-------------------------------------------- Important dates:
- Submission deadline: April 10, 2015 - Notification of acceptance: May 29, 2015 - Final version of papers due: June 26, 2015 - Depling conference: August 24-26, 2015 -------------------------------------------- Invited speakers:
- Christopher Manning, Stanford University - Alain Polguère, Université de Lorraine --------------------------------------------
The Depling conference responds to the growing need for a conference dedicated to dependency-based approaches in linguistics and natural language processing. In the past decade, dependencies, directed labeled graph structures representing hierarchical relations between morphemes, words or semantic units, have become very widespread in natural language processing. However, the linguistic significance of these structures often remains vague, and the need to discuss the theoretical and formal foundations of dependency-based concepts is felt strongly by many people working in these domains. Previous Depling conferences were held in Barcelona 2011 and in Prague 2013.
In general terms, the conference will investigate:
- The use of dependency structures in the description of linguistic phenomena,
especially in a cross-linguistic perspective, in particular linguistic
phenomena for which classical phrase structure models have proven to be
unsatisfactory. - The modeling of lexical phenomena and their role in dependency-based
linguistic theories. - The application of dependency-based approaches to natural language
processing, including machine translation, parsing, generation, information
Topics include but are not limited to:
- The use of dependency trees in syntactic analysis, parsing, generation, and
corpus annotation of written and spoken texts. - The use of semantic valency-based predicate and actancy graph structures and
their link to classical logic. - The elaboration of formal dictionaries for dependency-based syntax and
semantics, including descriptions of collocations and paradigmatic relations. - Links to morphology and linearization of dependency structures, using, for
example, topological field theories. - Dependency-like structures beyond the sentence, for example, to model
discourse phenomena. - The description and formalization of semantic and pragmatic phenomena related
to information structure. - History, epistemology, and psycholinguistic relevance of dependency grammar,
including its relation to generative approaches to language.
-------------- Special Themes --------------
Depling 2015 has two special themes:
- The dependency status of function words: The status of function words can
vary significantly from one dependency model/scheme to the next and across
the level of linguistic description within one and the same linguistic
model (e.g., deep vs. surface syntax). Tesnière took many function words to
be translatives, placed on the same level as the content word with which they
form a (dissociated) nucleus. Frameworks such as Meaning-Text Theory and Word
Grammar position most function words as heads over the related content words
(in surface syntax). Some computational schemes like the Stanford
Dependencies emphasize dependencies between content words and therefore
subordinate function words to content words. Given these differences in how
dependency models and schemes address function words, we think the status of
function words is an area of dependency linguistics that deserves special
- Dependency and translation: 2015 marks the 30-year anniversary of the death
of Bernard Vauquois, one of the pioneers in the field of machine translation,
the father of the famous Vauquois triangle, and one of the first proponents
of the use of dependency-based representations in machine translation. Since
the use of dependency structures is currently gaining ground also in
statistical machine translation, it seems highly relevant to highlight the
connections between dependency and translation.
Papers addressing one of the special themes will be submitted and reviewed in the same way as other papers, but will be accepted in a separate pool and presented in special sessions at the conference.
------------ Requirements ------------
Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.
Submissions presented at the conference should mostly contain new material that has not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Papers that are submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page. Papers containing significant overlap with previously published work should include this information in a separate text file (to be submitted alongside the paper on the EasyChair site).
----------- Submissions -----------
The deadline for the submissions is April 10, 2015. Papers must be submitted in PDF format through the Depling2015 EasyChair site: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=depling2015
Papers may consist of up to 10 pages of content (including references). All submissions should follow the two-column format and the style guidelines (see below). We strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files, OpenDocument or Microsoft Word templates available from the Depling 2015 website: http://depling.org/depling2015/.
Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.
----------------- Program Committee -----------------
Eva Hajičová, Charles University in Prague (co-chair) Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University (co-chair) Margarita Alonso-Ramos, Universidade da Coruña Miguel Ballesteros, Pompeu Fabra University David Beck, University of Alberta Xavier Blanco, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Igor Boguslavsky, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and Russian Academy of
Sciences Bernd Bohnet, University Stuttgart Marie Candito, Universtité Paris Diderot / INRIA Jinho Choi, University of Colorado at Boulder Benoit Crabbé, Paris 7 and INRIA Eric De La Clergerie, INRIA Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, The Ohio State University Denys Duchier, Université d'Orléans Dina El Kassas, Minya University Gülşen Eryiğit, Istanbul Technical University Kim Gerdes, Sorbonne Nouvelle Filip Ginter, University of Turku Koldo Gojenola, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU Yoav Goldberg, Bar-Ilan University Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez, Universidade da Coruña Thomas Gross, Aichi University Jan Hajič, Charles University in Prague Hans Jürgen Heringer, University of Augsburg Richard Hudson, University College London Leonid Iomdin, Russian Academy of Sciences Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania Sylvain Kahane, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre Marco Kuhlmann, Linköping University François Lareau, Université de Montréal Haitao Liu, Zhejiang University Christopher Manning, Stanford University Ryan McDonald, Google Inc. Igor Mel'čuk, University of Montreal Wolfgang Menzel, Hamburg University Jasmina Milicevic, Dalhousie University Henrik Høeg Müller, Copenhagen Business School Jeesun Nam, DICORA / Hankuk University of Korea Alexis Nasr, Université de la Méditerranée Pierre Nugues, Lund University Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar Timothy Osborne, Zhejiang University Jarmila Panevova, Charles University in Prague Alain Polguère, Université de Lorraine ATILF CNRS Prokopis Prokopidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/Athena RC Owen Rambow, Columbia University Ines Rehbein, Potsdam University Dipti Sharma, IIIT, Hyderabad Reut Tsarfaty, Open University of Israel Gertjan Van Noord, University of Groningen Leo Wanner, Pompeu Fabra University Daniel Zeman, Charles University in Prague Yue Zhang, Singapore University of Technology and Design
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