LINGUIST List 25.2093

Mon May 12 2014

Confs: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 11-May-2014
From: Jacob Eisenstein <>
Subject: ACL Workshop on Language Technology and Computational Social Science
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ACL Workshop on Language Technology and Computational Social Science

Date: 26-Jun-2014 - 26-Jun-2014
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Contact: Jacob Eisenstein
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

A major growth area in applied natural language processing has been the field of computational social science, in which automated techniques are applied to massive datasets to answer scientific questions about society. Although much work in computational social science focuses on structured data or network data, linguistic data is also central. While some existing natural language processing techniques have found use in this growing community, new techniques for discovering and analyzing social meanings and structures in text are in high demand.

Tackling these challenges should be an interdisciplinary pursuit, building on expertise not just in language technologies but also in substantive social science fields (e.g., political science, economics, sociology, etc.). In particular, engagement between NLP researchers and social scientists will introduce new problem formulations and new theoretical frameworks that will broaden and deepen applications of language technology to social science.

The goal of this workshop is to increase the visibility of this application area for ACL researchers and to help build connections between language technologists and social scientists. The workshop is organized around invited talks from researchers who have successfully brought language technologies to computational social science research questions. Following each invited talk session, there will be an open discussion period.

Invited Speakers:

Justin Grimmer (Political Science, Stanford University)
Lillian Lee (Computer Science, Cornell University)
Philip Resnik (Linguistics, University of Maryland)
Sali Tagliamonte (Linguistics, University of Toronto)

We are pleased to announce travel support to the workshop, thanks to generous grants from the National Science Foundation and from Google. Priority will be given to graduate students, members of underrepresented groups, and researchers from outside the computer science discipline. A short application for support can be found here:

Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2014.

Early registration prices for ACL are available until May 17. Note that we will reimburse no more than the early registration rates, so please register promptly.

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