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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 561.
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    [1]    From: TSD 2019 
           Subject: TSD 2019 - Last Call for Papers (211)

    [2]    From: Francesca Benatti 
           Subject: Open University Digital Humanities / Book History seminar, 25 March (66)

        Date: 2019-03-19 21:51:57+00:00
        From: TSD 2019 
        Subject: TSD 2019 - Last Call for Papers

                      TSD 2019 - LAST CALL FOR PAPERS

               The twenty-second International Conference on
                   TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2019)
                            Ljubljana, Slovenia
                           September 10-13, 2019


The submission deadline March 31 is approaching. We will not extend the
deadline. However, in case you need some extra days, please let us know 
and do the following: Register yourself and submit your paper with a 
valid abstract. Put "UNFINISHED" as the first word in the abstract (both 
in the system and in the paper). We need at least the abstract to organize 
the reviews. When you finish your work, please, update the paper.


* Keynote speakers:
     Denis Jouvet (Loria, Nancy, France),
     Aline Villavicencio (University of Essex, UK),
     Bhiksha Raj (Carnegie Mellon University, USA),
     Ryan Cotterell (University of Cambridge, UK).

* TSD is traditionally published by Springer-Verlag and regularly listed in
   all major citation databases: Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings
   Citation Index, DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, COMPENDEX, etc.

* The TSD2019 conference is officially recognized as an INTERSPEECH 2019
   satellite event.

* The TSD2019 conference is supported by the International Speech
   Communication Association (ISCA). It holds the status of an ISCA
   Supported Event.

* TSD offers a high-standard transparent review process - double blind,
   final reviewers' discussion.

* TSD is going to take place in the beautiful centre of Ljubljana, the
   capital of Slovenia.

* The conference is organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical
   Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

* TSD provides an all-service package (conference access and material, all
   meals, one social event, etc.) for an easily affordable fee.


March 31, 2019 ............... Deadline for submission of contributions
May 10, 2019 ................. Notification of acceptance or rejection
May 31, 2019 ................. Deadline for submission of camera-ready

September 10-13, 2019 ........ TSD2019 conference date

The proceedings will be provided on flash drives in form of navigable
content. Printed books will be available for extra fee.


The TSD series has evolved as a prime forum for interaction between
researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over
the world. Proceedings of the TSD conference form a book published by
Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI)
series. The TSD proceedings are regularly indexed by Thomson Reuters
Conference Proceedings Citation Index. LNAI series are listed in all major
citation databases such as DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, or COMPENDEX.


Topics of the 22nd conference will include (but are not limited to):

     Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional speech,
     handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words, alternative way of
     feature extraction, new models for acoustic and language modeling).

     Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual, text, and
     spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation, specialized
     lexicons, dictionaries).

     Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high fidelity
     speech synthesis, computer singing).

     Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech (multilingual
     processing, sentiment analysis, credibility analysis, automatic text
     labeling, summarization, authorship attribution).

     Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information extraction,
     information retrieval, data mining, semantic web, knowledge
     representation, inference, ontologies, sense disambiguation, plagiarism

     Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing (machine
     translation, natural language understanding, question-answering
     strategies, assistive technologies).

     Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,
     question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in dialogues).

     Multimodal Techniques and Modeling (video processing, facial animation,
     visual speech synthesis, user modeling, emotion and personality


All programme committee members are listed on the conference web pages


The official language of the event is English, however, papers on issues
related to text and speech processing in languages other than English are
strongly encouraged.


Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital - a city, whose name means `The beloved',
is a great place to visit, although you will not find world renowned
attractions here. Nevertheless, it has history, tradition, style, arts
& culture, an atmosphere that is both Central European and Mediterranean;
many also add the adjectives multilingual and hospitable. Being close to
many of the major sights and attractions of Slovenia, Ljubljana can also be
your starting point to discover the country's diversity.

Ljubljana is situated about halfway between Vienna and Venice. Its
character and appearance have been shaped by diverse cultural influences
and historical events. While in winter it is remarkable for its dreamy
Central European character, it is the relaxed Mediterranean feel that
stands out during summer.

Ljubljana is a picturesque city full of romantic views, with a medieval
castle towering over its historical city centre and a calm river spanned by
a series of beautiful bridges running right through it. It's a city with
a medieval heart, a city of the Baroque and Art Nouveau, with an old castle
resting above it like a sleeping beauty.

In Ljubljana eastern and western cultures met; and the Italian concept of
art combined with the sculptural aesthetics of Central European cathedrals.
The city owes its present appearance partly to Italian baroque and partly
to Art Nouveau, which is the style of the numerous buildings erected
immediately after the earthquake of 1895.
The central point of interest in Ljubljana is the Ljubljana Castle,
watching over the city from the centrally located castle hill. The
beginnings of the medieval castle go back to the 9th century, although the
castle building is first mentioned only in 1144. It gained its present
image after the earthquake of 1511 and following further renovations at the
beginning of the 17th century. At present, a funicular connects the Old
Town to the castle hill, adding an even more convenient access alternative
to the tourist train.

Ljubljana lies at the centre of Slovenia. In the morning you can visit the
stunningly beautiful Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj or Soca Valley in the high
mountainous region of the Alps, and in the evening enjoy the sunset in one
of the charming little towns on the Adriatic coast. It only takes
minutes to reach the peaceful and unspoiled countryside of
the city's green surrounding areas, which offer endless opportunities for
hiking, cycling, fishing and horse riding.

We are very excited of the fact that the TSD conference leaves the Czech
Republic for the first time within its 22-year history and that the TSD2019
is going to take place in such a wonderful location as Ljubljana.


The conference is organized by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University
of West Bohemia, Pilsen, the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University,
Brno, and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana.


     Faculty of Electrical Engineering - University of Ljubljana
     Trzaska cesta 25
     SI-1000 Ljubljana


The preferred way of contacting the conference organizing committee is
writing an e-mail to:

     Ms Lucie Tauchenova, TSD2019 Conference Secretary
     E-mail: tsd2019@tsdconference.org
     Phone: +420 702 994 699

All paper correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:

     TSD2019 - NTIS P2
     Fakulta aplikovanych ved
     Zapadoceska univerzita v Plzni
     Univerzitni 8
     CZ-306 14 Plzen
     Czech Republic

     Fax: +420 377 632 402 - Please, mark the faxed material with large
     capitals 'TSD' on top.

        Date: 2019-03-19 12:29:28+00:00
        From: Francesca Benatti 
        Subject: Open University Digital Humanities / Book History seminar, 25 March

Dear colleagues,

We’re pleased to announce that the next seminar in our joint Digital
Humanities/History of Books and Readers Research Collaboration series
on Digital Books, Digital Readers will take place on 25 March,
5.30–7.30 pm, in Room 234, Institute of English Studies, Senate House,

All are welcome to attend.

The speaker will be Prof Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham).
The topic of her talk will be:

CLiC 2.0 – corpus linguistics and the digital humanities

While corpus research has traditionally focused on non-literary texts,
there has been increasing interest in the study of fiction, which is
often covered under the umbrella term ‘corpus stylistics’ (Semino and
Short 2004). In order to be able to account as fully as possible for
features of literary texts we need to create new tools and develop
methodologies that are tailored to the task at hand. There are
numerous digital humanities tools for the study of fiction, but
similarities and overlap with corpus linguistic concerns are rarely
brought to the fore. In this paper, I will illustrate key
functionalities of the web application CLiC (http://clic.bham.ac.uk/)
and its latest release CLiC 2.0 (released in March 2019). CLiC has
been specifically designed for the corpus linguistic study of
narrative fiction. The CLiC corpora comprise over 140 books and 16
million words across four subcorpora: the corpus of Dickens’s Novels,
the 19th Century Reference Corpus (19C), the Corpus of 19th Century
Children’s Literature (ChiLit) and the Corpus of Additional Requested
Texts (ArTs). For all CLiC texts, direct speech and specific places
around speech have been marked up (Mahlberg et al. 2016). Hence, CLiC
can run searches across defined textual subsets and support the
analysis of features of narrative fiction. An important question is
how a range of  features and patterns in fiction can be brought
together in a coherent theoretical framework. The search for such a
framework also highlights where corpus linguistics and the digital
humanities can come more closely together. My suggestions will focus
on a lexically-driven approach that can account for fictional worlds
while at the same time highlighting the fuzzy boundaries between
fiction and the real world.

Speaker biography

Prof Michaela Mahlberg is Chair in Corpus Linguistics and Director of
the Centre for Corpus Research in the Department of English Language
and Linguistics, University of Birmingham. Her main research interests
are in corpus linguistics and contextual approaches to meaning, and
corpus stylistics, an area of research that employs corpus linguistic
methods for the study of literary texts. She is currently Principal
Investigator on the AHRC funded CLiC Dickens project, which focuses on
the language of Dickens’s fiction, literary linguistics, and discourse

For more information on the seminar series, please visit

Best regards,
Francesca Benatti
Research Fellow in Digital Humanities
The Open University

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