LINGUIST List 14.626

Tue Mar 4 2003

Calls: Learning Word Meaning/French Lang Studies

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Learning Word Meaning from Non-Linguistic Data
  2. Florence Myles, Association for French Language Studies

Message 1: Learning Word Meaning from Non-Linguistic Data

Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 14:31:49 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Learning Word Meaning from Non-Linguistic Data

 Call for Papers (Extended Deadline)

 HLT-NAACL03 Workshop on

 Learning Word Meaning from Non-Linguistic Data

 31 May 2003
 Edmonton, Canada

 Home page:

** Submission deadline extended to 17 March 2003
** Submissions can be short papers (4 pages) as well as full papers (8

HLT-NAACL03 Home page:

Endorsed by:
 SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Semantics
 SIGGEN, the ACL Special Interest Group in Generation
 SIGLEX, the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon

One of the grand challenges of NLP, AI, and Cognitive Science is to
develop models of what words mean (lexical semantics) in terms of the
non-linguistic world. Recently there has been growing interest in
using corpus and data based techniques for this task. In other words,
trying to learn what words mean by analysing a `parallel corpus' of
(A) non-linguistic data and (B) linguistic texts that describe or
otherwise are based on the non-linguistic data. Recent examples of
such work include learning verb semantics from visual-image sequences;
learning the meaning of time phrases from a collection of weather
forecasts based on numerical weather simulations; and learning the
meaning of mathematical predicates from human verbalisations of
theorem-prover output.

We invite people interested in this topic to submit papers to the
workshop. Possible topics include (but are not limited to)
* Example analyses of word meanings based on non-linguistic data.
* Discussion of relevant algorithms and techniques, for example for
 aligning texts with non-linguistic data.
* Applications that exploit lexical semantic models learned from
 non-linguistic data.
* Resources, such as parallel text-data corpora, that can be used by other
 researchers interested in this area.
As this is a workshop, we welcome papers that present work in progress
as well as papers that present completed work.

Papers that focus on learning semantic information from conventional
text-only corpora are less appropriate for this workshop, and should
be submitted elsewhere.

We hope that this workshop will help "gel" this new and exciting
research area, by bringing together interested people who may not be
aware of what is being done elsewhere. Participants from other area
of AI and Cognitive Science are very welcome, including vision and
robotics researchers who are interested in learning how to relate
sensor data to words, and psychologists who are interested in
cognitive models of how people learn to relate words to the
non-linguistic world.


We welcome both short papers (up to 4 pages) and full papers (up to 8

Papers should be formatted according to the HLT-NAACL guidelines
Do not anonymise submissions, since reviewing for the workshop will
not be blind. Authors are strongly encouraged to use the style files
accessible through the above web page.

Send your submission to Ehud Reiter ( Please
indicate whether your submission is a short paper or a full paper.


Paper submissions: 17 March 2003
Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2003
Camera-ready copies due: 8 April 2003
Registration deadline: as HLT-NAACL03
Workshop date: 31 May 2003


Regina Barzilay, Cornell University
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen
Jeffrey Mark Siskind, Purdue University


Kobus Barnard, University of Arizona
Paul Cohen, UMass Amherst
Peter Dominey, CNRS
Phil Edmonds, Sharp Laboratories of Europe
Allen Gorin, AT&T Research Labs
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto
Lillian Lee, Cornell University
Tim Oates, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Terry Regier, University of Chicago
Deb Roy, MIT Media Lab


For more information, please see the workshop web page at
or contact Ehud Reiter at
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Message 2: Association for French Language Studies

Date: 4 Mar 2003 16:03:43 -0000
From: Florence Myles <>
Subject: Association for French Language Studies

Please find below the Call for Papers for the AFLS (Association for
French Language Studies) Conference 2003, to be held in Tours, 25-27
Sept 03, for circulation on the list.
Colloque 2003
en collaboration avec l'Universit� de Tours
et l'�quipe de recherche "Langues & Repr�sentation"
Th�me : Le fran�ais aujourd'hui :
Probl�mes et m�thodes
Universit� de Tours, France
25 - 27 septembre 2003
Appel � communications
A l'occasion de son colloque annuel, l'Association for French Language
Studies sollicite des propositions de communications dans les domaines
de recherche suivants :
 a.. L'analyse du discours oral et �crit ;
 b.. La structure du lexique ;
 c.. La traduction ;
 d.. L'enseignement du fran�ais et les technologies de l'information ;
 e.. Le FLE.
Conf�rences pl�ni�res :
Sophie Moirand (Universit� Paris III)
Michel Paillard (Universit� de Poitiers)
Henri Portine (Universit� Bordeaux III)
Henriette Walter (Universit� de Haute-Bretagne ; membre du Conseil
sup�rieur de la langue fran�aise)
En plus de ces domaines, les th�mes de recherche abord�s
traditionnellement par les membres de l'AFLS seront aussi � l'ordre du
jour : linguistique th�orique et descriptive ; sociolinguistique ;
acquisition du fran�ais langue seconde ; linguistique appliqu�e et
p�dagogie du fran�ais. Comme par le pass�, le programme visera un
�quilibre entre les aspects th�oriques et les aspects appliqu�s de la
recherche sur la langue fran�aise.
Que vous soyez membre de l'AFLS ou non, pour proposer une
communication, envoyez un r�sum� d'environ 200 mots, en fran�ais ou en
anglais, avant le 30 avril 2003 (de pr�f�rence par courrier
�lectronique, dans le corps du courriel) � :
Nathalie Rossi-Gensane
D�partement de Linguistique
Universit� de Tours
3, rue des Tanneurs
37041 Tours cedex 01
De plus amples renseignements seront disponibles prochainement dans
les Cahiers AFLS et sur le site AFLS :
Merci de faire parvenir cette annonce � d'autres coll�gues
susceptibles d'etre int�ress�s.
Dr Florence Myles
AFLS Secretary
School of Modern Languages
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
tel: (0)23 80592269
fax: (0)23 80593288
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