LINGUIST List 9.512

Thu Apr 2 1998


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  1. Svetlana Sheremetyeva, Minimizing the Effort for Language Resource Acquisition
  2. Marie Helene Casanova, Speech Sounds of Spontaneous Speech

Message 1: Minimizing the Effort for Language Resource Acquisition

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 15:21:26 -0700 (MST)
From: Svetlana Sheremetyeva <>
Subject: Minimizing the Effort for Language Resource Acquisition

 Call for Participation 
 A Workshop on Minimizing the Effort
 for Language Resource Acquisition
 Granada, Spain, 26 May, 1998
 in conjunction with 
 The First International Conference
 on Language Resources and Evaluation
 Granada, Spain, 28-30, May 1998

(see for details and how to

The workshop will be devoted to ANY TECHNOLOGICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE

 Tentative program: 
 (Svetlana Sheremetyeva, Organizer) 

0. Introduction. S. Sheremetyeva

 Full papers:

1. Reusing Swedish Language Processing Resources in SVENSK
 F.Olsson, B.Gamback and M.Eriksson

2. A Cost-Effective Approach to Multilingual Lexicon Acquisition
 E.Viegas, S.Nirenburg, B.Onyshkevych and V.Raskin

3. Speeding-up the Building of New Ontologies using Bilingual

4. Matching Resource Acquisition Work to Needs of an Application
 S.Nirenburg and R.Zajac

5. Minimization Strategies in NeuroTran
 N.Koncar, S.Pawlowski, D.Sipka and V.Sipka

6. Refining a Bi-Lingual MRD using A Corpus Based Tool.

 General Discussion.

Workshop Scope and Aims
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 An applied NLP system must produce adequate results and must be
made deployable within reasonable time. Gathering and acquiring
language resources to build an application system is very
time-consuming, and it is imperative to find ways of speeding up
acquisition of high quality, useful static knowledge sources such as a
variety of grammars, lexicons, corpora, etc. Viability of avoiding
massive resource acquisition, if possible, must also be carefully
 Resource acquisition should include methods, based both on sound
theoretical principles and practical experience, of deciding, among
other things, on the amount of knowledge one *really* needs for a
given application. Increasing the size of knowledge sources or their
number and variety does not necessarily lead to a commensurate
improvement of output quality in an application, though a correlation
between the two certainly exists, but it definitely needs to much
increased costs.
 No matter how large the acquired resources are and how many of them
have been acquired, there will always remain a residue of language
processing problems which can be tackled only by foregoing the
requirement of full automation and involving expensive semi-automatic
or even manual acquisition. It becomes imperative, therefore, to
assess when the static knowledge source acquisition is NO LONGER
PROFITABLE. Thus, in a system for interactive authoring and automatic
generation of patent claim texts, the lexical knowledge base can be
restricted to a lexicon of domain-related verbs marked for
subcategorization (as the nominals are provided interactively by the
 The technological issues to be discussed at the conference include,
- minimization of effort in acquiring monolingual and multilingual
	text corpora;
- minimization of effort in acquiring computational lexicons,
	including phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and
	other (including application-specific) information;
- minimization of effort in acquisition of resources for the support of
 corpus-based language engineering methods;
- minimization of effort in acquiring grammatical coverage of
	languages and sublanguages ;
- methods of determining levels of reusability of existing language
- balancing the needs of the application and the grain size of
	language description; 
- minimization of effort through balancing automatic and interactive
	methods of knowledge acquisition;
- evaluation of potential utility of resources to applications;
 Program Committee:
 Svetlana Sheremetyeva, NMSU CRL, USA (Chair)
 Eduard Hovy, USC ISI, USA
 Bernardo Magnini, IRST, Italy
 Sergei Nirenburg, NMSU CRL, USA
 Victor Raskin, Purdue University, USA
 Frederique Segonde, Xerox Research Centre Europe, France
 Leo Wanner, University of Stuttgart, Germany
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Message 2: Speech Sounds of Spontaneous Speech

Date: Thu, 02 Apr 1998 11:48:26 +0100
From: Marie Helene Casanova <>
Subject: Speech Sounds of Spontaneous Speech


The deadline for submissions to the SPoSS workshop is April the 15th.
Please, send submissions at the adress given below.

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by May the 31st.

You are invited to participate in the ESCA workshop on the Speech
Sounds of Spontaneous Speech. The workshop will emphasize on the
production and perception of assimilatory and reduction processes in
various languages and dialects.

If you would like to present at this workshop, please submit a paper
describing original research and results.

Five copies of the abstract (in English) should be sent to :

Laboratoire Parole et Langage
Universite de Provence
29, avenue R. Schuman
13621 Aix en Provence

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Danielle DUEZ, LPL,
Marie-Helene CASANOVA, LPL,
Bernard TESTON, LPL,


* Anne CUTLER (Max Planck Institute)
"Variable Representations and the Recognition of Spoken Words"

*Klaus KOHLER (University of Kiel)
"The Phonetic Representation of Words in Utterance Phonology"

*Bjorn LINDBLOM (University of Stockholm)

*Jacqueline VAISSIERE (Universite de Paris III)


- Articulatory and acoustic analysis of spontaneous-speech processes
- Spontaneous-speech processes in relation to prosodic information
- Perception of reduction and assimilatory processes and context
- Reduction and assimilatory processes : comparison between read speech
	and spontaneous speech
- Reduction and assimilatory processes : comparison between languages
- Modelling of spontaneous-speech processes
- Sound changes in light of spontaneous speech processes

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Danielle DUEZ
e-mail :
Fax :33 + 04 42 59 50 96
Tel :33 + 04 42 95 36 23
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