17.1026, Calls: Socioling/USA;Computational Ling/Germany

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Subject: 17.1026, Calls: Socioling/USA;Computational Ling/Germany

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Date: 04-Apr-2006
From: David Durian < ddurian at ling.osu.edu >
Subject: New Ways of Analyzing Variation 

Date: 03-Apr-2006
From: Henning Lobin < Henning.Lobin at uni-giessen.de >
Subject: Natural Language Processing in Augmented and Ambient Learning 

-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 12:20:40
From: David Durian < ddurian at ling.osu.edu >
Subject: New Ways of Analyzing Variation 

Full Title: New Ways of Analyzing Variation 
Short Title: NWAV 

Date: 09-Nov-2006 - 12-Nov-2006
Location: Columbus, OH, USA 
Contact Person: Donald Winford
Meeting Email: dwinford at ling.osu.edu
Web Site: http://www.ling.osu.edu/NWAV 

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2006 

Meeting Description:


Date of Conference: November 9-12, 2006
Location: Columbus, Ohio

Web Site:  http://www.ling.osu.edu/NWAV

Contact (General Questions):  <nwav at ling.osu.edu>

Contact (Abstract Submissions):  <nwav.abstracts at ling.osu.edu>

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2006

Conference theme:   Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language Variation

The 35th annual meeting of NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) will 
take place at the Hyatt Capitol Square Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, November 
9-12,  2006.
Sessions for papers will run 20 minutes, and there will be a poster 
session as well. There will also be a limited number of panel  sessions and 
also workshops. We invite submissions in all areas relevant to linguistic 
variation including these: conversation analysis, corpus research, 
ethnography of speaking, language and gender, language contact, morphosyntactic
variation, quantitative approaches, regional variation, sociophonetics.

The format provided below is required for all submissions.

Abstracts will only be accepted via email in .pdf format (please embed any 
special characters). Send submissions to: <nwav.abstracts at ling.osu.edu>

I. In the subject heading of  the e-mail message please type
''Poster Submission,'' ''Paper Submission,'' or ''Panel Submission.''

II. In the body of the  e-mail message, please supply information for each of
the following fields in the given order (you may wish to send a copy to your
own e-mail):
1. TITLE OF PRESENTATION (Maximum ten words)
5. PHONE/E-MAIL ADDRESS (Repeat the above fields for any Co-Presenters)
7. PRESENTATION NEEDS (Specify if you require an LCD projector, overhead
transparency projector, multimedia speakers, etc.)
8. If submitted as a paper, whether you want it additionally considered as a
poster. In a effort to permit as many submitters to present as possible, papers
not accepted may be accepted as posters.

E-mail notifications on of the decisions about the proposals 
submitted will be sent by August 1, 2006.

-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 12:20:46
From: Henning Lobin < Henning.Lobin at uni-giessen.de >
Subject: Natural Language Processing in Augmented and Ambient Learning 


Full Title: Natural Language Processing in Augmented and Ambient Learning 

Date: 11-Sep-2006 - 11-Sep-2006
Location: Darmstadt, Germany 
Contact Person: Henning Lobin
Meeting Email: Henning.Lobin at uni-giessen.de
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2010 

Meeting Description:

The workshop aims to establish an informal forum of exchange between NLP and
eLearning experts and interested researchers from other disciplines, who work on
different types of media in Augmented and Ambient Learning. Numerous application
areas of Natural Language Processing in eLearning should be discussed with the
goal of identifying joint interests and of creating networks and
interdisciplinary initiatives. 

1st Call for Papers

Workshop during DELFI 2006 (www.delfi2006.de)
E-Learning Conference of the German Society for Computer Science 
''Natural Language Processing in Augmented and Ambient Learning'' 
September, 11th 2006, Darmstadt, Germany 


Iryna Gurevych, Center of Research Excellence ''E-Learning'', Telecooperation,
Computer Science Department, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany 

Henning Lobin, Applied Linguistics and Computational Linguistics, Center for
Media and Interactivity, Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany.

Workshop topics:

The field of Natural Language Processing has made a lot of progress in the
recent years. As a result, robust tools for automatic language processing and
lexical semantic knowledge resources with a broad coverage appeared, e.g.
WordNet and Framenet. This makes it feasible to employ NLP to process natural
language input in real-life applications. 

In parallel, new learning and teaching forms emerge in the area of eLearning,
such as Augmented Learning and Ambient Learning. Augmented Learning focuses on
computer-augmented classroom instruction, while Ambient Learning concentrates on
computer-assisted learning integrated with working places and everyday life. For
example, tools are being developed to support the production of multimedia
recordings of presentations, annotations, language interactions in digital
classrooms (e.g. students' questions for professors) and collaborative work
(e.g. chat and discussion forums, FAQs, Blogs, Wikis, etc.) 

A great variety of media as appearing in such learning contexts is an
interesting challenge from the point of view of different disciplines, such as
Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Linguistics, Pedagogy, and
Sociology. On the one hand, these are new and so far not so well researched
types of media. E.g. scientific presentations as a combination of video streams,
slides, notes, handouts, or discussion threads as multi-party collaborative
dialogues are highly interesting types of discourse in Natural Language
Processing. On the other hand, the application of language processing
technologies, in particular shallow semantic analysis to eLearning corpora
should help to explicate the meaning of eLearning content. This can serve as a
valuable basis for a variety of advanced eLearning tools.

Areas (however, not restricted to those listed in the following)

To create the basis for automated processing of the media in Augmented and
Ambient Learning as stated above, diverse aspects should be studied (separate
mentioned types of media are just possible application examples): 

Empirical aspects, e.g. the relation of spoken language with slides, connecting
means, turn-taking in chats and discussion threads; 
Theoretic and modeling aspects, e.g. cross-media semantic models, macro- and
meaning structure of digital lectures; 

Processing aspects, e.g. automatic discourse interpretation, semantic
information processing in eLearning materials, generation of multiple-choice
quizzes, information extraction, automatic summarization, information retrieval
and dialogue interaction in the domain of eLearning. 

Expected audience

The workshop aims to establish an informal forum of exchange between NLP and
eLearning experts and interested researchers from other disciplines, who work on
different types of media in Augmented and Ambient Learning. Numerous application
areas of Natural Language Processing in eLearning should be discussed with the
goal of identifying joint interests and of creating networks and
interdisciplinary initiatives. In particular, we plan to work out a proposal for
a Special Interest Group ''Natural Language Processing and eLearning''. The
workshop is organized as a co-located DELFI event. Therefore, all workshop
participants are required to register for the main conference (whose main
language will be German). Further information on registration procedures is
available from www.delfi2006.de.

Submission procedures

Extended abstracts in LNI-Format as a .pdf-file (2-3 pages) should be sent to
gurevych (at) cre-elearning (dot) tu-darmstadt (dot) de. Due to the
international orientation of this workshop, we ask for submissions in English.
Submissions will be reviewed by several members of the program committee. We
plan to publish selected full papers as a book after the workshop.

Submission deadline: June, 15th, 2006

Notification of acceptance: July 15th, 2006

Program committee

-Iryna Gurevych, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany (program co-chair)
-Henning Lobin, Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany (program co-chair)
-Lothar Lemnitzer, Eberhard-Karls-University of Tuebingen, Germany
-Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom 
-Dietmar Rösner, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany 
-Oezlem Uzuner, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, USA
-Martin Wessner, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany

Henning Lobin
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Department 05: Language, Literature, Culture
Applied and Computational Linguistics
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10 D
35394 Giessen

Tel. ++49-641-99-29050, -29051 (Secr.)
Fax  ++49-641-99-29059

mailto:Henning.Lobin at uni-giessen.de



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