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LINGUIST List 24.2598

Wed Jun 26 2013

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Bulgaria

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-Jun-2013
From: Petya Osenova <petyabultreebank.org>
Subject: Workshop on Adaptation of Language Resources and Tools for Closely Related Languages and Language Variants
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Full Title: Workshop on Adaptation of Language Resources and Tools for Closely Related Languages and Language Variants

Date: 12-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Location: Hissar, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Cristina Vertan
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://c-phil.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/view/Main/RANLPLangVar2013

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 24-Jul-2013

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Adaptation of Language Resources and Tools for Closely Related Languages and Language Variants
Associated with RANLP 2013
12-13 September 2013, Hissar, Bulgaria

Recent initiatives in language technology have led to the development of at least minimal language processing kits for all official European languages. This is a big step towards automatic processing and /or extraction of information especially from official documents produced within the European Union.

Apart from those official languages, a large number of dialects or closely related variants are in use, more and more not only as spoken colloquial languages but also in written media.

Building language resources and tools is a costly enterprise and one can benefit from similarities among languages to reduce the effort in constructing LRs. One should be, however, aware also of the discrepancies which are often visible not only at the lexical level. Examples could be different variants of Spanish in Latin America, German spoken in Austria and Switzerland, French - in France and Belgium, Dutch - in the Netherlands and Flemish in Belgium, etc.

Less attention has been paid up to now to the development of LRs for such languages. This has a major impact on promoting language technology at the educational level, using information processing methods in all-day communication, social media, etc.

This workshop intends to draw attention on issues mentioned above by bringing together scientists working with less resourced language variants and producing a roadmap of existing technologies and still existing gaps.

Call for Papers:

We encourage submission of original, unpublished work related, but not restricted to the following topics:

- Adaptation of monolingual tools for close languages and language variants
- Case studies of using LRs and tools for standard languages on documents in language variants
- Machine translation among closely related languages
- Evaluation of LRs and tools for language variants and close languages
- Linguistic issues in adaptation of LRs and tools (e.g. semantic discrepancies, lexical gaps, false friends)

Submissions have to be done through the conference tool, at https://www.softconf.com/ranlp13/RANLPLangVar2013/user/scmd.cgi?scmd=submitPaperCustom&pageid=0.

We will perform a blind review, therefore please ensure that you remove all possible indications to the authors of the paper.

Papers should have a maximum length of 8 pages and should follow the formatting style of the main RANLP conference (http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2013/submissions.php#styles).

Important Dates:

Paper submission: 24 July 2013
Notification of acceptance: 9 August 2013
Submission of final papers: 16 August 2013


Petya Osenova (University of Sofia and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Milena Slavcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and EC Joint Research Centre)
Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg)

Programme Committee:

Laura Alonso y Alemany (University of Cordoba, Argentina)
César Antonio Aguilar (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile)
Antonio Branco (University of Lisbon)
Gerhard Budin (University of Vienna, Austria)
Jose Castaño (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerpen, Belgium)
Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Greece)
Walther v. Hahn (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Susane Jekat (ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland)
Cvetana Krstev (University of Belgrade)
Vladislav Kubon (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
John Nerbone (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
Petya Osenova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Greece)
Laurent Romary (INRIA, France)
Maciej Ogrodniczuk (IPAN, Polish Academy of Sciences)
Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Milena Slavcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and EC Joint Research Centre)
Daniel Stein (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Marco Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Dusko Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Kalliopi Zervanou (University of Tilburg, the Netherlands)

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