Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology
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Call for Papers

Morphology is one of the core processes of language. By applying the rules for inflection, derivation, and compounding, humans are able to create and understand the wordforms required to communicate, including the creation of new words from existing words. To understand an utterance in some language we have to know the rules of syntax and morphology as these are essential prerequisites for dealing with semantics or even pragmatics.

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 providing 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 tasks, such as a new edition of the Morpholympics.

Date and Location

Location: Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Date: September 4, 2009

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2009
Extended Submission Deadline:March 8, 2009
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2009
Revised version of papers: June 5, 2009
Deadline for registration: July 4, 2009
Workshop: Friday, September 4, 2009

Program Committee

  • Simon Clematide (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Thomas Hanneforth (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Roland Hausser (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
  • Lauri Karttunen (PARC Palo Alto, USA)
  • Kimmo Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Winfried Lenders (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Krister Lindén (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • Cerstin Mahlow (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Günter Neumann (DFKI Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Michael Piotrowski (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Helmut Schmid (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Angelika Storrer (University of Dortmund, Germany)
  • Martin Volk (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Shuly Wintner (University of Haifa, Israel)
  • Andrea Zielinski (FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany)


Cerstin Mahlow (University of Zurich, Switzerland), mahlow[at]
Michael Piotrowski (University of Zurich, Switzerland), mxp[at]

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