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JULY 5-10, 1998


ALLC/ACH '98 invites submissions of between 1000 and 2000 words on any aspect of humanities computing, broadly defined as the point of intersection between computing methodologies and problems in humanities research and teaching, encompassing both traditional and new, and discipline-specific and inter-disciplinary, approaches.

Appropriate discipline areas include, but are not limited to, languages and literature, history, philosophy, music, art, film studies, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, creative writing, and cultural studies. We particularly encourage submissions from non-text-based areas and from library science, both of which have been under-represented in the past.

Other areas of interest include the creation and use of digital resources (what has been characterised as 'extending the scale and breadth of scholarly evidence') and the application to humanities data of techniques developed in such fields as information science and the physical sciences and engineering (including neural networks and image processing).

We are interested in receiving

- technical proposals that focus on new computational tools and approaches to research in humanities disciplines;

- proposals that focus on traditional applications of computing in humanities disciplines, including (but not limited to) text encoding, hypertext, text corpora, computational lexicography, statistical models, and syntactic, semantic, stylistic and other forms of text analysis;

- proposals which present and discuss applications of computing methodologies and tools to audio and visual materials;

- proposals that focus on significant issues of creation, representation, discovery, delivery, management and preservation of digital and other resources relevant to the humanities;

- proposals that either present or evaluate software applications and uses for humanities-based teaching;

- proposals dealing with the role of humanities computing in undergraduate and graduate training and institutional support for humanities computing.

PhD students are encouraged to submit proposals. Those describing finished research may be submitted as papers. Ongoing dissertation research may be submitted as poster proposals. See below for details. Students and young scholars should also read the note on bursaries later in this document.

Papers may be given in English, French, and German, but to faciliate the reviewing process we ask that proposals for papers in a language other than English are submitted with an English translation.

The deadline for submissions of paper/session proposals is 20 NOVEMBER 1997.
The deadline for submissions of poster/demo proposals is 31 JANUARY 1998.


Proposals may be of four types: papers, posters, software demonstrations, and sessions. The type of submission should be specified in the header of the proposal.


Proposals for papers (1000-2000 words) should describe completed research which has given rise to substantial results. Individual papers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation, including questions.

Proposals should describe original work. Those that concentrate on the development of new computing methodologies should make clear how the methodologies are applied to research and/or teaching in the humanities, and should include some critical assessment of the application of those methodologies in the humanities. Those that concentrate on a particular application in the humanities should cite traditional as well as computer-based approaches to the problem and should include some critical assessment of the computing methodologies used. All proposals should include conclusions and references to important sources. Those describing the creation or use of digital resources should follow these guidelines as far as possible.


Poster presentations and software and project demonstrations (either stand-alone or in conjunction with poster presentations) are designed to give researchers an opportunity to present late-breaking results, significant work in progress, well-defined problems, or research that is best communicated in conversational mode.

By definition, poster presentations are less formal and more interactive than a standard talk. Poster presenters have the opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees and to discuss their work in detail with those most deeply interested in the same topic. Each presenter is provided with about 2 square metres of board space to display their work. They may also provide handouts with examples or more detailed information. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference, but a block of time separate from paper sessions will be assigned when presenters should be prepared to explain their work and answer questions. Specific times will also be assigned for software or project demonstrations.

The format for proposals for posters and software demonstrations are the same as those for regular papers.

Proposals for software or project demonstrations should indicate the type of hardware that would be required if the proposal is accepted.


Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:

(a) Three papers. The session organizer should submit a 500-word statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 1000-1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the session; or

(b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit an abstract of 1500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session.

The deadline for session proposals is the same as for proposals for papers.


All submissions must be sent electronically. Please pay particular attention to the format given below. Submissions which do not conform to this format will be returned to the authors for reformatting, or may not be considered if they arrive very close to the deadline.

All submissions should begin with the following information:

TYPE OF PROPOSAL: paper, poster, session or software demonstration. TITLE: title of paper or session KEYWORDS: three keywords (maximum) describing the main contents of the paper or session

If submitting a session proposal, give the following information for each paper:

TITLE: title of paper KEYWORDS: three keywords (maximum) describing the main contents of the paper AUTHOR: name of first author AFFILIATION: of first author E-MAIL: of first author

If submitting a paper proposal, give the following information:

AUTHOR: name of first author AFFILIATION: of first author E-MAIL: of first author

AUTHOR: name of second author (repeat these three headings as necessary) AFFILIATION: of second author E-MAIL: of second author

CONTACT ADDRESS: full postal address of first author or contact person for session proposals FAX NUMBER: of first author PHONE NUMBER: of first author

Proposals should take the form of ASCII or ISO-8859/1 files. Where necessary, a header should indicate the combinations of ASCII characters used to represent characters outside the ASCII or ISO 8859/1 range. Notes, if needed, should take the form of endnotes rather than footnotes.

Submissions should be sent to:


with the subject line "<Author's surname> Submission for ALLCACH98".

Those who submit abstracts containing graphics and tables are asked to fax a copy of the abstract in addition to the one sent electronically.

Faxes should be sent to:

+36 52 418 733

The cover page should reproduce the header from the electronic submission.


Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector, a data projector which will display Macintosh, DOS/Windows, and video (but not simultaneously), an Internet connected computer which will run Macintosh OS programs or DOS/Windows programs, and a VHS (PAL) videocassette recorder. NTSC format may be available; if you anticipate needing NTSC, please note this information in your proposal.

Requests for other presentation equipment will be considered by the local organizers; requests for special equipment should be directed to the local organizers no later than January 31, 1998.


November 20, 1997: Submission of proposals for papers, posters and sessions and software demonstrations February 15, 1998: Notification of acceptance


A book of abstracts will be provided to all conference participants. In addition, abstracts will be published on the conference web page at


An announcement in regard to publication of full papers will be made in due course.


Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who will make recommendations to the Program Committee comprising:

Espen Ore, University of Bergen (Chair), <espen.ore@hd.uib.no>
John Dawson, University of Cambridge, <JLD1@cam.ac.uk>
Lisa Lena Opas, University of Joensuu, <opas@joyl.joensuu.fi>
Thomas Rommel, University of Tuebingen, <thomas.rommel@uni-tuebingen.de>
Jim Coleman, Stanford University, <jwciii@sulmail.stanford.edu>
Robin Cover, Summer Institute of Linguistics, <robin@acadcomp.sil.org>
Julia Flanders, Brown University, <Julia_Flanders@brown.edu>
John Unsworth, University of Virginia <jmu2m@virginia.edu>


Laszlo Hunyadi, Lajos Kossuth University <hunyadi@llab2.arts.klte.hu >


As part of its commitment to promote the development and application of appropriate computing in humanities scholarship, the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing will award up to five bursaries of up to 500 GB pounds each to students and young scholars who have papers accepted for presentation at the conference. Applicants must be members of ALLC. The ALLC will make the awards after the Program Committee have decided which proposals are to be accepted. Recipients will be notified as soon as possible thereafter. A participant in a multi-author paper is eligible for an award, but it must be clear that s/he is contributing substantially to the paper.

Applications must be made to the conference organizer. The deadline for receipt of applications is the same as for submission of papers, i.e. November 20, 1997. Full details of the bursary scheme, and an on-line application form will be available from the coference web page.


Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary with a population of 220 thousand. Located 220 km from Budapest and 38 km from Hortobagy, the Puszta, it is the cultural center of the eastern part of the country. It can be reached by train from all major cities of Hungary and there are direct train connections from Vienna and Frankfurt am Main as well. There are daily flights to Budapest from all European capitals as well as New York, Toronto and Tokyo. As an option, one can take a boat trip from Vienna to Budapest.

The campus of the university is located in the city forest which can be reached by local transport. Accommodation will be offered in the new student residence hall. The cost of accommodation will be on the order of 25 USD (single occupancy) and 15 USD (double occupancy). In addition, a block of rooms have been reserved in the Aranybika Grand Hotel and the Hotel Thermal, both within 10-20 minutes walk from the campus.

It is expected that the conference fee will be on the order of 150 USD for members. This will include the printed abstracts and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks.

Other cultural events in Debrecen just preceding or following the conference will include the Bela Bartok International Choral Competition and the Bridge Fair of Hortobagy and Horse-Show.

Detailed information on the conference, the university, and the city may be obtained at the conference web page:



Queries concerning the goals of the conference or the format or content of papers should be addressed to:

ALLC/ACH '98 Center for Applied Linguistics
Lajos Kossuth University
POB 24
Hungary H-4010

Tel.: +36 52 316 666 ext. 2116
Fax.: +36 52 418 733
E-mail: allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu


Laszlo Hunyadi <hunyadi@llab2.arts.klte.hu >

Other useful email addresses are:

allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu (general information)
submit-allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu (submission of abstracts and papers)
accommod-allcach98@llab2.arts.klte.hu (accommodation)