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ForLing 2008 : Second International Workshop on Non-Classical Formal Languages in Linguistics


When Sep 19, 2008 - Sep 20, 2008
Where Tarragona
Submission Deadline Jun 30, 2008
Notification Due Jul 30, 2008
Categories    formal language theory   linguistics

Call For Papers

Call for Participation at the Second International Workshop


ForLing 2008

September 19-20, 2008, Tarragona (Spain)

This is the second edition of the Workshop on Non-Classical Formal Languages in Linguistics. The first ForLing was hold in 2007, as a co-located workshop of the 16th International Symposium on Fundamentals of Computation Theory (FCT) that was hold in the Benczúr Hotel in Budapest (Hungary) on August 31, 2007.

Aims and scope

Formal Language Theory was born in the middle of 20th century as a tool for modelling and investigating syntax of natural languages. After 1964, formal language theory developed as a separate branch with specific problems, techniques and results and with an internal self-motivated life. So, formal languages, which started being a tool to be applied to natural languages, became rapidly a theory that studied formal systems independently of possible linguistic applications. On the other hand, classical formal language theory, due to its abstract and formal properties, has been applied to a wide range of fields (besides initial linguistic motivation): economic modelling, developmental biology, cryptography, sociology... Non classical models of formal languages present the same abstractness that has facilitate the application of classical models to many issues, and, in addition, present, several advantageous features: natural inspiration, parallelism, distribution, cooperation, etc. Therefore, recently many researchers claim that application of non-classical models of formal languages can provide approaches to linguistics that can improve the description, analysis and processing of natural languages. In fact, the aim of this workshop is to discuss the possible applications of non-classical formal languages in linguistics.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different areas that have in common the use of formal language theory to approach different aspects of natural language.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Mathematical Linguistics
Linguistic Applications of Formal Languages
Formal Analysis of Linguistic Theories and Frameworks
Model-Theoretic and Proof-Theoretic Methods in Linguistics
Probabilistic and Statistical Models of Language
Linguistic Applications of FSA
Logics and Language


Authors are invited to submit a paper of at most 12 pages in plain LaTeX format to one of the following e-mail addresses or

Accepted papers will be included in a preproceedings volume edited as a GRLMC report.

Selected papers will be published in a well-ranked journal after the

Important dates
Submission deadline: June 30, 2008
Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2008
Final version due: September 1, 2008
Workshop: September 19-20, 2007


Gemma Bel-Enguix, GRLMC
M. Dolores Jiménez-López, GRLMC

Programme Committee

Gemma Bel-Enguix (Rovira Virgili University, Tarragona)
Henning Christiansen (Roskilde University)
Erzsébet Csuhaj-Varjú (MTA SZTAKI, Budapest)
Veronica Dahl (Simon Fraser, Burnaby)
M. Dolores Jiménez-López (Rovira Virgili, Tarragona)
Manfred Kudlek (Hamburg)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Brussels)
Victor Mitrana (University of Bucharest)
Carl Pollard (Ohio State University, Columbus)
Reinhard Rapp (Rovira Virgili, Tarragona)
György Vaszil (MTA SZTAKI, Budapest)


Gemma Bel-Enguix,
M. Dolores Jiménez-López,

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