25.2766, Calls: Uralic, Computational Linguistics/Norway

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Subject: 25.2766, Calls: Uralic, Computational Linguistics/Norway

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Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:58:55
From: Tommi Pirinen [tommi.pirinen at computing.dcu.ie]
Subject: International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages

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Full Title: International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages 
Short Title: IWCLUL 

Date: 16-Jan-2015 - 16-Jan-2015
Location: Tromsø, Norway 
Contact Person: Tommi Pirinen
Meeting Email: tommi.pirinen at computing.dcu.ie
Web Site: http://gtweb.uit.no/iwclul2015/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Language Family(ies): Uralic 

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2014 

Meeting Description:

The First International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages is organised in Tromsø, Norway on 16 January 2015.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers working on computational approaches to Uralic languages.

All Uralic languages exhibit rich morphological structure, which makes processing them challenging for state-of-the-art computational linguistic approaches, the majority also suffer from a lack of resources and many are endangered.

Call for Papers:

We accept papers and tutorial proposals working on the following languages: Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian, Võro, the Sámi languages, Komi (Zyrian, Permyak), Mordvin (Erzya, Moksha), Mari (Hill, Meadow), Udmurt, Nenets (Tundra, Forest), Enets, Nganasan, Selkup, Mansi, Khanty, Veps, Karelian (Olonets), Karelian, Ingrian (Izhorian), Votic, Livonian, Ludic, and other related languages.

Research papers should be original, substantial and unpublished research, that can describe work-in-progress systems, frameworks, standards and evaluation schemes. Demos and tutorials will present systems and standards towards the goal of interoperability and unification of different projects, applications and research groups. Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to):

- Parsers, analysers and processing pipelines of Uralic languages
- Lexical databases, electronic dictionaries
- Finished end-user applications aimed at Uralic languages, such as spelling or grammar checkers, machine translation or speech  processing
- Evaluation methods and gold standards, tagged corpora, treebanks
- Reports on language-independent or unsupervised methods as applied to Uralic languages
- Surveys and review articles on subjects related to computational linguistics for one or more Uralic languages
- Any work that aims at combining efforts and reducing duplication of work
- How to elicit activity from the language community, agitation campaigns, games with a purpose

To maximise the possibility of reproducibility, replication and reuse, we particularly encourage submissions which present free/open-source language resources and make use of free/open-source software.

One of the aims of this gathering is to avoid unnecessary duplicated work in field of Uralistics by establishing connections and interoperability standards between researchers and research groups working at different sites. We have also identified a serious lack of gold standards and evaluation metrics for all Uralic languages including those with national support, any work towards better resources in these fields will be greatly appreciated. To further these goals we propose to start discussions on forming an ACL special interest group (or similar) on Uralistics at the event.







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