Nicolas Hernandez nicolas.hernandez at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 16:09:44 CET 2006

Second Call for Papers

ISDD 06 - International Symposium: DISCOURSE and DOCUMENT
Caen (France) 15-17 June 2006



In connection with the development of digital documents, discourse
linguistics, document engineering and NLP are increasingly converging:
a) applying corpus analysis methods to discourse calls for greater use
of NLP techniques; b) new modes of access to documents' contents place
more emphasis on exploiting discourse structure. This convergence is
manifest in a number of joint studies, and results in cross
fertilisation of text and discourse linguistics on the one hand,
document engineering and NLP on the other.

The Discourse and Document Symposium will bring together researchers
interested in what can be termed the "document level" in discourse
linguistics, in computational linguistics, and in document engineering,
according to the following (preliminary) postulates:

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,
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.

TOPICS (non-exhaustive list)

-       Analysis of discourse structures; the setting-up of automatic
procedures for  these analyses;
-       Analysis of the structure of composite documents (text-images,
text-graphics); automatic procedures for these analyses;
-       Impact of hypertextual or hyperdocument organisation on the way
documents are apprehended. 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
-       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 Symposium will include:
-       A plenary conference (submitted and invited papers).
-       A "young researchers' session
-       An NLP demonstration workshop

Symposium languages: English and French

- Plenary conference:
Declaration of intention to submit: 200-word abstract + key words
indicating the themes of the proposed paper.
Full papers will not exceed 10 pages (in accordance with the style
sheets provided).

- Young researchers' session:
A two-page abstract and keywords.

- NLP Demonstration workshop:
A two-page abstract and keywords. References to existing on-line
demonstrations will be welcome. Authors will be contacted by the
organising committee on practical questions of hardware and software
installation on the Symposium's site.


The proceedeedings of the symposium will be published by Caen University
Press / Presses Universitaires de Caen , both in electronic and printed

- January 30, 2006: declaration of intention to submit (optional, 200
word abstract)
- February 15th 2006: submission of papers
- April 15th 2006: notification of acceptance
- May 15th 2006: final versions

Full details for submission and registration on the Symposium website :

Email (information) : discours2006 at info.unicaen.fr

Symposium's chairpersons: Marie-Paule Péry Woodley (U. Toulouse),
Patrice Enjalbert (U. Caen) , Mauro Gaio (U,Pau et Pays de l'Adour)

Plenary conference:
J. Bateman (U. Bremen, Germany), D. Battistelli (U. Paris 4, France), Y.
Bestgen (U. C. Louvain, Belgium), B. Boguraev (IBM  T.J. Watson Research
Center, USA), A. Borillo (U. Toulouse 2, France), N. Bouayad-Agha (U.
Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain), F. Cerbah (Dassault Aviation, France),
M. Charolles (U. Paris 3, France), D. Cristea (U. Iasi, Romania), L.
Degand (U. C. Louvain, Belgium), D. Dutoit (Memodata, France), P.
Enjalbert (U. Caen, France), S. Ferrari (U. Caen, France), O. Ferret
(CEA, France), M. Gaio (U. Pau, France), B. Grau (U. Paris-Sud, France),
N. Hernandez (U. Caen, France), G. Lapalme (U. Montréal, Québec,
Canada), A. Le Draoulec (U. Toulouse 2, France), A. Lehmam (Pertinence
Mining.com, France), D. Legallois (U. Caen, France), N. Lucas (U. Caen
and CNRS, France), F. Maurel (U. Caen, France), A. Max (U. Paris-Sud,
France), J.-L. Minel (U. Paris 4, France), M. Mojahid (U. Toulouse 3,
France), M.-P. Péry Woodley (U. Toulouse 2, France), H. Saggion (U.
Sheffield, England), L. Sarda (CNRS, LATTICE, France), I. Saleh (U.
Paris 8, France), S. Salmon Alt (ATILF-CNRS, France), D. Scott (Open
University, England).

Young researchers' session (in addition to the plenary conference committe)
Frédéric Bilhaut (U. Caen), Nicolas Hernandez (U. Caen), Mai Ho-Dac (U.
Toulouse 2), Marion Laignelet (U. Toulouse 2), Christophe Pimm (U.
Toulouse 2), Antoine Widlöcher (U. Caen)

NLP workshop :
Frédéric Bilhaut, Antoine Widlöcher (U. Caen)
Organising Committee
S. Ferrari (chair), F. Bilhaut, N. Hernandez, A. Widlöcher

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