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LINGUIST List 21.2189

Tue May 11 2010

FYI: Call for Book Proposals: NLP for Specific Languages

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        1.    Helen Chen, Call for Book Proposals: NLP for Specific Languages

Message 1: Call for Book Proposals: NLP for Specific Languages
Date: 10-May-2010
From: Helen Chen <helenkychengmail.com>
Subject: Call for Book Proposals: NLP for Specific Languages
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Call for Book Proposals
Studies in Natural Language Processing – NLP for Specific Languages
Series Editor
Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Editorial Board Members
Christopher Manning (Stanford University)
Yuji Matsumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam)
Harold Somers (Dublin City University)
Suzanne Stevenson (University of Toronto)

Over the last six years we have witnessed some major developments in the
field of computational linguistics and natural language processing, in the
areas of resources, methodologies and application paradigms. Ready access
to large annotated corpora and raw data coupled with highly developed
machine-learning tools has allowed us to run large experiments and build
complex systems based on web data and applications. The availability of
significantly sized language resources in a growing number of languages
means that NLP research now begins to tackle the challenges of linguistic
diversity and be involved in the empowering process of making many local
languages electronically accessible with significant web-content. Hence the
demand for reference research material will come not only from researchers
working on that particular language but also from any researchers who are
interested in doing cross-lingual research involving that particular language.

Part of the renewal of the series "Studies in Natural Language Processing"
with the Cambridge University Press will concentrate on soliciting titles
on 'NLP for Specific Languages' – that is, titles that deal with processing
issues of a specific natural language. The simple fact that each language
has its own unique grammar and lexicon means that the most basic issues in
the processing of that language must be examined in the context of a new
set of data and cannot be assumed to be identical to the processing issues
of a previously studied language. In other words, a comprehensive
state-of-the-art survey book will be an irreplaceable reference of interest
to researchers working on processing of this particular language and on
cross-lingual processing involving this language, as well as to linguists
studying this language.

Template for 'Specific Language Processing'
I. A General Linguistic Description of the Language. This part should
start with a short description of the status of the language (speakers,
geographic distribution, writing system, history, variations etc. Please
refer to Ethnologue: Languages of the World, ed. by P. Lewis, 2009, or
http://www.ethnologue.com/ for further reference). Grammatical description
should follow the general format of the Cambridge Reference Grammars and
refer to that particular book when available. Focus and more details should
be given to linguistic characteristics directly relevant to language
processing. [Roughly 100-120 pp.]
II. Overview of available resources, including grammars, corpora, lexica
etc. The overview should give a description of the accessibility and
licensing info. As the availability of number of resources is rapidly on
the rise for most of the languages, a possibility to keep this information
update is to work with OLAC to keep an updated online repository of this
information. [20-50pp.]
III. Survey of processing issues and up-to-date research developments.
[80-100 pp.]
IV. State-of-the-art language engineering applications and future
challenges. [20-50 pp.]

To ensure that our series has the maximal impact on the field, another
innovation is that it is required from each author to provide an electronic
file of language resources created or referred to in their book. The
Editor’s preliminary proposal is that the language resources file should
follow either the Map-of-Language Resources format and should be compatible
for inclusion in the OLAC repository. The Map-of-Language format is
recently proposed by FLaReNet and ELRA and will be first implemented for
LREC-2010 and expected to be followed by other conferences/book series.
(See http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2010/?LREC2010-Map-of-Language-Resources)
In addition to allowing the resources information of our series to be
updated without publishing revised editions of our books, this will also
enhance our status as the primary source of reference, especially for the
'X Language Processing' titles.

From 2010-2012, we plan to publish and/or finalize syndication of up to 6
'Specific Language Processing' books. There will be no deadlines for
submitting a book proposal, but authors should be reminded that the whole
process will on average take 2 years from the first draft of proposal.

For more information on the series or to submit a book proposal, please

Chu-Ren Huang
Dean of Faculty of Humanities
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Hum, Hong Kong
Tel (852) 2766 5010
Fax (852) 2363 8955

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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