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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   NLE Special Issue on Parallel Texts
From:   Rada Mihalcea
Email:   rada_(on)_cs.unt.edu
Date received:   23 Oct 2003
Deadline:   01 May 2004

C A L L F O R P A P E R S Journal of Natural Language Engineering Special Issue on PARALLEL TEXTS Guest Editors: Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas Michel Simard, Xerox Research Centre Europe http://www.cs.unt.edu/% ;7Erada/jnle OBJECTIVE OF THIS SPECIAL ISSUE Recent events have demonstrated once again the importance of inter-language communication, and reinforce the need for advances in machine translation (MT) and multi-lingual processing tools. Parallel texts are vital resources for machine learning approaches to machine translation, and for efficiently deriving multi-lingual text processing tools. This special issue is devoted to advances in building and using parallel corpora. We invite papers on all topics related to parallel texts, including but not limited to: The collection, organization and processing of parallel corpora: - Identifying and harvesting parallel texts from the Web and other large collections - Evaluating the quality of parallel corpora (e.g. detecting omissions and gaps, translation errors or inconsistencies, etc.) - Sentence-, phrase- and word-level alignment - Alignment evaluation metrics and methods Active uses of parallel corpora for: - Building multilingual lexical resources - Deriving language processing tools and resources for new languages - Annotating corpora (e.g. word-sense disambiguation) - Machine translation (e.g. statistical and example-based MT) - Machine-assisted translation (e.g. translation memories and interactive MT) - Cross-linguistic information retrieval and information extraction While we invite submissions addressing any of the above topics, or related issues, we particularly welcome work involving parallel corpora addressing languages with scarce resources. SUBMISSION FORMAT We are expecting full papers to describe original, previously unpublished research, addressing issues related to the construction and use of parallel texts. Papers should be formatted according to the NLE journal instructions, and should not exceed 15 pages. The preferred formatting system is LaTeX, which can be used for direct typesetting, and a style file is available through anonymous ftp from the following address: ft p.cup.cam.ac.uk/pub/texarchive/journals/latex/nle-sty/. In case of difficulty there is a helpline available on e-mail: texline_(on)_cup.cam.ac.uk. Send your submission (a PostScript or PDF file), prepared for anonymous review, to both: Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, rada_(on)_cs.unt.edu and Michel Simard, Xerox Research Centre Europe, Michel.Simard_(on)_xrce.xerox.com< /a> IMPORTANT DATES Paper submissions: May 1, 2004 Notification of acceptance: August 30, 2004 Final versions due: November 30, 2004 Journal publication: June, 2005 PROGRAM COMMITTEE Lars Ahrenberg, Linkoping University Susan Armstrong, ISSCO Michael Barlow, Rice University Ken Church, AT&T Labs Research Ido Dagan, Bar-Ilan University Jason Eisner, Johns Hopkins University George Foster, University of Montreal Pascale Fung, University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Eric Gaussier, Xerox Research Centre Europe Ulrich Germann, Information Sciences Institute Daniel Gildea, University of Pennsylvania Julio Gonzalo, UNED Cyril Goutte, Xerox Research Centre Europe Gregory Grefenstette, Clairvoyance Corporation Eduard Hovy, University of Southern California / Information Sciences Institute Pierre Isabelle, Xerox Research Centre Europe Hitoshi Iida, Tokyo University of Technology Wessel Kraaij, TNO/TPD Netherlands Philippe Langlais, University of Montreal Elliot Macklovitch, University of Montreal Dan Melamed, New York University Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton Hermann Ney, RWTH Aachen Franz Och, Information Sciences Institute Kemal Oflazer, Sabanci University Kishore Papineni, IBM Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth Jessie Pinkham, Microsoft Research Andrei Popescu-Belis, ISSCO/TIM/ETI University of Geneva Florence Reeder, MITRE Philip Resnik, University of Maryland Harold Somers, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Hideki Tanaka, ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories Arturo Trujillo, Canon Research Centre Europe Jean Veronis, University of Provence Clare Voss, Army Research Lab Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield Dekai Wu, University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Kenji Yamada, Xerox Research Centre Europe ABOUT THE JOURNAL Natural Language Engineering is an international journal designed to meet the needs of professionals and researchers working in all areas of computerized language processing, whether from the perspective of theoretical or descriptive linguistics, lexicology, computer science or engineering. Its principal aim is to bridge the gap between traditional computational linguistics research and the implementation of practical applications with potential real-world use. As well as publishing research articles on a broad range of topics from text analysis, machine translation and speech generation and synthesis to integrated systems and multi modal interfaces the journal also publishes book reviews. Its aim is to provide the essential link between industry and the academic community. Natural Language Engineering encourages papers reporting research with a clear potential for practical application. Theoretical papers that consider techniques in sufficient detail to provide for practical implementation are also welcomed, as are shorter reports of on-going research, conference reports, comparative discussions of NLE products, and policy-oriented papers examining e.g. funding programs or market opportunities. All contributions are peer reviewed. Edited by John I. Tait University of Sunderland, UK Branimir K. Boguraev IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York, USA Christian Jacquemin CNRS-LIMSI, France

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