2nd workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Language (RAIL)
- Please note on the extension of the submission deadline: 30 September 2021
The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is organising the second RAIL workshop in the field of African Indigenous Language Resources. This workshop aims to bring together researchers who are interested in showcasing their research and thereby boosting the field of African indigenous languages. This provides an overview of the current state-of-the-art and emphasises availability of African indigenous language resources, including both data and tools. Additionally, it will allow for information sharing among researchers interested in African indigenous languages and also start discussions on improving the quality and availability of the resources. Many African indigenous languages currently have no or very limited resources available and, additionally, they are often structurally quite different from more well-resourced languages, requiring the development and use of specialized techniques. By bringing together researchers from different fields (e.g., (computational) linguistics, sociolinguistics, language technology) to discuss the development of language resources for African indigenous languages, we hope to boost research in this field.
The Resources for African Indigenous Languages (RAIL) workshop is an interdisciplinary platform for researchers working on resources (data collections, tools, etc.) specifically targeted towards African indigenous languages. It aims to create the conditions for the emergence of a scientific community of practice that focuses on data, as well as tools, specifically designed for or applied to indigenous languages found in Africa.
Suggested topics include the following:
Computational linguistics for African indigenous languages
Descriptions of corpora or other data sets of African indigenous languages
Building resources for (under resourced) African indigenous languages
Developing and using African indigenous languages in the digital age
Effectiveness of digital technologies for the development of African indigenous languages
Revealing unknown or unpublished existing resources for African indigenous languages
Developing desired resources for African indigenous languages
Improving quality, availability and accessibility of African indigenous language resources
RAIL 2021 asks for the following type of submissions:
RAIL asks for full papers from 4 pages to 8 pages (plus more pages for references if needed), which must strictly follow the DHASA styles guide which will be available on the conference website Style guides | DHASA 2021
Papers must be submitted through the DHASA submission platform (ConfTool) and will be peer-reviewed.
When sending in your submission, be sure to select RAIL 2021 Submissions.
Submission deadline: 13 September 2021
Extension on submission deadline: 20 September 2021
Final extension on submission deadline: 30 September 2021
Date of notification: 15 October 2021
Camera ready copy deadline: 10 November 2021
DHASA Conference: 29 November 2021 – 3 December 2021
Workshop at conference: Morning session, day of workshop to be confirmed
The RAIL workshop will be co-located with the DHASA conference, and therefore registration will run through the DHASA website.
Participants will have to register for the conference and choose to attend the RAIL workshop during the registration process.
Rooweither Mabuya Mmasibidi Setaka Deon Du Plessis Dimakatso Mathe Respect Mlambo Liané Van Den Bergh Cascious Mofokeng Muzi Matfunjwa South African centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), South Africa
Ayodele James Akinola, Chrisland University, Nigeria Sonja Bosch, University of South Africa, South Africa Elias Malete, University of the Free State, South Africa Emmanuel Ngue Um, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon Guy de Pauw, Antwerp University and Textgain, Belgium Pule Phindane, Central University of Technology, South Africa Msindisi Sam, Rhodes University, South Africa Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, Ghent University, Belgium Elsabé Taljard, University of Pretoria, South Africa Mpho Raborife, University of Johannesburg, South Africa