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LINGUIST List 19.1554

Wed May 14 2008

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Spain; Language Acquisition/USA

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    M. Antonia Martí, Corpus-based Approaches to Coreference Resolution
        2.    Jane Chandlee, Boston University Conference on Language Development

Message 1: Corpus-based Approaches to Coreference Resolution
Date: 13-May-2008
From: M. Antonia Martí <amartiub.edu>
Subject: Corpus-based Approaches to Coreference Resolution
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Full Title: Corpus-based Approaches to Coreference Resolution
Short Title: CBA

Date: 13-Nov-2008 - 15-Nov-2008
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Marta Recasens
Meeting Email: cba2008ub.edu
Web Site: http://stel.ub.edu/cba2008

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 25-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

CBA-2008: 'Corpus-Based Approaches To Coreference Resolution In Romance
Languages' 13-15 November 2008

Deadline for abstract submission: Thursday September 25, 2008
Workshop location: Universitat de Barcelona.
Workshop Email: cba2008ub.edu

Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya begin a series
of workshops devoted to Corpus-based Approaches to Discourse Analysis - CBA
Workshops. We are particularly interested in innovative perspectives on the use
and exploitation of corpora in going one step beyond the state of the art.

The first workshop in this series, CBA-2008, will focus on 'Coreference
Resolution in Romance Languages'.

This workshop aims to exploit annotated data in order to make the most of
machine learning techniques for coreference resolution. For coreference we
understand identifying the full chain of mentions for each entity in the
discourse, rather than pairs of antecedent-anaphor. We believe there is a need
to bring together linguists and computer scientists, and we invite unpublished
contributions which relate to issues of this field with a special emphasis on -
though not limited to - Romance languages.

Topics of interest:
- Exploring techniques/strategies for collecting better data in this area
- Studies of relevant features for coreference resolution
- Studies of knowledge sources for coreference resolution and strategies for
inferring useful linguistic cues
- ML algorithms of coreference resolution
- Learning features from annotated/raw corpora
- Portability of English coreference resolution systems to Romance languages

Further information is available on the web http://stel.ub.edu/cba2008
Registration is free!

Call for Papers

Invited Speakers:
Véronique Hoste (University of Antwerp)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)
Vincent Ng (University of Texas at Dallas)
Massimo Poesio (University of Essex, Università di Trento)

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: 25 September 2008
Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2008
Final version of abstracts: 1 November 2008
Workshop: 13-15 November 2008
Early version of full papers: 15 January 2009
Camera ready full papers: 5 March 2009

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts should be at most 2 pages in length, including references, using a 12
pt. font with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. Abstracts should be in form of a PDF
file and should be submitted electronically using the abstract submission
software available at http://stel.ub.edu/cba2008/submission.php

After the workshop, selected papers will be published in a monographic issue of
the SEPLN journal: Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural, 42 (April 2009).

Program Committee:
Antonio Balvet (Université Lille 3, France)
Richard Evans (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
M. Antònia Martí (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Patricio Martínez-Barco (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Roser Morante (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Rafael Muñoz (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
Costanza Navarretta (CST - Center for Sprogteknologi, Denmark)
Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Lluís Padró (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Massimo Poesio (University of Essex, UK / Università di Trento, Italy)
Marta Recasens (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Horacio Rodríguez (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Mihai Surdeanu (Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain)
Mariona Taulé (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Jordi Turmo (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Alfonso Ureña (Universidad de Jaén, Spain)
Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, Holland)

Organizing Committee:
M. Antònia Martí
Lluís Padró
Marta Recasens
Emili Sapena
Mariona Taulé
Jordi Turmo
Message 2: Boston University Conference on Language Development
Date: 13-May-2008
From: Jane Chandlee <janemcbu.edu>
Subject: Boston University Conference on Language Development
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Full Title: Boston University Conference on Language Development
Short Title: BUCLD

Date: 31-Oct-2008 - 02-Nov-2008
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contact Person: Jane Chandlee
Meeting Email: langconfbu.edu
Web Site: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/APPLIED/BUCLD/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 15-May-2008

Meeting Description:

The 33rd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development will take
place on October 31 - November 2, 2008.

Deadline Approaching - Call For Papers

The 33rd Annual Boston University Conference On Language Development
October 31 - November 2, 2008

Keynote Speaker:
Barbara Landau, Johns Hopkins University
''Spatial Language and Spatial Cognition: Origins, Development, and Interaction''

Plenary Speaker:
Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
''From Input to Mind: How Acquisition work captures the heart of linguistic
theory and the soul of practical application''

Lunch Symposium:
''Brain mechanisms of language development: The promise and pitfalls of
Dick Aslin, University of Rochester
Debra Mills, Emory University
Colin Phillips, University of Maryland
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University

Submissions which present research on any topic in the fields of first and
second language acquisition from any theoretical perspectives will be fully
considered, including:
- Bilingualism
- Cognition & Language
- Creoles & Pidgins
- Dialects
- Discourse and Narrative
- Gesture
- Hearing Impairment and Deafness
- Input & Interaction
- Language Disorders (Autism, Down Syndrome, SLI, Williams Syndrome, etc.)
- Linguistic Theory (Syntax, Semantics, Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon)
- Neurolinguistics
- Pragmatics
- Pre-linguistic Development
- Reading and Literacy
- Signed Languages
- Sociolinguistics
- Speech Perception & Production

Presentations will be 20 minutes long followed by a 10-minute question period.
Posters will be on display for a full day with two attended sessions during the day.

Abstract Format and Content:
- Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research.
- Abstracts should be anonymous, clearly titled and no more than 500 words in
length. Text of abstract should fit on one page, with a second page for
examples, figures, or references. Abstracts longer than 500 words will be
rejected without being evaluated.
- Please note the word count at the bottom of the abstract. Note that word
counts should not include the abstract title, figure or table titles, examples,
or the list of references.
- A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:
- Three examples of how to formulate the content of the abstract can be found at:
- The criteria used by the reviewers to evaluate abstracts can be found at:
- All abstracts must be submitted as PDF documents. Specific instructions for
how to create PDF documents are available at:
If you encounter a problem creating a PDF file, please contact us for further
Please use the first author's last name as the file name (eg. Smith.pdf). No
author information should appear anywhere in the contents of the PDF file itself.

Submission Instructions:
- Electronic submission: To facilitate the abstract submission process,
abstracts will be submitted using the form available at the conference website
at http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/APPLIED/BUCLD/abstract.htm.
- Specific instructions for abstract submission are available on this website.
- Contact information for each author must be submitted via webform. No author
information should appear anywhere in the abstract PDF.
- At the time of submission you will be asked whether you would like your
abstract to be considered for a poster, a paper, or both. Note that this
preference is not revealed to the reviewers, and thus is not considered in the
review process.
- Although each author may submit as many abstracts as desired, we will accept
for presentation by each author: (a) a maximum of 1 first authored paper/poster,
and (b) a maximum of 2 papers/posters in any authorship status. Note that no
changes in authorship (including deleting an author or changing author order)
will be possible after the review process is completed or for publication in the
conference proceedings.

- All submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, May 15, 2008.
- Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the delay.
- We regret that we cannot accept abstract submissions by fax or email.
- Submissions via surface mail will only be accepted in special circumstances,
on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us well in advance of the submission
deadline (May 15, 2008) to make these arrangements.

Abstract Selection:
- Each abstract is blind reviewed by 5 reviewers from a panel of approximately
180 international scholars. Further information about the review process is
available at http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/APPLIED/BUCLD/reviewprocess.html.
- Acknowledgment of receipt of the abstract will be sent by email as soon as
possible after receipt. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent to first
authors only, in early August, by email. Pre-registration materials and
preliminary schedule will be available in late August 2008.
- If your abstract is accepted, you will need to submit a 150-word abstract
including title, author(s) and affiliation(s) for inclusion in the conference
handbook. Guidelines will be provided along with notification of acceptance.
- Abstracts accepted as papers will be invited for publication in the BUCLD
- Abstracts accepted as posters will be invited for publication online only, but
not in the printed version.
- All conference papers will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted.
Although each abstract will be evaluated individually, we will attempt to honor
requests to schedule accepted papers together in group sessions.
- No schedule changes will be possible once the schedule is set. Scheduling
requests for religious reasons only must be made before the review process is
complete (i.e. at the time of submission). A space is provided on the abstract
submission webform to specify such requests.

Further Information:
General conference information is available at:

Boston University Conference on Language Development
96 Cummington Street, Room 244
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-3085

Questions about abstracts should be sent to abstractbu.edu

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