LINGUIST List 26.691

Mon Feb 02 2015

Calls: Maithili, Computational Linguistics/India

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Date: 31-Jan-2015
From: Anil Kumar Singh <>
Subject: Regional Symposium on Natural Language Processing
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Full Title: Regional Symposium on Natural Language Processing
Short Title: regICON-2015

Date: 21-Mar-2015 - 22-Mar-2015
Location: Varanasi, U.P., India
Contact Person: Anil Kumar Singh
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Maithili

Language Family(ies): Indo-Aryan

Call Deadline: 21-Feb-2015

Meeting Description:

The last decade or so has seen a rapid growth in the research and development in the field of Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics in India (and South Asia in general). For some of the major languages like Hindi/Urdu and Bangla, we already have some language resources and some important tools. Larger systems, such as for Machine Translation, have also been developed and deployed in the last decade for major Indian languages.

However, India (or South Asia) has a large number of langauges, some of them not officially recognised, even if spoken by a large population. Keeping this in mind, the NLP Association of India had taken a decision to hold events similar to ICON, but focused more on languages of specific regions of India, including the 'minor' languages. regICON-2015 is the next in this series after the recently held iDravidian-2014, which was co-located with ICON-2014. The focus in regICON-2015 is on the languages of the eastern region of India commonly known as Poorvanchal, as well as some surrounding areas. The symposium will still be open to work on Hindi/Urdu, English and Sanskrit and will also include Nepali.

Call for Papers:

The Natural Language Processing Association of India (NLPAI) has recently taken an initiative to promote NLP conferences or symposia focusing on regional languages of India. One such symposium was held in December 2014, co-located with ICON-2014 at Goa, focused on Dravidian languages. The idea is to motivate NLP work on languages of various regions of India, including those which are not ''official'' languages (i.e., not scheduled), and to disseminate such work to the larger community. Such a conference or symposium will allow researchers with common interests to come together and share their results and have discussions. In continuation of that policy, it has been decided that the next regional conference will be held in Varanasi and it will be focused on languages of the eastern region of India, commonly known as Poorvanchal, as well as of some surrounding areas. The work featured at the symposium will include building NLP tools and systems and creating computationally useful resources for their respective languages. Some languages of interest are Bhojpuri, Magahi, Maithili, Nepali, Kannuaji, Awadhi, Braj and Santhali, apart from other Indian languages such Hindi/Urdu and Sanskrit.

The symposium (regICON: Regional ICON) will feature papers and presentations on recently completed and on-going projects conducted by researchers from universities and institutions from around the country. It will also include keynote talks by distinguished invited speakers and a panel discussion. We seek participation of researchers from both computer science and linguistics backgrounds.

We invite submissions of papers on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Basic core technologies: morphological analysis, disambiguation, tokenization, POS tagging, named entity detection, chunking, parsing, semantic role labeling, sentiment analysis, etc.
- Linguistics: morphology, phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics
- Applications: machine translation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, optical character recognition, pedagogy, assistive technologies, social media, etc.
- Resources: dictionaries, annotated data etc.

Papers are invited on original and unpublished work from ongoing research /early research on all aspects of Natural Language Processing and Linguistics pertaining to languages of interest listed above. Submissions may include work in progress as well as finished work. Preference will be given to submissions having a clear focus on specific issues pertaining to languages of interest. Submissions are preferably expected to be 6 pages long in ACL or LSA standard format. The language of submission (the language in which the papers are written) can be English or Hindi.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: February 21, 2015
Paper acceptance notification: March 3, 2015
Camera ready copy due: March 10, 2015
Symposium dates: March 21-22, 2015

Please email your paper to

Organizing Committee:

Anil Kumar Singh
Anil Thakur
Sanjukta Ghosh
Swasti Mishra

Programme Committee (Tentative):

Rajeev Sangal (Chair)
Dipti Misra Sharma
Girish Nath Jha
Niladri Sekhar Dash
Subhash Chandra
Sanghmitra Mohanty
Kamal Choudhary
Amitava Das
Asif Ekbal
Hima Bindu
Anil Kumar Singh
Anil Thakur
Sanjukta Ghosh
Swasti Mishra

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