[Elsnet-list] First CfP: Workshop on Computational Phonology, RANLP

Petya Osenova petya at bultreebank.org
Wed Mar 21 09:08:54 CET 2007


Workshop on

Computational Phonology

(www.let.rug.nl/alfa/Borovetz-2007/)

 

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, Bíró), 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 15, 2007

Notification of acceptance: July 25, 2007

Final version of paper for workshop proceedings: August 31, 2007

Submissions
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 (http://www.softconf.com/). More details about the procedure will be provided soon on the site of the workshop.

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
Dr. Petya Osenova (Department for Bulgarian Language, Sofia University)

Prof. Erhard Hinrichs (SfS, University of Tuebingen)

Prof. John Nerbonne (Alfa Informatica, University of Groningen)

 

Program committee:

 

Adam Albright (MIT),

Tamás Biro (Amsterdam),

Tomas Erjavec (Lyublyana),

Grzegorz Kondrak (Alberta),

Vladimir Zhobov (Sofia),

Wilbert Heeringa (Groningen),

Gertjan van Noord (Groningen),

Dale Gerdemann (Tuebingen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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