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ICGL 2008 : The First International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources


When Jan 9, 2008 - Jan 11, 2008
Where Hong Kong
Submission Deadline Aug 31, 2007
Notification Due Sep 30, 2007
Categories    linguistics

Call For Papers


Language resources, including not only corpora but also lexicons, knowledge bases and ontologies, grammars, etc. support the development of language processing applications that are increasingly important to the global society. Substantial effort has been devoted to the creation of such resources for the world's major languages over the past decades, and new projects are developing similar resources for less widely-used languages. Some standards and best practices have emerged for representing and linking language corpora and annotations, efforts such as "Global WordNet" and the development of framenets in multiple languages seek to create and link specific lexical and semantic resources across languages, and there are efforts to integrate such resources into general ontologies such as SUMO. As the need for cross-lingual studies and applications grows, it is increasingly important to develop resources in the world's languages that can be compared and linked, used and analyzed with common software, and that contain linguistic information for the same or comparable phenomena. We envision the eventual development of a 'global web' of language resources, wherein, for example, linguistically-annotated corpora in multiple languages are inter-linked via the use of common categories, or categories that are mapped to one another; resources such as wordnets and framenets are linked not only to versions in different languages, but also to each other; and common representations enable analysis and use of resources in different languages and of different types within available systems.

Paper submissions are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:
1. multi-lingual and/or multi-modal language resources, with focus on the mechanisms enabling interoperability;
2. support for multi-linguality and multi-modality in systems/frameworks for resource creation, annotation, use, and access;
3. existing and proposed standards for language resources, including standards for linguistic annotations at any and all linguistics levels;
4. systems, frameworks, and architectures to support the development and exploitation of interoperable language resources;
5. evaluation of existing resources, systems, and/or standards in terms of support for interoperability;
6. harmonization, integration, and/or linking of language resources, including corpora, wordnets, framenets, ontologies, etc.;
7. web-based technologies for resource interoperability, inter-linkage, and access;
8. ontologies for language resources, especially for support of multi-linguality, multi-culturality, and multi-modality.

Programme Committee

Eric Atwell, Leeds University, UK

Harry Bunt, the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands

Bran Bogureav, IBM, USA

Nicoletta Calzolari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy

Key-Sun Choi, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Khalid Choukri, Evaluations and Language Resources Distribution Agency, France

Chris Cieri, Linguistic Data Consortium, USA

Arienne Dwyer, University of Kansas, USA

Alex Chengyu Fang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA

Charles Fillmore, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley, USA

Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Eva Hajicova, Charles University, Czech Republic

Erhard Hinrichs, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

Mark Huckvale, University College London, UK

Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA

Hitoshi Isahara, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan

Kiyong Lee, Korea University, South Korea

Duo Li, Peking University, China

Inderjeet Mani, Georgetown University, USA

Srini Narayanan, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley, USA

Adam Pease, Articulate Software, USA

Sameer Pradhan, BBN Technologies, USA

James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA

Laurent Romary, Max-Planck Digital Library, Germany

Vasile Rus, the University of Memphis, USA

Pavel Smrz, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

Maosong Sun, Tsinghua University, China

Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Piek Vossen, Vrije University, the Netherlands

Jonathan Webster, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Peter Wittenburg, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands

Yihua Zhang, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

All submissions to the conference must be made before midnight, 31 August 2007. Submissions should be no longer than 8 pages in length and should conform to the ACL 2007 guidelines at All submissions must be in PDF format.

Reviewing is blind and we therefore ask that you do not include information in the body of the paper that might reveal the identity of the authors. References to past work of the authors can be cited as "XXXX, 2007".

A separate page, including the title of the paper, author names, affiliations, and email, together with an abstract of no more than 300 words should be submitted separately, also in PDF format.

Submissions are handled electronically through the START conference management system. To submit your paper, go to:

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