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LINGUIST List 20.318

Sat Jan 31 2009

Calls: Computational Ling/Germany;Historical Ling,General Ling/Tajikista

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

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        1.    Manfred Stede, Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology
        2.    Nicholas Ostler, Endangered Languages and History

Message 1: Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology
Date: 30-Jan-2009
From: Manfred Stede <stedeling.uni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology
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Full Title: Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and
Language Technology
Short Title: GSCL 2009

Date: 30-Sep-2009 - 02-Oct-2009
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Contact Person: Manfred Stede
Meeting Email: stedeling.uni-potsdam.de
Web Site: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/acl-lab/gscl09/index.en.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

In 2009, the Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and
Language Technology is hosted by the Applied Computational Linguistics group in
the Dept. of Linguistics at Potsdam University. The Meeting will consist of a
main conference track as well as a series of workshops.

Call for Papers

Main Conference Theme: Steps Toward Text Meaning - Aspects of Automatic Processing

Contributions to any topic related to Computational Linguistics and Language
Technology are invited, but we especially encourage submissions that are related
to the main theme. "Steps toward text meaning" are research efforts that move
beyond sentence processing and touch upon text meaning, on different levels of
description. This includes
- Deriving logical document structure
- Coreference: resolution of pronouns, definite NPs, etc.
- Thematic development
- Illocutions, discourse purposes, and their role in text structure
- Event structure and its temporal progression
- Coherence relations and rhetorical structure
- Text tiling,e.g. based on lexical cohesion.
- Methods of semantic indexing of corpora
- Named-entity recognition
- Word-sense disambiguation
- Textual entailment
- Text generation: document planning, choice of referring expressions, etc.
- Further applications operating with text meaning:
-- Classification of text type and genre
-- Information retrieval
-- Question-answering
-- Summarization
-- etc.

Invited Speakers:
Invited talks will be given by
- Johan Bos (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
- Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
- Simone Teufel (University of Cambridge)

The conference languages are German and English - papers can be submitted and
talks given in either of the two languages. Three types of submission are invited:
- Regular talk (with paper in conference proceedings): Submission of a full paper
- Poster (with paper in conference proceedings): Submission of a short paper
- System demo: Submission of an abstract

Submissions must be in PDF format and have to be submitted via "easychair":

Layout of full papers and short papers (for posters): Papers are reviewed
anonymously; please make sure that authors are not identifiable from the paper.
Each paper should start with a short abstract. Length should not exceed 8 pages
for full papers, and 4 pages for short papers (excluding bibliography) using
11pt font.

For accepted contributions, a final version (max. 8/4 pages) has to be prepared
in accordance with a style guide, and submitted by July 17th 2009

Layout of abstracts for system demo: An anonymous submission is not required.
System descriptions should include specifications of technical prerequisites for
the presentation. Length should not exceed 3 pages with font size 11pt,
excluding bibliography.

Important Dates:
April 15th 2009: Submission of contributions (presentations, posters, system demos)
May 30th 2009: Notification of acceptance
July 17th 2009: Submission of camera-ready papers for publication in the
conference proceedings

Conference chair: Prof. Dr. Manfred Stede
Organizing committee: Christian Chiarcos, Peter Kolb, Florian Kuhn

Program Committee:
Maja Baerenfaenger (Giessen)
Stefan Busemann (Saarbruecken)
Irene Cramer (Dortmund)
Stefanie Dipper (Bochum)
Anette Frank (Heidelberg)
Roland Hausser (Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Wolfgang Hoeppner (Duisburg-Essen)
Claudia Kunze (Tuebingen)
Lothar Lemnitzer (Berlin / Tuebingen)
Henning Lobin (Giessen)
Alexander Mehler (Frankfurt)
Georg Rehm (Berlin)
David Schlangen (Potsdam)
Thomas Schmidt (Hamburg)
Ulrich Schmitz (Essen)
Roman Schneider (Mannheim)
Bernhard Schroeder (Duisburg-Essen)
Uta Seewald-Heeg (Koethen)
Angelika Storrer (Dortmund)
Maik Stuehrenberg (Bielefeld)
Andreas Witt (Mannheim)
Christian Wolf (Regensburg)
Heike Zinsmeister (Konstanz)
Message 2: Endangered Languages and History
Date: 30-Jan-2009
From: Nicholas Ostler <nostlerchibcha.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Endangered Languages and History
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Full Title: Endangered Languages and History
Short Title: FEL XIII

Date: 24-Sep-2009 - 27-Sep-2009
Location: Khorog, Tajikistan
Contact Person: Hakim Elnazarov
Meeting Email: hakimelnazaryahoo.com
Web Site: http://www.ogmios.org/conference09/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; History of
Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

Foundation for Endangered Languages in association with the Academy of Sciences
of Tajikistan and The Institute of Humanities, Khorog

Conference: Endangered Languages and History

Place: Institute of Humanities,
Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan,

Dates: 24-26, September, 2009

Call for Paper

Call for Abstracts: FEL XIII
Endangered languages are often the remnants of old nations and civilizations.
Many of these languages have been widely used in vast territories for centuries
before giving way to more powerful and influential languages over a period of
time for various social, economic, literary, political, and natural reasons. It
is often precisely in the endangered languages of minorities and indigenous
peoples that scholars seek answers to the historical developments of nations,
their values and ethics, agricultural activities, habitat, way of life,
migration patterns, arts and crafts, religious traditions, archaeological
findings, etc. Endangered languages can serve to legitimise the sovereignty of
the dominant nations, or to reaffirm their identity and authority over the
territory, often at the expense of other languages. In the process, the
endangered languages themselves may be strengthened or weakened as the past of
the nation becomes a bone of contention. History also has value in the life of a
community and can foster and promote a sense of identity among its members, thus
perhaps playing a crucial role in the preservation or revitalisation of the
endangered languages.

The conference will discuss the complex interaction of Endangered Languages and
History and how the study of history can encourage the preservation and promote
the revitalisation of endangered languages. The following are some of the
aspects of this interface which could be discussed at the conference, certainly
not an exclusive list:

- The role of endangered languages in the writing of history. Endangered
languages as a medium for history writing, a source of historical data, and a
basis for the buttressing of the historiography of a nation, region, empire, etc.
- Methods and tools used to relate history to endangered languages, including
the effects of imperialism and nationalism on their perceived status. The impact
of conquest, political annexation, economic ascendency or cultural dominance on
languages and their resulting endangerment; conversely, the contributions of
endangered languages to the evolution of the language of empire.
- Use of endangered languages in the study of literary sources and
archaeological findings. Oral history, myth and oral literature as instruments
of decipherment of sources.
- The use of endangered languages in strengthening historic community
identities, at any level from family to nation. Endangered languages as a
symbol of homogeneity, an instrument of unity and a vehicle of identity.
- What history tells us about the causes and trends of language attrition,
including the role of language contact as a result of trade, war, conquest and
missionary religion.
- How historical studies can contribute to the revitalisation of endangered
- A historical perspective on the developing study of language endangerment and
endangered languages. Historiography and epistemology of language endangerment.

The languages of the conference: English, Russian and Tajik.
Abstract and papers will be accepted in any of these languages.

Abstract Submission:
An abstract of no more than 500 words should be submitted before 1st of March,
2009. After this deadline, abstracts will not be accepted.

It is possible to submit an abstract in English for a Russian or Tajik papaer.
In addition to the abstract, on a separate page, please include the following

NAME : Names of the author(s)
TITLE: Title of the paper
INSTITUTION: Institutional affiliation, if any
E-MAIL: E-mail address of the first author, if any
ADDRESS: Postal address of the first author
TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any
FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any

For submission of abstracts three methods are possible, as below.
1. EasyChair (English abstracts only):
Authors will have to take the following steps:
- go to http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=felxiii2009
- if you already have an EasyChair account you can just enter your user name and
password and log in.
- if you don't have an account click on the link 'then click here' and follow
the instructions and then log in.
- click on 'new submission' and follow the instructions.

You will be taking the "Abstract Only" option, which requires Latin-1
characters. Consequently, submission in Russian or Tajik is not possible via

We shall publish more guidelines for the submission process on:

2. E-Mail:
In case you are not able to submit your abstract via EasyChair, please send it
(with details) via e-mail to hakimelnazaryahoo.com and
nostlerchibcha.demon.co.uk with the subject of the e-mail stating: "FEL
Abstract: : ". <br> <br> If the abstract is in Russian or Tajik it should also be copied to yshp<img src='../../images/address-marker.gif' align='absbottom'>mail.ru. <br> <br> 3. Post: <br> Finally, in case you are not able to submit your abstract via EasyChair or <br> e-mail, please send your abstract and details on papaer to the following <br> address (to arrive by 1 March, 2009): <br> <br> FEL XIII Conference Administration <br> Foundation for Endangered Languages <br> 172 Bailbrook Lane <br> Bath BA1 7AA <br> United Kingdom <br> <br> The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence. Writers will be <br> informed once their abstracts have been accepted and they will be required to <br> submit their full papers for publication in the proceedings before June 15, 2009 <br> together with their registration fee (amount still to be determined). <br> Each presentation at the Conference will last twenty minutes, with a further ten <br> minutes for discussion and questions and answers. <br> <br> Keynote lectures (by invitation only) will last <br> forty-five minutes each. <br> <br> Important Dates <br> Abstract arrival deadline : March 1, 2009 <br> Notification of acceptance of paper: March 30, 2007 <br> -In case of acceptance, the full paper is due by June 15, 2009. <br> (Further details on the format of text will be specified to the authors) <br> Conference dates: September 24-26, 2009 <br> <br> A day's excursion is planned for September 27, and transit to or from the <br> conference site (via Dushanbe in Tajikistan) will take two days from most parts <br> of the world. Transit within Takijistan will be provided. <br> <br> The Institute of Humanities in Khorog is an affiliate of the Academy of Sciences <br> of Tajikistan. The institute is engaged in the study of culture, history, <br> languages, folklore and literary tradition of the people of Badakhshan region of <br> Tajikistan. The institute holds an extensive archive of oral traditions of the <br> Pamir and adjacent areas. Khorog is capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous <br> Region of Tajikistan. <br> <br> The Foundation for Endangered Languages is a non-profit membership organization, <br> registered as Charity 1070616 in England and Wales, founded in 1996. Its <br> objective is to support, enable and assist documentation, protection and <br> promotion of endangered languages all over the world. The Foundation awards <br> small grants for projects. It also <br> publishes a newsletter, OGMIOS: Newsletter of Foundation for Endangered <br> Languages. FEL has hosted an annual conference since 1996, most recently in <br> Barcelona, Spain (2004), Stellenbosch, South Africa (2005), Mysore, India <br> (2006), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, (2007) and Ljouwert/ Leeuwarden, Netherlands <br> (2008). <br> <br> The FEL conferences bring together experts, scholars and enthusiasts from all <br> over the world to discuss issues pertinent to the endangerment of languages. The <br> Proceedings of FEL conferences are available as published volumes. For further <br> information visit: <A HREF="http://www.ogmios.org">www.ogmios.org</A> <br> <hr size=1 align="left" color="red"> <A HREF="http://linguistlist.org/issues/">Read more issues</A>|<A HREF="http://linguistlist.org">LINGUIST home page</A>|<A HREF="#dir">Top of issue</A> <hr size=1 align="left" color="red"> </td> </tr> </TABLE> <br><br> <!--Added this bit for templates--> </td> </tr> <tr valign="bottom" align="center"> <td> <div align="center" color="#FF0000"><a href="Javascript:window.print();">Print This Page</a></div> <hr align="center" color="#FF0000" width="450" class="margin_headings" noshade> <!-- Temporary Contents for the antispam code --> <A HREF="http://linguistlist.org/antispam/"><img src="http://linguistlist.org/images/transp.gif" border="0"></a><br> <a href="mailto:cranston@linguistlist.org"><img src="http://linguistlist.org/images/transp.gif" border="0"></a> <span class="p-match">Please <a title="Click to report misclassified data or a bad link" href="http://linguistlist.org/forms/broke.cfm" target="_blank"><strong>report</strong></a> any bad links or misclassified data</span> <hr align="center" color="#FF0000" width="350" class="margin_headings" noshade> <p align="center"><a href="http://linguistlist.org/">LINGUIST Homepage</a> | <a href="http://linguistlist.org/issues/">Read LINGUIST</a> | <a href="/contact.html">Contact us</a></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.nsf.gov"><img src="http://emeld.org/images/nsf2.gif" border="0" alt="NSF Logo" align="middle"></a></p> <span class="blue-small">While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed<br> on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table><!--till here--> </body> </html>