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                  Call for Delegates and Preliminary Programme
      DAARRC2000 - Discourse, Anaphora and Reference Resolution Conference
                 Lancaster University, 16-18 November, 2000

                   The Linguistics Association of Great Britain
             In association with The University of Lancaster and
                    The North-west Centre for Linguistics

    Invited Speakers -

    Jeanette Gundel, University of Minnesota, USA
    Yan Huang, Reading University, UK
    Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK

    In this email:

            Draft Programme
            Registration Form


    Anaphora and problems of reference resolution have received a great
    deal of attention from workers in linguistics, computational
    linguistics, artificial intelligence and information retrieval for a
    number of decades. Such problems have proved a major challenge for all
    of these fields, and a great many differing theories and solutions have
    been proposed and implemented with varying degrees of success. This
    conference aims to fill a need for researchers in this field to meet.
    Our hope is that this meeting will allow all of the different strands
    of work to be identified, with a view to producing an up-to-date
    review of the field.

    To this end, a conference will take place from the 16th to the 18th
    November 2000, at Lancaster University, UK, organized jointly by the
    Department of Linguistics, Lancaster University and the North West
    Centre for Linguistics, and supported by the Linguistics Association of
    Great Britain. This conference is a follow up to the highly successful
    DAARC conferences held at Lancaster in 1996 and 1998, and the annual
    conferences of the North West Centre. Our aim as ever is to encourage a
    cross-fertilization of ideas between theoretical linguistics, corpus
    linguistics and computational linguistics.

    The DAARC2000 Organizing committee

    Tony McEnery, Lancaster University, UK
    Anna Siewierska, Lancaster University, UK

    Draft Programme

    Day 1

    9 - 11

    Registration, conference centre

    11 - 12

    Plenary 1

    Jeanette Gundel, University of Minnesota, USA


    T. Fretheim, Norway, "Some linguistic factors that inluence the choice
    between an internal coreference and an external coreference
    interpretation of higher-order entity pronouns in the apodosis of
    Norwegian conditionals"

    C. Clouzot, G. Antoniadis & A. Tutin, France, "Pronominal anaphora in
    French written texts"



    2 - 4

    T. Kurafuji, Japan, "References to subkinds and anaphora in Japanese"

    M. Ebi, Germany, "The Japanese demonstrative sono as a proform"

    C. Myojin, Japan, "Pragmatically biased interpretations of English
    reflexives by Japanese learners of English"

    Y. Shi, USA, "Zero anaphora and referential salience in Chinese



    4:30 - 6:30

    P. Umarani, Belgium, "Automatic resolution of discourse anaphors in

    R. Prasad, USA, "The zero pronoun in Hindi - a corpus based

    S. Bandyopadhyay, India. "Anaphora/coference resolution in a cross
    language database system"

    S. Gustavson-Capkova, Sweden, "The influence of prosodic prominence on
    the accessibility of antecedents for ambiguous anaphors in Swedish"


    Buffet dinner and wine reception

    Day 2

    9:00 - 10:00

    Plenary 2

    Yan Huang, Reading University, UK

    10 - 11

    S. Nair & B. Patnaik, India, "Vasisth: an anaphora resolution for
    Malayalam and Hindi"

    R. Mitkov & C. Barbu, UK, "Mutual enhancement of performance: bilingual
    pronoun resolution for English and French"



    11:30 - 1

    S. Salmon-Alt, B. Gaiffe & L. Romary, France, "Questioning indefinites
    in human-machine dialogue"

    R. Evans, UK, "Improving anaphora resolution by identifying the people
    in texts"

    D. Byron, USA, "Semantically enhanced pronouns"



    2 - 4

    M. Palomar, M. Saiz-Noeda, R. Munoz, A. Suarez & P. Martinez-Barco,
    Spain, "PHORA: a system to resolve anaphora in Spanish"

    A. Tutin, F. Trouilleux, C. Clouzot, E. Gaussier, G. Antoniadis & A.
    Zaenen, France, "Building a large corpus with anaphoric links in
    French: some methodological issues"

    M. Everaert, Holland, "Reflexives as discourse anaphora"

    L. Molnarfi, Germany, "Focus and antifocus in modern Afrikaans and West



    4:30 - 6:00

    R. Mitkov, R. Evans, C. Orasan, C. Barbu, L. Jones, V. Sotirova, UK,
    "Coreference and anaphora: developing annotating tools, annotated
    resources and annotation strategies"

    C. Pannisod, France, "Associative anaphora: a corpus based study"

    F. Trouilleux, G. Bes, E. Gaussier, France, "An evaluation of
    inter-rater agreement in anaphoric and referential annotation"

    8 - 9


    Day 3

    9:00 - 10:00

    Plenary 3

    Ruslan Mitkov, Wolverhampton University, UK

    10 - 11

    L. Correa, Brazil, "The establishment of gender agreement in the
    processing of pronouns in Portugese"

    S. Petch-Tyson, Belgium, "Anaphoric constraints: stretching the limits"

    11 - 11:30


    11:30 - 1

    C. Orasan, UK, "A preference-based method for improving the cohesion of
    automatic abstracts"

    F. Melka, Holland, "Lexical anaphora: taxonomic and meronymic

    K. von Heusinger, Germany, "Accesibility, discourse anaphora and
    descriptive content"



    2 - 4

    I. Tanaka, UK, "Cataphoric personal pronouns in English news reportage"

    A. Branco, Portugal, "Binding classes and search optimization in
    anaphor resolution"

    S. Pekarek-Doeheler, Switzerland, "Anaphora: a grammar in interaction

    E. Kaiser, USA, "Pronouns and demonstratives in Finnish: indicators of
    referent salience"



    4:30 - 6:30

    A. Kirbirk Russia, "A cognitive calculative approach to discourse

    D. Bekki, Japan, "Typed dymanic logic for E-type links"

    S. Prevost, France, "Pronouns in mediaeval French"

    Y. Canning, J. Tait, J, Archibald & R. Crawley, UK, "Replacing anaphora
    for readers with acquired dyslexia"

    8 - 9



                    DAARC2000 Registration Form

    To register:
    1. Send this form by surface mail to:

                    Department of Linguistics and
                    Modern English Language,
                    Lancaster University,
                    Lancaster LA1 4YT
                    United Kingdom

    2. Or fax it to: +44 - 1524 - 843085

    3. Or email it to:

    Please register BEFORE 16/10/2000 if at all possible.

    The fee for DAARC2000 includes the following:

    Attendance at all DAARC2000 sessions
    Conference Pack including Proceedings
    Meals: 16/11/2000: lunch, afternoon tea, evening buffet and wine reception
            17/11/2000: mid-morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner
            18/11/2000: mid-morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner.

    As the conference is happening during term time at Lancaster, we cannot
    provide campus accommodation. However, there is plentiful accommodation
    locally, ranging from modest bed and breakfast establishments to
    hotels. Lancaster Tourism provides a booking service on +44 1524 32878
    which we recommend delegates use. Be clear on the phone that you need
    to travel to and from the University daily during your stay.
    Information on reaching Lancaster is available at:

    This page also contains information about which buses to use to reach
    campus from the city centre. Note that if you stay at Lancaster House
    Hotel, then you are a five to ten minute walk from the conference venue
    (though the hotel is comparatively expensive).

    Further details about booking accommodation in the area is available

    When booking accommodation, do not try to stay in the lake district
    unless you intend to hire a car. Although quite close, train and bus
    connections between Lancaster and the lake district are slow, and in
    November can be unreliable. Similarly, although beautiful, the Lune
    valley is difficult to access by public transport from the University.
    While cheap accommodation options may be found in Morecambe, the bus
    ride from Morecambe to the University is lengthy (over one hour) though
    it is regular. By far the best option is to stay in Lancaster city, or
    at Lancaster house hotel. Hotels to the south of Lancaster (Ellel,
    Forton etc) are a possibility, though you would certainly want to
    liaise with the hotel/B&B about the bus times of buses 40, 41 and 42.
    Note that these buses only stop on the very fringe of campus generally,
    and you will have a steep climb up Bailrigg hill to reach campus if you
    use these buses. however, if you do so, ensure that the driver knows
    that you want to get off at 'the University gates' - we use scare
    quotes for although this is the term use to refer to the main entrance
    to the University, there are in fact no gates.

    Once you have reached the University campus, use the map at:

    to find your way about. The conference centre, where DAARC2000 is to be
    held, is between Bowland and Lonsdale colleges.

    Payment Details:

    Fees are payable in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars. PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES
    PAYABLE TO 'LANCASTER UNIVERSITY'. Sterling money orders can also be
    used for payment, and must be made payable to 'LANCASTER UNIVERSITY'.
    US dollars/cheques in US dollars are also acceptable, using a fixed
    exchange rate of 1.45 $US to the Pound. Unfortunately, we cannot
    accept credit card payments. You may pay at the conference in cash.
    Please indicate clearly on the form if you wish to exercise this


                    REGISTRATION FORM

    Name: _______________________________________________

    Title: _______________________________________________

    Department: _______________________________________________

    Organisation: _______________________________________________

    Address: _______________________________________________

    Postcode/City: _______________________________________________

    Country _______________________________________________

    Telephone: ____________________________

    Fax: ____________________________

    Email: ____________________________

                    Student 80.00 GBP [ ]
                    Non-Student 120.00 GBP [ ]

    Payment at registration [ ] (Tick as appropriate)

    Accompanying persons:

    Accompanying persons, who will not attend the conference but who are
    travelling with delegates, may register for the conference for meals
    only at a 20 GBP discount on the full price. They should fill in
    registration form and amend it accordingly, marking it clearly

    NOTE: Students must provide written evidence of their full time student
    status, such as an official headed letter from their supervisor.

    Special dietary requirements:

    None [ ] Vegetarian [ ] Vegan [ ] Other
    [ ]


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