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Subject: [ E-Conf ] Workshop on Adaptation of language resources and tools
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Date received: 25 Jun 2013
Deadline: -
Start date: 12 Sep 2013

Second Call for Papers

Workshop on Adaptation of language resources and tools for closely related
languages and language variants

- associated with RANLP 2013-

12-13 September 2013, Hissar, Bulgaria


Recent initiatives in language technology have lead to the development of
at least minimal language processing kits for all official European
languages.  This is a big step towards automatic processing and /or
extraction of information especially from official documents produced
within the European Union.
Apart from those official languages, a large number of dialects or closely
related variants are in use, more and more not only as spoken colloquial
languages but also in written media.
Building language resources and tools is a costly enterprise and one can
benefit from similarities among languages to reduce the effort in
constructing LRs. One should be, however, aware also of the discrepancies
which are often visible not only at the lexical level. Examples could be
different variants of Spanish in Latin America, German spoken in Austria
and Switzerland, French – in France and Belgium, Dutch – in the
Netherlands and Flemish in Belgium, etc.
Less attention has been paid up to now to the development of LRs for such
languages. This has a major impact on promoting language technology at the
educational level, using information processing methods in all-day
communication, social media, etc.
This workshop intends to draw attention on issues mentioned above by
bringing together scientists working with less resourced language variants
and producing a roadmap of existing technologies and still existing gaps.
We encourage submission of original, unpublished work related, but not
restricted to the following topics:
-	Adaptation of monolingual tools for close languages and language variants
-	Case studies of using LRs and tools for standard languages on documents
in language variants
-	Machine translation among closely related languages
-	Evaluation of LRs and tools for language variants and close languages
-	Linguistic issues in adaptation of LRs and tools (e.g. semantic
discrepancies, lexical gaps, false friends)

Submissions have to be done through the conference tool, at


We will perform a blind review, therefore please ensure that you remove
all possible indications to the authors of the paper.

Papers should have a maximum length of 8 pages and should follow the
formatting style of the main RANLP conference

Important Dates
Paper Submission 24 July 2013
Notification of Acceptance 9 August 2013
Submission of final papers 16 August 2013

Petya Osenova (University of Sofia and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)&#8232;
Milena Slavcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and EC Joint Research
Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg)

Programme Committee

•	Laura Alonso y Alemany (University of Cordoba, Argentina)
•	César Antonio Aguilar (Pontificia Universidad Católica de
Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile)
•	Antonio Branco (University of Lisbon)
•	Gerhard Budin (University of Vienna, Austria)
•	Jose Castaño (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
•	Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerpen, Belgium)
•	Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
•	Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Greece);
•	Walther v. Hahn (University of Hamburg, Germany)
•	Susane Jekat (ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland)
•	Cvetana Krstev (University of Belgrade)
•	Vladislav Kubon (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
•	John Nerbone (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
•	Petya Osenova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria and Bulgarian Academy of
•	Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Greece)
•	Laurent Romary (INRIA, France)
•	Maciej Ogrodniczuk (IPAN, Polish Academy of Sciences)
•	Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
•	Milena Slavcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and EC Joint Research
•	Daniel Stein (University of Hamburg, Germany)
•	Marco Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia) ;
•	Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg, Germany)
•	Dusko Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
•	Kalliopi Zervanou (University of Tilburg, the Netherlands)

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