DAARRC2000 - Discourse, Anaphora and Reference Resolution Conference

Lancaster University, 16-18 November, 2000

  	    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

On this page:

	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: 	a.mcenery@lancaster.ac.uk

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.
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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:

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