18.1669, Calls: Computational Ling/Bulgaria; Cognitive Science,Semantics/Germany

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Subject: 18.1669, Calls: Computational Ling/Bulgaria; Cognitive Science,Semantics/Germany

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Date: 31-May-2007
From: Milena Slavcheva < milena at lml.bas.bg >
Subject: A Common NLP Paradigm for Balkan Languages 

Date: 31-May-2007
From: Anton Benz < benz at zas.gwz-berlin.de >
Subject: Computational Paradigms and Language Structure


-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 13:51:05
From: Milena Slavcheva < milena at lml.bas.bg >
Subject: A Common NLP Paradigm for Balkan Languages 

Full Title: A Common NLP Paradigm for Balkan Languages 

Date: 26-Sep-2007 - 26-Sep-2007
Location: Borovets, Bulgaria 
Contact Person: Milena Slavcheva
Meeting Email: milena at lml.bas.bg
Web Site: http://www.lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 20-Jun-2007 

Meeting Description
In conjunction with RANLP 2007 

Second Call for Papers, Programme Committee included

International Workshop
A Common Natural Language Processing Paradigm for Balkan Languages

In conjunction with RANLP-2007
September 26, 2007 
Borovets, Bulgaria 

The workshop is partially supported by the European Commission via the project 
BIS-21++, FP6 contract no. INCO-CT-2005-016639

Many things have changed at the Balkans for two years, since the previous
workshop ''Language and Speech Infrastructure for Information Access in the
Balkan Countries'' was held in conjunction with RANLP'05. The languages spoken
in this unique region attract more attention, due to the rapidly developing
field of communication and translation, and the interest to language
technologies for these languages is increasing. New markets appear, together
with newly established collaboration and new opportunities to extend the
application areas of natural language processing.

In the last decade, numerous activities aimed at incorporating the Balkan NLP
research into the widely applied models of other European languages in the form
of joint projects like MulText East, BALRIC-LING, BalkaNet, INTERA and others.
Language resources and grammatical knowledge for different Balkan languages have
been incorporated and processed within the international NLP standards like MTE,
XCES, WordNet, INTERA. As a result of joint bilateral projects, the linguistic
knowledge for some Balkan languages has been processed according to well-known
systems and models - INTEX, GATE, etc.

The unified NLP paradigm for Balkan languages ensures the development of a
common idea for creation of a Balkan multilingual pool for NLP in monolingual or
multilingual - parallel or contrastive - perspective. Not all Balkan languages
are at the same distance from the achievement of that goal. That is why the main
task of this workshop is, along with the overview of present achievements
related to the development of a common NLP paradigm of the Balkan languages, to
suggest a roadmap for the multilingual research and development carried out in
joint activities of the members of the traditional Balkan language union.

Specific topics of interest for the proposed workshop are:
- NLP-driven models of large language data sets, for instance, grammatical
dictionaries, syntactic collections, text categories, ontologies; 

- collection and representation of large lexical resources conforming to
international standards; 

- compilation of large multilingual collections where a given Balkan language is
paired to a wide-spread European language, or another Balkan language; 

- evaluation of the results of using wide-spread NLP tools for the Balkan

- investigation/evaluation of the results of mapping the well-known and widely
used NLP-driven models of the different Balkan languages. 

Elena Paskaleva and Milena Slavcheva 
(Institute for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Programme Committee
Tanja Avgustinova (DFKI and University of Saarland, Germany)
Dan Cristea (University of Iasi, Romania)
Damica Damljanovic (University of Sheffield, UK)
Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Greece)
Steven Krauwer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Cvetana Krstev (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Kemal Oflazer (Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Petya Osenova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Greece)
Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Maria Stambolieva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Ralf Steinberger (EC - Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy of Sciences)
Dusko Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Important Dates
- 20 June - extended abstract, between 800 and 1000 words; 
- 10 July 2007 - notification of acceptance; 
- 20 August 2007 - final submission of the full paper, up to 7 pages in the
format of RANLP-2007 (see the main conference site). The authors will be
contacted if small corrections are needed, between 20 and 30 August 2007; 
- 26 September 2007 - workshop with published proceedings of full papers. 

Submissions should be sent to milena at lml.bas.bg

-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 13:51:11
From: Anton Benz < benz at zas.gwz-berlin.de >
Subject: Computational Paradigms and Language Structure 


Full Title: Computational Paradigms and Language Structure 
Short Title: CoPaLaSt 

Date: 30-Nov-2007 - 01-Dec-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Contact Person: Anton Benz
Meeting Email: benz at zas.gwz-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/copalast/index.html?home 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of
Language; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2007 

Meeting Description:
The Relevance of Computational Concepts in Cognitive Linguistics. 

Computational Paradigms and Language Structure - 
The Relevance of Computational Concepts in Cognitive Linguistics

November 30th - December 1st, 2007,
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS),
Berlin, Germany

URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/copalast/index.html?home

Computer Science developed a wealth of computational paradigms responding to the
ever growing complexity of computer systems and the demands of software
maintenance and efficient data organisation. In Linguistics,  computational
models were frequently made use of (cf. e.g. the notion of interfaces) without
however systematically exploring the possibilities offered by Computer Science.

In this workshop we would like to consider the concepts and solutions provided
by the different  computational paradigms and address the question of  whether
they allow for a cognitive interpretation which can be utilised for linguistic
theory-building. For example, complexity, maintenance and efficiency should be
core aspects in the organisation of the lexicon from a cognitive perspective.
How do the different computational paradigms deal with these problems, and how
to exploit such solutions for the organisation of the lexicon? One hypothesis
would be that the principles of the object oriented paradigm will prove to be
productive for cognitive linguistics. With the exception of the pioneering work
by Schalley (2004), this path has not yet been investigated in a more systematic

The workshop aims at putting a new research question on the agenda and solicits
original contributions exploring Computational Science concepts for Cognitive

Invited Speakers:
Andrea Schalley, UNE Armidale

Authors should submit an anonymous abstract. The length of abstracts for talks
should be at most 2 single-column pages including literature. All submissions
should include a separate cover page specifying the authors' names, affiliation,
address, e-mail address and title of the paper. The abstracts should be
submitted electronically (pdf, ps or doc format) to: copalast07 at zas.gwz-berlin.de

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submissions: October, 1st 2007
Notification of Acceptance: October, 22nd, 2007
Conference: November 30th - December 1st, 2007, 

Reviewing Board:
Anton Benz, Berlin 
Klaus Robering, Kolding
Andrea Schalley, Armidale
Carla Umbach, Osnabrück

Anton Benz

URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/events/copalast/index.html?home
Contact: copalast07 at zas.gwz-berlin.de (valid some weeks before deadline)

The conference is organised as part of the ZAS projects P13a/b on
''Bidirectional Optimality Theory'' and ''Implicative Scales and Genetic
Learning in OT-Grammars.''


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