LINGUIST List 32.169

Mon Jan 11 2021

Calls: Slavic Subgroup; Comp Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 10-Jan-2021
From: Roman Yangarber <>
Subject: 8th Workshop on NLP for the Balto-Slavic languages
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Full Title: 8th Workshop on NLP for the Balto-Slavic languages
Short Title: BSNLP

Date: 19-Apr-2021 - 20-Apr-2021
Location: Kyiv (Online), Ukraine
Contact Person: Roman Yangarber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

Call Deadline: 06-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

The 8th BSNLP Workshop at EACL
Sponsored by SIGSLAV: the ACL Special Interest Group on Slavic NLP

The languages from the Balto-Slavic group play an important role due to their diverse cultural heritage and widespread use — with over 400 million speakers worldwide. The current political and economic developments in Central and Eastern Europe bring Balto-Slavic societies and languages into focus in terms of rapid technological advancement and expanding consumer markets.

This year, we are especially glad to have an opportunity to organize BSNLP in a Slavic-speaking country: Ukraine.

The linguistic phenomena specific to the Balto-Slavic languages — such as rich morphological inflection and free word order — make the construction of NLP tools for these languages a challenging and intriguing task.

The goal of this Workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry working on NLP for Balto-Slavic languages. In particular, the Workshop aims to stimulate research and foster the creation of tools and resources for these languages. The Workshop will provide a forum for exchanging ideas, discussing current problems, and making the available resources more widely known. One fascinating aspect of this language group is the striking structural similarity, as well as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional inventory spanning the entire group of languages — despite a lack of mutual intelligibility — which creates a special environment in which researchers can appreciate the shared problems and solutions, and communicate naturally.

Call for Papers:

This Workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Balto-Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention include:
- morphological analysis and generation,
- morphosyntactic tagging,
- syntactic and semantic parsing,
- lexical semantics,
- named-entity recognition,
- text normalisation and processing non-standard language
- coreference resolution,
- information extraction,
- question answering,
- information retrieval,
- text summarization,
- machine translation,
- development of linguistic resources,
- disinformation detection,
- fact verification.

This Workshop continues the proud tradition established by the 7 previous BSNLP Workshops.

Submission deadline: 6 February 2021
Notification of acceptance: 22 February 2021
Camera-ready papers due: 1 March 2021
Workshop: 19 or 20 April 2021

This year's BSNLP features the 3rd edition of the Shared Task on Multilingual Named Entity Recognition: recognizing mentions of named entities in Web documents, lemmatization, and cross-lingual matching in Slavic languages. The shared task covers:
- Bulgarian,
- Czech,
- Polish,
- Russian,
- Slovene, and
- Ukrainian.

Information about the Shared Task and the training data is available on the Workshop web page.

At the Workshop Web page:

Workshop contact address:

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