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LINGUIST List 25.891

Fri Feb 21 2014

Calls: Arabic, Standard, Computational Ling, Text/Corpus Ling, General Ling/Morocco

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

Date: 21-Feb-2014
From: Vito Pirrelli <vito.pirrelliilc.cnr.it>
Subject: Arabic Natural Language Processing
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Full Title: Arabic Natural Language Processing
Short Title: ANLP - CIST14

Date: 21-Oct-2014 - 22-Oct-2014
Location: Tetuan-Chefchaouen, Morocco
Contact Person: Vito Pirrelli
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ieee.ma/cist14/special-invited-sessions/anlp-14

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

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2014

Meeting Description:

Language technologies are instrumental to millions of people who use them every day without even being aware of them. Systems like Google Translate and web search engines rely more and more on levels of linguistic information automatically provided through NLP-based tools operating in the background. This development, we believe, has deeply affected the way we think about language from a scientific perspective. Linguists have progressively turned the focus of their research from abstract structural properties of language to the dynamics of its usage in every-day communicative contexts.

There is increasing awareness that language technologies and computational models of language processes not only shed considerable light on traditional issues in language and literary studies but may also lead to a radical reconceptualization of them. Theoretical models of aspects of language usage such as language acquisition, lexical access, speech recognition, text translation, text analysis, ontology extraction, reading and optical character recognition can be put to a rigorous empirical test through computer-based implementations of some of their assumptions. In this perspective, computer technologies prove to provide an empirical middle ground where interdisciplinary insights coming from different theoretical standpoints and scientific domains can be empirically assessed and possibly integrated.

This special session is intended to explore and debate the contribution of computational language models to a better understanding of linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, historical and literary issues of the Arabic language and culture. We particularly welcome contributions addressing fundamental aspects of Arabic NLP, communication technology, language resources and automated text analysis by looking at their implications for both state-of-the-art language technologies and Arabic language knowledge at large.

Call for Papers:


We solicit submission of original ideas and papers describing significant results and developments from both researchers and practitioners in a specific range of fields addressing the following topics:

- Information retrieval and extraction
- Text mining
- Named entity recognition
- Question answering
- Word sense disambiguation
- Machine Translation
- Stochastic language models
- Connectionist language models
- Language technologies for Arabic cultural heritage
- Arabic optical character recognition
- Arabic digital epigraphy

Paper Submissions:

Prospective authors should submit by using the online abstract submission form, available at CIST'14 website http://www.ieee.ma/cist/, a paper of 4 pages minimum including references and describing their original work. Please also use the template available at the website.


Accepted papers will be published in the proceeding in the IEEE Xplore Library. Furthermore, authors of high quality papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for potential publication in a special issue/section of an international journal.

Accepted papers must be registered; otherwise they will not be included in the IEEE Xplore Library.


Paper submission: April 15, 2014
Acceptance notification: May 30, 2014
Camera-ready submission: June 23, 2012
Author registration: July 23, 2012
Invited session date: October 21,22 2012

At least one of the co-authors of every paper should register.

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