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        Date: 2019-12-15 15:50:12+00:00
        From: Rachele Sprugnoli 
        Subject: CFP: 1st Workshop on Language Technologies for Historical and Ancient LAnguages (LT4HALA) @ LREC 2020

Call for Papers: 1st Workshop on Language Technologies for Historical and
Ancient LAnguages (LT4HALA)

  *   Website: https://circse.github.io/LT4HALA/
  *   Date: May 12, 2020
  *   Place: co-located with LREC 2020, May
11-16, Marseille, France


LT4HALA is a one-day workshop that seeks to bring together scholars who are
developing and/or are using Language Technologies (LTs) for historically
attested languages, so to foster cross-fertilization between the Computational
Linguistics community and the areas in the Humanities dealing with historical
linguistic data, e.g. historians, philologists, linguists, archaeologists and
literary scholars. Despite the current availability of large collections of
digitized texts written in historical languages, such interdisciplinary
collaboration is still hampered by the limited availability of annotated
linguistic resources for most of the historical languages. Creating such
resources is a challenge and an obligation for LTs, both to support historical
linguistic research with the most updated technologies and to preserve those
precious linguistic data that survived from past times.

Relevant topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  *   handling spelling variation;
  *   detection and correction of OCR errors;
  *   creation and annotation of digital resources;
  *   deciphering;
  *   morphological/syntactic/semantic analysis of textual data;
  *   adaptation of tools to address diachronic/diatopic/diastratic variation in
  *   teaching ancient languages with NLP tools;
  *   NLP-driven theoretical studies in historical linguistics;
  *   evaluation of NLP tools.

Shared Tasks

Just because of the limited amount of data preserved for historical and ancient
languages, an important role is played by evaluation practices, to understand
the level of accuracy of the NLP tools used to build and analyze resources.
Given the prominence of Latin, by virtue of its wide diachronic and diatopic
span covering two millennia all over Europe, the workshop will host the first
edition of EvaLatin, an evaluation
campaign entirely devoted to the evaluation of NLP tools for Latin. The first
edition of EvaLatin will focus on two tasks (i.e. Lemmatization and PoS
tagging), each featuring three sub-tasks (i.e. Classical, Cross-Genre, Cross-
Time). These sub-tasks are designed to measure the impact of genre and diachrony
on NLP tools performances, a relevant aspect to keep in mind when dealing with
the diachronic and diatopic diversity of Latin.

Training data, evaluation script and guidelines are already available online.


For the workshop, we invite papers of different types such as experimental
papers, reproduction papers, resource papers, position papers, survey papers.
Both long and short papers describing original and unpublished work are welcome.
Long papers should deal with substantial completed research and/or report on the
development of new methodologies. They may consist of up to 8 pages of content
plus 2 pages of references. Short papers are instead appropriate for reporting
on works in progress or for describing a singular tool or project. They may
consist of up to 4 pages of content plus 2 pages of references. We encourage the
authors of papers reporting experimental results to make their results
reproducible and the entire process of analysis replicable, by making the data
and the tools they used available. The form of the presentation may be oral or
poster, whereas in the proceedings there is no difference between the accepted
papers. The submission is NOT anonymous. The LREC official
format (https://lrec2020.lrec-conf.org/en/submission2020/authors-kit/) is
requested. Each paper will be reviewed but three independent reviewers.

As for EvaLatin, participants will be
required to submit a technical report for each task (with all the related sub-
tasks) they took part in. Technical reports will be included in the proceedings
as short papers: the maximum length is 4 pages (excluding references) and they
should follow the LREC official format (https://lrec2020.lrec-
conf.org/en/submission2020/authors-kit/). Reports will receive a light review
(we will check for the correctness of the format, the exactness of results and
ranking, and overall exposition). All participants will have the possibility to
present their results at the workshop: we will allocate an oral session and a
poster session fully devoted to the shared tasks.

Important Dates


  *   17 February 2020: submissions due
  *   10 March 2020: notifications to authors
  *   27 March 2020: camera-ready due
  *   12 May 2020: workshop


  *   10 December 2019: training data available
  *   Evaluation Window I - Task: Lemmatization
     *   17 February 2020: test data available
     *   21 February 2020 system results due to organizers
  *   Evaluation Window II - Task: PoS tagging
     *   24 February 2020: test data available
     *   28 February 2020: system results due to organizers
  *   6 March 2020: assessment returned to participants
  *   27 March 2020: reports due to organizers
  *   10 April 2020: camera ready version of reports due to organizers
  *   12 May 2020: workshop

Share your LRs!

Describing your LRs in the LRE Map is now a normal
practice in the submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by
other conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about
'Sharing LRs' (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors will have the
possibility, when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC
repository. This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their
description, may become a new 'regular' feature for conferences in our field,
thus contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and
share data.

ISLRN number

As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so as to allow
the community to understand the whole context and also replicate the experiments
conducted by other researchers, LREC 2020 endorses the need to uniquely Identify
LRs through the use of the International Standard Language Resource Number
(ISLRN, https://circse.github.io/LT4HALA/www.islrn.org), a Persistent Unique
Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. The assignment of ISLRNs to
LRs cited in LREC papers will be offered at submission time.


  *   Marco
Passarotti (https://docenti.unicatt.it/ppd2/en/#/en/docenti/14144/marco-carlo-
passarotti/profilo), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy;

  *   Rachele Sprugnoli (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rachele_Sprugnoli),
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.

Programme Committee

  *   Marcel Bollmann, University of Copenhagen; Denmark;
  *   Gerlof Bouma, University of Gothenburg, Sweden;
  *   Patrick Burns, University of Texas at Austin, USA;
  *   Oksana Dereza, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland;
  *   Stefanie Dipper, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany;
  *   Hanne Eckoff, Oxford University, UK;
  *   Maud Ehrmann, EPFL, Switzerland;
  *   Hannes A. Fellner, Universität Wien, Austria;
  *   Heidi Jauhiainen, University of Helsinki, Finland;
  *   Julia Krasselt, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland;
  *   John Lee, City University of Hong Kong;
  *   Chao-Lin Liu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan;
  *   Barbara McGillivray, University of Cambridge, UK;
  *   Beáta Megyesi, Uppsala University, Sweden;
  *   So Miyagawa, University of Göttingen; Germany;
  *   Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University, Sweden;
  *   Eva Pettersson, Uppsala University, Sweden;
  *   Michael Piotrowski, University of Lausanne, Switzerland;
  *   Sophie Prévost, Laboratoire Lattice, France;
  *   Halim Sayoud, USTHB University;
  *   Olga Scrivner, Indiana University, USA;
  *   Neel Smith, College of the Holy Cross, USA;
  *   Sara Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy;
  *   Amir Zeldes, Georgetown University, USA;
  *   Daniel Zeman, Charles University, Czech Republic.



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