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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Morphological and Phonological Learning
From:   Priscilla Rasmussen
Email:   rasmusse_(on)_cs.rutgers.edu
Date received:   21 Jan 2002
Deadline:   05 Apr 2002
Start date:   12 Jul 2002

Workshop on Morphological and Phonological Learning Philadelphia, PA 12 July 2002 Sixth Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology in cooperation with ACL Special Interest Group in Natural Language Learning Motivation Two groups of researchers are converging on the need to construct morphologies and phonologies of low density languages. Natural language engineers hope to develop machine translation, speech recognition, and other NLP technologies for these languages. Meanwhile, linguists and native speakers want to document the languages for scientific or humanitarian reasons. (This need is often expressed concerning endangered languages, but is not restricted to that situation.) This convergence of interests makes it an opportune time to meet to discuss ways to analyze the morphology and phonology of a language (or a group of related languages) more quickly (and perhaps more accurately) than traditional methods have allowed. Techniques for morphology and phonology learning may vary in the amount of human involvement they require. At one end of the spectrum are tools intended to help a native speaker (perhaps with the aid of a linguist) describe his or her own language. At the other end are tools for unsupervised machine learning from texts. Intermediate or hybrid approaches are also possible. Methodologies to be discussed in this workshop need not be fully general: for example, a tool might be best suited to agglutinating, fusional, or polysynthetic languages, or specialized for compounding or reduplication. The Workshop on Morphological and Phonological Learning will be held July 12 2002, immediately after the ACL-02 meetings at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA. More information about SIGPHON is available at http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/sig phon, and about SIGNLL at http://ilk.kub.nl/%7Esignll/ . The ACL-2002 website is http://www.acl2002.org. Topics o Tools to help a native speaker or linguist visualize and describe the morphology and/or phonology of a language o Tools for (semi-)automated discovery of morphology and/or phonology o Databases and annotation tools designed for morphological or phonological information, particularly as these relate to learning o Resources for learning (taggers, seed grammars and lexicons, partially annotated text, bilingual text, etc.) o Linguistic (knowledge-based) approaches vs. empirical approaches; hybrid methodologies o Evaluation/comparison of morphology learning technologies o Adapting and reusing grammars and lexicons among related languages o Application of learned morphologies and phonologies (proofreading, machine translation, linguistic research, documentation of endangered languages, speech recognition) o Theoretical results on learnability or representation Program Committee o Mike Maxwell (Linguistic Data Consortium, chair) o Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, SIGNLL) o Jason Eisner (Johns Hopkins University) o Steven Bird (University of Pennsylvania) o Lauri Karttunen (Parc Inc.) o John A. Goldsmith (University of Chicago) Invited Speaker: David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University Submission Format and Instructions Submissions must be in English, and should be full-length papers, up to a maximum of 10 pages. (The final version in the proceedings should incorporate reviewers' suggestions and may be up to 12 pages.) Except for length, papers should adhere to the two-column format prescribed by ACL'2002 Please see http://www.c s.ualberta.ca/%7Elindek/acl02/style/ for the detailed guidelines. Submissions should be sent electronically in Word, PDF or ASCII text format to arrive no later than April 15, 2002 to Mike Maxwell (maxwell_(on)_ldc.upenn.edu). The body of the email should give title, author(s), abstract, and contact information. The subject line should be "Morphology/ Phonology Learning Workshop." The workshop papers will be published in both electronic and hard-copy form. While electronic submission is strongly preferred, if for some reason you are not able to submit electronically, contact Mike Maxwell concerning hard-copy submission. Completed work is preferable to intended work, but in any event the paper should clearly indicate the state of completion of the reported results. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance, innovation, quality, and presentation according to the schedule below. The program chair may invite additional reviewers as necessary to obtain relevant expertise and avoid conflicts of interest. Authors will be expected to archive their final papers in the Computation and Language section of arXiv.org, and to submit pointers to the archived paper when submitting their camera-ready copy. Schedule o Submission Deadline: 5 April 2002 o Notification: 25 April 2002 o Camera-ready Copy Due: 21 May 2002 o Workshop: 12 July 2002

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