Parallel Session of Designated Topic 9: Computational Linguistics


July 21-26, 2008

KoreaUniversity, Seoul, Republicof Korea


A parallel session on Computation Linguistics will be held at the 18th International Congress of Linguists (CIL 18). For more information, visit the website ( ) or contact the organizer at [email protected].


Organizer: Hans Uszkoreit



Computational linguistics is motivated and scientifically rooted in three scientific fields studying language, technology and cognition. It drives its results from novel connections between these fields, such as the use of specialized information technology for qualitative and quantitative linguistic research or the exploitation of linguistic theory and insights for the development of novel software applications.   Other important links involve the combination of linguistic theory and formal models of cognition as well as the embedding of language competence into multi-modal computer interfaces.  Overarching formal and experimental themes are the computability of language and models of language communication, language acquisition and language change. 


In line with the theme of the Congress, the emphasis of the session will be on computational models and applications of linguistic analyses and theories.  Such implementations may serve the better understanding and gradual improvement of the underlying linguistic theories.  They may also serve some concrete functional needs in advanced software applications.  


But papers are also invited that present research on other novel connections between linguistic, cognitive and engineering approaches with the aim to further our understanding of language or to provide useful and user-friendly applications for our daily life.  


The range of computational methods for processing language has broadened significantly.  Non-discrete mathematical approaches involving statistical methods, optimization techniques and neural networks play an increasingly dominant role in computational linguistics.  For this session, we explicitly extend the focus beyond purely linguistic methods to include so-called hybrid approaches to language processing such as combinations of statistical techniques and linguistic models as well as informative comparisons between competing paradigms. 


Papers are invited from all sub-disciplines of computational linguistics such as:


computational lexcology/lexicography,

computational phonology,

computational morphology,

computational syntax,

computational semantics,

computational pragmatics,

computational typology,

computational psycholinguistics,

computational sociolinguistics,

computational historical linguistics,


and from all language technology application areas including but not limited to: 


language checking and other authoring tools,

language teaching and e-learning,

automatic and machine aided translation/interpretation,

business and technology intelligence,

information and knowledge management,

WWW search and navigation,

automation in customer care, 

human-machine interaction,

robot communication.


Important Dates:


? August  31, 2007: Deadline for submitting the abstract.

? November 30, 2007: Notification of acceptance.


Form and submission of abstracts:


An abstract(.pdf or .doc file) should be up to 3 pages long, including data and references.

The abstract should start with the title of the paper, followed by the text of the abstract.

Please do not include the author's name in the abstract. On a separate page, please give

the author's name, affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number, mailing address, the paper title and the session number(title).


Please send the abstract and the author's information to both [email protected] and [email protected].