[Elsnet-list] Workshop LREC: HLT & NLP within the Arabic world

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*HLT & NLP within the Arabic world: Arabic Language and *

*local** languages processing: Status Updates and Prospects*

Please refer to http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/Workshops.html for

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*_Motivation and Aims_*

This Workshop intends to add value to the issues addressed during the
main conference
(Human Language Technologies (HLT) & Natural Language Processing
(NLP)) and enhance the
work carried out at different places to process Arabic language(s) and
more generally
Semitic languages and other local and foreign languages spoken in the

It should bring together people who are actively involved in Arabic
Written and Spoken
language processing in a mono- or cross/multilingual context, and give them
opportunity to update the community through reports on completed and
ongoing work as well
as on the availability of LRs, evaluation protocols and campaigns,
products and core
technologies (in particular open source ones). This should enable the
participants to
develop a common view on where we stand with respect to these
particular set of languages
and to foster the discussion of the future of this research area.
Particular attention will be paid to activities involving technologies  
such as Machine
Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval/extraction, Summarization, Speech to
transcriptions, etc., and languages such as Arabic varieties, Amazigh,
Amharic, Hebrew,
Maltese, and other local languages. Evaluation methodologies and
resources for evaluation
of HLT are also a main focus.

*_Topics of Interest_*

The submissions should address some of the following issues:

·        Issues in the design, the acquisition, creation, management,
distribution, use of Language Resources (Standard Arabic, Colloquial
Arabic, other
Semitic languages, Amazigh, Coptic, Maltese, English/French spoken
locally, etc.)

·        Impact on LR collections/processing and NLP of the crucial
issues related to
"code switching" between different dialects and languages

·        Specific issues related to the above-mentioned languages such
as role of
morphology, named entities, corpus alignment, etc.)

·        Multilinguality issues including relationship between
Colloquial and Standard

·        Exploitation of LR in different types of applications ·
   Industrial LR
requirements and community's response;

·        Benchmarking of systems and products; resources for
benchmarking and evaluation
for written and spoken language processing;

·        Focus on some key technologies such as MT (all approaches
e.g. Statistical,
Example-Based, etc.), Information Retrieval, Speech Recognition,
Spoken Documents
Retrieval, CLIR, Question-Answering, Summarization,

·        Local, regional, and international activities and projects;

·        Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for regional and

*_Submission Details (more on

Submissions must be in English. Abstracts for workshop contributions
should not exceed
Four A4 pages (excluding references). An additional title page should
state: the title;
author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, as
well as postal
address, telephone and fax numbers.

Submission is to be sent by email, preferably in Postscript or PDF format,
arabic at elda.org <mailto:choukri at elda.org&amp;amp;gt; to arrive before *_15
February 2008_*.
Registration to LREC'08 will be required for participation, so
potential participants are
invited to refer to the main conference website for all details not
covered in the
present call (http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/)

*_Important Dates_*

Call for papers:                                           3 January 2008

Deadline for abstract submissions:           15 February 2008

Notification of acceptance:                       14 March 2008

Final version of accepted paper:                11 April 2008

Workshop full-day:                               Saturday 31^st May 2008

*_Workshop chair_*

Khalid Choukri (ELRA/ELDA, France)

*_Workshop Co-chairs_*

Mona Diab, Columbia University, USA

Bente Maegaard (CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Paolo Rosso, Universidad Politécnica Valencia, Spain

Abdelhadi Soudi ENIM (Morocco)

Ali Farghaly, Oracle USA and Monterey Institute of International Studies

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