Special Issue "Computational Linguistics for Low-Resource Languages"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2019).
Interests: computational linguistics, language resources, low-resource languages, digital language diversity
After years of neglect, low-resource languages (be they minority, regional, endangered, or heritage languages) have made it to the scene of computational linguistics, thanks to the increased availability of digital devices, which make the request for digital usability of low-resource languages stronger. Preservation, revitalisation, and documentation purposes also call for the availability of computational methodologies for these languages, often upon request of speakers’ communities themselves.
In addition to their applicative interest, low-resource languages are a challenging case for computational linguistics per se. By expanding the range of languages traditionally studied by computational linguistics, low-resource languages often represent a test-bed for validating current methods and techniques. In an era dominated by big data, for instance, the data sparseness of low-resource languages requires alternative approaches. Limited availability of expert human resources, on the other side, calls for and questions crowdsourcing approaches and brings in the picture issues of data protection and community involvement.
The goal of this Special Issue is to collect current research in computational linguistics for low-resource languages for a variety of languages, tasks, and applications. We invite submissions of high-quality, original technical and survey papers addressing both theoretical and practical aspects, including their ethical and social implications. We also hope that this Special Issue will not only represent a showcase for promising research but will also contribute to raising awareness about the importance of maintaining linguistic diversity, an effort to which computational linguistics can make an important contribution.
Dr. Claudia Soria
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- Low-resource languages
- Computational linguistics
- Natural language processing
- Linguistic diversity