Appel: Constraints and Language Processing (CSLP-06), Coling-ACL Workshop

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Mar 10 07:13:15 UTC 2006

Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 17:49:07 +0100
From: "Philippe Blache" <pb at>
Message-ID: <021901c64207$0cfd77e0$a8d75e93 at gondar>

                        First Call for Papers

                         COLING-ACL Workshop
            Constraints and Language Processing (CSLP-06)
                            22 July 2006
                          Sydney, Australia
                      DEADLINE for submissions:
                           April 21, 2006


The CSLP-06 workshop addresses the question of the role of constraints
in the representation and the implementation of language
processing. The workshop topic is intended to be interpreted
inclusively: contributions from linguistics, computer science,
psycholinguistics, and related areas are welcome, and an
interdisciplinary perspective is of particular interest.


Constraints are widely used in linguistics, computer science, and
psychology.  How they are used, however, varies widely according to
the research domain: knowledge representation, cognitive modelling,
problem solving mechanisms, etc. These different perspectives are
complementary, each one adding a piece to the puzzle. For example,
linguistics proposes in-depth descriptions implementing constraints in
order to filter out structures by means of description languages,
constraint ranking, etc.  The constraint programming paradigm, on the
other hand, shows that constraints have to be taken as a systematic
whole and can thus play a role in building the structures (or can even
replace structures).  Finally, psycholinguistics experiment the role
of constraint systems for cognitive processes in comprehension and
production as well as addressing how they can be acquired.

The purpose of this workshop is to address the question of constraints
and language processing, taking these different points of view into
consideration. The idea is to see whether a paradigm can be found,
unifying the different perspectives into a common framework capable of
explaining how constraints play a role in representing, processing and
acquiring linguistic information, and this from a formal, technical,
and cognitive perspective.

In this workshop, we particularly encourage an interdisciplinary
approach, bringing together people from different domains and their
intersections. Submissions from linguistics, computer science, and
psychology, as well as their intersections (such as natural language
processing and psycholinguistics) are encouraged. Submissions will
address the general topic "Constraints and Language Processing" and
may focus on sub-topics such as:

 . Constraints in human language comprehension and production
 . Acquisition of constraints
 . Constraints and learning
 . Cross-theoretical view of the notion of constraint
 . New advances in constraint-based linguistic theories
 . The relation of constraints to notions of markedness or defaults  .
Constraint satisfaction (CS) technologies to NLP 
 . Linguistic analysis and linguistic theories biased towards CS or
constraint logic programming (CLP)  . Application of CS or CLP for NLP
. CS and CLP for other than (purely) textual or spoken languages 
   (e.g., biological, multimodal human-computer interaction, visual)  .
Probabilistic constraint-based reasoning  . Relaxation of linguistic
constraint-solving problems


The CSLP-06 workshop is a part of COLING-ACL; it will be held in
Sydney after the main conference.


Submissions are expected to be full papers, following the
COLING-ACL'06 guidelines. Maximum size is eight (8) pages, including
references.  Submission must be submitted in electronic format; the
only accepted format is PDF.

The papers must be submitted no later than April 21, 2006. Papers
received after that date will not be reviewed. For details of the
submission procedure, please consult the submission webpage reachable
via the conference website.

Important dates 

  . Paper submission deadline:      April 21
  . Notification of review result:  May 22
  . Camera-ready papers due:        June 6

Program Committee

  . Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  . Philippe Blache (Provence University, France), Chair
  . Henning Christiansen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
  . Veronica Dahl (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  . Rina Dechter (University of California, USA)
  . Mark Dras (Macquarie University, Australia)
  . Denys Duchier (INRIA, France)
  . John Gallagher (Roskilde University, Denmark)
  . Claire Gardent (University of Nancy, France)
  . Ted Gibson (MIT, USA)
  . Mary Harper (Purdue University, USA)
  . Barbara Hemforth (Provence University, France)
  . Erhard Hinrichs (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  . Jerry Hobbs (University of Southern California, USA)
  . Michael Johnston (ATT, USA)
  . Tibor Kiss (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
  . Lars Konieczny (Freiburg university, Germany)
  . Shalom Lappin (King's College, UK)
  . Detmar Meurers (Ohio State University, USA)
  . Joachim Niehren (INRIA, France)
  . Gerald Penn (University of Toronto, Canada)
  . Geoffrey Pullum (UCSC, USA)
  . Ivan Sag (Stanford University, USA)
  . Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
  . Peter Skadhauge (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
  . Gert Smolka (Saarland University, Germany)	
  . Jorgen Villadsen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
  . Eric Villemonte de la Clergerie (INRIA, France)

Workshop Organization

  . Chair:  Philippe Blache 
            LPL - CNRS
            Université de Provence
            29, Avenue Robert Schuman 
            13621 Aix-en-Provence
            Email: pb at
            Phone: +33-442-953-625
            Fax: +33-442-953-744

  . Organizing committee:
            Henning Christiansen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
            Veronica Dahl (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
            Mark Dras (Macquarie University, Australia)
            Jean-Philippe Prost (Macquarie University, Australia)

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