Call for Papers

This workshop attempts to focus its attention on those specific applications or cases for which data scarcity poses a restrictive problem for data-driven approaches. This includes the following three specific situations:

Minority Languages, for which scarcity of resources is a consequence of the minority nature of the language itself. In this case, attention is focused on the development of both monolingual and cross-lingual resources. Some examples in this category include: Basque, Pashto and Haitian Creole, just to mention a few.

Disconnected Languages, for which a large amount of monolingual resources are available, but due to cultural, historical and/or geographical reasons cross-language resources are actually scarce. Some examples in this category include language pairs such as Chinese and Spanish, Russian and Portuguese, and Arabic and Japanese, just to mention a few.

New Language Styles, which represent different communication forms or emerging stylistic trends in languages for which the available resources are practically useless. This case includes the typical examples of tweets and chat speak communications, as well as other informal form of communications, in many languages.

Topics of interest

The main topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to, the following ones:

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers on original and previously unpublished work. Formatting should be according to LREC 2012 specifications using LaTeX or MS-Word style files. As for the main conference, the review process will not be blind.

Submission is electronic in PDF format using the START submission system at

Double submission policy: Parallel submissions to other meetings or publications are possible but must be immediately notified to the workshop contact person (see below).

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research at the workshop. The workshop papers will be part of the LREC proceedings and published on the web site of LREC 2012 before the conference.

Important Dates

March 6, 2012: Paper submissions due
March 22, 2012: Notification of acceptance
March 30, 2012: Camera ready papers due
May 27, 2012: Workshop in Istanbul (afternoon session)


Contact person: Patrik Lambert (e-mail: )

Patrik Lambert (University of Le Mans), Marta R. Costa-jussà (Barcelona Media Innovation Center), Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research)

Programme Committee

Iñaki Alegria, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Marianna Apidianaki, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Victoria Arranz, ELDA, Paris, France
Jordi Atserias, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, Spain
Joan Codina, Barcelona Media, Barcelona, Spain
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland
Min-Yen Kan, National University of Singapore
Philipp Koehn, University of Edinburgh, UK
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
Yanjun Ma, Baidu Inc. Beijing, China
Sara Morrissey, Dublin City University, Ireland
Maja Popovic, DFKI, Berlin, Germany
Paolo Rosso, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Marta Recasens, Stanford University, USA
Wade Shen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Haifeng Wang, Baidu Inc. Beijing, China