LINGUIST List 9.209

Wed Feb 11 1998

Calls: 3rd Utrecht Phonology WS, EMNLP3--2nd CFP

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  1. Rene Kager, Third Utrecht Biannual Phonology Workshop
  2. Nancy M. Ide, 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: EMNLP3

Message 1: Third Utrecht Biannual Phonology Workshop

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 15:37:43 +0100
From: Rene Kager <>
Subject: Third Utrecht Biannual Phonology Workshop


Third Utrecht Biannual Phonology Workshop

Rene Kager & Wim Zonneveld
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics: OTS

11-13 June 1998

Theme: Typology and Language Acquisition

Invited speakers: Bruce Hayes (UCLA) and Joe Pater (UBC)

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 1998


It is a standard assumption that the striking structural resemblances
between human languages are explained from the common starting point:
U.G. The study of the striking resemblances (and range of
differences) is called `typology'. The direct study of the common
starting point is that of `first language acquisition'.

Since the introduction of so-called `constraint-based theories', the
field of typology and language acquisition is a candidate for a
redefinition of its contents and its goals. Questions that can be
raised inlcude the following: 

- What is the nature of the common starting point? Is it an
unstructured pool of constraints, where the process of language
acquisition consists of providing structure? Is it highly structured
(is there a common completely `unmarked', but structured) point of
departure), where language acquisition consists of adding markedness?

- Is the learning task larger (although not necessarily more
difficult) than previously imagined?

- To what extent is learning guided by factors of markedness that have
an extralinguistic source, e.g., production and/or perception factors?

- Is the methodological process of excluding impossible languages
different in constraint-based theories, and if so, how? 

- Is it possible to imagine combined theories of constraints and
traditional parameters, both in the area of (adult) typology and
language acquisition?


Abstracts are requested to have a length of 800 words (References

They will be judged according to the following priority scale:
- integration of acquisitional and typology issues
- acquisitional issues
- typological issues

Any queries:

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3512 JK Utrecht
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Message 2: 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: EMNLP3

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 11:00:14 -0500
From: Nancy M. Ide <>


 Third Conference on
 Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 1998 (following the First International
Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation and the NSF Workshop
on Translingual Information Management)

WHERE: Granada, Spain 


In the spirit of SIGDAT events, this conference will offer a general
forum for novel research in corpus-based and statistical natural
language processing. Areas of interest include (but are not limited

 - robust parsing, phrase structure analysis
 - part of speech tagging
 - term and name identification
 - word sense disambiguation
 - morphological analysis
 - anaphora resolution
 - event categorization
 - discourse structure identification
 - alignment of parallel texts and bilingual terminology
 - language modelling
 - lexicography
 - machine translation
 - spelling and grammar correction

In addition, we encourage submissions that describe and evaluate the
strengths, weaknesses, and recent advances in corpus-based NLP as

The development of natural language applications which handle
multi-lingual information is the next major challenge facing the field
of computational linguistics. How well do techniques for lexical
tagging, parsing, anaphora resolution, etc., handle the specific
problems of multi-lingual applications? What new methods have been
developed to address the deficiencies of existing algorithms for these
tasks or to address problems specific to handling multi-lingual
applications? What problems still lack an adequate empirical solution?
Conversely, how can data-driven NLP methods be improved with the help
of multi-lingual data?


 Nancy Ide Vassar College (chair)
 Atro Voutilainen University of Helsinki (co-chair)


Steven Abney, University of Tuebingen, Germany 
Susan Armstrong, ISSCO, Geneva, Switzerland
Pascale Fung, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Gregory Grefenstette, Xerox Research Centre Europe, France
Dan Jurafsky, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Kimmo Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland
Hwee Tou Ng, DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
Kemal Oflazer, Bilkent University, Turkey
Peter Schauble, ETH Zentrum, Switzerland
Keh Yih Su, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan
Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Romania
Evelyne Viegas, New Mexico State University, USA

SPONSOR: SIGDAT (ACL's special interest group for linguistic data
 and corpus-based approaches to NLP)

FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION: Authors should submit a full-length paper
(3500-8000 words) either electronically or in hardcopy. Electronic
submissions should be mailed to "" and must either
be (a) plain ascii text or (b) a single postscript file (US letter
format). Hardcopy submissions should be mailed to Nancy Ide (address
below), and should include six (6) copies of the paper.

REQUIREMENTS: Papers should describe original work. A paper accepted
for presentation cannot be presented or have been presented at any
other meeting. Papers submitted to other conferences will be
considered, as long as this fact is clearly indicated in the


 Submission deadline: Monday, March 2, 1998
 Notification date: Friday, April 3, 1998
 Camera-ready copy due: Friday May 1, 1998
 Conference date: Tuesday, June 2


Nancy Ide, Chair
Department of Computer Science
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520 USA
Tel: (+1 914) 437 5988
Fax: (+1 914) 437 7498

Atro Voutilainen
Research Unit for Multilingual Language Technology
Department of General Linguistics
P.O. Box 4 (Keskuskatu 8, 7th floor) 
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: (+358 9) 191 23 507
Fax: (+358 9) 191 23 598

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