26.2034, Calls: Computational Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Acquisition, Lang Documentation, Text/Corpus Ling, Typology/Russia

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Subject: 26.2034, Calls: Computational Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Acquisition, Lang Documentation, Text/Corpus Ling, Typology/Russia

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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:55:41
From: Jargal Badagarov [bjargal at mail.ru]
Subject: Documentary Linguistics and Language Technologies for Lesser-Used Languages in North-East

Full Title: Documentary Linguistics and Language Technologies for Lesser-Used Languages in North-East 
Short Title: 2nd Baigal Conference 

Date: 16-Aug-2015 - 19-Aug-2015
Location: Ulaan-Ude, Buryad Republic, Russia 
Contact Person: Jargal Badagarov
Meeting Email: bjargal at mail.ru

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology 

Call Deadline: 30-May-2015 

Meeting Description:

Lesser-Used Languages in North East Asia have experienced decades of language policy that has resulted in them being underresourced as far as information technology and language technology are concerned. Many of these languages are also still underdescribed and are threatened by larger and more powerful languages. Most of them are included in the UNESCO Atlas of Endangered Languages with critical degrees of endangerment, in some cases despite their official status.

Documentary Linguistics has developed as a response to the urgent task of documenting and supporting endangered languages. Recent advances in the development of computational tools have given linguists many new possibilities for language research which can also be adapted to the every-day needs of language communities. Ideally, this should lead to close interaction between the processes of language documentation on the one hand and developing or adapting language technology for endangered languages on the other. The outcomes of linguistic documentation are used to serve both linguists and language communities. Language technology can be regarded as the next level in making a language more stable and prestigious for its speakers and their neighbours.

The conference aims at bringing together researchers from different countries who work on language documentation and/or developing and adapting language technologies , especially for endangered languages. In particular we invite papers exploring methodological and technical issues of documenting languages and developing language technologies for North-East Asian languages, as well as studies focusing on other aspects of linguistic analysis and language technology development.

The conference is hosted by Buryat State University, Ulan-Ude, Russian Federation. The venue of the conference is located on the shore of the Lake Baikal (Baigal), The water temperature during the conference is usually the highest in the year.

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

- Prof. Peter K. Austin (SOAS, University of London)
- Dr. Tjeerd de Graaf (Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning, Fryske Akademy)
- Prof. Tokusu Kurebito (ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
- Prof. Huhe Harnud (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Conference Fee:

Regular rates:
Early-bird — 100 euro (until June 30, 2015)
Late — 150 euro (until July 15, 2015)
On site — 200 euro
Student rates:
Early-bird — 70 euro (until June 30, 2015)
Late — 120 euro (until July 15, 2015)
On site — 180 euro

Call for Papers:

Possible topics for talks may relate to (but are not restricted to) the application of documentary linguistics methods in the study of and development of language technologies for the lesser-used languages of North-East Asia and can cover the following areas:

- Language documentation
- Linguistic fieldwork methods
- Linguistic typology
- Historical linguistics
- Language contact
- Sociolinguistics
- Phonetics & phonology
- Morphology
- Lexicography
- Language processing
- Computational modelling
- Corpus linguistics
- Psycholinguistics
- First and second language acquisition, etc.

Abstract Submission:

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding data and references, should be submitted by 30 May 2015. They will be evaluated by the organizing committee and by the members of the scientific committee. Notifications of acceptance will be announced by 15 June 2015. Talks will be 30 minutes long: 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Please submit your abstract to bjargal at mail.ru, radnaeva.ljubov at gmail.com

For all correspondence concerning the conference, please contact: bjargal at mail.ru, radnaeva.ljubov at gmail.com

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