Call for papers: Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology 2011 in Zürich

The Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology (sfcm) aims to bring together researchers and developers in the area of computational morphology. The focus of sfcm are actual, working systems and frameworks based on linguistic principles and providing linguistically motivated analyses and / or generation on the basis of linguistic categories.

From the point of view of computational linguistics, morphological resources form the basis for all higher-level applications. This is especially true for languages with a rich morphology like German, Finnish, or Polish. A morphology component should thus be capable of analyzing single wordforms as well as whole corpora. For many practical applications, not only morphological analysis, but also generation is required, i.e., the production of surfaces corresponding to specific categories.

Apart from uses in computational linguistics, there are numerous practical applications that can benefit from morphological analysis and/or generation or even require it, for example in text processing, user interfaces, or information retrieval. These applications have specific requirements for morphological components, including requirements from software engineering, such as programming interfaces or robustness.

The workshop has three main goals:

  • To stimulate discussion among researchers and developers and to offer an up-to-date overview of available morphological systems for specific purposes.
  • To stimulate discussion among developers of general frameworks that can be used to implement morphological components for several languages.
  • To discuss aspects of evaluation of morphology systems and possible future competitions or tasks.

Topics

The topics of this workshop include technical aspects, applications, and uses of systems and frameworks for computational morphology. While purely theoretical submissions may be relevant, the focus of the workshop is clearly on actual, working systems and prototypes.

The main theme of sfcm 2011 are phenomena at the interface between morphology and syntax (regardless of the language): Many practical applications have to deal with texts, not just isolated word forms. This requires to handle phenomena that cannot be easily classified as either "morphologic" or "syntactic." Examples of such phenomena are clitics in Spanish, particle verbs in German, or compounds in English.

However, we also welcome submissions on other topics relevant to the general topic of the workshop, i.e., systems and frameworks for computational morphology.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches for handling phenomena at the interface between morphology and syntax.
  • Frameworks for developing morphological components. * Open-source tools and resources for morphology.
  • Descriptions of systems for analyzing and generating wordforms.
  • Morphological components for interactive use.
  • Use cases for morphological analysis and generation in applications.
  • Reports on actual uses of morphological analysis and generation in applications.
  • Methods and criteria for evaluating morphologic components with respect to performance, quality, and coverage.
  • Software engineering aspects: APIs, robustness, performance, hardware/software requirements, resource usage.
  • License models and legal aspects.

There will be opportunities for demonstrating systems.

Submissions

We invite researchers to submit full papers of up to 20 pages (including references) or short papers of up to 10 pages. Long papers constitute an excellent opportunity to publish citable, in-depth descriptions of systems and frameworks. 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. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research at the workshop as talk or as a poster. When submitting a paper you can indicate if you prefer giving a talk or showing a poster (however, the chairs reserve the right to choose the most appropriate format). You can also indicate if you would like to show a demo (strongly encouraged!). Accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in the printed workshop proceedings. The papers must use the Springer LNCS format. We recommend to use the LaTeX2e format. Please strictly follow the Springer LNCS format guidelines. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format.

For paper submissions we use EasyChair; submission is now open, please see <http://www.sfcm2011.org/?Submissions> for details. Please help us assigning your paper to the best qualified reviewers by including the language(s) discussed in your paper with the keywords in the "Keywords" field of the submission form.

Date and Location

Location: University of Zurich, Switzerland

Date: August 26, 2011

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2011

Notification of acceptance: April 18, 2011

Revised version of papers: May 30, 2011

Deadline for registration: June 26, 2011

Workshop: Friday, August 26, 2011

Link zur sfcm 2011 Website / Call for papers