LINGUIST List 9.166

Wed Feb 4 1998

Calls: Romani, TSD'98, RMMLA/ADS

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  1. Yaron Matras, 4th Romani Linguistics Conference
  2. Pavel Smrz, TSD'98 Text, Speech and Dialog
  3. sjhodges, Deadline extended!!! Re: RMMLA/ADS call for papers

Message 1: 4th Romani Linguistics Conference

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 09:49:02 +0000
From: Yaron Matras <>
Subject: 4th Romani Linguistics Conference


Fourth International Conference on Romani Linguistics
The University of Manchester 
2-5 September 1998


The Fourth International Conference on Romani Linguistics will be held at
the University of Manchester between 2-5 September 1998. The Conference
theme will be 

 'Romani in the Context of General Linguistics'. 

Papers on all areas of Romani linguistics are invited. Special
consideration will be given to papers that focus on the contribution to
general linguistics offered by the study of Romani.

Persons wishing to present a paper are requested to send an abstract of
their presentation to

Romani Linguistics Conference
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom

to arrive no later than FEBRUARY 15, 1998.

Please note that this deadline
MUST be met.

Please make sure that abstracts are
- no longer than one page
- typed/printed (handwritten abstracts will not be considered)
- written in English (even if your oral presentation at the conference 
 will be in another language)
- submitted in four copies.

Abstracts should include the following:
1. Title of the presentation
2. Your name and institutional affiliation (include your mailing address 
 on a separate page)
3. Text of the abstract
4. References, if necessary

All abstracts will be assessed by an independent Academic Committee. 
- ----------------------------


All participants will be asked to pay a Conference fee of \16320,-.
Participants wishing to book accommodation via the Conference Organising
Committee will be able to do so, though the number of available places may
be limited; more details will be provided to interested participants at a
later date. Conference accommodation will generally be in single en-suite
rooms in the immediate vicinity of Hulme Hall, where Conference sessions
will take place. Prices are likely to range from around \16320-\16330 per night. 
- ----------------------------


Participants wishing to attend without presenting a paper should return the
attached registration form no later than February 15, 1998:

- --------------------------------------------------------
I wish to attend to 4th International Conference on Romani Linguistics.
I do not wish to present a paper.


Mailing address:

- --------------------------------------------------------

Yaron Matras
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Phone 44 161 2753975
Fax 44 161 2753187
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Message 2: TSD'98 Text, Speech and Dialog

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 11:07:05 +0100 (MET)
From: Pavel Smrz <>
Subject: TSD'98 Text, Speech and Dialog


 A Workshop on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOG (TSD'98)
 Brno, Czech Republic, 23-26 September 1998

The workshop is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk
University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of
West Bohemia, Pilsen.

Please visit the workshop's homepage:

Brno, Czech Republic


TSD'98 will be concerned with topics in the field of natural language
processing, in particular:

- Corpora, texts and transcription
- Speech analysis, recognition and synthesis
- Their intertwining within NL dialog systems.

Topics of the workshop will include (but are not limited to):

- Text corpora and tagging
- Transcription problems in spoken corpora
- Sense disambiguation
- Links between text and speech oriented systems
- Parsing issues, especially parsing problems in spoken texts
- Multilingual issues, especially multilingual dialog systems
- Information retrieval and text/topic summarization
- Speech modeling 
- Speech segmentation
- Speech recognition 
- Text-to-speech synthesis
- Dialog systems
- Development of dialog strategies 
- Assistive technologies based on speech and dialog
- Applied systems and software


Baudoin Genevieve (France)
Ferencz Attila (Romania)
Hanks Patrick (Great Britain, chair)
Hermansky Hynek (USA)
Kopecek Ivan (Czech Republic)
Matousek Vaclav (Czech Republic)
Mueller Johannes (Germany)
Noeth Elmar (Germany)
Pala Karel (Czech Republic)
Pavesic Nikola (Slovenia)
Schukat-Talamazzini E. Guenter (Germany)
Skrelin Pavel (Russia)


Bartek Ludek
Batusek Robert
Komarkova Dana (secretary)
Kopecek Ivan (chair)
Matousek Vaclav
Pala Karel
Smrz Pavel
Staudek Jan
Zizka Jan


Abstracts of no more than 500 words [plain ASCII text only, please]
should be submitted to the following e-mail address on or before
May 15, 1998:

Submissions should include, in addition to the abstract itself, the
name of the author(s), affiliation, address, telephone number, fax
number, and e-mail address. Electronic submissions will be
acknowledged by e-mail, so please contact us if no acknowledgement is
received. Acceptance of submissions will likewise be notified by
e-mail. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of

Authors of abstracts that are accepted will be requested to send their
papers in PostScript form (in LLNCS format) to the above by e-mail
before August 17th. LaTeX word processor is preferred but not
required. Format instructions (and LLNCS LaTeX format) will be sent to
authors together with the notification of acceptance. Requests for
participation will be processed on a "first come first served" basis.


Friday, May 15, 1998 ..... Submissions of Abstracts due
Tuesday, June 30, 1998 ..... Notification of acceptance sent to the authors
Monday, August 17, 1998 ..... Final papers (camera ready) due
Wednesday, September 23, 1998 ...... Workshop date


Registration fee:
80.- USD (includes proceedings, refreshments, social events and trip)

Accommodation and food:
Double room (shared with other participant): 130.- USD
Single room: 190.- USD

The full cost of the Workshop will therefore be either 210,- USD or
270,- USD, depending on whether accommodation is shared. Further
details will be announced later.


The official language of the event will be English, but papers on
issues relating to text and speech processing in languages other than
English are strongly encouraged.


All correspondence regarding the workshop should be addressed to:

Dana Komarkova
Faculty of Informatics
Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a
60200 Brno
Czech republic
tel.: +420 5 41 512 359


All sessions of the workshop will be plenary (no parallel sessions).
The format will consist of paper presentations (generally 20 minutes)
followed by discussion (10 minutes).
The workshop will also include social events, an excursion to the
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University Brno, and a trip in the
vicinity of Brno (the Moravian Karst, including the beautiful Macocha


Hotel Myslivna, where the workshop will take place, is a comfortable
hotel in beautiful woods on a hill near a natural reservation area
very close to Brno. The surrounding is very quiet and suitable for
walks and hiking (jogging) routes.

Brno is the capital of Moravia, which is in the south-east part of the
Czech Republic. It is the second-largest town in the Czech Republic
(with a population of about half a million). It had been a royal city
since 1347. There are six universities in Brno. Historical and
artistic places of interest include:

 -- Brno castle (now called Spilberk)
 -- Veveri castle
 -- The Old and New City halls
 -- The Augustine monastery, with St Thomas' Church and crypt of
 Moravian margraves
 -- The Church of St James 
 -- The "Bishops' Church" of St Peter & St Paul
 -- The famous villa Tugendhadt, designed by Mies van der Rohe
 -- Many other important examples of Czech architecture between 
 the wars (1918-38).

In the immediate surroundings of Brno are the Moravian Karst. with
Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves; the site of the "Battle of the Three
emperors" (Napoleon, Alexander of Russia, and Franz of Austria),
commonly known as the Battle of Austerlitz; the chateau of Slavkov
(Austerlitz); Pernstejn Castle; and many other attractions.


Brno can be reached easily by direct trains from Prague, Vienna,
Bratislava, and Budapest, or by plane to Vienna and then by coach or
train (130 km). Another possibility is to go by plane to Prague and
then travel about 200 km by coach or train. Further travel details
will be given in future announcements.
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Message 3: Deadline extended!!! Re: RMMLA/ADS call for papers

Date: Tue, 03 Feb 98 10:13:33 PST8
From: sjhodges <sjhodgesCCGATE.HAC.COM>
Subject: Deadline extended!!! Re: RMMLA/ADS call for papers

Please be advised that the deadline for the following conference paper
submission has been extended to February 27, 1998.

		Papers Solicited for the 1998 RMMLA Conference

Conjoint Meeting: American Dialect Society:
Session Chair, Simonie Hodges
Georgetown University
2525 Farmcrest Dr. #328
Herndon, VA 20171

This session showcases papers on various aspects of American dialects.
Examples of previous paper topics include: dialects of Utah, the use
of formal and informal pronouns "You" in Spanish speaking cities,
Jamaican English in historical plays, and sweet carbonated beverage
isoglosses in the U.S.

We hope that you will propose a paper for the 1998 RMMLA (Rocky
Mountain Modern Language Association) conference in Salt Lake
City. Please address your proposal to the Chair of the appropriate
session. Proposals based on a 300-word abstract are due to the session
Chair no later than --27 February 1998-. These proposals must be sent
on paper and on 3.5" disk (preferably IBM-compatible format). If you
would like the disk returned to you, please enclose a stamped, self-
addressed envelope. You will be notified of the Chair's decision by 15
March 1998. Complete versions of accepted papers are due to the Chair
by 15 August (paper and disk copy).

Visit the RMMLA website at for more details
on the other topics at the conference.

- -------Guidelines for Papers and Presenters at the RMMLA Conference-----------

We would appreciate your following a few RMMLA rules regarding papers
presented at our conference. RMMLA is an organization for its
members. You MUST be a member in good standing to present a
paper. Your membership must be current by 1 April 1998 to have your
name appear in the program. You may not read papers in more than one
session. It is courteous to notify the Chair if you submit to more
than one session. If you have two papers accepted, please decide which
you will give, and notify both Chairs, as well as the RMMLA
Secretariat. If we discover the duplication and are not able to reach
you, we will have to choose for you. Members who propose papers are
expected to attend the Convention to read at the scheduled time. No
more than two members of the same institution may appear on any panel.
No one's name may appear on the program more than twice (i.e. as a
Chair and a presenter; appearance as a Secretary is not considered).
Please notify the Chair and the RMMLA Secretariat immediately if you
find you are unable to present. It is the policy of the RMMLA not to
have papers read in absentia.

(NB: RMMLA DUE DATES represent dates for receipt. Please allow
adequate time when mailing overseas or to distant addresses.)
Proposals for papers for the 1998 convention are due to the Chairs no
later than 15 February 1998, because Chairs must have the program copy
for their sessions in the hands of the Executive Director by 1 March
1998. This timeline is critical for setting and finalizing the
Thank You In Advance For Your Cooperation.
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