LINGUIST List 13.388

Mon Feb 11 2002

Calls: Computational Ling, Phonology

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  • Martin Frank, 2nd CFP: WWW-2002 Semantic Web Workshop
  • Patrick Honeybone, Tenth Manchester Phonology Meeting

    Message 1: 2nd CFP: WWW-2002 Semantic Web Workshop

    Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 16:08:52 -0800 (PST)
    From: Martin Frank <>
    Subject: 2nd CFP: WWW-2002 Semantic Web Workshop

    Call for Participation: Semantic Web Workshop at the 2002 World-Wide Web Conference Hawaii, May 7, 2002

    The term "Semantic Web" denotes the next evolutionary step of the Web, which establishes a layer of machine-understandable data for automated agents, sophisticated search engines, and information integration and interoperability services. The ultimate goal of the Semantic Web is to allow machines to share and use knowledge worldwide in a scalable, adaptable and extensible manner, without any central authority and just a few basic rules.

    The Semantic Web workshop at WWW-2002 will complement the Semantic Web track at the main conference by providing a forum for active discussion on the current achievements, pitfalls, and the future research directions of the Semantic Web. Our goal is to provide a forum for fruitful discussion sessions rather than a mini-conference. We solicit papers, but at the workshop itself the emphasis will be on sharing experiences with time for all participants to contribute.

    The workshop will be structured around group discussions designed to help us achieve greater understanding of the following issues: What are the recent successes in Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Information Integration, and other Computer Science fields that are relevant to the Semantic Web? What are the unique challenges of the Semantic Web that do not allow us to apply that research directly? How do we overcome these challenges? What are new areas of basic research that the Semantic Web needs? What are possible killer applications for the Semantic Web? How can we achieve the critical mass of ontologies, annotated data, tools, and agents to make the Semantic Web as ubiquitous as the regular Web is today?

    Besides the papers about up-to-date progress of research, we solicit reports from Semantic Web practitioners. We also encourage submissions from researchers in established areas of Computer Science discussing the possibilities and challenges of applying traditional techniques to the Semantic Web, with its de-centralization and scale. Practitioners' reports will give us the opportunity to discuss the gap between the current practices and the visions. The challenge papers will help us achieve a coherent picture of the Semantic Web to come.

    Relevant workshop topics include but are not limited to: * Language and Representation issues of the Semantic Web (e.g. RDF, OIL, DAML, Topic-Maps, RSS) * Query languages for RDF * Tools, systems and methodologies for engineering of, storing of and reasoning with RDF data * Migrating existing information to be usable for RDF applications * Trust in the Semantic Web * Information integration and Mediation on the Web * Semantic Web applications

    Organizing Committee

    Steffen Staab, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA Martin Frank, USC Information Sciences Institute, USA

    Program Committee

    Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester, United Kingdom Paul Buitelaar, DFKI, Germany Fabio Ciravegna, U Sheffield, UK Peter Crowther, Network Inference, UK Monica Crub�zy, Stanford University, USA Mike Dean, BBN, USA Stefan Decker, Stanford University (DB), USA Jerome Euzenat, INRIA, France Dieter Fensel, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands Tim Finin, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK Asun G�mez-P�rez, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands Jeff Heflin, Lehigh University, USA Martin Lacher, Technische Universit�t M�nchen, Germany Yannis Labrou, Univ. of Maryland, USA Fred Lochovsky, HKUST, Hong Kong Alexander Maedche, FZI, Germany Brian McBride, HP Laboratories, UK Sergey Melnik, Stanford University, USA Enrico Motta, The Open University, UK Louiqa Raschid, Univ. of Maryland, USA Rudi Studer, University of Karlsruhe, Germany Katia Sycara, CMU, USA Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, UK Mike Uschold, Boeing, USA

    Submission procedure

    We invite three types of submission: research papers, application papers, and position statements. Research and application papers should not exceed 12 pages (including bibliography). Position statements should not exceed 3 pages and address some of the questions in this announcement. Indicate the type of paper in large fonts on the first page of your submission. We will accept only electronic submissions in PDF format. To submit the paper, send the PDF file or the URL where we can download it to

    For additional information about the workshop, visit

    For additional information about WWW-2002, visit

    Important dates

    Submission of papers: March 1st Notification of acceptance: April 1st Submission of camera-ready copy: April 15th

    Message 2: Tenth Manchester Phonology Meeting

    Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 11:04:32 +0000
    From: Patrick Honeybone <>
    Subject: Tenth Manchester Phonology Meeting


    Tenth Manchester Phonology Meeting

    23-25 MAY 2002

    University of Manchester, UK

    Deadline for abstracts: Tuesday 2 April 2002

    Special session: 'Phonological acquisition: endowments and paths'

    BACKGROUND We are pleased to announce our Tenth Manchester Phonology Meeting (10MFM). For the past nine years, this meeting has been one of the important venues for phonologists from all corners of the world. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a wide range of topics, including the phonological description of languages, phonological theory, phonological acquisition and phonological change. We, therefore, invite abstracts for full papers or poster presentations from phonologists, phoneticians, psychologists, sociolinguists, computational linguists - in short, anyone interested in exploring current models of phonological theory and the (cognitive, phonetic, sociological, computational...) implications of such work. Presentations on a variety of languages are welcome. Full papers will last 30 minutes with 10 minutes for questions, and the poster session is a key part of the MFM, lasting one and a half hours.

    SPECIAL SESSION There is no conference theme - abstracts can be submitted on anything, but, following the success of such sessions in previous years, a special themed session has been organised for Friday afternoon. This will feature five invited speakers and will conclude in an open discussion when contributions will be welcome from the audience.

    Title: 'Phonological acquisition: endowments and paths' Child acquisition of phonology poses some intriguing questions, such as: How does the child get started? Assuming that the child begins without a phonological system, how the child come to possess one? With the aid of principles and parameters, or constraints, given by universal grammar? Or by means of focussing in on specific patterns in the ambient language, using general cognitive capacities? How can we best account for the widely attested variation in individual pathways towards the acquisition of a phonological system? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in the session, along with the discussion of our speakers' acquisition data.

    Speakers: *Gerry Docherty (University of Newcastle) & Paul Foulkes (University of York) *Paula Fikkert (University of Nijmegen) *Jim Scobbie (Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh) *Marilyn Vihman (University of Wales Bangor) *Sophie Wauquier-Gravelines (University of Nantes)

    ABSTRACTS Abstracts for the MFM should be sent to Patrick Honeybone by email ( by **Tuesday 2 April 2002**. Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4, with 2.5cm or one inch margins, single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12 and with normal character spacing. All examples and references in the abstract should be included on the one single page, but it is enough, when referring to previous work, to cite "Author (Date)" without giving full bibliographical details. Please send two copies of your abstract - one of these should be anonymous and one should include your name, affiliation and email. Use one of these formats: rtf, Word, pdf, or plain text. If you need to use a phonetic font in your abstract, please use an SILdoulos font, which can be downloaded for free from this site:

    **Further details on abstract submission and organisation are available at the MFM's website**

    ORGANISING COMMITTEE This is the MFM organising committee. The first named is the main contact - if you would like to attend or if you have any queries please feel free to get in touch (, or phone on +44 (0)1695 584244).

    *Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill College of Higher Education) *Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (University of Newcastle) *Wiebke Brockhaus (University of Manchester) *Jacques Durand (Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail) *Nigel Vincent (University of Manchester)