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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   DEADLINE EXTENDED: TAL Journal, Discourse and document processing
From:   Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley
Email:   pery_(on)_univ-tlse2.fr
Date received:   26 Aug 2006
Deadline:   22 Sep 2006

Computational Approaches to Discourse and Document Processing SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL “TRAITEMENT AUTOMATIQUE DES LANGUES” (TAL) *** DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 22 September 2006 *** GUEST EDITORS: Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley (ERSS - Université de Toulouse 2, France) and Donia Scott (Open University, UK) FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS This special issue of TAL is devoted to what we perceive as an increasing convergence between discourse linguistics, document engineering and NLP. Such a convergence can be observed from several angles; for example, new modes of access to documents' contents place greater emphasis on exploiting discourse structure; applying corpus analysis methods to discourse calls for greater use of NLP techniques. It is manifest in the increasing number of joint studies, and results in cross fertilisation of the disciplines. * Text and discourse linguistics Constructing a coherent interpretation of discourse involves delimiting segments, and identifying semantico-pragmatic relations and structures that bind them. These processes may be approached via the notions of discourse relations (cf. RST, SDRT), of theme or topic, of discourse framing, etc. A major challenge for the field is to identify linguistic correlates of specific discourse functions in text corpora, taking into account potential register- and domain-linked variation. Another promising research area focuses on the global structure of documents: role of titles, “logical structure”, or layout, to name a few. * Document engineering and NLP Access to the information stored in electronic documents is a major issue, and recent approaches seek to take better account of the organisation of the documents being processed – such as their thematic and rhetorical structure. A growing number of applications are concerned by this evolution: automatic summarisation, document browsing, information retrieval (e.g. for passage extraction from selected documents). In addition, hypertextual and composite documents raise new questions about the interaction between semiotic functions (text-image for instance). For this special issue of TAL, we invite papers from researchers working in the fields of discourse linguistics, computational linguistics and document engineering on what can be termed the “document level”, whereby: – the document is envisaged as a functional unit, situated in a specific setting, and actualised in a medium (whatever its nature) which confers on it material characteristics which are an integral part of the use and sense made of it; – the expression “document level” signals a marked interest in coarse grain structures, or “global” structures (so-called “logical” structure, document structure, organisation in sections…), or in the interaction between local and global structures (reference chains, topical chains, inter-propositional relations, etc.). It indicates a specific interest in “top down” approaches based on the exploitation of surface cues or markers. Specific topics include (non-exhaustive list): - Analysis of discourse structures; - Analysis of the structure of composite documents (text-images, text-graphics); - Impact of hypertextual or hyperdocument organisation on the way documents are produced and understood. Hypertext formatting, computational tools based on NLP procedures; - Reading models, discourse organisation models; - Computational experimentation as a means of testing hypotheses on corpora; - Preliminary corpus studies: identification and annotation of discourse structures; - Computational devices for such experimental approaches (formalising linguistic knowledge, ensuring re-usability of resources, articulating levels of processing, visualising annotations); - Articulating approaches using linguistic markers, domain knowledge, statistical techniques; - Applications: intra-document information retrieval, browsing aids, document summarisation or synthesis, etc. THE JOURNAL (see http://www.atala.org/) TAL (Traitement Automatique des Langues/Natural Language Processing) is a forty year old international journal edited by ATALA (French Association for Natural Language Processing) with the support of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). It is now moving over to an electronic mode of publication, with printing on demand. This will in no way affect the reviewing and selection process. LANGUAGE Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French. French-speaking authors are requested to submit in French. IMPORTANT DATES 22/09/2006 Deadline for submission 13/11/2006 Notification to authors 18/12/2006 Deadline for submission of revised version PAPER SUBMISSION Contributions (25 pages maximum, PDF format) will be sent by e-mail to both editors at the addresses below: Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley <pery_(on)_univ-tlse2.fr> Donia Scott < D.Scott_(on)_open.ac.uk> Style sheets are available for download at http://tal.e-revues.com/appel.jsp SPECIAL EDITORIAL BOARD N. Asher (IRIT, U. Toulouse 3, France) J. Bateman (U. Bremen, Germany) Y. Bestgen (U. C. Louvain, Belgium) N. Bouayad-Agha (U. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) M. Charolles (U. Paris 3, France) D. Cristea (U. Iasi, Romania) L. Danlos (U. Paris 7, France) L. Degand (U. C. Louvain, Belgium) P. Enjalbert (U. Caen, France) S. Ferrari (U. Caen, France) B. Grau (U. Paris-Sud, France) N. Hernandez (GREYC, U. Caen, France) J. Karlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden) G. Lapalme (U. Montréal, Québec, Canada) N. Lucas (GREYC, U. Caen, France) A. Max (U. Paris-Sud, France) J.-L. Minel (U. Paris 4, France) R. Power (Open University, England) H. Saggion (U. Sheffield, England) S. Teufel (U. Cambridge, England) -- Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley ERSS (UMR 5610) CNRS & Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail Maison de la Recherche. F-31058 Toulouse cedex 9 Tél. (+33) 561-50-36-09(-46 76) Fax (+33) 561-50-46-77(-42 12) email : pery_(on)_univ-tlse2.fr http://w3.univ-tlse2.fr/erss/ -- Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley ERSS (UMR 5610) CNRS & Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail Maison de la Recherche. F-31058 Toulouse cedex 9 Tél. (+33) 561-50-36-09(-46 76) Fax (+33) 561-50-46-77(-42 12) email : pery_(on)_univ-tlse2.fr http://w3.univ-tlse2.fr/erss/ _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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