[Elsnet-list] REMINDER: Call for Papers: 7th SaLTMiL Workshop on "Creation and use of basic lexical resources for less-resourced languages

Mikel L. Forcada mlf at dlsi.ua.es
Tue Feb 16 09:33:04 CET 2010

Call for Papers

7th SaLTMiL Workshop on
"Creation and use of basic lexical resources for less-resourced

A half-day workshop at LREC 2010
Sunday May 23, 2010, morning.
Mediterranean Conference Center, Valetta, Malta

SALTMIL: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/

LREC 2010: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2010/ 

Call For Papers: http://www.computing.dcu.ie/~mforcada/saltmil2010.html 

Paper submission: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2010/SALTMIL2010/

Papers are invited for the above half-day workshop, in the format
outlined below. Most submitted papers will be presented in poster
form, though some authors may be invited to present in lecture format.

Context and focus

The 7th International Workshop of the ISCA Special Interest Group on
Speech and Language Technology for Minority Languages (SaLTMiL: see
http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil), will be held in Malta, on a date
between May 17 and May 23, 2010 to be announced, as part of the 2010
International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
(LREC). Entitled "Creation and use of basic lexical resources for
less-resourced languages", the workshop is intended to continue the
series of SALTMIL/LREC workshops on computational language resources
for minority languages, held in Granada (1998), Athens (2000), Las
Palmas de Gran Canaria (2002), Lisbon (2004), Genoa (2006) and
Marrakech (2008). The Malta 2010 workshop aims to share information on
tools and best practice, so that isolated researchers will not need to
start from scratch. An important aspect will be the forming of
personal contacts, which can minimize duplication of effort. There
will be a balance between presentations of existing language
resources, and more general presentations designed to give background
information needed by all researchers.

The workshop will begin with presentations from invited speakers,
including the following:

* Xabier Artola. University of the Basque Country. "LEXKIT: a
  framework for the creation and use of basic lexical resources for
  less-resourced languages"

* Marc Kemps-Snijders. LAT team at the Max Planck Institute at
  Nijmegen. "ELAN and RELISH project"

Then two of the contributed papers will be presented.

After the break, talks will be followed by a poster session featuring
the remaining contributed papers.  


Papers are invited which include (but are not limited to) the
following issues in the area of the creation and use of basic lexical
resources for less-resourced languages:

* What problems emerge when faced with creating lexical resources for
  languages having different linguistic features from the major

* When using corpus-based methods to create lexical resources, which
  techniques should be promoted in order to get the maximum yield from
  sparse training data?

* What standards will enable researchers to share and create tools and
  techniques for lexical resources across several different languages?

* Which tools are easily re-useable across several unrelated
  languages? What are the existing resources for such languages, and
  which software tools have been found useful?

* How can lexical resources be created when a language does not yet
  have a widely accepted standard written form, or when it has several
  competing standards?


* Mikel L. Forcada: Machine Translation Group, School of Computing,
  Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

* Kepa Sarasola: Dept. of Computer Languages, University of the Basque

* Francis M. Tyers, Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics,
  Universitat d'Alacant, Spain

* Briony Williams: Language Technologies Unit, Bangor University,
  Wales, UK

Programme committee

Briony Williams: Bangor University, Wales, UK

Mikel L. Forcada: Dublin City University, Ireland

Kepa Sarasola: University of the Basque Country

Francis M. Tyers: Universitat d'Alacant, Spain

Trond Trosterud, Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway

Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis University, USA

Hrafn Loftsson, University of Reykjavik

Felipe Sánchez-Martínez, Universitat d'Alacant


We expect short papers of max 6,000 words (up to 6 pages) describing
research addressing one of the above topics, to be submitted as PDF
documents by using the LREC2010 START conference management system
(URL: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2010/SALTMIL2010/).

Submissions should be anonymized. When submitting a paper, from the
START page you will be asked to provide essential information about
resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards,
evaluation kits, etc.) that either have been used for the work
described in the paper or are a new result of your research. The Map
will be disclosed at LREC, where some event(s) will be organised
around this idea. For further information on this new iniative, please
refer to
All contributions (including invited papers) will be included in the
workshop proceedings (CD). They will also be published on the SALTMIL

Submissions of papers should follow the same style as the papers for
the main LREC conference (an Author’s Kit made of specific guidelines
and downloadable templates will be published on the conference web
site in due time). Simultaneous submission to the workshop and the
LREC conference is permitted.  

Important dates

28 February 2010 Deadline for submission

19 March 2010    Notification

31 March 2010    Final version

23 May 2010      Workshop


Registration details will be announced in due course

Mikel L. Forcada <mlf at dlsi.ua.es>
Dept. Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics
Universitat d\\\'Alacant, E-03071 Alacant (Spain)
Tel.: +34 96 590 9776    Fax: +34 96 590 9326

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