It has now been ten years since the last issue of the TAL journal on the subject of multilingualism and this topic has become a reality that cannot be ignored, in particular on the Internet. While the English language largely dominated a decade ago, the representation of Chinese, Hindi or Spanish is tending to reveal the real importance of these languages. Today, the Internet better reflects the diversity of national and regional languages. Logically, the computer applications that are developed - either in machine translation, in cross-language information retrieval, in computer-assisted writing or language learning... - must illustrate this reality by taking account of more and more diverse languages, sometimes with great linguistic differences between them.
This special issue of the TAL journal (http://www.atala.org/-Revue-TAL) aims at giving an overall picture of NLP research on multilingualism.
The following topics (this is a non-exhaustive list) will be considered:
Mining and alignment from multilingual corpora ;
Extraction of parallel segments from comparable corpora;
Extraction of multilingual lexicon from multilingual corpora.
Building and using multilingual resources;
Using monolingual resources in multilingual systems;
Generalization of the approaches in analysis or in machine translation;
Building and using language typologies.
Fields of application could include:
Automatic or semi-automatic translation methods;
Cross-language information retrieval;
Multilingual analysis and generation;
Multilingual document categorization;
Computer-assisted writing or language learning.
In addition to the suggested topics, the papers that reflect on the generalization of practices acquired for a given pair of languages (such as English and French) when transposing methods to unrelated languages will be appreciated.
TAL (Traitement Automatique des Langues / Natural Language Processing) is a forty year old international journal published by ATALA (French Association for Natural Language Processing) with the support of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). It has moved to an electronic mode of publication, with printing on demand. This affects in no way its reviewing and selection process.
Emmanuel Morin, LINA, Université de Nantes, France Holger Schwenk, LIUM, Université du Maine, France
Authors intending to submit a paper are encouraged to contact the chief editors of the journal:
Contributions (25 pages maximum, PDF format) must be sent by e-mail to the addresses below:
Style sheets are available for download on the Web site of the journal.
19 February 2010: Statement of intent to submit (detailed summary, 1 page)
26 February 2010: Submission deadline
07 May 2010: First decision of the editorial board
07 June 2010: Revised version of the accepted papers
12 July 2010: Final decision of the editorial board
01 September 2010: Final version of the accepted papers
end of 2010: Publication
Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Laurent Besacier, LIG, Université de Grenoble 1, France
Romaric Besançon, CEA, France
Hervé Blanchon, LIG, Université de Grenoble 1, France
Nicola Cancedda, XRCE, France
Pascale Fung, University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Eric Gaussier, LIG, Université de Grenoble 1, France
Gregory Grefenstette, Exalead, France
Tony Hartley, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Pierre Isabelle, NRC-CNRC, Canada
Kyo Kageura, University of Tokyo, Japan
Olivier Kraif, LIDILEM, Université de Grenoble, France
Marie-Claude L’Homme, Université de Montréal, Canada
Aurélien Max, LIMSI, Université Paris Sud 11, France
Bruno Pouliquen, WIPO, NU
Violaine Prince, LIRMM, Université de Montpellier, France
Aarne Ranta, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Jean Senellart, Systran, France
Michel Simard, NRC-CNRC, Canada
Monique Slodzian, INALCO, France
Kamel Smaïli, LORIA, Université de Nancy, France
Eric Wehrli, LATL, Université de Genève, Switzerland