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Full Title: Teaching NLP/CL Workshop

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Start Date: 09-Aug-2013 - 09-Aug-2013
Contact: Dragomir Radev
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Meeting Description: 4th Teaching NLP/CL Workshop
With a Focus on Olympiads in (Computational) Linguistics
An ACL-2013 Workshop
Sofia, Bulgaria


Ivan Derzhanski, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan

This is the fourth installment of the traditional workshop on Teaching NLP and CL, held previously at ACL 2002, ACL 2005, and ACL 2008. As with the previous instances, the workshop will cover all aspects of teaching NLP and CL to high school and college students but this time we will include a special focus area on the topic of Olympiads in (Computational) Linguistics reflecting the origin of these Olympiads in Europe and the growing interest in such educational events in recent years.

Focus: Olympiads in (Computational) Linguistics

Since the mid-1960s, problem-solving competitions in linguistics for secondary school students have been taking place at various locations around the world. In Russia, the Moscow Linguistics Olympiad and its mirror in St. Petersburg are credited with inspiring hundreds of young talented scholars to choose linguistics as an academic field and profession. The International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), an annual event launched in 2003 with 33 participants from 6 countries, has grown to 131 participants from 26 countries at its tenth installment in 2012, and has provoked the founding of regular regional and national linguistic contests in much of the world. In this way linguistic olympiads have proven a fruitful field for international cooperation.

The genre of the self-sufficient linguistic problem, intended to guide the solver to the independent discovery of unfamiliar linguistic phenomena and concepts or research issues of linguistics and adjacent theoretical and applied disciplines, has also evolved over the years, benefiting from the input of over 200 authors and now of emerging national traditions. In particular, although problems on computational linguistics (that is, such as illustrate fundamental or current issues of natural language processing, rather than languages or linguistic theory) have always had a presence at linguistic contests, in the US and the other Anglophone countries (ELCLO, the English Language Computational Linguistics Olympiad, now includes Canada, Ireland, Australia, the USA and the UK), they have become a primary feature. In part the revival of interest towards them is a response to the growing importance of language technologies in contemporary life.
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1322

This is a session of the following meeting:
51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

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