I'm attaching a Call for Papers for a workshop on Morphology/ Phonology
learning, which I hope will be of interest to readers of this list.
Linguistic Data Consortium
Call for Papers
Workshop on Morphological and Phonological Learning Philadelphia, PA 12 July 2002
Sixth Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology in cooperation with ACL Special Interest Group in Natural Language Learning
Two groups of researchers are converging on the need to construct morphologies and phonologies of low density languages.
Natural language engineers hope to develop machine translation, speech recognition, and other NLP technologies for these languages. Meanwhile, linguists and native speakers want to document the languages for scientific or humanitarian reasons. (This need is often expressed concerning endangered languages, but is not restricted to that situation.)
This convergence of interests makes it an opportune time to meet to discuss ways to analyze the morphology and phonology of a language (or a group of related languages) more quickly (and perhaps more accurately) than traditional methods have allowed.
Techniques for morphology and phonology learning may vary in the amount of human involvement they require. At one end of the spectrum are tools intended to help a native speaker (perhaps with the aid of a linguist) describe his or her own language. At the other end are tools for unsupervised machine learning from texts. Intermediate or hybrid approaches are also possible.
Methodologies to be discussed in this workshop need not be fully general: for example, a tool might be best suited to agglutinating, fusional, or polysynthetic languages, or specialized for compounding or reduplication.
The Workshop on Morphological and Phonological Learning will be held July 12 2002, immediately after the ACL-02 meetings at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.
The workshop web site, with further information, is http://morph.ldc.upenn.edu/maxwell/MorphologyLearning.html. More information about SIGPHON is available at http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/sigphon, and about SIGNLL at http://ilk.kub.nl/~signll/. The ACL-2002 website is http://www.acl2002.org.
* Tools to help a native speaker or linguist visualize and describe the morphology and/or phonology of a language
* Tools for (semi-)automated discovery of morphology and/or phonology
* Databases and annotation tools designed for morphological or phonological information, particularly as these relate to learning
* Resources for learning (taggers, seed grammars and lexicons, partially annotated text, bilingual text, etc.)
* Linguistic (knowledge-based) approaches vs. empirical approaches; hybrid methodologies
* Evaluation/comparison of morphology learning technologies
* Adapting and reusing grammars and lexicons among related languages
* Application of learned morphologies and phonologies (proofreading, machine translation, linguistic research, documentation of endangered languages, speech recognition)
* Theoretical results on learnability or representation
Program Committee -----------------
* Mike Maxwell (Linguistic Data Consortium, chair)
* Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, SIGNLL)
* Jason Eisner (Johns Hopkins University)
* Steven Bird (University of Pennsylvania)
* Lauri Karttunen (Parc Inc.)
* John A. Goldsmith (University of Chicago)
Invited Speaker: David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University
* Submission Deadline: 5 April 2002
* Notification: 25 April 2002
* Camera-ready Copy Due: 21 May 2002
* Workshop: 12 July 2002
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