LREC 2012 Workshop: 1st CfP Workshop on Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced languages - 8th SALTMIL and 4th AfLaT

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Call for Papers:
Workshop on "Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced 
8th SALTMIL Workshop on Minority Languages and the 4th workshop on 
African Language Technology (AfLaT2012).

A full-day workshop at LREC 2012

Tuesday, 22 May 2012.

Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
LREC 2012:

Paper submission:

Papers are invited for the above full-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 8th International Workshop of the ISCA Special Interest 
Group on Speech and Language Technology for Minority Languages (SALTMIL, and the 4th Workshop on African Language 
Technology (AfLaT2012) will be held as a joint effort in Istanbul, in 
May 2012, as part of the 2012 International Language Resources and
Evaluation Conference (LREC 2012). Entitled "Language technology for 
normalisation of 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) and Lisbon (2004), Genoa (2006), 
Marrakech (2008) and Malta (2010) and the series of AfLaT workshops, 
held in Athens (EACL2009), Malta (LREC2010) and Addis Ababa (AGIS11). 
The Istanbul 2012 workshop aims to share information on tools and best 
practices, 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 
While less-resourced languages and minority languages often struggle to 
find their place in a digital world dominated by only a handful of 
commercially interesting languages, a growing number of researchers are 
working on alleviating this linguistic digital divide, through 
localisation efforts, the development of BLARKs (basic language resource 
kits) and practical applications of human language technologies. The 
joint SALTMIL/AfLaT workshop on "Language technology for normalisation 
of less-resourced languages" provides a unique opportunity to connect 
these researchers and set up a common forum to meet and share the latest 
developments in the field.


The workshop takes an inclusive approach to the word "normalisation", 
considering it to include both technologies that help make languages 
more "normal" in society and everyday life, as well as technologies that 
normalise languages, i.e. help create or maintain a written standard or 
support diversity in standards. We particularly focus on the challenges 
less-resourced and minority languages face in the digital world. Papers 
are invited that describe research and development in the following 
areas in the area of technologies for language normalisation, including 
(but not limited to) topics such as:

* Keyboard layouts and entry methods
* Standardisation in machine readable lexicons/dictionaries
* Computer-aided language learning (CALL)
* Dealing with language variants in NLP
* Automatic identification of varieties, dialects
* Corpus construction and annotation
* Terminology development and management
* MT between varieties of the same language
* Spelling correction/normalisation
* Machine translation (MT)
* Morphological analysers
* Part-of-speech taggers and parsers
* Speech recognition and synthesis
* Information extraction/retrieval
* Localisation efforts
* Mobile phones as a platform for HLT

09.00 Registration/Opening
09.30 Invited talk 1
11.00 Oral Papers (3x 25+5mins)
12.30 Lunch
14:00 Oral Papers (3x 25+5mins)
16:00 Poster Session
17:00 Panel Discussion
17:30 SALTMIL Assembly
18:30 Closing

*Organisers (SALTMIL and AfLaT)*
* Mikel L. Forcada (SALTMIL): Machine Translation Group, School of 
Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
* Guy De Pauw (AfLaT): CLiPS - Computational Linguistics Group, 
University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
* Gilles-Maurice de Schryver(AfLaT): African Languages and Cultures, 
TshwaneDJe HLT, South Africa & Ghent University, Belgium
* Kepa Sarasola(SALTMIL): Dept. of Computer Languages, University of the 
Basque Country
* Francis M. Tyers(SALTMIL), Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes 
Informàtics, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
* Peter Waiganjo Wagacha(AfLaT): School of Computing & Informatics, 
University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

*Programme committee*
* Iñaki Alegria: University of the Basque Country
* Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
* Lars Borin, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden
* Sonja Bosch, University of South Africa, South Africa
* Mikel L. Forcada, Universitat d'Alacant
* Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld, Germany
* Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
* Hrafn Loftsson, University of Reykjavik
* Guy De Pauw, CLiPS, Universiteit Antwerpen
* Laurette Pretorius, University of South Africa, South Africa
* Lori Levin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
* Odetunji Odejobi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
* Felipe Sánchez-Martínez, Universitat d'Alacant
* Kepa Sarasola, University of the Basque Country
* Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis University, USA
* Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, Universiteit Gent
* Francis M. Tyers, Universitat d'Alacant
* Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, University of Nairobi

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 LREC2012 START conference management system (URL:
Submissions should be anonymized. When submitting a paper through the 
START page, authors will be kindly asked to provide relevant
information about the resources that have been used for the work 
described in their paper or that are the outcome of their research. For
further information on this initiative, please refer to Authors will also be 
asked to
contribute to the Language Library, the new initiative of LREC2012.
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). All contributions (including invited papers) will be included in
the workshop proceedings (CD). They will also be published on the 
SALTMIL website.

*Important dates*
* 27 February 2012: Deadline for submission
* 14 March 2012: Notification
* 28 March 2012: Final version
* 22 May 2012: Workshop

Registration details will be announced in due course
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