===================================================== Second Workshop on Arabic Corpus Linguistics (WACL-2) =====================================================
Workshop in conjunction with the Corpus Linguistics 2013 conference
Monday 22nd July 2013 - Lancaster University, UK
Claire Brierley, University of Leeds -- "Natural Language Processing
working together with Arabic and Islamic Studies"
Eric Atwell, University of Leeds
Andrew Hardie, Lancaster University
CALL FOR PAPERS ---------------
We invite proposals for the full-day Second Workshop on Arabic Corpus Linguistics, to be held in conjunction with the **CORPUS LINGUISTICS 2013** conference. Following on from the successful first WACL in 2011 (http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/wacl), as well as the related event LRE-REL in 2012 (http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/arabic/lre-rel.html), WACL-2 will again take place at Lancaster University.
The aim of this series of workshops is to create a venue for exploring progress in the field of research into the Arabic language using corpora, from across the many areas of corpus linguistics and computational linguistics where the analysis of Arabic structure and usage is an active issue.
The scope of the workshop encompasses both (a) the design, construction and annotation of Arabic corpora, and (b) the use of corpora in research on the Arabic language - in any relevant area, including (but not limited to!) lexis and lexicography, syntax, collocation, NLP systems and analysis tools, contrastive and historical studies, stylistics, and discourse analysis. All varieties of Arabic - including the different Colloquial Arabics as well as Classical/Qur'anic and Modern Standard forms of the language - are within the workshop's purview.
Abstracts for presentations are invited on any of these areas, or on any other topic related to the study of Arabic-language corpora. Presentations either describing finished research or reporting work in progress are welcome. Submissions from postgraduate students are especially welcome.
Abstracts should be up to 600 words; presentations will be in the usual format (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions).
Please submit abstracts by email to Andrew Hardie (a.hardie at lancaster.ac.uk). Please use the same abstract format prescribed by the main conference - a template can be found at http://corpora.lancs.ac.uk/submission/template . Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word .doc(x), RTF, or OpenDocument text (.odt). Please use Unicode characters for any Arabic text examples. All abstracts should be in English rather than Arabic; English will be the language of the workshop.
Please note that we will not accept for WACL-2 any abstract which
has also been submitted to the main CL2013 conference in verbatim
form. We are happy to consider submissions arising from a research
project which is also being presented at the main conference, but the
content must not be identical or overlap substantially. For example,
it might be appropriate to submit to WACL-2 a presentation focusing
on matters of interest to Arabic specialists, while submitting an
abstract of broader methodological or theoretical interest to the
* Closing date for abstracts: Monday February 25th 2013 * Responses to abstract submission: before Monday March 1st 2013.
Participants should register for the workshop day via the CL2013 website (this can be done in addition to, or independently of, registration for the main conference). Registration opens on February 15th 2013. See this page for details: