In conjunction with the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Florence, Italy. Sponsored by SIGSLAV: Special Interest Group on Slavic Natural Language Processing of the ACL.
DATES April 26, 2019: Submission of papers May 24, 2019: Notification of Acceptance June 3, 2019: Camera-ready papers due Workshop: 2 August 2019
THEME and MOTIVATION Languages from the Balto-Slavic group play an important role due to their diverse cultural heritage and widespread use -- with over 400 million speakers worldwide. The recent political and economic developments in Central and Eastern Europe have brought Balto-Slavic societies and their languages into focus in terms of rapid technological advancement and rapidly expanding consumer markets. This Workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Balto-Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention include, but are not limited to: - morphological analysis and generation,
- morphosyntactic tagging,
- syntactic and semantic parsing,
- lexical semantics,
- named-entity recognition,
- text normalisation and processing non-standard language
- coreference resolution,
- information extraction,
- question answering,
- information retrieval,
- text summarization,
- machine translation,
- development of linguistic resources.
Research on theoretical and applied topics in the context of some of the Balto-Slavic languages is still in its early stages. The linguistic phenomena specific to Balto-Slavic languages -- such as rich morphological inflection and free word order -- make the construction of NLP tools for these languages a challenging and intriguing task.
The goal of this Workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry working on NLP for Balto-Slavic languages. In particular, the Workshop will serve to stimulate the research on NLP techniques for Balto-Slavic languages, and to foster the creation of tools and resources for these languages. The Workshop will provide a forum for exchanging ideas and experience, discussing difficult-to-tackle problems, and making the resources that are available more widely-known. One fascinating aspect of this sub-family of languages is the striking structural similarity, as well as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional inventory spanning the entire group of languages -- despite a lack of mutual intelligibility -- which creates a special environment in which researchers can fully appreciate the shared problems and solutions and communicate naturally. This Workshop continues the proud tradition established by the previous BSNLP Workshops.
SUBMISSIONS: There will be two types of submissions: long papers and short papers. Long papers should describe original, unpublished and completed work. Short papers should describe: (a) work in progress and/or small focused contributions, or (b) system demonstrations, new linguistic resources and experience of using existing software and resources, or (c) ongoing projects and activities that are relevant to all stakeholders in the domain of Balto-Slavic NLP. Overlap with previously published work should be clearly mentioned. The authors should indicate along with their submission if the paper has been submitted elsewhere, e.g., to the main conference. In particular, in case the paper is rejected by the main conference, it should be indicated in the submission. All submissions will be judged on correctness, novelty, technical strength, clarity of presentation, usability, and significance/relevance to the Workshop. Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. The reviewing of long papers will be blind. Therefore, long papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Self-citations and other references that reveal the authors' identity must be avoided. The short papers can be anonymized but this is not a requirement. In particular, submissions describing systems, resources, or solutions that are made available to the wider public would be strongly encouraged, as this would help to promote computational linguistics applications for Balto-Slavic languages. Long paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2019 proceedings not exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus two (2) additional pages for references. Short paper submissions should follow the same format, and should not exceed four (4) pages for content plus two (2) additional pages for references. Submissions must conform to the official style guidelines of ACL 2019, which are contained in the style files, and must be in PDF. Camera-ready versions of accepted papers must be provided both in LaTeX and PDF format.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Tomaž Erjavec, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Jakub Piskorski, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy Lidia Pivovarova, University of Helsinki, Finland Jan Šnajder, University of Zagreb, Croatia Josef Steinberger, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic Roman Yangarber, University of Helsinki, Finland