LINGUIST List 9.56

Thu Jan 15 1998

Calls: AiML'98, Resources for European Minority Langs

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  1. Maarten de Rijke, AiML'98: First Call for Papers
  2. Briony Williams, CFP: Language Resources for European Minority Languages

Message 1: AiML'98: First Call for Papers

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 22:40:08 +0100 (MET)
From: Maarten de Rijke <>
Subject: AiML'98: First Call for Papers


		 Advances in Modal Logic '98

			 October 16-18, 1998
		 Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Advances in Modal Logic is an initiative aimed at presenting an
up-to-date picture of the state of the art in modal logic and its many
applications. The initiative consists of a workshops series together
with volumes based on those workshops.

Advances in Modal Logic '98 is the second workshop organized as part
of this initiative. AiML'98 will be held from October 16-18, 1998 in
Uppsala, Sweden. The workshop is intended for users of modal logic in
cognition, computing, and language, as well as for logicians working
in modal logic.

TOPICS. AiML '98 will be organized around a number of thematic areas:
 - modal logics of agency and normative systems
 - algebraic and model-theoretic aspects of modal logic
 - modal approaches to grammar and natural language semantics
 - computational aspects of modal logic
 - philosophical aspects of modal logic
 - modal logic and belief revision.
Papers on related subjects will also be considered.

SPECIAL SESSION. During the workshop there will be a special
afternoon session on modal logic and belief revision; this session
will be chaired by Sven-Ove Hansson and Sten Lindstrom.

INVITED SPEAKERS. Invited speakers include J. van Benthem, K. Fine, 
J. Horty, M. Kracht, and R. Parikh.

PAPER SUBMISSION. Authors are invited to submit a detailed abstract of
a full paper of at most 10 pages by e-mail to Heinrich Wansing (e-mail
address:, using `AiML98 Submission' as the
subject line. The cover page should include title, authors, and the
coordinates of the corresponding author. Following this it should be
indicated which of the thematic areas best describes the content of
the paper (if none is appropriate, please give a set of keywords that
best describe the topic of the paper). 

To be considered, submissions must be received no later than June 1,
1998. The preliminary version of the full paper to be included in a
planned volume from the workshop should be available at the workshop;
the volume will be submitted to CSLI Publications. Authors will be
notified of the acceptance of their papers by December 1, 1998.

SPONSORS. AiML '98 is generously sponsored by Neurotec Hochtechnologie
GmbH, the Computational Logic Group at the University of Amsterdam,
the Compulog Net network for Computational Logic, the Swedish Royal
Academy of Science, and the University of Uppsala.

 Submission deadline: June 1, 1998
 Notification: August 1, 1998
 Workshop: October 16-18, 1998
 Preliminary version for workshop volume due at the workshop
 Notification of acceptance for publication: December 1, 1998

 Maarten de Rijke, Amsterdam
 Krister Segerberg, Uppsala
 Heinrich Wansing, Leipzig
 Michael Zakharyaschev, Moscow

 Michael Zakharyaschev
 Institute of Applied Mathematics
 Russian Academy of Sciences
 Miusskaya Square 4
 125047 Moscow
 (e-mails: and

 Maarten de Rijke, Heinrich Wansing, Michael Zakharyaschev

 Johan van Benthem, Amsterdam
 Max Cresswell, Wellington
 Luis Farinas del Cerro, Toulouse
 Larry Moss, Indiana
 Krister Segerberg, Uppsala
 Colin Stirling, Edinburgh

FURTHER INFORMATION. Email enquiries about AiML '98 should be directed
to Information about the AiML
initiative can be obtained on the World-Wide Web at
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Message 2: CFP: Language Resources for European Minority Languages

Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 16:52:23 GMT
From: Briony Williams <>
Subject: CFP: Language Resources for European Minority Languages

 Workshop on

 Language Resources for European Minority Languages

 Granada, Spain - May 27 1998 (morning)


This workshop will be held in conjunction with the International
Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Granada,
Spain: May 28-30, 1998.

The workshop will provide a forum for researchers working on the
development of speech and language resources for the indigenous
minority languages of Europe.


The minority or "lesser used" languages of Europe (e.g. Basque,
Welsh, Breton) are under increasing pressure from the major languages.
Some of them (e.g. Gaelic) are becoming endangered, but others (e.g.
Catalan) are in a stronger position, with a certain amount of official
recognition and funding. However, the situation with regard to
language resources is fragmented and disorganised. Some minority
languages have been adequately researched linguistically, but most
have not, and the vast majority do not yet possess basic speech and
language resources (such as text and speech corpora) which are
sufficient to permit commercial development of products.

If this situation were to continue, the minority languages of Europe
would fall a long way behind the major languages, as regards the
availability of commercial speech and language products. This in turn
will accelerate the decline of those languages that are already
struggling to survive, as speakers are forced to use the majority
language for interaction with these products. To break this vicious
circle, it is important to encourage the development of basic language

The workshop is a very small first step towards encouraging the
development of such resources. The aim is to share information, so
that isolated researchers will not need to start from nothing. An
important aspect will be the forming of personal contacts, which at
present do not exist. The aim is to make it easier for isolated
researchers with little funding and no existing corpora to begin
developing a usuable speech or text database. There will be a balance
between presentations of existing language resources, and more general
presentations designed to give background information.

Technical areas covered will include:
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Presentation of existing speech and text databases for minority
languages, with particular emphasis on their design and their

Presentation of existing lexicons for minority languages, with
particular emphasis on fast production methods.

Encouragement of standardisation, using the recommendations formulated
by the EAGLES Working Groups.

Presentation of the EU's policy towards minority languages, and the
situation of minority languages in Europe.

Papers are invited that will describe existing speech and language
resources for minority languages (speech databases, text databases,
and lexicons), also papers based on the analysis of these resources.
Presentations will last 20 minutes each. All presentations will be
given in English, since it cannot be assumed that each listener will
speak all the minority languages discussed.


 Briony Williams University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
 Climent Nadeu Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Catalunya, Spain
 Alex Monaghan Dublin City University, Ireland


Papers should not exceed 4000 words or 10 pages. They can be
submitted in one of two ways: hard copy or electronic submission.
They should be in A4 size and in English.

A) Hard copies:

Three hard copies should be sent to:

 Dr. Briony Williams
 80 South Bridge
 Edinburgh EH1 1HN
 Scotland, UK

Please also send an email to Briony Williams (
informing her of the hard copy submission. This is in case the hard
copy does not reach its destination. This email should contain the
information specified in the section below.

B) Electronic submission:

Electronic submission may be in self-contained Latex, Postcript or
MS-Word format. Submissions should be sent to
An electronic submission should be accompanied by a plain ascii text
email message giving the following details:

# NAME : Name of first author
# TITLE: Title of the paper
# PAGES: Number of pages
# NOTE : Any relevant instructions about the format etc.
# ABSTR: Abstract of the paper
# EMAIL: Email address of the first author
# ADDR: Postal address of the first author
# TEL: Telephone number of the first author
# FAX: Fax number of the first author


Paper submission deadline February 27
Paper notification March 27
Camera-ready papers due April 22
Workshop May 26


General information about the main conference is at:

Specific queries about the conference should be directed to:

LREC Secretariat
Facultad de Traduccion e Interpretacion
Dpto. de Traduccion e Interpretacion
C/ Puentezuelas, 55
18002 Granada, SPAIN
Tel: +34 58 24 41 00 - Fax: +34 58 24 41 04

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