LINGUIST List 25.1258

Thu Mar 13 2014

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Ireland

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Date: 13-Mar-2014
From: Yuval Marton <>
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: 23-Aug-2014 - 23-Aug-2014
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact Person: Yuval Marton
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 02-May-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.

Call for Papers:

First Joint Workshop on Statistical Parsing of Morphologically Rich Languages and Syntactic Analysis of Non-Canonical Language (SPMRL-SANCL 2014)

Endorsed by SIGPARSE
Co-located with COLING 2014, August 23-24 in Dublin, Ireland

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

- Special Track on the Syntactic Analysis of Non-Canonical Language

Follow the links for more details on these.

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, and developing techniques for improving, current parsing techniques when applied to 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 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, especially in domains, genres, and languages that are not yet, or hardly covered
- Discussing the role of parsing in higher-level NLP applications involving MRLs and NCL, e.g. syntax-enhanced MT and semantic analysis

Important Dates:

Submission date: May 02, 2014 (23:59 UTC-12)
Author notification: June 06, 2014
Camera-ready papers: June 27, 2014
Workshop: August 23 or 24, 2014

How to Submit:

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 papers (format will be disclosed later)

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. In contrast to long/short paper submissions, abstract submissions do not need to back up their ideas with experimental results, 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)


For general questions about the workshop, email
For specific questions about the shared task, email

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