12.2054, Calls: Linguistic Database, Ling Form/Human Behavior

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Subject: 12.2054, Calls: Linguistic Database, Ling Form/Human Behavior

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Date:  Wed, 15 Aug 2001 09:19:49 EDT
From:  Steven Bird <sb at unagi.cis.upenn.edu>
Subject:  Linguistic Database Workshop

Date:  Wed, 15 Aug 2001 11:42:44 -0700 (PDT)
From:  Joseph Davis <jsphdvs at yahoo.com>
Subject:  Interaction of Linguistic Form and Meaning with Human Behavior

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

Date:  Wed, 15 Aug 2001 09:19:49 EDT
From:  Steven Bird <sb at unagi.cis.upenn.edu>
Subject:  Linguistic Database Workshop


			University of Pennsylvania
			     Philadelphia, USA
			    11-13 December 2001


			       Organized by:
	       Steven Bird, Peter Buneman and Mark Liberman
	      Department of Computer and Information Science,
       Department of Linguistics, and the Linguistic Data Consortium
			University of Pennsylvania

		 Funded by the National Science Foundation


Linguistic databases are digital repositories of structured information
intended to document natural language and natural communicative
interaction.  Over the last decade, linguistic databases have come to stand
at the center of empirical research in the language sciences, and in the
development of new human language technologies.  Like genomic databases,
linguistic databases are complex, evolving and richly annotated
repositories, and pose interesting challenges for efficient representation,
indexing and query.  And like most scientific databases, linguistic
databases have made little use of standard database technology.

The goals of the workshop are to take stock of existing research in
linguistic databases, to identify the key problems, and to explore
applications of current database research to these problems.  More broadly,
the workshop will help define the research questions of a new "linguistic
database community" and initiate the ongoing interchange of relevant
problems and results between this community and the database community at

The workshop is expected to attract participants from a range of
specialties including databases, linguistics, computational linguistics,
annotation and markup.  There will be tutorial-style presentations on
relevant models in each of these areas.

The workshop will address a selection of the following topics:

* models for text databases, speech databases, multimodal databases,
  typological databases, geographical databases (language maps),
  and metadata repositories
* relational, object-oriented and semi-structured models for
  representing linguistic annotations
* representations for specific linguistic datatypes (e.g. databases of
  aligned parallel text)
* modelling temporal and (geo)spatial structure
* critical analysis of existing linguistic databases
* special problems for systematic data representation posed by
  linguistic fieldwork

* query of multilayer annotations
* linguistic applications/extensions of XML query languages
* analysis of existing ad hoc query languages
* queries over temporal and (geo)spatial structure

* database support (e.g. what standard database technology has proven
  worthwhile for linguistic databases?)
* systematic methods for populating linguistic databases
* appropriate indexing methods for linguistic strings and structures
* archiving and preservation
* metadata standards serving as finding aids for linguistic databases
* data provenance / data lineage
* annotation servers


The program will have a varied format, designed to maximize
cross-fertilization among the various specialties, and to allow
extended open discussion.  Components of the program will include:

* tutorials on relevant models from linguistics, databases
  or annotation, e.g. the structure of lexical entries,
  semi-structured query languages, models of text and signal annotation
* panel sessions on annotated text and lexicons (and possibly others),
  with position papers and panel discussion,
  to evaluate competing approaches
* full papers reporting new research
* demonstrations of systems for creating and/or managing
  linguistic data


Expressions of interest are welcome anytime, please see the form on the
workshop website.  If you have any suggestions concerning the workshop,
please email the organizers.

  Proposals for tutorials and position papers - please email the organizers
  Abstracts for papers (400 words) and demonstrations (200 words)
  Final papers (10 page limit)

Registration will be open in September.  Please note that participation
will be limited by space.


The papers will be published in web and hardcopy form (the latter just
for workshop attenders).  Papers submitted in HTML should be written
with the hardcopy version in mind, so a text string which anchors a
hyperlink should be directly interpretable, rather than e.g. "visit
this link".


The workshop will be held at the Institute for Research in Cognitive
Science (IRCS) at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia,
USA.  Workshop sessions will take place in IRCS conference rooms,
located on the fourth floor of 3401 Walnut Street, adjacent to the
university campus, which is two miles west of the city center.  The
main meeting rooms will be equipped with the usual presentation
facilities, including projection and audio facilities.


The workshop is being funded by some NSF grants to the University of
Pennsylvania.  There will be no registration fee, and hotel accomodation
will be covered for presenters.


http://db.cis.upenn.edu                    Database Research at Penn
http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/annotation/       Linguistic Annotation
http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/exploration/      Linguistic Exploration
http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~ircs/            IRCS homepage
http://www.talkbank.org/                   NSF TalkBank Project
http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/sb/isle.html      NSF ISLE Project
http://www.language-archives.org/          Open Language Archives Community
http://www.upenn.edu/philadelphia/         Philadelphia
http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/visitUs/   Getting to Penn


Steven Bird      http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/sb/
Peter Buneman    http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~peter/
Mark Liberman    http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/myl/

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Date:  Wed, 15 Aug 2001 11:42:44 -0700 (PDT)
From:  Joseph Davis <jsphdvs at yahoo.com>
Subject:  Interaction of Linguistic Form and Meaning with Human Behavior


7th International Columbia School Conference
          on the Interaction of
Linguistic Form and Meaning with Human Behavior

          February 16-18, 2002
          Columbia University
          New York, New York

           Invited Speakers:

               Joan Bybee
          University of New Mexico

             Melissa Bowerman
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

             Alan Huffman
     City University of New York

Papers are invited on any aspect of linguistic analysis in which the
postulation of meaningful signals plays a central role in explaining
the distribution of linguistic forms.

The Columbia School is a group of linguists developing the theoretical
framework originally established by the late William Diver.  Language
is seen as a symbolic tool whose structure is shaped both by its
communicative function and by the characteristics of its human users.
Grammatical analyses account for the distribution of linguistic forms
as an interaction between linguistic meaning and pragmatic and
functional factors such as inference, ease of processing, and
iconicity.  Phonological analyses explain the syntagmatic and
paradigmatic distribution of phonological units within signals, also
drawing on both communicative function and human physiological and
psychological characteristics.

Please submit:

	3 copies of a one-page anonymous abstract (optional
second page for references, examples, tables, etc.) to
the address below.

	A 3x5 inch index card with the following
	-	Title of paper
	-	Author's name and affiliation
	-	Address, phone, e-mail, for notification

E-mailed abstracts should include all the above information, which
will be deleted before the abstracts are reviewed.

Address for hard-copy abstracts and other
Professor Radmila Gorup
Department of Slavic Languages
Columbia University
New York, NY  10027

Address for e-mailed abstracts:  jsphdvs at yahoo.com


The language of the conference is English.  Papers delivered in
languages other than English will be considered.

Conference web site:

* * * *    * * * *

The support of The Columbia School Linguistic Society
is gratefully acknowledged

* * * *    * * * *

Recent works that might serve as an introduction to
the Columbia School:

   Contini-Morava, Ellen, and Barbara Sussman Goldberg
(eds.).  1995.  Meaning as Explanation:  Advances in
Linguistic Sign Theory.  Berlin:  Mouton de Gruyter.
   Huffman, Alan.  1997.  The Categories of Grammar:
French lui and le.  Amsterdam:  John Benjamins.
   Reid, Wallis.  1991.  Verb and Noun Number in
English:  A Functional Explanation.  London:  Longman.
   Tobin, Yishai.  1997.  Phonology as Human Behavior:
 Theoretical Implications and Clinical Applications.
Durham, N.C. and London:  Duke U Press.

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