Workshop on SL processing: TALS Workshop 2010 (Montreal, 23 July 2010)



TALS Workshop 2010

Date: 23-Jul-2010 – 23-Jul-2010
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Contact Person: Dominique Machabee
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; General

Call Deadline: 02-Apr-2010

Meeting Description:

The theme of this workshop is “les méthodologies de recherche impliquant des outils de mesure articulatoire dans la description et l’analyse des langues des  signes” (Research methodologies which involve motion capture systems in the description and analysis of sign languages).Though the expansion of techniques of articulatory imaging allows the use of motion capture systems for the description of sign languages, their use is not yet widespread and there are no standards used across the field.

This workshop offers a forum in which participants can present and compare their research protocols and methodologies for collecting and analyzing data.
Participants will also show results gathered from the use of motion capture systems. With this workshop, we wish to encourage the presentation of various methodological and theoretical issues which have not been considered in the literature on sign language processing and/or on the description of sign languages.

The TALS workshop will be divided into three blocks. The first block will include four talks. The second block will be reserved for demonstrations and posters. Finally, the third block will consist of a group problem solving session concluding with a round table discussion. This last block aims to stimulate debates and discussions among researchers.

Themes (non-exhaustive)
– Generation of sign languages
– Development of linguistic applications for sign language processing
– Modeling
– Sign recognition
– Corpus annotation

Organizing Committee
Marion Blondel, Chargée de recherche, UMR SFL, Paris 8
Dominique Boutet, Maître de conférences, UMR 7023, SFL, Université Evry Val d’Essonne
Leïla Boutora, Maître de conférences, Université de Provence / LPL
Juliette Dalle, Assistante-Ingénieure CNRS, IRIT : AI CNRS-IRIT
Patrice Dalle, Professor, UPS, IRIT-TCI, Toulouse
Dominique Machabée, research associate, UQAM
Anne-Marie Parisot, Professor, UQAM
Julie Rinfret, Postdoctoral fellow, UQAM / University of Texas at Austin
Amélie Voghel, doctorand in linguistics, UQAM

The organizing committee will ask a scientific committee to evaluate the propositions.

Languages of the Workshop
The official language of the conference is French. Papers in English will be accepted for non francophone speakers. This conference will provide interpreters translating between French and LSQ (Quebec Sign Language), as well as English and LSQ.

Call for Papers

Three types of presentations are provided:
– Oral presentations (long papers, 8 to 10 pages)
– Posters (short papers, 4 to 6 pages)
– Demonstrations (maximum of one page, Letter format)

Long and short papers will be published in the processings of the TALN conference.
1- Propositions should be sent by e-mail to Dominique Machabée
( (PDF or DOC files). Please, send proposition and personal information on separate files:
File 1
–  Title of the presentation
–  Type of presentation
–  Last name and first name of the author(s) (for each author, include complete postal address, e-mail, phone number and affiliation).
File 2
–  Full text in French or English for non francophone speakers. Papers should not be more than 10 pages (long papers) and six pages (short papers) and (including figures, examples and references). The text should be written in Times 12, single spacing, Letter format (21,59 × 27,94 cm).

A model is available at:

2- Deadline for all type of presentations: April 2nd, 2010.

3- Notification for acceptance (to the first author): May 3rd, 2010. The final
version of long and short papers should be received no later than May 21st, 2010.

4- Oral presentations are 20 minutes, in addition of 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

All inquiries should be directed to:
Dominique Machabée
E-mail :

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