ACL 2014 Workshop on Language Technologies and Computational Social Science

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Call for Papers
Co-located with ACL 2014
Thursday, 26 June 2014
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Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 14 March 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACL 2014 Workshop on Language Technologies and Computational Social Science

Co-located with ACL 2014 (

Baltimore, Maryland

June 26, 2014



This workshop invites a broad spectrum of work in the intersection between computational linguistics and social science. All submissions will be presented as posters, and active discussion of preliminary and ongoing work are especially encouraged. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Inferring social relations (e.g., power dynamics, stance, accommodation) from conversation and other linguistic behavior

Automatic extraction of international relations event data from news

Inference of author and speaker properties (geography, age, gender, etc) from text and speech

Measuring and tracking political ideology in text, including the framing and positioning of ideological content

Understanding the political system, including public opinion, legislative and judicial processes, and popular unrest

Relating text datasets to author social networks: for example, predicting social ties from text, or smoothing textual topics over network structure

Tracking language change over time, space, and communities

Measuring linguistic influence

Computational analysis of literary and historical corpora

Tracking the flow of information, ideas, and sentiment through social networks, include information cascades

Position papers that draw implications from social science theory (sociology, political science, sociolinguistics, economics) for language technology

New applications of language technology to social science research

We especially welcome submissions with the potential to increase engagement between NLP researchers and social scientists, and which will help to build a community interested in language technologies and computational social science. Submissions should be no more than four pages long in the 2014 ACL format, excluding references; review will be double-blind. On acceptance, authors will have the option of either the paper or just the abstract being included in the workshop proceedings.


21 March 2014: paper deadline

11 April 2014: notification of acceptance

28 April 2014: camera-ready papers due

26 June 2014: workshop date

Confirmed speakers:

Justin Grimmer (Stanford University)

Lillian Lee (Cornell University)

Philip Resnik (University of Maryland)

Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)

Workshop organizers:

Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil (Max Planck Institute SWS)

Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Kathleen McKeown (Columbia University)

Noah Smith (Carnegie Mellon University)