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SaLTMiL 2014 : 9th SaLTMiL workshop on “Free/open-source language resources for the machine translation of less-resourced languages” at LREC 2014


When May 27, 2014 - May 27, 2014
Where Reykjavik (Iceland)
Submission Deadline Feb 10, 2014
Notification Due Mar 3, 2014
Final Version Due Mar 21, 2014
Categories    natural language processing   machine translation   computational linguistics

Call For Papers

Call for Papers: 9th SaLTMiL workshop on “Free/open-source language resources for the machine translation of less-resourced languages” at LREC 2014.

A full-day workshop at LREC 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014.
Reykjavik (Iceland)

LREC 2014:
Paper submission:

The 9th International Workshop of the Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technology for Minority Languages (SaLTMiL) will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on May 24, 2014, as part of the 2014 International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC). (For SALTMIL see:; it is also framed as one of the activities of European project Abu-Matran ( Entitled "Free/open-source language resources for the machine translation of less-resourced languages", the workshop is intended to continue the series of SALTMIL/LREC workshops on computational language resources for minority languages, held in Granada (1998), Athens (2000), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2002), Lisbon (2004), Genoa (2006), Marrakech (2008), La Valetta (2010) and Istanbul (2012), and is also expected to attract the audience of Free Rule-Based Machine Translation workshops (2009, 2011, 2012). The workshop aims to share information on language resources, tools and best practice, to save isolated researchers from starting from scratch when building machine translation for a less-resourced language. An important aspect will be the strengthening of the free/open-source language resources community, which can minimize duplication of effort and optimize development and adoption, in line with the LREC 2014 hot topic ‘LRs in the Collaborative Age’ (

The whole-day workshop will consist of short oral papers, a poster session preceded by a poster-boaster session (2 minutes, 2 slides per poster), and a round table.

Papers are invited that describe research and development in the following areas:

FOS LR for rule-based machine translation (dictionaries, rule sets)
FOS LR for statistical machine translation (corpora)
FOS tools to annotate, clean, preprocess, convert, etc. LRs for machine translation
Machine translation as a tool for creating or enriching FOS LRs for less-resourced languages

Position papers and (web based) demonstrations will also be considered for presentation.

The best papers, as evaluated by the programme committee, will be presented orally and the remaining paper will be presented in poster format.

We expect short papers of max 6,000 words (up to 6 pages) describing research addressing one of the above topics, to be submitted as PDF documents by using the LREC 2014 START conference management system (

Submissions should be anonymized. When submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be kindly asked to share the resources that have been used for the work described in their paper or that are the outcome of their research. For further information on this initiative, please refer to

Submissions of papers should follow the same style as the papers for the main LREC conference (an Author's Kit made of specific guidelines and downloadable templates will be published on the conference web site in due time). All contributions will be included in the workshop proceedings (CD). They will also be published on the SALTMIL website.

The registration fees will be duly announced at the LREC 2014 site. Registration in the workshop willl include a coffee break and the Proceedings of the Workshop. Registration will be handled by the LREC 2014 Secretariat.

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: February 10, 2014
Notification of acceptance sent: March, 3, 2014
Camera-ready paper due: March 21, 2014

Organizing committee

Joint e-mail address:

(1) Dr Francis M Tyers
Institutt for språkvitskap
Det humanistiske fakultet,
N-9037 Universitetet i Tromsø

(2) Dr Kepa Sarasola
Computer Science Faculty
Dept. of Computer Languages
The University of the Basque Country
P.K. 649 20080 DONOSTIA
Basque Country, Spain
Tel: +34 943 01 81 54
Fax: +34 943 21 93 06

(3) Prof Mikel L. Forcada
Dept. Llenguatges i Sistemes informàtics
Universitat d’Alacant
E-03071 Alacant (Spain)
Tel: +34 96 590 9776
FAx: +34 96 590 9326

Programme Committee

Iñaki Alegria, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
Lars Borin, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden.
Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Mikel L. Forcada, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain
Michael Gasser, Indiana University, USA
Måns Huldén, Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland
Krister Lindén, Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland
Nikola Ljubešić, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Croatia
Lluís Padró, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Juan Antonio Pérez-Ortiz, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain
Felipe Sánchez-Martínez, Universitat d’Alacant
Kepa Sarasola, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
Kevin P. Scannell, Saint Louis University, USA
Antonio Toral, Dublin City University, Ireland
Trond Trosterud, Universitet i Tromsø, Norway
Francis M. Tyers, Universitet i Tromsø, Norway

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