call: Multilingual Specialized Language Resources

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jan 8 16:22:55 UTC 2008

Multilingual Specialized Language Resources

Date: 26-May-2008 - 26-May-2008
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Contact Person: Marie-Claude L'Homme
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

Workshop on Multilingual and Comparative Perspectives in Specialized Language
26 May 2008 (Afternoon session)
To take place within the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
(LREC 2008)
Marrakech, Morocco

Workshop on Multilingual and Comparative Perspectives in Specialized Language
26 May 2008 (Afternoon session)
To take place within the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
(LREC 2008)
Marrakech, Morocco


Béatrice Daille LINA-CNRS, Université de Nantes
Kyo Kageura, Library and Information Science, University of Tokyo
Marie-Claude L'Homme, Observatoire de linguistique Sens-Texte, Université de


We are currently witnessing an increasing interest in multilingualism in many
different fields including IR (CLEF: Cross language Evaluation Forum, annual),
summarization (DUC), semantic aspects (SemEval 2007 Task 1: Evaluating WSD on
Cross-Language Information Retrieval), textual corpora, etc. Although issues
related to multilingualism have been debated in different workshops (as those
listed above), they are often considered from a computational perspective and
for specific applications. Seldom have multilingual resources and the different
problems related to their development and modelling have been
considered as such.

Also, the importance of assessing the quality of language resources is
increasingly recognized as far as monolingual resources and tasks are
Regarding specialized language resources the usual emphasis put on scale is
gradually shifting towards a concern about quality of corpora and language
resources. Also, as we start emphasizing the need to assess the quality of
multilingual resources, a set of new issues arises, such as quality criteria,
more detailed classification of factors that apply to monolingual as well as
multilingual resources, typologies of specialized corpora, terminological
characteristics that may appear in a language but not in another. There is an
acute need for addressing these issues and to explore multilingual and
comparative approaches in specialized language resources. These approaches will
come from different fields, including - but not limited to - linguistics,
terminology, information science and computational linguistics.

This workshop aims at bringing together experts from different backgrounds
concerned by the acquisition and modelling of multilingual specialized
information. The workshop will provide an opportunity to share experience on
multilingual and comparative approaches to the processing of specialized
information. It will also be a forum for discussing issues of a more


Equivalence in specialized resources and specialized corpora;
Multilingual and comparative approaches to the processing of
specialized corpora;
Corpus-based approaches to multilingual modelling of terminological data;
Multilingual resources for terminology processing;
Linguistic evidence for multilingual NLP such as identification of cognates,
transliteration, morphological evidence, etc.
Comparative approaches to terminological variation and semantic relationships;
Comparative approaches to discourse analysis;
Comparative and multilingual approaches to document characterization;
Modelling of multilingual data in ontologies or other terminological resources;
Evaluation of multilingual resources and methods for acquiring them.


Abstracts should be 5 pages long and sent in PDF format to Marie-Claude L'Homme
( Authors are requested to send an anonymized version of
their abstract. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings
and should adhere to the stylesheet that will be adopted for the LREC
Proceedings (to be announced later on the conference web site).

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts: 10 February 2008
Notification of acceptance: 10 March 2008
Final version for the proceedings: 12 April 2008

Scientific Committee

Marc van Campenhoudt (Université de Bruxelles, Belgium)
John Humbley (Université Paris-Diderot, Paris)
Oliver Kraif (Université Stendhal Grenoble 3, Grenoble, France)
Olivia Kwong (City University of Hong Kong, China)
Kyung Soon Lee (Chonbuk National University, Korea)
Jorge Antonio Leoni de Leon (University of Geneva)
Jeanine Lilleng (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
Emmanuel Morin (LINA; Université de Nantes, France)
Margaret Rogers (University of Surrey, UK)
Gilles Serasset (University of Grenoble, France)
Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
Monique Slodzian (ERTIM-INALCO, Paris)
Rita Temmerman (Erasmushogeschool Brussel)
Takehiro Utsuro (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Leo Wanner (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI-CNRS, Paris)

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