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LINGUIST List 23.1459

Thu Mar 22 2012

Confs: Indian Languages, Computational Linguistics/India

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Date: 21-Mar-2012
From: Ronaldo Martins <r.martinsundlfoundation.org>
Subject: UNL Grammar Workshop Series - Indian Chapter
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UNL Grammar Workshop Series - Indian Chapter

Date: 11-Jun-2012 - 15-Jun-2012
Location: Mumbai, India
Contact: Ronaldo Martins
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.unlweb.net

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Other Specialty: Indian Languages

Meeting Description:

The UNDL Foundation invites applications for the Indian Chapter of the UNL Grammar Workshop - Level A1, to take place in the Indian Institute of Technology of Bombay (IIT-Bombay), from June 11-15, 2012. The workshop will be dedicated to the development of the grammatical resources for the processing of the following languages:

Assamese
Bengali
Bodo
Dogri
Gujarati
Hindi
Kannada
Kashmiri
Konkani
Maithili
Malayalam
Manipuri
Marathi
Nepali
Oriya
Punjabi
Sanskrit
Santhali
Sindhi
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu

During the workshop the participants are expected to provide the dictionary entries and the morphological, syntactic and semantic modules of the grammar necessary to generate an experimental corpus of 50 sentences from UNL into their native language, and from their native language into UNL. The grammar is expected to comply with the formalism described at www.unlweb.net/wiki/index.php/Grammar_Specs, and will be provided through the UNLdev, a web-based integrated development environment for creating and editing dictionary entries and grammar rules for natural language processing. The UNDL Foundation will provide all the training and support necessary for the accomplishment of the tasks.

Requisites:

Candidates must be fluent in any of the languages referred to above; should have an university degree in Linguistics, Computer Science or related field; should have been registered in the UNLweb; and should have been approved in CLEA250, CLEA450, CLEA700 and CUP500. These certificates may be pursued online at VALERIE - the Virtual Learning Environment for UNL - available at www.unlweb.net/valerie. Previous experience in natural language processing, respectable academic records and previous experience in any of the existing projects at the UNLweb (such as Le Petit Prince and UNL MIR) will also be valued.

Application:

In order to apply, candidates must send a CV to r.martinsundlfoundation.org until May 1, 2012.

Selection:

The UNDL Foundation will select only one candidate per language, according to the following criteria:

Compliance with the requisites
Strongest experience in natural language processing
Strongest experience in the UNLweb
Highest academic degree

Program and Venue:

The workshop will take 30 hours, from June 11-15, at the IIT/Mumbai, according to the tentative schedule below:

June 11, Monday

09:00-10:00
Introduction

10:00-12:00
I - Corpus

14:00-17:00
II - UNL-NL dictionary

June 12, Tuesday

09:00-12:00
III - Morphology (inflectional paradigms)

14:00-17:00
IV - NL dictionary

June 13, Wednesday

09:00-12:00
V - UNL-NL grammar (I)

14:00-17:00
V - UNL-NL grammar (II)

June 14, Thursday

09:00-12:00
VI - NL-UNL grammar (I)

14:00-17:00
VI - NL-UNL grammar (II)

June 15, Friday

09:00-12:00
Evaluation

14:00-17:00
Discussion

Support:

The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates not living in Mumbai. These include:

A round-trip plane, bus or train ticket from/to Mumbai
7 nights at a hotel in Mumbai*
7 per diem of Rs1,500.00 (total of Rs10,500.00)

The UNDL Foundation will only pay travel expenses inside India. The hotel will be chosen, reserved and paid by the UNDL Foundation, so that all external participants will stay in the same place.

Certification:

The UNDL Foundation will issue a Certificate of Participation, upon evaluation, for all the participants.

Bonus:

After the workshop, the participants will be invited to extend their experimental grammars (for both analysis and generation) for a reference corpus comprising 500 sentences. Those who accomplish this task before the deadline (October 1st, 2012) will receive an additional bonus of Rs25,000.00 (twenty-five thousand Rupees) and will be entitled to participate in the A2-level workshops.

UNDL Foundation:

The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate for implementing the Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL is an artificial language that has been used for several different tasks in natural language engineering, such as machine translation, multilingual document generation, summarization, information retrieval and semantic reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative to reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication in the framework of the UN.

Local Committee:

Pushpak Bhattacharya (IIT-Bombay)
pbcse.ittb.ac.in

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:

Ronaldo Martins (UNDL Foundation)
r.martinsundlfoundation.org



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