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LINGUIST List 20.1119

Fri Mar 27 2009

Calls: Computational Ling/Singapore

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        1.    Marianne Santaholma, Workshop on Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks

Message 1: Workshop on Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks
Date: 26-Mar-2009
From: Marianne Santaholma <Marianne.Santaholmaunige.ch>
Subject: Workshop on Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks
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Full Title: Workshop on Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks
Short Title: GEAF09

Date: 06-Aug-2009 - 06-Aug-2009
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Contact Person: Tracy King
Meeting Email: Tracy.Kingmicrosoft [dot] com
Web Site: http://www-csli.stanford.edu/~thking/GEAF09/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2009

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks - Geaf 2009
on August 6 at the ACL/IJCNLP 2009 Conference, Singapore

2nd Call for Papers

Workshop Topics
This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from different frameworks
to compare research and methodologies, particularly around the themes of
evaluation, modularity, maintainability, relevance to theoretical and
computational linguistics, and applications of "deep" grammars to real-world
domains and NLP tasks.

Recent years have seen the development of techniques and resources to support
robust, deep grammatical analysis of natural language in real-world domains and
applications. The demands of these types of tasks have resulted in significant
advances in areas such as parser efficiency, hybrid statistical/symbolic
approaches to disambiguation, and the acquisition of large-scale lexicons. The
effective acquisition, development, maintenance and enhancement of grammars is a
central issue in such efforts, and the size and complexity of realistic grammars
makes these tasks extremely challenging; indeed, these tasks are often tackled
in ways that have much in common with software engineering.

This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from different frameworks
- for example LFG, HPSG, TAG, CCG, dependency grammar - to compare their
research and methodologies.

The workshop will solicit submissions for papers on the following themes:

1. Evaluation: Proposals concerning evaluation methodologies and metrics which
can capture the added benefits of deep linguistic analysis; evaluation
techniques which can compare grammars across varieties/languages;

2. Modularity: Reflections on which aspects of linguistic structure can most
easily be separated out from each other, why and how the analyses of separate
linguistic phenomena are interconnected/interdependent, and the role of
frameworks in promoting or inhibiting modularity;

3. Maintainability: Techniques for improving long-term and multi-developer
maintainability of grammars; impacts of considerations of maintainability on
choices of linguistic analysis;

4. Relevance to theoretical and computational linguistics: Reflections on how to
present grammar engineering work to other research communities;

5. Regression testing: Evaluation for internal purposes; methodologies and
techniques for test suite construction, role of test suites in day-to-day
progress on grammars.

6. Multilingualism: Approaches, techniques and tools improving development and
maintainability of grammars for multiple system languages.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 1 May, 2009
Notification of acceptance of papers: 1 June, 2009
Camera-ready copy of papers due: 7 June, 2009
Demo session requests due: 8 May, 2009
ACL-IJCNLP 2009 Workshops: Aug 6, 2009

Paper Submission
All papers must be submitted via the START system at:

Style files for submission are available at:

Submissions are 8 pages with one extra page for references. Please submit pdf
(not Word).

Demo session requests will not be published in the proceedings, but will be
listed in the program. The requests should contain a one page description of the

Programme Committee
- Emily Bender, Washington
- Miriam Butt, Konstanz
- John Carroll, Sussex
- Stephen Clark, Oxford
- Ann Copestake, Cambridge
- Berthold Crysmann, Bonn
- Mary Dalrymple, Oxford
- Stefanie Dipper, Bochum
- Dan Flickinger, Stanford
- Josef van Genabith, Dublin
- Julia Hockenmaier, Illinois
- Ron Kaplan, Powerset
- Montserrat Marimon, Barcelona
- Yusuke Miyao, Tokyo
- Jun'ichi Tsujii, Tokyo / Manchester

Organizers and Contacts for Inquiries
- Tracy Holloway King, Microsoft / Powerset: Tracy.Kingmicrosoft.com
- Marianne Santaholma, Geneva University: marianne.santaholmaunige.ch

Accepted papers will form part of the workshop proceedings and will be available
on the conference CD+hard copy.
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