LINGUIST List 9.142

Fri Jan 30 1998

Calls: French Computer Learning, Language Resources

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  1. Michael ZOCK, Computer Assisted Learning of French (Special edition of "CALL")
  2. Simone Saint Laurent, Language Resources & Evaluation Workshop

Message 1: Computer Assisted Learning of French (Special edition of "CALL")

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 98 15:40:44 +0100
From: Michael ZOCK <>
Subject: Computer Assisted Learning of French (Special edition of "CALL")


 Computer Assisted Learning of French

 Guest editor: Michael Zock (LIMSI, CNRS)

 (submission deadline: 10 March 98)

The international journal CALL will devote a special issue to the
research on computer assisted language learning of French. The goal
of this special issue is to offer an acurate description of what
has been achieved, both outside and inside France, and I invite you
to submit research contributions representing original, previously
unpublished work.


Papers are invited on any topic related to computer assisted language
learning of French. Though desirable, they do not need to report on
implemented work: new research ideas are of paramount importance in
this guest issue. Topics could include:

(I) The learning of low-level skills such as:

* grammar
* vocabulary
* spelling
* pronunciation

(ii) The learning of higher level skills:

* NL-generation or comprehension
* discourse planning
* composition (making an outline)
* abstract creation, r\233sum\233s
* Machine-aided translation
* cognitive issues

(iii) Development of computational tools:

* grammar environment
* writer's workbench
* spelling checkers
* coherence checkers
* On-line help to dictionaries
* Natural language interfaces
* Multimodal interfaces
* navigation aids
* hypertext tools


Papers should be written in English (this is the international
language used in this journal) and should not exceed 18 pages (in a
12pt proportional font) including figures and references. They should
also include the author's name, affiliation and address (incl. phone
number, e-mail address), as well as an abstract and key words,
indicating which of the thematic areas best describe the content of
the paper. Electronic submissions in MS-Word, or plain text format
are also welcome (please avoid LaTeX).


Three hard copy submissions should be sent to:

 Michael Zock

Submissions must be received no later than 10 March 1998. All
submissions will be thoroughly evaluated by at least two
reviewers. Acceptance will be based on originality, importance,
technical soundness, clarity of exposition and relevance to the
subject of the special issue. Authors will be notified of the
editorial decision by 31 March 1998.


* Deadline for submission:	10 March 1998
* Notification of acceptance:	31 March 1998
* Camera-ready copies:		30 April 1998

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Michael ZOCK
Langage & Cognition Phone: +(33-1) 69 85 80 24
LIMSI - CNRS Fax: +(33-1) 69 85 80 88
91403 Orsay / FRANCE E-mail:

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Message 2: Language Resources & Evaluation Workshop

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 11:28:30 +0100
From: Simone Saint Laurent <>
Subject: Language Resources & Evaluation Workshop


26 May 1998, Morning Session

Held in conjunction with 
The First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Granada, Spain (28-30 May 1998)


It is essential, for a natural language processing system, to instantiate each 
object, process, attribute, and property correctly, so that all references to 
the same item be recognized as such and an inventory of all distinct items be 
accurate at all times. This problem is far from being resolved. There are both 
linguistic and computational reasons for this deficiency. First, there is no 
satisfactory microtheory of linguistic coreference. Secondly and
consequently, there is no satisfactory application of such a microtheory to

A microtheory of coreference in natural language includes in its scope
all the phenomena that satisfy the following condition: an
object/entity, an event, an attribute, a property or its value, an
attitude, or any combination of the above is referred to more than
once in a natural-language text, and the understanding of the text
depends on the correct interpretation of the two or more referring
expressions as designating the same object, event, etc. A linguistic
microtheory of coreference for a language consists of the following
 - a complete range of covered phenomena in the language;
 - a taxonomy of the range; 
 - a typology of the range; 
 - a list of rules forming the various types of coreference; 
 - a list of rules interpreting the various types of coreference. 

There has been a considerable amount of work on a few selected types of 
coreference, focusing almost exclusively on object coreference. Thus, 
significant work has been done in theoretical linguistics on anaphora and 
cataphora, subsuming, for the large part, earlier work on deixis. A small 
minority of authors have tried to extend their studies of anaphora beyond mere 
syntax. In the cognitive-linguistics and philosophy-of-language traditions,
interesting work has been done relating anaphora and deixis to ambiguity 
resolution and discourse structure. At the same time, an effort in 
comparative-contrastive linguistics has led some writers to examining the data 
of more than one language at a time, still emphasizing entity or object 

In computational linguistics, the problem of coreference took early on
the form of pronoun antecedent resolution, and this particular task,
somewhat broadened to include a few other types of anaphora, still
remains in the center of the problem. The most sustained effort in the
computational treatment of coreference has been mounted within the
Tipster/MUC-6 initiative. While it has been recognized since quite
early in the game that coreference resolution is based in large part
on world knowledge, most of the work done on the matter
computationally and theoretically ignores and avoids world
knowledge. The MUC-6 initiative makes such an orientation quite
explicit: the work should be based on such simpler resources as
part-of-speech tagging, simple noun phrase recognition, basic semantic
category information like, gender, number, and [to a limited extent]
full parse trees. Such an approach--trying to explore and maximize
everything that can be done simply and cheaply towards the resolution
of a complex program--is perfectly legitimate as long as it is
realized that a considerable part of the problem remains unsolved, and
it is indeed realized fully well within the MUC-6 initiative.

One persistent problem throughout the existing computational ventures
into coreference has been the lack of a consistent theoretical
approach to it. The result is that coreference phenomena are treated
as self-obvious, and most of them are overlooked, especially if they
are not explicit pronoun-antecedent or other equally evident anaphora
cases. What is needed for a full, accurate, and reliable approach to
coreference can be summarized, somewhat schematically, as involving
the following steps:

 1. understanding fully the range of the phenomenon and 
 of the rules that govern it (theory); 
 2. determining the extent of machine-tractable information 
 in the rules; 
 3. taking stock of all the rules that can be computed; 
 4. developing the appropriate heuristics for the computable rules; 
 5. computing the rules. 


The workshop will be held during the morning session of 26 May 1998
and will include a joint address by the Organizing Committee (listed
above), followed by 5-8 individual presentations in two 90-120-minute
blocks, with a break provided midway through.


The Workshop solicits papers addressing any one or more of the points
addressed above as well as any other pertinent issues.

Papers based on a diversity of languages are encouraged, both one
language at a time and, especially, comparative/contrastive
studies. Also strongly encouraged are papers which extend the study of
coreference beyond entity/object reference, across document
boundaries, and/or into non-text media.


Paper submissions should consist of an extended abstract of approximately 800 
words, along with a brief description of the proposed presentation structure 
(e.g., paper, paper plus demo,etc.). 

Each submission should include a separate title page, providing the following 
information: the title to be printed in the Conference program; names and 
affiliations of all authors; the full address of the primary author (or 
alternate contact person), including phone, fax, email; and required 
audio-visual equipment.

Papers may be submitted by sending three hardcopies or one softcopy (in TeX, 
ASCII, or post-script format) to the appropriate address as listed below:

	Dr. Victor Raskin
	Chair, Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics
	Heavilon Hall
	Purdue University
	West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA

Submissions must be received no later than 1 March 1998 for a 15 March
notification of paper acceptance. (Full versions of all accepted papers are 
requested no later than 15 April 1998 for inclusion in the conference 


Dr. Sara J. Shelton (Contact Person) 
US Department of Defense 
9800 Savage Road, R525
Ft Meade, MD 20755 USA
301-688-0301 (voice)
301-688-0338 (fax)

Dr. Eduard Hovy
Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California
4676 Admirality Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-669 USA
310-822-1511, ext. 731 (voice)

Dr. Victor Raskin
Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics
Heavilon Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA
765-494-3782 (voice)
765-494-3780 (fax)
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