Friday, January 17, 2014

Call for papers LRE-Rel2 workshop for LREC 2014 in Reykjavik

2nd Workshop on Language Resources and Evaluation for Religious Texts (LRE-Rel2)
31st May 2014 (afternoon session): Harpa Conference Center, Reykjavik, Iceland

If you are interested, please contact one of the following for further information.
LRE-Rel2 Organising Committee:
Eric Atwell and Claire Brierley: Computing, University of Leeds, LEEDS, LS2 9JT, UK;
Majdi Sawalha and Bassam Hammo: Computer Information Systems, University of Jordan, AMMAN
11942, Jordan;

After a successful launch at LREC 2012, we are organising a second workshop on Language Resources and Evaluation for Religious Texts hosted by LREC 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an inclusive workshop title, aimed at researchers with a generic interest in religious texts to raise awareness of different perspectives and practices, and to identify some common themes.

Our first workshop attracted a range of scholarship, particularly on Arabic and Islamic Studies, and this year we are keen to extend this range to canonical texts from other languages and religions - Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, and other - and, given the Icelandic venue, to iconic texts from historical religions such as The Prose Edda of Norse mythology.

We are also keen to foster inter-faith corpus studies, tracing similarities as well as differences in religious texts, where this genre includes: the faith-defining religious canon; authoritative interpretations and commentary; sermons, liturgy, prayers, poetry, and lyrics.

Workshop Topics:
 Submissions are invited for (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • measuring semantic relatedness between multiple religious texts and corpora from different religions;
  • analysis of ceremonial, liturgical, and ritual speech; recitation styles; speech decorum; discourse analysis for religious texts; 
  • formulaic language and multi-word expressions in religious texts; 
  • suitability of modal and other logic types for knowledge representation and inference in religious texts; 
  • issues in, and evaluation of, machine translation in religious texts; 
  • text-mining, stylometry, and authorship attribution for religious texts; 
  • corpus query languages and tools for exploring religious corpora; 
  • dictionaries, thesaurai, Wordnet, and ontologies for religious texts; 
  • (new) corpora and rich and novel annotation schemes for religious texts; 
  • annotation and analysis of religious metaphor; 
  • genre analysis for religious texts; 
  • application in other disciplines (e.g. theology, classics, philosophy, literature) of computer-mediated methods for analysing religious texts.
19.02.2014 Deadline for paper submissions

I hope to be there presenting on the psalms and their music and how GX-LEAF has been used for rhetorical exploration and analysis.