[Elsnet-list] Final cfp: Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks - Geaf 2009

Marianne Santaholma Marianne.Santaholma at unige.ch
Tue Apr 21 12:46:31 CEST 2009

Final Call for Papers

  Workshop on Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks - Geaf 2009

       on August 6 at the ACL/IJCNLP 2009 Conference, Singapore


Workshop Topics

    This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from 
different frameworks to compare research and methodologies, particularly 
around the themes of evaluation, modularity, maintainability, relevance 
to theoretical and computational linguistics, and applications of "deep" 
grammars to real-world domains and NLP tasks.

    Recent years have seen the development of techniques and resources 
to support robust, deep grammatical analysis of natural language in 
real-world domains and applications. The demands of these types of tasks 
have resulted in significant advances in areas such as parser 
efficiency, hybrid statistical/symbolic approaches to disambiguation, 
and the acquisition of large-scale lexicons. The effective acquisition, 
development, maintenance and enhancement of grammars is a central issue 
in such efforts, and the size and complexity of realistic grammars makes 
these tasks extremely challenging; indeed, these tasks are often tackled 
in ways that have much in common with software engineering. This 
workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from different 
frameworks --- for example LFG, HPSG, TAG, CCG, dependency grammar --- 
to compare their research and methodologies.

The workshop will solicit submissions for papers on the following themes:

 1. Evaluation: Proposals concerning evaluation methodologies and 
metrics which can capture the added benefits of deep linguistic 
analysis; evaluation techniques which can compare grammars across 

 2. Modularity: Reflections on which aspects of linguistic structure can 
most easily be separated out from each other, why and how the analyses 
of separate linguistic phenomena are interconnected/interdependent, and 
the role of frameworks in promoting or inhibiting modularity;

 3. Maintainability: Techniques for improving long-term and 
multi-developer maintainability of grammars; impacts of considerations 
of maintainability on choices of linguistic analysis;

 4. Relevance to theoretical and computational linguistics: Reflections 
on how to present grammar engineering work to other research communities;

 5. Regression testing: Evaluation for internal purposes; methodologies 
and techniques for test suite construction, role of test suites in 
day-to-day progress on grammars.

 6. Multilingualism: Approaches, techniques and tools improving 
development and maintainability of grammars for multiple system languages.

Important Dates

    Paper submission deadline:                      1 May, 2009
    Notification of acceptance of papers:       1 June, 2009
    Camera-ready copy of papers due:          7 June, 2009
    Demo session requests due:                     8 May, 2009
    ACL-IJCNLP 2009 Workshops:            6 Aug, 2009

Paper Submission

All papers must be submitted via the START system at:


Style files for submission are available at:


Submissions are 8 pages with one extra page for references.
Please submit pdf (not Word).

Demo session requests will not be published in the proceedings
but will be listed in the program.  The requests should contain
a one page description of the demo.

Programme Committee

  * Emily Bender, Washington
  * Miriam Butt, Konstanz
  * John Carroll, Sussex
  * Stephen Clark, Oxford
  * Ann Copestake, Cambridge
  * Berthold Crysmann, Bonn
  * Mary Dalrymple, Oxford
  * Stefanie Dipper, Bochum
  * Dan Flickinger, Stanford
  * Josef van Genabith, Dublin
  * Julia Hockenmaier, Illinois
  * Ron Kaplan, Powerset
  * Montserrat Marimon, Barcelona
  * Yusuke Miyao, Tokyo
  * Jun'ichi Tsujii, Tokyo / Manchester

Organizers and Contacts for Inquiries

  * Tracy Holloway King, Microsoft / Powerset: Tracy.King at microsoft.com
  * Marianne Santaholma, Geneva University: marianne.santaholma at unige.ch


    Accepted papers will form part of the workshop proceedings and will 
be available on the conference CD+hard copy.

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