[Elsnet-list] 1st CFP: LREC 2010 Workshop: Multilingual resources and tools for Central and (South-)Eastern European languages

Milena Slavcheva milena at lml.bas.bg
Thu Dec 17 14:04:35 CET 2009

Appologies for multiple postings



23rd May 2010, La Valleta, Malta

organised in conjunction with LREC 2010 Conference 
(17-23 May 2010, La Valleta, Malta)


Papers submission deadline: 7th March 2010

The reconciliation of differences in the availability of language  resources and tools for more 
intensively and less intensively spoken languages has been the main concern of  several 
European initiatives. Central and (South-) Eastern European languages can be the subject of  
a case study in that respect: integration of diverse languages into a broad language community.

The main result of these initiatives was the increased production of  language resources and 
especially language technology tools for Central, Eastern and Southern European languages 
in recent years. While monolingual systems have achieved performances comparable to  
those for intensively studied languages, still a lot of work has to be invested in multilingual 
tools for applications such as machine translation or cross-lingual information retrieval.  
At least three major issues have critical influence on the performance of such systems:

- the availability of the appropriate quantities of data for training and evaluation
- the analysis of structural linguistic differences among languages so as to be able 
to improve statistical methods with targeted linguistic knowledge;
- the availability of knowledge bases for incorporation into language processing systems.

The identification of key aspects of linguistic modelling and resource supply for multilingual 
technologies involving Central, Eastern and Southern European languages can have impact 
not only on the local improvement of such systems but also on the overall development of  
multilingual technologies. The same holds for well established or emerging linguistic 
knowledge representation frameworks, which can only benefit from embedding components 
for Central, Eastern and Southern European languages.

We are looking for submission of original, unpublished work related to Central and 
(South-)Eastern European languages in the following areas:

- Automatic identification of comparable or parallel corpora
- Extraction of linguistic knowledge from comparable or parallel corpora
- Improvement of statistical methods with knowledge extracted from 
comparable or parallel corpora
- Domain adaptation of statistical methods in multilingual context
- Multilingual systems involving Central, Eastern and Southern European languages
- Production, management and interfacing of knowledge bases including Central, 
Eastern and Southern European languages
- Machine translation for Central, Eastern and Southern European languages

A special section of the workshop will be dedicated to machine translation issues and a 
special call for participation will be issued respectively at the beginning of January. 
The registered participants for this section will receive a set of English texts and they will be  
asked to translate them by means of existing on-line or other in-house MT tools.  They will 
be asked to analyse criteria like syntactic /semantic correctness, intelligibility of the translations, 
as well as to distinguish typical and repetitive mistakes at morphological /syntactic, and semantic level.

Accepted papers will be published in workshop proceedings. We also intend to publish revised 
versions of the papers in a volume in LINCOM Series. Demonstrations of existing systems are also wellcome.

Submission Details

Submissions have to be made through the START system of the main LREC conference under
  https://www.softconf.com/lrec2010/MultiLR2010/ .
Contributors should submit a PDF file no longer than 10 DIN-A4 pages. The formatting details 
should follow the LREC conference formatting details. Papers will be blind reviewed by 
minimum 3 members of the Programme Committee.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential 
information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) 
that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your  
research. For further information on this new iniative, please refer to:

Important Dates

- Deadline for paper submission: 7th March  2010
- Notification of acceptance / rejection:  25th March 2010
- Submission of final papers: 10th April 2010
- Workshop: 23rd May 2010

Organising Committee

- Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Natural Language and Knowledge Extraction Department, Athens Greece
- Milena Slavcheva, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Institute for Parallel Processing, 
Linguistic Modeling Department, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Cristina Vertan, University of Hamburg, Arbeitsstelle "Computerphilologie", Hamburg, Germany

Programme Committee

Galja Angelova(IPP, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Bogdan Babych (Centre for Translation Studies, Leeds, UK)
Damir Cavar (University of Zadar, Croatia)
Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Athens, Greece)
Walther von Hahn (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Cvetana Krstev (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Vladislav Kubon (Charles University, Prague)
Petya Osenova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Athens, Greece)
Gabor Proszeky (Morphologic, Hungary)
Adam Przepiorkowski (IPAN, Polish Academy of Sciences)
Milena Slavcheva (IPP, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Kiril Simov (IPP, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy of Sciences)
Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Dusko Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)


For further questions please see the web page of the workshop at:  
or contact Dr. Cristina Vertan under:
cristina DOT vertan AT uni-hamburg DOT de
tel: +4940428384767


Milena Slavcheva

Linguistic Modeling Department
Institute for Parallel Processing
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
25A, Acad. Georgi Bonchev St.
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

phone: (+359) 2 979 2812
e-mail: milena at lml.bas.bg
URL:  http://lml.bas.bg/~milena

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