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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 593.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (39)
Subject: Last call

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (198)
Subject: Coling-ACL'98 Workshops CFPs

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 09:05:44 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Last call

From: Richard Zuber <rz@ccr.jussieu.fr>

Final call for papers for the second conference on


The conference will be hosted by the University of Paris 7 (France), and
will take place in May 28-30, 1998

There will be three one hour talks by invited speakers (E. Zimmermann, S.
Tsohatzidis and X.) and the rest of the talks will be contributed papers
chosen by the program committee on selection basis. Submissions of
abstracts (in English or in French) for 30-minute contributed talks (with
10 additional minutes for discussion) on any topic in the semantic analysis
of natural languages, with strong preference for non-lexical semantics, are
welcome. Authors should submit 5 copies of (so called "anonymous")
abstracts, no more than two pages (but not significantly less than 2 pages)
long. Data allowing us to identify and contact the author (or authors)
should be given separately.

E-mail submissions will be accepted (only when in LaTex, Word or PS). In
this case authors shoud send a title page with authors' name, etc. in
addition to the anonymous two page abstract.

Abstract deadline: March 17, 1998.

Send abstract to: Conf=E9rence de S=E9mantique
c/o R. Zuber
Universite Paris 7
Case 7003
2 Place Jussieu
75251 Paris Cedex 05,

The e-mail address to which the abstracts should be sent:
rz@ccr.jussieu.fr. This is also the e-mail address for inquiries.

The program of the conference will be completed around the 17th of April at
which time conference information will be made available. For
organizational reasons we would like to be able to estimate the number of
submissions and possible participants well in advance. For this reason we
invite any person which would like to submit an abstract or to attend the
conference to let us know as soon as possible (by e-mail).

Program Committee:
R. Zuber - chair (CNRS, Paris), F. Corblin (University of Rennes), B. Laca
(University of Strasbourg), D. Lacombe, (University of Paris 7), F.
Recanati (CNRS, Paris), D. Wilson (CREA, Paris and University College,

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 09:09:42 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Coling-ACL'98 Workshops CFPs

>> From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu>

Below are two Coling-ACL'98 Workshop Calls for Papers:

- The Computational Treatment of Nominals
- Usage of WordNet in Natural Language Processing Systems

They are seperated by:

[Apologies if you see this more than once.]

Call for papers

Coling-ACL '98 workshop

"The Computational Treatment of Nominals"

August 16, 1998
Universit=C8 de Montr=C8al


This workshop aims at bringing together researchers who are interested in
the study of the computational properties of nominals and noun phrases. The
focus is on representational questions as they relate directly to NLP
requirements and applications.

Understanding the properties of the nominal system is extremely important
since nouns and nominalizations are used extensively by both people and
systems: searching and communicating with either a telegraphic or a more
expressive language involves heavy use of nominal forms. A number of NLP
applications, ranging from "intelligent" key-word search to text
summarization and information extraction, among others, not only require
some way of recognizing nominal forms, but also require at least a shallow
understanding of the semantic information that nouns carry. It is therefore
of great interest to consider what impact representing semantic knowledge at
a finer level of granularity would have towards enhancing a system's

Submissions are invited on one or more of the following topics:

* Representation of nominals:
o design of noun ontologies for use in lexical semantics and machine
o ambiguity, polysemy, vagueness, and underspecification in the
semantics of nominals
o identifying the minimal requirements for lexical representations
* Representational issues in the acquisition of knowledge:
o from corpora
o from MRDs
o syntactic and morphological bootstrapping
o semantic boostrapping (role of prepositions, arguments, etc.)
* Role of representations for the interpretation of nominals:
o techniques for recovering implicit information in nominals
o interpretation and generation of nominals in descriptions of
events and abstract objects in discourse
o recovering implicit semantic relations in nominal compounds
o defining implicit semantic relations between nominalizations and
the forms they are derived from

Organizing Committee

=46ederica Busa (Brandeis University)
Inderjeet Mani (The MITRE Corporation)
Patrick Saint Dizier (IRIT, Universit=C8 Paul Sabatier)

Submission Information

* Papers are invited that address any of the topics listed above.
* Maximum length is 8 pages (single-spaced) including figures and
* Please use A4 or US letter format and set margins so that the text lies
within a rectangle of 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm).
* Use classical fonts such as Times Roman or Computer Modern, 11 to 12
points for text, 14 to 16 points for headings and title.
* LaTeX users are encouraged to use the style file provided by
COLING-ACL'98: http://coling-acl98.iro.umontreal.ca/colaclsub.sty
* Authors should send 5 copies in either electronic (PostScript or Latex)
or hard-copy format to:

Federica Busa
Computer Science Department
Volen Center for Complex Systems
Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts 02254

Criteria for selection will include clarity, originality, relevance, and
significance of results.

Important Deadlines

* Deadline for submission: March 15th, 1998
* Notification of authors: May 1st, 1998
* Final versions due: June 1, 1998

Program Committee

* Federica Busa (Brandeis University)
* Jean Mark Gawron (SRI International)
* Bob Ingria (Psyche Systems Corporation)
* Beth Levin (Northwestern University)
* Inderjeet Mani (The MITRE Corporation)
* Paul Portner (Georgetown University)
* James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
* Patrick Saint Dizier (IRIT, Universit=C8 Paul Sabatier)
* Antonio Sanfilippo (SHARP Laboratories of Europe)
* Evelyne Viegas (CRL, New Mexico State University)
* Piek Vossen (University of Amsterdam)

Dr. Inderjeet Mani Phone: 703-883-6149
Principal Scientist Fax: 703-883-1379
The MITRE Corporation, W640, 11493 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, Virginia 22090


Due to some construction problems one of the large machines here had to be
shut down, threfore I had to change the URL of the workshop to:


Sorry for the inconvenience,
Sanda Harabagiu

===Coling-ACL '98 Workshop ==
"Usage of WordNet in Natural Language Processing Systems"

August 16, 1998
Universite de Montreal
Montreal, Canada

Lexicons are indispensable resources for almost every natural language
project. To date, WordNet 1.5 represents the largest publicly
available on-line lexical resource, already used in various
applications of the human language technology. Systems performing word
sense disambiguation, information extraction or retrieval,
prepositional attachment, interpretation of nominalizations, textual
summarization, coreference resolution, abductive reasoning
conversational implicature, recognition of textual cohesion and
coherence, intelligent Internet searches and some of the digital
libraries projects use WordNet.

This workshop intends to bring together researchers that use WordNet
in different systems and to focus on two particular issues: (a) how to
customize the knowledge derived from WordNet for various NLP
applications and (b) how to derive methods that infer semantic
information using WordNet. The contributions might address one or more
of the following questions:

* What are the NLP applications for which WordNet is a valuable
resource and how much effort was involved to integrate it in your systems?

* Is WordNet used to build ad-hoc ontologies? What are the
applications that use WordNet-derived ontologies?

* How can WordNet be used to develop a word sense disambiguation
algorithm of high performance?

* How to extend WordNet for identifying thematic roles and resolving verb polysemy?

* What minimal customization should be implemented to use WordNet for
a large-scale abductive reasoning system?

* Is WordNet a lexical knowledge base that can be easily used to
adjust Information Extraction systems across domains?

* Are the lexico-semantic relations from WordNet a valid base for
developing an extended coreference task for information extraction,
and what are the possible methodologies?

* How can WordNet be mined to find textual implied information and
what is the degree of plausibility of the returned information?

* What are the approaches of using the extensive linguistic knowledge
of WordNet to derive the discourse structure of a text; can it be the
only knowledge source and if not, what additional knowledge may be

* What is the current performance boost provided by WordNet in the
systems using it? Could your systems perform without WordNet?

* What are the desirable features of WordNet for your system, and what
would be the predicted performance increase when having them?


Organizing committee

The workshop is organized by

Sanda Harabagiu (SRI International)
Joyce Yue Chai (Duke University)

Requirements for submission

Papers are invited that address any of the topics listed above.
Maximum length is 8 pages including figures and references.
Please use A4 or US letter format and set margins so that the text
lies within a rectangle of 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm).
Use classical fonts such as Times Roman or Computer Modern, 11 to
12 points for text, 14 to 16 points for headings and title.
LaTeX users are encouraged to use the style file provided by ACL:
Papers can be submitted either electronically in PostScript format, or
as hardcopies.

Submissions should be sent to:

Sanda Harabagiu
SRI International
333 Ravenswood Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(Ph) (650) 859-3852


Deadline for electronic submissions: March 10, 1998
Deadline for hardcopy submissions: March 13 (arrival date)
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 1998
Final manuscripts due: June 12, 1998
Program committee

Alan Biermann (Duke University)
Joyce Chai (Duke University)
Martin Chodorow (New York University)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
Fernando Gomez (University of Central Florida)
Ken Haase (MIT)
Sanda Harabagiu (SRI International)
Marti Hearst (University of California, Berkeley)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
Claudia Leacock (Educational Testing Service)
Mitch Marcus (University of Pennsylvania)
George A. Miller (Princeton University)
Dan Moldovan (Southern Methodist University)
Hwee Tou Ng (DSO National Laboratories, Singapore)
Philip Resnik (University of Maryland)
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)

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