Call for Papers: Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology (sfcm 2009)

Call for Papers: Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology (sfcm 2009)

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Call for Papers

Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology
(sfcm 2009)


Workshop date: September 4, 2009

Location: University of Zurich, Switzerland

Submission deadline: March 1, 2009


From the point of view of computational linguistics, morphological
resources are the basis for all higher-level applications. This is
especially true for languages with a rich morphology like German. A
morphology component should thus be capable of analyzing single
wordforms as well as whole corpora. For many practical applications,
not only morphological analysis, but also generation is required,
i.e., the production of surfaces corresponding to specific categories.

Apart from uses in computational linguistics, there are practical
applications that can benefit from morphological analysis and/or
generation or even require it, for example in text processing, user
interfaces, or information retrieval. These applications have specific
requirements for morphological components, including requirements from
software engineering, such as programming interfaces or robustness.

In 1994, the first Morpholympics, a competition between several
systems for the analysis and generation of German wordforms, took
place at CLUE (Department of Computational Linguistics at the
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg).

15 years later, some of the systems that participated in the
Morpholympics still exist and are being maintained. However, there are
also new developments in the field of computational morphology, for
German and for other languages. Unfortunately, the publications about
morphologic analysis and generation are spread over many different
conferences and journals, so that it is difficult to get an overview
of the current state of the art and of the available systems. This
workshop tries to bring together researchers, developers, and
maintainers of morphology systems for German and of frameworks for
computational morphology from academia and industry.

This workshop concentrates on actual, working systems and frameworks
of at least prototype quality. To ensure fruitful discussions among
workshop participants, submissions on concrete morphology systems are
preferrably for German; submissions on morphological frameworks are
relevant if the framework can be used to implement components for
different languages.

In contrast to, for example, Morphochallenge, this workshop focuses on
systems and frameworks based on linguistic principles and providing
linguistically motivated analyses and/or generation on the basis of
linguistic categories.

The workshop has three main goals:

* To stimulate discussion among researchers and developers and to
offer an up-to-date overview of available systems for German
morphology which provide deep analyses and are suitable for
generating specific wordforms.
* To stimulate discussion among developers of general frameworks
that can be used to implement morphological components for
several languages.
* To discuss aspects of evaluation of morphology systems and
possible future competitions or ta