LINGUIST List 9.1391

Tue Oct 6 1998

Calls: LFG'99, ACL'99

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  1. Miriam Butt, International Lexical Functional Grammar Conf
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL'99 Theme Final CFP

Message 1: International Lexical Functional Grammar Conf

Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 13:28:26 +0100
From: Miriam Butt <>
Subject: International Lexical Functional Grammar Conf



 19 July - 21 July 1999

		 The University of Manchester

	 Submission receipt deadline: 15 February 1999



The University of Manchester is pleased to invite you to participate
in LFG99 which will take place from Monday, July 19 till Wednesday,
July 21 1999 at the University of Manchester, UK.

The conference welcomes work both within the formal architecture of
Lexical-Functional Grammar and typological, formal, and computational
work within the 'spirit of LFG', as a lexicalist approach to language
employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The conference aims
to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested
in nonderivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the
interaction of constraints from multiple dimensions of linguistic
substance, including category information, grammatical relations, and
semantic information. Further information about the syntactic theory
LFG can be obtained from:


The conference will involve 30-minute talks, poster/system
presentations, and workshops. Talks and poster presentations will
focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an
emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives,
whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational. We
particularly welcome papers and suggestions for workshops on a given
language area. Presentations should describe original, unpublished

Abstracts and papers must be received by February 15, 1999, and should
be submitted to the program committee chairs at the address given
below. For further information or offers of organisational help,
contact the local organisers at the address below.


A scheduled session for posters and the demonstration of systems is
planned as part of the conference, with the posters also available for
viewing at other times throughout the conferece.


Workshops are a small group of talks (2-4) on a coherent topic that
can be expected to generate opposing views and discussion with the
broader audience. Participants to workshops are usually
invited. Workshop papers should be distributed in advance among
participants and participants should refer to each others approaches.

At this point in time, we welcome suggestions for workshops from
potential organisers or people with certain interests. Suggestions
for workshops should be sent to the local organizers at

Topics that have been mentioned for potential workshops include: 
 - phenomena within a given language area (such as Amerindian)
 - field work and linguistic theory
 - event conceptualization and lexical semantics
 - constructions/construction grammar and LFG

Actual workshop topics and participants will be announced later.


 Deadline for workshop proposals:		 30 November 1998

 Deadline for receipt of submissions: 15 February 1999

 Acceptances sent out: 31 March 1999

 Conference: 19 July - 21 July 1999


People may submit either abstracts or full length papers for
refereeing. The advantages of full paper submission are that it allows
better assessment of your work and that (at least for some people)
accepted refereed full papers count as a higher status
publication. The program chairs may decide that certain submissions
are better as poster presentations than as read papers. Submitters
may also indicate if they wish a submission to be considered as a
poster/system presentation.

Full length papers. Papers should be no more than 15 pages, including
figures and references, in 11 or 12pt type, on A4/US Letter paper. The
printed text area must not exceed 165x230mm (6.5x9 inches), and should
be centred horizontally and vertically on the page. Omit name and
affiliation, and obvious self reference from the version for
review. Papers should include a roughly 100-200 word abstract at the

Abstracts. Abstracts should be one A4 page in 10pt or larger type and
include a title. Omit name and affiliation, and obvious self
reference. A second page may be used for data, c-/f- and related
structures, and references.

Papers/abstracts may be submitted by email or by regular mail (or by
both means as a safety measure). Email submission is preferred.

Regular Mail
- Five copies of the abstract/paper.
- A card or cover sheet with the paper title, name(s) of the
author(s), affiliation, address, phone/fax number, e-mail address, and
whether the author(s) are students.

Include or attach your paper as either a plain ASCII text, HTML, or
postscript file. Include the paper title, name(s) of the author(s),
address, phone/fax number, email address, and whether the author(s)
are students in the body of your email message.

All papers/abstracts will be reviewed by at least two people.
papers will appear in the proceedings which will be published online
by CSLI Publications. Selected papers may also appear in a printed
volume published by CSLI Publications.


Send paper/abstract/poster submissions and inquiries about submissions to:
Program Committee Chairs:
 Tracy King <>
 Miriam Butt <>
 Tracy Holloway King
 Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory
 Xerox PARC
 3333 Coyote Hill Road
 Palo Alto CA 94304

Contact the conference organisers at: 


Mail:				 Kersti Borjars or Nigel Vincent
				 Department of Linguistics 
				 University of Manchester 
				 Manchester M13 9PL 


Given the great success of the pre-conference bushwalk organized as
part of LFG98, we are planning an organised walk in the Peak District
for the weekend preceding the conference. Details and information on
how to sign up for it will be provided in a subsequent call for

On the last evening of the conference there will be a conference
dinner in a stately home on the outskirts of Manchester.


The conference will be held at Hulme Hall, a Hall of Residence near the
main University buildings. Different types of B&B accommodation will be
available in Hulme Hall, where all lectures, book displays etc will also
take place. Details of this and registration form will be provided at a
later stage.

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Message 2: ACL'99 Theme Final CFP

Date: Tue, 6 Oct 98 15:54:11 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL'99 Theme Final CFP


ACL-99 Conference:
the 37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

University of Maryland
June 22--27 1999

The Association for Computational Linguistics would like to encourage
the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished
research on all aspects of computational linguistics. A particular
aim for the 1999 conference is a broadening of both the thematic
coverage and geographical origin of submissions; to this end, we are
experimenting with a new format. Some proportion of the conference
will be given over to special sessions, somewhat like a special issue
of a journal, organised around themes proposed by members of the NLP
community. Our aim is to incorporate some of the intensity and
excitement of the traditional post-conference workshops, without
replacing those workshops---we expect, as has become traditional, that
there will also be a set of post-conference workshops that will remain
separate from the main meeting. This call invites proposals for
thematic sessions in accordance with the considerations below; a final
Call For Papers will be sent out in early November.


We are soliciting proposals for themes that will provide 4--8 high
quality papers, typically forming one or two sessions in the main
conference. Proposers of accepted themes, who will become the chairs
of those sessions, will have similar responsibilities to those of
workshop organisers in terms of arranging reviewing and the delivery
of camera ready copy; however, the papers will be scheduled as part of
the main sessions and will be published as part of the main conference
proceedings. In terms of subject area coverage, we expect thematic
sessions will be closer to workshop topic areas in focus.


Please specify the following:

- - Chair Details: Name, address, email, telephone number, fax
- - Title
- - Summary: At most one page describing the proposed subject area,
 citing evidence that there is sufficient interest in the area
 to generate enough high quality submissions to populate up to
 a half-day's worth of presentations.
- - Proposed Review Committee: Each paper submitted should be
 reviewed by at least three people. As part of your proposal,
	you should suggest a potential review committee of around 12
 people who will be asked to serve on the committee if the
 proposal is accepted. Your list should demonstrate
 the spread of interest in the area in the community,
 encouraging both international participation and the
 participation of a broad range of researchers, including both 
	senior members of the community and graduate students. 

Theme proposals should be submitted to the email address provided
below. Informal enquiries as to what might work as a theme can also
be directed to this address in advance of the submission date.
Possible themes might be topics like: NLP and Data Mining; Word
Segmentation in Asian Languages; Reconciling Functional and Formal
Approaches to Syntax; Approaches to Concept to Speech. We provide
these examples only as indications of the variety of topic areas that
will be considered.


This call issued: September 14, 1998
Theme submissions deadline: October 12, 1998
Notification of selected themes: October 26, 1998
Call for papers: Early November 1998
Paper submissions deadline: January 25, 1999
Notification of acceptance: March 22, 1999
Camera ready papers due: May 3, 1999


Chairs for the ACL-99 program are Ken Church and Robert Dale.
All queries regarding the program should be sent to; this forwards to both authors.


Theme proposals should be of approximately two pages in length,
ideally submitted in ascii by email to with the
subject: "ACL99 THEME PROPOSAL". More complicated formats such as
standalone LaTeX (not requiring additional style files), PostScript,
and Word will be accepted if they print on the first try. Hardcopy
proposals should be faxed or mailed to *both* of the chairs,
clearly labeled "ACL99 THEME PROPOSAL". Proposals should be received
by 5pm GMT on October 12th 1998.

Ken Church (Co-chair) Robert Dale (Chair)
AT&T Labs - Research Microsoft Research Institute
180 Park Ave, Office D235 School of MPCE
PO Box 971 Macquarie University
Florham Park, NJ 07932-0971, USA Sydney NSW 2109, Australia
Tel: +1 973-360-8620 Tel: +61 2 9850 6331
Fax: +1 973-360-8077 Fax: +61 2 9850 9529
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