Arabic NLP Workshop at ACL/EACL 2001

ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop

ARABIC Language Processing: Status and Prospects

Toulouse, France, Friday 6 July 2001

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The objective of the workshop was threefold.

  • First of all we wanted to bring together people who are actively involved in Arabic language and/or speech processing in a mono- or multilingual context, and give them an opportunity to report on completed and ongoing work as well as on the availability of products and core technologies. This should enable the participants to develop a common view on where we stand with respect to Arabic language processing.
  • Secondly, we wanted to identify problems of common interest, and possible mechanisms to move towards solutions, such as sharing of tools and resources, moving towards standards, sharing and dissemination of information and expertise, adoption of current best practices, setting up joint projects and technology transfer mechanisms, etc.
  • Third, we would like to enhance collaboration between the Arabic NLP community and the NLP community at large.


The workshop was attended by some 40 participants.

Unfortunately the proceedings of the Arabic Workshop are all sold out, and will not be reprinted, due to technical problems caused by the conversion of the Arabic script. As, due to another, unrelated, technical problem the Arabic Workshop proceedings didn't make it to the ACL2001 CDROM either, the conference organisers and ELSNET have agreed to publish the proceedings on the web. Just click on the titles of the papers in the programme below.

If PowerPoint presentations are available, you can access them by clicking on the time slot in the first column.


9:00-9:15 OPENING
9:15-9:45 Invited talk: Finite-State Morphological Analysis and Generation of Arabic at Xerox Research: Status and Plans in 2001
Kenneth R. Beesley
9:45-10:00 A major offshoot of the DIINAR-MBC project: AraParse,a morpho-syntactic analyzer of unvowelled Arabic texts
Riadh Ouersighni
10:00-10:15 Arabic Morphology: A Categorial Approach
Allan Ramsay and Hanady Mansur
10:15-10:30 On lemmatization in Arabic - a formal definition of the Arabic entries of multilingual lexical databases
Joseph Dichy
10:30-10:45 BREAK
10:45-11:00 A Formal Grammar for the Description of Sentence Structure in Modern Standard Arabic
Everhard Ditters
11:00-11:15 A modifiable structural editor of grammars for arabic processing
Andre Jaccarini
11:15-11:30 Towards Understanding Arabic: A Logical Approach for Semantic Representation
Bassam Haddad and Mustafa Yaseen
11:30-11:45 Dictionary Definitions and Corpus-Based Evidence in Modern Standard Arabic
Salem Ghazali and Abdelfattah Braham
11:45-12:00 A Term Base Translator Over the Web
Mustafa Yaseen, Bassam Haddad, Harris Papageorgiou, Stelios Piperidis, Mamoun Hattab, Nick Theophilopoulos and Steven Krauwer
12:00-13:30 BREAK
13:30-14:00 Invited Talk: Khalid Choukri (ELRA)
14:10-14:15 A Scientific Arabic Terms Data Base : Linguistic Approach for a Representation of Lexical and Terminological Features
Xavier Lelubre
14:15-14:30 Assessment of a Significant Arabic Corpus
Abduelbaset Goweder and Anne De Roeck
14:30-14:45 Difficulties facing Electronic publishing for Arabic Language (Cancelled)
Nadia Hegazi
14:45-15:00 Arabic/English Cross Language Information Retrieval Using a Bilingual Dictionary
Ahmad Hasnah and Martha Evens
15:00-15:10 A Tool for Arabic Documents Indexing and Retrieval From a Web Virtual Library
Lamia Labed Jilani and Hichem Haouala
15:10-15:20 The TREC-2001 Arabic Information Retrieval Evaluation
Douglas W. Oard and Fredric C. Gey
15:20-15:30 Enhancement of a TTS System for Arabic Concatenative Synthesis by Introducing a Prosodic Model
Safa Nasser Eldin, Hanna Abdel Nour and Abdenbi Rajouani
15:30-15:45 BREAK
15:45-16:00 Invited Talk : Erwin Valentini (EU) (Cancelled)
16:00-16:10 A Formalization Tool for Comparing Syntax Structures in Written and Spoken MSA Corpora
Sameh Al-Ansary
16:10-16:20 CLARA (Corpus Linguae Arabicae): An Overview
Petr Zemanek
16:20-16:30 Towards the design of English-Arabic terminological and lexical knowledge base
Sabri Elkatib and William J. Black
16:30-16:40 Turning Arabic Texts into Active Documents
Manfred Stede and Gerhard Wedel
16:40-16:50 Computational Processing of Spoken North Israeli Arabic
Rafi Talmon and Shuly Wintner
16:50-17:00 Statistical Classification Methods for Arabic News Articles
Hassan Sawaf, Jorg Zaplo and Hermann Ney
17:00-17:10 Arabic-English NLP at CRL
Remi Zajac, Ahmed Malki and Ahmed Abdelali
17:10-17:20 Sakhr Web-based Arabic-English MT engine
Achraf Chalabi
17:20-17:30 Tokenizing an Arabic Script Language
Siamak Rezaei
17:30-17:40 Brill's POS tagger and a Morphology parser for Arabic
Andrew Freeman
17:40-17:50 A Computational Lexeme-Based Treatment of Arabic Morphology
Abdelhadi Soudi, Violetta Cavalli-Sforza and Abderrahim Jamari
17:50-18:00 Hahooa Arabic Directory and Arabic Information Retrieval using NLP
Malek Boualem
18:00-18:30 CONCLUSIONS





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