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posted itemPosted - 10/03/2009 :  11:11:46
City University of Hong Kong Dep

Dialogue Systems Group
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics

Research Seminar

Annotating and Interpreting Spatio-temporal and Event-related Expressions in Multilingual Dialogues

Presented by

Prof. Kiyong Lee

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Korea University

Date: 19 March 2009, Thursday
Time:  4:30 – 6:00pm
B7603 (Lift 3, 7/F, Blue Zone), Academic Building, CityU


This is the first of a series of presentations that I shall be giving during my one-month visiting professorship at the Dialogue Systems Group based at Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong. This first talk aims at introducing a research proposal that focuses on the design and development of normalized guidelines for annotating and interpreting space, time, and event-related expressions in natural language text in general and multilingual dialogues in particular. Spatio-temporal and event-related expressions are chosen as a major focus for this research especially because they provide relevant information requested by three types of wh-questions, namely where-, when-, and what-questions. As representation and annotation schemes, four ISO documents are to be reviewed: (1) DIS 24612 Linguisitic anntotation framework, (2) DIS 24617-1 Semantic annotation framework - Part 1: Time and events, (3)WD 24617-2 Semantic annotation framework - Part 2: Dialogue acts, and (4) PWI 24617-4 Semantic annotation framework - Part 4: Space, the last three of which are being developed as international standards for language resource management under ISO/TC 37/SC 4/WG 2. The final result of the proposed work is expected to provide well-defined norms and directives for processing very large raw corpora into usable language resources annotated particularly with spatio-temporal and event-related information, thus partially satisfying some theoretical and practical needs for computational applications.


Kiyong Lee, Professor Emeritus of Korea University. Recently he was awarded for his academic achievements in Humanities and Social Sciences by the Korean National Academy of Sciences. As a Montague grammarian, he has been specializing in formal and computational semantics. He is also actively engaged in international activities of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, as Convenor and Project Leader in the area of language resource management. Professor Kiyong Lee was formerly president of the Linguistic Society of Korea and also president of the Korean Society for Cognitive Science. With Fulbright and German DAAD scholarships, he visited Stanford University and Nuernberg-Erlangen University in Germany. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas, an M.A. in English from Chonnam National University, Korea, and a B.A. from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, U.S.A. with an emphasis on classical study, mathematics and philosophy.   His publications includes : (1) On Montague Grammar, Hanshin, Seoul, 1985, and the following four books written in Korean: (2) Language and the World: Formal Semantics, Taehaksa, Seoul, 1998, (3) Tense and Modality: Possible-Worlds Semantics, Taehaksa, Seoul 1998, (4) Situation and Information: Situation Semantics, Taehaksa, Seoul, 1998, and (5) Computational Morphology, Korea University Press, 1999. The series (2), (3) and (4) received an academic achievement award from the Korean National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and the book (5) a Year 2002 award for scholarly excellence from the Ministry of Culture and Information, Republic of Korea. He coauthored six other books on linguistics and published around 80 linguistic papers.

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