[Elsnet-list] Re: Last cfp: RANLP-2009 Workshop on Natural Language Processing methods and corpora in translation, lexicography, and language learning

Iustina N. Ilisei iustina.ilisei2 at wlv.ac.uk
Thu Sep 10 17:40:26 CEST 2009


[Apologies for cross-postings]

Call for participation
RANLP-2009 Workshop on Natural Language Processing methods and corpora 
in translation, lexicography, and language learning

We are pleased to announce the workshop on Natural Language Processing 
methods and corpora in translation studies, lexicography, and language 
learning, to be held in conjunction with the main RANLP-09 conference in 
Borovets, Bulgaria, on 17th of September 2009.


Motivation

Corpora are now indispensable tools in research and everyday practice 
for translators, lexicographers, second language learners. Specialists 
in these areas share a general goal in using corpora in their work: 
corpora provide the possibility to find and analyse linguistic patterns 
characteristic of various kinds of language users, monitor language 
change, and reveal important similarities and divergences across 
different languages. For professional translators corpora present an 
invaluable linguistic and cultural awareness tools. For language 
learners, they serve as a means to gain insights into specifics of 
competent language use as well as to analyse typical errors of fellow 
learners. For lexicographers, corpora are key for monitoring the 
development of the vocabularies of languages, making informed decisions 
as to lexicographic relevance of the lexical material, and for general 
verification of all varieties of lexicographic data.

While simple corpus analysis tools such as concordancers have been long 
in use in these specialist areas, in the past decade there have been 
important developments in Natural Language Processing (NLP) 
technologies: it has become much easier to construct corpora and 
powerful NLP methods have become available that can be used to analyse 
corpora not only on the surface level, but also on the syntactic, and 
even semantic, pragmatic, and stylistic levels.

This workshop aims to bring together the developers and the users of NLP 
technologies for the purposes of translation, translation studies, 
lexicography, terminology, and language learning in order to present 
their research and discuss new possibilities and challenges in these fields.


Topics

Submissions were invited for the following topics of interest to the 
workshop:

- NLP methodologies for processing parallel and comparable corpora
- Context-sensitive dictionary look-up
- Corpus-based study and identification of cognates and false friends
- Compilation and use of corpora in translation studies
- Corpus-based study of properties of translated text: translation 
universals, phraseology, lexical and grammatical patterns
- Corpora in translator training
- Translation of terms and collocations using corpora
- Bilingual concordancing in translation applications
- NLP methods for Computer-Aided Translation
- Compilation of specialised terminologies
- Compilation of corpora for bilingual lexicography
- Detection of gaps in bilingual dictionaries
- Corpus-based estimation of lexicographic relevance
- Term and collocation extraction
- Discovery of illustrative examples and definitions of words and word 
senses in corpora
- Reading and writing aid applications for language learners
- Automated text glossing in Computer-Aided Language Learning (CALL)
- Corpus-based design of assessment materials in CALL
- Error detection and error analysis in CALL
- Detection of first-language interference in learner corpora


Programme Committee

Marco Baroni (University of Trento)
Jill Burstein (Educational Testing Service)
Michael Carl (Copenhagen Business School)
Gloria Corpas Pastor (University of Malaga)
Le An Ha (University of Wolverhampton)
Patrick Hanks (Masaryk University)
Marie-Claude Homme (Université de Montréal)
Federico Gaspari (University of Bologna)
Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)
Roberto Navigli (University of Rome 'La Sapienza')
Miriam Seghiri (University of Malaga)
Pete Whitelock (Oxford University Press)
Richard Xiao (Edge Hill University)
Federico Zanettin (University of Perugia)

Organising Committee

Iustina Ilisei (University of Wolverhampton)
Viktor Pekar (Oxford University Press)
Silvia Bernardini (University of Bologna)


PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

9.20 - 9.30 Welcome
9.30 - 10.30 Gloria Corpas Pastor (invited talk)
10.30 - 11.00 Dimitar Kazakov and Ahmad Shahid : "Unsupervised 
Construction of a Multilingual WordNet from Parallel Corpora"

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 12.00 Verónica Pastor and Amparo Alcina: "Search techniques in 
corpora for the training of translators"
12.00 - 12.30 Jörg Tiedemann: "Evidence-Based Word Alignment"

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 - 15.00 Ruslan Mitkov (invited talk)
15.00 - 15.30 Jörg Tiedemann and Gideon Kotzé: "A Discriminative 
Approach to Tree Alignment"

15.30 - 16.00 Break

16.00 - 16.30 Judita Preiss, Andrew Coonce and Brittany Baker: "HMMs, 
GRs, and n-grams as lexical substitution techniques – are they portable 
to other languages?"
16.30 - 17.00 Caroline Barrière: "Finding domain specific collocations 
and concordances on the Web"
17.00 - 17.30: Round table/Closing session

MORE INFORMATION

The workshop's webpage will regularly be updated with useful information
about the workshop:

You can contact the workshop organisers for further information:
iustina.ilisei at gmail.com

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