2nd Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processing

Abbreviated Title: 
WSSANLP 2011
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 
1 Jun 2011
Event Dates: 
8 Dec 2011
Location: 
Shangri-La Hotel, 89/8 Chang Klan Road, A. Muang
City: 
Chiang Mai
Country: 
Thailand
Contact: 
M. G. Abbas Malik
Contact Email: 
abbas [dot] malik [at] gmail [dot] com

First Call for Papers
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Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processing (WSSANLP)
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www.sanlp.org/wssanlp2011
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a collocated event at
International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP)
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www.ijcnlp2011.org

Motivation
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The main motive behind the organization of South and Southeast Asian Natural Languages Processing (SSANLP) workshop is to bring together the community working on the South and Southeast Asian languages covering all aspects of natural language processing and computational linguistics such as development of computational resources, morphology, syntax, semantics and machine translation. This is a long term commitment and goal, which cannot be achieved through a single workshop. Hence, we are planning to make this workshop an annual event collocated with one of the major Computational Linguistics conferences and focusing on certain specific NLP issues. We have successfully organized the 1st Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP at COLING 2010 in Beijing, China. The current workshop again focuses on the phenomena of rich Morphology of South and South East Asian languages and the complex segmentation in these languages. More details about the current workshop are available at www.sanlp.org/wssanlp2011

Topics
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Morphology is one of the core processes of Natural Language Processing (NLP). With the knowledge of rules for inflection, derivation, and compounding, we are able to generate and understand the word forms that are mandatory to communicate, including the creation of new words from existing words. To be acquainted with a language, we have to master the rules of syntax and morphology as these are crucial rudiments for dealing with semantics or even pragmatics. In NLP, morphological resources are the basis for all higher level developments and applications. It is especially true for languages with rich morphology like Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, etc. A morphological analysis component is crucial for analyzing word forms in the whole corpus. Generation of surface forms corresponding to a root is also essential from practical point of view. Another major challenge for understanding the word forms is the segmentation of the source text. The task of morphology, however, is intimately linked with segmentation for said languages. Apart from the uses in NLP, there are useful practical applications where morphological analysis and/or generation are required, e.g., in text processing, user interfaces, and information retrieval.
The topics of interest for SSANLP workshop include (but not limited to) the following related to the morphology and segmentation of South and Southeast Asian languages:
• The complexity of word level processing
• Frameworks for morphological processing
• Universal morphotactic phenomena across South and Southeast Asian languages
• Lexicon and Rule-basis for morphological analysis
• New formalisms, or computational treatments of existing linguistic formalisms for the said languages
• Probabilistic models and machine learning for morphology and segmentation
• Analysis or exploitation of multilingual, multi-dialectal, and diachronic data
• Algorithms, including finite-state methods
• Algorithms and methods for automatic development of morphological analysis from the corpus
• Generic morphological analyzer for South and Southeast Asian Languages
• Communication of morpho-tactics with its neighboring layers in the linguistic process (i.e. Morpho-syntactics and Morpho-phonemics) for the said languages
• Usability or extensibility of existing tools like KIMMO, XFST, ATEF, etc. for the development of morphological analyzer for South and Southeast Asian languages
• Tools and resources

Author Instructions
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Authors are invited to submit substantial, original and completed research work relevant to the topics of the workshop in form of regular papers. Authors are also invited to submit a small, focused contribution, work in progress, a negative result and an opinion piece in form of short papers. More detailed paper format guidelines will be provided, once we get these information from IJCNLP – main conference organizers.
Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...", must be used. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.
Dual submission policy: If you have submitted or plan to submit your paper in other venues, then you must indicate this fact during submission to SSANLP. Note that if your paper is accepted in SSANLP then you must withdraw the same paper from other venues in order to get it published in the proceedings of SSANLP.

Important Dates
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Paper submissions June 1, 2011
Notification of acceptances July 29, 2011
Camera-ready copies due August 19, 2011
Workshop date November 8, 2011

Journal Special Issue
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The organizers plan to publish selected high quality submissions to SSANLP as a special issue of a reputed scientific journal.

Any query can be sent on wssanlp2011@sanlp.org