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SALTMIL 2008
LREC 2008 pre-conference workshop on INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN PEOPLE IN THE CREATION OF LANGUAGE RESOURCES FOR LESS-RESOURCED LANGUAGES
Dates May 27, 2008 (iCal) - May 27, 2008
Homepage: ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil
Location
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
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Important dates
Submissions: Feb 29, 2008
Notification: Mar 17, 2008
Table of Contents


Event


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.htm

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
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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
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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
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 *  Briony Williams, Language Technologies Unit, Bangor University,
    Wales, UK
 *  Mikel Forcada, Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics,
    Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
 *  Kepa Sarasola, Department 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).
	

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Facts about "SALTMIL 2008"
AcronymSALTMIL 2008 +
End dateMay 27, 2008 +
Has coordinates31° 37' 36", -8° 0' 11"Latitude: 31.626794444444
Longitude: -8.003025
+
Has location cityMarrakech +
Has location countryCategory:Morocco +
Homepagehttp://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil +
IsAEvent +
NotificationMarch 17, 2008 +
Start dateMay 27, 2008 +
Submission deadlineFebruary 29, 2008 +
TitleLREC 2008 pre-conference workshop on INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN PEOPLE IN THE CREATION OF LANGUAGE RESOURCES FOR LESS-RESOURCED LANGUAGES +