LINGUIST List 8.1631

Thu Nov 13 1997

Calls: Lang.Learning,GenerativeGrammar,AppliedLing.

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  1. David Powers, Paradigms & Grounding in Language Learning
  2. Joao Costa, Generative Grammar
  3. Peter White, Applied Ling. Association of Australia 98

Message 1: Paradigms & Grounding in Language Learning

Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 13:16:09 +0930
From: David Powers <>
Subject: Paradigms & Grounding in Language Learning

Paradigms and Grounding in Language Learning

 Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd January
 Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide
	 (part of the Australian NLP Fortnight)
This workshop is focussed on alternatives to the statistical
and learning methodologies based on tagged or bracketed corpora.
Such learning has the advantage that fast training can be performed
and highly effective systems can be developed for the type of
text on which it has trained and the grammatical formalism with
which the corpus was prepared. On the other hand, it has several
disadvantages: it assumes the very formalism which it is trying
to learn, it depends on statistics to choose between ambiguous
parses, it offers no opportunity to learn a grounded semantics.
This workshop is interested in techniques which automatically
propose segmentations, classifications and parses based on plain
text or speech corpora, whether syntactic, semantic, phonological or
morphological. We are particulary interested in language learning in
embedded environments where syntactic, semantic and pragmatic
information can be learned in a way comparable with the way in
which children learn language. We are also interested in theoretical
issues relating to the learning situation or paradigm, and approaches
which adopt an interdisciplinary approach using models from
in psycholinguistics or cognitive linguistics or cognitive science.
Submissions should be in the ANLPF conference submission format and
may be two to four pages in length. All submissions will be reviewed.
Longer papers will be considered at the discretion of the organizers.
Papers should be submitted in final format in PostScript
Topics may include but are not limited to:
 Unsupervised paradigms language learning 
 Algorithms for unsupervised language learning
 Statistical methods for unsupervised language learning
 Self-organizing neural nets for language learning
 Segmentation and Classification models
 Grounded models of language and ontology
 Learning or evolution/emergence of robot communication
 Learning of taxonomies and semantic networks
Deadline for papers:
14th November 1997
Acceptances will be notified by:
28th Novebmer 1997
David Powers
Loebner Prize Committee
Flinders University 
Address for correspondence and postscript submissions:
For further details of the Australian Natural Language Processing
Fortnight and paper submission format see:

 Associate Professor David M. W. Powers
ACM SIGART Editor, ACL SIGNLL ImPastPresident Facsimile: +61-8-8201-3626
 Director, AI Lab, Dept of Computer Science	UniOffice: +61-8-8201-3663
 The Flinders University of South Australia	Secretary: +61-8-8201-2662
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide	South Australia 5001	HomePhone: +61-8-8357-4220
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Message 2: Generative Grammar

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 23:25:20 -0800
From: Joao Costa <>
Subject: Generative Grammar



	Following the tradition of the last seven years, we are
pleased to announce the Eighth Colloquium on Generative Grammar,
organised by the Universidade de Lisboa and the Universidade Nova de
Lisboa, which will take place from the 19th to the 22nd of April 1998.
	We invite all linguists working in the framework of Generative
Grammar to submit their contributions on any topic in the field. The
talks, with the duration of thirty minutes, will be followed by ten
minutes discussion.
	The Colloquium will have only plenary sections, during which
about thirty talks will be presented and discussed.


	The linguists interested in participating in the colloquium
should send ten copies of an abstract in A4 format, with font size 12
and line space 1.5.
	The abstract must be anonymous, written in English or in any
Romance language, and cannot exceed three pages (two for text and one
for references or graphics). The author's name, as well as his/her
identification (affiliation, address, email or fax), must be sent in a
separate sheet.
	The deadline for the reception of abstracts, which will have
to be sent by post, is the 15th of January 1998.


	Manuela Ambar (UL), Ernesto d'Andrade (UL), Ignacio Bosque
(UCM), Violeta Demonte (UAM), Ines Duarte (UL), Maria Luisa Hernanz
(UAB), Itziar Laka (UPB), Joan Mascara (UAB), Gabriela Matos (UL),
Jon Ortiz de Urbina (Deusto), Gemma Rigau (UAB), Maria Francisca
Xavier (UNL)


	Violeta Demonte, Maria Helena Mateus, Ines Duarte, Manuela
Ambar, Maria Francisca Xavier, Gabriela Matos, Jose Costa, Maria
Jose Freitas, Maria Sousa Lobo, Matilde Miguel, =CDris Pereira, Rita
Veloso, Cristina Vieira da Silva


	The colloquium fees is PTE 7 500$00 (about US$42), from which
the participants presenting talks are exempted. The Organising
Committee is trying to raise funds to give grants to such
	The colloquium will take place in Pousada de Palmela, located
in a castle which once belonged to the military Order of Santiago,
about 40 kms away from Lisbon. As the Pousada only has 25 rooms
available, participants wishing to be lodged there are strongly
recommended to make an early booking. Alternative lodging will be
available in a hotel in Setubal, about 7 kms away from the
Pousada; the Organising Committee will provide transportation between
Setubal and the Pousada in the morning and late in the afternoon.

	Participants wishing to book their accommodation and meals through the
Organising Committee may choose one of the following packages:

Package 1:	Lodging in a double room and breakfast at the Pousada
		de Palmela (19-20, 20-21, 21-22) + Dinner (19) + Lunches 		(20,21) +
Coffee-break (5) + Registration fee
		=3D	PTE	46 500$00

Package 2:	Lodging in a single room and breakfast at the Pousada
		de Palmela (19-20, 20-21, 21-22) + Dinner (19) + Lunches (20, 		21)+
Coffee-break (5) + Registration fee	=3D PTE	74 000$00

 Package 3: Lodging in a double room and breakfast at the Albergaria
 Laitau, Setubal (19-20, 20-21, 21-22) + Dinner (19) +
 Lunches (20, 21) + Coffee-break (5) + Registration fee 
 =3D PTE 32 500$00

Package 4:	Lodging in a single room and breakfast at the Albergaria
		Laitau, Setubal (19-20, 20-21, 21-22) + Dinner (19) +
 Lunches (20, 21) + Coffee-break (5) + Registration fee 
 =3D PTE 42 500$00

Package 5:	Dinner (19) + Lunches (20, 21) + Coffee-break (5)
		+ Registration fee	=3D PTE	22 500$00

	In the second announcement, a list of alternative
accommodations for those who prefer to make their own arrangements
will be provided.


	All mail should be sent to:
1.	Gabriela Matos
	DLGR, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
	Alameda da Universidade
	Fax: 351-1-7960063
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Message 3: Applied Ling. Association of Australia 98

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:48:01 +1000 (EST)
From: Peter White <>
Subject: Applied Ling. Association of Australia 98


 The 23rd Annual Congress of the Applied Linguistics Association of
 Australia (ALAA).


A major event within "Language and Linguistics in Brisbane" 1998.

30 June - 3 July 1998

Griffith University
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

You are invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Congress of the Applied
Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA). Strategies for the New 
Millenium, the theme of the Congress, reflects our focus on advances in
practical and theoretical knowledge in applied linguistics as we define
future goals and develop strategies to meet the challenges which we face.

Invited Plenary Speakers include:

* Merril Swain: The Output Hypothesis and beyond.
* Anna Uhl Chamot: Language learning strategies instruction: 
	Promises & Pitfalls.
* Diane Larsen-Freeman: On chaos and complexity in applied linguistics.
* Michael Clyne: Managing and harnessing linguistic diversity in the
	21st Century.
* Geoffrey Williams: The logic of a pedagogic standard: Partnership and
	preclusion in early literacy pedagogy.
* Peter Freebody & Des Power: Literacy education and young deaf adults:
	Life histories and classroom experiences.


For further details, go to our Web site on

Contact: Margaret Fletcher
	 Education Faculty
	 Griffith University
	 Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia
	 Tel: +61 7 3875 6869; Fax: +61 7 3875 5965

Please pass this notice to any relevant people.
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Please note that ALAA 98 is one of a number of linguistic and applied
linguistic events taking place in Brisbane mid year: 

ALI 98: Australian Linguistics Institute.

ALS 98: Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society

LFG-98: The 1998 Conference for Lexical Functional Grammar

AUSTRALEX 98: The 1988 Conference for Australian Lexicography
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