workshop "TALN and pi-languages"

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Jan 27 14:25:40 UTC 2005

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    CALL FOR PAPERS for the Workshop

    NLP for Under-Resourced Languages

          Friday, 10 June 2005

         in Dourdan, near Paris

Held in conjunction with the conference
TALN 2005 (6-10 June 2005)

Many languages have little or no information technology available:  they
have no substantial presence on the Internet, and existing software has
not been adapted for their use.

These are languages of countries in the developing world (e.g. Wolof in
Senegal), or regional languages in countries where the first language is a
global one (e.g. Breton in France).

Linguistic work on these languages is often lacking, and must
overcome a number of difficulties:
- the presence of many lexical alternatives
- multiple spellings for the same word,
- the lack of exhaustive lexicons,
- non-standardized transcription methods
- etc.

This is why we describe these languages as "under-resourced" or "pi-
languages": for political and economic reasons they lack sufficient
resources in terms of both linguistic study and information technology.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a progress report on techniques
being used for Natural Language Processing of under- resourced languages.


Researchers are invited to present work  related to any of the
following topics:

- Methods for measuring the level of technology available for a
given language
- Assessment of resources for basic computerization, and
standardization of these resources (editors, virtual keyboards,
printing, sorting, etc.)
- Collection of corpora and other linguistic resources (lexicons,
grammars); the role of the Internet, diasporas, unsupervised
training algorithms
- Methodologies for computerization of under-resourced languages
(details of techniques)
- Specific technologies (OCR, PDA)
- Encoding of linguistic data (lexicons, morphology, syntax, and
semantics) and genericity of formats.
- Reports concerning the computerization of a particular language
or  group of pi-languages.
- Architectures for NLP technologies : adaptation of existing
technologies to pi-languages.
- Surveys of major problems encountered in this area.

Authors are invited to submit papers concerning original research.
All submissions will be examined by at least two specialists in the
area. Particular attention will be paid to:

- appropriateness for the themes of the workshop
- importance and originality of the contribution
- validity of the technical and scientific content
- critical discussion of the results, in particular as they relate
  to other work in the field
- organization and clarity of the presentation

The selected articles will be published in the conference

* Submitted articles may not exceed 10 pages in Times 12, single-
spaced  (about 3000 words), figures, examples, and references

Articles are to be written in French for French speakers and in
English for non-French speakers.

* A LaTeX style file and Word template file will be available from
the conference web site:

* Articles must be submitted as an attachment to an email with the
subject "atelier TALN soumission" and containing the title of the
article, principal author's name, affiliation, postal address, email
address, telephone number, and fax number. Send this email to
chantal.enguehard at

* It is IMPERATIVE that one of the following file formats be used,
formatted for A4 paper: PS, PDF, RTF (Word).

* In case an email submission is not possible, paper submissions may
be accepted. Send 3 paper copies of the article to the following

Chantal Enguehard - TALN 2005
2, rue de la Houssinière
BP 92208
44322 Nantes Cedex 03


Submission deadline: Thursday, 10 March 2005
Notification to authors: Tuesday, 5 April 2005
Final version: Friday, 15 April 2005
Conference : Friday, 10 June 2005


. Denis Béchet - Laboratoire d'Informatique Nantes-Atlantique
. Vincent Berment - Laboratoire Communication Langagière et
Interaction Personne-Système
. Christian Boitet - Laboratoire Communication Langagière et
Interaction Personne-Système
. Malek Boualem - France Telecom
. Marcel Diki-Kidiri - Langage, Langues et Cultures d'Afrique Noire
. Chantal Enguehard - Laboratoire d'Informatique Nantes-Atlantique
. Laura Monceaux - Laboratoire d'Informatique Nantes-Atlantique
. Kevin Scannell - Saint Louis University
. Monique Slodzian - Centre de Recherche en Ingénierie Multilingue

2, rue de la Houssinière
BP 92208
44322 Nantes Cedex 03

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