We are proud that WSSANLP 2016, the 6th Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural languag chaired by Prof. Dekai Wu and Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, will be organized at COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, at Osaka, Japan, from 11th to 16th December 2016.

Workshop Proceedings is available now: Workshop Proceedings
Workshop Program is available now: Workshop Program
Workshop Key Note Speaker
Prof. Alain Désoulières, INALCO - CERLOM, France [Key Note]





Key Note Talk


Key Note Speaker
Prof. Alain Désoulières [Home Page][Biography]
Dictionaries from pen to keyboard changing and unchanging patterns: A case of Urdu

This lecture aims at describing the making and « manufacturing » of Urdu bilingual and monolingual dictionaries from the pen and and printed form to keyboard and computerized form, printed and screen like versions. In a brief historical account we shall contrast two colonial Urdu/Hindustani - English dictionaries : New Hindustani English Dictionary by Fallon (1879) and Dictionary of Urdu, classical Hindi and English Platts (1884) and also relate them to their common (colonial)predecessor A Dictionary, Hindustani and English and - English and Hindustani by John Shakespear (1849), keeping in view the different data collecting techniques and use of literature, the pattern of a printed entry, the fonts used for printing (or their misuse) the obvious classifying categories (and the subjacent lexical and morphological analysis that structure a [complex] entry).

Then we move to post colonial bilingual dictionaries : e g Twentieth Century Standard Urdu into English Dictionary by Bahir Ahmad Qureshi, Kitabistan s. d. c. 1970, looking for the colonial dictionaries legacy (entry pattern, transliteration or « roman Urdu » unchanged part of speech categories), the new trends in printing : the definite adoption of nasta’liq hand written style etc... including the transliteration table. The edition in photo blocks with nasta’liq rather than naskh, pervading all along its many editions and reprints up to the last and present 2014 edition, called Practical Standard 21st Century compiled by Prof. Bashir Ahmad Qureshi.

It is indeed quite revealing to oppose this work with the Advanced Twentieth Century Dictionary (English into English & Urdu) Compiled by Prof Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, revised and enlarged by Dr. Abdul Haq Delhi 1994, and its Pakistani edition: Kitabistan 21st Century Practical Dictionary (English into English & Urdu) etc. by Prof Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Lahore, s.d. c. 1998, both editions in photo blocks with nasta’liq where English is in fact the target language. The Kitabistan’s New Millennium Practical Dictionary (English into English & Urdu) etc. by the same author revised by Prof. Stanley E. Brush (Lahore 2004) being on the contrary a completely computerized printed paper edition (though the Urdu lemmas and phrases are not analyzed and without airāb or Urdu vocalic diacritics).

A particular case is the « Hindi-Urdu » bilingual dictionaries with their literal and literary corpora of « poetic » lemmas and phrases : Indian persian vocables and phrases and their modern Hindi equivalents, Hindi transcription. The Farhang e Amra by Muhammad Abdullah Khan Khwaishagi (Khorija, 1937 and Karachi 1957) a lexicon that explains pronunciation and meaning of Arabic and Persian based lemmas common in Urdu with equivalents in Indian Urdu words is also a landmark of similar purpose. Urdu monolingual dictionaries started in late mid 18th Cent, often mixed with Indian Persian lexicons with the actual fall of the Mughal Empire and the revival of local Urdu speaking dynasties.

The case of some famous monolingual dictionaries are worth commenting like Sayyid Ahmad Dehlavi’s Farhang e Asifya (4 volumes, 1898-1918, financed by the Nizam of Hyderabad) which was hand written in typical Urdu nastaliq and encyclopedic that is historical, literary and analytical ; and Mullah Feroz ud Din’s Feroz ul Lughat Jami Feroz Sons (multiple editions) not encyclopedic but with a bigger corpus : First ed. 1897, reprinted c. 1950, enlarged in 1967 with a totally new edition in the 1990’s, all hand written [one volume] dictionaries. Ultimately we have the same Feroz ul Lughat Jami composed with nastaliq modern font computerized Urdu dictionary (with little changes in the corpus) now with online pdf versions, Lahore Feroz Sons 2005. A smaller edition appeared in 2007 also computerized and the pocket edition (and its numerous reprints) is still hand written since the 1980’s.

It is important to understand and criticize the structure of entries, the part of speech analysis (lemmas and phrases), and the data collection in the monolingual Urdu dictionaries and categories (which actually prefigure low level parsing and automatized translating system), just like for the bilingual dictionaries, in order to have a rational and somehow segregated data collection and specialized corpora of Urdu through the Press and oral (recorded and written) literature. Such a study is also important to make modern bilingual dictionaries on line or printed that really describe Urdu with minimum parsing and critical introduction centered on the Urdu language learner. Such a reflexion is also important to understand the online dictionaries, bilingual and monolingual, that are now appearing such as Musharraf Ali Faruqi (and Awais Athar) Urdu Thesaurus (July 2016).





First Call for Papers


The 6th Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processig (WSSANLP 2016)
December 11, 2016
Osaka, Japan.

We are pleased to announce the 6th Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processing (WSSANLP 2016) in Osaka, Japan, at the Osaka International Convention Center (OICC) (located in Nakanoshima in the center of Osaka).

WSSANLP 2016 will cover a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language and computation of South and Southeast Asian languages. The workshop will include Full Papers (presented as oral or poster presentations in case of time constraints) and Short Papers (presented as poster presentations only). Oral and poster presentations of Full Papers will not be distinguished in the proceedings of the conference.

We invite the submission of Full Papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics of South and Southeast Asian Languages.

We also invite the submission of Short Papers on original small, focused contribution, work in progress, a negative result and an opinion piece.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax, grammar and lexicon;
  • Lexical semantics and ontologies;
  • Word segmentation, tagging and chunking;
  • Parsing, syntactic and semantic;
  • Semantic role labeling;
  • Discourse relations and Discourse Structure;
  • Dialogue and conversational agents;
  • Language generation;
  • Summarization;
  • Question answering;
  • Paraphrasing and textual entailment;
  • Multilingual processing, machine translation and translation aids;
  • Information retrieval;
  • Information extraction;
  • Sentiment analysis, opinion mining;
  • Computational argumentation;
  • Social media;
  • Speech recognition, text-to-speech and spoken language understanding;
  • Multimodal systems and representations;
  • Applications;
  • Tools in aid of NLP tasks and applications;
  • Corpus development and language resources;
  • System evaluation methodology and metrics;
  • Machine learning for natural language;
  • Cognitive, mathematical and computational models of language processing;
  • Models of communication by language.

In all relevant areas, we encourage authors to include analysis of the influence of theories (intuitions, methodologies, insights), to technologies (computational algorithms, methods, tools, data), and/or contributions of technologies to theory development. In technologically oriented papers, we encourage in-depth analysis and discussion of errors made in the experiments described, if possible linking them to the presence or absence of linguistically-motivated features. Contributions that display and rigorously discuss future potential, even if not (yet) attested in standard evaluation, are welcome.


ABOUT WSSANLP

The main motive behind the organization of South and Southeast Asian Natural Languages Processing workshops (WSSANLP) is to bring together the community working on the South and Southeast Asian languages covering all aspects of natural language processing, computational linguistics and linguistics such as development of computational resources, morphology, syntax, semantics and machine translation. This is a long term commitment and goal. WSSANLP is an annual event collocated with one of the major Computational Linguistics conferences and focusing on NLP issues of South and Southeast Asian languages. Starting in 2010, we have successfully organized five workshops:

  • 1st Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP at COLING 2010 in Beijing, China [URL]
  • 2nd Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP at IJCNLP 2011 in Chang Mai, Thailand [URL]
  • 3rd Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP at COLING 2012 in Mumbai, India [URL]
  • 4th Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP at 6th IJCNLP 2013 in Nagoya, Japan [URL]
  • 5th Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP at COLING 2014 in Dublin, Ireland [URL]

The 6th WSSANLP has been accepted as a collocated event in the International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016) Osaka, Japan, at the Osaka International Convention Center (OICC) (located in Nakanoshima in the center of Osaka). This conference is organized under the auspices of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL).


SUBMISSION TIMELINE

Full papers

July, 2016: Opening of the submission website
September 25th, 2016 October 3rd, 2016: Paper submission deadline
November 3th, 2016: Author notification
November 10st, 2016: Camera-ready PDF due
November 15th, 2016: Final Proceedings Buildup

November 30th, 2016: Official proceedings publication date
December 11th, 2016: Workshop

Paper submissions for WSSANLP 2016 will be handled by the START system.
Before submitting your paper please ensure you have read the Instructions for Authors and that your paper uses the prescribed style files. To submit your work, please use the submission page at the following address https://www.softconf.com/coling2016/WSSANLP2016.

For WSSANLP 2016, there will be two categories of research papers (1) Full Papers and (2) Short Papers. All of the papers will be included in conference proceedings, this time in electronic form only.

The maximum submission length for Full Papers is 8 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references. The maximum submission length for Short Papers is 4 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references. Authors of accepted papers will be given additional space in the camera-ready version to reflect space needed for changes stemming from reviewers comments.

Authors can indicate their preference for presentation mode (i.e. oral or poster presentation) in the submission form for full papers, and the reviewers will recommend an appropriate mode of presentation to the program committee which will then decide. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between full papers presented orally vs. as posters.

Papers shall be submitted in English, anonymised with regard to the authors and/or their institution (no author-identifying information on the title page nor anywhere in the paper), including referencing style as usual. Authors should also ensure that identifying meta-information is removed from files submitted for review.

Papers should describe original and completed work. Any ongoing research substantially described should be in a well-advanced state of work, providing robust support to the reported results and conclusions. Where appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be provided. Submissions will be judged on several factors, including originality, technical strength, technical soundness, significance, relevance to the conference, and clarity.

Papers must conform to official COLING 2016 style guidelines, which are available in coling2016.zip. coling2016.zip has LaTeX files, Microsoft Word template file, and sample PDF file.

Submission and reviewing will be managed online by the START system. The only accepted format for submitted papers is in Adobe's PDF. Submissions must be uploaded on the START system (https://www.softconf.com/coling2016/WSSANLP2016) by the submission deadlines; submissions after that time will not be reviewed. To minimise network congestion, we request authors to upload their submissions as early as possible.

DUAL SUBMISSION POLICY: Papers being submitted to other conferences or workshops can be submitted in parallel to WSSANLP, on condition that submissions at other conferences will be withdrawn if the paper is accepted for WSSANLP. Authors must clearly indicate on the title page the other conferences or workshops to which the paper is being submitted and also indicate that they will withdraw these other submissions if the paper is accepted for WSSANLP.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

WORKSHOP CO-CHAIRS

Dekai Wu, Human Language Technology Center, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong
Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Director of Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India


CONTACT

wssanlp {at} sanlp.org





Paper Submission Time Line


Paper submissions for WSSANLP 2016 will be handled by the START system according the following timeline:

Full papers

July, 2016: Opening of the submission website
September 25th, 2016 October 3rd, 2016: Paper submission deadline
November 3th, 2016: Author notification
November 10st, 2016: Camera-ready PDF due
November 15th, 2016: Final Proceedings Buildup

November 30th, 2016: Official proceedings publication date
December 11th, 2016: Workshop





Paper Submissions


Paper submissions for WSSANLP 2016 will be handled by the START system.
Before submitting your paper please ensure you have read the Instructions for Authors and that your paper uses the prescribed style files. To submit your work, please use the submission page at the following address https://www.softconf.com/coling2016/WSSANLP2016.





Instructions for authors


Paper submissions for WSSANLP 2016 will be handled by the START system.
Before submitting your paper please ensure you have read the Instructions for Authors and that your paper uses the prescribed style files. To submit your work, please use the submission page at the following address https://www.softconf.com/coling2016/WSSANLP2016.

For WSSANLP 2016, there will be two categories of research papers (1) Full Papers and (2) Short Papers. All of the papers will be included in conference proceedings, this time in electronic form only.

The maximum submission length for Full Papers is 8 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references. The maximum submission length for Short Papers is 4 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references. Authors of accepted papers will be given additional space in the camera-ready version to reflect space needed for changes stemming from reviewers comments.

Authors can indicate their preference for presentation mode (i.e. oral or poster presentation) in the submission form for full papers, and the reviewers will recommend an appropriate mode of presentation to the program committee which will then decide. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between full papers presented orally vs. as posters.

Papers shall be submitted in English, anonymised with regard to the authors and/or their institution (no author-identifying information on the title page nor anywhere in the paper), including referencing style as usual. Authors should also ensure that identifying meta-information is removed from files submitted for review.

Papers should describe original and completed work. Any ongoing research substantially described should be in a well-advanced state of work, providing robust support to the reported results and conclusions. Where appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be provided. Submissions will be judged on several factors, including originality, technical strength, technical soundness, significance, relevance to the conference, and clarity.

Papers must conform to official COLING 2016 style guidelines, which are available in coling2016.zip. coling2016.zip has LaTeX files, Microsoft Word template file, and sample PDF file.

Submission and reviewing will be managed online by the START system. The only accepted format for submitted papers is in Adobe's PDF. Submissions must be uploaded on the START system (https://www.softconf.com/coling2016/WSSANLP2016) by the submission deadlines; submissions after that time will not be reviewed. To minimise network congestion, we request authors to upload their submissions as early as possible.

DUAL SUBMISSION POLICY: Papers being submitted to other conferences or workshops can be submitted in parallel to WSSANLP, on condition that submissions at other conferences will be withdrawn if the paper is accepted for WSSANLP. Authors must clearly indicate on the title page the other conferences or workshops to which the paper is being submitted and also indicate that they will withdraw these other submissions if the paper is accepted for WSSANLP.





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Committees


Dekai Wu

Workshop Chair

Pushpak Bhattacharyya

Workshop Co-Chair





Program Committee


Sadaf Abdul Rauf

Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan

Naveed Afzal

Cardiovascular Biomarkers Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, USA

Tafseer Ahmed

DHA Suffa University, Pakistan

Aasim Ali

University of the Punjab, Pakistan

Jalal S. Alowibdi

Universiyt of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saleh Alshomrani

Universiyt of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Amer Alzaidi

Universiyt of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

M. Waqas Anwar

COMSATS Institute of Technology Abbottabad, Pakistan

Bal Krishna Bal

Kathmandu University, Nepal

Sivaji Bandyopadhyay

Jadavpur University, India

Vincent Berment

GETALP-LIG & INALCO, France

Laurent Besacier

University of Grenoble, France

Pushpak Bhattacharyya

Indian Institute of Technoloyg Patna, India

Hervé Blanchon

University of Grenoble, France

Christian Boitet

University of Grenoble, France

Miriam Butt

University of Konstanz, Germany

Eric Castelli

International Research Center MICA, Vietnam

Amitava Das

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Sri City, India

Alain Desoulieres

INALCO - CERLOM, France

Alexander Gelbukh

Center for Computing Research, CIC, Mexico

Choochart Haruechaiyasak

National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Thailand

Sarmad Hussain

University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan

Aravind K. Joshi

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Amba Kulkarni

University of Hyderabad, India

Gurpreet Singh Lehal

Punjabi University, Patiala, India

Haizhou Li

Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

M. G. Abbas Malik

University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Mahsa Mohaghegh

Unitec Auckland, New Zealand

Ajit Narayanan

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

K. V. S. Prasad

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Bali Ranaivo-Malançon

University of Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia

Paolo Rosso

Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Huda Sarfraz

Beacon house National University, Pakistan

Hossein Sarrafzadeh

High Technology Transdisciplinary Research Network, Unitec Auckland, New Zealand

L. Sobha

AU-KBC Research Centre, India

Virach Sornlertlamvanich

TCL, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Thailand

Ruvan Weerasinghe

University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka.

Organizing Committee






M. G. Abbas Malik

Chair Organizig Committee

Sadaf Abdul Rauf

Mahsa Mohaghegh

Members of Organizing Committee

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