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[NTN]TLT 2004 Call for papers

Dear network participants,

Please find below the first call for papers for the workshop in Tübingen.
I hope as many as possible will be able to contribute papers to the
conference. In any case, each site can send one participant on the network
budget just as last year.


Joakim Nivre
Växjö University
School of Mathematics and Systems Engineering
SE 351 95 VÄXJÖ

Tel: +46 470 708992
Fax: +46 470 84004
E-mail: Joakim dot Nivre at msi dot vxu dot se
URL: http://www.msi.vxu.se/~nivre

     The Third Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT 2004)

	       Tübingen, Germany, 10-11 December 2004


Workshop motivation and aims

Treebanks are a language resource that provides annotations of natural
languages at various levels of structure: at the word level, the
phrase level, the sentence level, and sometimes also at the level of
function-argument structure. Treebanks have become crucially important
for the development of data-driven approaches to natural language
processing, human language technologies, grammar extraction and
linguistic research in general. There are a number of on-going
projects on the compilation of representative treebanks for languages
that still lack them (e.g. Bulgarian, Danish, Portugese, Spanish,
Turkish) and a number of on-going projects on the compilation of
treebanks for specific purposes for languages that already have them
(e.g. English). In addition, there are projects that go beyond
syntactic analysis to include different kinds of semantic and
pragmatic annotation.

The practices of building syntactically processed corpora have proved
that aiming at more detailed description of the data becomes more and
more theory-dependent (Prague Dependency Treebank and other
dependency-based treebanks such as the Danish dependendency treebank,
the Italian treebank (TUT), and the Turkish treebank (METU); Verbmobil
HPSG Treebanks, Polish HPSG Treebank, Bulgarian HPSG-based Treebank,
etc.). Therefore the development of treebanks and formal linguistic
theories need to be more tightly connected in order to ensure the
necessary information flow between them.

This series of workshops aims at being a forum for researchers and
advanced students working in these areas. The third workshop will be
held in Tübingen, Germany, 10-11 December 2004. (The first one was
held in Sozopol, Bulgaria in September 2002
(http://www.bultreebank.org/Proceedings.html), the second one in
Växjö, Sweden in November 2003 (http://w3.msi.vxu.se/~rics/TLT2003/).

Topics of interest

We invite submission of papers on topics relevant to treebanks and
linguistic theories, including but not limited to:

     * design principles and annotation schemes for treebanks;
     * applications of treebanks in acquiring linguistic knowledge and
     * the role of linguistic theories in treebank development;
     * treebanks as a basis for linguistic research;
     * semantically annotated treebanks;
     * evaluation of treebanks;
     * tools for creation and management of treebanks;
     * standards for treebanks.

Important dates

Deadline for workshop abstract submission
15 August 2004

Notification of acceptance
1 October 2004

Final version of paper for workshop proceedings
1 November 2004

10-11 December 2004


We invite extended abstracts (maximum 1500 words) describing existing
research connected to the topics of the workshop. Please note that as
reviewing will be blind, the abstract should not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...",
should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously
showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Electronic submission (ps or pdf) is
strongly encouraged.

Each submission should additionally include: title; author(s);
affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, postal address,
telephone and fax numbers.

Abstracts should be sent to: tlt04 at sfs dot uni-tuebingen dot de

The presentation at the workshop will be 25 minutes long (20 minutes
for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion). The
final version of the accepted papers may not exceed 12 A4 pages.

Program committee

Emily Bender, USA
Thorsten Brants, USA
Koenraad de Smedt, Norway
Eva Ejerhed, Sweden
Tomaz Erjavec, Slovenia
Annette Frank, Germany
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Erhard Hinrichs, Germany
Kimmo Koskenniemi, Finland
Tony Kroch, USA
Matthias Trautner Kromann, Denmark
Sandra Kübler, Germany (co-chair)
Yuji Matsumoto, Japan
Detmar Meurers, USA
Joakim Nivre, Sweden (co-chair)
Karel Oliva, Austria, Czech Republic
Petya Osenova, Bulgaria
Beatrice Santorini, USA
Kiril Simov, Bulgaria
Martin Volk, Sweden

Sponsoring organisations

  * Nordic Treebank Network (Nordic Language Technology Program 020528)
  * Special Resarch Program "Linguistic Data Structures" (SFB 441) at the
    University of Tübingen