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LINGUIST List 25.1742

Tue Apr 15 2014

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Ireland

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Apr-2014
From: Yuval Marton <yuvalmartongmail.com>
Subject: Statistical Parsing of Morphologically Rich Languages & Syntactic Analysis of Non-canonical Languages
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Full Title: Statistical Parsing of Morphologically Rich Languages & Syntactic Analysis of Non-canonical Languages
Short Title: SPMRL-SANCL 2014

Date: 24-Aug-2014 - 24-Aug-2014
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact Person: Yuval Marton
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.spmrl.org/spmrl-sancl2014.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Jun-2014

Meeting Description:

Statistical parsing of morphologically-rich languages (MRLs) and syntactic analysis of non-canonical languages (NCL) have shown several similar properties and challenges in recent research. Therefore, this year we organize a joint workshop of these two research communities, to foster cross-pollination of ideas and technology for both.

Statistical parsing of morphologically-rich languages has repeatedly been shown to exhibit non-trivial challenges including, among others, sparse lexica in the face of rich inflectional systems, parsing deficiency in the face of free word order and treebank annotation idiosyncrasies in the face of morphosyntactic interactions.

Similar problems arise for parsing of non-canonical languages. Besides technical issues such as lexical sparseness and ad-hoc structures, we also face theoretical problems including constructions that do not occur, or very seldom occur, in standard language, such as verbless sentences or complex hashtags.

The first joint SPMRL-SANCL workshop addresses both the challenge of parsing MRLs and NCL. It provides a forum for researchers addressing the often overlapping issues of both fields with the goal of identifying cross-cutting issues in the annotation and parsing methodology for such languages.

2nd Call for Papers:

Note the extended submission deadline: June 6, 2014

The CFP below is for the SPMRL-SANCL Main Workshop. The workshop also features:

- Second Shared Task on Semi-Supervised Parsing of Morphologically Rich Languages: http://www.spmrl.org/spmrl2014-sharedtask.html
- Special Track on the Syntactic Analysis of Non-Canonical Language: http://www.spmrl.org/sancl-posters2014.html

Areas of Interest:

The areas of interest of the SPMRL-SANCL workshop include, but are not limited to, the following list of topics:

- Applying cutting-edge parsing techniques to new languages and domains
- Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of current parsing techniques when applied to morphologically-rich and/or non-canonical language
- Developing techniques that are targeted at improving parsing quality of morphologically-rich and/or non-canonical language
- Developing models and architectures that explicitly integrate morphological analysis and parsing
- Addressing data sparseness due to lexical variants, out-of-vocabulary (OOV) words and noise, ad-hoc syntactic rules, non-canonical word order, ungrammatical structures, or disfluencies
- Using insights from parsing and associated processing problems to motivate decisions in the creation of new syntactically annotated corpora ('treebanks'), especially in domains, genres, and languages that are not yet, or hardly covered; tag set design
- Discussing the role of parsing in higher-level NLP applications involving MRLs and NCLs, e.g. syntax-enhanced MT and semantic analysis.

Important Dates:

Submission date (extended): June 6, 2014 (23:59 UTC - 12)
Author notification: July 1, 2014
Camera-ready papers due: July 13, 2014
Workshop: August 24, 2014

Submission Guidelines:

We solicit the following submission categories:

- Long papers (up to 11 pages with unlimited references)
- Short papers (up to 6 pages with unlimited references)
- Abstracts (500 words excluding examples/references, for SANCL poster topics only)
- Shared task paper submissions (format will be disclosed later)

Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial and completed research addressing a topic relevant to either SANCL or SPMRL.

Short papers are suited for presenting work in progress, position papers or short, focused contributions, relevant to either SANCL or SPMRL (including the poster session topics described above and, in more detail, here).

Both long and short papers should present original, unpublished research. They will be peer reviewed and will be presented as either an oral talk or as a poster at the workshop. Long/short papers will be included in the proceedings. Abstract submissions are most appropriate for presenting an idea for an analysis for one or more of the poster topics. In contrast to long/short paper submissions, abstract submissions do not need to back up their ideas with experimental results. Abstract submission will receive a yes/no review and will not be included in the proceedings.

Submissions will be accepted in PDF format via the START system and must conform to the COLING 2014 formatting instructions:


Workshop Organizers:

Yoav Goldberg (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
Yuval Marton (Microsoft Corp., US)
Ines Rehbein (Potsdam University, Germany)
Yannick Versley (Heidelberg University, Germany)
Özlem Çetinoğlu (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Joel Tetreault (Yahoo! Labs, US)

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