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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Greece: EACL 2009 -- Workshop on Language Technologies for African Languages -- EXTENDED DEADLINE

2nd Call for Papers -- Extended Deadline

Language Technologies for African Languages
March 30 or 31 (to be determined), 2009
Athens, Greece

A Workshop at the annual meeting of the European Association for
Computational Linguistics


In multilingual situations, language technologies are crucial for
providing access to information and opportunities for economic
development. With somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 different languages,
Africa is a multilingual continent par excellence and presents acute
challenges for those seeking to promote and use African languages in the
areas of business development, education, research, and relief aid. In
recent times a number of African researchers and institutions have come
forward that share the common goal of developing capabilities in language
technologies. This workshop provides a forum to meet and share the latest
developments in this field. It also seeks to include linguists who
specialize in African languages and would like to leverage the tools and
approaches of computational linguistics, as well as computational
linguists who are interested in learning about the particular linguistic
challenges posed by African languages.

The workshop will consist of an invited tutorial on African language
families and their structural properties by Prof. Sonja Bosch (UNISA,
South Africa), followed by refereed research papers in computational
linguistics. The focus will be on the less-commonly studied
lesser-resourced languages, such as those of sub-Saharan Africa. These
include languages from all four families, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan,
Khoisan and Afro-Asiatic with the exception of Arabic which is covered by
the SIGSemitic workshops. The workshop will also not cover variants of
European languages such as African French, African English or Afrikaans.

We invite submissions on any topic related to Language Technologies and
African languages including, but not limited to, the following:
 Corpora and corpus annotation,
 Machine readable lexicons,
 Morphological analyzers and spelling checkers,
 Part of speech taggers and parsers,
 Speech recognition and synthesis,
 Applications such as machine translation, information extraction,
information retrieval, computer-assisted language learning and question

Other topics of interest are:
 The role of language technologies in economic development, education,
health care, and emergency and public services.
 Documentation of endangered languages and the use of language
technologies to enhance language vitality,
 Language technologies delivered on mobile platforms, e.g. phones.

A very limited amount of travel funding is available. Preference will be
given to authors of accepted research papers who are traveling from

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work in the topic area
of this workshop. Submissions should follow the two-column format of the
EACL 2009 main-conference proceedings and should not exceed eight (8)
pages, including references. We strongly recommend the use of either the
LaTeX style file or the Microsoft-Word Style file, which can be found at
The reviewing will be blind and the paper should therefore not include the
authors' names and affiliations.
Submission will be electronic. Papers must be submitted no later than
January 19, 2009 using the submission webpage:

Submissions will be reviewed by 3 members of the Program Committee.
Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines on how to produce
camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the EACL workshop
Notification of receipt will be emailed to the contact author.

Submission deadline: January 19, 2009 (EXTENDED)
Notification of acceptance: February 2, 2009
Camera-ready papers due: February 13, 2009
Workshop: either March 30 or 31, 2009 (to be announced)

 Lori Levin: Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University,
USA (Workshop Chair)
 John Kiango: Director, Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar
Es Salaam, Tanzania
 Judith Klavans: University of Maryland, Institute for Advanced Computer
Studies, USA
 Manuela Noske: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA
 Guy De Pauw: University of Antwerp, Belgium | University of Nairobi,
Kenya | AfLaT.org
 Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: African Languages and Cultures, Ghent
University, Belgium | University of the Western Cape, South Africa |
 Peter Waiganjo Wagacha: School of Computing and Informatics, University
of Nairobi, Kenya | AfLaT.org

 Akinbiyi Akinlabi, Rutgers University
 Yiwola Awoyale, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
 Moussa Bamba, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
 Alan Black, Carnegie Mellon University
 Sonja Bosch, University of South Africa
 Christopher Cieri, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium
 Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University
 Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld, Germany
 Jeff Good, SUNY Buffalo
 Mike Gasser, Indiana University
 Gregory Iverson, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of
 Stephen Larocca, US Army Research Lab
 Michael Maxwell, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of
 Jonathan Owens, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of
 Tristan Purvis, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Study of
 Antonia Schleicher, University of Wisconsin at Madison
 Tanja Schultz, Karlsruhe University
 Clare Voss, US Army Research Lab
 Briony Williams, University of Wales, Bangor

Lori Levin
Language Technologies Institute
Newell-Simon Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
lsl cs cmu edu