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सOCIAL-ईNDIA 2014 : FIRST WORKSHOP ON LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES FOR INDIAN SOCIAL MEDIA

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Link: http://amitavadas.com/Social_India/
 
When Dec 18, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
Where Goa, India
Submission Deadline Nov 15, 2014
Notification Due Nov 21, 2014
Final Version Due Nov 28, 2014
Categories    indian social media   social india   code-mixing   code-switching
 

Call For Papers

RATIONALE
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The evolution of social media texts – such as blogs, micro-blogs (e.g., Twitter), and chats (e.g., Facebook messages) – has created many new opportunities for information access and language technology, but also many new challenges, making it one of the prime present-day research areas. Automatic processing of these types of texts warrants new strategies, in particular since they often are very ‘noisy’, that is, they are characterized by having a high percentage of spelling errors and containing creative spellings (gr8 for ‘great’), word play (goooood for ‘good’), abbreviations (OMG for ‘Oh my God!’), Meta tags (URLs, Hashtags), and so forth. So far, most of the research on social media texts has concentrated on English, whereas most of these texts now are in non-English languages. In social media, non-English speakers do not always use Unicode to write in their own language, they use phonetic typing, frequently insert English elements (through code-mixing and Anglicisms. See the following example 1), and often mix multiple languages to express their thoughts, making automatic language processing of social media texts a very challenging task. Thus it is clear that even though English still is the principal language for web communication, there is a growing need to develop technologies for other languages. Here we will concentrate on social media text in Indian languages, a nation with more than 20 official languages. ICON is a well-established gathering for the industrial and academic research communities both internationally and in India. Therefore, we believe that it is the best place to bring research attention towards developing language technologies for Indian social media text. The workshop will hold an embedded tutorial on code-mixing in social media. The three primary goals of the proposed workshop are:

1. To focus community awareness on language technologies for Indian social media.
2. Sharing of corpora and resources to promote future research.
3. Exchange of ideas and experiences amongst researchers.

Example 1. ICON isbar Goa mein ho raha hai! Great chance to visit Goa!

EMBEDDED TUTORIAL ON CODE-MIXING IN SOCIAL MEDIA
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Abstract: Code-mixing, or mixing of more than one language in a single conversation or utterance is a common phenomenon in any multilingual society. Extreme multilinguality of India makes code-mixing extremely common on social media content posted in Indian languages and by Indian users. In this tutorial, we will talk about why code-mixing is, on one hand a computational challenge that must be solved to effectively process IL content, and on the other hand, a wonderful linguistic resource for studying several allied phenomena. The tutorial will also introduce some basic NLP techniques for code-mixed data.
DURATION: Half Day

TUTORIAL COORDINATORS
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Monojit Choudhury
Microsoft Research Lab India
Website: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/monojitc/

Kalika Bali
Microsoft Research Lab India
Website: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/kalikab/

LIST OF TOPICS
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We welcome original and unpublished submissions on all aspects of language technologies for Indian languages in the social media context. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Part of Speech (POS) Tagging
• Language Detection
• Morphological Analysis
• Name Entity Recognition (NER)
• Dependency Parsing
• Lexical Resources
• Annotated corpora
• Transliteration
• Sentiment Analysis

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS
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Amitava Das
University of North Texas, USA
Website: http://amitavadas.com/

Björn Gambäck
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Website: http://www.ntnu.edu/employees/gamback

Dipankar Das
Jadavpur University
Website: http://www.dasdipankar.com/

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