LINGUIST List 9.627

Tue Apr 28 1998

Calls: Spoken Lang Processing, European Minority Lang

Editor for this issue: Anita Huang <anitalinguistlist.org>


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  1. Karen Croot, ICSLP Abstracts due 1 May 98
  2. Briony Williams, "Language Resources for European Minority Languages"

Message 1: ICSLP Abstracts due 1 May 98

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 14:01:50 +0000
From: Karen Croot <K.Crootcchs.usyd.edu.au>
Subject: ICSLP Abstracts due 1 May 98

	SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS for ICSLP'98

	THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
	 SPOKEN LANGUAGE PROCESSING

	Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
	Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia
	30th November 1998 -- 4th December 1998


Hosted by the Australian Speech Science & Technology Association
Inc. (incorporating the 7th Australian Speech Science & Technology
conference)


CONFERENCE URL http://cslab.anu.edu.au/icslp98


NOTE: NOTE: NOTE: NOTE:
Friday 1st May, 1998 Paper summaries/abstracts due



SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Submissions are invited in any of the following technical topic
areas.

A. Human Speech Production, Acoustic-Phonetics and Articulatory
Models
B. Human Speech Perception
C. Language Acquisition: First and Second Languages
D. Spoken Language and Dialogue Modelling; Dialogue Systems
E. Isolated Word Recognition
F. Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition
G. Utterance Verification and Word Spotting
H. Speaker Adaptation and Normalisation in Speech Recognition
I. Speaker and Language Recognition; Dialects and Speaking Styles
J. Multilingual Perception and Recognition
K. Signal Processing, Speech Analysis and Feature Extraction
L. Robust Speech Processing in Adverse Environments
M. Hidden Markov Model Techniques
N. Artificial Neural Networks, Fuzzy and Evolutionary Algorithms
O. Spoken Language Understanding Systems
P. Text-to-Speech Synthesis
Q. Prosody and Emotion; Focus, Stress and Accent
R. Speech Coding
S. Spoken Language Generation Systems; Concept-to-Speech
T. Spoken Language Translation Systems
U. Analysis of Speech and Hearing Disorders
V. Speech Processing for the Speech-impaired and Hearing-impaired
W. Segmentation, Labelling and Speech Corpora
X. Speech Technology Applications and Human-Machine Interfaces
Y. Spoken Language Processing and Multimodality
Z. Other Areas of Spoken Language Processing



FORMAT OF SUBMISSION

Acceptance of papers for presentation at the conference will be on
the basis of reviewed summaries. You should submit a summary of your
paper comprising approximately 500 words. At the top of the page,
please specify the following

Corresponding Author contact details:
 Full Name
 Full Postal Mail Address
 Email Address
 Fax Number
 Phone Number

Proposed Paper details:
 Paper Title
 Author List
 Topic ID (A-Z)
 Four additional keywords
 Presentation preference (oral, poster, student day)


The Topic ID should be a single category from the topic list
specified as an alphabetic letter; if your submission falls within
the broad area of spoken language processing but is not explicitly
represented in the topic list, please use the Z category. The four
additional keywords are requested in order to assist the programme
committee in assigning reviewers.


MEANS OF SUBMISSION (of Summaries/Abstracts)

Electronic submission of summaries via the World Wide Web is
preferred: a Summary Submission Form is available at
http://cslab.anu.edu.au/icslp98.

Alternatively, a pro-forma for email submission can be obtained from
this URL or by emailing "icslp98tourhosts.com.au"; email submissions
should be sent to "icslp98one.net.au".

If electronic submission is not possible, postal submissions (4
copies) to the ICSLP'98 Secretariat address specified below will be
accepted provided that they adhere to the above format.

Please do NOT use fax.


RESTRICTIONS ON SUBMISSIONS (of Summaries/Abstracts)

Please note that only ASCII summaries written in English will be
accepted: do not include any attachments, graphics, or embedded
formatting commands.

Given the large number of submissions we expect to receive, anything
that cannot be printed directly will be rejected without
consideration.



ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt within 72 hours of
electronically submitting your summary. If this does not happen,
then you should resend your submission by email to
"icslp98one.net.au" with the word RESUBMISSION at the beginning of
the subject line. If an acknowledgement is still not forthcoming, an
email problem should be assumed, and the summary submitted by fax.
Please do not resubmit or send by fax for any other reasons than lack
of acknowledgement from the conference.


CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE

All papers must be presented in English by one of the listed authors;
that author will be required to register no later than the full-paper
submission date.

Summaries will not be accepted after the submission date.
Please note: the deadline of May 1st for receipt of submissions is
firm.
The tight scheduling of our review process means that late
submissions cannot be accepted.


STUDENT DAY SUBMISSIONS

Students wishing to submit papers for the SST Student Day should
submit summaries as above. These submissions will be separately
reviewed and published under the banner of the 7th Australian Speech
Science & Technology conference and will also be included on the
CDROM containing the ICSLP'98 proceedings.


SUBMISSION ADDRESSES

World Wide Web: via "http://cslab.anu.edu.au/icslp98

E-mail Submission: icslp98one.net.au

postal: ICSLP'98 Secretariat, GPO Box 128, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia

technical queries: Robert Dale (rdalempce.mq.edu.au)

General Information: "icslp98tourhosts.com.au"


CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
Tour Hosts Conference & Exhibition Organisers
GPO Box 128
Sydney NSW 2001,
Australia


IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 1st May, 1998 Paper summaries due for review
Friday 26th June, 1998 Acceptance notification
Friday 21st August, 1998 Deadline for full-paper submission




CONFERENCE COORDINATING COMMITTEE

Peter Blamey (Financial)		University of Melbourne
Bruce Millar (Technical)		Australian National University
Julie Vonwiller (Organisation)	University of Sydney/APPEN


TECHNICAL PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Robert Dale (Chair) 		Microsoft Research Institute
Roberto Togneri (Deputy Chair) 	University of Western Australia
Denis Burnham 		University of New South Wales
Michael Wagner			University of Canberra


SST STUDENT DAY COMMITTEE
Franz Clermont (co- Chair)	University of New South Wales
Michael Barlow (co- Chair)	University of New South Wales
Ingrid Ahmer 			University of South Australia
Robin King 			University of South Australia
Parham Mokhtari 		University of New South Wales


INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Souguil J.M. Ann, Seoul National University, Korea
Jens P. Blauert, Ruhr-Universitaet, Germany
Michael Brooke, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Timothy Bunnell, University of Delaware, USA
Anne Cutler, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
Hiroya Fujisaki, Science University of Tokyo, Japan
Julia Hirschberg, AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA
Bjorn Granstrom, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Lin-Shan Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Roger Moore, Defence Research Authority, United Kingdom
John J. Ohala, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Louis C.W. Pols, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Christel Sorin, Centre Nationale d'Etude des Telecommunications,
France
Yoh'ichi Tohkura, ATR Human Information Processing Laboratories,
Japan
Jialu Zhang, Academia Sinica, China

AUSTRALIAN CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

Yianni Attikiouzel, University of Western Australia
Robert Bogner, University of Adelaide
John Clark, University of Western Sydney
Mary O'Kane, University of Adelaide
Roger Wales, University of Melbourne
and representatives of financial sponsors.

------------------------------------------------
Karen Croot
School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
PO Box 170 LIDCOMBE NSW AUSTRALIA 2141

Phone: 02 9351-9694 (Within Australia), +61 2 9351-9694 (International).
Facsimile: 02 9351-9977
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Message 2: "Language Resources for European Minority Languages"

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 15:13:44 +0100
From: Briony Williams <brionycstr.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: "Language Resources for European Minority Languages"

 Pre-final programme and
 Call for participation

 Workshop on

 "Language Resources for European Minority Languages"
 ----------------------------------------------------

 Wednesday May 27 1998 (morning), Granada, Spain

 In association with the First International Conference on
 Language Resources and Evaluation, May 28-30 1998, Granada, Spain

PROGRAMME:

 8:00 Registration

 8:30 Welcome and Introduction

 8:40 "Overview of minority languages in Europe". Marc Alemany (Catalan
 Sociolinguistic Institute).

 9:00 "VOCATEL and VOGATEL: Two Telephone Speech Databases of Spanish Minority
 Languages (Catalan and Galician)". Luis Villarrubia, Paloma Leon, Luis
 Hernandez (Speech Technology Group, Telefonica I&D, Madrid, Spain);
 Climent Nadeu, Ignasi Esquerra, Javier Hernando (Dept. TSC, Universitat
 Polite'cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain); Carmen Garcia-Mateo, Laura
 Docio (ETSIT de Telecomunicacio'n, Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain).

 9:20 "Written Linguistic Resources in Catalan: the DCC Project". Joan Soler
 Bou (Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain).

 9:40 "The MELIN project". Donncha O' Cro'ini'n (Institiu'id Teangeolai'ochta
 E'ireann/Linguistics Institute of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland).

10:00 COFFEE

10:30 "A framework for the automatic processing of Basque". I. Aldezabal,
 O. Ansa, J.M. Arriola, A. Di'az de Ilarraza, N. Ezeiza, A. Maritxalar,
 M. Oronoz, K. Sarasola (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain); I. 
 Aduriz, M. Urkia (UZEI, Donostia, Spain).

10:50 "Towards the creation of new Galician language resources: From a printed
 dictionary to the Galician WordNet". Fernando Magan (Ramo'n Pin~eiro
 Research Center for Humanities, Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

11:10 Poster Session 1 (odd-numbered authors at posters)

11:50 Poster Session 2 (even-numbered authors at posters)

12:30 Plenary

13:30 End

==========================================================================

 Poster papers
 -------------

 1 "A tagger environment for Galician". M. Vilares, J. Gran~a (Universidad de
 Corunna, Spain); T. Araujo, D. Cabrero, I. Diz (Ramo'n Pin~eiro Research
 Center for Humanities, Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

 2 "A bilingual Spanish-Catalan database of units for concatenative 
 synthesis".
 I. Esquerra, A. Bonafonte, F. Vallverdu', A. Febrer (Universitat 
 Polite'cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain).

 3 "Methods and tools for building the Catalan WordNet". L. beni'tez, S. 
 Cervell, G. Escudero, M. Lo'pez, G. Rigau, M. Taule' (Universitat 
 Polite'cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Universitat de Barcelona).

 4 "Lemmatisation of the corpus of Cornish". J. Mills (University of Luton,
 England, UK).

 5 "SpeechDat Cymru: A large-scale telephony Welsh database". R.J. Jones,
 J.S. Mason (Univ. of Wales, Swansea, Wales, UK); L. Helliker, M. Pawlewski
 (BT Labs, Ipswich, England, UK).

 6 "KGB Project: Tools and resources for Breton language learning". J. Siroux,
 H. Gourmelon, G. Mercier, J-P. Messager (ENSSAT, Lannion, France).


 7 "A speech database in Basque language". K. Lo'pez de Ipin~a, I. Torres,
 L. On~ederra (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain).

 8 "An overview of the existing language resources for 'Gallego'".
 C. Garci'a-Mateo (Universidade de Vigo, Spain); M. Gonza'lez-Gonza'lez
 (Universidade de Santiago, Spain).

 9 "Language standardisation and linguistic resources: The case of Central
 Ladin (Dolomites)". F. Ciochetti (Istitut Ladin, Vigo di Fassa, Italy);
 F. Pianesi (IRST, Trento, Italy).

10 "The LE-PAROLE project and the National Corpus of Irish". D. O' Cro'ini'n,
 E. Ui' Dhonnchadha (Institiu'id Teangeolai'ochta E'ireann/Linguistics
 Institute of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland).

11 "Design of a phonetic corpus for speech recognition in Catalan".
 I. Esquerra, C. Nadeu (Universitat Polite'cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona,
 Spain); L. Villarrubia, P. Leo'n (Telefo'nica Investigacio'n y Desarrollo,
 Madrid, Spain).

12 "Levels of annotation for a Welsh speech database for phonetic research".
 B. Williams (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK).

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

WORKSHOP SCOPE AND AIMS:

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 resources. 

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. 

ORGANISERS:

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

CONTACT (on *academic* matters only - registration information is below):

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

 EMAIL: brionycstr.ed.ac.uk

 Tel: +44 1 31 650 2790
 Fax: +44 1 31 650 6351

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

REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR LREC AND PRE AND POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Conference

The registration fees will be 25.000 pesetas (about 150 ECU) per
participant, with reduced fees of 20.000 pesetas (about 120 ECU)
for early registration by March 9, 1998, and 12.000 pesetas
(about 70 ECU) for students. The fees cover the following
services: a copy of the proceedings, a social dinner, coffee
breaks and refreshments. For accompanying persons, the social
dinner will be 6.000 pesetas (about 35 ECU).

Pre Conference Workshops

Pre Conference Workshops are 5,000 pesetas each for those
attending LREC and 10,000 pesetas each for those not attending
LREC, and include a copy of the proceedings of the workshop and a
coffee break.

Post Conference Workshop

The 2-day Post Conference Workshop is 10,000 pesetas for those
attending LREC and 20,000 pesetas for those not attending LREC,
and includes a copy of the proceedings of the workshop and coffee
breaks. Registration willbe made only for those persons who have
been invited to participate by the organizers.

Advance registration payment can be made using the Registration
Forms below.

Registration can be made on-site and must be paid in cash, using
pesetas.


REGISTRATION FORMS

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE RESOURCES AND EVALUATION
GRANADA, SPAIN, 28-30 MAY 1998

E-MAIL OR FAX 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,
reli98goliat.ugr.es

Last Name: _______________________________________
First Name: _______________________________________
Affiliation: _______________________________________
Address:
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 _______________________________________
City: _______________________________________
State/Province: _______________________________________
Country: _______________________________________
Postal/Zip Code: _______________________________________
Phone: _______________________________________
Fax: _______________________________________
E-mail: _______________________________________
Web: _______________________________________


REGISTRATION PAYMENT FORM

REGISTRATION FEES

Full participant*
After March 9, 1998 25.000 pesetas (about 150 ECU)

sub total: __________

Student*
12.000 pesetas (about 70 ECU)

sub total: __________

* Registration fees include one copy of the proceedings, a social
 dinner, coffee breaks and refreshments.

Social Dinner for accompanying persons 6.000 pesetas (about 35 ECU)

sub total: __________


Pre Conference Workshops, May 26 - 27, 1998

 5,000 pesetas each for those attending LREC
10,000 pesetas each for those not attending LREC

Please indicate the workshops you plan to attend (X)

_____ "Linguistic Coreference"
May 26, morning session
_____ "Adapting Lexical and Corpus Resources to Sublanguages and Applications"
May 26, morning session
_____ "The Evaluation of Parsing Systems"
May 26, afternoon session
_____ "Minimizing the Effort for Language Resource Acquisition"
May 26, afternoon session
 _____ "Towards an open European Evaluation Infrastructure for NL and Speech"
May 27, morning session
 _____ "Language Resources for European Minority Languages"
May 27, morning session
_____ "Speech Database Development for Central and Eastern EuropeanLanguages"
May 27, afternoon session
_____ "Distributing and Accessing Linguistic Resources"
May 27, afternoon session

Total Number: __________

x 5,000 (if attending LREC) __________
x 10,000 (if not attending LREC) __________

sub total: __________

Post Conference Workshop, May 31 - June 1*
_______"Translingual Information Management: Current Levels and Future
Abilities"

*Register only if you have been asked to participate and have
 confirmed with the organizers

10,000 (if attending LREC)
20,000 (if not attending LREC)

sub total: __________


Grand Total: __________


METHOD OF PAYMENT

You may pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Eurocard only; we cannot
accept American Express, Diners Club, etc.). You may also pay by Banker's
Cheque, bank transfer or by Eurocheque. All payments must be in Spanish
pesetas.

If payment is by Banker's Cheque, bank transfer or by Eurocheque, please
send it by regular mail. If payment is by credit card, it may be faxed.
Please DO NOT e-mail credit card numbers, as we cannot guarantee the
security of our e-mail system, and because we require signatures.

Please indicate (X) one of the following four payment options:

a)
____ I enclose a Banker's Cheque in Spanish pesetas payable to
 "First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation".

b)
____ I have transferred the full fees by bank transfer to your account at:
 Banco Central Hispano, c/ Recogidas, 13, 18002 Granada.
 Account Name:
 First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation.
 Account Number: 0049 - 0372 - 18 - 2210856078.
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 "First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation"
 will receive the full fees. I enclose a copy of the bank transferpapers
 with the person(s) name written on the transfer.

c)
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Amount: _________________________________________
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Credit card charges will be processed in Spanish pesetas.

d)
____ I enclose Eurocheque(s) for the full fees. I have written my
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MAIL OR FAX TO:

LREC Secretariat
Facultad de Traduccion e Interpretacion
Dpto. de Traduccion e Interpretacion
C/ Puentezuelas, 55
18002 GRANADA, SPAIN
reli98goliat.ugr.es
+34 58 24 41 04 fax

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
http://ceres.ugr.es/~rubio/elra.html

CONFERENCE ADDRESSES

The Conference Chair is Antonio Zampolli (Istituto di Linguistica
Computazionale del CNR and President of ELRA).

Antonio Zampolli - LREC
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR
via della Faggiola, 32
56126 Pisa, ITALY
+39 50 560 481 tel.
+39 50 555 013 fax
pisailc.pi.cnr.it

The Secretariat of the Conference, who will provide general information on
the Conference, is:

LREC Secretariat
Facultad de Traduccion e Interpretacion
Dpto. de Traduccion e Interpretacion
C/ Puentezuelas, 55
18002 Granada, SPAIN
+34 58 24 41 00 tel.
+34 58 24 41 04 fax
reli98goliat.ugr.es


CONFERENCE PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Harald Hoege, Siemens, Munich, Germany
Bente Maegaard, CST, Copenhagen, Denmark
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Angel Martin Municio, President of the Real Academia de Ciencias, Madrid, Spain
Antonio Zampolli, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Pisa, Italy


EXHIBITION

An exhibition will be organised by ELRA. This exhibition is open
to companies and projects wishing to promote, present and
demonstrate their language resources products and prototypes to
the wide range of experts and representatives from all over the
world participating in the conference. For more information on
this, please contact the ELDA office on elra-eldacalva.net.

ELRA

For more information about ELRA (the European Language Resources
Association), please contact:

Khalid Choukri, ELRA CEO
55-57, rue Brillat Savarin
F- 75013 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 43 13 33 33
Fax. +33 1 43 13 33 39
E-mail: elracalva.net
Web: http://www.icp.grenet.fr/ELRA/home.html

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