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BSNLP 2019 : The 7th Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing


When Aug 2, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019
Where Florence, Italy
Submission Deadline Apr 26, 2019
Notification Due May 24, 2019
Final Version Due Jun 3, 2019
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

First Call for Papers: The 7th Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language

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.

April 26, 2019: Submission of papers
May 24, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
June 3, 2019: Camera-ready papers due
Workshop: 2 August 2019

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.

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
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 author names and affiliations. Self-citations and other
references that reveal the author 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.

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

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