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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] France: ESSLLI 2009 Workshop on Parsing with Categorial Grammars -- CFP


  ESSLLI Workshop on Parsing with Categorial Grammars
     20-24 July, 2009
  organized as part of
      the European Summer School on
     Logic, Language and Information
       ESSLLI 2009
       20-31 July, 2009 in Bordeaux

Workshop Organizers:
Timothy Fowler and Gerald Penn, University of Toronto
{tfowler,gpenn} at cs dot toronto dot edu

Workshop Purpose:
Among computational linguists, there has been an enormous recent
resurgence of interest in parsing with categorial grammars, both
because of their extreme lexicalism and because of their well-defined
connection to interpretable width='100%' width='100%' semantic terms.  The recent work of
Clarke, Curran and others on Combinatory Categorial Grammars, and of
Moot, Baldridge and others on multimodal extensions of categorial
grammar, in particular, has produced a collection of efficient and
expressive parsing tools that have only just begun to make an impact
on tasks such as the Pascal RTE challenge.  As the CL community
attempts to push the state of the art from mere syntactic annotation
into parsers that actually allow for semantic inference, CG's position
can only improve.  At the same time, there is no shortage of
variations on "categorial grammar," and there has not to date been a
great deal of communication between the adherents of these various
strands on their relative linguistic or semantical merits, nor on more
technical concerns of algorithm design and numerical parametrization.

The aim of this workshop is to bring Ph.D. students and researchers in
these various strands to share and assess their progress in the spirit
of promoting categorial grammar's overall advancement.  The intended
focus of this workshop is the formal / computational side of CG
research, with the intention of representing work across all
variations of categorial grammar.

Submission details:

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing recent,
completed research (published or unpublished) dealing with this theme.
Submissions should be formatted in PDF or plain ASCII text only, and
should not exceed 5 pages.  Authors may anonymize their submissions
at their discretion.

Please send your submission electronically as a MIME-encoded email
attachment to:

tfowler at cs dot toronto dot edu

by the deadline listed below.  Submissions will be reviewed by the
workshop's programme committee and additional reviewers, as

Accepted abstracts will be distributed by ESSLLI prior to the
workshop, but no formal, published proceedings are planned.

Workshop format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI
participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions
held over five consecutive days in the first week
of ESSLLI. There will be 2-3 slots for paper presentation
and discussion per session. On the first day the workshop,
the organizers will present an introduction to the topic.

Invited Speakers:

Important Dates:
Submissions: March 6, 2009
Notification: April 15, 2009
Preliminary programme: April 24, 2009
ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2009
Final papers for proceedings: May 15, 2009
Final programme: June 15, 2009
Workshop dates: July 20-24, 2009

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be
required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for
authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early
student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a
number of additional fee waiver grants will be made
available by the OC on a competitive basis and workshop
participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and
accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty
in finding funding should contact the local organizing
committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.

Further Information:
About the workshop: http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~tfowler/parsingwithcg/
About ESSLLI: http://esslli2009.labri.fr/