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Don Osborn

Date: 21-Nov-2004
From: Alexander Gelbukh <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Universal Networking Language (UNL), other Interlinguas and their

Full Title: Universal Networking Language (UNL), other Interlinguas and their
 Date: 16-Feb-2005 - 16-Feb-2005 
 Location: Mexico City, Mexico  
 Contact Person: Alexander Gelbukh 
 Meeting Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
 Web Site: 
 Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Language 
 Description; Lexicography; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics;
 Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2004  
 Meeting Description: 
 This workshop will be devoted to the presentation of various approaches to the
development and use of interlinguas. Interlinguas are primarily developed for
machine translation, but it is obviously not the only application in which a
meaning representation formalism, (relatively) neutral with respect to
language, can be used. Other applications include information retrieval and
dissemination, summarization, knowledge mining, and multilingual generation. 
 Among the existing interlinguas, special attention will be given to UNL
(Universal Networking Language). This language is the basis of a large
international effort initiated by the United Nations University and aimed at
multilingual communication on the Internet. We hope that the groups engaged in
UNL activities will present the current state of affairs.  
 The workshop seeks original papers on all aspects of interlinguas. Topics of
interest include, but are not limited to, classical issues and novel
applications, such as: 
* Interlingua-based MT systems and multilingual generation.  
* Issues related to novel applications of interlinguas: information
dissemination, retrieval and extraction based on interlingual representations,
creation of multilingual documents and their integration into Internet-based
dissemination systems.  
* Interlingual representations and interlingual lexicons as linguistic resources
that can be integrated into NLP systems, and, conversely, existing resources
which can be incorporated into interlingual systems.  
* State of the art of the UNL modules for various languages.  
* Evaluation of interlingual representations.  
* Multilingual applications and services.  
* Internet-based multilingual information dissemination. 
* Multilingual information retrieval and information extraction 
* Multilingual documents processing.  
 Pushpak Bhattacharyya 
 Igor Boguslavsky (chair) 
 Christian Boitet 
 Jesús Cardeñosa 
 Mike Dillinger 
 Alexander Gelbukh 
 Irina Prodanof 
 Virach Sornlertlamvanich 
 Jesús Cardeñosa 
 Alexander Gelbukh (chair) 
 Edmundo Tovar 
 All the accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the journal
Research on Computing Science, ISSN 1665-9899. This issue will be also supplied
with an ISBN. 
 The format for submissions is the same as for CICLing-2005 conference 
(, see Format instructions there (ignore the paper size
limit indicated there).  
 Submissions are to be sent by email in pdf or rtf format to: 
 Edmundo Tovar ([EMAIL PROTECTED]). 
 The workshop will consist of two half-day sessions. For the first session, we
invite submissions related to all aspects of the interlingua development. The
second session will be devoted exclusively to UNL and will be of more practical
orientation. We will begin by identifying some linguistic phenomena which
caused difficulties for UNL encoding in various experiments and provoked
disagreement among the encoders. Then we will propose and discuss some ways of
overcoming these problems and, finally, we will have a practical encoding
exercise aiming at testing and solidifying solutions arrived at during the
 30th November, 2004: Deadline for submissions  
 15th December: Notification of acceptance  
 10th January, 2005: Firm deadline for final version submission (camera-ready) 

 Tentatively 16th February: Workshop  

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