Cristina Vertan cristina.vertan at uni-hamburg.de
Wed Jun 4 15:03:42 CEST 2014

Appologies for cross-posting


Workshop associated with EMNL 2014

25 or 29 October 2014, Doha, QATAR




Recent initiatives in language technology have lead to the development  
of at least minimal language processing toolkits for all EU-official  
languages, as well as for languages with a large number of speakers  
worldwide such as Chinese and Arabic. This is a big step towards the  
automatic processing and/or extraction of information, especially from  
official documents and newspapers, where the standard, literary  
language is used.

Apart from those official languages, a large number of dialects or  
closely-related language variants are in daily use, not only as spoken  
colloquial languages but also in written media and social networks.

Building language resources and tools from scratch is expensive, but  
the efforts can often be reduced by making use of pre-existing  
resources and tools for related, resource-richer languages.  Examples  
of language variants include the different variants of Spanish in  
Latin America, the Arabic dialects in North Africa and the Middle  
East, German in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, French in France and  
in Belgium, Dutch in the Netherlands and Flemish in Belgium, etc.  
Examples of pairs of related languages include Swedish-Norwegian,  
Bulgarian-Macedonian, Serbian-Bosnian, Spanish-Catalan,  
Russian-Ukrainian, Irish-Gaelic
Scottish, Malay-Indonesian, Turkish?Azerbaijani, Mandarin-Cantonese,  
Hindi?Urdu, and many other.

This workshop intends to bring together specialists working on  
LT-Applications dealing with various related language pairs, discuss  
novel approaches in exploring language closeness, and raise attention  
on this particular topic. A previous version of this workshop was  
organised at RANLP 2013 and showed a great interest from communities  
worldwide as well as the
necessity for further activities.


We are looking for original unpublished work related (but not limited  
to) following topics
- Adaptation of monolingual tools for closely-related languages and  
language variants
- Case studies of using language resources and tools for standard  
languages on documents in language variants
- Machine translation among closely related languages
- Evaluation of language resources and tools for language variants and  
close languages.
- Linguistic issues in adaptation of language resources and tools  
(e.g., semantic discrepancies, lexical gaps, false friends)

Submission should be done using START:


Papers should be up to 9 pages long and should follow the formatting  
instructions for EMNLP'2014 under:

Submission deadline: July 26, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PST
Acceptance/rejection notification: August 26, 2014
Camera-ready deadline: September 12, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PST
Workshop: October 25 or 29, 2014


Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Petya Osenova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Cristina Vertan, University of Hamburg


Laura Alonso y Alemany (Univeristy of Cordoba, Argentina)
César Antonio Aguilar (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile,  
Santiago de Chile, Chile)
José Castaño (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
David Chiang (University of Southern California, USA)
  Marta Costa-Jussà (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Kareem Darwish (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Greece)
Francisco Guzman (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Barry Haddow (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Nizar Habash (Columbia University, USA)
Walther v. Hahn (University of Hamburg,Germany)
Francisco Guzman Herrera (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Cvetana Krstev (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Vladislav Kubon (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
Thang Luong Minh (Stanford university, USA)
John Nerbonne (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Graham Neubig (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Kemal Oflazer (Carnegie-Mellon University, Qatar)
Maciej Ogrodniczuk (IPAN, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Slav Petrov (Google, New York, USA)
Stefan Riezler (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Laurent Romary (INRIA, France)
Hassan Sajjad (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Milena Slavcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Marco Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Jörg Tiedemann (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Dusko Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Stephan Vogel (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Pidong Wang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Taro Watanabe (NICT, Japan)
Dr. Cristina Vertan
Arbeitsstelle "Computerphilologie"
AB. Natürlichsprachliche Systeme (NATS)
vogt-Kölln Strasse 30
22527 Hamburg

Raum/room F-534b
tel: +49 40 42883 2319
fax: +49 40 42883 2385


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