[Elsnet-list] Arabic Natural Dialect Processing Workshop New deadlines March 20th

Mourad Abbas abb.mourad at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 12:14:54 CET 2014

Dear all,

The deadlines of the Arabic Natural Dialect Processing Workshop are
extendend to March 20th,  2014.

Best regards

Mourad Abbas

Important Dates
DatesSubmission DeadlineMarch 10, 2014 March 20, 2014Notification of
AcceptanceMarch 25, 2014Camera Ready SubmissionMarch 31, 2014Last Day for
RegistrationMarch 31, 2014, however, it is recommended to do it few days
beforeConference DatesApril 9-11, 2014

Arabic Natural Dialect Processing


to be held in conjuction with
The International Conference on Computing Technology and Information
Management (ICCTIM2014)
Dubai, UAE - April 9-11, 2014


*Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)* is the language of more than 250 million
persons. It is used mainly in writing and in formal speech. Unfortunately,
most of Arab people, do not use MSA in their daily conversations; the
result is that different Arabic dialects are spoken through more than
twenty countries. In fact, MSA is not acquired as a mother tongue, but
rather it is learned as a second language at school and through exposure to
formal broadcast programs (such as the daily news), religious practice, and
newspaper. Spoken Arabic is often referred to as colloquial Arabic,
dialects, or vernaculars. It's a mixed form, which has many variations, and
often a dominating influence from local languages (from before the
introduction of Arabic) and from languages of the countries which occupied
the Arabic region. Differences between the various variants of spoken
Arabic can be large enough to make them incomprehensible to Arabic people
coming from different regions.

Hence, regarding the large differences between such spoken languages, we
can consider them as disparate languages or more exactly as different
dialects depending on the geographical place in which they are practiced:
Morocco, Algeria, Egypt,... Because in general, they are not written
therefore, corpora are not available. Everyone knows the importance of such
corpora when we would like to mine texts or to develop some applications as
speech recognition or machine translation which are based on statistical
models. The only existing corpora but not yet explored are those used in
social networks which cannot be used easily due to the multiplicity of
formats, the number of foreign words, the mixture between dialects and
French or English and so on.
The objective of this workshop is:

This workshop is an opportunity for the NLP community to focus on this
challenging topic and encourage them to develop new resource Arabic
dialect, Arabic dialect corpora processing tools and help in highlighting
the difficulties of processing Arabic dialects especially those which use
so many foreign words adapted lexically and grammatically to Arabic. The
workshop topics include but not limited to:

   1. Collecting Arabic dialect corpora
   2. Diacritization of Arabic dialects
   3. Mining Arabic social networks
   4. Language modelling
   5. Arabic dialect morphology
   6. Development of mobile Arabic dialects applications: speech
   recognition, machine translation
   7. Tagging Arabic dialects corpora
   8. Maghreb Arabic dialects versus Orient Arabic dialects: Linguistic

Format and duration: a full day workshop will held on April 10, 2014. The
language of the workshop is English and submissions should be with respect
to ICCTIM2014 paper submission instructions. All papers will be peer
reviewed. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format as soon as
possible and before March 20, 2014.

When you submit by using the OpenConf management system, please select
others in the proposed topics and in keywords, enter Arabic dialect.

In all the cases, when you submit, please send an email to the chairman of
the workshop: smaili at loria.fr
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