LINGUIST List 9.441

Mon Mar 23 1998

Calls: Translingual Information, Language Conflict

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  2. Brian Joseph, Language Conflict Conference


Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 15:19:22 -0500
From: Nancy M. Ide <>



 Workshop on 


 August 16, 1998 (following ACL/COLING-98)
 University of Montreal, Montreal (Quebec, Canada)


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The development of natural language applications which handle
multi-lingual and multi-modal information is the next major challenge
facing the field of computational linguistics. Over the past 50 years,
a variety of language-related capabilities has been developed in areas
such as machine translation, information retrieval, and speech
recognition, together with core capabilities such as information
extraction, summarization, parsing, generation, multimedia planning
and integration, statistics-based methods, ontologies, lexicon
construction and lexical representations, and grammar. The next few
years will require the extension of these technologies to encompass
multi-lingual and multi-modal information. 

Extending current technologies will require integration of the various
capabilities into multi-functional natural language systems. However,
there is today no clear vision of how these technologies could or
should be assembled into a coherent framework. What would be involved
in connecting a speech recognition system to an information retrieval
engine, and then using machine translation and summarization software
to process the retrieved text? How can traditional parsing and
generation be enhanced with statistical techniques? What would be the
effect of carefully crafted lexicons on traditional information

This workshop is a follow-on to an NSF-sponsored workshop held in
conjunction with the First International Conference on Language
Resources and Evaluation in Granada, Spain (May 1998), at which an
international panel of invited experts will consider these questions
in an attempt to identify the most effective future directions of
computational linguistics research--especially in the context of the
need to handle multi-lingual and multi-modal information. The
follow-on ACL workshop is intended to open the discussion to the
computational inguistics community as a whole. The workshop will
include ample time for discussion. A report summarizing the
discussions at Granada will be available before the ACL workshop.

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The workshop will focus on the following fundamental questions:

1. What is the current level of capability in each of the major areas
 the field dealing with language and related media of human 

2. How can (some of) these functions be integrated in the near future, 
 and what kind of systems will result?

3. What are the major considerations for extending these functions to 
 handle multi-lingual and multi-modal information, particularly in 
 integrated systems of the type envisioned in (2)? 

In particular, we will consider these questions in relation to the
following areas:

 o multi-lingual resources (lexicons, ontologies, corpora, etc.) 
 o information retrieval, especially cross-lingual and cross-modal 
 o machine translation 
 o automated (cross-lingual) summarization and information
 o multimedia communication, in conjunction with text 
 o evaluation and assessment techniques for each of these areas 
 o methods and techniques (both statistics-based and linguistics-
 based) of pre-parsing, parsing, generation, information 
 acquisition, etc.

We invite submissions which report on work in these areas. All papers
should clearly identify how the work addresses the issues and
questions outlined above.

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Only hard-copy submissions will be accepted. Authors should submit six
(6) copies of the full-length paper (3500-5000 words).

Submissions should be sent to:

 Nancy Ide
 Department of Computer Science
 Vassar College
 124 Raymond Avenue
 Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520

Style files and templates for preparing submissions can be found at

The official language of the conference is English.

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 Submission Deadline: March 23, 1998
 Notification Date: May 15, 1998
 Camera ready copy due: June 15, 1998

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 Charles Fillmore University of California Berkeley,
 Robert Frederking Carnegie Mellon University, USA
 Ulrich Heid University of Stuttgart, Germany
 Eduard Hovy Information Sciences Institute, USA 
 Nancy Ide Vassar College, USA 
 Lauri Karttunen (tentative) Rank Xerox Research, France
 Kimmo Koskenniemi University of Helsinki, Finland
 Mun Kew Leong National University of Singapore
 Joseph Mariani LIMSI/CNRS, France
 Mark Maybury The Mitre Corporation, USA
 Sergei Nirenburg New Mexico State University, USA
 Akitoshi Okumura NEC, Japan 
 Martha Palmer University of Pennsylvania, USA 
 James Pustejovsky Brandeis University, USA
 Peter Schaueble ETH, Switzerland 
 Oliviero Stock IRST, Italy 
 Felisa Verdejo UNED, Spain 
 Piek Vossen University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
 Wolfgang Wahlster DFKI, Germany 

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 Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
 Eduard Hovy, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
 Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA 

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Information on the workshop can be found at

Inquiries may be addressed to the organizers:

 Robert Frederking <> 
 Eduard Hovy <> 
 Nancy Ide <> 
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Message 2: Language Conflict Conference

Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 15:56:26 -0500 (EST)
From: Brian Joseph <>
Subject: Language Conflict Conference

 ANNOUNCING: an Interdisciplinary Conference
 "When Languages Collide: Sociocultural and Geopolitical Implications
 Of Language Conflict and Language Coexistence"
	 November 13-15, 1998
	 Ohio State University
 	 Columbus, Ohio
 Rationale for Conference: To discuss issues relating to language or dialect
 hegemony within societies including, but not limited to, language planning,
 designation of national or official languages, orthographic reform, dialect
 and language prestige, language endangerment and death, minority language
 status, gender or race-based linguistic hegemony, and the spread of English
 as the international language of science, business, etc., and the reaction
 of non-English speaking peoples to this. In other words, we seek a
 discussion of all areas in which conflict or disputes arise as the result of
 competition between different languages or between dialects within a single
 language. Moreover, our interest is in the social, political, historical,
 and linguistic dimensions of these issues, with a broad geographic coverage
 that is global in scope.
 Conference Themes: State-imposed linguistic unity and its implications; the
 linguistic legacy of colonialism; international languages, their positive
 and negative consequences; contentious issues regarding national or local
 languages; race-, ethnic-, gender-, and class-based dialects under siege by
 the dominant linguistic paradigm; diglossia; orthographies in competition;
 conflicting romanizations of languages. 

 Featured Plenary Speakers:
 Joshua Fishman, Stanford University
 Victor A. Friedman, University of Chicago
 Featured Panelists:
 S. Robert Ramsey, University of Maryland, College Park
 Yona Sabar, University of California at Los Angeles
 Lachman Kubchandani, Center for Communication Studies, Pune (India)

 Other invited speakers may be added in the next few weeks.
 Call for Papers: Please send five copies of a one-page anonymous abstract
 (no more than 500 words) with a second page allowable for references and
 data, together with a 3"x 5" file card with your name, title of paper,
 address (plus summer address, if different), phone number, fax, and e-mail
 address by May 15, 1998 to:
 	Office of International Studies		For more information, call:
 	Attn: Language Conference			614-292-8770
 	300 Oxley Hall				or write to:
 	1712 Neil Avenue
 	Columbus, Ohio 43210-1219
 We anticipate publishing selected papers from the conference with a major
 university press.
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