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CL&W 2010 : NAACL-HLT 2010 Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing: Writing Processes and Authoring Aids


When Jun 5, 2010 - Jun 6, 2010
Where Los Angeles, CA, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 1, 2010
Notification Due Mar 29, 2010
Final Version Due Apr 12, 2010
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Computational Linguistics and Writing:
Writing Processes and Authoring Aids (CL&W 2010)

Workshop at NAACL-HLT 2010


Workshop date: June 5 or 6, 2010

Location: Los Angeles, USA

Submission deadline: March 1, 2010


Writing today, whether professional, academic, or private, relies
heavily on computers. Most texts composed in the 21st century are
probably written on computers or other electronic devices, such as
mobile phones. People compose texts in word processors, text editors,
content management systems, blogs, wikis, e-mail clients, and instant
messaging applications. Each of these tools supports authors in
different ways.

Writing research has been concerned with word processing since the
1970s. Writing researchers today investigate specific characteristics
of writing with computers and the effect of tools on writing
processes. The current rise of new writing environments and genres
(e.g., blogging) has prompted new studies in this area of research.

During the last few decades, computational linguistics has mostly been
concerned with static or finished texts. We believe there is now a
growing need to explore how computational linguistics can support
human text production and word processing. However, there are still
very few projects where computational linguists and writing
researchers work together.

The Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing (CL&W 2010) aims
to provide an overview of current developments in the area of
computational linguistics for authoring aids, and an overview of
recent advances in writing research. CL&W 2010 continues and builds
on the workshops on authoring aids at LREC 2008 and SLTC 2008. We are
interested in research that explores writing processes and text
production, as well as in actual systems that support writers. In
both areas, research on all languages is relevant, including
less-resourced languages. We aim to bring together researchers from
both communities, to identify areas where computational linguistics
and writing research could benefit from each other and to stimulate
discussion and interdisciplinary cooperation between these two areas
of research.

At CL&W 2010 we would like to address questions like the following:

* How can writing be supported by methods, resources, and tools from
computational linguistics? This includes NLP tools and techniques
that can be used or have been used to support writing (e.g., grammar
and style checking, document structuring, thematic segmentation,
editing and revision aids).
* How can we get a better understanding of writing processes,
strategies, and needs? How can techniques from HCI research and
psychology help us to gain new insights into composing and writing
processes and to improve writing tools?
* Which methods, resources, and tools from computational linguistics
could support research in this area?
* How do high-level writing processes and the mechanics of writing
relate to each other?
* How does the tool influence composing (including editing and
revising)? Are writers aware of the possibilities and limitations
of their writing tools?
* Is there a need for the development of new writing tools? What can
we learn from earlier approaches and tools like RUSKIN, Writer's
Workbench, or Augment, or from source code editors for programming
* How can insights from writing research and methods from
computational linguistics help to support the needs of particular
user groups (e.g., foreign language learners, children, persons with


Topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to,
the following:

* Tools to assist writers
* Linguistic resources for authoring aids
* Algorithms and techniques for authoring aids
* Tools to support research on writing processes
* Methods and techniques for investigating writing processes
* Effects of writing tools on writing processes
* User interface and HCI issues in current and future writing tools
* Authoring aids for specific applications and user groups
* Pedagogical writing tools
* Predictive tools and techniques
* Multilinguality and authoring tools
* Evaluation of tools, methods, techniques, and resources

*Format of the Workshop*

We will have two sessions and a plenary discussion. Talks addressing
mainly questions from writing research will be presented in one
session, talks addressing mainly questions related to computational
linguistics will be presented in the other session. The plenary
discussion is intended to combine the two views, to identify future
directions for research, and to stimulate interdisciplinary networking
and cooperation between writing researchers and computational


We invite researchers to submit full papers of up to 8 pages (and 1
additional page for references) or short papers of up to 4 pages
(including references). These page limits must be strictly observed.
Submissions must be in English.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind by the members of the program
committee, and all submissions will receive several independent
reviews. Papers submitted at review stage must not contain the
authors' names, affiliations, or any information that may disclose the
authors' identity. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...",
should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously
showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Do not use anonymous citations. Do not
include acknowledgments. Papers that do not conform to these
requirements will be rejected without review.

All submissions must be electronic in PDF and must follow the
two-column format of ACL proceedings. It is very important to specify
US Letter paper format. Authors are strongly recommended to use the
style files provided at (
All camera-ready manuscripts should look like the sample PDF file
(, which
also contains detailed formatting requirements.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research
at the workshop. Accepted papers will be published in the electronic
proceedings of the workshop by ACL. Workshop proceedings will be part
of the NAACL-HLT 2010 proceedings.

Submission is electronic using the START submission system at:
( You will find
instructions for submission on the workshop Web site

*Date and Location*

Location: NAACL-HLT 2010 in Los Angeles, USA
Date: June 5 or 6, 2010

*Important Dates*

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2010
Notification of acceptance: March 29, 2010
Revised version of papers: April 12, 2010
Workshop: June 5 or 6, 2010


Michael Piotrowski (University of Zurich, Switzerland),
Cerstin Mahlow (University of Zurich, Switzerland),
Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Australia),

*Program Committee*

* Gerd Bräuer (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
* Jill Burstein (ETS, USA)
* Rickard Domeij (The Language Council of Sweden, Sweden)
* Kevin Egan (University of Southern California, USA)
* Caroline Hagège (Xerox Research Centre Europe, France)
* Michael Hess (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
* Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
* Ola Karlsson (The Language Council of Sweden, Sweden)
* Ola Knutsson (KTH, Sweden)
* Sabine Lehmann (acrolinx GmbH, Switzerland)
* Eva Lindgren (Umeå University, Sweden)
* Aurélien Max (LIMSI, France)
* Guido Nottbusch (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
* Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
* Martin Reynaert (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
* Dietmar Rösner (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany)
* Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen, Norway)
* Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
* Scott Warnock (Drexel University, USA)
* Carl Whithaus (UC Davis, USA)
* Michael Zock (CNRS, France)

*Further Information*


*Workshop Contact Address*


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