LINGUIST List 14.660

Fri Mar 7 2003

Calls: American Dialects/Automatic Learning Methods

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  1. remlingk, American Dialect Society
  2. ALAF 2003 - Workshop, Adaptation of Automatic Learning Methods for Analytical and Inflectional Languages

Message 1: American Dialect Society

Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 18:19:58 +0000
From: remlingk <>
Subject: American Dialect Society

American Dialect Society

Short Title: ADS
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Date: 07-NOV-03 - 09-NOV-03

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2003

Web Site:

Contact Person: Kate Remlinger
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

American Dialect Society at the 45th Annual Midwest Modern Language
Association Convention, November 7-9, 2003, Chicago, Congress Plaza

Topic: 'New Directions in Language Variation and Change'
WIth apologies for cross-posting.

Second call for papers:
Please submit abstracts, maximum 250 words. Presentations may be based
in traditional dialectology, or in other areas of language variation
and change, including sociolinguistics, historical, anthropological or
folk linguistics, language and gender, critical discourse analysis, or

Email submissions preferred. 

Please submit by 1 April 2003 to 

Kate Remlinger

By mail to

Kate Remlinger
Department of English
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive 
Allendale, MI 49401

By fax

Attention: Kate Remlinger, 1-616-331-3430

For more information about ADS at MMLA, see the MMLA website,, go to ''Call for Papers'', scroll down to
''Associated Organizations'', then to ''American Dialect Society, New
Directions in Language Variation and Change.''

Many thanks,

Kate Remlinger
Midwest Regional Secretary, ADS
Associate Professor of English: Linguistics
Grand Valley State University
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Message 2: Adaptation of Automatic Learning Methods for Analytical and Inflectional Languages

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 13:12:12 +0100
From: ALAF 2003 - Workshop <>
Subject: Adaptation of Automatic Learning Methods for Analytical and Inflectional Languages

*** ***
***		!!! LAST REMINDER !!!			***
 ESSLLI'03 (

 Workshop on 

 "Adaptation of Automatic Learning Methods for
	 Analytical and Inflectional Languages"

 August 18-22, 2003
 Vienna, Austria


* *
* March 14, 2003 Submission Deadline *
* (Extended Abstracts, Homework Proposals)*
* *
* April 14, 2003 Notification of Acceptance *
* *



Automatic (machine) learning approaches to any NLP task 
became a rich area with a variety of methodologies. 
During the last years, its development made significant 
progress in the direction of presenting new methods and, 
at the same time, their modifications. These modifications 
are of different nature and dependent on the language under 
consideration. The aim of the workshop is to present and 
evaluate various modifications of the automatic learning 
methods originally developed for English and declared as 
language independent. We are especially interested in 
automatic learning methods for the problems of morphological 
tagging and parsing across languages with high level of 
inflection. Further, we encourage quantitative and qualitative 
comparison/evaluation studies across languages on the inputs 
and the outputs of the mentioned procedures. The workshop 
encourages reports of work on: 
1. Summarization of morphological and syntactic features 
relevant for various automatic learning procedures. 
2. Tendencies of improvement of the automatic learning methods. 
Presentation of implemented modifications and their cross 
language evaluation. 
3. New/Latest algorithms for automatic learning. 
4. Hybrid approaches (Although, there are trials to apply 
hybrid approaches, it seems that the true key of how to combine 
the various parts has still not been found and lies mainly in 
the success of analyzing the errors of each single component. 
Studies which present the connection elements for a successful 
combination of diverse approaches are invited.) 

In addition to the regular papers, we want to encourage all 
workshop participants to make the workshop more interactive; 
in other words

 ** Let's enjoy and Don't be afraid of HOMEWORK

 Each workshop participant will have the possibility 
to assign a homework - he/she becomes a "teacher". This homework 
should be close to the topics of our workshop; the choice of 
either theoretical or experimental (practical) character of the 
homework is up to the "teacher".

 Accepted homework assignments (proposals) will be 
posted on the workshop webpage not later than April 24, 2003.
 The organizers will contact the ESSLLI/Workshop 
participants and ask them to sign for the homework assignements. 
The current status of each homework will be posted on our web
page, allowing the "teachers" to follow the completition of 
their homework assignments and have access to the list of 
contacts of those who signed for the homework. 

 Upon completition (each homework should be completed
*** a WEEK *** before the start of the Summer School), the 
results should be submitted to the Workshop organizers. 
Those will collect them and pass them to the "teachers" 
a week before the Workshop starts. The "teachers" will
be asked to evaluate them and to prepare a summary of 
each homework. Summaries of the outcomes will be presented 
during the final session by the "teachers". The accepted 
homework proposals will be included (as an appendix) into 
the workshop proceedings while the summaries will be posted 
on the workshop webpage after the Workshop.

 Each homework should be completed before the start of 
the Summer School. 
 * How to motivate you? DON'T LET IT BE!

	The most interesting homework assignment and the most 
productive homework will be awarded during the final session. 
We are looking forward to the award ceremony!



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