LINGUIST List 31.1095

Fri Mar 20 2020

Calls: Comp Ling, Ling Theories/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 19-Mar-2020
From: Greg Kobele <>
Subject: Formal Grammar 2020
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Full Title: Formal Grammar 2020
Short Title: FG 2020

Date: 08-Aug-2020 - 09-Aug-2020
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Greg Kobele
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Meeting Description:

FG 2020 is the 25th conference on Formal Grammar, to be held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information which, in 2020, will take place at the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

FG provides a forum for the presentation of new and original research on formal grammar, mathematical linguistics and the application of formal and mathematical methods to the study of natural language.

Themes of interest include, but are not limited to:
+ formal and computational phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics;
+ model-theoretic and proof-theoretic methods in linguistics;
+ logical aspects of linguistic structure;
+ constraint-based and resource-sensitive approaches to grammar;
+ learnability of formal grammar;
+ integration of stochastic and symbolic models of grammar;
+ foundational, methodological and architectural issues in grammar and linguistics;
+ mathematical foundations of statistical approaches to linguistic analysis.

Previous conferences in this series have welcomed papers from a wide variety of frameworks.

Formal Grammar-Semspace Joint Session:
The program will include a special session on the relevance of formal grammar methods in deep learning and other statistical and vector space approaches to language. Examples of phenomena where these methods come into play include (but of course are not limited to) anaphora resolution, long-range filler-gap dependencies, function-argument relations, locality domains, and syntactic structures in general. This session is organised jointly with the Workshop on Semantic Spaces at the Intersection of NLP, Physics, and Cognitive Sciences (SemSpace2020 [], organizers: Martha Lewis (ILLC, Amsterdam), Michael Moortgat (Utrecht University)).

Previous Formal Grammar meetings were held in Barcelona (1995), Prague (1996), Aix-en-Provence (1997), Saarbrücken (1998), Utrecht (1999), Helsinki (2001), Trento (2002), Vienna (2003), Nancy (2004), Edinburgh (2005), Malaga (2006), Dublin (2007), Hamburg (2008), Bordeaux (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Ljubljana (2011), Opole (2012), Düsseldorf (2013), Tübingen (2014), Barcelona (2015), Bozen-Bolzano (2016), Toulouse (2017), Sofia (2018), and Riga (2019).

Call for Papers:

We invite *electronic* submissions of original, 16-page papers (including references and possible technical appendices). Authors are encouraged to use the Springer-Verlag LNCS style:

The submission deadline is March 31, 2020. Papers must be *anonymous* and submitted electronically at EasyChair:

Papers should report original work which was not presented in other conferences. However, simultaneous submission is allowed, provided that the authors indicate other conferences to which the work was submitted in a footnote. Note that accepted papers can only be presented in one of the venues. Please indicate whether your paper should be considered for the Formal Grammar-SemSpace joint session.

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by at least three reviewers.

Important Dates:
+ March 31, 2020: Deadline for paper submission
+ May 6, 2020: Notification of acceptance
+ May 19, 2020: Camera ready copies due
+ August 8-9, 2020: Conference dates

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