Call for Papers: 9th SaLTMiL workshop on “Free/open-source language resources for the machine translation of less-resourced languages” at LREC 2014.

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A full-day workshop at LREC 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014.
Reykjavik (Iceland)

SALTMIL: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/
LREC 2014: http://lrec2014.lrec-conf.org/en/
Website: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/
Paper submission: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2014/SaLTMiL/

The 9th International Workshop of the Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technology for Minority Languages (SaLTMiL) will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on May 24, 2014, as part of the 2014 International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC). (For SALTMIL see: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/); it is also framed as one of the activities of European project Abu-Matran (http://www.abumatran.eu). Entitled "Free/open-source language resources for the machine translation of less-resourced languages", the workshop is intended to continue the series of SALTMIL/LREC workshops on computational language resources for minority languages, held in Granada (1998), Athens (2000), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2002), Lisbon (2004), Genoa (2006), Marrakech (2008), La Valetta (2010) and Istanbul (2012), and is also expected to attract the audience of Free Rule-Based Machine Translation workshops (2009, 2011, 2012). The workshop aims to share information on language resources, tools and best practice, to save isolated researchers from starting from scratch when building machine translation for a less-resourced language. An important aspect will be the strengthening of the free/open-source language resources community, which can minimize duplication of effort and optimize development and adoption, in line with the LREC 2014 hot topic ‘LRs in the Collaborative Age’ (http://is.gd/LREChot).

The whole-day workshop will consist of short oral papers, a poster session preceded by a poster-boaster session (2 minutes, 2 slides per poster), and a round table.

Papers are invited that describe research and development in the following areas:

  • FOS LR for rule-based machine translation (dictionaries, rule sets)
  • FOS LR for statistical machine translation (corpora)
  • FOS tools to annotate, clean, preprocess, convert, etc. LRs for machine translation
  • Machine translation as a tool for creating or enriching FOS LRs for less-resourced languages

Position papers and (web based) demonstrations will also be considered for presentation.

The best papers, as evaluated by the programme committee, will be presented orally and the remaining paper will be presented in poster format.

We expect short papers of max 6,000 words (up to 6 pages) describing research addressing one of the above topics, to be submitted as PDF documents by using the LREC 2014 START conference management system (https://www.softconf.com/lrec2014/SaLTMiL/ ).

Submissions should be anonymized. When submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be kindly asked to share the resources that have been used for the work described in their paper or that are the outcome of their research. For further information on this initiative, please refer to http://lrec2014.lrec-conf.org/en/calls-for-papers/lrec-2014-special-highlight/.

Submissions of papers should follow the same style as the papers for the main LREC conference (an Author's Kit made of specific guidelines and downloadable templates will be published on the conference web site in due time). All contributions will be included in the workshop proceedings (CD). They will also be published on the SALTMIL website.

The registration fees will be duly announced at the LREC 2014 site. Registration in the workshop willl include a coffee break and the Proceedings of the Workshop. Registration will be handled by the LREC 2014 Secretariat.

 

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: February 10 2014 February 17, 2014
Notification of acceptance sent: March 3, 2014 March, 10, 2014 March, 14, 2014
Camera-ready paper due: March 21, 2014

Organizing committee

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(1) Dr Francis M Tyers
Institutt for språkvitskap
Det humanistiske fakultet,
N-9037 Universitetet i Tromsø
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(2) Dr Kepa Sarasola
Computer Science Faculty
Dept. of Computer Languages
The University of the Basque Country
P.K. 649 20080 DONOSTIA
Basque Country, Spain
Tel: +34 943 01 81 54
Fax: +34 943 21 93 06
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http://ixa.si.ehu.es

(3) Prof Mikel L. Forcada
Dept. Llenguatges i Sistemes informàtics
Universitat d’Alacant
E-03071 Alacant (Spain)
Tel: +34 96 590 9776
FAx: +34 96 590 9326
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http://www.dlsi.ua.es/~mlf

 

Programme Committee

Iñaki Alegria, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
Lars Borin, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden.
Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Mikel L. Forcada, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain
Michael Gasser, Indiana University, USA
Måns Huldén, Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland
Krister Lindén, Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland
Nikola Ljubešić, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Croatia
Lluís Padró, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Juan Antonio Pérez-Ortiz, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain
Felipe Sánchez-Martínez, Universitat d’Alacant
Kepa Sarasola, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
Kevin P. Scannell, Saint Louis University, USA
Antonio Toral, Dublin City University, Ireland
Trond Trosterud, Universitet i Tromsø, Norway
Francis M. Tyers, Universitet i Tromsø, Norway

 

 

Report on the 8th LREC workshop. 2012

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On May 22nd 2012, SALTMIL held in collaboration with AfLaT a full-day workshop on "Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced languages". This was a satellite workshop preceding the biennial LREC (Language Resources and Evaluation Conference) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The program started with the invited talk presented by Sjur Moshagen Nørstebø. This was then followed by two sessions of four oral presentations and a poster session with eight contributed poster papers. All the presentations and posters stimulated many questions and discussions.

At 17.30, after a brief presentation by Francys Tyers and Guy De Pauw, an interesting  discussion took place on "Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced languages" and then the workshop was closed by thanking the audience for their participation in the whole workshop.

About fourty five people were present in total, from a wide range of countries, and representing work on a variety of less resourced languages.

Addional materials related to this workshop are available:

  • Proceedings (pdf)
  • Slides of Sjur Moshagen Nørstebø's invited talk (pdf)
  • Posters and slides of some oral presentations. (zip)
   

LREC-2012: SALTMIL-AfLaT Workshop on “Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced languages”

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A full-day workshop at LREC 2012
Tuesday, 22 May 2012.
Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

SALTMIL: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/
AfLaT: http://AfLaT.org/
LREC 2012: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

09:15–09:30 Welcome / Opening Session
09:30–10:30 Invited Talk: Sjur Moshagen Nørstebø. How to build language technology resources for the next 100 years
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–13:00 Oral papers: Resource Creation

  • Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha, Alessio Frenda and Brian Vaughan, Issues in Designing a Spoken Corpus of Irish.
  • Wondwossen Mulugeta and Michael Gasser, Learning Morphological Rules for Amharic Verbs Using Inductive LogicProgramming
  • Krist ́n Bjarnadottir, The Database of Modern Icelandic Inflection
  • Fadoua Ataa Allah and Siham Boulaknadel, Natural Language Processing for Amazigh Language: Challenges and Future Directions

13:00–14:00 Lunch Break
14:00–16:00 Oral papers: Resource Use

  • Tommi A. Pirinen and Francis M. Tyers. Compiling Apertium morphological dictionaries with HFST and using them in HFST applications.
  • Borbóla Siklósi, György Orosz, Attila Novák and Gábor Prószéky. Automatic structuring and correction suggestion system for Hungarian clinical records.
  • Linda Wiechetek. Constraint Grammar based Correction of Grammatical Errors for North Sàmi.
  • Michael Gasser, Toward a Rule-Based System for English-Amharic Translation.

16:00–16:30   Coffee Break
16:30–17:30   Poster Session

  • Emmanuel Cartier and Paola Carrion Gonzalez, Technological Tools for Dictionary and Corpora Building for Minority Languages: Example of the French-based Creoles.
  • Denys Duchier, Brunelle Magnana Ekoukou, Yannick Parmentier, Simon Petitjean and Emannuel Schang, Describing Morphologically-rich Languages using Metagrammars: a Look at Verbs in Ikota.
  • Tjerk Hagemeijer, Iris Hendrickx, Abigail Tiny and Haldane Amaro, A Corpus of Santomé.
  • Sigrún Helgad ́ ttir, Asta Svavarsdóttir, Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, Kristín Bjarnadóttir and Hrafn Loftsson, The Tagged Icelandic Corpus (MM).
  • Laurette Pretorius and Sonja Bosch, Semi-automated extraction of morphological grammars for Nguni with special reference to Southern Ndebele.
  • Björn Gambäck, Tagging and Verifying an Amharic News Corpus.
  • Guy De Pauw, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver and Janneke van de Loo. Resource-Light Bantu Part-of-Speech Tagging.
  • Gulshan Dovudov, Vít Suchomel and Pavel Smerk, POS Annotated 50M Corpus of Tajik Language.


CONTEXT AND FOCUS

The 8th International Workshop of the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technology for Minority Languages (SALTMIL, http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil) and the 4th Workshop on African Language Technology (AfLaT2012) will be held as a joint effort in Istanbul, in May 2012, as part of the 2012 International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2012).

Entitled "Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced languages", the workshop is intended to continue the series of SALTMIL/LREC workshops on computational language resources for minority languages, held in Granada (1998), Athens (2000), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2002) and Lisbon (2004), Genoa (2006), Marrakech (2008) and Malta (2010) and the series of AfLaT workshops, held in Athens (EACL2009), Malta (LREC2010) and Addis Ababa (AGIS11).

The Istanbul 2012 workshop aims to share information on tools and best practices, so that isolated researchers will not need to start from scratch. An important aspect will be the forming of personal contacts, which can minimize duplication of effort. There will be a balance between presentations of existing language resources, and more general presentations designed to give background information needed by all researchers.

While less-resourced languages and minority languages often struggle to find their place in a digital world dominated by only a handful of commercially interesting languages, a growing number of researchers are working on alleviating this linguistic digital divide, through localisation efforts, the development of BLARKs (basic language resource kits) and practical applications of human language technologies. The joint SALTMIL/AfLaT workshop on "Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced languages" provides a unique opportunity to connect these researchers and set up a common forum to meet and share the latest developments in the field.

ORGANIZERS (SALTMIL and AfLaT)

* Mikel L. Forcada (SALTMIL): Machine Translation Group, School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
* Guy De Pauw (AfLaT): CLiPS - Computational Linguistics Group, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
* Gilles-Maurice de Schryver(AfLaT): African Languages and Cultures, TshwaneDJe HLT, South Africa & Ghent University, Belgium
* Kepa Sarasola(SALTMIL): Dept. of Computer Languages, University of the Basque Country
* Francis M. Tyers(SALTMIL), Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
* Peter Waiganjo Wagacha(AfLaT): School of Computing & Informatics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

* Iñaki Alegria: University of the Basque Country
* Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
* Lars Borin, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden
* Sonja Bosch, University of South Africa, South Africa
* Khalid Choukri (ELRA,ELDA, France)
* Mikel L. Forcada, Universitat d’Alacant
* Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld, Germany
* Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
* Hrafn Loftsson,  Reykjavik University
* Guy De Pauw, CLiPS, Universiteit Antwerpen
* Laurette Pretorius, University of South Africa, South Africa
* Lori Levin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
* Odetunji Odejobi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
* Benoît Sagot, INRIA Paris Rocquencourt & Université Paris 7, France
* Felipe Sánchez-Martínez, Universitat d'Alacant
* Kepa Sarasola, University of the Basque Country
* Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis University, USA
* Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, Universiteit Gent
* Trond Trosterud, Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway
* Francis M. Tyers, Universitat d'Alacant
* Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, University of Nairobi


REGISTRATION

See Registration in LREC 2012 site

   

Report on the 7th SALTMIL LREC 2010 workshop

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On May 23rd 2010, SALTMIL held a morning workshop on "Creation and use of basic lexical resources for less-resourced languages". This was a satellite workshop preceding the biennial LREC (Language Resources and Evaluation Conference) in Malta.

The program was very full, beginning with two invited talks, each of which stimulated many questions and discussions. This was then followed by two oral presentations and a poster session with five contributed poster papers. Finally, after a brief presentation by Mikel Forcada (see slides), an interesting panel discussion took place on "Less resourced languages and Language technology. Short- and medium-term objectives".  There were many contributions to this discussion, among others those of Per Langgård, Khalid Choukri, Igor Leturia, Trond Trosterud, Benoît Sagot, Kepa Sarasola and Mikel Forcada. At 13.55, Mikel Forcada closed the panel session by thanking the audience for their participation in the panel and in the whole workshop.

About fifty people were present in total, from a wide range of countries, and representing work on a variety of less resourced languages.

Addional material realted to this workshop are available: