LINGUIST List 8.852

Tue Jun 10 1997

Calls: NeMLaP/CoNLL, Endangered langs

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  1. David Powers, Combined CFP: NeMLaP/CoNLL Natural Language Conferences
  2. Nicholas Ostler, Reminder - Abstracts Deadline for Endangered Languages Workshop

Message 1: Combined CFP: NeMLaP/CoNLL Natural Language Conferences

Date: Wed, 4 Jun 1997 18:17:38 +0200
From: David Powers <>
Subject: Combined CFP: NeMLaP/CoNLL Natural Language Conferences

Combined CFP: NeMLaP/CoNLL NLP Conferences, Workshops and Tutorial



 New Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference
 Computational Natural Language Learning Conference
 Australian Natural Language Postgraduate Workshop

 Sunday January 11th to Saturday 24th 1998
 All around Australia


The Australian NLP community is pleased to announce that it will be
hosting two international NLP conferences in January 1998, and has
organized a fortnight of associated activities around the country, to
ensure that you are able to make the most of your trip to Australia.

The NeMLaP and CoNLL conferences will be sharing tutorials and
workshops: NeMLaP will focus broadly on methods and specifically on
textual NLP; CoNLL conference will focus specifically on learning as
it relates broadly to any aspects of linguistic theory, modelling or
processing. Papers may be submitted for coordinated consideration for
the two conferences and the associated workshops.

The annual Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW) follows in Perth
(February 2 to 5), a week after ANLPF. Immediately following ANLPF
there will an opportunity to join an ANLPF trip to the Red Centre
and/or to Kangaroo Island. The ACSW conference week incorporates:

 ACSC'98 - The 21st Australasian Computer Science Conference
 ACAC'98 - The 3rd Australasian Computer Architecture Conference
 ADC'98 - The 9th Australian Database Conference
 CATS'98 - The 4th Australasian Theory Symposium

ANLPF will thus take you around most of Australia's major cities and
sights: Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - and if you stay on, also
Kangaroo Island, Coober Pedy, Ayer's Rock and Perth. The 1998 Loebner
Prize for Artificial Intelligence will also be held in Sydney, at the
PowerHouse Museum, on Sunday 11th January, and an International
Human-Computer Conversation Workshop may also be held immediately
before ANLPF in conjunction with that event.

But... Don't read this if you can help it - hit the web straight away:

Fuller details are available on the web, and you'll find your way
around the information much more easily. But for the email addicts,
we present the formal call for papers for CoNLL and NeMLaP, and
summarize the timetable and submission requirements for the fortnight.

TIMETABLE FOR CoNLL, NeMLaP and workshops
Expressions of interest - discount if you reply by Jun 23
Workshop and Tutorial Proposals Jul 7
Submission of Conference papers Aug 31
Acceptance notification Oct 7

Email Submission of Workshop Papers Oct 8
Workshop Acceptances sent Oct 24

Final camera ready copy due Nov 8
Earlybird/author registration deadline Nov 8
Mailing of registration package Nov 30

Blue Mountains - ANLPF Tutorials Jan 11-14
Sydney - NeMLaP Main Conference Jan 15-17
Melbourne - Australian NL Postgraduate Workshop Jan 19-20
Adelaide - CoNLL Main Conference Jan 22-24


Having developed such an ambitious and elaborate program, it would be
helpful to have an better idea of how many registrants to expect, and
to which parts of the program, and we therefore hereby call for
expressions of interest, and ask for the return of an email
questionnaire. In appreciation of their taking the time to respond,
those that return their expressions of interest by June 23 will
receive a special discount on registration. The questionnaire
includes anticipated pricing and is available from our web site or by
emailing the anlpf address below.

Addresses for submissions/proposals/enquiries - Expressions of Interest
(questionnaire/questions) - Tutorial Proposals - Workshop Proposals and ANLPW Submissions - Submissions to NeMLaP - Submission to CoNLL (papers/abstract/group)


The NeMLaP3 conference on New Methods in Natural Language Processing
will be held in Sydney from Sunday January 11th to Saturday January
17th and will cover all kinds of new techniques or novel approaches in
the area of Natural Language Processing. The main conference (Thu 15
to Sat 17) will be preceded by the joint ANLPF Tutorial Program in the
nearby Blue Mountains (Sun 11 to Wed 14), which will cover all kinds
of techniques and methodologies which can profitably be applied to

NeMLaP3 will be the third in a series of conferences focusing on
theories and methodologies that provide alternatives to the mainstream
techniques of symbolic computational linguistics. This series of
international conferences provides a forum for researchers in the
broad area of new methods in NLP, i.e., symbolic and non-symbolic
techniques and analogy-based, statistical and connectionist
processing, to present their most recent research and to discuss its

Papers should present heretofore unpublished research addressing any
topic involving the exploration of new techniques for NLP. Topics of
interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

 Example- and Memory-based MT
 Corpus-based NLP
 Bootstrapping techniques
 Analogy-based NLP
 Connectionist NLP
 Statistical MT/NLP
 Theoretical issues of sub-symbolic vs. symbolic NLP
 Hybrid approaches

NeMLaP Invited Speakers are:

 Walter Daelemans, Tilburg University
 Christer Samuelsson, Bell Laboratories


SIGNLL, the ACL's Special Interest Group on Natural Language Learning,
will be holding the CoNLL98 conference on Computational Natural
Language Learning in Adelaide at the end of the second week, from
Thursday 22nd January till Saturday 24th January.

The field of natural language learning (NLL) is not a new one;
research in it has been pursued for more than forty years under
various guises including Machine Learning of Natural Language,
Grammatical Inference, and Psycholinguistic Modelling. The last seven
years, however, have seen a growth in interest and, correspondingly,
in meetings addressing this topic. CoNLL provides continuity and a
unified focus for an area which is starting to become a coherent field
in its own right. This will be the second event bearing the name

Papers are sought on both applied and theoretical topics, and are not
limited to any particular area, level or application of language or
language technology. Papers should present heretofore unpublished
research addressing any topic on the application of machine-learning
methods to natural language or the computer implementation of
linguistic or psycholinguistic models of language acquisition. Such
topics may occur in (but are not restricted to):

 acquisition of grammar/syntax
 acquisition of phonology and/or morphology
 acquisition of pragmatics and discourse structure
 acquisition of semantic and ontological relations
 computational models of language acquisition
 computational models in cognitive linguistics
 computational models of universal grammar
 computational models in psycholinguistics
 computational models in neurolinguistics
 computational models of ontogenesis of speech and language
 comparative evaluation of different learning techniques
 theoretical models in formal lingusitics and learning theory
 statistical and information-theoretic classification
 learning speech recognition/synthesis systems
 learning machine translation systems
 learning auditory scene analysis
 adaptive and optimizing NLP systems
 computational lexicon acquisition
 connectionist language learning
 linguistic knowledge discovery
 automatic tagging


The tutorial program from Sunday 11th January to Wednesday 14th
January will emphasize basic and advanced methods which have been
usefully applied in NLP and will include the following invited

 Walter Daelemans, Introduction to Memory-based Learning
 Tilburg University and its application to Lexical

 Christer Samuelsson, Introduction to Statistical Methods
 Bell Laboratories in Natural Language Processing

 David Dowe, Introduction to Snob, MML and Mixture Modelling
 Monash University

 Dominique Estival Introduction to Grammatical Formalisms
 for Natural Language
 Melbourne University

 Robert Dale Introduction to Natural Language Generation
 Macquarie University
 Microsoft Research Inst


ANLPW will be the third Australian NLP Summer Workshop, traditionally
held as part of the Australasian Computer Science Week. This workshop
is intended to provide an opportunity for Australian graduate students
to present their research and interact with each other, but papers
from international students are also welcome.

The Australian NL Postgraduate Workshop will be held at Melbourne
University on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th January.

Proposals for other workshops to be held during ANLPF are also
invited, and should be sent to the ANLPW address above. The standard
ANLPF submission format, length and instructions apply, but note that
particular dates apply to workshop submissions.


Submissions are requested in PostScript in a format which is similar
to ACL proceedings (final published form). Instructions, model papers
and templates for various text processing systems are all available
from our web pages. Hardcopy submission is possible, but an earlier
deadline applies and submission must be in triplicate - the physical
addresses for submission can be found in the web pages. Authors may
request that their papers be considered for multiple events, but
should direct their submissions to their preferred program committee
alone. Do not send the same paper to multiple addresses.

Full Length Papers

No more than 10 pages in the submission format, including figures and
references. One page in this format is about 700-800 words. Versions
without author information may be submitted for blind refereeing, but
authors are requested to comply with the full instructions in the web

CoNLL Short Abstracts

Up to 2 pages in the submission format, including figures and
references. One page in this format is about 700-800 words.
Approximately 15%-30% of the CoNLL speaking slots will be awarded to
short abstracts, depending on the number and quality submitted. Each
accepted short abstract will be alotted two pages in the conference
proceedings. Abstracts will be processed according to the same
schedule as full length papers.

SIGNLL Meeting - Group Descriptions

As is customary with SIGNLL sponsored events, a SIGNLL Meeting will be
held at CoNLL which will give opportunity for members hear about
SIGNLL plans and also to find out about other members and their
groups' research. SIGNLL members may submit 1-2 page abstracts in the
submission format describing their research group and its projects.
One abstract per group will be included in the proceedings. 5 minute
slots at the SIGNLL Meeting will be allocated to selected groups. The
following deadline applies to group abstracts:

Email Submission of Group Descriptions Nov 1


See the respective web pages.


David Powers, Flinders Uni
Sandra Williams, Macquarie Uni/Microsoft Research Inst
Chris Manning, Sydney Uni
Dominique Estival, Melbourne Uni
Robert Dale, Macquarie Uni/Microsoft Research Inst
Peter Wallis, Defence Sci+Tech Org
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Message 2: Reminder - Abstracts Deadline for Endangered Languages Workshop

Date: Sat, 7 Jun 1997 14:57:03 +0100
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: Reminder - Abstracts Deadline for Endangered Languages Workshop

The Foundation for Endangered Languages reminds you that June 10 is
the abstracts deadline for the


To be held at The University of York, England, 26th - 27th July, 1997.

Papers and discussion panels will be held from the afternoon of
Saturday 26th until after lunch on the 27th on the subject of
endangered languages and steps to be taken to prevent linguistic loss.


The first workshop organised by the Foundation for Endangered
Languages will take place in York over the last weekend in
July. Papers are invited on any aspect of linguistics that refers
explicitly to language endangerment. Our focus will be on the
practical issues, not all obvious ones, that arise when the attempt is
made to act on behalf of endangered languages. We should like to
include case studies of individual areas, sociolinguistic surveys of
areas with endangered languages, and discussion of programmes and
initiatives that serve to directly slow or reverse language
endangerment, and also those which raise the public awareness of the
threat posed to dying linguistic communities, and that posed by dying
linguistic knowledge to global intellectual diversity.


Topics to be discussed, both in talks and in informal 'workshops',

 - degrees of endangerment
 - promoting awareness of the issues involved
 - priorities for documentation and program development
 - national languages vs. local languages
 - documentation vs. community work
 - endangered languages work in the linguistics community

 - other items of interest to the participants

Talks will start in the middle of Saturday, and finish early Sunday
afternoon. The Annual General Meeting of the FEL will be held on
Saturday evening.


Abstracts for talks should be at most 200 words long, and will be
accepted either in hard copy, or (preferably) electronically. They
will be accepted until June 10, and should be directed to Mark

Registrations are accepted until the conference itself, and should be
directed to Mahendra Verma.


Mark Donohue
FEL Workshop
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

+44 - (0)161 - 275 3259
Fax: (0)161 - 275 3187

email: [alternatively


See form below.


The University of York is located south of the medieval walled city of
York, a comfortable walking distance from the train station and town
centre with its many attractions and excellent
bakeries. Alternatively, bus number 4 or 5 can be caught from the
station, getting off at the Derwent College stop.

York is easily accessible by train and road connections are
unproblematic from any direction, since it's pretty much in the middle
of Britain.


Registration will be informal. Registration includes refreshments
served during breaks and admission to all talks and
workshops. Registration fees are:

Salaried: 20 pounds
Student / Non-salaried: 10 pounds

Cheques should be made out to "The Foundation for Endangered
Languages", and sent to Mahendra Verma, with a copy of the aplication
form below.


The conference will take place in the University of York, and
accommodation has been arranged in Derwent College, near campus. The
cost of these rooms (including breakfast) will be as follows for the
duration of the conference:

Accomodation (Saturday night, including breakfast Sunday morning):
en suite: 30 pounds
standard: 20 pounds

Meals are available at the college at the following rates:

Dinner Saturday night: 8 pounds
Lunch Sunday: 6 pounds

Please indicate what it is you're paying for (which combination of
accomodation, meals, and registration).
- -----------------------------------------------------


Mahendra Verma
FEL Workshop
The Department of Language and Linguistic Science
University of York
York YO1 5DD

I'd like to attend the Foundation for endangered languages' workshop
on the 26th / 27th July.

Details (Strike out as appropriate.)

I wish to present a paper, and have submitted my abstract to Mark Donohue.
I do not wish to present a paper.

I would like accomodation
 with 30 pounds
 without 20 pounds
an ensuite bathroom; I would like to be fed
 on Saturday night 7 pounds
 on Sunday at lunch 6 pounds

Special dietary or other requirements:

I'm enclosing the appropriate registration fee because I am
 unwaged (e.g. students, unemployed) 10 pounds
 being paid 20 pounds

(Naturally I provide some evidence / confirmation that I deserve the lower
rate, if this is the case).

TOTAL: ___ pounds

- -----------------------------------------------------

- --------------------------------------------------------------
 Nicholas Ostler
Managing Director President
Linguacubun Ltd Foundation for Endangered Languages

 Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
 Bath BA1 7AA England
 +44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258
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