LINGUIST List 30.2415

Tue Jun 11 2019

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Language Documentation/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 10-Jun-2019
From: Emmanuel Schang <>
Subject: Scientific Meeting of the ''Computational, Formal & Field Linguistics'' Research Group
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Full Title: Scientific Meeting of the "Computational, Formal & Field Linguistics" Research Group
Short Title: LIFT2019

Date: 28-Nov-2019 - 29-Nov-2019
Location: Orléans, France
Contact Person: Emmanuel Schang
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 09-Sep-2019

Meeting Description:

Scientific Meeting of the ''Computational, Formal & Field Linguistics'' Research Group
28-29 November 2019, Orléans

To this day, advances in computer linguistics have mainly led to the development of applications: automatic translation, speech recognition and synthesis, opinion detection, and so on. However, these technical advances (in symbolic methods and automatic learning models) can also be used to facilitate linguistic analysis: they allow for searching for generalizations and creating falsifiable models, and they can also help with data collection and management. For example, speech recognition technology can be leveraged to facilitate the work of field linguists; machine translation and alignment techniques can facilitate the creation of bilingual lexicons to document a language; and analysis and generation algorithms can be used to validate syntactic and lexical assumptions. Computer linguistics provides linguists with a wide range of techniques and resources that open up new perspectives.

The objective of the scientific meeting is to promote interactions between the three broad fields of (i) computational linguistics, (ii) formal linguistics and (iii) field linguistics (“diversity linguistics”), in order to encourage the development of linguistic research that makes the most of new technologies.

The format of the Days will consist of:

- four plenary sessions: presentations by invited speakers
- poster sessions

Call for Papers:

The Call for Abstracts (for posters) is open to all. Participation in the Scientific Days is likewise open to all (presenters and non-presenters alike). Registration is free but compulsory. Here is an open-ended list of topics:

- Feedback on the use and/or development of computer tools for linguistic analysis
- Computer linguistics and open science: perspectives opened by sharing data, tools and publications
- Formal computer and linguistic modelling (formal language theory, unification grammars, proof theory…)
- Dialogue between linguistic models and automatic learning models (of all types: generative and discriminating approaches, neural statistical approaches, encoder-decoder approaches, etc.)
- Unsupervised or poorly supervised methods for the analysis of poorly endowed, poorly written or undocumented languages
- Reflections on the automation of analysis and validation processes

Abstracts (2 to 4 pages) will be submitted via the SciencesConf platform, at the following address: (opening date: June 17).
The templates (OpenOffice or LaTeX) are available here:

The languages of the Scientific Days will be English and French. Abstracts may be submitted in either language. For posters, if your poster is in French, please provide an English summary and/or an English version to be distributed on an A3 or A4 sheet.

Conference page:

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