Mar 302018

Request for Papers

All Together Now? Computational Modeling of Polysynthetic Languages

25-26 August, 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Co-located with COLING 2018

Polysynthetic languages are languages where words typically consist of many morphemes, each with independent meaning. Polysynthetic languages occur all over the world. In particular, the Indigenous languages of the Americas are polysynthetic, as well as many languages of Australia, Siberia and New Guinea.

This workshop aims to bring together specialists in language technology and linguists on one hand with language practitioners and revitalization experts on the other. Our goal is to foster an informed dialogue about these languages with contributions from all workshop attendees, so that polysynthetic languages can benefit from most recent advances of language technology, in a way that is helpful, productive and addresses immediate needs of the language communities. The workshop has been planned around COLING to ensure that computational advances for these complex languages both draws on the knowledge of related communities and contributes to their needs.

We seek two types of contribution:

  1. original research papers which present results of linguistic and computational linguistic analysis;
  2. experience papers which present issues such as educational needs, policy processes or practical applications.

The former type of paper follows the expected academic requirements for research papers; the latter is more experiential so could, by definition, be of a different nature from the typical conference paper. Submitters will be asked to categorize their papers as either type (1) or (2) or both, which will then drive the selection of reviewers. This will ensure that all papers are reviewed fairly.

Important Dates: We will have two opportunities for submissions. For those not submitting to the main COLING conference, relevant dates are:

  • Workshop pre-submission deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Notification: May 30, 2018
  • Camera-ready submission deadline: June 30, 2018

For those who might also submit to the main conference, dates established by COLING organizers are:

  • Workshop submission deadline: May 25, 2018
  • Notification: June 20, 2018
  • Camera-ready submission deadline: June 30, 2018

Note that this very short deadline for authors means that pre-submissions from those authors who are not impacted by the main conference will be accepted earlier.

More Information:

Workshop Organizers:

  • Primary organizer: Judith L. Klavans, Army Research Laboratory
  • Co-organizers (alphabetically listed):
    • Anna Kazantseva, National Research Council of Canada
    • Roland Kuhn, National Research Council of Canada
    • Stephen LaRocca, Army Research Laboratory
    • Jeffrey Micher, Army Research Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon University
    • Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland
    • Omer Preminger, University of Maryland
    • Clare Voss, Army Research Laboratory

Program Committee:

  • Antti Arppe, U. Alberta
  • Mark Baker, Rutgers University
  • Steven Bird, Charles Darwin U
  • Aaron Broadwell, U of Florida
  • David Chiang, U Notre Dame
  • Lauren Clemens, SUNY Albany
  • Richard Compton, U de Québec à Montréal
  • Christopher Cox, Carleton U
  • Amy Dahlstrom, U of Chicago
  • Henry Davis, U British Columbia
  • Jeff Good, SUNY at Buffalo
  • Nizar Habash, NYU Abu Dabi
  • David Harrison, Swarthmore College
  • Gary Holton, UHawai’i-Mānoa
  • Marianne Ignace, Simon Fraser U
  • Roland Kuhn, NRC (Canada)
  • Stephen LaRocca, ARL
  • Lori Levin, CMU
  • Gina-Anne Levow, U Wash
  • Patrick Littell, CMU, NRC (Canada)
  • Alexa Little – 7000 Languages
  • Jordan Lachler, U of Alberta
  • Mitch Marcus, U of Penn
  • Michael Maxwell, CASL-UMd
  • Jeffrey Micher, ARL
  • Marianne Mithun, UCSB
  • Timothy Montler, U N Texas
  • Rachel Nordlinger, U Melbourne
  • Boyan Onyshkevych, DARPA
  • Maria Polinsky, UMd
  • Omer Preminger, UMd
  • Carl Rubino, IARPA
  • Lane Schwartz, UIUC
  • Richard Sproat, Google
  • Clare Voss, ARL
  • Michelle Yuan, MIT