14.973, Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Finland/Prepositions, France

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Subject: 14.973, Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Finland/Prepositions, France

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Date:  Wed, 02 Apr 2003 06:38:36 +0000
From:  Hartmut.Lenk at helsinki.fi
Subject:  Colloquium on 'Contrasting Text Types in the Press'

Date:  Tue, 1 Apr 2003 16:15:52 +0200 (MET DST)
From:  Patrick SAINT-DIZIER <stdizier at irit.fr>
Subject:  workshop on prepositions

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

Date:  Wed, 02 Apr 2003 06:38:36 +0000
From:  Hartmut.Lenk at helsinki.fi
Subject:  Colloquium on 'Contrasting Text Types in the Press'

Colloquium on 'Contrasting Text Types in the Press'
Short Title: Text Types in the Press

Date: 21-May-2004 - 22-May-2004
Location: Helsinki, Finland, Finland
Contact: Hartmut Lenk
Contact Email: text-coll at helsinki.fi
Meeting URL: http://www.helsinki.fi/~sala_kol

Linguistic Sub-field: Text/Corpus Linguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse
Analysis, Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: German, Standard, English

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2003

Meeting Description:

The German Department and the Multilingual Communication Programme
(MonAKO) of the University of Helsinki will arrange a colloquium on
'Contrasting Text Types in the Press', May 21-22, 2004 in
Helsinki. The main focus of the colloquium will be on contrastive
papers which compare English and German with each other or with
another language.

Contrasting Text Types in the Press
May 21-22, 2004 in Helsinki

The comparison of journalistic genres or media text types can be done
from several different perspectives:
- diachronic: description of the historical development of certain
structural and/or linguistic patterns of individual text types
- intercultural or contrastive: comparison of textual norms in
different linguistic communities or discourse cultures
- media-oriented: comparison of typical forms, layouts, structures
etc. of texts in different media or in different press types.

The main focus of the colloquium will be on contrastive papers which
compare English and German with each other or with another language.

Invited plenary speakers are Prof. Dr. Eija Ventola (University of
Salzburg/Austria) and Prof. Dr. Heinz-Helmut L├╝ger (University
of Koblenz-Landau/Germany).

We invite proposals for papers, including an abstract of one A4 page,
to be sent before December 1, 2003. We expect a total of 20-30 papers
of 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes discussion), and we would be glad to
welcome young scholars, too. The selection of papers will be announced
by the end of January 2004.

Applications can be sent by letter, fax or e-mail, or by using the
application form on the website of the colloquium (addresses
below). Announcements of participation (without paper) can be accepted
until March 31, 2004.

The conference fee of 60 Euro (students and colleagues without income
pay 30 Euro) should be paid by March 31, 2004. It includes copies of
the abstracts and other conference information, the welcome party on
May, 20 and coffee during the conference breaks. Not included are
lunch, the conference dinner on May 21 and possible excursions.

We ask all participants to take care of their accommodation and travel
arrangements themselves. On our website you will find a list of
suitable hotels near Helsinki University and information on how to get
to Finland's capital.

For further information, please contact
Prof. Andrew Chesterman, PhD
P.B. 24
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
Phone: +358 9 1912 3122
Fax: +358 9 1912 4068
E-mail: Andrew.Chesterman at helsinki.fi 	


Dr. Hartmut Lenk
German Department
P.B. 24
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
Phone.: +358-9-19 12 30 76
Fax: +358-9-19 12 30 69
E-Mail: Hartmut.Lenk at helsinki.fi


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Date:  Tue, 1 Apr 2003 16:15:52 +0200 (MET DST)
From:  Patrick SAINT-DIZIER <stdizier at irit.fr>
Subject:  workshop on prepositions

<<< NEW DEADLINE: April 25th !! >>>>

Call for Papers :

ACL-SIGSEM   Workshop on
The Linguistic Dimensions of Prepositions and
their Use in Computational Linguistics Formalisms and Applications.

September 4-6,  2003, Toulouse, France

Endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL's Special Interest Group in Computational

A great deal of attention has been devoted in the past ten years in
the linguistic and computational linguistics communities to the syntax
and the semantics of nouns, verbs and also, but to a lesser extent, to
adjectives. Related phenomena such as quantification or tense and
aspect have motivated a number of in-depth studies and projects. In
contrast, prepositions have received less attention. The reasons are
quite clear: prepositions are probably the most polysemic category,
possibly more so than adjectives, and linguistic realizations are
extremely difficult to predict, not to mention the difficulty of
identifying cross-linguistic regularities.

Let us mention, however, several projects devoted to prepositions
expressing space, time and movement in AI and in NLP, and also the
development of formalisms and heuristics to handle PP attachment
ambiguities. Let us also mention the large number of studies in
psycholinguistics and in ethnolinguistics around specific preposition
senses. Finally, prepositions seem to reach a very deep level in the
cognitive-semantic structure of the brain: cognitive grammar
developers often use prepositions in their metalanguage, in order to
express very primitive notions. An important and difficult question to
address, is whether these notions are really primitive or can be
decomposed and lexically analysed

In argument structure, prepositions often play the crucial role of a
mediator between the verb's expectations and the semantics of the
nominal argument. The verb-preposition-noun semantic interactions are
very subtle, but totally crucial for the development of an accurate
semantics of the proposition. Let us note that a number of languages
have postpositions or other markers like case instead of prepositions
that play a quite similar role. Finally, languages like English have
verbal compounds that integrate prepositions (compositionally or as
collocations) while others, like Romance languages or Hindi either
incorporate the preposition or include it in the prepositional
phrase. All these configurations are semantically as well as
syntactically of much interest.

Prepositions turn out to be a very useful category in a number of
applications such as indexing and knowledge extraction since they
convey basic meanings of much interest like instruments, means,
comparisons, amounts, approximations, localizations, etc. They must
necessarily be taken into account---and rendered accurately---for
effective machine translation and lexical choice in language

Prepositions are also closely related to semantic structures such as
thematic roles, semantic templates or frames. From a linguistic
perspective, several investigations have been carried out on quite
diverse languages, emphasizing e.g., monolingual and cross-linguistic
contrasts or the role of prepositions in syntactic alternations. These
observations cover in general a small group of closely related
prepositions. The semantic characterization of prepositions has also
motivated the emergence of a few dedicated logical frameworks and
reasoning procedures.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together linguists, NLP
researchers and practitioners, and AI people in order to define a
common ground, to advance the state-of-the-art, to identify the
primary issues and bottlenecks, and to promote future
collaborations. If appropriate, the workshop will also establish a
working group and the development of projects and resources.

Paper presentations
Both short research notes (3 pages) and longer conference-style papers
(up to 10 pages) submissions as well as working session proposals (1
page proposal on a precise topic) are welcome. Papers must be in .ps,
.pdf or .doc formats. The 12 point Times new Roman font is preferred,
leave about 2.5 cm margins on both sides. More precise formatting
instructions will be given for final versions, since a book
publication is under preparation.  Paper must be sent in electronic
form to: stdizier at irit.fr

The main topics are:
- The syntax of prepositions: formal or descriptive syntax,
prepositions in alternations, principles in the syntax of PPs,
syntactic and semantic restrictions. General syntactic-semantic
principles. Postpositions or other equivalent markers (e.g. case).

- Polysemy of prepositions, identification and classification of
preposition senses, contrastive uses, metaphorical uses, semantic and
cognitive foundations for prepositions.

- Descriptions: Potential WordNet / EuroWordNet descriptions of
preposition uses, productive uses versus collocations, multi-lingual
descriptions: mismatches, incorporation, divergences.  Prepositions
and thematic roles, prepositions in semantic frameworks
(e.g. Framenet.).

- Cognitive or logic-based formalisms for the description of the
semantics of prepositions, in isolation, and in
composition/confrontation with the verb and the NP. Compositional
semantics. Logical and reasoning aspects.

- The role of prepositions in applications, in particular:
   * in machine translation
   * in information extraction
   * in lexicalization in language generation.

- Corpus-based studies that support or challenge any of the approaches
described above.

- Lexical knowledge bases and prepositions. Prepositions in AI, KR and
in reasoning procedures.


Submission deadline: April 25th, 2003 <<<<< NEW DEADLINE >>>>>>
Notification to authors: May 30th
Final paper due July 1st (a book publication is under preparation)
Registration preferably before July 7th. (to be confirmed)
Registration frees will be kept as low as possible, around 100 Euros
with lunch.

Programme Committee:

Nicholas Asher (Austin)
Pushpak Bhattacharyya (IIT Mumbai)
Harry Bunt (Tilburg)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Pisa)
Bonnie Dorr (Maryland)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton)
Claire Gardent (CNRS Nancy)
Betsy Klipple (Upenn)
Alda Mari (ENST Paris)
Palmira Marraffa (Lisboa)
Martha Palmer (Upenn)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis)
Patrick Saint-Dizier (Chair, IRIT, Toulouse)
Gloria Vazquez (Lerida)
Laure Vieu (IRIT, Toulouse)

Contacts :
Submissions and inquiries : stdizier at irit.fr and submissions also to :
 patrick_saintdizier at yahoo.fr
Local organizing committee : Farah Benamara, Patrick Saint-Dizier
WEB site:  http://www.irit.fr/cgi-bin/voir-congres

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