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LINGUIST List 20.489

Mon Feb 16 2009

Calls: Computational Ling/Spain;Socioling/United Kingdom

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

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        1.    Igor Leturia, The 5th Web as Corpus Workshop
        2.    Ghada Khattab, 7th UK Language Variation & Change Conference

Message 1: The 5th Web as Corpus Workshop
Date: 16-Feb-2009
From: Igor Leturia <igorelhuyar.com>
Subject: The 5th Web as Corpus Workshop
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Full Title: The 5th Web as Corpus Workshop
Short Title: WAC5

Date: 07-Sep-2009 - 07-Sep-2009
Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Contact Person: Igor Leturia
Meeting Email: igorelhuyar.com
Web Site: http://www.sigwac.org.uk/wiki/WAC5

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

Call Deadline: 17-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

The workshop will be held on 7 September, 2009, in San Sebastian, preceding
SEPLN, the Spanish NLP conference: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/sepln2009/

Call for Papers

We invite papers on various topics concerning the use of Web resources for
corpus research and NLP applications, including (but not limited to) the following:

- linguistic Web crawler technology and Web corpus collection projects
- applications of Web-derived corpora and other kinds of Web data
- how far does the "easy way" get you? (using search engines, or Google's n-gram
lists; we are particularly interested in a critical discussion of the usefulness
and limitations of such approaches)
- methods and tools for "cleaning" Web pages to turn them into a corpus
- automatic linguistic annotation of Web data: tokenisation, POS tagging,
lemmatisation, semantic tagging, etc. (established tools often perform very
poorly on Web data)
- search engine architectures for linguists: bringing linguistics to commercial
search engines, or high-performance search technology to linguistics?
- search engine-related topics such as result ranking (e.g. how to identify
"typical" uses rather than returning 50 very similar matches on the first page)
- duplicate detection, interactive query refinement, etc.
- reviews and clever uses of search engine APIs (Google, Yahoo, Altavista, and
in particular Microsoft's current generous Live Search API)

We particularly welcome submissions on the use of languages other than English.
One of the bottlenecks in corpus linguistic research on a particular language
consists in availability of corpora for this language: translation studies for,
say, Ukrainian or Vietnamese are limited by the existence of diverse corpora for
these languages. The Web gives the opportunity to alleviate this bottleneck, as
millions of Ukrainian or Vietnamese texts are available on the Web, but we still
do not know many parameters of what is there and how useful it is for
translation, language teaching, linguistics research, etc.

Submission Information:
Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the
topic area of this workshop. Submissions should follow the format of ACL
proceedings and should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. We
strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX or Microsoft Word style files tailored
for this year's conference

Submissions are managed via Easy Chair. In order to submit a paper, login at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wac5 (or register an account with
Easy Chair if you don't have one yet), then click New Submission and fill in the
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Important Dates:
- Submission deadline: 17 April, 2009
- Decisions sent by: 12 June, 2009
- Camera-ready submission deadline: 17 July, 2009
- Welcome party: 6 September, 2009
- Workshop: 7 September, 2009

Programme Committee:
- Silvia Bernardini, U of Bologna, Italy
- Massimiliano Ciaramita, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
- Jesse de Does, INL, Netherlands
- Katrien Depuydt, INL, Netherlands
- Stefan Evert, U of Osnabrück, Germany
- Cédrick Fairon, UCLouvain, Belgium
- William Fletcher, U.S. Naval Academy, USA
- Gregory Grefenstette, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, France
- Péter Halácsy, Budapest U of Technology and Economics, Hungary
- Katja Hofmann, U of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Adam Kilgarriff, Lexical Computing Ltd, UK
- Igor Leturia, Elhuyar Fundazioa, Basque Country, Spain
- Preslav Nakov, National U of Singapore
- Phil Resnik, U of Maryland, College Park, USA
- Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis U, USA
- Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, U Gent, Belgium
- Klaus Schulz, LMU München, Germany
- Serge Sharoff, U of Leeds, UK
- Eros Zanchetta, U of Bologna, Italy

Organising Committee:
- Stefan Evert, University of Osnabrück
- Igor Leturia, Elhuyar Fundazioa
- Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds
Message 2: 7th UK Language Variation & Change Conference
Date: 16-Feb-2009
From: Ghada Khattab <ghada.khattabncl.ac.uk>
Subject: 7th UK Language Variation & Change Conference
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Full Title: 7th UK Language Variation & Change Conference
Short Title: UKLVC7

Date: 01-Sep-2009 - 03-Sep-2009
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Lorraine Vincent
Meeting Email: crillsncl.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/news/events/item/UKLVC

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

The 7th UK Language Variation & Change Conference will be hosted by Newcastle
University's Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences. This will
be the latest in a series of biannual conferences showcasing research in
language variation and sociolinguistics attracting participants from the UK and

Call for Papers

New Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st of March 2009

The 7th UK Language Variation and Change Conference will take place at Newcastle
University between 1st and 3rd September 2009 under the auspices of the Centre
for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS). This will be the
latest in a series of biannual conferences showcasing research in language
variation and sociolinguistics attracting participants from the UK and beyond.
Abstracts are invited that focus on these sub-disciplines of linguistics, with
no requirement that they should be confined to research on communities within
the British Isles.

Invited Speakers:
David Britain, Essex University, UK: "The Linguistic Consequences of

Alexandra D'Arcy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand: "Constructing Dialogue
in Time and Space"

Adam Schembri, University College London, UK: "British Sign Language Corpus
Project: Documenting and describing the local, regional and supralocal in BSL"

Dom Watt, University of York, UK: "Rethinking the Role of Speaker Agency"

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts (max 500 words) can be submitted via the Linguist List EasyAbs portal:

For further details about the conference, please visit the UKLVC web site:

Ghada Khattab

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