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LINGUIST List 25.2455

Thu Jun 05 2014

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Qatar

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 05-Jun-2014
From: Petya Osenova <petyabultreebank.org>
Subject: Language Technology for Closely-Related Languages and Language Variants
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Full Title: Language Technology for Closely-Related Languages and Language Variants
Short Title: LT4CloseLang

Date: 25-Oct-2014 - 29-Oct-2014
Location: Doha, Qatar
Contact Person: Petya Osenova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://emnlp2014.org/workshops/LT4CloseLang/call.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

Language Technology for Closely-Related Languages and Language Variants
Workshop associated with EMNLP 2014
25 or 29 October 2014, Doha, QATAR


Recent initiatives in language technology have lead to the development of at least minimal language processing toolkits for all EU-official languages, as well as for languages with a large number of speakers worldwide such as Chinese and Arabic. This is a big step towards the automatic processing and/or extraction of information, especially from official documents and newspapers, where the standard, literary language is used.

Apart from those official languages, a large number of dialects or closely-related language variants are in daily use, not only as spoken colloquial languages but also in written media and social networks. This workshop intends to bring together specialists working on LT-Applications dealing with various related language pairs, discuss novel approaches in exploring language closeness, and raise attention on this particular topic. A previous version of this workshop was organised at RANLP 2013 and showed a great interest from communities worldwide as well as the necessity for further activities.

Call for Papers:


Building language resources and tools from scratch is expensive, but the efforts can often be reduced by making use of pre-existing resources and tools for related, resource-richer languages. Examples of language variants include the different variants of Spanish in Latin America, the Arabic dialects in North Africa and the Middle East, German in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, French in France and in Belgium, Dutch in the Netherlands and Flemish in Belgium, etc. Examples of pairs of related languages include Swedish-Norwegian, Bulgarian-Macedonian, Serbian-Bosnian, Spanish-Catalan, Russian-Ukrainian, Irish-Gaelic Scottish, Malay-Indonesian, Turkish–Azerbaijani, Mandarin-Cantonese, Hindi–Urdu, and many others.


We are looking for original unpublished work related (but not limited to) following topics:

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

Submission should be done using START:


Papers should be up to 9 pages long and should follow the formatting instructions for EMNLP'2014 under:


Important Deadlines:

Submission deadline: July 26, 2014, 11:59 pm PST
Acceptance/rejection notification: August 26, 2014
Camera-ready deadline: September 12, 2014, 11:59 pm PST
Workshop: October 25 or 29, 2014

Organizing Committee:

Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Petya Osenova, Sofia University
Cristina Vertan, University of Hamburg

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