LINGUIST List 9.505

Wed Apr 1 1998

Calls: AMTA'98,Discourse Relations (Coling/ACL'98)

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  1. Eduard Hovy, 3rd Machine Translation Conference AMTA-98
  2. Eduard Hovy, WS--Discourse Relations -- COLING/ACL, August, Montreal

Message 1: 3rd Machine Translation Conference AMTA-98

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 12:42:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Eduard Hovy <hovyISI.EDU>
Subject: 3rd Machine Translation Conference AMTA-98

 Association for Machine Translation in the Americas 

 AMTA-98 Conference, Langhorne, PA, October 28-31, 1998 

 (MT in a growing field of language technologies)

Following successful AMTA conferences in 1994 and 1996, the third
conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
will be held in Langhorne, PA, at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, on
October 28-31, 1998.

The MT Summit last year commemorated the 50th anniversary of machine
translation. During that time, MT grew from a tantalizing dream to a
respectable and stable scientific-linguistic enterprise, with users,
commercial systems, university research, and Government participation.
But until very recently, MT has been performed in a relatively
isolated manner, as a distinct enterprise.

This situation is changing rapidly. The explosive growth of the web
has brought multilingual text into the reach of nearly everyone with a
computer. It is increasingly urgent that the various types of
language processing technologies--information retrieval, automated
summarization, multimodal and multilingual display, and machine
translation--be interconnected.

Once again there will be something for everyone! Retaining the
pattern established by its predecessors, AMTA-98 will offer a blend of
invited talks, panel discussions, research papers, system
demonstrations and descriptions, tutorials, workshops, book exhibits,
and social events. The four days of the conference will also
facilitate gatherings of the Special Interest Groups on topics ranging
from interlinguas and ontologies, lexicons, standards and data
exchange, MT on PCs, and MT evaluation.

The overall intent of the conference is to bring together MT
developers, researchers, and users, to share the latest information on
MT and to forge partnerships for addressing the challenge of language
barriers that impede communication on the Information Highway.
Participation by members of AMTA's sister organizations in Europe and
Asia is strongly encouraged.

Invited talks and panel discussions will highlight topical and
controversial questions, encouraging lively interactions, as they did
at past conferences. In the theory sessions, technical papers will
address a wide range of topics, while in practical sessions, the
problems of developing and bringing MT systems to market or
intergrating MT technology into the workplace will be discussed. In
addition, booths can be rented to display systems and products.

General Chair: Eduard Hovy, USC Information Sciences Institute
Program Chairs: David Farwell, CRL, New Mexico State University 
 Laurie Gerber, SYSTRAN Software, Inc. (San Diego)
Local Arrangements Chair: Martha Palmer, University of Pennsylvania


Authors/system developers are invited to submit three kinds of

1. Theoretical papers: Unpublished papers are requested about original
work on all aspects of Machine Translation. However, given the theme
of this year's conference, special consideration will be given to
papers which address advances in multilingual language and information
technologies which have a potential impact on machine translation.
Papers should be in English, not longer than 10 pages, with minimum
character font size of 11 pt.

2. System descriptions with optional system demonstrations: Approx. 25
minutes will be allocated per system description/demo. Submissions
should be in English, not longer than 4 pages. If a system
demonstration is included, please provide the following information:

 - hardware platform,
 - operating system,
 - name and contact information of system operations specialist.

3. Studies of users experiences with implementing MT or testing its
applicability to some task. Users and marketing consultants are
especially welcome to submit. Studies should be in English, not
longer than 8 pages, with minimum character font size of 11 pt.

First page: All types of submission should include a separate title
page with the following information:
- paper title,
- author(s)' name(s), address(es), telephone and fax numbers, email
- one-paragraph abstract,
- for theoretical papers: subject area keyword(s)
 for user studies: the words "User study"
 for system descriptions/demos: the words "System description/demo".

Submissions are due at address below on June 1, 1998.
Authors will be notified of acceptance on July 15, 1998.
Final copies of papers are due on August 31, 1998.

Softcopy submissions (papers that do not print will be returned to the

 email address:
 subject line: AMTA-98 submission 
 paper encoding:
 - ASCII plain text 
 - Microsoft Word (RTF format) 
 - PostScript

Hardcopy submissions (please send four (4) copies): 
 AMTA-98: David Farwell
 Computing Research Laboratory
 Box 30001/3CRL
 New Mexico State University
 Las Cruces, NM 88003


Proposals for tutorials and workshops are also welcome at this time
for topics of direct interest and impact for MT researchers,
developers, vendors or users of MT technologies. Approx. 3 hours will
be allocated per tutorial. Approx. 7 hours may be allocated per
workshop. Please state the topic(s) to be addressed, the rationale
for addressing it and the structure of the activities. Submissions
should be in English and not longer than 4 pages.

Please submit proposals as soon as possible to David Farwell at the
address above. Proposals must be submitted on or before April 3,

For general conference information and further details as it becomes
available, visit:

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Eduard Hovy
email: USC Information Sciences Institute 
tel: 310-822-1511 ext 731 4676 Admiralty Way 
fax: 310-823-6714 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 
project homepage:
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Message 2: WS--Discourse Relations -- COLING/ACL, August, Montreal

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 12:42:47 -0800 (PST)
From: Eduard Hovy <hovyISI.EDU>
Subject: WS--Discourse Relations -- COLING/ACL, August, Montreal

 Call for papers

 Coling/ACL 98 workshop
 Discourse Relations and Discourse Markers

 August 15, 1998
 Universite de Montreal

The notion of discourse relation has received many interpretations,
some of which are hardly compatible with one another. Nonetheless,
there is a consensus among researchers that intersegment relations
hold between adjacent portions of a text and that these relations may
be signalled by linguistic means, including so-called cue phrases,
aspect and mood shifts, theme inversions, and other markers.

The workshop intends to bring together researchers working on
discourse relations and discourse markers in different linguistic
traditions and different NLP applications. The particular focus of
the workshop is the issue of discourse relations from the viewpoint of
linguistic realization. Specifically, contributions should address
one or more of the following questions:

* What are sound methodologies for comparing similar discourse markers
(contrastive studies, distribution analyses, etc.)?

* What are sound methodologies for relating discourse relations with
potential realizations?

* Are there discourse relations that are *always* lexically signalled?
Are there any that are *never* lexically signalled?

* What non-lexical (i.e., syntactic or prosodic) means are used to
signal a relation?

* In production, how does one decide whether to signal a relation at

* In production, how does one motivate a choice among candidate
signals for a given relation?

* In production, how does the choice of signal interact with other
decisions (in particular, those of linearizing some tree or graph

* In analysis, is it possible to reliably infer discourse relations
from surface cues?

* In analysis, how can one disambiguate polysemous signals such as 
"and", "since" (temporal or causal) etc.?

* What are useful lexical representations of discourse markers, for
both analysis and production?

* What are useful representations of discourse relations (and the
entities they relate), such that they facilitate the realization
decision? What features would one like to have handy in a
representation so that choices can be made easily?

* Are there significant differences between realizations in spoken and
written language?

* How do individual languages differ in terms of any of the above

Organizing committee

The workshop is organized by 
 Manfred Stede (Technical University, Berlin)
 Leo Wanner (University of Stuttgart)
 Eduard Hovy (ISI/USC, Marina del Rey)

This call for papers as well as future information on the workshop can
be found at

Requirements for submission

Papers are invited that address any of the topics listed above.
Maximum length is 8 pages including figures and references. Please
use A4 or US letter format and set margins so that the text lies
within a rectangle of 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm). Use classical
fonts such as Times Roman or Computer Modern, 11 to 12 points for
text, 14 to 16 points for headings and title. LaTeX users are
encouraged to use the style file provided by ACL:

Papers can be submitted either electronically in PostScript format, or
as hardcopies. Submission from North America should be sent to:
 Eduard Hovy
 Information Sciences Institute 
 4676 Admiralty Way 
 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 

Submissions from elsewhere should be sent to either of the following:
 Manfred Stede Leo Wanner
 TU Berlin Computer Science Department
 KIT Project Group Intelligent Systems
 Sekr. FR 6-10 University of Stuttgart
 Franklinstr. 28/29 Breitwiesenstr. 20-22
 D-10587 Berlin	 D-70565 Stuttgart
 Germany Germany


Deadline for electronic submissions: April 7, 1998
Deadline for hardcopy submissions: April 10 (arrival date)
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 1998
Final manuscripts due: June 12, 1998

Program committee

o Sandra Carberry (U Delaware)
o Barbara DiEugenio (U Pittsburgh)
o Eduard Hovy (USC/ISI)
o Alistair Knott (U Edinburgh)
o Alex Lascarides (U Edinburgh)
o Owen Rambow (Cogentex Inc.)
o Ted Sanders (U Utrecht)
o Donia Scott (U Brighton)
o Wilbert Spooren (U Tilburg)
o Manfred Stede (TU Berlin)
o Keith Vander Linden (Calvin College)
o Marilyn Walker (ATT Laboratories)
o Leo Wanner (U Stuttgart)

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Eduard Hovy
email: USC Information Sciences Institute 
tel: 310-822-1511 ext 731 4676 Admiralty Way 
fax: 310-823-6714 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 
project homepage:
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