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Thu Feb 16 2017

Calls: Comp Ling, Linguistic Theories, Syntax/Italy

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Date: 15-Feb-2017
From: Simonetta Montemagni <>
Subject: Fourth International Conference on Dependency Linguistics
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Full Title: Fourth International Conference on Dependency Linguistics
Short Title: Depling 2017

Date: 18-Sep-2017 - 20-Sep-2017
Location: Pisa, Italy
Contact Person: Simonetta Montemagni
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Call Deadline: 05-May-2017

Meeting Description:

Depling 2017 is the fourth conference in the Depling series (the previous three conferences being held in Barcelona in 2011, Prague in 2013 and Uppsala in 2015). The series responds to the growing need for linguistic meetings dedicated to approaches in syntax, semantics and the lexicon that are centered around dependency structures as a central linguistic notion.

This year the conference is organized by the University of Pisa and the Institute for Computational Linguistics “A. Zampolli” of the Italian National Research Council (ILC-CNR).

Conference Aims:

The Depling conference responds to the growing need for a conference dedicated to dependency-based approaches in linguistics and natural language processing. In the past decade, dependencies, directed labeled graph structures representing hierarchical relations between morphemes, words or semantic units, have become very widespread in natural language processing. However, the linguistic significance of these structures often remains vague, and the need to discuss the theoretical and formal foundations of dependency-based concepts is felt strongly by many people working in these domains.

Conference Topics:

Topics include but are not limited to:

- The use of dependency trees in syntactic analysis, parsing, generation, and corpus annotation of written and spoken texts
- Cross-lingual dependency parser evaluation, with particular emphasis on intrinsic evaluation metrics
- The use of semantic valency-based predicate and actancy graph structures and their link to classical logic
- The elaboration of formal dictionaries for dependency-based syntax and semantics, including descriptions of collocations and paradigmatic relations
- Links to morphology and linearization of dependency structures, using, for example, topological field theories
- Dependency-like structures beyond the sentence, for example, to model discourse phenomena
- The description and formalization of semantic and pragmatic phenomena related to information structure
- History, epistemology, and psycholinguistic relevance of dependency grammar, including its relation to generative approaches to language
- Dependency grammar and linguistic universals.

Call for Participation:

Shared Task:

This year Depling is co-located with the ''International Workshop on Parsing Technologies'' (IWPT 2017), which will take place immediately after Depling 2017. The two conferences will have an overlapping day, September 20, in which the results will be reported of a joint shared task playing the role of Depling-IWPT “bridge event” and focusing on “Extrinsic Parser Evaluation” (EPE). The goal of this shared task is to shed light on the relative ‘utility’ of different types of dependency representations for downstream applications that depend on grammatical analysis. For background and information on participation, see:

Paper Submission Information:

Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results.

Papers must be submitted in PDF format through the Depling2017 EasyChair site (

Papers may consist of up to 10 pages of content (including references). All submissions should follow the two-column format and the style guidelines. We strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files, OpenDocument or Microsoft Word templates created for the Depling 2017 conference.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: May 5, 2017
Notification of acceptance: June 23, 2017
Final version of papers due: July 15, 2017
Depling conference: September 18-20, 2017

For the shared task timetable, see website.

Conference Chairs:

Simonetta Montemagni, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University

Local Organizing Comitee:

Giuseppe Attardi, University of Pisa
Felice Dell’Orletta, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa
Simonetta Montemagni, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
Maria Simi, University of Pisa

Email contact:

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