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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CALL For Papers ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Special Issue on Arabic Natural Language Processing (ANLP) International Journal of Computer Processing of Oriental Languages (IJCPOL) World Scientific http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcpol ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Arabic is a Semitic language spoken by over 250 million people, in an area extending from the Arabian Gulf in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It is also the language in which some of the world's greatest works of literature, science, and history have been written.
Arabic is a strongly structured and highly derivational language. Arabic language processing requires the treatment of the language constituents at all levels. Each level requires extensive study and exploitation of the associated linguistic characteristics. Over the last few years, Arabic natural language processing (ANLP) has been gaining increasing importance, and has found a wide range of applications including: machine translation, information extraction, and tutoring systems. These applications require developing innovative approaches and techniques for natural language analysis, natural language generation, and linguistic resources.
Various forums have been dedicated to ANLP: • Special track on Natural Language Processing, The International Conference on Informatics and Systems (NLP-INFOS 2008), Cairo Univ., Egypt. • Workshop on HLT & NLP within the Arabic world: Arabic Language and local languages processing: Status Updates and Prospects, LREC, 2008 • Computational Approaches to Arabic Script-based Languages, workshop series (04, 07). • International Conference on Arabic Language Resources and Tools (NEMLAR 2004), Cairo Egypt,
This special issue of the International Journal of Computer Processing of Oriental Languages is intended to present the state-of-the-art in research on Arabic natural language processing, Arabic computational linguistics, applied Arabic linguistics and related areas. This call is intended to be as broad as possible. We solicit original research papers on topics including, but not limited to: • Linguistic resources (corpora, electronic dictionaries, treebanks, etc.) • Transliteration, transcription and diacritization • Part of speech tagging • Morphological analysis and generation • Shallow and deep parsing • Machine translation • Word sense and syntactic disambiguation • Semantic analysis • Information extraction and retrieval • Question answering • Text clustering, and classification • Text summarization • Text and web content mining • Named entity recognition • Colloquial-based language processing
>>>>Important Dates <<<<<
• Submissions due for review: 15 Jan 2009 • Notification of 1st decision: 30 April 2009 • Revisions due: 30 May 2009 • Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2009 • Final version submitted: 15 July 2009 • Issue publication: 2010
>>>>>Submission Guidelines <<<<<
Submissions should be 3,000 to 7,500 words (counting a standard figure or table as 200 words) and should follow the journal's style and presentation guidelines (see http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcpol/mkt/guidelines.shtml). References should be limited to 10 citations. To submit a manuscript, access the Journal online submission system at http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcpol/editorial/submitpaper.shtml. In the message to editors, please state clearly that the paper is submitted to the special issue on Arabic NLP. An electronic version of the paper should also be submitted directly to the Guest Editor by e-mail at the same time.
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For further information, contact Guest Editor Prof. Khaled Shaalan - (Fellow) School of Informatics University of Edinburgh, UK - Faculty of Informatics, British Univ. in Dubai - Faculty of Computers & Information, Cairo University: k.shaalan_AT_fci-cu.edu.eg.
For a PDF version of this Call for papers upload http://www.buid.ac.ae/shaalan/arabnlpcfp.pdf
Regards, Khaled ________________________________________________________________________________________ Prof. Khaled Shaalan Computer Science Dept. Faculty of Computers & Information Cairo Univ.
5 Ahmed Zewel St., Orman, Dokki, Giza 12613 Egypt
Email: k.shaalan at fci-cu.edu.eg Personal Email: khaled.shaalan at gmail.com
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