First Joint Workshop on Statistical Parsing of Morphologically Rich Languages and Syntactic Analysis of Non-Canonical Language

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Call for Papers
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Co-Located with Coling 2014
Sunday, 24 August 2014
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Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 13 June 2014


(apologies for cross-posting)

First Joint Workshop on Statistical Parsing of Morphologically Rich Languages and Syntactic Analysis of Non-Canonical Language (SPMRL-SANCL 2014)


August 24, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland, co-located with COLING 2014

Following requests from both authors who submitted a paper as well as authors who wish to do so, we decided to grant a final extension until Friday, June 13, 2014 (23:59 UTC - 12)

Note that shared task registration is still ope.

We received so far 18 submissions, which is a record number except for our joint SP-Sem-MRL 2012 workshop. Still, we reached the conclusion that this extension can improve the quality of our final proceedings, while still allowing a thorough reviewing process, and therefore decided to grant this extension.

The CFP below is for the SPMRL-SANCL Main Workshop. The workshop also features:

* Second Shared Task on Semi-Supervised Parsing of Morphologically Rich

* Special Track on the Syntactic Analysis of Non-Canonical


Statistical parsing of morphologically-rich languages (MRLs) and syntactic
analysis of non-canonical languages (NCL) have shown several similar
properties and challenges in recent research. Therefore, this year we
organize a joint workshop of these two research communities, to foster
cross-pollination of ideas and technology for both.

Statistical parsing of morphologically-rich languages has repeatedly been
shown to exhibit non-trivial challenges including, among others, sparse
lexica in the face of rich inflectional systems, parsing deficiency in the
face of free word order and treebank annotation idiosyncrasies in the face
of morphosyntactic interactions.

Similar problems arise for parsing of non-canonical languages. Besides
technical issues such as lexical sparseness and ad-hoc structures, we also
face theoretical problems including constructions that do not occur, or
very seldom occur, in standard language, such as verbless sentences or
complex hashtags.

The first joint SPMRL-SANCL workshop addresses both the challenge of
parsing MRLs and NCL. It provides a forum for researchers addressing the
often overlapping issues of both fields with the goal of identifying
cross-cutting issues in the annotation and parsing methodology for such


The areas of interest of the SPMRL-SANCL workshop include, but are not
limited to, the following list of topics:

* applying cutting-edge parsing techniques to new languages and domains

* identifying the strengths and weaknesses of current parsing techniques
when applied to morphologically-rich and/or non-canonical language

* developing techniques that are targeted at improving parsing quality of
morphologically-rich and/or non-canonical language

* developing models and architectures that explicitly integrate
morphological analysis and parsing

* addressing data sparseness due to lexical variants, out-of-vocabulary
(OOV) words and noise, ad-hoc syntactic rules, non-canonical word order,
ungrammatical structures, or disfluencies

* using insights from parsing and associated processing problems to
motivate decisions in the creation of new syntactically annotated corpora
("treebanks"), especially in domains, genres, and languages that are not
yet, or hardly covered; tag set design

* discussing the role of parsing in higher-level NLP applications involving
MRLs and NCLs, e.g. syntax-enhanced MT and semantic analysis.


* Submission Date: June 13, 2014 (23:59 UTC - 12)
* Author Notification: July 1, 2014
* Camera-ready papers due: July 13, 2014
* Workshop: August 24, 2014


We solicit the following submission categories:

* Long papers (up to 11 pages with unlimited references)
* Short papers (up to 6 pages with unlimited references)
* Abstracts (500 words excluding examples/references, for SANCL poster
topics only)
* Shared task paper submissions (format will be disclosed separately)

Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial and completed
research addressing a topic relevant to either SANCL or SPMRL. Short papers
are suited for presenting work in progress, position papers or short,
focused contributions, relevant to either SANCL or SPMRL (including the
poster session topics described above and, in more detail, here). Both long
and short papers should present original, unpublished research. They will
be peer reviewed and will be presented as either an oral talk or as a
poster at the workshop. Abstract submissions are most appropriate for
presenting an idea for an analysis for one or more of the poster topics. In
contrast to long/short paper submissions, abstract submissions do not need
to back up their ideas with experimental results. Abstract submission will
receive a yes/no review and will not be included in the proceedings.

Submissions will be accepted in PDF format via the START system:

until June 6, 2014 (11:59PM PST) and must conform to the COLING 2014 formatting instructions:


Yoav Goldberg (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
Yuval Marton (Microsoft Corp., US)
Ines Rehbein (Potsdam University, Germany)
Yannick Versley (Heidelberg University, Germany)
Özlem Çetino?lu (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Joel Tetreault (Yahoo! Labs, US)


* For up-to-date information, please visit

* For general questions about the workshop, please email

* For specific questions about the shared task, please email