20.493 ACL workshop on Semitic languages

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 06:44:19 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 493.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2007 06:39:44 +0000
         From: Shuly Wintner <shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il>
         Subject: ACL 2007 Workshop on Computational Approaches to
Semitic Languages

ACL 2007 Workshop on

Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages:
Common Issues and Resources

28th June, 2007, Prague, Czech Republic
NEW Submission deadline: 26 March 2007

Workshop Website: http://www.cs.um.edu.mt/~mros/casl07
Paper Submission Site: http://www.softconf.com/acl07/ACL07-WS3

The ACL 2007 Workshop on "Computational Approaches to Semitic
Languages: Common Issues and Resources" will be held in conjunction
with the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational
Linguistics, and will take place on June 28th in Prague, Czech Republic.


The Semitic family includes many languages and dialects spoken by a
large number of native speakers (around 300 million). However,
Semitic languages as a whole are still understudied. The most
prominent members of this family are Arabic (and its dialects),
Hebrew, Amharic, Aramaic, Maltese and Syriac. Their shared ancestry
is apparent through pervasive cognate sharing, a rich and productive
pattern-based morphology, and similar syntactic constructions. An
increasing body of computational linguistics work is starting to
appear for both Arabic and Hebrew. Arabic alone, as the largest
member of the Semitic family, has been receiving much attention
lately via dedicated workshops and conferences. Tools and resources
for other Semitic languages are being created at a slower
rate. While corpora and some tools are necessarily language-
specific, ideally there should be more cross-fertilization among
research and development efforts for different Semitic languages.

The proposed workshop aims to bring together researchers working on
Semitic languages to share and discuss common issues and approaches
to the processing of these languages. We invite submissions of novel
work on all Semitic languages, including work describing recent
state-of-the-art NLP systems and work leveraging resource and tool
creation for the Semitic language family. We especially welcome
submissions on work that crosses individual language boundaries and
heightens awareness amongst Semitic-language researchers of shared
challenges and common solutions. The workshop will also include a
meeting of the Special Interest Group on Computational Approaches to
Semitic Languages (the ACL SIG). Examples of topics include, but are
not limited to:

* Computational approaches to phonology, morphology, syntax,
semantics and pragmatics of Semitic languages
* Tools for processing of Semitic languages (e.g. POS taggers,
parsers, etc.)
* Computational resources for Semitic languages
* Comparative computational studies of Semitic languages
* Leveraging resources in other languages (Semitic or other) to create
    resources and tools for Semitic languages
* Empirical studies of unique/specific phenomena in Semitic languages
* Text and speech applications for Semitic languages such as:
    - speech recognition,
    - machine translation,
    - summarization,
    - language generation,
    - speech synthesis,
    - co-reference resolution,
    - mention detection,
    - information retrieval,
    - spoken dialog applications
    - etc.
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