LINGUIST List 31.1186

Fri Mar 27 2020

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Disc Analysis, Lang Acquisition, Text/Corpus Ling/Russia

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 27-Mar-2020
From: Olga Orlova <>
Subject: International Conference “Linguistic Forum 2020: Language and Artificial Intelligence”
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Full Title: International Conference “Linguistic Forum 2020: Language and Artificial Intelligence”

Date: 12-Nov-2020 - 14-Nov-2020
Location: Moscow, Russia
Contact Person: Olga Orlova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2020

Meeting Description:

This conference is part of a series of annual linguistic forums initiated by the Institute of Linguistics RAS in 2019 each dedicated to a socially important aspect of the science of language.

The aim of the forum is to foster dialogue among researchers working at the interface of linguistics and artificial intelligence including those engaged in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Developments in AI have been responsible for recent advances in natural language generation and comprehension; they have also expanded the boundaries of these technologies' applicability. Neural networks and dense embeddings have replaced models based on feature engineering and traditional discrete categories of linguistic analysis. As a result, the boundary between fundamental and applied linguistic research is being eroded. Empirical linguistics is taking on board these new technologies, in part, to enable better modelling of language and documentation of data. AI is also increasingly becoming a part of the everyday life of language users. Can fundamental linguistics currently offer technologically viable ideas or methods? These and similar conceptual and methodological problems will be the focus of the forum.

Call for Papers:

Among the topics that would be of interest to discuss at the forum, the Program Committee highlights the following:
- Neural networks (and other machine learning methods) and the problems of their interpretability
- Language generation and comprehension: commonalities and differences
- Linguistic diversity and multilingualism as challenges for AI
- Discourse types: modes, genres, and styles
- Textual complexity and coherence
- Language in the context of multimodal communication
- Modelling individual differences in language
- Non-discrete phenomena in language
- Emerging and prospective linguistic technologies

Please submit abstracts on these and any topics related to the overall theme of the forum by May 1, 2020 to the email address Abstracts should be anonymized, including the file name and file properties; in the accompanying message please indicate the paper title, full names of the authors, their affiliations, email addresses and phone numbers.

Abstracts should not exceed two pages of text including illustrations and references. Abstracts must be created using either the Word or LaTeX templates:

- Word:
- LaTeX:

Please submit a pdf file of your abstract along with the Word/LaTeX file.

Important dates:
- May 1, 2020 - deadline for the submission of abstracts;
- June 15, 2020 - decision on paper acceptance;
- September 1, 2020 - deadline for participants' registration;
- October 10, 2020 - publication of the preliminary program;
- November 12-14, 2020 - the forum.

Please visit the forum web page for additional details:

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