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LINGUIST List 19.3059

Thu Oct 09 2008

Calls: Computational Ling,Forensic Ling/Italy; General Ling,Lang Acquisition/India

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Adam Wyner, Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation
        2.    GLOW in Asia 2009, The Seventh GLOW in Asia Conference 2009

Message 1: Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation
Date: 08-Oct-2008
From: Adam Wyner <adamwyner.info>
Subject: Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation
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Full Title: Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation
Short Title: NaLELA

Date: 13-Dec-2008 - 13-Dec-2008
Location: Florence, Italy
Contact Person: Adam Wyner
Meeting Email: adamwyner.info
Web Site: http://www.ittig.cnr.it/Jurix08/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics;Forensic Ling

Call Deadline: 07-Nov-2008

Meeting Description:

Workshop on the Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation: Language,
Logic, and Computation.
Collocated with the 21st International Conference on Legal Knowledge and
Information Systems (JURIX 2008)

The Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG-CNR) and the
European University Institute (EUI)
Florence, Italy
December 10-13, 2008

Call for Papers

The aim of this workshop is to draw together researchers around the issues of
the empirical analysis, formalization, and implementation of legal argumentation
in natural language. Such a system would be a decision-support tool which
translates natural language arguments into and out of an argumentation framework
or logic which supports reasoning and inference. As the interface is in natural
language, the tool would be accessible to a wide range of end-users. The
workshop builds on recent advances in natural language engineering and
argumentation including: controlled languages, predictive editors, text mining
and corpus analysis, natural language parsing, ontology construction,
translation of natural language sentences into first order logic, logical
inference, linguistic analysis of argumentation, and computational theories of
argumentation. It draws on an interdisciplinary community in Computer Science,
Linguistics, and the Law.

While argumentation can be addressed in a broad range of areas, the workshop
focusses particularly on the language, logic, and computation of legal
argumentation such as that found between lawyers arguing a case before a court
or found in legal briefs and decisions where justifications are given for and
against a decision.

Topics of Interest:
- Corpus development
- Corpus analysis and text mining
- Logical analysis of legal language
- Automated parsing and translation of natural language arguments into a logical
- Legal argument schemes
- Pilot implementations of tools
- Defeasible reasoning systems for the law with natural language interfaces
- Burden of proof in argumentation
- Consistency, inconsistency, and compatibility of statements in the law
- Coherence in legal argumentation
- The identification of enthymemes (missing premises due to presupposition with
respect to common knowledge and shared knowledge)
- Legal argument modification
- The generation of legal arguments
- Linguistically-orientied XML mark up of legal arguments
- Dialogue protocols for argumentation
- Legal argument ontology
- Legal Ontologies with associated lexical information
- Computational theories of argumentation that are suitable to natural language

Submission Procedure:
Each position paper (in PDF format) should be no more than one page long with
references appearing on a separate page. The position paper should briefly
outline the author's interests in the workshop theme, what specific issues are
being addressed, some review (with references) of the state-of-the-art, what
approach will be taken, the problems foreseen, and how the approach relates to
other approaches to natural language engineering of legal argumentation.

The position papers will be reviewed by the program committee.

The position paper should be submitted directly by email to:

Dr. Adam Wyner

One of the authors of the position paper must register for the JURIX conference.

Each position paper will have 15-20 minutes for presentation. Time will be
allocated for open discussion.

Important Dates:
Position Paper Submission Deadline: Friday. November 7, 2008
Position Paper Acceptance Notification: Monday November 17, 2008
JURIX Conference Dates: December 11-12, 2008
Workshop Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008

At the workshop, we will discuss issues concerning publication of papers.

Dr. Adam Wyner
King's College London
Department of Computer Science
26-29 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5RL, United Kingdom

Prof. Tom van Engers
University of Amsterdam
Leibniz Center for Law
Oudemanhuispoort 4
PO box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Program Committee (Preliminary):
- Tony Hunter (University College London)
- Trevor Bench-Capon (University of Liverpool)
- Burkhard Schafer (University of Edinburgh)
- Larry Solan (Brooklyn Law School)
- Katie Atkinson (University of Liverpool)
- Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam)
- Stuart Shieber (Harvard University)
- Johan Bos (University of Rome)
- Henry Prakken (Utrecht University)
- Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)
- Doug Walton (University of Windsor)
- Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College London)
- Floriana Grasso (University of Liverpool)
- Rob Sanderson (University of Liverpool)
- Graham Katz (Georgetown University)
- Frans van Eemeren (University of Amsterdam)
Message 2: The Seventh GLOW in Asia Conference 2009
Date: 07-Oct-2008
From: GLOW in Asia 2009 <glowasia.infogmail.com>
Subject: The Seventh GLOW in Asia Conference 2009
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Full Title: The Seventh GLOW in Asia Conference 2009
Short Title: GLOW in Asia 2009

Date: 25-Feb-2009 - 28-Feb-2009
Location: Hyderabad, India
Contact Person: KA Jayaseelan
Meeting Email: glowasia.infogmail.com
Web Site: http://www.efluniversity.ac.in/glowasia
Conference Homepage (Mirror Site):http://www.glowinasia.org/2009/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2008

Meeting Description:

The English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U)(formerly Central Institute
of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL)), Hyderabad, India is pleased to
announce that we shall be hosting 'The Seventh GLOW in Asia Conference 2009', an
international event of Generative Linguistics, February 25-27, 2009. The
objective of the conference is to bring together researchers in generative
linguistics on a platform where they can present their ongoing research.

Second/Final Call for Papers

Theme of the Conference:
The conference theme is "Universals and Variation". Papers dealing with all the
core areas of linguistics are welcome: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics,
Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics.

Structure of the Conference:
The main conference will be on 25-27 February 2009 (3 days); this will have
invited and selected paper presentations. The main conference will be followed
by a one-day workshop on Language Acquisition, on February 28, 2009; this will
consist of only invited paper presentations.

Confirmed Keynote and Invited Speakers:
Keynote speakers (Main conference):
Guglielmo Cinque (Università di Venezia)
Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University)

Invited speakers (Main conference):
George N. Clements (CNRS/Sorbonne-nouvelle, Paris)
Probal Dasgupta (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
C.-T. James Huang (Harvard University)
Patricia Keating (University of California at Los Angeles)
Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)
Heejeong Ko (Seoul National University)
Anoop Mahajan (University of California at Los Angeles)
Mamoru Saito (Nanzan University)
Wei-tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University)

Invited Speakers (Workshop):
Andrea Gualmini (University of Utrecht)
Thomas Hun-Tak Lee (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Keiko Murasugi (Nanzan University)
Colin Phillips (University of Maryland at College Park)
Tetsuya Sano (Meiji Gakuin University)
William Snyder (University of Connecticut)
Sharon Unsworth (University of Utrecht)

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission deadline: November 01, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2008
Early-bird Registration: January 25, 2009
Conference dates: February 25-27, 2009
Workshop date: February 28, 2009

Submission Details:
We invite only electronic submissions of Abstracts. All submissions are subject
to blind review for GLOW in Asia 2009. Abstracts submitted for review should
represent original, unpublished research, and should not have been submitted to
any other conference taking place before or during the time period of GLOW in
Asia 2009. Each author may submit a maximum of one abstract for a single-author
paper and one for a joint paper. Abstracts should be anonymous, and should not
exceed two A4-size pages in length (including data and references), and should
be single-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman font. The title of the paper
should appear at the top of the first page of the abstract. Only abstracts in
.pdf file format are accepted.

For online submission please visit: http://www.efluniversity.ac.in/glowasia/id21.htm
Paper Submission Site:https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/GLOW2009/

Program Committee:
K A Jayaseelan (Chair)
R Amritavalli
K G Vijayakrishnan
P Madhavan
Tapas Shankar Ray
Hemalatha Nagarajan
Rajat Kumar Mohanty
Shruti Sircar

Contact Address:
GLOW in Asia 2009
Department of Linguistics and Contemporary English
School of Language Sciences
The English and Foreign Languages University
(formerly Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL))
Hyderabad-500 605, INDIA

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