Fourth International Conference on Dependency Linguistics -- 2nd CFP

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Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Depling 2017
Monday, 18 September 2017 to Wednesday, 20 September 2017
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Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 5 May 2017

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Depling 2017
Fourth International Conference on Dependency Linguistics
Pisa, Italy
18-20 September 2017

Conference web sites: (Depling 2017) (Information on the conference venue, registration, accommodation, transportation and travel)


The Depling conference responds to the growing need for a conference dedicated to dependency-based approaches in linguistics and natural language processing. In the past decade, dependencies, directed labeled graph structures representing hierarchical relations between morphemes, words or semantic units, have become very widespread in natural language processing. However, the linguistic significance of these structures often remains vague, and the need to discuss the theoretical and formal foundations of dependency-based concepts is felt strongly by many people working in these domains.

Topics include but are not limited to:
- The use of dependency trees in syntactic analysis, parsing, generation, and corpus annotation of written and spoken texts;
- Cross-lingual dependency parser evaluation, with particular emphasis on intrinsic evaluation metrics;
- The use of semantic valency-based predicate and actancy graph structures and their link to classical logic;
- The elaboration of formal dictionaries for dependency-based syntax and semantics, including descriptions of collocations and paradigmatic relations;
- Links to morphology and linearization of dependency structures, using, for example, topological field theories;
- Dependency-like structures beyond the sentence, for example, to model discourse phenomena;
- The description and formalization of semantic and pragmatic phenomena related to information structure;
- History, epistemology, and psycholinguistic relevance of dependency grammar, including its relation to generative approaches to language;
- Dependency grammar and linguistic universals.

This year Depling is co-located with the "International Workshop on Parsing Technologies" (IWPT 2017,, which will take place immediately after Depling 2017. The two conferences will have an overlapping day, September 20th, in which the results will be reported of a joint shared task playing the role of Depling-IWPT “bridge event” and focusing on “Extrinsic Parser Evaluation” (EPE). The goal of this shared task is to try to shed light on the relative ‘utility’ of different types of dependency representations for downstream applications that depend on grammatical analysis. For background and information on participation, see:

Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.
Papers must be submitted in PDF format through the Depling2017 EasyChair site (
Papers may consist of up to 10 pages of content (including references). All submissions should follow the two-column format and the style guidelines. We strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files, OpenDocument or Microsoft Word templates created for the Depling 2017 conference.
Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Submission deadline: May 5, 2017
Notification of acceptance: June 23, 2017
Final version of papers due: July 15, 2017
Depling conference: September 18-20, 2017

For the shared task timetable, see website.

- Simonetta Montemagni, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
- Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University

- Giuseppe Attardi, Università di Pisa
- Miguel Ballesteros, IBM Research Watson
- Xavier Blanco, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
- Igor Boguslavsky, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and Russian Academy of Sciences
- Bernd Bohnet, Google
- Cristina Bosco, Università di Torino
- Marie Candito, Université Paris Diderot
- Jinho Choi, University of Colorado at Boulder
- Benoit Crabbé, Université Paris Diderot
- Eric De La Clergerie, INRIA
- Felice Dell’Orletta, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
- Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, The Ohio State University
- Kim Gerdes, Sorbonne Nouvelle
- Filip Ginter, University of Turku
- Koldo Gojenola, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
- Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez, Universidade da Coruña
- Eva Hajičová, Charles University in Prague
- Richard Hudson, University College London
- Leonid Iomdin, Russian Academy of Sciences
- Sylvain Kahane, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre
- Marco Kuhlmann, Linköping University
- François Lareau, Université de Montréal
- Alessandro Lenci, Università di Pisa
- Beth Levin, Stanford University
- Haitao Liu, Zhejiang University
- Marketa Lopatkova, Charles University in Prague
- Ryan McDonald, Google
- Igor Mel'čuk, University of Montreal
- Wolfgang Menzel, Hamburg University
- Paola Merlo, Université de Genève
- Jasmina Milicevic, Dalhousie University
- Henrik Høeg Müller, Copenhagen Business School
- Alexis Nasr, Université de la Méditerranée
- Pierre Nugues, Lund University
- Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar
- Timothy Osborne, Zhejiang University
- Jarmila Panevova, Charles University in Prague
- Alain Polguère, Université de Lorraine ATILF CNRS
- Prokopis Prokopidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing/Athena RC, Greece
- Owen Rambow, Columbia University
- Ines Rehbein, Potsdam University
- Dipti Sharma, IIIT, Hyderabad
- Maria Simi, Università di Pisa
- Reut Tsarfaty, Open University of Israel
- Giulia Venturi, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
- Leo Wanner, Pompeu Fabra University
- Daniel Zeman, Charles University in Prague
- Yue Zhang, Singapore University of Technology and Design

- Giuseppe Attardi, University of Pisa
- Felice Dell’Orletta, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
- Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa
- Simonetta Montemagni, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” - CNR
- Maria Simi, University of Pisa

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