EACL 2006

April 3, Trento, Italy
Hosted in conjunction with the 11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational
that will take place April 3-7, 2006, in Trento, Italy

NEW: List of accepted papers!!!! Workshop Program!!!

Topics of interest Important dates
Program committee
Invited speakers
Link to previous workshop (EuroLAN 2005)

Knowledge of the behavior of words and text in other languages has recently been used to help solving tasks in a first language. An example of such a task is word-sense disambiguation by using translations in a second language. Another example is verb classification by studying properties of verbs in several languages.

A second modality of knowledge transfer across languages is to take advantage of resources already built for English and for a few other resource-rich languages.  These resources have been used to induce knowledge in languages for which few linguistic resources are available. This was made possible by the wider availability of parallel corpora and better alignment methods at paragraph, sentence, and word level. Examples of such knowledge induction tasks are learning morphology, part-of-speech tags and grammatical gender. Cross-language knowledge transfer has also been possible thanks to the development of wordnets aligned to the original Princeton WordNet.

This workshop will provide a forum for discussion between leading names and researchers involved in cross-language applications. We would like to invite researchers to submit their original and unpublished work to the workshop. Special consideration will be given to papers that deal with "less electronically-visible" languages (i.e. languages with scarce electronic resources). Demos of working or under development systems are encouraged.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- applications that exploit parallel corpora:
   - learning morphological segmentation
   - learning part-of-speech
   - learning grammatical gender
   - other applications
- induction of knowledge from a language for which resources are abundant to another language for which fewer resources are available.
- using other languages to solve a task in a first language:
   - word-sense disambiguation by using translations in other languages.
   - verb classification by studying verb properties in several languages.
   - other tasks of this kind
- identifying and using cognate words between languages.
- building wordnets by knowledge transfer.
- exploiting multi-language wordnets for NLP applications.


January 15, 2006 - Deadline for workshop papers
January 27, 2006 - Notification of acceptance
February 10, 2006 - Camera-ready papers due
April 3, 2006 - Workshop date

Invited speakers:
Mona Diab (Columbia University, US) Talk: Building automated resources using cross-language knowledge induction methods
Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania) Talk: Cross-lingual and cross-corpora knowledge induction: RACAI experience

Submission instructions:

Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop.  Submissions should be formatted using the EACL 2006 stylefiles with overt author and affiliation information and not exceeding 8 pages. The EACL 2006 stylefiles are available at http://eacl06.itc.it/submission/submission.htm

Please submit your PDF file no later than January 6, 2006, by going to the following URL (see the instructions there): http://www.softconf.com/start/EACL06_WS04/

Each submission will be reviewed at least by two members of the programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Dual submissions to the main EACL 2006 conference and this workshop are allowed; if you submit to the main session, indicate this when you submit to the workshop.  If your paper is accepted for the main session, you should withdraw your paper from the workshop upon notification by the main session.

Organizing committee

Diana Inkpen (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Carlo Strapparava (ITC-IRST, Povo-Trento, Italy)
Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country, Donostia, Spain)

Programme Committee

Paul Buitelaar (DFKI, Saarbrucken, Germany)
Silviu Cucerzan (Microsoft Research, US)
Mona Diab (Columbia University, US)
Greg Kondrak (University of Alberta, Canada)
Lluís Màrquez (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Joel Martin (National Research Council of Canada)
Rada Mihalcea (University of North Texas, US)
Viviana Nastase (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Ted Pedersen (University of Minnesota, Duluth, US)
Emanuele Pianta (ITC-IRST, Povo-Trento, Italy)
Philip Resnik (University of Maryland, US)
German Rigau (University of the Basque Country, Donostia, Spain)
Laurent Romary (LORIA, Nancy, France)
Michel Simard (National Research Council of Canada)
Suzanne Stevenson (University of Toronto, Canada)
Doina Tatar (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Amalia Todirascu (Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France)
Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania)
Nikolai Vazov (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)


Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country, Donostia, Spain)
649 Posta kutxa, E-20080 Donostia, Spain,
tel: +34 943 015 019, fax: +34 943 015 590,
email: e.agirre@ehu.es