LINGUIST List 33.1324

Wed Apr 13 2022

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Clinical Linguistics / Language Resources and Evaluation (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Goldfinch <>

Date: 12-Apr-2022
From: Gloria Gagliardi <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Clinical Linguistics / Language Resources and Evaluation (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Language Resources and Evaluation

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Clinical Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2022

Special Issue: Language Resources for Clinical Linguistics

Guest Editors:
- Gloria Gagliardi, Dept. of Classical Philology and Italian Studies – University of Bologna (main contact)
- Marta Maffia, Dept. of Literary, Linguistics and Comparative Studies – University of Naples “L’Orientale”

In the last decades, a rich and growing body of research has explored the linguistic correlates of medical conditions. While great advances have been made in the profiling of “pathological” speech, several theoretical and methodological issues are still unsolved. What do corpus-based studies of speech and language disorders bring to the table in terms of description and theory, with respect to standardized testing? Can “good practices” be established for the elicitation, collection, transcription, and annotation of clinical linguistic datasets? Since patients’ recordings, transcripts, and written productions are “special categories of personal data” subjected to stringent data-protection safeguards, is data reusability possible?

As a matter of fact, clinical linguistics experiences a chronic lack of reliable data and a recurrent scattering of efforts in resource collection. Furthermore, the approval by ethics committees usually limits the shareability of clinically-valid corpora. Thus, research groups can only develop small linguistic resources, usable for specific purposes explicitly authorized by the research ethics boards.

In this framework, this special issue focuses on the methodologies for collecting linguistic resources – corpora, lexica, database, ontologies – and developing (computational) tools for the annotation of atypical language due to neurodevelopmental or acquired disabilities (e.g., Developmental Language Disorder, Autism, Aphasia, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia, Parkinson's Disease & Parkinsonism, Motor Neuron Disease).

Topics of Interest:
The editors invite original, unpublished contributions on topics including but not limited to:
- Corpus-based research in speech-language pathology: acquisition, creation, annotation.
- Identification and use of language resources for clinical applications (e.g., screening, diagnosis, monitoring, and phenotyping of language-related disorders).
- Design of annotation tools for the analysis of ‘atypical’ verbal productions.
- Legal and ethical aspects of language technology: good practices for the collection, treatment, storage, sharing, and dissemination of linguistic data from healthcare settings.

Important Dates
- Submissions due: 1 September 2022
- Author notification of acceptance: January 2023
- Final manuscripts submitted: June 2023

Please go to, follow the hyperlink “Submit manuscript”, and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen (please use the article type “S.I. : Language Resources for Clinical Linguistics”).

More details (e.g., paper format, submission procedures, ethical responsibilities of the authors, authorship, and compliance with ethical standards) can be found at the journal website:

All enquiries regarding the special issue should be directed to Gloria Gagliardi ( and Marta Maffia (

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