LINGUIST List 8.1585

Tue Nov 4 1997

Calls: Natural Lang,Semantic,MachineTranslation,German

Editor for this issue: Elaine Halleck <elainelinguistlist.org>


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Directory

  1. David Powers, Australian Natural Language Processing Fortnight
  2. WLSS98, Workshop on Lexical Semantic Systems
  3. Laura e Frank Van Eynde, Machine Translation Workshop--ESSLLI
  4. Detmar Meurers, Germanic Syntax Workshop--ESSLLI

Message 1: Australian Natural Language Processing Fortnight

Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 14:54:19 +1030
From: David Powers <powersist.flinders.edu.au>
Subject: Australian Natural Language Processing Fortnight


Call for Participation/Program/Proceedings: Australian NLP Fortnight

ANLPF: Australian Natural Language Processing Fortnight
 
CoNLL/NeMLaP
 
The Program for the combined CoNLL98 and NeMLaP3 being held in Sydney,
January 11th to 17th January 1998, is now available and we invite your
partipation. Registration forms are available as HTML+JavaScript
forms (we recommend Netscape4/Communicator), as well as in ASCII and
PostScript. The EARLY BIRD and AUTHOR registration close on November
15 for the main conference and/or tutorials.
 
In Sydney we have thirty conference papers, two invited talks and four
tutorials, and there are four other events spread around the country -
three workshops and a tutorial.
 
Note that proceedings may also be ordered using the registration forms
if you are unable to attend.
 
Calls for papers are current for the three workshops which are being
held as part of the fortnight, the Australian Natural Language
Processing Graduate Workshop (ANLPW: closing date October 31 - NOW),
the workshop on Human Computer Communication being held in conjunction
with the Loebner Prize (HCC: closing date for two page abstracts and
offers of demonstrations: November 24) and the workshop on Paradigms
and Grounding in Language Learning (PaGiLL: closing date for two page
abstracts: November24). EARLY BIRD and AUTHOR registration for the
workshops closes on December 1.
 
Main Page:
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/
 
Selected Subpages:
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/register.txt
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/register.ps
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/Registration.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/Program.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/Tutorials.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/PaGiLL.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/HCC.html
 
Australian Natural Language Processing Graduate Workshop:
 
http://www.arts.unimelb.edu.au/Dept/LALX/stuff/anlpw.html
 
Loebner Prize Competition and Demonstrations:
 
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/LoebnerPrize/

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Message 2: Workshop on Lexical Semantic Systems

Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 16:15:22 +0000
From: WLSS98 <wlss98alphalinguistica.sns.it>
Subject: Workshop on Lexical Semantic Systems

- -----------------------------------------------------------
 WLSS98
 II WORKSHOP ON LEXICAL SEMANTIC SYSTEMS
 Pisa, 19-20 March 1998
 Scuola Normale Superiore
- -----------------------------------------------------------

Organized by CELI, ILC, ITC-IRST and Scuola Normale Superiore
 With the support of University of Pisa and Xerox Research
 Centre Europe
 -----------------------------
 http://celi.sns.it/~wlss98
 ----------------------------
 
 INVITED SPEAKERS
 (provisional list)
 Gennaro Chierchia (University of Milan)
 Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
 Ewan Klein (University of Edimburgh)
 Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Saarbrucken)
 -----------------------------------------------

 FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

WLSS98 is organized by Centro per l'Elaborazione del Linguaggio ed
Informazione (CELI), Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale (ILC),
Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologia (ITC-IRST) and Scuola
Normale Superiore (Pisa), and will take place in Pisa on the 19-20
March 1998.

WLSS workshops aim at bringing together Italian and international
scholars, active in both theoretical and applicative domains of
research in lexical semantics, with the goals of:

- providing an overview of the state of the art and exchanging
information on ongoing and planned activities;

- bridging the gap and enhance the trade-off between theoretical
models of lexical knowledge and applications in NLP systems.

These goals are justified:

- by the increasingly central position that lexical knowledge, and in
particular lexical semantics, is assuming within the general
architecture of cognitive systems, both as a dynamic module which
interact with other non-linguistic sources of knowledge, and as a
component playing a major role in interfacing syntax and semantics;

- by the fact that lexical resources (such as tagged corpora,
computational dictionaries, Machine Readable Dictionaries, WordNets)
are among the most crucial aspects of practical NLP systems. Issues
concerning the structure, the representation, the development, and the
acquisition of lexical knowledge are thus of the uttermost importance
when building NLP systems. Lexical systems also play a crucial role
in the design and construction of multilingual systems, a key feature
at least for applications designed to operate in a distributed, non-
centralized environment such as the World Wide Web.

This second edition of WLSS will focus on the portability and
reusability of lexical systems, and on the issue of word sense
disambiguation and semantic tagging. We also encourage the submission
of papers concerning more general issues about linguistic lexical
semantics and its interaction with computational lexicography.

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks. Here follows a non-
exhaustive list of topics which could be addressed:

* Lexical resources for semantic tagging and word sense
 disambiguation.
* Use of lexicons and thesauruses to improve information
 retrieval / extraction techniques.
* Automatic acquisition and management of lexical resources.
* Reusability and tuning of existing lexical resources for
 novel tasks.
* Trade offs between generic and domain specific lexical
 resources.
* Multilingual lexical resources.
* Description and evaluation of existing tools and systems.
* Evaluation of different representation formats.
* Issues in computational lexical semantics and
 computational lexicography.
* Issues in the design, construction and use of lexical
 resources.
* Architecture for a cognitive plausible lexicon
* Lexical representation and the interface with syntactic
 processes

 SUBMISSIONS

Only electronic submissions are accepted. Abstracts should not exceed
2 pages in length, in Postscript or ASCII format, and should be sent
to the following address:

 wlss98celi.sns.it.

Separate information should be sent, including the title of the talk,
author's name, address and affiliation. Submissions must be limited to
a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. The
deadline is December 15. The Program Committee intends to publish a
selection of the papers presented at the conference.

 IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of abstracts: 15 December 1997
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 1998
Conference: 19-20 March 1998

 PROGRAM COMMITTEE

 Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore)
 Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC)
 Luca Dini(CELI)
 Vittorio Di Tomaso (CELI)
 Alessandro Lenci (Scuola Normale Superiore)
 Bernardo Magnini (IRST)
 Fabio Pianesi (IRST)
 Frederique Segond (XRCE)
 Antonio Zampolli (ILC)

 CONTACT PERSONS

For every further information please contact the conference
secretariat:

Vittorio Di Tomaso
CELI
ditomasosns.it

Alessandro Lenci
Scuola Normale Superiore
lencialphalinguistica.sns.it

Scuola Normale Superiore
Laboratorio di linguistica
Piazza dei Cavalieri 7
56126 PISA (Italy)

Tel. +39 50 509219
Fax: +39 50 563513


More information on the Workshop and a copy of this call for
papers is available on the Web at the following address:

http://celi.sns.it/~wlss98
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Message 3: Machine Translation Workshop--ESSLLI

Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 17:42:08 +0100
From: Laura e Frank Van Eynde <fralauiol.it>
Subject: Machine Translation Workshop--ESSLLI


 ESSLLI-98 Workshop on 
 
 MACHINE TRANSLATION 
 
 August 24 - 28, 1998

 A workshop held as part of the 
 10th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 
 (ESSLLI-98) 
 August 17 - 28, 1998, Saarbruecken, Germany

 ** FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS **

ORGANIZER: Frank Van Eynde (K.U. Leuven)

Web site: http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~esslli98/workshops.html

BACKGROUND:
The Programme of ESSLLI-98 (Saarbruecken, August 17-28, 1998) features a 
workshop on Machine Translation, to be held during the second week of the 
School. As in the case of the other ESSLLI workshops its main aim is to 
provide a forum for advanced Ph.D. students and other researchers to 
present and discuss their work.

Machine Translation is, of course, a rather large topic. In a sense, there 
is not a single branch of computational or formal linguistics which is not 
directly or indirectly relevant to it. In order to arrive at a reasonably 
coherent programme for the workshop it is therefore proposed to focus on a 
limited number of topics.

1. Formal Theories of Translation 
There are many theories of translation (esp. in literary criticism), but 
few of the theories are sufficiently explicit and formalized to provide a 
useful frame of reference for MT. A notable exception is the one presented 
in M.T. Rosetta. Compositional Translation (Kluwer, 1994), recently 
reviewed in JoLLI. Contributions on this theme can take the form of 
replies to M.T. Rosetta or of presentations of an alternative formal 
theory of translation.

2. Computational Semantics and Machine Translation
The importation of methods and analyses from formal and computational 
semantics has proved useful for modeling the translation of such 
notoriously difficult expressions as determiners, pronouns, negation and 
tense/aspect markers. Of potential interest for MT is also the recent 
attention in computational semantics for the modeling of reasoning on the 
basis of underspecified representations. The contextual disambiguation of 
word senses, for instance, could be seen as a form of reasoning with 
underspecified semantic representations. Presentations on this theme can 
take the form of new contributions in one of these areas.
 
3. Competence-based vs. performance-based models for MT
As in other fields of natural language processing, there has been a growing 
interest in the use of probabilistic techniques during the last decade, 
leading to a shift from rule- or constraint-based models to corpus-based or 
example-based models. Contributions are invited which report on the use of 
probabilistic techniques in translation systems (notice the emphasis on MT, 
rather than on NLP in general).

4. Machine Translation of Spoken Language
Till a few years ago, virtually all MT efforts concerned the translation of 
written language, but the recent rise of interest (and funding) in speech 
processing has changed this: most of the currently started MT efforts 
explicitly aim at the translation of spoken language. Contributions on 
this theme should report on work in this field, preferably on those aspects 
which are in the intersection of speech processing and MT (rather in their 
union).

5. Translator's tools
There is a school of thought in MT which dismisses the efforts to arrive at 
Fully Automatic High Quality Translation (FAHQT) as misguided and wasteful. 
What should be aimed at instead is the development of tools for human 
translators, such as smart text editors, on-line access to multilingual 
dictionaries and term banks, automatic recognition of multi-word units, and 
the like. A recent survey of this work can be found in the special issue 
of Machine Translation on New Tools for Human Translators (Volume 12, nos. 
1-2, 1997). Contributions on this topic should report on original work in 
this field.

For all five of the topics, but especially for the last three, contributors 
are encouraged to include a demo, either as part of the presentation, or as 
an extra, at the end of the session.

WORKSHOP FORMAT: 
There will be 5 sessions of 90 minutes, each containing three slots of 30 
minutes. Some of these slots will be assigned to invited speakers, but the 
large majority will be assigned on the basis of submitted proposals.

SUBMISSIONS:
All researchers in the area, but especially Ph.D. students and young 
researchers, are encouraged to submit a proposal. Proposals should include

 1. Name, affiliation, address, e-mail of the submitter(s)
 2. An indication of which of the 5 themes will be addressed 
 3. Two-page abstract of a paper
 4. If applicable, requirements for the demo

They should be sent to 

 Frank Van Eynde
 Centrum voor Computerlinguistiek - K.U.Leuven
 Maria-Theresiastraat 21, B - 3000 Leuven, Belgium
 frank.vaneyndeccl.kuleuven.ac.be
 fralauiol.it
 fax : +32/16/325098 

REGISTRATION:
Workshop contributors will be required to register for ESSLLI-98, but they 
will be eligible for a reduced registration fee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
 Feb 15, 98: Deadline for submissions
 Apr 15, 98: Notification of acceptance
 May 15, 98: Deadline for final copy
 Aug 24, 98: Start of workshop

FURTHER INFORMATION:
To obtain further information about ESSLLI-98 please visit the ESSLLI-98
home page at http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/esslli
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Message 4: Germanic Syntax Workshop--ESSLLI

Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 11:01:51 +0100 (MET)
From: Detmar Meurers <dmsfs.nphil.uni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Germanic Syntax Workshop--ESSLLI

 ESSLLI-98 Workshop on 

 CURRENT TOPICS IN CONSTRAINT-BASED THEORIES OF GERMANIC SYNTAX

 August 17 - 21, 1998


 A workshop held as part of the 
 10th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 
 (ESSLLI-98) 
 August 17 - 28, 1998, Saarbrueken, Germany

 ** FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS **


ORGANIZERS: Tibor Kiss and Detmar Meurers (IBM Germany and Univ. Tuebingen)

Web site: http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~esslli98/workshops.html

BACKGROUND:
A number of approaches to Germanic languages (excluding English) have been 
developed in constraint-based theories like HPSG and LFG. Apart from the 
issue of empirical adequacy, formal issues were raised, among them:

 - the nature of complex predicates and the mechanisms used to
 formalize them 
 - linearization versus movement analyses of various phenomena
 - the nature of functional projections 
 - configurational and non-configurational properties of scope
 determination

The idea of this workshop is to provide a forum to present and discuss 
current approaches exploring such empirical and formal issues of the syntax 
of Germanic languages (excluding English). Focusing on Germanic rather 
than on a particular syntactic theory is intended to allow for more 
inter-framework discussion.

WORKSHOP FORMAT:
The workshop will consist of five sessions, with two 30+10-minute 
presentations in each session. 

SUBMISSION:
All researchers in the area, but especially Ph.D. students and young 
researchers, are encouraged to submit an extended abstract of 2000-3000 
words either as hardcopy or electronically (postscript only).

The accepted papers will be made available in a summer school reader. If 
sufficiently many high-quality papers are submitted, we intend to publish 
them in an edited volume.

Submissions should be sent before 15 February 1998 to one of the following 
two organizers:

 Tibor Kiss Detmar Meurers
 IBM Germany Universitaet Tuebingen
 Vangerowstr. 18 Seminar fuer Sprachwissenschaft
 D-69115 Heidelberg Kleine Wilhelmstr. 113
 Germany D-72074 Tuebingen
 Germany

 tiborheidelbg.ibm.com dmsfs.nphil.uni-tuebingen.de

REGISTRATION:
Workshop contributors will be required to register for ESSLLI-98, but they 
will be eligible for a reduced registration fee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
 Feb 15, 98: Deadline for submissions
 Apr 15, 98: Notification of acceptance
 May 15, 98: Deadline for final copy
 Aug 17, 98: Start of workshop

FURTHER INFORMATION:
To obtain further information about ESSLLI-98 please visit the ESSLLI-98
home page at http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/esslli
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