[Elsnet-list] 2nd Call for Papers: Second Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing (CL&W 2012)

Michael Piotrowski mxp at cl.uzh.ch
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Second Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing (CL&W 2012):
Linguistic and cognitive aspects of document creation and document

  Workshop at EACL 2012 http://eacl2012.org/

Web site: http://www.lingured.info/clw2012/

Workshop date: April 23, 2012

Location: Avignon, France

Submission deadline: January 27, 2012


Writing, whether professional, academic, or private, needs editors,
input tools and display devices, and involves the coordination of
cognitive, linguistic, and technical aspects.  Most texts composed in
the 21st century are probably created on electronic devices; people
compose texts in word processors, text editors, content management
systems, blogs, wikis, e-mail clients, and instant messaging
applications.  Texts are rendered and displayed on very small and very
large screens, they are meant to be read by experts and laypersons,
and they are supposed to be interactive and printable all at the same

The production of documents has been researched from various

- Writing research has been concerned with text processing tools and
  cognitive processes since the 1970s.  The current rise of new
  writing environments and genres (e.g., blogging), as well as new
  possibilities to observe text production in the workplace, has
  prompted new studies in this area of research.

- Document engineering is concerned with aspects of rendering and
  displaying textual and other resources for the creation,
  maintenance, and management of documents.  Writers today use tools
  for layout design, collaborating with co-authors, and tracking
  changes in the production process with versioning systems---all of
  these are active research areas in document engineering.

- Computational linguistics has mostly been concerned with static or
  finished texts.  There is now a growing need to explore how
  computational linguistics can support human text production and
  interactive text processing.  Methods from natural language
  processing can also provide support for exploring data relevant for
  writing research (e.g., keystroke-logging data) and document
  engineering (e.g., tailoring documents to specific user needs).

CL&W 2010, held at NAACL 2010 in Los Angeles, was a successful
workshop, offering researchers from different but related disciplines
a platform for sharing findings and ideas.  This follow-on Workshop on
Computational Linguistics and Writing aims to bring together
researchers from the communities listed above to stimulate discussion
and cooperation between these areas of research.  We are interested in
research that explores writing processes, text production, and
document engineering principles as well as actual working systems that
support writers in one or more aspects when producing a document.

Submissions are invited which address questions like the following:

- How can the creation of texts and documents be supported by methods,
  resources, and tools from computational linguistics?  This includes
  NLP tools and techniques that can be used or have been used to
  support writing (e.g., grammar and style checking, document
  structuring, thematic segmentation, editing and revision aids).

- How can we get a better understanding of writing processes,
  strategies, and needs?  Which methods, resources, and tools from
  computational linguistics could support research in this area?

- How do high-level writing processes and the mechanics of writing
  relate to each other?

- How do writing tools influence composing?

- Is there a need for the development of new writing tools?  What can
  we learn from earlier approaches and tools like RUSKIN, Writer's
  Workbench or Augment, or from source code editors for programming

- How can insights from writing research and methods from
  computational linguistics help writers with special needs?

- How can techniques from HCI research and psychology be used to gain
  new insights concerning the composing and writing process and to
  improve writing tools?

- How can methods and resources from computational linguistics help to
  scale from controlled lab experiments with only a few participants
  to workplace observation over a long period of time with dozens of

- How can algorithms and methods from document engineering be used to
  support natural-language writing as the creation of content?

- How can aspects of document design be used for the development of
  (automatic) authoring aids or document processing?

Topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to,
the following:

- Resources and tools to assist or support the creation of
  natural-language texts and documents

- Algorithms and techniques for authoring aids

- Supporting the authoring of multilingual, multimedia, and adaptive

- Interplay of cognitive processes, cognitive resources, and writing tools

- Observation of writing in natural settings and insights for
  improving authoring tools

- Experimental studies pertinent to writing tools 

- User interface and HCI issues in current and future writing and
  document processing tools

- Predictive editing methods

- Authoring tools for less-resourced languages

- Evaluation of tools and resources

*Format of the Workshop*

We will have talks, posters, and a plenary discussion.  The plenary
discussion is intended to combine different perspectives, to identify
future directions for research, and to stimulate interdisciplinary
networking and cooperation between writing research, document
engineering, and computational linguistics.


We invite researchers to submit full papers of up to 9 pages
(excluding references) or short papers of up to 4 pages (including
references).  These page limits must be strictly observed.
Submissions must be in English.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind by the members of the program
committee, and all submissions will receive several independent
reviews.  Papers submitted at review stage must not contain the
authors' names, affiliations, or any information that may disclose the
authors' identity.  Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...",
should be avoided.  Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously
showed (Smith, 1991) ...".  Do not use anonymous citations.  Do not
include acknowledgments.  Papers that do not conform to these
requirements may be rejected without review.

Submission is electronic using the START submission system at:


Submissions must be uploaded to START by the submission deadline (see

All submissions must be in PDF format.  Papers must follow the
two-column format of EACL 2012.  We strongly recommended the use of
the style files provided on the workshop Web site.  We reserve the
right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles.

If you intend to submit your paper to several EACL 2012 workshops,
please contact the workshop chairs beforehand.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research
at the workshop.  Accepted papers will be published in the electronic
workshop proceedings.  The workshop proceedings will be part of the
EACL 2012 proceedings, published by ACL.

Full instructions for submissions and style files can be found on the
workshop Web site at http://lingured.info/clw2012/?Submissions.

*Date and Location*
Location: EACL 2012 in Avignon, France
Date: April 23, 2012

*Important Dates*

Deadline for submission: January 27, 2012
Notification of acceptance: February 24, 2012
Revised version of papers: March 9, 2012
Workshop: April 23, 2012


Michael Piotrowski (University of Zurich, Switzerland), mxp at cl.uzh.ch
Cerstin Mahlow (University of Basel, Switzerland), cerstin.mahlow at unibas.ch
Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Australia), robert.dale at mq.edu.au

*Program Committee*

      * Gerd Bräuer (University of Education Freiburg, Germany)
      * Jill Burstein (ETS, USA)
      * Rickard Domeij (The Language Council of Sweden, Sweden)
      * Kevin Egan (University of Southern California, USA)
      * Caroline Hagège (Xerox Research Centre Europe, France)
      * Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
      * Ola Karlsson (The Language Council of Sweden, Sweden)
      * Ola Knutsson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
      * Eva Lindgren (Umeå University, Sweden)
      * Aurélien Max (LIMSI, France)
      * Guido Nottbusch (University of Potsdam, Germany)
      * Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
      * Martin Reynaert (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
      * Gert Rijlaarsdam (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
      * Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen, Norway)
      * Eric Wehrli (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
      * Carl Whithaus (UC Davis, USA)
      * Michael Zock (CNRS, France)

*Further Information*


*Workshop Contact Address*

clw2012 at lingured.info

Dr.-Ing. Michael Piotrowski, M.A. <mxp at cl.uzh.ch>
Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich
Phone +41 44 63-54313 | OpenPGP public key ID 0x1614A044
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