LINGUIST List 23.2721

Wed Jun 13 2012

Calls: Text/Corpus Linguistics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 13-Jun-2012
From: Brigitte Krenn <>
Subject: Language Technology for Historical Text(s)
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Full Title: Language Technology for Historical Text(s) Short Title: LThist2012
Date: 21-Sep-2012 - 21-Sep-2012 Location: Vienna, Austria Contact Person: Thierry Declerck
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 24-Jun-2012

Meeting Description:

LThist2012 Workshop, at Konvens 2012Language Technology for Historical Text(s)

The interaction between Human Language Technology (HLT) and Digital Humanities (DH) at large has been the focus of various projects and initiatives during the last years, aiming to bring forward language resources and tools for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage.

Related to this development, the specific focus of LThist 2012 lies on the development of technology and resources required for processing historical texts. Contributors and participants are invited: (i) To compare and, to the extent possible, interchange data, tools, approaches, and standards that make historical texts accessible to automatic processing. In line with the general topic of Konvens2012, specific attention will be paid to the adoption of empirical methods. (ii) To discuss ways and strategies for shaping HLT resources (tools, data and metadata) in ways that are maximally beneficial for researchers in the Humanities.

In the workshop, historical texts are understood in two ways: Texts as documents of older forms of languages and linguistic varieties, and texts as documentations of historical content, in various domains (like medicine, philosophy, etc.). Therefore the workshop will not only be concerned with questions of collecting, representing, processing and exchanging corpora of historical texts and respective tools, but also with finding ways to correlate linguistic information with data representing extra-linguistic historical context.

Topic areas that will be addressed in LThist 2012 comprise (but are not limited to) methods and tools: for processing historical texts making use of rule-based as well as statistical approaches; for building corpora of historical texts and languages; for integrating multimedia and multimodal aspects (text and image) in historical corpora; for building concrete applications and creating concrete infrastructures supporting the collaboration between HLT and DH.

2nd Call for Papers:

The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 24, 2012.

Topics (indicative list):

- Building corpora of historical text- Extraction of lexicographic information from historical texts (eLexicography)- Methods and tools for processing of historical corpora - rule-based vs. statistical approaches, with a particular focus on addressing differences to processing modern corpora, and related implications for the development of respective natural language processing tools- Multimedia/modal aspects (text and image) in historical corpora- Representational issues, for example inclusion of temporal information in historical corpora and lexicons- Interaction with historical and social sciences, inclusion of non-linguistic data in historical corpora and lexicons, and related requirements on knowledge representation- Applications in the various fields of Language Technology (HLT) and Digital Humanities (DH)- Interaction and integration of standards in the HLT and DH fields- Infrastructures for HLT and DH collaborations


The authors are invited to prepare 2 types of submissions:

1. Full papers describing accomplished work (8 pages + references)2. Short papers on-ongoing work or concrete proposals (4 pages + references)

Submission guidelines can be found at:

Submission System:

Important Dates:

June 24, 2012: Paper submission deadlineJuly 20, 2012: Notification to the authorsAugust 27, 2012: Camera ready versionsSeptember 21, 2012: Workshop


Thierry Declerck, DFKI GmbH, Germany & ICLTT-ÖAW, AustriaBrigitte Krenn, ÖFAI, Vienna, AustriaKarlheinz Mörth, ICLTT-ÖAW, Vienna, Austria

For any questions, please contact Thierry Declerck (

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