Appel: Finite-State Phonology (SIGPHON 2000)

Philippe Blache pb at
Mon Mar 20 08:58:09 UTC 2000

From: Jason Eisner <jason at>


   Fifth Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group
   in Computational Phonology

   A full-day workshop held at
   COLING 2000
   Luxembourg, 6 August 2000

The workshop will focus on the growing role of finite-state methods
in computational phonology.  Excellent papers in other areas of
computational phonology are also welcome.

Sample topics:

* Finite-state formalizations of phonological frameworks
* Algorithms and theorems about finite-state phonological formalisms
* Embedding finite-state phonology in NLP or speech systems
* The application of finite-state methods to empirical description
   (including difficulties, representational encodings, and software tools)
* Phonologically motivated extensions to finite-state techniques
* Research bearing on whether the finite-state assumptions are
   empirically adequate or computationally necessary

A principal goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers who
are working in different phonological frameworks:

Finite-state methods have been more-or-less persuasively applied to a
range of frameworks, from derivational approaches to Optimality
Theory.  This shared formal underpinning exposes crucial differences
among the frameworks (Frank & Satta 1998), and also suggests deep
similarities (Karttunen 1998).

We hope that the workshop's focus on formalizations using finite-state
techniques, which are well understood in themselves, will facilitate
further discussion of the theoretical and empirical virtues of
different frameworks.  We are particularly interested in the potential
for new or hybrid frameworks.

Lauri Karttunen, Xerox Research Centre France (program chair)
Markus Walther, University of Marburg (local chair)
Jason Eisner, University of Rochester (organization)
Alain Theriault, Universite de Montreal (administration)
Daniel Albro, University of California at Los Angeles
Steven Bird, University of Pennsylvania
John Coleman, University of Oxford
Dan Jurafsky, University of Colorado
Andras Kornai, Belmont Research, Cambridge MA

Reviewing will be blind.  The program chair may invite additional
reviewers as necessary to obtain relevant expertise and avoid
conflicts of interest.

Questions and correspondence may be sent to:

    Jason Eisner
    Department of Computer Science
    University of Rochester
    P.O. Box 270226
    Rochester, NY 14627   USA
    tel: +1 (716) 275-5671
    fax: +1 (716) 461-2018
    email: sigphon2000 at

More information about SIGPHON is available at

Content: Papers should be original, topical, and clear.  Completed
work is preferable to intended work, but in any event the paper should
clearly indicate the state of completion of the reported results.

Length: Submissions should be full-length papers, up to a maximum of
10 pages.  (The final version in the proceedings should incorporate
reviewers' suggestions and may be up to 12 pages.)

Layout: Except for length, papers should adhere to Coling 2000
formatting guidelines, at
Be careful not to disclose authorship.

Electronic submission procedure:
1. Turn your paper into a PDF file, or if necessary a Postscript file.
   See for help.
2. Email this file as an attachment to
      theriaal at (Alain Theriault)
   The body of the email should give title, author(s), abstract,
   and contact information.  The subject line should include the
   word "SIGPHON."

Hardcopy submission procedure:
If electronic submission is impossible, please send FOUR hardcopies to
   Alain Theriault
   Departement de linguistique et de traduction
   Universite de Montreal
   C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
   Montreal, Quebec
   H3C 3J7
along with a page giving title, author(s), abstract, and contact
information.  Note that electronic submission is strongly preferred!

Mon.  1 May   Deadline for receipt of submissions
Wed. 24 May   Authors notified of acceptance
Wed. 21 June  Deadline for receipt of camera-ready copy
Sun.  6 Aug.  Workshop held in Luxembourg at Coling 2000

Coling 2000 -
Luxembourg  -
Registration fees and details -

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