8.1585, Calls: Natural Lang,Semantic,MachineTranslation,German

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1)
Date:  Tue, 04 Nov 1997 14:54:19 +1030
From:  David Powers <powers at ist.flinders.edu.au>
Subject:  Call for Participation/Program/Proceedings: Australian NLP Fortnight

2)
Date:  Tue, 04 Nov 1997 16:15:22 +0000
From:  WLSS98 <wlss98 at alphalinguistica.sns.it>
Subject:  Workshop on Lexical Semantic Systems--Papers

3)
Date:  Tue, 04 Nov 1997 17:42:08 +0100
From:  Laura e Frank Van Eynde <fralau at iol.it>
Subject:  Machine translation workshop--10th European Summer School in
         Logic, Language & Information

4)
Date:  Tue, 4 Nov 1997 11:01:51 +0100 (MET)
From:  Detmar Meurers <dm at sfs.nphil.uni-tuebingen.de>
Subject:  Germanic Syntax Workshop at 10th European Summer School in
         Logic, Language & Information

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 04 Nov 1997 14:54:19 +1030
From:  David Powers <powers at ist.flinders.edu.au>
Subject:  Call for Participation/Program/Proceedings: Australian NLP Fortnight

Call for Participation/Program/Proceedings: Australian NLP Fortnight

ANLPF: Australian Natural Language Processing Fortnight

CoNLL/NeMLaP

The Program for the combined CoNLL98 and NeMLaP3 being held in
Sydney, January 11th to 17th January 1998, is now available and
we invite your partipation.  Registration forms are available
as HTML+JavaScript forms (we recommend Netscape4/Communicator),
as well as in ASCII and PostScript.  The EARLY BIRD and AUTHOR
registration close on November 15 for the main conference and/or
tutorials.

In Sydney we have thirty conference papers, two invited talks
and four tutorials, and there are four other events spread around
the country - three workshops and a tutorial.

Note that proceedings may also be ordered using the registration
forms if you are unable to attend.

Calls for papers are current for the three workshops which are being
held as part of the fortnight, the Australian Natural Language
Processing Graduate Workshop (ANLPW: closing date October 31 - NOW),
the workshop on Human Computer Communication being held in conjunction
with the Loebner Prize (HCC: closing date for two page abstracts and
offers of demonstrations: November 24) and the workshop on Paradigms
and Grounding in Language Learning (PaGiLL: closing date for
two page abstracts: November24).  EARLY BIRD and AUTHOR registration for
the workshops closes on December 1.

Main Page:
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/

Selected Subpages:
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/register.txt
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/register.ps
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/Registration.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/Program.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/Tutorials.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/PaGiLL.html
http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/ANLPF/HCC.html

Australian Natural Language Processing Graduate Workshop:

http://www.arts.unimelb.edu.au/Dept/LALX/stuff/anlpw.html

Loebner Prize Competition and Demonstrations:

http://www.cs.flinders.edu.au/research/AI/LoebnerPrize/

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Date:  Tue, 04 Nov 1997 16:15:22 +0000
From:  WLSS98 <wlss98 at alphalinguistica.sns.it>
Subject:  Workshop on Lexical Semantic Systems--Papers

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                           WLSS98
           II WORKSHOP ON LEXICAL SEMANTIC SYSTEMS
                   Pisa, 19-20 March 1998
                  Scuola Normale Superiore
- -----------------------------------------------------------

Organized by CELI, ILC, ITC-IRST and Scuola Normale Superiore
 With the support of University of Pisa and Xerox Research
                        Centre Europe
                -----------------------------
                 http://celi.sns.it/~wlss98
                ----------------------------

                      INVITED SPEAKERS
                     (provisional list)
          Gennaro Chierchia (University of Milan)
          Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
            Ewan Klein (University of Edimburgh)
             Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Saarbrucken)
       -----------------------------------------------

                   FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

WLSS98 is organized by Centro per l'Elaborazione del Linguaggio ed
Informazione (CELI), Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale (ILC),
Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologia (ITC-IRST) and Scuola
Normale Superiore (Pisa), and will take place in Pisa on the 19-20
March 1998.

WLSS workshops aim at bringing together Italian and international
scholars, active in both theoretical and applicative domains of
research in lexical semantics, with the goals of:

- providing an overview of the state of the art and exchanging
information on ongoing and planned activities;

- bridging the gap and enhance the trade-off between theoretical
models of lexical knowledge and applications in NLP systems.

These goals are justified:

- by the increasingly central position that lexical knowledge, and in
particular lexical semantics, is assuming within the general
architecture of cognitive systems, both as a dynamic module which
interact with other non-linguistic sources of knowledge, and as a
component playing a major role in interfacing syntax and semantics;

- by the fact that lexical resources (such as tagged corpora,
computational dictionaries, Machine Readable Dictionaries, WordNets)
are among the most crucial aspects of practical NLP systems. Issues
concerning the structure, the representation, the development, and the
acquisition of lexical knowledge are thus of the uttermost importance
when building NLP systems.  Lexical systems also play a crucial role
in the design and construction of multilingual systems, a key feature
at least for applications designed to operate in a distributed, non-
centralized environment such as the World Wide Web.

This second edition of WLSS will focus on the portability and
reusability of lexical systems, and on the issue of word sense
disambiguation and semantic tagging. We also encourage the submission
of papers concerning more general issues about linguistic lexical
semantics and its interaction with computational lexicography.

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks. Here follows a non-
exhaustive list of topics which could be addressed:

*   Lexical  resources for semantic tagging  and  word  sense
    disambiguation.
*   Use  of  lexicons and thesauruses to improve  information
    retrieval / extraction techniques.
*   Automatic acquisition and management of lexical resources.
*   Reusability and tuning of existing lexical resources  for
    novel tasks.
*   Trade  offs  between generic and domain specific  lexical
    resources.
*   Multilingual lexical resources.
*   Description and evaluation of existing tools and systems.
*   Evaluation of different representation formats.
*   Issues   in   computational   lexical   semantics   and
    computational lexicography.
*   Issues  in  the design, construction and use  of  lexical
    resources.
*   Architecture for a cognitive plausible lexicon
*   Lexical  representation and the interface with  syntactic
    processes

                         SUBMISSIONS

Only electronic submissions are accepted. Abstracts should not exceed
2 pages in length, in Postscript or ASCII format, and should be sent
to the following address:

    wlss98 at celi.sns.it.

Separate information should be sent, including the title of the talk,
author's name, address and affiliation. Submissions must be limited to
a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. The
deadline is December 15.  The Program Committee intends to publish a
selection of the papers presented at the conference.

                       IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of abstracts:    15 December 1997
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 1998
Conference:                 19-20 March 1998

                      PROGRAM COMMITTEE

     Pier Marco Bertinetto   (Scuola Normale Superiore)
                  Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC)
                       Luca Dini(CELI)
                  Vittorio Di Tomaso (CELI)
         Alessandro Lenci (Scuola Normale Superiore)
                   Bernardo Magnini (IRST)
                    Fabio Pianesi (IRST)
                  Frederique Segond (XRCE)
                   Antonio Zampolli (ILC)

                       CONTACT PERSONS

For  every  further information please contact the conference
secretariat:

Vittorio Di Tomaso
CELI
ditomaso at sns.it

Alessandro Lenci
Scuola Normale Superiore
lenci at alphalinguistica.sns.it

Scuola Normale Superiore
Laboratorio di linguistica
Piazza dei Cavalieri 7
56126 PISA (Italy)

Tel. +39 50 509219
Fax: +39 50 563513


More information on the Workshop and a copy of this call  for
papers is available on the Web at the following address:

http://celi.sns.it/~wlss98


-------------------------------- Message 3 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 04 Nov 1997 17:42:08 +0100
From:  Laura e Frank Van Eynde <fralau at iol.it>
Subject:  Machine translation workshop--10th European Summer School in
         Logic, Language & Information


                          ESSLLI-98  Workshop on

                           MACHINE  TRANSLATION

                           August 24 - 28, 1998

                       A workshop held as part of the
        10th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
                               (ESSLLI-98)
                August 17 - 28, 1998, Saarbruecken, Germany

                        ** FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS **

ORGANIZER:  Frank Van Eynde (K.U. Leuven)

Web site: http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~esslli98/workshops.html

BACKGROUND:
The Programme of ESSLLI-98 (Saarbruecken, August 17-28, 1998) features a
workshop on Machine Translation, to be held during the second week of the
School.  As in the case of the other ESSLLI workshops its main aim is to
provide a forum for advanced Ph.D.  students and other researchers to
present and discuss their work.

Machine Translation is, of course, a rather large topic.  In a sense, there
is not a single branch of computational or formal linguistics which is not
directly or indirectly relevant to it.  In order to arrive at a reasonably
coherent programme for the workshop it is therefore proposed to focus on a
limited number of topics.

1. Formal Theories of Translation
There are many theories of translation (esp.  in literary criticism), but
few of the theories are sufficiently explicit and formalized to provide a
useful frame of reference for MT.  A notable exception is the one presented
in M.T.  Rosetta.  Compositional Translation (Kluwer, 1994), recently
reviewed in JoLLI.  Contributions on this theme can take the form of
replies to M.T.  Rosetta or of presentations of an alternative formal
theory of translation.

2. Computational Semantics and Machine Translation
The importation of methods and analyses from formal and computational
semantics has proved useful for modeling the translation of such
notoriously difficult expressions as determiners, pronouns, negation and
tense/aspect markers.  Of potential interest for MT is also the recent
attention in computational semantics for the modeling of reasoning on the
basis of underspecified representations.  The contextual disambiguation of
word senses, for instance, could be seen as a form of reasoning with
underspecified semantic representations.  Presentations on this theme can
take the form of new contributions in one of these areas.

3. Competence-based vs. performance-based models for MT
As in other fields of natural language processing, there has been a growing
interest in the use of probabilistic techniques during the last decade,
leading to a shift from rule- or constraint-based models to corpus-based or
example-based models.  Contributions are invited which report on the use of
probabilistic techniques in translation systems (notice the emphasis on MT,
rather than on NLP in general).

4. Machine Translation of Spoken Language
Till a few years ago, virtually all MT efforts concerned the translation of
written language, but the recent rise of interest (and funding) in speech
processing has changed this: most of the currently started MT efforts
explicitly aim at the translation of spoken language.  Contributions on
this theme should report on work in this field, preferably on those aspects
which are in the intersection of speech processing and MT (rather in their
union).

5. Translator's tools
There is a school of thought in MT which dismisses the efforts to arrive at
Fully Automatic High Quality Translation (FAHQT) as misguided and wasteful.
What should be aimed at instead is the development of tools for human
translators, such as smart text editors, on-line access to multilingual
dictionaries and term banks, automatic recognition of multi-word units, and
the like.  A recent survey of this work can be found in the special issue
of Machine Translation on New Tools for Human Translators (Volume 12, nos.
1-2, 1997).  Contributions on this topic should report on original work in
this field.

For all five of the topics, but especially for the last three, contributors
are encouraged to include a demo, either as part of the presentation, or as
an extra, at the end of the session.

WORKSHOP FORMAT:
There will be 5 sessions of 90 minutes, each containing three slots of 30
minutes.  Some of these slots will be assigned to invited speakers, but the
large majority will be assigned on the basis of submitted proposals.

SUBMISSIONS:
All researchers in the area, but especially Ph.D.  students and young
researchers, are encouraged to submit a proposal.  Proposals should include

  1. Name, affiliation, address, e-mail of the submitter(s)
  2. An indication of which of the 5 themes will be addressed
  3. Two-page abstract of a paper
  4. If applicable, requirements for the demo

They should be sent to

  Frank Van Eynde
  Centrum voor Computerlinguistiek - K.U.Leuven
  Maria-Theresiastraat 21, B - 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  frank.vaneynde at ccl.kuleuven.ac.be
  fralau at iol.it
  fax : +32/16/325098

REGISTRATION:
Workshop contributors will be required to register for ESSLLI-98, but they
will be eligible for a reduced registration fee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
        Feb 15, 98: Deadline for submissions
        Apr 15, 98: Notification of acceptance
        May 15, 98: Deadline for final copy
        Aug 24, 98: Start of workshop

FURTHER INFORMATION:
To obtain further information about ESSLLI-98 please visit the ESSLLI-98
home page at http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/esslli



-------------------------------- Message 4 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 4 Nov 1997 11:01:51 +0100 (MET)
From:  Detmar Meurers <dm at sfs.nphil.uni-tuebingen.de>
Subject:  Germanic Syntax Workshop at 10th European Summer School in
         Logic, Language & Information

                          ESSLLI-98 Workshop on

      CURRENT TOPICS IN CONSTRAINT-BASED THEORIES OF GERMANIC SYNTAX

                           August 17 - 21, 1998


                       A workshop held as part of the
        10th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
                               (ESSLLI-98)
                August 17 - 28, 1998, Saarbrueken, Germany

                        ** FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS **


ORGANIZERS: Tibor Kiss and Detmar Meurers (IBM Germany and Univ. Tuebingen)

Web site: http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~esslli98/workshops.html

BACKGROUND:
A number of approaches to Germanic languages (excluding English) have been
developed in constraint-based theories like HPSG and LFG.  Apart from the
issue of empirical adequacy, formal issues were raised, among them:

  - the nature of complex predicates and the mechanisms used to
    formalize them
  - linearization versus movement analyses of various phenomena
  - the nature of functional projections
  - configurational and non-configurational properties of scope
    determination

The idea of this workshop is to provide a forum to present and discuss
current approaches exploring such empirical and formal issues of the syntax
of Germanic languages (excluding English).  Focusing on Germanic rather
than on a particular syntactic theory is intended to allow for more
inter-framework discussion.

WORKSHOP FORMAT:
The workshop will consist of five sessions, with two 30+10-minute
presentations in each session.

SUBMISSION:
All researchers in the area, but especially Ph.D.  students and young
researchers, are encouraged to submit an extended abstract of 2000-3000
words either as hardcopy or electronically (postscript only).

The accepted papers will be made available in a summer school reader.  If
sufficiently many high-quality papers are submitted, we intend to publish
them in an edited volume.

Submissions should be sent before 15 February 1998 to one of the following
two organizers:

  Tibor Kiss                        Detmar Meurers
  IBM Germany                       Universitaet Tuebingen
  Vangerowstr. 18                   Seminar fuer Sprachwissenschaft
  D-69115 Heidelberg                Kleine Wilhelmstr. 113
  Germany                           D-72074 Tuebingen
                                    Germany

  tibor at heidelbg.ibm.com            dm at sfs.nphil.uni-tuebingen.de

REGISTRATION:
Workshop contributors will be required to register for ESSLLI-98, but they
will be eligible for a reduced registration fee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
        Feb 15, 98: Deadline for submissions
        Apr 15, 98: Notification of acceptance
        May 15, 98: Deadline for final copy
        Aug 17, 98: Start of workshop

FURTHER INFORMATION:
To obtain further information about ESSLLI-98 please visit the ESSLLI-98
home page at http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/esslli

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