23.67, Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Computational Ling/Turkey

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Subject: 23.67, Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Computational Ling/Turkey

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Date: 31-Dec-2011
From: Reinhard Rapp [reinhardrapp at gmx.de]
Subject: 5th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora

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Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:54:36
From: Reinhard Rapp [reinhardrapp at gmx.de]
Subject: 5th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora

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Full Title: 5th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora 
Short Title: BUCC 

Date: 26-May-2012 - 26-May-2012
Location: Istanbul, Turkey 
Contact Person: Reinhard Rapp
Meeting Email: reinhardrapp at gmx.de
Web Site: http://hnk.ffzg.hr/5bucc2012 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2012 

Meeting Description:

5th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora
Language Resources for Machine Translation in Less-Resourced Languages and Domains
Co-located with LREC 2012, Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre
Saturday, 26 May 2012

Endorsed by
ACL SIGWAC (Special Interest Group on Web as Corpus)
FLaReNet (Fostering Language Resources Network)

In the language engineering and the linguistics communities, research in comparable corpora has been motivated by two main reasons. In language engineering, it is chiefly motivated by the need to use comparable corpora as training data for statistical NLP applications such as statistical machine translation or cross-lingual retrieval. In linguistics, on the other hand, comparable corpora are of interest in themselves by making possible inter-linguistic discoveries and comparisons. It is generally accepted in both communities that comparable corpora are documents in one or several languages that are comparable in content and form in various degrees and dimensions. We believe that the linguistic definitions and observations related to comparable corpora can improve methods to mine such corpora for applications of statistical NLP. As such, it is of great interest to bring together builders and users of such corpora.

The scarcity of parallel corpora has motivated research concerning the use of comparable corpora: pairs of monolingual corpora selected according to the same set of criteria, but in different languages or language varieties. Non-parallel yet comparable corpora overcome the two limitations of parallel corpora, since sources for original, monolingual texts are much more abundant than translated texts. However, because of their nature, mining translations in comparable corpora is much more challenging than in parallel corpora. What constitutes a good comparable corpus, for a given task or per se, also requires specific attention: while the definition of a parallel corpus is fairly straightforward, building a non-parallel corpus requires control over the selection of source texts in both languages.

Parallel corpora are a key resource as training data for statistical machine translation, and for building or extending bilingual lexicons and terminologies. However, beyond a few language pairs such as English-French or English-Chinese and a few contexts such as parliamentary debates or legal texts, they remain a scarce resource, despite the creation of automated methods to collect parallel corpora from the Web. To exemplify such issues in a practical setting, this year's special focus will be on Language Resources for Machine Translation in Less-Resourced Languages and Domains with the aim of overcoming the shortage of parallel resources when building MT systems for less-resourced languages and domains, particularly by usage of comparable corpora for finding parallel data within and by reaching out for 'hidden' parallel data. Lack of sufficient language resources for many language pairs and domains is currently one of the major obstacles in further advancement of machine translation. 

Call for Papers:

We solicit contributions including but not limited to the following topics:

Topics related to the special theme:

- Comparable corpora use in MT
- Comparable corpora processing tools/kits for MT
- Parallel corpora usage
- Parallel corpora processing tools/platforms
- MT for less-resourced languages
- MT for less-resourced domains
- Open source SMT systems (Moses, etc.)
- Publicly available SMT

Building Comparable Corpora:

- Human translations
- Automatic and semi-automatic methods
- Methods to mine parallel and non-parallel corpora from the Web
- Tools and criteria to evaluate the comparability of corpora
- Parallel vs non-parallel corpora, monolingual corpora
- Rare and minority languages
- Across language families
- Multi-media/multi-modal comparable corpora

Applications of Comparable Corpora:

- Human translations
- Language learning
- Cross-language information retrieval & document categorization
- Bilingual projections
- Machine translation
- Writing assistance

Mining from Comparable Corpora:

- Extraction of parallel segments or paraphrases from comparable corpora
- Extraction of bilingual and multilingual translations of single words and multi-word expressions; proper names, named entities, etc.

Important Dates (tentative):

15 February 2012: Deadline for submission of full papers
10 March 2012: Notification of acceptance
20 March 2012: Camera-ready papers due
26 May 2012: Workshop date

Submission Information:

Papers should follow the LREC main conference formatting details (to be announced on the conference website http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/) and should be submitted as a PDF-file of no more than ten pages via the START workshop manager:


Reviewing will be double blind, so the papers should not reveal the authors' identity. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Double submission policy: Parallel submission to other meetings or publications are possible but must be immediately notified to the workshop organizers.

When submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be asked to provide information about the resources that have been used for the work described in their paper or are an outcome of their research. For details on this initiative, please refer to http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/?LRE-Map-2012. Authors will also be asked to contribute to the Language Library, the new initiative of LREC 2012.

For further information, please contact Reinhard Rapp (reinhardrapp at gmx.de) or Marko Tadic (marko.tadic at ffzg.hr).


Reinhard Rapp, Universities of Mainz (Germany)and Leeds (UK)
Marko Tadic, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds (UK)
Andrejs Vasiljevs, Tilde SIA, Riga, Latvia
Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI, CNRS, Orsay, and ERTIM, INALCO, Paris (France)

Scientific Committee:

Srinivas Bangalore (AT&T Labs, USA)
Caroline Barrière (National Research Council Canada)
Chris Biemann (Microsoft / Powerset, San Francisco, USA)
Lynne Bowker (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Hervé Déjean (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)
Andreas Eisele (DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany)
Rob Gaizauskas (University of Sheffield, UK)
Éric Gaussier (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France)
Nikos Glaros (ILSP, Athens, Greece)
Gregory Grefenstette (Exalead/Dassault Systemes, Paris, France)
Silvia Hansen-Schirra (University of Mainz, Germany)
Kyo Kageura (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing Ltd, UK)
Natalie Kübler (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Philippe Langlais (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University, UK)
Emmanuel Morin (Université de Nantes, France)
Dragos Stefan Munteanu (Language Weaver Inc., USA)
Lene Offersgaard (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Reinhard Rapp (Universities of Mainz, Germany, and Leeds, UK)
Sujith Ravi (Yahoo! Research, Santa Clara, CA, USA)
Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
Michel Simard (National Research Council Canada)
Inguna Skadina (Tilde, Riga, Latvia)
Monique Slodzian (INALCO, Paris, France)
Benjamin Tsou (The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China)
Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania)
Justin Washtell (University of Leeds, UK)
Oliver Wilson (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Michael Zock (LIF, CNRS Marseille, France)
Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France)

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