CALL FOR PAPERS
Second Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing (CL&W 2012):
Linguistic and cognitive aspects of document creation and document
Workshop at EACL 2012
Web site: http://www.lingured.info/clw2012/
Workshop date: April 23 or 24, 2012
Location: Avignon, France
Submission deadline: January 27, 2012
Writing, whether professional, academic, or private, needs editors,
input tools and display devices, and involves the coordination of
cognitive, linguistic, and technical aspects. Most texts composed in
the 21st century are probably created on electronic devices; people
compose texts in word processors, text editors, content management
systems, blogs, wikis, e-mail clients, and instant messaging
applications. Texts are rendered and displayed on very small and very
large screens, they are meant to be read by experts and laypersons,
and they are supposed to be interactive and printable all at the same
The production of documents has been researched from various
- Writing research has been concerned with text processing tools and
cognitive processes since the 1970s. The current rise of new
writing environments and genres (e.g., blogging), as well as new
possibilities to observe text production in the workplace, has
prompted new studies in this area of research.
- Document engineering is concerned with aspects of rendering and
displaying textual and other resources for the creation,
maintenance, and management of documents. Writers today use tools
for layout design, collaborating with co-authors, and tracking
changes in the production process with versioning systems---all of
these are active research areas in document engineering.
- Computational linguistics has mostly been concerned with static or
finished texts. There is now a growing need to explore how
computational linguistics can support human text production and
interactive text processing. Methods from natural language
processing can also provide support for exploring data relevant for
writing research (e.g., keystroke-logging data) and document
engineering (e.g., tailoring documents to specific user needs).
CL&W 2010, held at NAACL 2010 in Los Angeles, was a successful
workshop, offering researchers from different but related disciplines
a platform for sharing findings and ideas. This follow-on Workshop on
Computational Linguistics and Writing aims to bring together
researchers from the communities listed above to stimulate discussion
and cooperation between these areas of research. We are interested in
research that explores writing processes, text production, and
document engineering principles as well as actual working systems that
support writers in one or more aspects when producing a document.
Submissions are invited which address questions like the following:
- How can the creation of texts and documents 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? 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 do writing tools influence composing?
- 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 writers with special needs?
- How can techniques from HCI research and psychology be used to gain
new insights concerning the composing and writing process and to
improve writing tools?
- How can methods and resources from computational linguistics help to
scale from controlled lab experiments with only a few participants
to workplace observation over a long period of time with dozens of
- How can algorithms and methods from document engineering be used to
support natural-language writing as the creation of content?
- How can aspects of document design be used for the development of
(automatic) authoring aids or document processing?
Topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to,
- Resources and tools to assist or support the creation of
natural-language texts and documents
- Algorithms and techniques for authoring aids
- Supporting the authoring of multilingual, multimedia, and adaptive
- Interplay of cognitive processes, cognitive resources, and writing tools
- Observation of writing in natural settings and insights for
improving authoring tools
- Experimental studies pertinent to writing tools
- User interface and HCI issues in current and future writing and
document processing tools
- Predictive editing methods
- Authoring tools for less-resourced languages
- Evaluation of tools and resources
Format of the Workshop
We will have talks, posters, and a plenary discussion. The plenary
discussion is intended to combine different perspectives, to identify
future directions for research, and to stimulate interdisciplinary
networking and cooperation between writing research, document
engineering, and computational linguistics.
We invite researchers to submit full papers of up to 9 pages
(excluding 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 may be rejected without review.
Submission is electronic using the START submission system at:
Submissions must be uploaded to START by the submission deadline (see
All submissions must be in PDF format. Papers must follow the
two-column format of EACL 2012. We strongly recommended the use of
the style files provided on the workshop Web site. We reserve the
right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles.
If you intend to submit your paper to several EACL 2012 workshops,
please contact the workshop chairs beforehand.
Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research
at the workshop. Accepted papers will be published in the electronic
workshop proceedings. The workshop proceedings will be part of the
EACL 2012 proceedings, published by ACL.
Full instructions for submissions and style files can be found on the
workshop Web site at http://lingured.info/clw2012/?Submissions.
Date and Location
Location: EACL 2012 in Avignon, France
Date: April 23 or 24, 2012
Deadline for submission: January 27, 2012
Notification of acceptance: February 24, 2012
Revised version of papers: March 9, 2012
Workshop: April 23 or 24, 2012
Michael Piotrowski (University of Zurich, Switzerland), firstname.lastname@example.org
Cerstin Mahlow (University of Basel, Switzerland), email@example.com
Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Australia), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gerd Bräuer (University of Education Freiburg, Germany)
- 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)
- Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
- Ola Karlsson (The Language Council of Sweden, Sweden)
- Ola Knutsson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
- Eva Lindgren (Umeå University, Sweden)
- Aurélien Max (LIMSI, France)
- Guido Nottbusch (University of Potsdam, Germany)
- Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
- Martin Reynaert (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
- Gert Rijlaarsdam (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen, Norway)
- Eric Wehrli (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
- Carl Whithaus (UC Davis, USA)
- Michael Zock (CNRS, France)
Workshop Contact Address