MINELRES: Call for posters: Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics II, Bolzano/Bozen, 13-14 November 2008

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LULCL II – Call for posters

Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics (LULCL) II “Combining
efforts to foster computational support of minority languages”
13th - 14th of November 2008

European Academy Bolzano/Bozen, Italy



Following up on the “Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics
(LULCL)” conference in 2005, the Institute for Specialised Communication
and Multilingualism at the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano is pleased to
announce a second scientific meeting on computational approaches for
lesser used, lesser standardised and lesser resourced languages. LULCL
II will take place the 13th and 14th of November 2008 at the Convention
Center of the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano. The aim of the colloquium
is to provide an overview of ongoing research activities and to
strengthen the research community and its practices.  

This year’s LULCL colloquium puts a special focus on bringing together
efforts from several related research communities, in order to join best
practices, approaches and techniques and to add value to individual
initiatives. In addition to lesser used languages, other types of
language, including language varieties, sign languages, learner language
and spoken language pose similar issues for researchers, having to do
with sparse resources, little standardisation, and challenges with
automatic processing and building up of computational resources.

The colloquium will provide an opportunity to learn what tasks are
analogous and shared among the different research communities, what
practices and resources could be exchanged and generally how the groups
could gain from working together and how they can bring forward lesser
used languages. 

The research communities of interest for this colloquium are:

• Lesser used / minority languages
• Language varieties
• Sign languages
• Learner languages
• Spoken language

During the two-day event invited researchers of each field will present
ongoing research activities by pointing out challenges inherent to the
automatic processing of a particular lesser resourced / lesser
standardised language and relating it to the broader picture of working
with lesser resourced / lesser standardised languages in general. The
emerging dialogue should give particular consideration to smaller
projects and thus help them to disseminate their objectives and to enter
the international research community.


In addition to presentations by invited speakers this call for posters
is open to all researchers working with lesser used, lesser resourced
and lesser standardised languages. 

Topics of particular interest include:

• Corpora
• Lexicographic resources
• Terminological resources
• Computer assisted language teaching and learning 
• Tools and resources for translation 
• Language tools 
• Multimedia and internet
• Representation and access of non-written language 
• Impact of computational approaches to support/strengthen a language 
• Transferability of approaches developed for major world languages

Posters may range from theoretical work to descriptions of resources and
applications. We encourage PhD students to submit their research. 

The colloquium’s language is English. Reviewing is non blind. 

Please submit an abstract (including relevant bibliography) of no more
than 1000 words to : communication.multilingualism@eurac.edu


September 22nd 2008: Deadline for submitting abstracts October 20th
2008: Notification of acceptance November 13th and 14th 2008: Colloquium
at the Convention Center of the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy



Karin Aijmer, Goteborg University, Sweden  
Dafydd Gibbon, Bielefeld University, Germany


Andrea Abel, Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy 
Stefanie Anstein, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy 
Christopher Culy, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy 
Dafydd Gibbon, Bielefeld University, Germany 
Christer Lauren, Vaasa University, Finland 
Marcello Soffritti, University of Bologna / European Academy
Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Chiara Vettori, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy 
Paul Videsott, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy


Institute for Specialised Communication and Multilingualism, 
European Academy Bozen/Bolzano Viale Druso 1, 
39100 Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Organiser: Verena Lyding
Email: communication.multilingualism@eurac.edu
Tel: 0471-055127
Fax: 0471-055199


LULCL II is co-financed by the "Autonome Region Trentino-Sudtirol /
Regione Autonoma Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Abteilung III
Sprachminderheiten und Europaische Integration / Ripartizione III -
Minoranze linguistiche ed integrazione europea, Amt fur
Sprachminderheiten / Ufficio per le minoranze linguistiche".


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