Monday, November 30, 2015

4th Endangered and Lesser-known Languages Conference (ELKL - 4) from 25 - 27 February, 2016.

4th Endangered and Lesser-known Languages Conference (ELKL - 4) from 25 - 27 February, 2016. 

Call for Papers

While there has been a huge movement towards technology development for major Indian languages (owing to the huge governmental funding and lately huge business interest of certain private companies), there has been hardly any systematic, concerted efforts towards the development of language technologies for the lesser-known languages of the country. However, with the recent surge towards documentation and digitisation of endangered languages (again owing to the governmental funding recently made available through huge projects and schemes including those of CIIL and UGC), a large, structured, parallel, digital collection of speech data with its transcription and the deep part-of-speech and morphological marking of a large number of languages is being made available. It need not be mentioned that this huge resource is not only useful for the description of these languages but could also prove to be of immense value for the development of language technologies.

We solicit papers discussing original and unpublished research related to, but not limited to, the following sub-themes under the special theme.
  • Use of language archives and products of documentation for the development of language technologies.
  • Development of resources for these languages - corpus, machine-readable dictionaries, treebanks, WordNets and others
  • Creation and conversion of resources using the principles of Linked Open Data
  • Basic technologies - POS Tagger, Morphological Analyser, Syntactic Parsers
  • Applications - Spell and grammar checkers, transcription and input tools, Text-to-Speech, Automatic Speech Recognition, automatic text classification, machine translation.
Like previous editions of the conference, original and unpublished papers is also solicited in the other areas of research in endangered and lesser-known languages.
  • Description of Indian endangered and lesser-known languages - phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics
  • Typological, Areal and Historical Descriptions
  • Language Documentation
  • Dictionaries of Indian endangered languages
  • Language Archiving - best practices and methods
  • Multilingualism, language shift, language maintenance and language death
  • Language attitude and Language Revitalization
  • Language policy, language planning and language endangerment
  • FIeld reports
  • Ethical, legal and practical issues in language documentation of endangered and lesser-known languages in India and their solution
  • Biocultural and Linguistic Diversity of India


Special Interactive Session with Prof. Nikolaus Himmelmann

Presentations (written in English) in .ppt/.pptx format is to be uploaded by 20 December, 2015 (final deadline) using the EasyChair system at

Oral/Poster Presentation

Abstracts (written in English) of 750 - 1500 words (excluding references and data) in pdf format is to be uploaded by 10 October, 2015 (final deadline) using the EasyChair system at

Abstracts should be completely anonymised and anything pointing to the author(s) of the abstract should be completely removed.

Note: One author can submit a maximum of one abstract, which could be either single-authored or co-authored. If an author is found to be author or co-author of more than one submitted abstract, both the abstracts will be disqualified. However, author/co-author of an abstract can also send a tutorial proposal

Proposal for Pre-conference Tutorials
Proposals (written in English) in maximum 2000 words (excluding the references, if any, and CV of the resource persons) in pdf format is to be uploaded by 15 October, 2015 (final deadline) using the EasyChair system at

The first page of the proposals should include the following information:
1.    Title of the tutorial
2.     Duration of the tutorial (half-day/full-day)
3.     Name of the resource persons
4.     Intended audience
5. Special requirements for tutorial (in addition to the projector, computer and common softwares)
Detailed proposal should start from the second page onwards and CV of each resource person is to be attached at the end of the proposal.
Please remember the complete proposal, including the header page and the CV is to be uploaded as a single file.
The .odt/.doc/.docx templates for proposal submission could be downloaded here and used for preparing and submitting the proposals.
Note: One resource person can submit one and only one tutorial proposal. (S)he could be the single resource person of that proposal or one of the members of a team of resource persons.
Important - While submitting the abstract please mention in the title that it is a tutorial proposal. Please write the title in this format -  "Tutorial Proposal - Title of the Proposal"

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