| Category: ||E-CFP |
| Subject: ||LREC workshop on "Collaboration: interoperability between people in the creation of language resour |
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| Email: ||b.williams_(on)_bangor.ac.uk |
| Date received: ||29 Jan 2008 |
| Deadline: ||29 Feb 2008 |
| Start date: ||27 May 2008 |
CALL FOR PAPERS
"Collaboration: interoperability between people in the creation
of language resources for less-resourced languages"
LREC 2008 pre-conference workshop Marrakech, Morocco: afternoon
of Tuesday 27th May 2008 Organised by the SALTMIL Special
Interest Group of ISCA
SALTMIL: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/ LREC 2008:
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/ Call For Papers:
Papers are invited for the above half-day workshop, in the format
outlined below. Most submitted papers will be presented in poster
form, though some authors may be invited to present in lecture
Context and Focus
The minority or "less resourced" languages of the world are under
increasing pressure from the major languages (especially
English), and many of them lack full political recognition. Some
minority languages have been well researched linguistically, but
most have not, and the majority do not yet possess basic speech
and language resources which would enable the commercial
development of products. This lack of language products may
accelerate the decline of those languages that are already
struggling to survive. To break this vicious circle, it is
important to encourage the development of basic language
resources as a first step.
In recent years, linguists across the world have realised the
need to document endangered languages immediately, and to publish
the raw data. This raw data can be transformed automatically (or
with the help of volunteers) into resources for basic speech and
language technology. It thus seems necessary to extend the scope
of recent workshops on speech and language technology beyond
technological questions of interoperability between digital
resources: the focus will be on the human aspect of creating and
disseminating language resources for the benefit of endangered
and non-endangered less-resourced languages.
The theme of "collaboration" centres on issues involved in
* Trained researchers.
* Non-specialist workers (paid or volunteers) from the speaker
* The wider speaker community.
* Officials, funding bodies, and others.
Hence there will be a corresponding need for the following:
* With trained researchers: Methods and tools for facilitating
collaborative working at a distance.
* With non-specialist workers: Methods and tools for training new
workers for specific tasks, and laying the foundations for
continuation of these skills among native speakers.
* With the wider speaker community: Methods of gaining acceptance
and wider publicity for the work, and of increasing the take-up
rates after completion of the work.
* With others: Methods of presenting the work in non-specialist
terms, and of facilitating its progress.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* Bringing together people with very different backgrounds.
* How to organize volunteer work (some endangered languages have
* How to train non-specialist volunteers in elicitation methods.
* Working with the speaker community: strengthening acceptance of
ICT and language resources among the speaker community.
* Working collaboratively to build speech and text corpora with
few existing language resources and no specialist expertise.
* Web-based creation of linguistic resources, including web 2.0.
* The development of digital tools to facilitate collaboration
* Licensing issues; open source, proprietary software.
* Re-use of existing data; interoperability between tools and
* Language resources compatible with limited computing power
environments (old machines, the $100 handheld device, etc.)
* General speech and language resources for minority languages,
with particular emphasis on software tools that have been found
29 February 2008 Deadline for submission 17 March 2008
Notification 31 March 2008 Final version 27 May 2008 Workshop
* Briony Williams: Language Technologies Unit, Bangor University,
* Mikel Forcada: Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes
Informàtics, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
* Kepa Sarasola: Dept. of Computer Languages, University of the
* Briony Williams: Bangor University, Wales, UK
* Mikel Forcada: Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
* Kepa Sarasola: University of the Basque Country
* Atelach Alemu Argaw: Stockholm University, Sweden
* Julie Berndsen, University College Dublin, Ireland
* Shannon Bischoff, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
* Lori Levin, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
* Climent Nadeu, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
* Juan Antonio Pérez-Ortiz, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
* Bojan Petek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
* Oliver Streiter, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
We expect short papers of max 3500 words (about 4-6 pages)
describing research addressing one of the above topics, to be
submitted as PDF documents by uploading to the following URL:
The final papers should not have more than 6 pages, adhering to
the stylesheet that will be adopted for the LREC Proceedings (to
be announced later on the Conference web site).
Arweinydd Tîm Technoleg Lleferydd / Speech Technology Team Leader
Uned Technolegau Iaith / Language Technologies Unit Adeilad Rhos,
Safle'r Normal / Rhos Building, Normal Site Prifysgol Bangor /
Bangor University Bangor / Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2PX, UK / Gwynedd
LL57 2PX, UK
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