
explicitly addresses Text Generation. The first issue (edited by
Richard Kittredge, Montreal) was devoted to research in Text
Generation that has been applied to Machine Translation or to
multilingual language generation. This Issue is devoted to a specific
problem --- that of lexical choice --- which arises in both Text
Generation and Machine Translation regardless of the underlying
theoretical model and the application area of the research.

 Although lexical choice is of great importance to both Text
Generation and Machine Translation, it has very often been ignored as
semantic constructions have tended to be associated directly with
lexical units. Only recently has lexical choice started to become one
of the major areas of research in Generation, and it still remains a
significant unresolved issue in Machine Translation. The problem of
lexical choice is particularly difficult because it is inseparably
intertwined with the problems of syntactic realization, discourse
generation, knowledge representation, lexicon organization, etc. This
means that solutions to lexical choice require that other tasks in
generation and machine translation have already been solved to some

 This Issue addresses all critical topics in the problem of lexical
choice in Text Generation and Machine Translation. One of the basic
topics is the placement of the lexical choice process in the
generation and translation process, and, subsequently, the range of
phenomena that the lexical choice process has to deal with. Another
basic topic is the acquisition of constraints for the guidance of the
lexical choice process. Until now, lexical choice processes have only
rarely "consciously" decided upon the selection of one out of several
possible lexicalizations --- although it is generally accepted that
decisions are to be made in accordance with (target) language-
constraints and culture-specific constraints. An additional basic
topic is the most suitable organization of semantic and lexical
resources for lexical choice.
 High quality research papers are invited on these and other topics,
including but not limited to:

 - Finding appropriate lexical equivalents in Machine Translation.

 - The role of lexical choice in Multilingual Generation.

 - Acquisition of lexical resources relevant to lexical choice.

 - Organization of semantic resources and the lexicon for lexical

 - Design and implementation of lexical choice processes.

 - Interdependency between lexical choice and the other tasks in
 generation and machine translation.

 - Phenomena to be addressed by lexical choice.

 - Contextual criteria for lexical choice.

FORMAT: Articles may be submitted in hard-copy or electronic (plain
ASCII or .ps) format to the guest editor. If submitting hard-copy,
four copies of the paper are required. The length of the papers should
be approximately 20-30 pages (12-point font).

DEADLINE: Submissions are due on September, 15 1995


Leo Wanner
Computer Science Department
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Canada N2L 3G1

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Robert Dale (Microsoft)
Koenraad De Smedt (Bergen)
Bonnie Dorr (Maryland)
Helmut Horacek (Bielefeld)
Richard Kittredge (Montreal)
David McDonald (Brandeis)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis)
Frank Smadja (Columbia)
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