23.402, Calls: Computational Linguistics/Spain

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Subject: 23.402, Calls: Computational Linguistics/Spain

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Date: 24-Jan-2012
From: Koldo Gojenola [koldo.gojenola at ehu.es]
Subject: Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing

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Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:30:11
From: Koldo Gojenola [koldo.gojenola at ehu.es]
Subject: Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing

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Full Title: Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing 
Short Title: FSMNLP 2012 

Date: 23-Jul-2012 - 25-Jul-2012
Location: Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain 
Contact Person: Iñaki Alegria
Meeting Email: ixa at ehu.es
Web Site: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/fsmnlp2012 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 23-Apr-2012 

Meeting Description:

The International Workshop Series of Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing (FSMNLP) is the premier forum of the ACL Special Interest Group on Finite-State Methods (SIGFSM). It serves researchers and practitioners working on:

- natural language processing (NLP) applications or language resources
- theoretical and implementation aspects, or
- their combinations

that have obvious relevance or an explicitly discussed relation to Finite-State Methods in NLP.

Previous Editions:

Nine FSMNLP workshops have been organized in the past in: Blois (2011), Pretoria (2009), Ispra (2008), Potsdam (2007), Helsinki (2005), Budapest (2003), Helsinki (2001), Ankara (1998), Budapest (1996).

Related Events:

FSMNLP 2012 will be organized shortly before CIAA. The 17th International Conference on Implementation and Application of Automata (CIAA) will take place in Porto, Portugal on July 17-20, 2012 (800 km from Donostia-San Sebastián).

These consecutive periods as well as the European locations, facilitate the attendance at both conferences. 

Call for Papers:

FSMNLP invites papers related to themes including but not limited to:

- NLP applications and linguistic aspects of finite-state methods
- Finite-state models of language
- Practices for building morphological models for the world's languages using finite-state technology
- Machine learning of finite-state models of natural language
- Finite-state manipulation software and tools with relevance to NLP

Special Theme: Finite-State NLP in Practice 

FSMNLP 2012 will have a special focus on the following topics:

- Practical implementations of linguistic descriptions with finite-state technology, including grammars, machine learning tools, language-specific challenges to finite-state NLP
- Software tools and utilities for finite-state NLP
- Finite-state models of linguistic theories
- Applications of finite-state-based NLP in closely related fields such as comparative linguistics, text processing, field linguistics, applied linguistics, language teaching, and computer-aided translation.

The special theme does not restrict the scope of papers; rather, the purpose is to attract, apart from other topics, a variety of submissions relating to any practical dimension of finite-state NLP. Especially welcome are succinct short paper submissions focused on some specific practical aspect or solution o finite-state NLP. This could be related to e.g. a grammar, a linguistic phenomenon, a linguistic modeling problem, a machine learning problem, a software tool that implements or uses finite-state technology, etc. We hope that the theme provides us with the possibility of organizing suitable poster, short presentation, and demo sessions related to particular practical problems.

For example, today, a large number of languages have morphological/phonological models based on finite-state technology.  While most such implementations follow standard design patterns, many grammars also contain elegant non-trivial solutions to some language-specific modeling problem (vowel harmony, reduplication, long-distance agreement, opaque phonological alternations, free variation, morphosyntactic restrictions, etc.). For this year's FSMNLP, we encourage submissions of short papers that focus on documenting such solutions and at the same time providing context by summarizing the development and implementation of the overall grammar.

For more information on submission guidelines, please view our website:


Important Dates:

Submission deadline: April 23, 2012
Notification: May 31, 2012
Camera-ready version: June 18, 2012
Workshop dates: July 23-25, 2012

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