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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Sweden: ACL 2010 Workshop on NLP and Linguistics: Finding the Common Ground -- Call for Participation

             Call for Participation
  ACL 2010 workshop on "NLP and Linguistics: Finding the Common Ground"

  Workshop date: July 16, 2010
  Location: Uppsala, Sweden

  Workshop program:

  Invited speaker: Steven Bird, University of Melbourne, Australia

     Hal Daume III, University of Utah, USA
     Alexis Dimitriadis, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, The
     Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tubingen, Germany
     Dipti Misra Sharma, IIIT, India

     Julia Hockenmaier, UIUC, USA
     Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI, USA
     Owen Rambow, Columbia University, USA

  Workshop organizers:
     Fei Xia, Univ. of Washington, USA
     William Lewis, Microsoft Research, USA
     Lori Levin, CMU, USA

  Early registration through June 15, 2010
  Late registration through July 2, 2010


This workshop aims at examining the relationship between linguistics and
NLP and studying
(1) the new methods in incorporating linguistic knowledge into statistical
    systems to advance the state of the art of NLP, and
(2) the feasibility of using NLP techniques to acquire linguistic knowledge
    for a large number of languages and to assist linguistic studies.

 Since early 1990s, with the advancement of machine learning methods and the
availability of data resources such as treebanks and parallel corpora,
data-driven approaches to NLP have made  significant progress. The success
of such data-driven approaches has cast doubt on the relevance of
linguistics to NLP.  Conversely, NLP techniques are rarely used to help
linguistics studies. We believe that there is room to expand the
involvement of linguistics in NLP, and likewise, NLP in linguistics, and
believe that the cross-pollination of ideas between the disciplines can
greatly benefit both fields.

 One common approach to take advantage of linguistic knowledge is to train
a statistical system on linguistically annotated data such as treebanks.
Another approach is to represent linguistic knowledge as rules in a
rule-based approach. This workshop is interested in research that goes
BEYOND these common approaches and explores new methods in incorporating
linguistic knowledge into statistical systems or using statistical systems
for linguistic knowledge discovery.

 The workshop will consist of one invited talk, two panels, eight paper
presentations, and group discussion.