Corpora: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Morphological and Phonological Learning

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                         Workshop on
            Morphological and Phonological Learning

                      Philadelphia, PA
                        12 July 2001

                     Sixth Meeting of the
       ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology
                    in cooperation with
      ACL Special Interest Group in Natural Language Learning


    Two groups of researchers are converging on the need to construct
    morphologies and phonologies of low density languages.

    Natural language engineers hope to develop machine translation, speech
    recognition, and other NLP technologies for these languages. Meanwhile,
    linguists and native speakers want to document the languages for
    scientific or humanitarian reasons. (This need is often expressed
    concerning endangered languages, but is not restricted to that situation.)

    This convergence of interests makes it an opportune time to meet to
    discuss ways to analyze the morphology and phonology of a language (or a
    group of related languages) more quickly (and perhaps more accurately)
    than traditional methods have allowed.

    Techniques for morphology and phonology learning may vary in the amount of
    human involvement they require. At one end of the spectrum are tools
    intended to help a native speaker (perhaps with the aid of a linguist)
    describe his or her own language. At the other end are tools for
    unsupervised machine learning from texts. Intermediate or hybrid
    approaches are also possible.

    Methodologies to be discussed in this workshop need not be fully general:
    for example, a tool might be best suited to agglutinating, fusional,
    or polysynthetic languages, or specialized for compounding or

    The Workshop on Morphological and Phonological Learning will be held July
    12 2002, immediately after the ACL-02 meetings at the University of
    Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.

    More information about SIGPHON is available at, and about SIGNLL at The ACL-2002 website is


    o Tools to help a native speaker or linguist visualize and describe
        the morphology and/or phonology of a language

    o Tools for (semi-)automated discovery of morphology and/or phonology

    o Databases and annotation tools designed for morphological or
        phonological information, particularly as these relate to learning

    o Resources for learning (taggers, seed grammars and lexicons, partially
        annotated text, bilingual text, etc.)

    o Linguistic (knowledge-based) approaches vs. empirical approaches;
        hybrid methodologies

    o Evaluation/comparison of morphology learning technologies

    o Adapting and reusing grammars and lexicons among related languages

    o Application of learned morphologies and phonologies (proofreading,
        machine translation, linguistic research, documentation of endangered
        languages, speech recognition)

    o Theoretical results on learnability or representation

                Program Committee

    o Mike Maxwell (Linguistic Data Consortium, chair)
    o Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, SIGNLL)
    o Jason Eisner (Johns Hopkins University)
    o Steven Bird (University of Pennsylvania)
    o Lauri Karttunen (Parc Inc.)
    o John A. Goldsmith (University of Chicago)

    Invited Speaker: David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University

                    Submission Format and Instructions

    Submissions must be in English, and should be full-length papers, up to a
    maximum of 10 pages. (The final version in the proceedings should
    incorporate reviewers' suggestions and may be up to 12 pages.) Except for
    length, papers should adhere to the two-column format prescribed by
    ACL'2002 Please see for the
    detailed guidelines.

    Submissions should be sent electronically in Word, PDF or ASCII text
    format to arrive no later than April 15, 2002 to Mike Maxwell
    ( The body of the email should give title,
    author(s), abstract, and contact information. The subject line
    should be "Morphology/ Phonology Learning Workshop."

    The workshop papers will be published in both electronic and hard-copy

    While electronic submission is strongly preferred, if for some reason you
    are not able to submit electronically, contact Mike Maxwell concerning
    hard-copy submission.

    Completed work is preferable to intended work, but in any event the paper
    should clearly indicate the state of completion of the reported results.
    Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance, innovation,
    quality, and presentation according to the schedule below. The program
    chair may invite additional reviewers as necessary to obtain relevant
    expertise and avoid conflicts of interest.

    Authors will be expected to archive their final papers in the Computation
    and Language section of, and to submit pointers to the archived
    paper when submitting their camera-ready copy.


    o Submission Deadline: 5 April 2002
    o Notification: 25 April 2002
    o Camera-ready Copy Due: 21 May 2002
    o Workshop: 12 July 2002

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