Leena Kolehmainen | 1 Jun 09:57 2004
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Cfp: Symposium on lexicon


CALL FOR PAPERS
(Apologies for multiple postings)

The Linguistic Association of Finland is organizing a symposium on
"The lexicon: its status in the theory of language"
to be held in Turku, Finland, November 18-19, 2004.

The purpose of the symposium is to concentrate on the theoretical issues
concerning the lexicon. We invite papers addressing theoretical questions
as well as papers taking a specific (empirical) viewpoint on one (or more)
particular language(s). The status of the lexicon has a central part in
any theory of language. Thus, it is a topic that is common among linguists
from different schools of thought. At the same time, the views on the
proper treatment of the lexicon differ across the broad field of
linguistics, and there is therefore room for genuine debate.

Problems concerning the lexicon are for instance the following:
- What kinds of information can be lexicalized?
- What are the constraints for phonological, syntactic, semantic, and
pragmatic information in the lexical entries?
- How is this information represented formally?
- How does lexicalization take place in the history of language?
- How should the theories deal with constructions (more or less
idiosyncratic syntactico-semantic mappings that are larger than a word)?
- Are constructions a part of the lexicon or a domain of their own? And
regardless of the answer: what is the relationship between constructions
and the more traditional lexical items?
- How is the lexicon organized?
- There are different kinds of relations between lexical items. How should
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Yuri Tambovtsev | 2 Jun 12:51 2004
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adress of Joan K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

Dear Corpora members, I wonder if you could advise us? We wrote an article on the material of the book by Joan K. Rowling "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", from which we wrote out all the sentences with various functions of the Gerund, Participle 1 and Verbal Noun. We defined 6 functions of the Gerund: 1) gerund as subject; 2) gerund as part of the predicate; 3) gerund as an attribute in preposition to noun; 4) gerund as an attribute in postposition to noun; 5) gerund as an adverb; 6) gerund as an object. Some 5 functions were defined for the Participle 1: 1) participle 1 as part of the complex object; 2) participle 1 as the part of predicate; 3) participle 1 as an attribute in preposition to noun; 4) participle 1 as an attribute in postposition to noun; 5) participle 1 as an adverb. Then, we counted the usage of the Gerund, Participle 1 and Verbal Noun in the text sample of ten thousand words. The number of occurrences of the chosen features of the text of Joan K. Rowling was compared to the number of the analogical functions of the Gerund, Participle 1 and Verbal noun of the  texts of 16 British and American writers. We used the standard "chi-criterion" test to check the similarity in the frequencies of these functions. In this way the similarity between Joan K. Rowling and the 16 authers was found out. I wonder if Joan K. Rowling may be interested to know what British or American writer is most similar to her style from this point of view? Unforfunately, I do not know how to send our results to her. May be, a sort of an open letter would be all right if published in some British or American newspaper? I don't know the way out. This is why, I'm looking forward to your advice to yutamb <at> hotmail.com Be well, remain yours sincerely Yuri Tambovtsev, Novosibirsk Pedagogical university, Novosibirsk, Russia yutamb <at> hotmail.com  
William Fletcher | 3 Jun 16:59 2004

Online collection of broadsides from the National Library of Scotland

Some of you may be interested in a fascinating collection of Scottish
broadsides (see description below) which are online in both facsimile
and machine-readable form.  The collection is searchable by word or
phrase and browsable by subject.  While modest in size by corpus
standards, this collection may be useful for student projects.

Bill Fletcher

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The Word on the Street - Broadsides at the National Library of
Scotland

http://www.nls.uk/broadsides/index.html 

From the site:

How Ordinary Scots in Bygone Days Found out what was Happening 

In the centuries before there were newspapers and 24-hour news
channels, the general public had to rely on street literature to find
out what was going on. The most popular form of this for nearly 300
years was 'broadsides' - the tabloids of their day. Sometimes pinned up
on walls in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public
notices, news, speeches and songs that could be read (or sung) aloud.

The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800
broadsides lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was
in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration,
humour, tragedy, royalty and superstitions - all these and more are
here.

Each broadside comes with a detailed commentary and most also have a
full transcription of the text, plus a downloadable PDF facsimile. You
can search by keyword, browse by title or browse by subject.

Take a look, and discover what fascinated our ancestors!

SHEN Yihai | 5 Jun 08:34 2004
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Headword Percolation Rules

Hi, dear corpora members,
   I am working on head annotating the Penn Tree Bank corpus.
   The only headword percolation rules I could find are from C. Chelba, 
1997 and M. Collins, 1999, which are the modifications of the "Magnerman 
& Black Headword Percolation Rules".
   I really want to know if there are some more refined and improved 
headword percolation rules available.

Best Regards

Shen Yihai

Yuri Tambovtsev | 5 Jun 19:01 2004
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reading rules in Albanian

Dear Corpora members, may I ask you to send me the reading rules in Albanian. How is "sh" read? Is is one sound like in English "ship"? Or there are two separate sounds like "s" and "h"? How the vowel e" is read? Looking forward to hearing from you soon to yutamb <at> hotmail.com Yours sincerely Yuri Tambovtsev
Laura Bright | 7 Jun 03:23 2004
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OTM 2004: Paper Deadline Extended

The paper submission deadline has been extended to June 22.
Abstracts are due June 8.

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OTM 2004 Federated Conferences - Call For Papers
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"On the Move -OTM- to Meaningful Internet Systems and Ubiquitous 
Computing"  2004 consisting of:

- International Symposium on Distributed Objects and Applications (DOA'04)
   http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/doa/2004

- International Conference on Ontologies, Databases and Applications of
  Semantics (ODBASE'04)  http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/odbase/2004

- International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS'04)
  http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/coopis/2004

                         Larnaca, Cyprus
                        October 25-29, 2004
                http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/

BRIEF OVERVIEW: The current and future software needs are towards the
development of large and complex Intelligent Networked Information
Systems, covering a wide range of issues (such as Data and Web
Semantics, Distributed Objects, Web Services, Databases, Workflow,
Cooperation, Interoperability, Mobility) as required for the
deployment of Internet- and Intranet-based systems in organizations
and for e-business. This federated event is unique at providing an
opportunity for researchers and practitioners to understand the recent
developments in ubiquitous computing. It co-locates three related and
complementary successful conferences (DOA = infrastructure, ODBASE =
meaning of data, CoopIS = application in organizations). Each of these
conferences covers different aspects: theory (i.e. underlying
theoretical solutions), conceptual (e.g. technical and conceptual
solutions) and applications (e.g. case studies and industrial solutions).

SCOPE. All three conferences are about the distributed and ubiquity
aspects of modern computing systems, and the resulting
application-pull created by the Internet and the so-called "Semantic
Web". For DOA'04, the primary emphasis is on the distributed object
infrastructure; for ODBASE'04, it is on the knowledge bases and
methods required for enabling semantical use; and for CoopIS'04, it is
on the interaction of such technology and methods within an
organization or network of organizations. As they must, these subject
areas overlap and, in fact, the organizers specifically welcome
submissions in any of the areas that also emphasize the envisaged
impact on or from relevant issues in the others. To stimulate this
"cross-pollination", a common program of representative keynote
speakers, a joint tutorial program, and a common Industry Track that
runs parallel with the entire event are being assembled.

SUBMISSION. Instructions are available at:
http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/submit.html

AREAS OF INTEREST. Broad areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

DOA'04
   * Enabling Technologies
   * Middleware
   * Distributed Objects and Applications
   * Internet Computing
   * Web Services

ODBASE'04
   * Design, Tools, and Methodologies
   * Ontologies
   * XML Databases
   * Web Semantics
   * Semantic Tools

CoopIS'04
   * Cooperative Information Systems
   * Interoperation
   * Workflow Systems
   * Enterprise Technologies
   * Agent Technologies

IMPORTANT DATES:
   * Abstract Submission Deadline: June 8, 2004
-->* Paper Submission Deadline: June 22, 2004 <--
   * Acceptance Notification: July 31, 2004
   * Final Version Due: August 20, 2004
   * Conference: October 25-29, 2004

FEDERATED EVENT CO-CHAIRS (fedconf <at> cs.rmit.edu.au)
   Robert Meersman, VU Brussels, Belgium
   Zahir Tari, RMIT University, Australia

DOA'04 PROGRAM CHAIRS (doa2004 <at> cs.rmit.edu.au):
   Vinny Cahill, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
   Steve Vinoski, IONA Technologies, USA
   Werner Vogels, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA

OBBASE'04 PROGRAM CHAIRS (odbase2004 <at> cs.rmit.edu.au)
    Tiziana Catarci, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
    Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

CoopIS'04 PROGRAM CHAIRS (coopis2004 <at> cs.rmit.edu.au):
   Wil van der Aalst, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
   Christoph Bussler, National University of Ireland, Ireland
   Avigdor Gal, Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

PUBLICITY CHAIR (bright <at> cse.ogi.edu):
   Laura Bright, Oregon Graduate Institute, Oregon, USA

LOCAL ORGANISING CHAIR (skevo <at> cs.ucy.ac.cy):
   Skevos Evripidou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

PUBLICATION CHAIR (kwonlai <at> cs.rmit.edu.au)
   Kwong Yuen Lai, RMIT University, Australia

Piao, Songlin | 7 Jun 12:11 2004
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corpus alignment competition

Hi,

We are planning a project in Lancaster, UK, aiming to expand and align the EMILLE multilingual parallel
corpora. If funded the project will result in a parallel corpus of eleven languages (Arabic, Bangla,
Chinese, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Polish, Somali, Urdu and Vietnamese). When we have
expanded the corpus, we want to hold an alignment competition on this data. Because the languages
involved include a wide range of typologically different/distant languages, the corpus should present
a tough challenge to current alignment algorithms, and hence provide an excellent opportunity to test
the ability of current alignment algorithms/tools on a wide range of languages.

At this stage we are asking for expressions of interest in taking part in the competition. We need these
expressions of interest at this stage because we intend to include a small amount of money in the project
budget for each competing team so that they can hire native speakers etc. to help tune their algorithms in
advance of the competition proper. If you are interested in taking part in this alignment competition,
please let us know by contacting Dr. Scott Piao (s.piao <at> lancaster.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Thank you,

Paul Baker, Tony McEnery & Scott Piao
-------------------------------------
Dept. of Linguistics and MEL
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT
United Kingdom

Chris Brew | 7 Jun 15:57 2004
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Re: corpus alignment competition

Dear Scott

I'm interested in participating. We'll need to work out
how. There are lots of Comp Ling grad students here, and 
this seems like something they could sensibly do.

Employing our grad students on RA-ships is expensive (health
insurance, fees, etc), so
I don't expect we would be able to do that, but I 
think it pretty certain someone will find this engaging.
Are there tasks that we could allocate while using a 
smaller percentage of somebody's time?

Columbus has a large Somali community, and many of
our grad students are Mandarin speakers. We could
probably find some speakers of languages from the
Indian subcontinent as well, but that may be
more work than we can undertake with the resources we
are able to deploy.

Chris

On Mon, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:11:41AM +0100, Piao, Songlin wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> We are planning a project in Lancaster, UK, aiming to expand and align the EMILLE multilingual parallel
corpora. If funded the project will result in a parallel corpus of eleven languages (Arabic, Bangla,
Chinese, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Polish, Somali, Urdu and Vietnamese). When we have
expanded the corpus, we want to hold an alignment competition on this data. Because the languages
involved include a wide range of typologically different/distant languages, the corpus should present
a tough challenge to current alignment algorithms, and hence provide an excellent opportunity to test
the ability of current alignment algorithms/tools on a wide range of languages.
> 
> At this stage we are asking for expressions of interest in taking part in the competition. We need these
expressions of interest at this stage because we intend to include a small amount of money in the project
budget for each competing team so that they can hire native speakers etc. to help tune their algorithms in
advance of the competition proper. If you are interested in taking part in this alignment competition,
please let us know by contacting Dr. Scott Piao (s.piao <at> lancaster.ac.uk) in the first instance.
> 
> Thank you,
> 
> Paul Baker, Tony McEnery & Scott Piao
> -------------------------------------
> Dept. of Linguistics and MEL
> Lancaster University
> Lancaster LA1 4YT
> United Kingdom
> 

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Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University
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Chris Brew | 7 Jun 18:32 2004
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[cbrew <at> acm.org: Re: corpus alignment competition]

Excuse the bandwidth pollution. That last message was supposed to go
only to Scott

Chris

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Dr. Chris Brew,  Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics
Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43210
Tel:  +614 292 5420 Fax: +614 292 8833
Web:http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~cbrew 
Email:c-b-r-e-w <at> acm.org (delete hyphens)
Other appointments: Cognitive Science, Computer Science
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Chris Brew | 7 Jun 18:31 2004
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Re: corpus alignment competition

Excuse the bandwidth pollution. That last message was supposed to go
only to Scott

Chris

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Dr. Chris Brew,  Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics
Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43210
Tel:  +614 292 5420 Fax: +614 292 8833
Web:http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~cbrew 
Email:c-b-r-e-w <at> acm.org (delete hyphens)
Other appointments: Cognitive Science, Computer Science
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