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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   ** DEADLINE EXTENSION** CFP - CL special Issue on Parsing Morphologically Rich Languages (CLPMRL)
Email:   djame.seddah_(on)_gmail.com
Date received:   23 May 2011
Deadline:   30 Sep 2011

**Apologies for cross-posting** 3nd Call For Papers: Special issue of the Computational Linguistics journal on Parsing Morphologically Rich Languages (CLPMRL) http://cljournal.org/specials/parsing-mrl.html **** DEADLINE EXTENSION: September 30, 2011 **** INTRODUCTION In the context of computational linguistics, parsing is the task of automatically analyzing the syntactic structure of sentences in natural language. Although the performance of parsing systems has improved tremendously in recent years, there is increasing evidence that performance is sensitive to typological differences between languages. Thus, statistical models for phrase structure parsing developed for English often exhibit a drastic drop in performance when applied to languages such as German, Arabic and Hebrew. Similarly, multilingual evaluation campaigns for statistical dependency parsers have shown considerable variation in accuracy that is partly related to typological characteristics. In both cases, it appears that the greatest challenges are posed by morphologically rich languages (MRL), where significant information concerning syntactic structure is expressed at the word level, where each word can have a very high number of possible forms, and where word order is weakly constrained by syntactic structure. The challenges exhibited by MRLs transcend language boundaries, and emerging insights are often relevant across theoretical frameworks and methodological traditions. This special issue aims to provide the focal point for studies of large-scale, broad-coverage parsing models that can successfully cope with the challenges exhibited by MRLs, from both the formal and the statistical points of view. It sets out to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art solutions, shared insights across languages and frameworks, and lessons relevant to downstream applications. TOPICS We solicit novel contributions describing completed work on broad-coverage parsing of morphologically rich languages, from formal or statistical points of view. The topics to be covered in this issue include, but are not limited to: - Parsing models and architectures that explicitly integrate morphological and syntactic information - Cross-language and/or cross-model comparison of models' strengths and weaknesses in the face of morphosyntactic phenomena - Comprehensive analyses of parsing models' performance with respect to variation in tag-sets, annotation schemes and data transformation - Evaluation of parsers involving different frameworks or different syntactic theories (e.g. constituency-based or dependency-based) for MRLs - Better models to cope with high variation in word-form and improved handling of OOV words, by incorporating linguistic knowledge or through automatic learning techniques FORMAT OF SUBMISSION In order to provide a wide exposure to the state-of-the-art in the field, covering multiple frameworks as well as multiple languages, the editorial board of this special issue will use a new format with multiple short papers of length up to 25 pages (excluding references). Submitted papers must follow the CL formatting guidelines available at http://cljournal.org/style.html. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Potential contributors are invited to send an expression of interest (EOI) to the guest editors. The EOIs should consist of a title, the language(s), and a brief indication of the topic. EOIs and inquiries should be directed to the guest editors via clpmrl [at] indiana.edu. SCHEDULE Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2011 Notification: January 20, 2012 Revisions: April 2012 Final notification: May 2012 Final version: June 2012 Publication Date: TBD GUEST EDITORS Reut Tsarfaty (Uppsala University, Sweden) Djamé Seddah (Alpage & Université Paris Sorbonne, France) Sandra Kübler (Indiana University, USA) Joakim Nivre (Uppsala University, Sweden) CONTACT Mail: clpmrl [at] indiana.edu External website (with a faq): http://sites.google.com/site/clpmrl2012/ _______________________________________________ Corpora mailing list Corpora_(at)_uib.no http://mailman.uib.no/listinfo/corpora _______________________________________________ UNSUBSCRIBE from this page: http://mailman.uib.no/options/corpora Corpora mailing list Corpora_(at)_uib.no http://mailman.uib.no/listinfo/corpora _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_mailman.let.uu.nl http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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