LINGUIST List 16.466

Tue Feb 15 2005

Calls: Lang Documentation/Ontology/USA

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        1.    Helen Aristar-Dry, E-MELD 2005: Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories in Morphosyntactic Annotation

Message 1: E-MELD 2005: Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories in Morphosyntactic Annotation

Date: 15-Feb-2005
From: Helen Aristar-Dry <>
Subject: E-MELD 2005: Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories in Morphosyntactic Annotation

Full Title: E-MELD 2005: Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories in
Morphosyntactic Annotation

Date: 01-Jul-2005 - 03-Jul-2005
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Contact Person: Naomi Fox <>
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

*Please note the venue and date change.*

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; Language Description; Morphology

Call Deadline: 28-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

E-MELD Workshop on Digital Language Documentation: Linguistic Ontologies and
Data Categories in Morphosyntactic Annotation

The 2005 E-MELD (Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data)
workshop on digital language documentation, sponsored by the National Science
Foundation, is entitled 'Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories in
Morphosyntactic Annotation.' The goal of the workshop is to invite community
participation in the development of GOLD, the General Ontology for Linguistic
Description developed by the E-MELD team at U. of Arizona (see detailed
description in the Call for Papers). However we welcome participation by all
linguists interested in morphosyntactic annotation and/or the use of ontologies
in linguistic description.


This workshop will debut our vision for the ''GOLD Community'', an international
partnership of institutions and individuals who will build a global
infrastructure to make our combined knowledge of the world's languages fully
accessible and interoperable. It is based on the model used for the creation of
OLAC, the Open Language Archive Community, and is intended to extend OLAC's
scope of interoperability from metadata to data, i.e. the actual content of the
linguistic resources discoverable through metadata. The core element of this
infrastructure is GOLD, the General Ontology for Linguistic Description, which
has been under development for three years by a team of E-MELD researchers who
were initially based at the University of Arizona. In addition, standards will
be required for linking language resources to GOLD and for making extensions to
GOLD that reflect the consensus of specific ''communities of practice'', from a
single researcher working on a single language to a network of researchers doing
large-scale comparative or typological work. Finally, tools and services will
be needed that are based on those standards to enable researchers to create
those links and extensions, and to execute queries and searches over the
resources made interoperable through their connection to GOLD.

To date, most of the work on GOLD has been on its overall design, and on the
characterization of the features used in morphosyntactic annotation, and has
been carried out without review by linguists working outside of the E-MELD
project. In this workshop, we invite community review of GOLD and involvement in
the design and creation of the infrastructure needed to make the vision
described above a reality. As with OLAC, we envision a follow-up meeting in six
months' or a year's time, at which the GOLD Community will be officially
''launched'', with the standards that have been developed up to that point
frozen, so that tool builders and service providers will have an opportunity to
create tools and services in a stable environment, and come up with
recommendations for changes and additions to those standards.

For more information about GOLD, see:


If you use morphological terms, you will be interested to know which ones have
been proposed for GOLD. This emerging standard will allow comparison across
large sets of languages with specified ways of determining morphological
categories. If you have a particularly challenging set of phenomena that you are
sure are not yet covered, please bring it to a working group on the ontology. If
you are concerned about making linguistics more coherent and explicit, please
plan to attend a working group. Limited support is available for workshop
participants selected in advance. Please submit a short description of your work
or research interests related to the themes of the workshop.

LENGTH: 300 words maximum.
DEADLINE: Mar 28, 2005.


The workshop will begin with invited papers that explain how GOLD works and lay
out the vision for a community of practice built around it. In addition we are
soliciting papers on the theme of ontologies, and in particular linguistic
ontologies, that could inform the foundation of the GOLD Community. Topics might
- the nature of linguistic ontologies in general;
- the place of linguistic concepts within existing upper ontologies;
- specifications for the ontology of linguistic subdomains that are not yet
covered by GOLD;
- lessons learned in trying to apply GOLD to the annotation of linguistic resources;
- reports on attempts to build tools or services based on GOLD;
- methods of markup for linking resources to an ontology;
- requirements for tools or services that will be needed by the GOLD community;
- exploration of the ''smart search'' capabilities that a linguistic ontology
will enable.

If you would like to make a 20 minute presentation at the workshop on such a
topic, please send an abstract in Word, pdf, or plain text format to the
organizing committee.

LENGTH: 500 words maximum.
DEADLINE: Mar 28, 2005.

Authors whose presentations are selected will be required to submit the full
text of the paper by May 15, 2005, so that it can be published on the workshop
website prior to the workshop itself.

The E-MELD (Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data) Project is a
five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation with a dual
objective: to aid in the preservation of endangered languages data and
documentation and to aid in the development of the infrastructure necessary for
effective collaboration among electronic archives. As part of the effort to
promote consensus on best practices in digital language documentation, E-MELD is
hosting its 2005 workshop from July 1-3, 2005 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The
E-MELD workshop will be held in conjunction with the 2005 LSA Linguistic Institute.
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