Corpora: 2nd CFP: ESSLLI'99 Workshop on Generation of Nominals

Rodger Kibble (
Thu, 28 Jan 1999 14:31:24 GMT

Second Call For Papers

ESSLLI-99 workshop on

The Generation of Nominal Expressions

University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
9-13 August 1999


The workshop will take place in association with the 11th
European Summer School "Logic Linguistics and Information"
(ESSLLI), to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 9-20
August 1999. The format of the workshop is 5 x 90 minutes on
the 5 consecutive days of 9 to 13 August 1999.

The ESSLLI Summer School is organized under the auspices of the
European Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).
Previous ESSLLI Summer Schools have been highly successful,
attracting around 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The
school has developed into an important meeting place and forum
for discussion for students and researchers interested in the
interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information.
For more information see <>.

Workshop Description:

If someone attempted to assess the `state of the art' of
linguistic research on nominal expressions by looking at
how present-day programs generate nominals, he or she would
no doubt underestimate the level of sophistication
of theoretical work on nominals. It can be argued that this is
because existing work on the computational generation of nominals
has limited itself to relatively simple nominals, often focussing
on simple (singular) definite descriptions and pronouns.
Alternatively, it might be contended that much of the theoretical
work in this area is not mature enough to be appicable in
generation. Be this as it may, work on the generation of nominals
has not profited much from theoretical research in formal semantics
and psycholinguistics on the meaning, interpretation and production
of nominal expressions.

This workshop will try to bridge the gap between theory and
practice in this area by focusing on the generation of nominal
expressions of different linguistic types including, for example,
indefinite and quantificational NPs (of different monotonicity

The theme of the workshop is closely related to that of a number
of ongoing research projects, including the GNOME (`Generation of
NOMinal Expressions') project, in which the ITRI (Brighton) and
HCRC (Edinburgh/Durham) collaborate, and which is funded by the
EPSRC in the United Kingdom.

Topics for which submissions are invited include:

(1) The influence of discourse context on the appropriateness
and interpretation of a nominal expression
(2) Descriptive issues concerning the treatment of plurality,
bridging, aggregation, eventualities, discourse deixis,
cross-modal reference, etc.
(3) Representational issues (i.e., what kind of meaning
representations should form the input to the generation
(4) Reversibility of grammars
(5) Differences in textual style or `genre'
(6) Psycholinguistic research relevant to computational
Natural Language Generation (NLG)
(7) Corpus-based work leading to insights relevant for
computational NLG
(8) Issues of system/algorithm evaluation.

Practical issues:

We welcome short (i.e., roughly 1000-1500 words) electronic
submissions (send email to
on the theme of the workshop. Submissions should be in Postscript
or plain ascii. Please include "ESSLLI99" in the Subject line of
your message to make things easy for us. The deadline for
receipt of abstracts is March 1st; submissions may also be sent by post
to the address below, but they must reach ITRI by this date.

In accordance with the description of the Workshop Description,
we encourage submissions about theoretical (e.g., formal semantic
or psycholinguistic), applied, or corpus-based work, as long as
the work is clearly relevant for NLG programs. No matter what
they consider the main focus of their work, we ask authors to
*stress relevance for NLG* in their submission (and, later, in
their presentation). This will ensure that all contributions will
contain a common `core', notwithstanding their differences in

It is ESSLLI's practice to make sure that workshops go ahead only
if there turns out to be a sufficient level of interest, based on
quantity and quality of submissions.

Workshop speakers are required to register for the Summer School;
however, workshop speakers will be able to register at a reduced
rate to be determined by the Organizing Committee. Limited funds
are available to contribute to speakers' expenses in exceptional

Important dates:

- First call for papers: 22 October 1998
- Second call for papers: 28 January 1999
- Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 1 March 1999
- Notification of acceptance: 1 May 1999
- Workshop to be held: August 9-13

For any questions, please contact the organizers or
consult our web page at
which will shortly be available.

Rodger Kibble & Kees van Deemter
Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
University of Brighton
Lewes Road, Watts Building
Brighton BN2 4GJ
United Kingdom

Fax: +44 1273 642908