LINGUIST List 8.1259

Wed Sep 3 1997

Calls: Chinese Ling, Natural Lang Generation

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  1. Irvine Linguistics Students Association, Formal Way to Chinese Languages
  2. Graeme Hirst, CFP: Natural Language Generation, 1998 International Workshop

Message 1: Formal Way to Chinese Languages

Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 08:41:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Irvine Linguistics Students Association <>
Subject: Formal Way to Chinese Languages

		 University of California, Irvine

			 December 12-14, 1997

			 Call for Papers

	 **Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 1997**

Formal Way to Chinese Languages will be held on December 12-14, 1997 at
University of California, Irvine. Papers on all areas of formal
linguistics on Chinese languages are invited.

All abstract submissions must be received by October 1, 1997. Abstracts
must be no more than one page, single spaced, with all margins at least
one inch wide, in 12-point type (examples may be in 10-point type), and
camera-ready, on A4 or 8.5" letter size paper. Mail five copies of the
abstract, one with author's name and affiliation, four without, along with
a separate index card with paper title, name of author(s), affiliation and
status (student/non-student), mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone
and fax numbers. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual
and one joint abstract per author. We regret that we cannot accept
abstract submissions by e-mail or fax. 

Presentations will be tentatively 20 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for
questions. The details are unsettled at this time, but based on the number
of submissions. Abstracts and presentations are in English. Notice of
acceptance or rejection will be sent by e-mail in early November, 1997.
Pre-registration materials and preliminary schedule will be available in
late November, 1997.

Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to:

Formal Way to Chinese Languages
c/o Irvine Linguistics Students Association (ILSA)
School of Social Sciences
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697, U.S.A.

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Message 2: CFP: Natural Language Generation, 1998 International Workshop

Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:01:19 -0400
From: Graeme Hirst <>
Subject: CFP: Natural Language Generation, 1998 International Workshop

 9th International Workshop on 

 5-7 August 1998

 Prince of Wales Hotel 
 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada


(For more information, visit )

The 9th biennial Workshop on Natural Language Generation will be held
in the scenic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, near Niagara Falls, in
Ontario, Canada, on 5-7 August 1998.

The INLG workshop is the principal gathering for researchers in natural
language generation, providing a pleasant atmosphere for stimulating
and informative talks on all aspects of the topic. The workshop
attracts a healthy mixture of researchers from both universities and
research institutes, graduate students, and visitors from related
fields such as machine translation, multimedia presentation planning,
and parsing. About 65 people are expected to attend the workshop,
which traditionally has had a very diverse international

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is in the heart of one of Canada's
major fruit-growing and wine regions, and is 30 minutes' drive from
Niagara Falls. It is one of the oldest settlements in Canada, with
many fine examples of Victorian architecture. Niagara-on-the-Lake
bills itself as the prettiest town in Canada, and many would agree: its
main streets are quaint and picturesque, with many interesting shops,
cafes, and restaurants. It is also the home of the Shaw Festival, one
of the top North American repertory theatre companies.

The workshop is sponsored by the Association for Computational
Linguistics and ACL SIGGEN (Special Interest Group on Natural Language

The workshop is in the week immediately prior to the joint conference
of COLING and ACL, in Montreal, Canada (10-14 August 1998). After the
workshop, a bus will take participants who wish to attend COLING / ACL
directly to the Toronto train station, for an express train to Montreal
(approximately 4 hours).

Of interest are papers on all topics relating to the automated
production of natural language, including but not limited to: discourse
structure; grammar; lexis and lexical choice; text planning and schemas
(macroplanning); sentence planning (microplanning); semantics and
knowledge representation; register, genre, and pragmatics; generator
architecture; realization; generator applications; system descriptions;
generator evaluation; planning of text formatting; generation in
multimedia planning and presentation systems; speech synthesis.

Also welcomed are demonstrations of generation systems, or modules of
systems, running either via the Web or on a Sun computer to be provided
at the workshop.


Papers should describe unique work not published before. They should
emphasize the creative and interesting aspects of the work, but should
also describe empirical validation and testing as much as possible.

Papers that are being submitted to other conferences must state this
fact on the first page.


Theoretical papers must not exceed 10 pages, including title,
references, figures, etc. Please use no smaller than 11pt font, with
margins of 1 inch / 2.5 cm all around. Papers not satisfying the
specified length and formatting requirements will be rejected without

System demonstrations will be reviewed as well. Please send an
outline, clearly marked as a system demonstration in the heading, that
describes the demonstration, including if possible screen shots.
Outlines may not exceed 4 pages, all included, using font no smaller
than 11pt and margins of 1 in / 2.5 cm all around. Outlines not
satisfying the specified length and formatting requirements will be
rejected without review.


Electronic submissions should be in the form of a PostScript file.
This file should be sent to, with the subject field "INLG


Hardcopy submission is possible too. Five copies of the paper or
demonstration outline should be sent to:

 Eduard Hovy, INLG-98
 Information Sciences Institute 
 4676 Admiralty Way 
 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 


Electronic submissions must be received by 28 January 1998, so that
they can be printed and checked for completeness. Electronic
submissions will be accepted only if they can be printed at ISI.

Hardcopy submissions must be received by 1 February 1998. Late papers
will be returned unreviewed.

Notification of receipt will be e-mailed to the first author (or
designated author) soon after receipt. Authors will be notified of
acceptance before 10 March 1998. Camera-ready copies of final papers
prepared in a format to be specified, preferably using a laser printer,
must be received by 15 June 1998, along with a signed copyright release


The workshop is being organized by Chrysanne DiMarco of the University
of Waterloo, with the assistance of Graeme Hirst of the University of
Toronto. The Program Chair is Eduard Hovy of USC/ISI.

General workshop questions: 
 Chrysanne DiMarco,, phone +1 519 888 4443

General paper-submission questions: 
 Eduard Hovy,, phone +1 310 822 1510 x731


 Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI, Marina del Rey (chair) 
 Stephan Busemann, DFKI, Saarbruecken 
 Susan Haller, University of Wisconsin-Parkside 
 Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland 
 Xiaorong Huang, Formal Systems, Toronto 
 Kristiina Jokinen, ATR, Kyoto 
 Guy Lapalme, University of Montreal 
 Elisabeth Maier, DFKI, Saarbruecken 
 Chris Mellish, University of Edinburgh 
 Marie Meteer, BBN 
 Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh 
 Cecile Paris, CSIRO, Sydney 
 Owen Rambow, CoGenTex Inc., Ithaca 
 Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen 
 Elke Teich, Macquarie University, Sydney 
 Marilyn Walker, AT&T Labs Research, Florham Park 

For more information, visit the INLG-98 Website:
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