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LINGUIST List 16.3600

Sun Dec 18 2005

Calls: Syntax/Spain;Computational Ling/Belgium

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        1.    Hedde Zeijlstra, Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface
        2.    Piet Mertens, Traitement Automatique du Langage Naturel 2006

Message 1: Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface
Date: 17-Dec-2005
From: Hedde Zeijlstra <hedde.zeijlstrauni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface

Full Title: Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface

Date: 07-Aug-2006 - 11-Aug-2006
Location: Malaga, Spain
Contact Person: Hedde Zeijlstra
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.heddezeijlstra.nl/cpssi.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
31 July - 11 August, 2006 in Malaga, Spain


Concord Phenomena and the Syntax Semantics Interface
August 7 -- 11, 2006

organized as part of the
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2006 http://esslli2006.lcc.uma.es/
31 July - 11 August, 2006 in Malaga, Spain

Paul J.E. Dekker (p.j.e.dekkeruva.nl)
Hedde H. Zeijlstra (hedde.zeijlstrauni-tuebingen.de)

-Concord Phenomena-
In natural languages a functional operation can be manifested more than once in the morphosyntax of one sentence. Most notable are the phenomena of negative concord (where several negative elements contribute to one negation) and sequence of tense phenomena, where the same happens in the temporal domain. Similar observations can be made regarding the domain of mood, case-agreement, multiple Wh, and conditional sentences. On a general and intuitive level, the similarities are striking.

-Thematic Questions-
These phenomena have each been studied in various domains, from both an empirical and a theoretical point of view. With this workshop we want to solicit contributions which approach the phenomena from a general, cross-categorial perspective: across the various domains, theoretical, and typological as well. Thematic questions: What should be the logical form of those constructions? To what extent (at what cost) does it allow for a compositional treatment? How similar and how general are the phenomena really? What do these phenomena tell us about the model of grammar?

-Workshop Aims-
The general aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers of different disciplines (semantics, syntax, typology) in order to create new insights about concord phenomena and the syntax-semantics interface. The workshop aims to provide a forum for advanced PhD students and researchers to present and discuss their work with colleagues and researchers who work in the broad subject areas represented at ESSLLI.

-Submission Details-
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract on the general theme of the worshop. (Cognitive and evolutionary analyses are welcome, too.) Submissions should be anonymous and no longer than two pages and should be either in .pdf, txt, .doc or .rtf format. Please send your submission electronically to the above email addresses of the organizers, with the name of the author(s) and their affilitation(s), their adresses and the title of the paper in the body of the message. The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme committee (see below). The accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final version will be .pdf.

-Workshop Format-
The workshop is part of ESSLLI 2006. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the second week of ESSLLI. Depending on the number and quality of the submissions there will be 2 or 3 slots for paper presentation so the talks including the discussion will be either 45 or 30 minutes. On the first day the workshop organizers will give an introduction to the topic, and the workshop ends with a general discussion.

-Follow Up-
The organizers intend both to organize a follow up of this workshop, and a book or special journal issue around the subject. Both options will be discussed at the workshop in Malaga.

-Invited Speakers (TBC)-
Pieter Muysken (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Arnim von Stechow (Seminar fuer Sprachwissenschaft, Tuebingen)

-Workshop Programme Committee (TBC)-
Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute)
Rajesh Bhatt (UMass)
Paul Dekker (Amsterdam, co-chair)
Guglielmo Cinque (Venice)
Regine Eckardt (Goettingen)
Irene Heim (MIT)
Jack Hoeksema (Groningen)
Helen de Hoop (Nijmegen)
Ed Keenan (UCLA)
Pieter Muysken (Nijmegen)
Ad Neeleman (UCL)
Arnim von Stechow (Tuebingen)
Raffaella Zanuttini (Georgetown)
Hedde Zeijlstra (Tuebingen, co-chair)
Alessandro Zucchi (Milano)
Jan Wouter Zwart (Groningen)

-Important Dates-
Submissions : March 1, 2006
Notification : April 1, 2006
Full paper deadline: May 1, 2006
Final programme : June 21, 2006
Workshop Dates : August 7 - 11, 2006

-Local Arrangements-
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee.
There will be no reimbursement for travel costs or accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities of a grant.

-Further Information-
About the workshop: http://www.heddezeijlstra.nl/cpssi.htm
About ESSLLI: http://esslli2006.lcc.uma.es/

Message 2: Traitement Automatique du Langage Naturel 2006
Date: 16-Dec-2005
From: Piet Mertens <Piet.Mertensarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Traitement Automatique du Langage Naturel 2006

Full Title: Traitement Automatique du Langage Naturel 2006
Short Title: TALN 2006

Date: 10-Apr-2006 - 13-Apr-2006
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Contact Person: Cedrick Fairon
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://cental.fltr.ucl.ac.be/~taln2006

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 28-Dec-2005

Meeting Description:

An International Conference on Computational Linguistics, organized under the aegis of ATALA, the French Association for Natural Language Processing.


Due to popular demand, the paper submission deadline for TALN-2006 has been extended to December 28, 2005.

-Important Dates
Submission deadline: December 28, 2005
Notification to authors: January 26, 2006
Final version: February 20, 2006
Conference: April 10-13, 2006

Gertjan van Noord, University of Groningen
Thierry Fontenelle, Microsoft Corporation

The 13th Conference on Natural Language Processing (TALN 2006) will be held in Leuven, Belgium, on April 10-13, 2006. The conference is organized by the ''Centre de traitement automatique du langage'' (CENTAL) of the University of Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve) and by the Centre for Automatic Linguistic Analysis (ALA) of the University of Leuven (KULeuven).

TALN 2006 is organized under the aegis of ATALA (Association pour le Traitement Automatique des Langues, Association for NLP) and will be held jointly with RECITAL 2006, the conference for young researchers (call for papers to be issued separately, see the conference website).

The conference will include oral and poster communications, invited conferences, workshops and tutorials.

The official language is French.

Papers are requested in all areas of NLP, including (but not restricted to) :

* Lexicon : databases containing morphological, syntactic, semantic,
and/or phonological information
* Analysis, generation and lexicons in the following domains :
- Phonetics and phonology
- Morphology
- Syntax
- Semantics
* NLP applications
- Text analysis
- Text summarization
- Text generation
- Text-to-speech synthesis
- Natural language interfaces
- Machine translation
- Information retrieval
* Logical, symbolic and statistical approaches

All selected papers will be published in the proceedings. In addition, the scientific committee will select two papers, which will be recommended for publication in the journal ''Traitement Automatique des Langues'' (T.A.L.).

Authors are invited to submit original research work. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two experts of the domain. Decisions will be based on the following criteria :
- importance and originality of the paper
- scientific and technical soundness
- comparison of the results obtained with those found in relevant works
- clarity of the presentation
- relevance to the conference topics


Papers will be written in French for French-speaking authors and in English for authors who don't master French.

Papers should not exceed 10 pages, in Times 12, single-spaced (approx. 3,000 words), including figures, examples and references.

A LaTeX style file and a Word template are available on the conference website. The page format is A4.

An interactive form for the subsmission of articles is provided on the conference website. Papers should be uploaded in PDF format.

Instructions for the conversion of Word documents into PDF format are available on the conference website.

The final versions should be sent either in Latex format or in RTF format (Word), to the email address indicated in the message of acceptance.

In case of impossibility of electronic submission, three hard copies of the paper must be sent to:

Cedrick Fairon
1, place Blaise Pascal
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

Practical information can be found on the conference website.

Piet Mertens, ALA, Department of Linguistics, K.U.Leuven
Cédrick Fairon, CENTAL, Université de Louvain (UCL)
Anne Dister, CENTAL, UCL
Patrick Watrin, CENTAL, UCL
Laurent Kevers, CENTAL, UCL
Bernadette Dehottay, CENTAL, UCL
Claude Devis, CENTAL, UCL
Marc Durieux, CENTAL, UCL
Michel Thomas, CENTAL, UCL
Isabelle Lecroart, CENTAL, UCL

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