14.1025, Calls: Multiword Expressions/Japan; Numerals/Germany

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Subject: 14.1025, Calls: Multiword Expressions/Japan; Numerals/Germany

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Date:  Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:25:28 +0000
From:  av208 at cl.cam.ac.uk
Subject:  Workshop on Multiword Expressions

Date:  Wed, 02 Apr 2003 12:29:43 +0200
From:  David Gil <gil at eva.mpg.de>
Subject:  Workshop on Numerals, Leipzig, 29-30 March 2004

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

Date:  Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:25:28 +0000
From:  av208 at cl.cam.ac.uk
Subject:  Workshop on Multiword Expressions

ACL-2003 Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Analysis, Acquisition and
Short Title: Workshop on MWE

Date: 12-Jul-2003 - 12-Jul-2003
Location: Sapporo, Japan
Contact: Anna Korhonen
Contact Email: alk23 at cl.cam.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/alk23/mwe/mwe.html

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics
Call Deadline: 21-Apr-2003

Meeting Description:

Multiword Expressions:  Analysis, Acquisition and Treatment

The workshop will concentrate on the analysis, acquisition and
treatment of multiword expressions (MWEs), such as phrasal verbs
(e.g. ''add up''), nominal compounds (e.g. ''radar footprint''), and
institutionalized phrases (e.g. ''salt and pepper'').  In particular
we focus on addressing the problems that MWEs pose for natural
language processing applications.

URL: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/alk23/mwe/mwe.html
Submission Deadline: 21 April 2003

         ACL-2003 Workshop on
         Multiword Expressions: Analysis, Acquisition and Treatment

         12 July 2003, Sapporo, Japan

*** New Submission Deadline:  21 April 2003 ***


Workshop website:

ACL website:


Multiword expressions (MWEs) include a large range of linguistic
phenomenon, such as phrasal verbs (e.g. ''add up''), nominal compounds
(e.g. ''telephone box''), and institutionalized phrases (e.g. ''salt
and pepper''), and they can be syntactically and/or semantically
idiosyncratic in nature.  MWEs are used frequently in everyday
language, usually to express precisely ideas and concepts that cannot
be compressed into a single word.

A considerable amount of research has been devoted to this subject,
both in terms of theory and practice, but despite increasing interest
in idiomaticity within linguistic research, there is still a gap
between the needs of NLP and the descriptive tradition of
linguistics. Owing to the lack of adequate resources to identify and
treat MWEs properly, they pose a real challenge for NLP. Most
real-world applications tend to ignore MWEs or address them simply by
listing. However, it is clear that successful applications will need
to be able to identify and treat them appropriately.  This
particularly applies to the many applications which require some
degree of semantic processing (e.g. machine translation,
question-answering, summarisation, generation).

In recent years there has been a growing awareness in the NLP
community of the problems that MWEs pose and the need for their robust
handling.  A considerable amount of research has been conducted in
this area, some within large research projects dedicated to MWEs
(e.g. the Multiword Expression Project). There is also a growing
interest in MWEs in projects focused on tasks such as parsing
(e.g. Robust Accurate Statistical Parsing (RASP)) and word sense
disambiguation (e.g. MEANING - Developing Multilingual Web-scale
Language Technologies) which are required by real-world applications.

Previous workshops on MWEs have focused on certain MWE types, notably
collocations, terminology and named entities. There are, however,
further subtypes of MWEs, which are highly relevant for NLP tasks but
which have not to date received specific attention. One example are
lexicalised (non- or semi-compositional) MWEs which raise specific
issues for applications which require semantic interpretation.


This workshop is intended to bring together NLP researchers working on
all areas of MWEs. The objective is to summarise what has been
achieved in the area, to establish common themes between different
approaches, and to discuss future trends, with particular emphasis on
addressing the problems that different MWE (sub)types pose for
real-world NLP applications.


Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

    * Theoretical research on MWEs
    * MWE taxonomies, classifications and databases
    * Corpus based analysis of MWEs
    * Cross-lingual analysis of MWE types, use, and behaviour
    * Methods for identification and extraction of MWEs
      (machine learning, statistical, example- or rule-based, or hybrid)
    * Evaluation of MWE extraction methods
    * Integration of MWE data into grammars and NLP applications
      (e.g. machine translation and generation)
    * Problems MWEs (or MWE types) pose for NLP applications
       and solutions proposed

Papers can cover one or more of these areas.


Papers should be submitted electronically in Postscript or PDF format
to: mwe at cslab.kecl.ntt.co.jp. Submissions should conform to the
two-column format of ACL proceedings and should not exceed eight (8)
pages, including references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL-2003
style files, also available from the ACL-2003 website.

The subject line of the submission email should be ''ACL2003 WORKSHOP
PAPER SUBMISSION''. As reviewing will be blind, the body of the paper
should not include the names or affiliations of the authors. The
following identification information should be sent in a separate
email with the subject line ''ACL2003 WORKSHOP ID PAGE'':

Title: title of paper
Authors: list of all authors
Keywords: up to five topic keywords
Contact author: email address of author of record (for correspondence)
Abstract: abstract of paper (not more than 5 lines)

Notification of receipt will be emailed to the contact author.


Submission deadline:    21 April 2003
Acceptance notification:   14 May 2003
Final version deadline:   26 May 2003
Workshop date:   12 July 2003


Francis Bond
NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan
(bond at cslab.kecl.ntt.co.jp)

Anna Korhonen
University of Cambridge, UK
(Anna.Korhonen at cl.cam.ac.uk)

Diana McCarthy
University of Sussex, UK
(dianam at cogs.susx.ac.uk)

Aline Villavicencio
University of Cambridge, UK
(Aline.Villavicencio at cl.cam.ac.uk)


Anne Abeillé (Université Paris 7, France)
Timothy Baldwin (Stanford University, USA)
Ted Briscoe (University of Cambridge, UK)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy)
Ido Dagan (Lingomotors, Israel)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Chuck Fillmore (UC Berkeley, USA)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, USA)
Kyo Kageura (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Brigitte Krenn (Austrian Research Institute for Artificial
Intelligence, Austria)
Maria Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Simonetta Montemagni (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy)
Kentaro Ogura (NTT Cyber Space Laboratories, Japan)
Darren Pearce (University of Sussex, UK)
Ivan Sag (Stanford University, USA)
Tom Wasow (Stanford University, USA)
Annie Zaenen (PARC, USA)


Workshop registration information will be posted at a later date. The
registration fee will include attendance at the workshop and a copy of
workshop proceedings.

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Date:  Wed, 02 Apr 2003 12:29:43 +0200
From:  David Gil <gil at eva.mpg.de>
Subject:  Workshop on Numerals, Leipzig, 29-30 March 2004

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Leipzig, Germany

First Call for Abstracts


29 - 30 March 2004
Leipzig, Germany


The workshop will consist of one plenary lecture (to be announced),
some six papers by local participants, and approximately one dozen
papers chosen from submitted abstracts.


Persons wishing to present a paper at the symposium are invited to
submit a one-page abstract, by regular mail, email, or fax, to David
Gil, at any of the following addresses:

Department of Linguistics,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

email:  gil at eva.mpg.de
fax:  49-341-9952119

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  31 October 2003


Papers presented at the workshop should be concerned with any aspect
of the morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse use of numerals.
Papers may deal with either the internal properties of numeral
expressions or their external properties, namely how they interact
with the larger linguistic units of which they form part.  Papers may
be about cardinal numerals, or other types of numerals, such as
ordinal, collective, distributive, multiplicative, and so forth.  Of
particular interest are papers which present novel facts about
numerals in little-known languages, papers which propose
cross-linguistic typological generalizations about numerals, and
papers which explore possible links between numerals and more general
aspects of cognition and culture.


Programme Committee:

Bernard Comrie
Patience Epps
David Gil
Eva Schultze-Berndt


The Workshop is being held immediately prior to the 5th Conference on
the Evolution of Language (Evolang), 31 March - 3 April 2004, also in


For further information, as it becomes available:

David Gil

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

Telephone: 49-341-9952321
Fax: 49-341-9952119
Email: gil at eva.mpg.de
Webpage:  http://monolith.eva.mpg.de/~gil/

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