[Ura-list] 2nd call for papers: Special issue of Acta Linguistica Hungarica on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages

Eszter Simon simon.eszter at nytud.mta.hu
Tue Aug 30 12:24:52 EDT 2016

***** Apologies for cross-posting *****

We are inviting submissions for a Special Issue of Acta Linguistica
Hungarica, entitled “Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages”.


The special issue is related to the Second International Workshop on
Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages (SIWCLUL). The workshop was
held in Szeged, Hungary, on 20 January 2016, aiming to bring together
researchers working on computational approaches to working with the
following languages: Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian, Voru, Setu, the Sámi
languages, Komi (Zyrian, Permyak), Mordvin (Erzya, Moksha), Mari (Hill,
Meadow), Udmurt, Nenets (Tundra, Forest), Enets (Tundra, Forest), Nganasan,
Selkup, Mansi, Khanty, Veps, Karelian, Ingrian (Izhorian), Votic, Livonian,
Ludic, Kven and other related 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

We invite submissions of articles describing work-in-progress systems,
frameworks, standards and evaluation schemes. A natural candidate for this
call is an extended paper from the workshop presentations (either oral or
poster presentations) and tutorials. However, we do not limit the
contributions to SIWCLUL-related works. Instead, other works presenting
computational linguistics support for Uralic languages are also welcome.

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


Call for papers issued: 3 May 2016
Submissions due: 3 October 2016
Author notification of acceptance: 3 March 2017
Final manuscripts submitted: 3 July 2017


To prepare the papers, please follow the style guidelines provided by the
Acta Linguistica Hungarica journal.

To submit papers:
- Go to http://www.editorialmanager.com/aling/
- Register and login as an author.
- Follow the instructions and submit your paper.


- Eszter Simon – Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of
Sciences (simon.eszter at nytud.mta.hu)
- Veronika Vincze – MTA-SZTE Research group on Artificial Intelligence and
University of Szeged (vinczev at inf.u-szeged.hu)
- Tommi A Pirinen – Universität Hamburg (tommi.antero.pirinen at uni-hamburg.de
- Francis Tyers – UiT Norgga árktalaš universtehta (francis.tyers at uit.no)

Research Fellow
Research Institute for Linguistics
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H-1068 Budapest, Benczúr u. 33.
Tel./Fax.       +36 1   321 4830/ 129
simon.eszter at nytud.mta.hu
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