Appel: 1st CfP Workshop on Language Resources and Technologies for Turkic Languages, LREC 2012 Workshop

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
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Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:14:27 +0100
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First Workshop on Language Resources and Technologies for Turkic Languages

May 21, 2012 (afternoon session)
First Call for Papers

Turkic languages (Turkish, Azerbaijani, Turkmen, Kazakh, Tatar, Uzbek
and many others) are spoken as native languages by more than 150 million
people all around the world. Turkic languages have complex agglutinative
morphology with very productive inflectional and derivational processes
leading to a very large vocabulary size. They also have a very free
constituent order with almost no formal constraints. Furthermore, due to
various historical and social reasons these languages have employed a
wide-variety of writing systems and still do so. These aspects bring
numerous challenges to computational processing of these languages in
tasks such as language modeling, parsing, statistical machine
translation, speech-to-speech translation, etc. Time is now ripe to
focus on the development of language resources and computational
processing techniques for these languages to bring their status up to
par with more studied languages in the context of speech and language

We are pleased to invite you to the "First Workshop on Language
Resources and Technologies for Turkic Languages" to be held during LREC
2012 in Istanbul. This half-day workshop will be the first attempt to
bring together the researchers, commercial interests and other
stakeholders actively involved in developing and using speech and
language technologies for Turkic languages. The workshop invites
submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects
of speech and language technologies for Turkic languages. Selected
contributions will be presented as short-oral presentations or posters.

Topics include but are not limited to:

- Morphological and Syntactic Analysis for Turkic languages
- Novel language modeling techniques for Turkic languages
- Development and adaptation of language and speech resources for Turkic
- Machine translation into/from/between Turkic languages
- Challenges for speech recognition and generation for Turkic languages

Submission Information

Submissions must describe original and unpublished work. Each submission
will be judged on its originality, technical content, and relevance to
the workshop. Contributions accompanied by language resources and
datasets that are described in the paper are particularly encouraged.
Paper submissions up to 4 pages (excluding references) must conform to
the official LREC 2012 style guidelines (will be distributed soon on the
LREC website). Submissions should be in PDF format and submitted through
the START online submission system Since the
reviewing will not be blind, submissions must include the authors' names
and affiliations. Double submissions to other conferences are not
allowed. More information on the submission procedure will be available
in the next call of the papers.

When submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be kindly
asked to provide relevant information about the resources that have been
used for the work described in their paper or that are the outcome of
their research. For further information on this initiative, please refer
to Authors will also be
asked to contribute to the Language Library, the new initiative of

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: February 27, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March 19, 2012
Camera-ready submission deadline: March 30, 2012
Workshop: May 21, 2012 (afternoon session)

Organizing Committee

Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar
Mehmed Özkan, Boğaziçi University
Mehmet Uğur Doğan, TÜBİTAK-BİLGEM
Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Microsoft
İlknur Durgar El-Kahlout, TÜBİTAK-BİLGEM

Program Committee

Adil Alpkoçak, Dokuz Eylül University
Ahmet Cüneyd Tantuğ, İstanbul Technical University
Arzucan Özgür, Boğaziçi University
Atakan Kurt, Fatih University
Banu Diri, Yıldız Technical University
Barış Bozkurt, Bahçeşehir University
Bilge Say, Middle East Technical University
Cem Bozşahin, Middle East Technical University
Cenk Demiroğlu, Özyeğin University
Deniz Yüret, Koç University
Deniz Zeyrek, Middle East Technical University
Ebru Arısoy, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Engin Erzin, Koç University
Fatma Canan Pembe, TÜBİTAK-BİLGEM
Gülşen Cebiroğlu Eryiğit, İstanbul Technical University
Levent Arslan, Boğaziçi University
Mehmet Fatih Amasyalı, Yıldız Technical University
Murat Can Ganiz, Doğuş University
Murat Saraçlar, Google - Boğaziçi University
Oğuzhan Külekçi, TÜBİTAK-BİLGEM
Özlem Çetinoğlu, University of Stuttgart
Ruken Cakici, Middle East Technical University
Selçuk Köprü, Teknoloji Yazılımevi
Şükriye Ruhi, Middle East Technical University
Tunga Güngör, Boğaziçi University
Ümit Güz, Işık University
Yeşim Aksan, Mersin University


The workshop is being supported by the European Commission
FP7-REGPOT-2008-1 project (#229861) MULTISAUND (MULTilingualism
Integrated to Speech and Audio UNDerstanding) - "Improvement of
interactive and secure language and speech processing potential of
TUBITAK-UEKAE for an increased multilingual capability in ERA".

Contact Information
Please contact Mehmet Uğur Doğan (mugur at or İlknur
Durgar El-Kahlout (idurgar at for any further

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