[Corpora-List] CfP: GEAF at COLING 2008

Tracy Holloway King thking at parc.com
Fri Feb 29 17:17:17 CET 2008

Call for Papers

Grammar Engineering across Frameworks (GEAF08)

August 24

Manchester, UK


This workshop is part of The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-08).

This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from different frameworks to compare research and methodologies, particularly around the themes of evaluation, modularity, maintainability, relevance to theoretical and computational linguistics, and applications of "deep" grammars to real-world domains and NLP tasks.

Recent years have seen the development of techniques and resources to support robust, deep grammatical analysis of natural language in real-world domains and applications. The demands of these types of tasks have resulted in significant advances in areas such as parser efficiency, hybrid statistical/symbolic approaches to disambiguation, and the acquisition of large-scale lexicons. The effective acquisition, development, maintenance and enhancement of grammars is a central issue in such efforts, and the size and complexity of realistic grammars makes these tasks extremely challenging; indeed, these tasks are often tackled in ways that have much in common with software engineering. This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from different frameworks --- for example LFG, HPSG, TAG, CCG, dependency grammar --- to compare their research and methodologies.

The workshop is a follow-up to the first GEAF workshop (http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/GEAF/2007/geaf07.html) which was held at Stanford in 2007.

Paper Topics: The workshop is soliciting submissions for papers on the following themes:

1. Evaluation: Proposals concerning evaluation methodologies and

metrics which can capture the added benefits of deep linguistic

analysis; evaluation techniques which can compare grammars across


2. Modularity: Reflections on which aspects of linguistic structure

can most easily be separated out from each other, why and how the

analyses of separate linguistic phenomena are

interconnected/interdependent, and the role of frameworks on

promoting or inhibiting modularity.

3. Maintainability: Techniques for improving long-term and

multideveloper maintainability of grammars; impacts of

considerations of maintainability on choices of linguistic analysis.

4. Relevance to theoretical and computational linguistics: Reflections

on how to present grammar engineering work to other research


5. Regression testing: Evaluation for internal purposes; methodologies

and techniques for test suite construction, role of test suites in

day-to-day progress on grammars.

6. Applications of "deep" grammars to real-world domains and NLP

tasks, such as parsing, machine translation, question answering,

dialogue, generation; with a focus on how the use of deep grammars

can lead to improved performance on such tasks.

Organizing Committee:

Tracy Holloway King, PARC

Stephen Clark, Oxford University

Program Committee:

Jason Baldridge, Texas

Emily Bender, Washington

Miriam Butt, Konstanz

Aoife Cahill, Stuttgart

John Carroll, Sussex

Ann Copestake, Cambridge

Berthold Crysmann, Bonn

Mary Dalrymple, Oxford

Stefanie Dipper, Bochum

Dan Flickinger, Stanford

Josef van Genabith, Dublin

Ron Kaplan, Powerset

Montserrat Marimon, Barcelona

Yusuke Miyao, Tokyo

Owen Rambow, Columbia

Jun'ichi Tsujii, Tokyo

Important Dates and Submission Details:

Paper submission deadline: 5 May

Notification of acceptance of Papers: 6 June

Camera-ready copy of papers due: 1 July

Demo session requests due: 1 July

Workshop: 24 August

The maximum length of submissions is 8 pages. Please use the COLING-08 style files, available from: http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/harold.somers/coling/style.html

Please use the START system to submit a paper: https://www.softconf.com/coling08/GEAF/submit.html

Contact for inquiries:

Tracy Holloway King <thking "at" parc.com>

Stephen Clark <stephen.clark "at" comlab.ox.ac.uk>

Special Demo Session: In addition to the papers, there will be a demo session. If you wish to give a demonstration of a system relevant to the GEAF theme, please submit a title of the demo and a one-page description by July 1, 2008, through the START system (URL above). You do not have to have a paper in the workshop in order to give a demo.

Proceedings: Accepted papers will form part of the workshop proceeedings.

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