Call for Papers
2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021 (LChange’21)
Co-located with ACL 2021 to be held in Bangkok, on August 5-6, 2021
Human language changes over time, driven by the dual needs for adapting to sociocultural and technological development and facilitating efficient communication. As a result, for example, some words may acquire novel meanings or lose existing meanings; novel words may be coined or borrowed from other languages, while obsolete words slide into obscurity. This workshop builds on its first edition that featured over 50 submissions and 65 attendees. The goals are to 1) present cutting-edge research on computational approaches to historical language change with the primary focus on digital text corpora, and 2) build and strengthen the community of interdisciplinary scholars on historical language change.
* April 26, 2021: Paper submission
* May 28, 2021: Notification of acceptance
* June 7, 2021: Camera-ready papers due
* August 5-6, 2021: Workshop dateKeynote Talks
There will be two keynote talks providing us with different perspectives, both methods, application and evaluation. These will be announced in the next few months.
We accept three types of submissions, long papers, short papers and abstracts, all following the ACL2021 style, and the ACL submission policy. Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited references, short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content; final versions will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account. Abstracts may consist of up to two (2) pages of content, plus unlimited references but will not be given any additional page upon acceptance. Submissions should be sent in electronic forms, using the Softconf START conference management system. The submission site will be announced on the workshop page once available.
We invite original research papers from a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
* Novel methods for detecting diachronic semantic change and lexical replacement
* Automatic discovery and quantitative evaluation of laws of language change
* Computational theories and generative models of language change
* Sense-aware (semantic) change analysis
* Diachronic word sense disambiguation
* Novel methods for diachronic analysis of low-resource languages
* Novel methods for diachronic linguistic data visualization
* Novel applications and implications of language change detection
* Quantification of sociocultural influences on language change
* Cross-linguistic, phylogenetic, and developmental approaches to language change
* Novel datasets for cross-linguistic and diachronic analyses of language
Submissions are open to all, and are to be submitted anonymously. All papers will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process by at least three reviewers with final acceptance decisions made by the workshop organizers.
The workshop is scheduled to last for one day either August 5th or 6th. Contact us at PC-ACLws2021@languagechange.org if you have any questions.
Nina Tahmasebi, University of Gothenburg
Adam Jatowt, University of Innsbruck
Yang Xu, University of Toronto
Simon Hengchen, University of Gothenburg
Syrielle Montariol, University Paris-Saclay