LINGUIST List 14.975

Wed Apr 2 2003

Calls: Auxiliaries, CA USA/NLP, Spain

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  1. raranovich, Workshop on Cross-linguistic Variation in Auxiliary Selection
  2. OESI Informa, 19th Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing

Message 1: Workshop on Cross-linguistic Variation in Auxiliary Selection

Date: 2 Apr 2003 16:34:36 -0000
From: raranovich <>
Subject: Workshop on Cross-linguistic Variation in Auxiliary Selection

Workshop on Cross-linguistic Variation in Auxiliary Selection 
Short Title: Workshop on Auxiliaries
Date: 31-MAY-03 - 01-JUN-03
Location: Davis, CA, United States of America
Contact: Ra�l Aranovich
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:
Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics
Call Deadline: 14-Apr-2003
Meeting Description:

Many languages show a split in the distribution of perfect
auxiliaries. In French, Dutch, Italian, and German, for instance, some
verbs select the 'be' auxiliary, while others select the 'have'
auxiliary. Recent work on split auxiliary systems highlights the role
of lexical-semantic factors such as animacy, telicity, volitionality,
etc., in the formulation of auxiliary selection constraints. This
approach receives support from an emerging wealth of evidence from
cross-linguistic variation and language development, and from less
studied languages (Yiddish, Old Spanish, etc.). These data challenge
many of the received views about perfect auxiliary selection. The
organizer invites submissions on topics related to the
lexical-semantics of auxiliary selection, studies of language
development or cross-linguistic variation of split auxiliary systems,
or theoretical approaches to auxiliary selection. 

Invited Speakers:
G�raldine Legendre (Johns Hopkins U.)
Annie Zaenen (Stanford U./PARC)
Thomas Shannon (UC Berkeley)
All authors should submit an anonymous abstract, one page in length
(with an additional page for examples, figures, and references), for a
20 minute presentation. All submissions should also include a separate
cover page specifying the authors' names, affiliation, address, and
e-mail address and title of the paper. E-mail submissions are
encouraged (PostScript, PDF, RTF, or MS-Word files are
acceptable). Send your submission electronically to
<>, or to the following address:
Ra�l Aranovich
Dept. of linguistics
University of California Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Notification of acceptance: May 3, 2003
Program committee:
Ra�l Aranovich 
Carlee Arnett 
Maria Manoliu-Manea 
Patrick Farrell
The relevant information (fees, booking, etc.) can be found at the
website ( by following
the link to the registration.
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Message 2: 19th Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing

Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 11:40:07 -0500 (EST)
From: OESI Informa <>
Subject: 19th Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing

SEPLN 2003

Second Call for Proposals
SEPLN 2003


(19th Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing - SEPLN)

September 10-12, 2003
Universidad de Alcal� de Henares
Alcal� de Henares (Madrid)


The 19th Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language
Processing (SEPLN) will take place on September 10-12, 2003 in Alcal�
de Henares (Madrid, Spain). As in previous editions, the aim of SEPLN
for this Conference is to promote the dissemination of research,
development and innovation activities conducted by Spanish and foreign
researchers in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP). The
conference will provide a forum for discussion and communication to
facilitate an effective exchange of knowledge and scientific materials
that are necessary for promoting the publication of relevant work and
the establishment of means of collaboration with national and
international Institutions that are active in this field.


The main motivation of this conference is to provide the business and
scientific communities with an ideal forum for presenting their latest
research work and developments in the field of Natural Language
Processing, as well as to demonstrate the possibilities offered by
these solutions and to know about new projects. Consequently, the 19th
SEPLN Conference is a meeting place for presenting results and
exchanging ideas concerning the present state of development in this
field of knowledge.

Furthermore, there is the intention of meeting the goal, achieved in
previous editions, of identifying future paths for basic research and
foreseen software applications, in order to compare them against the
market needs. Finally, the conference intends to be an appropriate
forum in helping new professionals to become active members in this


Researchers and businesses are encouraged to send communications,
project abstracts or demonstrations related to any of the following

Linguistic, mathematic and psycholinguistic models of language
Corpus linguistics
Monolingual and multilingual information extraction and retrieval
Formalisms and grammars for morphological and syntactical analysis
Computational Lexicography
Monolingual and multilingual text generation
Machine translation
Speech synthesis and recognition
Semantics, pragmatics and discourse
Word sense disambiguation
NLP industrial applications
Automatic textual content analysis

Structure of the Conference

The Conference will last three days, with sessions dedicated to
presenting papers, ongoing research projects, prototype product
demonstrations or products connected with topics addressed in the
conference. Scientific activities will be complemented by social and
tourist activities, allowing attendants to gain a better understanding
about the social and cultural dimensions of Alcal� de Henares.


Authors are encouraged to send theoretical or system-related
proposals, to be presented at the demonstration sessions, earlier than
May 16, 2003. Proposals must meet certain format and style

Both the delivery and revision of proposals will be done exclusively
in electronic format (PostScript or PDF). Proposals will include a
title, the complete names of the authors, their address, telephone,
fax and e-mail.

Proposals will meet the following requirements (concerning the final
version, please check the "publication format" section):

The proposals will be presented in Spanish or English
Inclusion of an abstract (maximum 150 words)
Related topic
Overall maximum length will be 3,500 words (including the abstract)

The proposals will be anonymously revised. Therefore, two separate
files will be submitted, one will only include the title and author
details, the other will only include the title and the rest of the
proposal Final versions (after notification of acceptance) will follow
the style requirements that are described in the publication format
section in this website

Authors will submit their proposals through the following web system:

Projects and Demos

As in previous editions, the organizers encourage participants to give
oral presentations of projects and demos. Depending on the estimated
number of oral presentations, any session may be reserved to this
purpose. Proposals must meet certain format and style requirements for

For oral presentation of projects to be accepted, the following
information must be included:

- Project title
- Funding institution
- Participant groups in the project
- Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of the project director
- Abstract (2 pages maximum)
- If a demonstration is to be performed, further information must be
included, as indicated below

For demonstrations to be accepted, the following information is

- Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of the authors
- Abstract (2 pages maximum)
- Time estimation for the whole presentation
- This information must be received by June 10, 2003

Publication Format

The final version of the article will be sent before June 27, 2003
through a web system:

- Documents must not include headers or footings
- Maximum length will be 8 pages DIN A4 (210 x 297 mm), included
references and figures.
- In the case of demonstrations and projects, maximum length will be 2

Articles will be sent in Postscript or PDF format.

LaTeX format

Authors using LaTeX format may download from the Conference website
the following style package zip file: which contains
document and bibliography styles, as well as an example showing
existing possibilities.

Word format

Authors using Microsoft Word or compatible may download from the
Conference website the following zip file: which includes
a pattern file in RTF format and an example showing existing editing

Important Dates

Dates for submission and notifications of acceptance:

- Deadline for submitting abstracts: May 16, 2003
- Notification of acceptance: June 20, 2003
- Deadline for submitting the final version: June 27, 2003
- Deadline for submitting projects and demos: June 10, 2003

Program Committee

Chairman: Prof. Maximiliano Saiz Noeda (Universitat d'Alacant)


Prof. Jos� Gabriel Amores Carredano (Universidad de Sevilla)
Prof. Toni Badia i Card�s (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Prof. Manuel de Buenaga Rodr�guez (Universidad Europea de Madrid)
Prof. Irene Castell�n Masalles (Universitat de Barcelona)
Prof. Arantza D�az de Ilarraza (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)
Prof. Antonio Ferr�ndez Rodr�guez (Universitat d'Alacant)
Prof. Mikel Forcada Zubizarreta (Universitat d'Alacant)
Prof. Ana Mar�a Garc�a Serrano (Universidad Polit�cnica de Madrid)
Prof. Koldo Gojenola Galletebeitia (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)
Prof. Xavier G�mez Guinovart (Universidade de Vigo)
Prof. Julio Gonzalo Arroyo (Universidad Nacional de Educaci�n a
Prof. Jos� Miguel Go�i Menoyo (Universidad Polit�cnica de Madrid)
Prof. Joaquim Llisterri (Universitat Aut�noma de Barcelona)
Prof. Javier Mac�as Guarasa (Universidad Polit�cnica de Madrid)
Prof. Jos� B. Mari�o Acebal (Universitat Polit�cnica de Catalunya)
Prof. M. Antonia Mart� Anton�n (Universitat de Barcelona)
Prof. Lidia Ana Moreno Boronat (Universitat Polit�cnica de Valencia)
Prof. Lluis Padr� (Universitat Polit�cnica de Catalunya)
Prof. Manuel Palomar Sanz (Universitat d'Alacant)
Prof. Jos� Manuel Pardo Mu�oz (Universidad Polit�cnica de Madrid)
Prof. Natividad Prieto S�ez (Universitat Polit�cnica de Valencia)
Prof. Germ�n Rigau (Universitat Polit�cnica de Catalunya)
Prof. Horacio Rodr�guez Hontoria (Universitat Polit�cnica de
Prof. Kepa Sarasola Gabiola (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)
Prof. L. Alfonso Ure�a L�pez (Universidad de Ja�n)
Prof. M Felisa Verdejo Maillo (Universidad Nacional de Educaci�n a
Prof. Manuel Vilares Ferro (Universidade de Vigo)

Organising Committee


Mr. Jes�s Antonio Cid Mart�nez, Academic Director at Instituto


Ms. Isabel Bermejo Rubio, Responsible for the Bureau of Spanish in the
Information Society - OESI - at Instituto Cervantes


Ms. Eva M Garc�a Garc�a, Technician at OESI, Instituto Cervantes
Ms. Raquel Tapias Aparicio, Technician at OESI, Instituto Cervantes
Mr. John Michael Urresti Gra�a, Technician at OESI, Instituto Cervantes


Ms. Eva M G�mez G�mez, Collaborator at OESI, Instituto Cervantes
Ms. Rosario Guijarro Huerta, Collaborator at OESI, Instituto Cervantes

Further Information

Full information is available at the official website of the

You may also contact the coordinator at any of the following

Secretary of the 19th SEPLN Conference
Conference coordinator: Ms. Isabel Bermejo Rubio
Oficina del Espa�ol en la Sociedad de la Informaci�n
C/ Libreros, 23
28801 Alcal� de Henares (Madrid)
Tel.: +34 91 888 72 94
Fax: +34 91 888 18 26
Conference website:
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