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Full Title: Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing

      
Short Title: BSNLP 2013
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Start Date: 08-Aug-2013 - 08-Aug-2013
Contact: Jakub Piskorski
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://puls.cs.helsinki.fi/bsnlp-2013/
Meeting Description: BSNLP 2013
4th Biennial International Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing
Sofia, Bulgaria
8 August 2013
http://puls.cs.helsinki.fi/bsnlp-2013/

This year BSNLP will be held in conjunction with ACL 2013 (the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics), 5-9 August 2013.

Theme and Motivation:

The languages from the Balto-Slavic group play an important role due to their diverse cultural heritage and widespread use - with over 400 million speakers. The recent political and economic developments in Central and Eastern Europe have brought Balto-Slavic societies and their languages into focus in terms of rapid technological advancement and rapidly expanding consumer markets.

This Workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Balto-Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention include, but are not limited to:

- Morphological analysis and generation
- Syntactic and semantic tagging
- Named-entity recognition
- Information extraction
- Co-reference resolution
- Question-answering
- Information retrieval
- Text summarization
- Machine translation

Research on theoretical and applied topics in the context of many Balto-Slavic languages is still in its early stages. The linguistic phenomena specific to Balto-Slavic languages - such as rich morphological inflection and free word order - make the construction of NLP tools for these languages a challenging and intriguing task.

The goal of this Workshop is to bring together academic researchers and industry practitioners working on NLP for Balto-Slavic languages. In particular, the Workshop will serve as an instrument to further stimulate the research on NLP techniques for Balto-Slavic languages, and to foster the creation of tools for these languages. The Workshop will provide a forum for exchanging ideas and experience, discussing difficult-to-tackle problems in this field of research, and making the available resources more widely-known. One fascinating aspect of this sub-family of languages is the striking structural similarity, as well as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional inventory spanning the entire group of languages - despite a lack of mutual intelligibility - which creates a special environment in which researchers can fully appreciate the shared problems and solutions and communicate naturally.

This Workshop continues the proud tradition established by the previous BSNLP Workshops: the 1st BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with ACL 2007 Conference in Prague; the 2nd BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with IIS 2009: Intelligent Information Systems, in Cracow, Poland; and the 3rd BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with TSD 2011, 14th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue in Plzen, Czech Republic.

Organizing Committee:

Jakub Piskorski, Polish Academy of Sciences
Lidia Pivovarova, University of Helsinki, and St.Petersburg State University, Russia
Hristo Tanev, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy
Roman Yangarber, University of Helsinki, Finland
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1858


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