[Elsnet-list] Extended deadline: Workshop on Computational Phonology (RANLP 2007)

Petya Osenova petya at bultreebank.org
Tue Jun 12 12:25:39 CEST 2007

Workshop on 
Computational Phonology 

26 September 2007 
Borovets, Bulgaria 

In conjunction with the 
6th International Conference "Recent Advances on Natural Language Processing" 
RANLP-2007 (http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007) 
27-29 September 2007 

Workshop motivation and aims 

We propose a workshop on Computational Phonology to be held in 
conjunction with the 6th RANLP. The focus of work on 
computational phonology, which began in the 1970s is the study of 
the representations and processes needed to model the sound 
structure of natural languages, including e.g. the nature and 
status of phonotactic constraints, the mapping from lexical to 
surface structure (generation) as well as its reverse (parsing), 
the form and implementation of phonology rules, the modeling of 
phonological behavior, e.g. speech errors or the mappings between 
textual and phonological structures (grapheme-phoneme 
conversion), and phonological learning. Phonological and 
computational theories collaborate naturally in approaching all 
these various theoretical and practical tasks. 

Some of the outstanding work in this area has been working in the 
finite-state community (Koskenniemi, Kaplan & Kay, Beesley & 
Karttunen), work on modeling and implementing optimality theory 
(van Noord & Gerdemann, Biro), and work on learning phonology 
(Johnson 1984, Gildea and Jurafsky 1996, Tesar and Smolensky 
2000, Boersma and Hayes 2001, Albright and  Hayes, 2003). 

In addition we encourage submissions from novel areas 
such as the study of phonological variation in 
dialectology and sociolinguistics, the study of 
phonological interference in interlanguage production 
and comprehension, and the study of sound changes in 
diachronic linguistics. 

The Workshop's goals are as follows: 

- bringing together researchers from various, but related backgrounds in computational phonology, 
-  organizing a discussion forum on the hot issues in a promising scientific area 
- identifying prospects for further developments within computational phonology 

The workshop will be on 26 September 2007. We aim at 8-10 presentations. 

Invited speaker:  Grzegorz Kondrak (Alberta) 

Topics of interest: 

-theoretical issues which concern the computer processing of phonologically represented data 
-standards for adequate representation of phonological data in machine readable way, such as ARPAbet and X-SAMPA. 
-implementation of phonological knowledge, such as: phonological rules, interaction of phonology with morphology and/or suprasegmentals; development of support software tools 
-exploration of phonological structure: learning methods for phonological rules, automatic or semi-automatic discovering of phonemic/phonetic dependencies in a context, feature-based analyses, acoustic measurements 
-modeling of phonological behavior, e.g. speech errors, speech synthesis, speech recognition, text-to-speech systems 
-applications of computational phonology in historical linguistics, regional languages and language contact 

The Workshop aims at gathering researchers in phonology and computer science. More precisely, we would expect the active participation of more formally oriented phonologists, and NLPers who apply or develop methods, tools, etc wrt phonology. The workshop is also open to scientists who work at the interface between phonology and other linguistic levels.  Historical linguists and typologists who work computationally are welcome, too. 

Important dates 

Deadline for workshop abstract submission: June 22, 2007 
Notification of acceptance: July 25, 2007 
Final version of paper for workshop proceedings: August 31, 2007 


Papers should describe existing research connected to the topics of the workshop. The presentation at the workshop will be 25 minutes long (20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion). Each submission should show: title; author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, postal address, telephone and fax numbers. Extended abstracts (maximum 8 pages, in PDF format) should conform to RANLP style (http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/). 

The submissions will be received via the START system. Please follow the link: http://quad.softconf.com/ranlp/compphonology2007/ and the instructions there. 

For any questions please write to Petya Osenova at the following e-mail: petya at bultreebank.org 

The accepted papers will be published in the Workshop Proceedings. Their full size will be 12 pages. 

Organizing committee 

Petya Osenova (Department for Bulgarian Language, Sofia University) 
Erhard Hinrichs (SfS, University of Tuebingen) 
John Nerbonne (Alfa Informatica, University of Groningen) 

Program committee: 

Adam Albright (MIT), 
Tamas Biro (Amsterdam), 
Tomaz Erjavec (Ljubljana), 
Grzegorz Kondrak (Alberta), 
Vladimir Zhobov (Sofia), 
Wilbert Heeringa (Groningen), 
Gertjan van Noord (Groningen), 
Dale Gerdemann (Tuebingen) 
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