[lg policy] call: LREC Workshop: Language Resources and Evaluation for Religious Texts

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 9 16:19:19 UTC 2012

All:  I am including this announcement because I think it is important
in the study of
language policy to focus on the language policy (or policies) found in religious
movements of various sorts.  Religious strictures about the sanctity
of texts, the
non-negotiability of authority,  ban(s) on certain kinds of textual
analysis, are all
important issues in language policy, and to my mind, distinguish
religious language policies
from secular ones in important ways.


LREC Workshop: Language Resources and Evaluation for Religious Texts
Short Title: LRE-Rel

Date: 22-May-2012 - 22-May-2012
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Contact Person: Claire Brierley
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/arabic/lre-rel.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis;
Ling & Literature; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 13-Feb-2012

Meeting Description:

LRE-Rel: Language Resources and Evaluation for Religious Texts
LREC 2012 pre-conference workshop 22 May 2012 (morning)
Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre
Workshop Website: http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/arabic/lre-rel.html

The LREC Workshop on Language Resources and Evaluation for Religious
Texts focuses on the application of computer-supported and Text
Analytics techniques to religious texts ranging from: the
faith-defining religious canon; authoritative interpretations and
commentary; sermons; liturgy; prayers; poetry; and lyrics. We see this
as an inclusive and cross-disciplinary topic, and the workshop aims to
bring together researchers with a generic interest in religious texts
to raise awareness of different perspectives and practices, and to
identify some common themes.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for the first workshop on: Language Resources
and Evaluation for Religious Texts. We welcome submissions on a range
of topics, including but not limited to:

- Analysis of ceremonial, liturgical, and ritual speech; recitation
styles; speech decorum; discourse analysis for religious texts
- Formulaic language and multi-word expressions in religious texts
- Suitability of modal and other logic types for knowledge
representation and inference in religious texts
- Issues in, and evaluation of, machine translation in religious texts
- Text-mining, stylometry, and authorship attribution for religious texts
- Corpus query languages and tools for exploring religious corpora
- Dictionaries, thesaurai, Wordnet, and ontologies for religious texts
- Measuring semantic relatedness between multiple religious texts
- (New) corpora and rich and novel annotation schemes for religious texts
- Annotation and analysis of religious metaphor
- Genre analysis for religious texts
- Application in other disciplines (e.g. theology, classics,
philosophy, literature) of computer supported methods for analysing
religious texts

Important Dates:

13 February 2012: Deadline for paper submissions
27 February 2012: Notification of acceptance
9 March 2012: Camera-ready copies due
22 May 2012: Workshop


Papers should follow the LREC main conference formatting details (to
be announced on the conference website:
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/) and should be submitted either as
a Word document or a .pdf file (preferably both) via the START
conference manager for our workshop:


Papers will be reviewed by three members of the Programme Committee.
Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings, and
possibly via special issue of an appropriate journal.

This year, when submitting a paper from the START page, authors will
be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad
sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that
have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result
of your research. For further information on this new initiative,
please refer to: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/LRE-Map-2012.

Workshop Organisers and Co-chairs, with contact persons identified via
email address:

Abdul Malik Al-Salman, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Eric Atwell, University of Leeds, UK
Claire Brierley, University of Leeds, UK, scscbleeds.ac.uk
Azzeddine Mazroui, Mohammed First University, Morocco
Majdi Sawalha, University of Jordan, sawalha.majdigmail.com
Abdul-Baquee M. Sharaf, University of Leeds, UK
Bayan Abu Shawar, Arab Open University, Jordan

Programme Committee:

Nawal Alhelwal, Arabic Department, Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman
University, Saudi Arabia
Qasem Al-Radaideh, Computer Information Systems, Yarmouk University, Jordan
Abdul Malik Al-Salman, Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud
University, Saudi Arabia
Eric Atwell, School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK
Amna Basharat, Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology,
FAST-NU, Pakistan
James Dickins, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds, UK
Kais Dukes, School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK
Mahmoud El-Haj, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering,
University of Essex, UK
Nizar Habash, Center for Computational Learning Systems, Columbia University, US
Salwa Hamada, Electronics Research Institute, Egypt
Bassam Hasan Hammo, Information Systems, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Dag Haug, Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University
of Oslo, Norway
Moshe Koppel, Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Rohana Mahmud, Computer Science and Information Technology, University
of Malaya, Malaysia
Azzeddine Mazroui, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mohammed 1st
University, Morocco
Tony McEnery, English Language and Linguistics, University of Lancaster, UK
Aida Mustapha, Computer Science and Information Technology, University
of Putra, Malaysia
Mohamadou Nassourou, Computer Philology and Modern German Literature,
University of Würzburg, Germany
Nils Reiter, Department of Computational Linguistics, Heidelberg
University, Germany
Abdul-Baquee M. Sharaf, School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK
Bayan Abu Shawar, Information Technology and Computing, Arab Open
University, Jordan
Andrew Wilson, Linguistics and English Language, University of Lancaster, UK
Nagwa Younis, English Department, Ain Shams University, Egypt
Wajdi Zaghouani, Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania, US

Further Information:

If you have questions, please consult the workshop website at:


Alternatively, contact Claire Brierley scscbleeds.ac.uk or Majdi
Sawalha sawalha.majdigmail.com.

Claire Brierley
Senior Research Fellow
University of Leeds, UK


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