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Fri Feb 01 2008

Calls: Phonetics/Phonology/Traitement Automatique des Langues .. (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Fatemeh Abdollahi <fatemehlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Noel Nguyen, Traitement Automatique des Langues

Message 1: Traitement Automatique des Langues
Date: 29-Jan-2008
From: Noel Nguyen <noel.nguyenlpl-aix.fr>
Subject: Traitement Automatique des Langues
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Full Title: Traitement Automatique des Langues

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Lexicography; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 11-Feb-2008

Call for Papers -- Current Research in Phonology and Phonetics: Interfaces
with Natural Language Processing

A Special Issue of the Journal TAL (Traitement Automatique des Langues)

Guest Editors: Bernard Laks and Noël Nguyen
Extended Deadline: 11 February 2008

There are long-established connections between research on the sound shape
of language and natural language processing (NLP), for which one of the
main driving forces has been the design of automatic speech synthesis and
recognition systems. Over the last few years, these connections have been
made yet stronger, under the influence of several factors. A first line of
convergence relates to the shared collection and exploitation of the
considerable resources that are now available to us in the domain of spoken
language. These resources have come to play a major role both for
phonologists and phoneticians, who endeavor to subject their theoretical
hypotheses to empirical tests using large speech corpora, and for NLP
specialists, whose interest in spoken language is increasing. While these
resources were first based on audio recordings of read speech, they have
been progressively extended to bi- or multimodal data and to spontaneous
speech in conversational interaction. Such changes are raising theoretical
and methodological issues that both phonologists/phoneticians and NLP
specialists have begun to address.
Research on spoken language has thus led to the generalized utilization of
a large set of tools and methods for automatic data processing and
analysis: grapheme-to-phoneme converters, text-to-speech aligners,
automatic segmentation of the speech signal into units of various sizes
(from acoustic events to conversational turns), morpho-syntactic tagging,
etc. Large-scale corpus studies in phonology and phonetics make an ever
increasing use of tools that were originally developed by NLP researchers,
and which range from electronic dictionaries to full-fledged automatic
speech recognition systems. NLP researchers and phonologists/phoneticians
also have jointly contributed to developing multi-level speech annotation
systems from articulatory/acoustic events to the pragmatic level via
prosody and syntax.
In this scientific context, which very much fosters the establishment of
cross-disciplinary bridges around spoken language, the knowledge and
resources accumulated by phonologists and phoneticians are now being put to
use by NLP researchers, whether this is to build up lexical databases from
speech corpora, to develop automatic speech recognition systems able to
deal with regional variations in the sound pattern of a language, or to
design talking-face synthesis systems in man-machine communication.

List of Topics

The goal of this special issue will be to offer an overview of the
interfaces that are being developed between phonology, phonetics, and NLP.
Contributions are therefore invited on the following topics:

. Joint contributions of speech databases to NLP and phonology/phonetics
. Automatic procedures for the large-scale processing of multi-modal databases
. Multi-level annotation systems
. Research in phonology/phonetics and speech and language technologies:
synthesis, automatic recognition
. Text-to-speech systems
. NLP and modelisation in phonology/phonetics

Papers may be submitted in English (for non native speakers of French only)
or French and will relate to studies conducted on French, English, or other
languages. They must conform to the TAL guidelines for authors available at

. 11 February 2008: Reception of contributions
. 11 April 2008: Notification of pre-selection / rejection
. 11 May 2008: Reception of pre-selected articles
. 16 June 2008: Notification of final acceptance
. 30 June 2008: Reception of accepted articles' final versions

This special issue of Traitement Automatique des Langues will appear in
autumn 2008.

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