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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   LREC workshop on "Collaboration: interoperability between people in the creation of language resour
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: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/en/activities/lrec2008/lrec-2008-workshop-cfp.html Paper submission: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=saltmil2008 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 format. 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. Topics The theme of "collaboration" centres on issues involved in collaborating with: * Trained researchers. * Non-specialist workers (paid or volunteers) from the speaker community. * 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 active volunteers). * 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 between people. * Licensing issues; open source, proprietary software. * Re-use of existing data; interoperability between tools and data. * 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 useful. Important dates 29 February 2008 Deadline for submission 17 March 2008 Notification 31 March 2008 Final version 27 May 2008 Workshop Organisers * Briony Williams: Language Technologies Unit, Bangor University, Wales, UK * Mikel Forcada: Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain * Kepa Sarasola: Dept. of Computer Languages, University of the Basque Country Programme Committee * 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 Submission information 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: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=saltmil2008 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). -- Briony Williams 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 E-Bost / E-Mail : b.williams_(on)_bangor.ac.uk Gwe (Cymraeg) : http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ar/cb/technolegau_iaith.php.cy Web (English) : http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ar/cb/technolegau_iaith.php.en Ffôn / Tel : +44 (0) 1506 200862 Rhithfro / Blog : http://murmur.bangor.ac.uk .................................................................... -- Gall y neges e-bost hon, ac unrhyw atodiadau a anfonwyd gyda hi, gynnwys deunydd cyfrinachol ac wedi eu bwriadu i'w defnyddio'n unig gan y sawl y cawsant eu cyfeirio ato (atynt). 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