LINGUIST List 7.589

Sat Apr 20 1996

Calls: Robust parsing workshop, Generative Germanic syntax

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  1. John Carroll, Robust Parsing Workshop at ESSLLI'96 - Call for Papers
  2. Gert Webelhuth, Email Problems at Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter

Message 1: Robust Parsing Workshop at ESSLLI'96 - Call for Papers

Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 10:46:00 -0000
From: John Carroll <>
Subject: Robust Parsing Workshop at ESSLLI'96 - Call for Papers

 August 12 - 16, 1996

 at ESSLLI'96
 European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
 Prague, Czech Republic

Parsing systems able to analyse natural language text robustly and
accurately at an appropriate level of detail would be of great value
in computer applications ranging from speech synthesis and document
style checking to message understanding and automatic translation. A
number of research groups worldwide are currently developing such
systems, varying in the depth of analysis from lexical parsing or
tagging (identifying syntactic features just of individual words),
through shallow or phrasal parsing (forming hierarchical syntactic
structure but not exploiting subcategorisation), to full parsers
(which deal with unbounded dependencies etc., and are able to recover
predicate-argument structure).

To bring researchers in this area together to present and compare
state-of-the-art systems for robust parsing, a workshop will be held
August 12-16, 1996, during the first week of ESSLLI'96, the European
Summer School in Logic, Language and Information.

We invite the submission of papers describing implemented robust
parsing systems; also evaluations, comparisons, and critiques of
different parsing systems or technologies. The main aim of the
workshop is to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the diverse
set of approaches currently being investigated, and to discuss areas
that require further work.

To facilitate comparison between systems, authors of accepted papers
will be supplied with a small corpus of 30 sentences and encouraged to
run these through their systems, using simple (supplied) criteria to
evaluate the results.

The workshop will consist of 5 90-minute sessions, with two papers in
each session. Please note that speakers will be expected to register
for ESSLLI (thus being eligible to attend all other workshops, as well
as the many courses and symposia). There is a small amount of money
available to go towards the expenses of those who have no other source
of funding.

John Carroll, University of Sussex
and Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge

Authors should submit an extended abstract (2000-3000 words) either
electronically or as hard-copy. Electronic submissions must be either
plain ascii text or a single latex file. Your e-mail address should
appear on your paper, and unless requested otherwise, all further
correspondence will be conducted via e-mail.

Submission Deadline: May 31
Notification of Acceptance: June 21
Final Papers for Inclusion in Proceedings: July 19
Workshop Dates: August 12-16, 1996

John Carroll
Cognitive and Computing Sciences,
University of Sussex,
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH, UK

Malostranske' na'm. 25,
118 00 Praha 1,
Czech Republic
Fax: +42-2-2191-4-309
Phone: +42-2-2191-4-255
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Message 2: Email Problems at Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter

Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 13:34:55 EDT
From: Gert Webelhuth <>
Subject: Email Problems at Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter
Due to some unfortunate email problems, I did not receive ANY email
for two days recently. This happened after I had sent out the call
for submission of material to the Spring edition of the Generative
Germanic Syntax Newsletter which is repeated below. If you sent me
email concerning the newsletter (or, in fact, any other matter), then
please resend it to make sure that your submission will be included in
the upcoming newsletter. The deadline of submission has been extended


Please feel free to submit material before this deadline even if you
did not send an earlier message.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Gert Webelhuth

- -------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 12:09:08 -0500
From: (Gert Webelhuth)
Subject: Call for Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter

The editors of the Germanic Generative Syntax Newsletter are getting
ready to compile the Spring edition of 1996. This newsletter is
published twice a year and contains information of relevance to
linguists working on the syntax of the Germanic languages (old and
new, EXCEPT Modern English). The newsletter includes:

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within the last six months;
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