[Elsnet-list] Deadline extended to 04/03/13: Workshop on Arabic Corpus Linguistics (WACL-2) at CL2013

Eric Atwell E.S.Atwell at leeds.ac.uk
Thu Feb 21 18:03:40 CET 2013

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Second Workshop on Arabic Corpus Linguistics (WACL-2)

Workshop in conjunction with the Corpus Linguistics 2013 conference
     Monday 22nd July 2013 - Lancaster University, UK

FINAL CALL for 600-word extended abstracts
DEADLINE: extended to Monday 04/03/13 - see below

Keynote speaker:
     Claire Brierley, University of Leeds -- "Natural Language Processing
     working together with Arabic and Islamic Studies"

     Eric Atwell, University of Leeds
     Andrew Hardie, Lancaster University


We invite proposals for the full-day Second Workshop on Arabic Corpus
Linguistics, to be held in conjunction with the **CORPUS LINGUISTICS
2013** conference. Following on from the successful first WACL in 2011
(http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/wacl), as well as the related event LRE-REL
in 2012 (http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/arabic/lre-rel.html), WACL-2
will again take place at Lancaster University.

The aim of this series of workshops is to create a venue for exploring
progress in the field of research into the Arabic language using
corpora, from across the many areas of corpus linguistics and
computational linguistics where the analysis of Arabic structure and
usage is an active issue.

The scope of the workshop encompasses both (a) the design, construction
and annotation of Arabic corpora, and (b) the use of corpora in
research on the Arabic language - in any relevant area, including (but
not limited to!) lexis and lexicography, syntax, collocation, NLP
systems and analysis tools, contrastive and historical studies,
stylistics, and discourse analysis. All varieties of Arabic - including
the different Colloquial Arabics as well as Classical/Qur'anic and
Modern Standard forms of the language - are within the workshop's

Abstracts of presentations are invited on any of these areas, or on
any other topic related to the study of Arabic-language corpora.
Presentations either describing finished research or reporting work
in progress are welcome. Submissions from postgraduate students are
especially welcome.

Abstracts should be up to 600 words (not including references);
presentations will be in the usual format (20 minutes for the
presentation and 10 minutes for questions).

Please submit abstracts by email to Andrew Hardie
(a.hardie at lancaster.ac.uk). Please use the same abstract format
prescribed by the main conference - a template can be found at
http://corpora.lancs.ac.uk/submission/template . Acceptable file
formats are Microsoft Word .doc(x), RTF, or OpenDocument text
(.odt). Please use Unicode characters for any Arabic text examples.
All abstracts should be in English rather than Arabic;
English will be the language of the workshop.

    Please note that we will not accept for WACL-2 any abstract which
    has also been submitted to the main CL2013 conference in verbatim
    form. We are happy to consider submissions arising from a research
    project which is also being presented at the main conference, but the
    content must not be identical or overlap substantially. For example,
    it might be appropriate to submit to WACL-2 a presentation focusing
    on matters of interest to Arabic specialists, while submitting an
    abstract of broader methodological or theoretical interest to the
    main conference.

Key dates:

*  Closing date for abstracts: NEW: Monday March 4th 2013
*  Responses to abstract submission: Monday March 11th 2013.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a longer
extended abstract (up to 6 pages) for the Proceedings.


Participants should register for the workshop day via the CL2013
website (this can be done in addition to, or independently of,
registration for the main conference). Registration opens on
February 15th 2013. See this page for details:

Workshop webpage:

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