LINGUIST List 9.832

Thu Jun 4 1998

Calls: AMTA'98,AAAL--Colloquium on Translation

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  1. David Farwell, AMTA'98
  2. Helen Chau Hu, AAAL--Colloquium on Translation

Message 1: AMTA'98

Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 15:01:08 -0600 (MDT)
From: David Farwell <>
Subject: 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)

The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas is pleased to
convene its third conference in the biennial series, to be held at the
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA, on 28-31 October, with
tutorials and welcoming reception on Wednesday, October 28, and
pre-conference workshops scheduled for Tuesday October 27th.
Following on the success of last year's MT Summit, which commemorated
the 50th anniversary of machine translation, AMTA invites all who are
interested in any aspect of Machine Translation--developers,
researchers, users, and watchers--to attend the conference in October.
At AMTA-98 we will focus on the multilingual aspects of the diverse
language technologies being used increasingly on the web: Information
Retrieval, Text Summarization, Speech Recognition, and so on. As
usual, the conference will feature invited speakers, panel
discussions, papers by researchers and developers, workshops,
tutorials, and more.

Participation by members of AMTA's sister organizations, AAMT in Asia
and EAMT in Europe, is strongly encouraged. And people working in
related areas, such as information retrieval and summarization, are
very welcome to attend.

More information about the conference can be found at

A copy of the AMTA-98 registration form will soon be posted on the Web

Alternatively, please contact 
 Debbie Becker
 Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 300
 Washington, DC 20004
 Tel/fax: +1-703-716-0912

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 Theoretical papers: Unpublished papers are requested about original 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
- 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 15, 1998. *NEW DEADLINE*

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
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Message 2: AAAL--Colloquium on Translation

Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 01:01:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Helen Chau Hu <>
Subject: AAAL--Colloquium on Translation

 A colloquium on translation is being proposed to the
American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). If approved, it
will be presented at its annual conference held from March 6 to March
9, 1999 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. The theme and content of the
colloquium have not been pre-determined. Contributors' papers and
ideas contained in them will set its topic and define its central
thought. The aim is to put together a set of about five quality works
which complement each other, forming a coherent whole. It is an
open-minded approach with no preference for particular languages or
sub-fields. The organizer intends to be the discussant.

 If you would like to participate, please provide the
materials listed below. Kindly note that only traditional paper copy
is acceptable to AAAL. Hence do not submit anything via facsimile or
e- mail. Please be sure that the print is sharp and dark, since
photocopying will be necessary. As AAAL allows only one submission
per person, if you choose to be considered for this colloquium you
should not be submitting a separate paper to AAAL, directly or

(1) An abstract which is titled, typed, and no more than 300 words in
length. If references are necessary, incorporate them into the text
of the abstract; do not attach a separate list of works cited. In the
top left-hand corner list the author's name, address, telephone
number, facsimile number (if available), e-mail address (if
available), and institutional affiliation. Fit everything on one
single page; leave the reverse side blank. The organizer will prepare
the anonymous copy AAAL requires.

(2) A sheet on which appears the author's name, title of paper, and
specification of twenty, twenty-five, or thirty minutes as the
delivery time desired. Be prepared to stay within that stated time
limit during the presentation. If a slide projector, tv monitor, VCR,
audio player, or over-head projector is needed, please so state on
this sheet as well. Note, however, that there is an estimated charge
of US$35 for the first item, and US$70 for the second and third items;
the last two items require no fee. Individual presenters will be
billed for the charges after the conference.

(3) If no e-mail address is given, or if acknowledgement is not to be
sent via e-mail, supply an addressed envelope or mailing label so that
you could be informed of the receipt of your packet.

 The deadline for receipt of the above materials by the
colloquium's organizer is July 31, 1998. Authors will be notified of
selection results around August 20. Those abstracts selected will be
submitted as a group proposal to AAAL for blind evaluation. Once
their decision is received--most likely in November--it will be
relayed to the authors. If AAAL accepts the proposal, authors are
required to submit drafts of their papers to the discussant by
February 15, 1999. A fifty-word summary will also be necessary for
inclusion in the conference programme. Send listed items to: Helen
Chau Hu, Department of English, California State University, Long
Beach, California 90840-2403, U.S.A. [Telephone: 562-985-4229;
e-mail:] Presenters must register for the
conference. The registration fee and membership dues will total about
US$160. To make enquiries regarding AAAL, please contact them
directly at: P. O. Box 21686, Eagan, Minnesota 55121-0686, U.S.A.
Their web site is at:

Helen Chau Hu
Assistant Professor
Department of English
California State University
Long Beach, California 90840

Voice mail: 562-985-4229
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