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                          for the Workshop on

                        Friday, July 11, 1997

                in conjunction with 35th Annual Meeting
        of the Association for Computational Linguistics
                    (ACL'97/EACL'97 Joint Conference)
                    July 7-11, 1997
                    Madrid, Spain

Information about the workshop can also be retrieved from:


Concept-to-Speech (CTS) generation, i.e., the production of synthetic
speech on the basis of pragmatic, semantic, and discourse knowledge offers
a challenging and relatively new field of research in intelligent user
The questions raised in such an environment range from pragmatics,
semantics, and (morpho-)syntax to phonology and phonetics. The modelling
of prosody (at symbolic and acoustic level) serves as one of the
open questions within this paradigm.
Obviously, the development of a CTS system is very demanding. Successful
work within the framework of CTS relies on the ability to integrate
efforts from a number of disciplines, such as Computational Linguistics,
Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, and Signal Processing.
The workshop will provide a forum to bring together researchers
from the fields of natural language generation and speech synthesis. The
aim of the workshop is to stimulate interchange of innovative ideas and
results of diverse aspects of CTS generation in order to bridge the gap
between these fields.
Among the challenging aspects of a CTS system, we propose to address
issues of the following list in the first place:

* How can systems for natural language generation be adapted in order to
  utilize new realization options to the generation process that are
  offered in the CTS framework?

* How can issues in the time-course of the interleaved process for generation
  and synthesis (when-to-say) be dealt with? Which requirements on speech
  synthesis are to be fulfilled in an incremental approach to spoken
  language production?

* Due to its inherent integrational property, being influenced by a whole
  number of representational levels, modelling of prosody will be one of
  the major topics of the workshop.

* How can approaches in the Text-to-Speech tradition to synthesis
  show their adaptability to Concept-to-Speech?

We invite contributions that provide solutions to any of the topics
indicated above or that present innovative applications addressing
the abovementioned issues.


Robert BANNERT      Univ. of Umea, Sweden
John   BATEMAN,     GMD Darmstadt, Germany
Mary   BECKMAN,     Ohio State Univ., USA
Carlos GUSSENHOVEN, Univ. of Nijmegen, The Neetherlands
Bjorn  GRANSTROeM,  KTH Stockholm, Sweden
Elisabeth MAIER,    DFKI Saarbruecken, Germany
Scott  PREVOST,     MIT Boston, USA
Mark   STEEDMAN,    Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA


The workshop will be a full-day event that provides a forum for individual
presentations as well as group discussions. In the presentation part,
authors of accepted papers will describe their results and positions
(about 30 minutes each). A plenary discussion of about one hour length
will take place.


Authors should submit a full length paper not exceeding 3200 words
(exclusive of references). Due to tight time constraints, initial
submissions and reviewing will be handled exclusively electronically.
Joint submissions with the `Interactive Spoken Dialog Systems' ACL/EACL
workshop are allowed. If there are sufficient joint submissions a
joint session may be scheduled. Please indicate on the title page
that your abstract is a joint submission. Submissions must use the
ACL submission style (aclsub.sty) retrievable from the ACL LISTSERV
server via anonymous ftp:

        Name: anonymous
        Password: <your email address>
        cd acl-l/ACL97
        get aclsub.sty

Submissions have to be mailed as a single LaTeX file or a single
postscript file. Mails should be sent to [log in to unmask]
and formatted as follows:

 To: [log in to unmask]
 Subject: CTS 97 Submission
 --text follows this line--
 title: <title of submission>
 authors: <authors as they appear on the title page>
 word count:
 email: <email address of author to whom correspondence should be directed>
 <Body of submission>


March  1, 1997   Deadline for submission of papers
April  1,  1997   Notification of acceptance
April 21, 1997   Deadline for final version of papers


As this workshop takes place in conjunction with the ACL/EACL-97 conference,
participants of the workshop are obliged to register for the main conference
as well.
Conference registration details can be obtained via WWW from the
ACL/EACL-97 home page


Kai ALTER                        Hannes PIRKER                  Wolfgang FINKLER
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