8.0264 CFP: Linguistic Databases (1/74)

Tue, 18 Oct 1994 03:20:25 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0264. Tuesday, 18 Oct 1994.

Date: Mon, 17 Oct 1994 11:45:07 +0100 (MET)
From: John Nerbonne <nerbonne@let.rug.nl>
Subject: CFP: Linguistic Databases

Call for Papers: Linguistic Databases
23-24 March 1995
University of Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands

A database is simply a declarative representation of information
which is designed to make data entry and retrieval easy, but is not
optimized for other processing. Databases have long been standard
repositories in phonetic research, but they are finding increasing use
not only in phonology, morphology, syntax, historical linguistics and
dialectology but also in areas of applied linguistics such as
lexicography and computer-assisted language learning. Normally, they
serve as a repositories for large amounts of data, but they are also
important for the organization they impose, which serves to ease
access for researchers and applications specialists.
The purpose of a workshop specifically on this topic to provide a
forum for the exchange of information and views on the proper use of
databases within the various subfields of linguistics.
We hope to include papers addressing the following questions:

1. Databases vs. annotated corpora, pros and cons.
2. Needs wrt acoustic data, string data, temporal data.
Existing facilities.
3. Developing (maximally) theory-neutral db schemas for annotation
4. Commercially available systems vs. public domain systems.
What's available?
5. Uses in grammar checking, replication of results.
6. Needs of applications such as lexicography.
7. Making use of CD-ROM technology.
8. Existing professional expertise: Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), TEI.

Invited Speakers
Jan Aarts, Prof. of English, Nijmegen, leader of TOSCA,
Linguistic Database:
"Annotation of Corpora: General Issues and the Nijmegen Experience"

Natalie Granger, Prof. of English, Louvain (tentative)
"Corpora and Computer-Assisted Language Learning"

Mark Liberman, Prof. of Linguistics & Computer Science, Pennsylvania;
Director, Ling. Data Consortium
"The Linguistic Data Consortium" (tentative title)


We solicit papers of 20 min (plus 10 min discussion). Abstracts of not
more than 2 pp. (A4) should be marked "Attention: Ling-DBs" and
submitted by Dec 15 to:

John Nerbonne, Alfa-Informatica
Postbus 716
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
NL 9700 AS Groningen
The Netherlands

Email submissions are likewise welcome. They must meet the same length
requirement, must be|either in plain ASCII or in postscript. Include
"Attention: Ling-DBs" in the subject line and send to
Proposals for demonstrations of existing work are likewise
welcome. Please be specific about time and hardware/software requirements.

Publication: We plan no unrefereed publication. Given sufficient
interest, we shall discuss publication at the workshop. Submitting an
abstract is NOT a promise to participate in publication.

Program Committee: Tjeerd de Graaf (Phonetics), Tette Hofstra
(Historical Ling.), John Nerbonne (Computational Ling., Program
Chair), and Herman Wekker (Descriptive Ling.).

Local Arangements: Duco Dokter d.a.dokter@let.rug.nl