[CogSci] Extended deadline (May 3): 2nd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change 2021

Yang Xu yangxu at cs.toronto.edu
Mon Apr 26 06:55:18 PDT 2021

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

Webpage: https://languagechange.org/events/2021-acl-lchange/

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
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)
cutting-edge research on computational approaches to historical language
change with
the primary focus on digital text corpora, and 2) build and strengthen the
of interdisciplinary scholars on historical language change.

Important Dates

* May 3, 2021: Paper submission
* May 28, 2021: Notification of acceptance
* June 7, 2021: Camera-ready papers due
* August 5-6, 2021: Workshop date

Keynote Talks

We will have two keynotes:
Alexander Koplenig (Leibniz-Institute for the German Language in Mannheim)
Title of
talk: Two challenges we face when analyzing diachronic corpora and

Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm University) and Tatiana Nikitina
“Languages and cultures of Africa”, CNRS) Title of talk: Linguistic
diversity as
a testing ground for the study of semantic change


We accept two types of submissions via SoftConf, long papers, and short
papers 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;
versions will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers'
can be taken into account.  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
* 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
* 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 at languagechange.org if you have any questions.

Workshop organizers

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
Haim Dubossarsky, University of Cambridge

LChange 2021 - https://www.softconf.com/acl2021/w03_LChange21

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