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LINGUIST List 19.1705

Wed May 28 2008

Calls: Phonetics,Phonology/Belgium; Comp Ling,Semantics/Poland

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

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        1.    Mikhail Kissine, Heard around the World
        2.    Bartosz Broda, Language Diversity and the Acquisition of LS Knowledge

Message 1: Heard around the World
Date: 27-May-2008
From: Mikhail Kissine <mkissineulb.ac.be>
Subject: Heard around the World
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Full Title: Heard around the World

Date: 04-Dec-2008 - 06-Dec-2008
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact Person: Didier Demolin
Meeting Email: heardulb.ac.be
Web Site: http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~heard

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2008

Meeting Description:

The conference will be devoted to phonetic diversity in the world's languages.
The goals of the conference are to promote and to discuss issues related to the
description of sounds and sounds systems, methods of analysis and the
presentation of new data that illustrate the phonetic diversity of the world's
languages. The conference aims at presenting a platform for the discussion of
any topic that is illuminated by taking language diversity into account.

Call for Papers

Heard around the World: Phonetic Diversity in the World's Languages

The conference will be hosted by: The Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences of
Belgium and the Speech Sciences Laboratory of the Académie Universitaire
Wallonie-Bruxelles, The Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Université de

Invited speakers:
Ian Maddieson, University of New Mexico
Andy Butcher, University of Adelaide
Mark Donahue, University of Singapore
Heriberto Avelino, University of Toronto
Fang Hu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Amanda Miller-Okenhuizen, Cornell University

We solicit abstract submissions for 30-minute talks. Abstracts submissions
should be no more than two pages including references and should indicate the
affiliation, address, phone number and email of the author(s), as well as
whether your preference is for oral or poster presentation. Submissions should
be made by email attachment (MS Word or pdf) to heardulb.ac.be.

Abstract submissions are due by June 30th 2008.
Authors will be notified by the July 31st 2008 whether their submission has been
accepted for the conference.

Scientific committee: Jean-Marie Hombert, Cécile Fougeron, Keren Rice, John
Ohala, John Kingston, Justus Roux, Hans Van de Velde, Esther Zendejas, Nathalie
Vallée, Caroline Smith, Daniel Recasens.

Local organizing committee : Didier Demolin, Bernard Harmegnies, Mikhail
Kissine, Olga Gordeeva, Véronique Delvaux, Myriam Piccaluga and Kathy Huet.
Message 2: Language Diversity and the Acquisition of LS Knowledge
Date: 27-May-2008
From: Bartosz Broda <bartosz.brodapwr.wroc.pl>
Subject: Language Diversity and the Acquisition of LS Knowledge
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Full Title: Language Diversity and the Acquisition of LS Knowledge
Short Title: LDALSK

Date: 18-Sep-2008 - 19-Sep-2008
Location: Wroclaw, Poland
Contact Person: Maciej Piasecki
Meeting Email: maciej.piaseckipwr.wroc.pl
Web Site: http://www.zsi.pwr.wroc.pl/MISSI2008/LDALSK/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-May-2008

Meeting Description:

Title of the workshop:
Language Diversity and the Acquisition of Linguistic Semantic Knowledge

Web site:

The workshop seeks to explore methodologies developed from scratch for a variety
of languages, and perhaps their reapplication to the processing of English
texts. We invite submissions on the topics we list below, and on closely related
topics in the general spirit of the workshop. We target the problem of automatic
extraction of some form of natural language semantics from corpora and
application of the knowledge extracted in that way in systems that deal with
natural language.

Final Call for Papers

Title of the workshop:
Language Diversity and the Acquisition of Linguistic Semantic Knowledge

The host conference:
6th International Conference on Multimedia and Network Information Systems,
Wroclaw, Poland, September 18-19, 2008

Web site:

The proportion of Web pages written in English keeps decreasing, but a majority
of text-handling tools and techniques have been developed for English and tested
on English resources. Many languages have been reasonably well served by the
existing systems, but large typological differences (complex morphology, rich
inflection, freer-order syntax, not to mention cultural biases) tend to make
those tools and resources less than fully adequate. This may be particularly
true of deeper processing, including the acquisition of natural language
semantics from text.

Work on any language is welcome; we particularly encourage submissions related
to ''less privileged'' languages. The workshop will be held in English, to
ensure the broadest dissemination of its contributions. We have room for up to
50 papers, including posters, so there will be ample opportunity to report on
work in progress. To suit the host conference, papers on applications of the
semantic knowledge extracted from text will also be considered; such
applications include machine translation, parsing, sentiment analysis,
information retrieval, information extraction, and text mining.

Distributional semantics, semantic relatedness, semantic similarity
Extraction of lexico-semantic relations
Extraction of logical models for natural language semantics
Extraction of selectional restrictions
Lexicon extraction from corpora
Pattern-based methods in lexical knowledge acquisition
Recognition of expressions of opinions and emotions in text
Resources and tools for word-sense disambiguation
Software support for lexical knowledge acquisition
Thesaurus construction, extension and critique

submission: May 30, 2008
reviews in: June 13, 2008
camera-ready: June 27, 2008

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