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LINGUIST List 17.1582

Wed May 24 2006

Confs: Computational Ling/Lang Description/USA

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        1.    Kevin Burrows, E-MELD Workshop on Digital Language Documentation: Tools and Standards- The State of the Art


Message 1: E-MELD Workshop on Digital Language Documentation: Tools and Standards- The State of the Art
Date: 24-May-2006
From: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>
Subject: E-MELD Workshop on Digital Language Documentation: Tools and Standards- The State of the Art


E-MELD Workshop on Digital Language Documentation: Tools and Standards- The
State of the Art
Short Title: E-MELD

Date: 20-Jun-2006 - 22-Jun-2006
Location: East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Contact: Susan Hooyenga
Contact Email: workshoplinguistlist.org
Meeting URL: http://emeld.org/workshop/2006/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Description

-2nd Announcement-

The 2006 E-MELD (Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data,
http://emeld.org) workshop on digital language documentation, sponsored by the
National Science Foundation, is entitled 'Tools and Standards--the State of the
Art.'

This annual E-MELD workshop marks the culmination of the 5-year E-MELD project;
thus one goal of the workshop is to review digital standards ratified by the
community in prior workshops (on text, lexicons, databases, and annotation).
However, the focus of the workshop is broader than a single project. We invite
community participation in assessing existing digital support for language
documentation, in identifying gaps and prioritizing needs, and in planning for
continued development of both tools and standards. We extend a special
invitation to two groups: (a) developers of tools, archiving standards, and
workflow procedures, and (b) documentary linguists with ideas for enhanced
digital tools and standards. The workshop will include a demonstration session
where new tools, corpora, and Internet facilities can be introduced.

Prior E-MELD workshops have focused on schemas and metaschemas for text and
lexicons, selecting and using linguistic databases, and developing a common
vocabulary for linguistic annotation. Tools demonstrated in past workshops have
included software for transcription and annotation, lexicon creation, search
(including corpus and metadata search), and database applications. In the
upcoming workshop we will take a retrospective look at the progress made thus
far, at the same time as we attempt to identify promising new tools and
directions in digital language archiving. The workshop will consist of invited
papers, general sessions, and working group sessions in which the workshop
participants will provide input on various technical and non-technical topics
(to be announced).

If you would like to present a 20 minute paper or to participate in the
demonstration session, please send an abstract in Word, pdf, or plain text
format to the organizing committee.

ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSIONS: workshoplinguistlist.org
LENGTH: 500 words maximum.
DEADLINE: Mar 26, 2006.

Authors whose presentations are selected will be required to submit the full
text of the paper by May 7, 2006, so that it can be published on the workshop
website prior to the workshop itself. Developers whose tools are selected for
the demo session will be asked to submit a descriptive handout by May 15 in a
format suitable for display on the conference website.
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