The 13th Workshop on Asian Language Resources

May 7, 2018

Phoenix Seagaia Conference Center, Miyazaki, Japan

collocated with LREC 2018


This 13th workshop on Asian Language Resources, annexed to the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018), focuses on language resources for Asian region, which has more than 2,200 spoken languages. There are now increasing efforts to build multi-lingual, multi-modal language resources, with varying levels of annotations, through manual, semi-automatic and automatic approaches, as the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) spreads across the region. Correspondingly, the development of practical applications on these language resources has also been rapidly growing. The workshop on Asian Language Resources is a series aiming to forge a better coordination and collaboration among researchers on these languages, and the Natural Language Processing (NLP) community, in general to develop common frameworks and processes for this purpose.

To achieve these goals, the workshop calls for original and unpublished technical, strategy, policy and survey papers concerning, but not limited to, the following topics of Asian languages:
  • Text corpora, speech corpora, corpora in other modalities or media (such as video for sign languages or affective computing)
  • Lexicons, grammars, machine-readable dictionaries, domain specific terminology
  • Ontologies, knowledge representation, semantic web technologies
  • Infrastructure for constructing and sharing language resources
  • Exchange and annotation schemata, exchange formats
  • Standards or specifications for language resources and content management
  • Language resources for basic NLP tasks (word segmentation, named entity recognition, syntactic analysis, semantic analysis, discourse analysis, speech recognition, speech synthesis, etc.)
  • Language resources for Human Language Technology (HLT) applications (such as text generation, information retrieval, information extraction, question answering, machine translation, speech translation, reasoning, affective computing, etc.)
  • Strategies and priorities for cooperation and collaboration
  • Licensing and copyright issues


Identify, Describe and Share your LRs!

Describing your language resources (LRs) in the LRE Map (Language Resources and Evaluation Map) is now a normal practice in the submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by other conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about “Sharing LRs” (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors of the workshop on Asian Language Resources will have the possibility, when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC repository. This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new “regular” feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and share data.
As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so as to allow the community to understand the whole context and also replicate the experiments conducted by other researchers, LREC 2018 and collocated workshop endorse the need to uniquely Identify LRs through the use of the International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN), a Persistent Unique Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. The assignment of ISLRNs to LRs cited in the papers will be offered at submission time.

What's new

  • The workshop has been successfully held. (2018-05-07)
  • Programme of the workshop is appeared. (2018-03-15)
  • Paper submission deadline is extended. (2018-01-08)
  • Opening paper submission page. (2017-12-18)
  • Starting this page. (2017-11-01)


The proceedings of the workshop is available at the web site of LREC 2018. Please follow the link below.


Monday, May 7, 2018

  9:259:30 Opening
Session 1 Chairperson: Kiyoaki Shirai
  9:3010:00 Satomi Matsumoto, Masayuki Asahara and Setsuko Arita
Japanese clause classification annotation on the `Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese'
10:00-10:30 Yasutomo Kimura, Yuzu Uchida and Keiichi Takamaru
Speaker Identification for Japanese Prefectural Assembly Minutes
(coffee break)
Session 2 Chairperson: Masayuki Asahara
11:00-11:30 Jaeho Han, Changhoe Hwang, Seongyong Choi, Gwanghoon Yoo, Eric Laporte and Jeesun Nam
DECO-MWE: Building a Linguistic Resource of Korean Multiword Expressions for Feature-Based Sentiment Analysis
11:30-12:00 Gwanghoon Yoo and Jeesun Nam
A Hybrid Approach to Sentiment Analysis Enhanced by Sentiment Lexicons and Polarity Shifting Devices
12:00-12:30 Li Song, Yuan Wen, Sijia Ge, Bin Li, Junsheng Zhou, Weiguang Qu and Nianwen Xue
An Easier and Efficient Framework to Annotate Semantic Roles: Evidence from the Chinese AMR Corpus
12:30-13:00 Hiroki Nomoto, Hannah Choi, David Moeljadi and Francis Bond
MALINDO Morph: Morphological dictionary and analyser for Malay/Indonesian
(lunch break)
Session 3 Chairperson: Karthika Vijayan
14:00-14:30 Tayyaba Fatima, Raees Ul Islam and Muhammad Waqas Anwar
Morphological and Orthographic Challenges in Urdu Language Processing: A Review
14:30-15:00 Aishwary Gupta and Manish Shrivastava
Enhancing Semantic Role Labeling in Hindi and Urdu
15:00-15:30 Soumil Mandal, Sainik Kumar Mahata and Dipankar Das
Preparing Bengali-English Code-Mixed Corpus for Sentiment Analysis of Indian Languages
15:30-16:00 Raoul Blin
Automatic Evaluation of Alignments without using a Gold-Corpus - Example with French-Japanese Aligned Corpora
(coffee break)
Session 4 Chairperson: Kiyoaki Shirai
16:30-17:00 Karthika Vijayan and Haizhou Li
Parallel Speak-Sing Corpus of English and Chinese Songs for Speech-to-Singing Voice Conversion
17:00-17:30 Win Win Thant and Kiyoaki Shirai
Automatic Acquisition of Opinion Words from Myanmar Facebook Movie Comments
17:30-17:35 Closing
* PDF file of the programme: ALR13_programme.pdf

Paper Submission

The paper should follow the styles of LREC 2018. Please use LREC 2018 stylesheet. The papers must not exceed 8 pages in length. Please do not include page numbers in your manuscript. All paper will be reviewed using a double-blind review process: names of authors and reviewers are not revealed each other. The paper must be written in a way that preserves anonymity of the authors.

The paper submission is accepted by the START system. The entrance for uploading your papers is:
(The submission system has been closed)
If you do not have a user account on START, please make a new account first. Please note that LRE map is a mandatory field for submission.

All accepted papers are published in the Proceedings of the workshop.

Important Dates

January 10, 2018paper submission deadline
January 14, 2018paper submission deadline (extended)
February 13, 2018notification of acceptance
February 28, 2018camera ready copies due
May 7, 2018ALR 13 workshop at LREC 2018


Deadlines refer to 23:59 (11:59pm) in the AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time zone.



  • Kiyoaki Shirai (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)


  • Olivia Kwong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Karthika Vijayan (National University of Singapore)

Program Committee

  • Masayuki Asahara (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics)
  • Minhwa Chung (Seoul National University)
  • Koiti Hasida (The University of Tokyo)
  • Sarmad Hussain (Center for Language Engineering, Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore)
  • Hansaem Kim (Yonsei University)
  • Mamoru Komachi (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
  • Binyang Li (University of International Relations, Beijing)
  • Lianfang Liu (Guangxi Computing Center)
  • Wang Lei (Institute for Infocomm Research)
  • Masnizah Mohd (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
  • Hammam Riza (Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology)
  • Rachel Edita Roxas (National University Philippines)
  • Minoru Sasaki (Ibaraki University)
  • Kazutaka Shimada (Kyushu Institute of Technology)
  • Sanghoun Song (Incheon National University)
  • Virach Sornlertlamvanich (Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University)
  • Takenobu Tokunaga (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Masao Utiyama (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
  • Derek Fai Wong (University of Macau)

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