Grammar engineering workshop

Posted on April 12, 2008 by

As announced some months ago, COLING is coming to town (thanks to the organizational prowess of, among others, our own Harold Somers). As part of this, there will be a workshop on “Grammar engineering across frameworks”, an a call for which just appeared on Linguist List. Details below the fold.

Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008 15:51:54
From: Tracy King []
Subject: Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks
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Full Title: Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks
Short Title: GEAF

Date: 24-Aug-2008 – 24-Aug-2008
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Tracy Holloway King
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 05-May-2008

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers from different frameworks
to compare research and methodologies, particularly around the themes of
evaluation, modularity, maintainability, relevance to theoretical and
computational linguistics, and applications of ‘deep’ grammars to real-world
domains and NLP tasks.

2nd Call for Papers

Grammar Engineering across Frameworks (GEAF08)
August 24
Manchester, UK

This workshop is part of The 22nd International Conference on Computational
Linguistics (COLING-08).

Recent years have seen the development of techniques and resources to
support robust, deep grammatical analysis of natural language in real-world
domains and applications. The demands of these types of tasks have resulted in
significant advances in areas such as parser efficiency, hybrid
statistical/symbolic approaches to disambiguation, and the acquisition of
large-scale lexicons. The effective acquisition, development, maintenance and
enhancement of grammars is a central issue in such efforts, and the size and
complexity of realistic grammars makes these tasks extremely challenging;
indeed, these tasks are often tackled in ways that have much in common with
software engineering. This workshop aims to bring together grammar engineers
from different frameworks — for example LFG, HPSG, TAG, CCG, dependency grammar
— to compare their research and

The workshop is a follow-up to the first GEAF workshop
( which was held at
Stanford in 2007.

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Jun’ichi Tsujii
Department of Computer Science, University of Tokyo
Director, National Center for Text Mining (NacTeM), UK

Paper Topics:
The workshop is soliciting submissions for papers on the following
1. Evaluation: Proposals concerning evaluation methodologies and metrics which
can capture the added benefits of deep linguistic analysis; evaluation
techniques which can compare grammars across varieties/languages.
2. Modularity: Reflections on which aspects of linguistic structure can most
easily be separated out from each other, why and how the analyses of separate
linguistic phenomena are interconnected/interdependent, and the role of
frameworks on promoting or inhibiting modularity.
3. Maintainability: Techniques for improving long-term and multideveloper
maintainability of grammars; impacts of considerations of maintainability on
choices of linguistic analysis.
4. Relevance to theoretical and computational linguistics: Reflections on how to
present grammar engineering work to other research communities.
5. Regression testing: Evaluation for internal purposes; methodologies and
techniques for test suite construction, role of test suites in day-to-day
progress on grammars.
6. Applications of ”deep” grammars to real-world domains and NLP tasks, such
as parsing, machine translation, question answering, dialog, generation; with a
focus on how the use of deep grammars can lead to improved performance on such

Organizing Committee:
Tracy Holloway King, PARC
Stephen Clark, Oxford University

Program Committee:
Jason Baldridge, Texas
Emily Bender, Washington
Miriam Butt, Konstanz
Aoife Cahill, Stuttgart
John Carroll, Sussex
Ann Copestake, Cambridge
Berthold Crysmann, Bonn
Mary Dalrymple, Oxford
Stefanie Dipper, Bochum
Dan Flickinger, Stanford
Josef van Genabith, Dublin
Ron Kaplan, Powerset
Montserrat Marimon, Barcelona
Yusuke Miyao, Tokyo
Owen Rambow, Columbia
Jesse Tseng, Toulouse

Important Dates and Submission Details:
Paper submission deadline: 5 May
Notification of acceptance of Papers: 6 June
Camera-ready copy of papers due: 1 July
Demo session requests due: 1 July
Workshop: 24 August

The maximum length of submissions is 8 pages. Please use the COLING-08
style files, available from:

Please use the START system to submit a paper:

Contact for inquiries:
Tracy Holloway King <thking ”at”>
Stephen Clark <stephen.clark ”at”>

Special Demo Session: In addition to the papers, there will be a demo session.
If you wish to give a demonstration of a system relevant to the GEAF theme,
please submit a title of the demo and a one-page description by July 1, 2008,
through the START system (URL above). You do not have to have a paper in the
workshop in order to give a demo.

Accepted papers will form part of the workshop proceedings.