Corpora: Call for Papers: Formal Grammar

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                          FORMAL GRAMMAR CONFERENCE

                                to be held
                             jointly with the
           "Combining logical and data-oriented approaches in NLP"

                       August 3-4, 2002, Trento, Italy


                            FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

    FGTrento is the 7th conference on Formal Grammar held in conjunction
    with the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information,
    which takes place in 2002 in Trento. Previous meetings were held in
    Barcelona (1995), Prague (1996), Aix-en-Provence (1997), Saarbruecken
    (1998), Utrecht (1999) and Helsinki (2001).

    AIMS and SCOPE

    FGTrento provides a forum for the presentation of new and original
    research on formal grammar, with particular regard to the application
    of formal methods to natural language analysis.

    Themes of interest include, but are not limited to:

    * formal and computational syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and phonology;
    * model-theoretic and proof-theoretic methods in linguistics;
    * constraint-based and resource-sensitive approaches to grammar;
    * foundational, methodological and architectural issues in grammar.

    Previous conferences in this series have welcomed papers from
    a wide variety of frameworks.

    Special Session: Formal Grammar and Finite-State Methods

    This year's conference will feature a special session on finite-state
    methods as they pertain to formal grammar. Potential topics include
    areas in which finite-state methods have traditionally played a larger
    role, such as computational morphology and text analysis, as well as:

    * finite-state models of other levels of linguistic structure,
    * (extended) finite-state models for processing with formal
      linguistic frameworks,
    * finite-state approximation methods for more expressive formal
      devices, and
    * finite-state methods for integrating multiple levels of linguistic
      structure or heterogeneous formal frameworks in applications.

    Round-table Panel: Formal Grammar and the Curriculum

    The conference will feature a panel on "Formal Grammar and the
    Curriculum". Courses focussing on Formal Grammar (introductory /
    advanced) are being offered at several universities and appropriate
    educational material has been developed over the last few years. The
    aim of this panel is to stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas on
    the following topics (among others):

    * software and tools for teaching FG;
    * web resources related to FG;
    * innovative assignments and projects in teaching FG

    The panel should create the basis for the development of an archive of
    educational material related to FG such as course notes, assignments,
    software and demos.

    We solicit poster presentations which will create the basis for the
    panel discussion. Submissions should be 1 page long and do not have to
    be anonymous. Accepted abstracts will be included in a special section
    of the Proceedings.

    CologNet-ELSNET Symposium

    The 2002 Formal Grammar conference will also host a Symposium Session,
    co-sponsored by the Networks of Excellence in Computational Logic
    (CologNet) and Human Language Technologies (ELSNET).
    This is the first of three symposia devoted to the exploration
    of the common ground between the Logic and NLP Area of CologNet
    and the ELSNET agenda. The theme of the first installment is
    "Combining logical and data-oriented approaches in NLP". The
    symposium program will feature invited talks by leading researchers
    in the area as well as a number of contributed talks.


    We invite E-MAIL submissions of abstracts for 30-minute papers
    (including questions, comments, and discussion).

    A submission should consist of two parts:

     - an information sheet (in plain text), containing:
            the name of the author(s),
            e-mail and postal address(es),
            an indication of whether the submission is for
              the main conference,
              the special session on FG and finite-state methods,
              the CologNet-ELSNET Symposium, or
              the panel on Formal Grammar in the Curriculum.

     - an *anonymous* abstract, consisting of a description of not more
     than 5 pages, including figures and references (1 page for the round
     table panel on Formal Grammar and the Curriculum). Abstracts should be
     sent as email attachments in plain text (ASCII), PostScript or PDF.
     Preparation of the manuscript in LaTeX is highly recommended.

    Abstracts should be sent to (Shuly Wintner).


    A full version of each accepted paper will be included in the conference
    proceedings, to be distributed at the conference. All papers will also
    be made available electronically.


    Abstract submission deadline: May 20, 2002
    Notification of acceptance: June 20, 2002
    Full papers due: July 10, 2002
    Conference dates: August 3-4, 2002


    Tonia Bleam (Northwestern)
    Gosse Bouma (Groningen)
    Miriam Butt (Konstanz)
    Maarten de Rijke (Amsterdam)
    Thilo Goetz (IBM)
    Mark Johnson (Brown)
    Ruth Kempson (London)
    Andras Kornai (Northern Light)
    Marcus Kracht (Berlin)
    Uwe Moennich (Tuebingen)
    Michael Moortgat (Utrecht)
    Mark-Jan Nederhof (Groningen)
    James Rogers (Earlham)
    Mark Steedman (Edinburgh)

    Formal Grammar organizing committee:

    Gerhard Jaeger (ZAS Berlin/University of Potsdam)
    Paola Monachesi (OTS Utrecht)
    Gerald Penn (University of Toronto)
    Shuly Wintner (University of Haifa)

    COLOGNET-ELSNET symposium organizers:

    Raffaella Bernardi (OTS Utrecht,
    Michael Moortgat (OTS Utrecht,


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