Appel: High-level Methodologies for Grammar Engineering, Special Issue of the Journal of Language Modelling

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
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Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:38:07 +0200
From: Yannick Parmentier <yannick.parmentier at>
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                      CALL FOR PAPERS 

                 Journal of Language Modelling

                     SPECIAL ISSUE ON

       High-level Methodologies for Grammar Engineering

Special Issue Description 

Many grammatical frameworks have been proposed over the last decades to
describe the syntax (and semantics) of natural language. Among the most
widely used, one may cite (in chronological order) Tree-Adjoining
Grammar (TAG) [Joshi et al., 1975], Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG)
[Bresnan and Kaplan, 1982], Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG)
[Steedman, 1987], or Head- driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG)
[Pollard and Sag, 1994]. These frameworks present theoretical and
practical interests. From a theoretical point of view, they provide a
formal device for the linguist to experiment with her/his theories.
from a practical point of view, they make it possible to automatically
process natural language in applications such as dialog systems, machine
translation, etc. They differ in their expressivity and complexity. Some
prove more suitable for the description of a given language than
others. Still, for many of these frameworks, large resources (e.g.,
grammars) have been designed, at first by hand, and later via dedicated
tools (e.g., integrated grammar environments such as XLE for LFG [King
et al., 2000]). In this Special Issue, we are concerned with this
complex task of grammar engineering, keeping in mind the two
above-mentioned theoretical and practical interests.

Topics of Interest 

This special issue welcomes contributions from the following topics
(without being limited to these):

1. New or updated work on the traditional topics of GEAF workshops

  The traditional topics in the series of "Grammar Engineering Accross
  Frameworks" workshops, "Formal Grammar" conferences and / or the
  "High-level Methodologies for Grammar Engineering" ESSLLI 2013
  workshop are appropriate. The submitted paper must clearly deal with
  language modelling.

  An extended version of a workshop/conference paper can be submitted,
  provided that the contribution has been substantially updated. The
  forums for any preliminary versions of the paper must be indicated.

2. Study of new fundamental and / or applied results in relation with
   grammar development, maintenance and enhancement

 - dedicated description languages for grammar engineering
 - semi-automatic acquisition of grammars
 - development of grammars for under-resourced languages
 - cross-framework grammar engineering
 - cross-language grammar engineering
 - seamless construction of grammars from dynamically changing 
   linguistic descriptions
 - designs of weighted grammars
 - efficient and dynamic construction of structures from updated rules
   or logical formulas

3. Study of new methods for grammar engineering and their applications

 - debugging environments for grammar design
 - systems based on large-scale grammars

4. In addition, the topics of interest include reports on

 - new kinds of implementations of grammar compilers, libraries and
   on-demand operations
 - benchmarks suitable for evaluation of grammars
 - methods that construct, minimize or decompose grammars

Important Dates

- Deadline for submissions: 2 February 2014
- First decision: 12 May 2014 
- Submission of revised version: 17 July 2014 
- Final decision: 22 September 2014 
- Submission of camera-ready versions: 19 October 2014


Articles submitted to this special issue must adhere to the JLM
instructions for contributors and use the JLM's style files, see:

Paper submissions should be made through JLM's electronic submission

All submitted articles should be anonymous and any obvious
self-references should be avoided. The contribution of the paper must be
substantial. All articles will be evaluated by at least 3 reviewers,
including at least one member of JLM's Editorial Board, and at least one
member of the issue's Guest Editorial Board.

Editorial Board

Guest Editors

- Denys Duchier, Université d'Orléans, FRANCE
- Yannick Parmentier, Université d'Orléans, FRANCE

Guest Editorial Board

- Emily Bender, University of Washington, USA
- Philippe Blache, CNRS, Université d'Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE
- Eric De La Clergerie, INRIA Paris, FRANCE
- Benoît Crabbé, Université Diderot Paris 7, FRANCE 
- Berthold Crysmann, CNRS Paris, FRANCE
- Denys Duchier, Université d'Orléans, FRANCE
- Claire Gardent, CNRS Nancy, FRANCE
- Joseph Le Roux, Université Paris Nord, FRANCE
- Timm Lichte, Universität Düsseldorf, GERMANY
- Montserrat Marimon, Universitat de Barcelona, SPAIN
- Yusuke Miyao, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, JAPAN
- Stefan Müller, Freie Universität Berlin, GERMANY
- Yannick Parmentier, Université d'Orléans, FRANCE


Yannick Parmentier
Department of Computer Science, University Institute of Technology
University of Orléans
firstname (dot) lastname (at) univ-orleans (dot) fr

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