LINGUIST List 32.1487

Thu Apr 29 2021

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Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 29-Apr-2021
From: Haim Dubossarsky <>
Subject: 2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021 (ACL 2021)
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Full Title: 2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021 (ACL 2021)
Short Title: LChange 2021

Date: 05-Aug-2021 - 06-Aug-2021
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Contact Person: Yang Xu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-May-2021

Meeting Description:

2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021 (LChange’21)
Co-located with ACL 2021, to be held in Bangkok, on August 5-6, 2021

Human language changes over time, driven by the dual needs of adapting to ongoing sociocultural and technological development in the world and facilitating efficient communication. In particular, novel words are coined or borrowed from other languages, while obsolete words slide into obscurity. Similarly, words may acquire novel meanings or lose existing meanings. This workshop explores these phenomena by bringing to bear state-of-the-art computational methodologies, theories and digital text resources on exploring the time-varying nature of human language.

Although there exists rich empirical work on language change from historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and cognitive linguistics, computational approaches to the problem of language change particularly how word forms and meanings evolve have only begun to take shape over the past decade or so, with exemplary work on semantic change and lexical replacement. The motivation has long been related to search, and understanding in diachronic archives. The emergence of long-term and large-scale digital corpora was the prerequisite and has resulted in a slightly different set of problems for this strand of study than have traditionally been studied in historical linguistics. As an example, studies of lexical replacement have largely focused on named entity change (names of e.g., countries and people that change over time) because of the large effect these name changes have for temporal information retrieval.

The workshop builds upon its first iteration in 2019, where we received over 50 submissions and had over 65 attendees. Just like the first one, the second LChange workshop will be co-located with ACL 2021, and, pending on the situation, a hybrid event with possible online participation.

Second Call for Papers:


Human language changes over time, driven by the dual needs for adapting to sociocultural and technological development and facilitating efficient communication. As a result, for example, some words may acquire novel meanings or lose existing meanings; novel words may be coined or borrowed from other languages, while obsolete words slide into obscurity. This workshop builds on its first edition that featured over 50 submissions and 65 attendees. The goals are to 1) present cutting-edge research on computational approaches to historical language change with the primary focus on digital text corpora, and 2) build and strengthen the community of interdisciplinary scholars on historical language change.

*Important Dates*
- May 3, 2021: Paper submission
- May 28, 2021: Notification of acceptance
- June 7, 2021: Camera-ready papers due
- August 5-6, 2021: Workshop date

*Keynote Talks*
We will have two keynotes:
Alexander Koplenig (Leibniz-Institute for the German Language in Mannheim)
Title of talk: Two challenges we face when analyzing diachronic corpora


Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm University) and Tatiana Nikitina (LLACAN – “Languages and cultures of Africa”, CNRS)
Title of talk: Linguisticdiversity as a testing ground for the study of semantic change

We accept two types of submissions via SoftConf, long papers, and short papers all following the ACL2021 style, and the ACL submission policy.

Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited references, short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content; final versions will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account. Submissions should be sent in electronic forms, using the Softconf START conference management system. The submission site will be announced on the workshop page once available.

We invite original research papers from a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
* Novel methods for detecting diachronic semantic change and lexical replacement
* Automatic discovery and quantitative evaluation of laws of language change
* Computational theories and generative models of language change
* Sense-aware (semantic) change analysis
* Diachronic word sense disambiguation
* Novel methods for diachronic analysis of low-resource languages
* Novel methods for diachronic linguistic data visualization
* Novel applications and implications of language change detection
* Quantification of sociocultural influences on language change
* Cross-linguistic, phylogenetic, and developmental approaches to language change
* Novel datasets for cross-linguistic and diachronic analyses of language

Submissions are open to all, and are to be submitted anonymously. All papers will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process by at least three reviewers with final acceptance decisions made by the workshop organizers.

The workshop is scheduled to last for one day, either August 5 or 6. Contact us at if you have any questions.

*Workshop organizers*
Nina Tahmasebi, University of Gothenburg
Adam Jatowt, University of Innsbruck
Yang Xu, University of Toronto
Simon Hengchen, University of Gothenburg
Syrielle Montariol, University Paris-Saclay
Haim Dubossarsky, University of Cambridge

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