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IWCLUL 2018 : International Workshop for Computational Linguistics of Uralic Languages


When Jan 8, 2018 - Jan 9, 2018
Where Helsinki
Submission Deadline Nov 14, 2017
Notification Due Dec 6, 2017
Final Version Due Dec 23, 2017
Categories    uralistics   NLP   linguistics

Call For Papers


Fourth International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic
Languages. Organised by ACL SIGUR (and University of Helsinki). 8th–9th
January, 2018, Helsinki, Finland


The final proceedings version will be available in the ACL SIGUR
section of ACL anthology.




Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo)
Helsingin yliopisto
Helsinki, Finland


To register for the workshop please fill out registration form. NB:
there is an optional 50 euro fee for participation that will be used to
cover running costs.

Invited speaker

Filip Ginter

Call for papers

The purpose of the conference series International Workshop on
Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages is to bring together
researchers working on computational approaches to working with these
languages. We accept long and short papers as well as tutorial
proposals working on the following languages: Finnish, Hungarian,
Estonian, Võro, the Sámi languages, Komi (Zyrian, Permyak), Mordvin
(Erzya, Moksha), Mari (Hill, Meadow), Udmurt, Nenets (Tundra, Forest),
Enets, Nganasan, Selkup, Mansi, Khanty, Veps, Karelian (Olonets),
Karelian, Ingrian (Izhorian), Votic, Livonian, Ludic, and other related

All Uralic languages exhibit rich morphological structure, which makes
processing them challenging for state-of-the-art computational
linguistic approaches, the majority also suffer from a lack of
resources and many are endangered.

Research papers should be original, substantial and unpublished
research, that can describe work-in-progress systems, frameworks,
standards and evaluation schemes. Demos and tutorials will present
systems and standards towards the goal of interoperability and
unification of different projects, applications and research groups
Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to):
* Parsers, analysers and processing pipelines of Uralic languages
* Lexical databases, electronic dictionaries
* Finished end-user applications aimed at Uralic languages, such as
spelling or grammar checkers, machine translation or speech
* Evaluation methods and gold standards, tagged corpora, treebanks
* Reports on language-independent or unsupervised methods as applied
to Uralic languages
* Surveys and review articles on subjects related to computational
linguistics for one or more Uralic languages
* Any work that aims at combining efforts and reducing duplication of
* How to elicit activity from the language community, agitation
campaigns, games with a purpose
* To maximise the possibility of reproducibility, replication and
reuse, we particularly encourage submissions which present
free/open-source language resources and make use of
free/open-source software.

One of the aims of this gathering is to avoid unnecessary duplicated
work in field of Uralistics by establishing connections and
interoperability standards between researchers and research groups
working at different sites. We have also identified a serious lack of
gold standards and evaluation metrics for all Uralic languages
including those with national support, any work towards better
resources in these fields will be greatly appreciated. In this year’s
edition, we continue our tradition of particularly encouraging
researchers of minority Uralic languages in Russia to participate.

Important dates

* 3rd July 2017: Call for papers announced
* 1st October 2017 2nd call for papers
* 14th November 2017: Paper submission deadline
* 6th December 2017: Paper notification
* 23rd December 2017: Camera-ready deadline
* ?? January 2018: Fill in the registration form
* 8th–9th January 2018: Workshop held in Helsinki

Submission of papers

Language of submission: Submissions should be made in English or
Russian with an obligatory abstract in at least one of the Uralic

Submission format: There are multiple submission types: long and short
research papers, and demonstrations and tutorials. Research papers
should be up to 18 pages in length excluding references, the
descriptions for demonstrations and tutorials up to 5 pages.
Submissions should be formatted using LaTeX default article style with
b5paper option. Citations should be managed with bibtex and e.g., unsrt
bibliography style. Linguistic glosses should follow Leipzig glossing
rules and use expex LaTeX package (make sure to update expex regularly
as it is developed actively). Preferred LaTeX version is XeLaTeX and
therefore you should use UTF-8 encoded Unicode in your sources rather
than TeX encoded characters where possible. You will find the workshop
template here (also in zip format templates).

If you do not have access to LaTeX text processing system, please
contact us for alternative templates and instructions.

Submissions can be made here using the [34]EasyChair conference
management system.

Publication venue: Proceedings of the workshop will be published
open-access in ACL anthology, SIG proceedings for SIGUR

Conflicts of interest: The reviewing process will be anonymous
(double-blind peer review) and authors should state in their submission
all conflicts of interest with members of the programme committee.
Members of the programme committee are also expected to state their
conflicts of interest during review bidding. If the programme committee
finds themselves unable to review some of the submissions, external
reviewers may be called.

Double submission: To maximise the impact of work in the field of
computational linguistics for the Uralic languages we are open to the
possibility of double submission, or submission of work which has been
partially published elsewhere. Any double submission should however be
reported to the programme committee at the time of submission. In the
advent of double acceptance the authors should choose in which venue to

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