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CxGs+NLP 2023 : First Construction Grammars and NLP Workshop


When Mar 9, 2023 - Mar 12, 2023
Where Washington D.C., USA
Submission Deadline Nov 15, 2022
Notification Due Jan 9, 2023
Final Version Due Jan 28, 2023
Categories    NLP   artificial intelligence   linguistics

Call For Papers

Apologies for cross-posting

We are delighted to announce the First Construction Grammars and NLP (CxGs+NLP) Workshop as part of the Georgetown University Round Table and we invite long and short papers submissions to the workshop.

Please join the workshop’s Google Group for the latest updates and to post any questions you might have:

All accepted papers will be included in the CxGs + NLP 2023 proceedings volume, which will be part of the ACL Anthology.

New for Final Call

Submission link:

Submission deadline (extended): November 15th, 2022

Invited speaker: Jonathan Dunn (Scroll down for details)

Final Call for Papers: Construction Grammars and NLP (CxGs+NLP) Workshop

November 2022 | Claire Bonial & Harish Tayyar Madabushi

Event Notification Type: Call for Papers

Abbreviated Title: CxGs + NLP


Half-day workshop as part of Georgetown University Round Table (GURT), 9-12 March 2023

Location: Washington DC

Contact: Please join the workshop’s Google Group for the latest updates and to post any questions you might have:

Contact: Claire Bonial (U.S. Army Research Lab)

Harish Tayyar Madabushi (University of Bath)

Construction Grammar (CxG) approaches recognize all levels of linguistic structure as contributing meaning, which makes them a powerful tool for considering a wide variety of linguistic problems, from determining parts-of-speech to aspectual properties. How we look at these problems has an impact on a variety of related NLP and NLU applications, including parsing, question-answering and interactive information extraction, machine translation, language grounding in robotics, etc. For many applications in the traditional NLP pipeline, existing assumptions that meaning is tied to individual lexical items and composed according to rules leave some language phenomena unaccounted for. CxGs offer theoretical solutions to such phenomena and have made headway in the development of computational resources such as constructicons, but there is more to do in fruitfully bringing CxG theories to NLP applications.

Similarly, recent advances in NLP, driven in large part by the introduction of pre-trained language models, have led to the development of computational methods independent of a linguistic grounding. Although there exists work in attempting to understand the cognitive and linguistic feasibility of these models, such work remains in its infancy.

Given this dichotomy between the recent direction of NLP research and the closely related field of CxGs, we are excited to announce the CxGs + NLP workshop, aimed at bringing together researchers in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Construction Grammar so as to jump-start, what we believe is, an important conversation between these two complementary, yet currently disparate fields.

Our aim is to bring together theoretical and computational researchers interested in CxG approaches and encourage topics examining how theoretical research can inform computational approaches and applications, whether existing or needed in the future. Thus, we invite original research papers from a range of topics, including but not limited to:

Theory and Linguistics

Formalisms for construction grammar

Natural Language Understanding (NLU)

Opinion pieces on the interplay between CxGs and NLP

Constructions and Language Models (BERTology)

Constructicons and corpora annotated for construction grammar

Construction grammar learning and adaptation


We will have an invited speaker, Jonathan Dunn discussing the relation between Construction Grammars and NLP. The workshop will also include a discussion consisting of experts from both fields discussing possible synergies between the two fields.


The Georgetown University Round Table on Linguistics (GURT) is a peer-reviewed annual linguistics conference held continuously since 1949 at Georgetown University in Washington DC, with topics and co-located events varying from year to year. Under an overarching theme of ‘Computational and Corpus Linguistics’, GURT 2023 will feature four events, which are workshops or conferences focused on computational and corpus approaches to syntax but also covering theoretical issues: Universal Dependency Workshop (UDW), Depling, Treebanks and Linguistic Theory (TLT), and CxGs+NLP. All talks from all events will take place in a single (non-parallel) plenary session, with the papers from one event being presented contiguously. The goal of co-locating these events to promote cross-fertilization of ideas across subcommunities. Proceedings will be published separately for each event, and will be available in the ACL Anthology.

Please see the GURT website here:

In order to support rich discussions and networking with minimal overhead and cost, GURT will be primarily an in-person event; we will, however, accommodate a limited number of live/synchronous remote presentations, prioritizing those with circumstances that prevent travel. University policies regarding COVID safety will be in force during the event.

Georgetown University is located in a historic neighborhood in the heart of the nation’s capital. The city is a premier tourist destination, and the region is served by Reagan National (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI) airports.
GURT Invited Speakers

Jonathan Dunn, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (CxGs+NLP)

Guy Perrier, Loria, France (Depling)

Joan Bresnan, Stanford University, USA (TLT)

Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University, Sweden (UDW)

Important dates:

Workshop papers due: 1 November 2022 15th November 2022 (Extended)

Notification of acceptance: 9 January 2023

Camera-ready papers due: 28 January 2023

Workshop date: half day TBD in the period of 9-12 March 2023

All deadlines are 11.59 pm UTC -12h ("anywhere on Earth").


We accept two types of submissions, long papers and short papers, following the ACL policy on submission, review, and citation:,_Review_and_Citation

All papers accepted for presentation at the workshop will be included in the CxGs + NLP 2023 proceedings volume, which will be part of the ACL Anthology. Additionally, non-archival short papers will be considered for acceptance into the workshop as in-person poster presentations only; these should be submitted by email directly to the organizers for review as opposed to submission through the EasyChair conference website and will not undergo double-blind review.

Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of main content; short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of main content; and final versions will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account. Limits on main content do not apply to references or (optional) ethics statements. After the references, the submission may include appendices for supplementary content not necessary for evaluating the contributions of the paper (reviewers will not be required to review the appendices). Submissions should be sent in electronic forms, using the EasyChair conference management system:

Submissions are open to all, and are to be submitted anonymously. All papers will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process with final acceptance decisions made by the workshop organizers. Submissions may be selected for publication in a GURT venue other than CxGs + NLP at the discretion of the organizers.
Paper Submission and Templates:

Submission is electronic, using the EasyChair conference management system. Both long and short papers must follow the ACL two-column format, using the supplied official style files:

Please do not modify these style files, nor should you use templates designed for other conferences.

Double submission policy: We will accept submissions that have been or will be submitted elsewhere, but require that the authors notify us, including information on where else they are submitting. We also require that authors withdraw work that will be published elsewhere (no double publication).

Submissions that violate these requirements will be rejected without review.
Instructions For Double-Blind Review:

As reviewing will be double blind, papers must not include authors’ names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references or links (such as github) that reveal the author’s identity, e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 1991) …” must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) …” Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Papers should not refer, for further detail, to documents that are not available to the reviewers. For example, do not omit or redact important citation information to preserve anonymity. Instead, use third person or named reference to this work, as described above (“Smith showed” rather than “we showed”). If important citations are not available to reviewers (e.g., awaiting publication), these paper/s should be anonymised and included in the appendix. They can then be referenced from the submission without compromising anonymity. Papers may be accompanied by a resource (software and/or data) described in the paper, but these resources should also be anonymized.

More information about the workshop can be found on the GURT and CxGs+NLP website:

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