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LINGUIST List 20.379

Thu Feb 05 2009

Calls: Pragmatics,Semantics/Brazil; Computational Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

LINGUIST is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new feature: Easy Abstracts! Easy Abs is a free abstract submission and review facility designed to help conference organizers and reviewers accept and process abstracts online. Just go to: http://www.linguistlist.org/confcustom, and begin your conference customization process today! With Easy Abstracts, submission and review will be as easy as 1-2-3!
        1.    Roberta Pires de Oliveira, Bare Nominals and Indefinites
        2.    Joel Tetreault, NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP

Message 1: Bare Nominals and Indefinites
Date: 04-Feb-2009
From: Roberta Pires de Oliveira <pirescce.ufsc.br>
Subject: Bare Nominals and Indefinites
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Full Title: Bare Nominals and Indefinites

Date: 04-Jun-2009 - 05-Jun-2009
Location: Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Contact Person: Roberta Pires de Oliveira
Meeting Email: pirescce.ufsc.br
Web Site: http://www.barenominals.ufsc.br/

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

The workshop will be held on 4 and 5 June, 2009, at the Universidade Federal de
Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The workshop
welcomes papers related to the topic of the conference: bare nominals and

Call for Papers

'Bare Nominals and Indefinites' is the first workshop of a series of activities
to be developed within the CAPES/COFECUB PROJECT, coordinated by Roberta Pires
de Oliveira and Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin.

The project is devoted to the investigation of several issues raised by bare
nominals cross-linguistically.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion).
Abstracts must be anonymous and written in English. They should be no longer
than two pages in length using 1 inch/2.5 cm margins on all sides and in 12pt
font size (Times New Roman preferred). Any non-standard fonts should be embedded
in the PDF document. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint
abstract per author.

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2009

Instructions for abstract submission:
Authors are asked to send their anonymous abstracts as pdf files to
pirescce.ufsc.br with the subject "Bare Nominals and Indefinites". In the
message, include the following information:
Title of the paper
Name of author(s)
Phone number(s)
Email address(es)

Organizing Committee:
Roberta Pires de Oliveira - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
Ana Lúcia Müller - Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin - Paris 7/CNRS
Ion Giurgea - Univerität Konstanz
Message 2: NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP
Date: 04-Feb-2009
From: Joel Tetreault <JTetreaultets.org>
Subject: NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP
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Full Title: NAACL Wkshp: Building Educational Apps with NLP
Short Title: BEA-4

Date: 04-Jun-2009 - 05-Jun-2009
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contact Person: Joel Tetreault
Meeting Email: JTetreaultets.org
Web Site: http://www.cs.rochester.edu/u/tetreaul/naacl-bea4.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

The 4th Workshop on the Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational
Applications (BEA-4)
June 04 or 05, 2009
Co-located with NAACL-HLT 2009
Boulder, Colorado, USA

Second Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: March 06, 2009
Workshop Date: June 05 (co-located with NAACL-HLT 2009)
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Website: http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~tetreaul/naacl-bea4.html

Workshop Description:
The Innovative Use of NLP in Educational Applications workshops have fostered
interaction and collaboration among researchers in intelligent tutoring systems
(ITS) using text and speech, scoring of free-response assessments and
proofreading tools. This workshop will continue to explore NLP technologies with
the goal of identifying novel use of NLP techniques and tools for the
development of educational applications.

We are increasing the scope of this workshop to include the following:
1. A demo session for accepted papers that involve a system.
2. Preliminary planning session for the first shared task of the workshop:
grammatical error detection of articles and prepositions for 2010.

Full paper and short paper topics will include, but will not be limited to the

1) Automated scoring/evaluation for oral and written student responses
- Content analysis for scoring/assessment
- Grammatical error detection and correction
- Discourse and stylistic analysis
- Plagiarism detection
- Machine translation for assessment, instruction and curriculum development

2) Intelligent Tutoring (IT) that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP methods
- Dialogue systems in education
- Hypothesis formation and testing
- Multi-modal communication between students and computers
- Generation of tutorial responses
- Knowledge representation in learning systems
- Concept visualization in learning systems

3) Learner cognition
- Assessment of learners' language and cognitive skill levels
- Systems that detect and adapt to learners' cognitive or emotional states
- Tools for learners with special needs

4) Use of corpora in educational tools
- Data mining of learner and other corpora for tool building
- Annotation standards and schemas / annotator agreement

5) Tools for classroom teachers and/or test developers
- NLP tools for second and foreign language learners
- Semantic-based access to instructional materials to identify appropriate texts
- Tools that automatically generate test questions - such as multiple choice or
short answer
- Processing of and access to lecture materials across topics and genres
- Adaptation of instructional text to individual learners' grade levels
- assist in text-based curriculum development
- E-learning tools for personalized course content
- Language-based educational games

6) Issues involving the shared tasks for the 2010 Workshop: Grammatical error
detection and correction

7) Issues concerning the evaluation of NLP-based educational tools

8) Descriptions of implemented systems

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