Call for papers

The Eighth International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT8) will be held in Milan (Italy) on 4-5 December 2009 at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (http://tlt8.unicatt.it).

Submissions are invited for papers, posters and demonstrations presenting high quality, previously unpublished research on the topics described below. Contributions should focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational. Papers and poster abstracts will be published both on paper and as online proceedings.
TLT8 will be co-located with 'FrameNet Masterclass and Workshop', which will be held on 3 December 2009. The Masterclass will be given by Charles Fillmore. For more details on this event and on how to submit a contribution, please see the co-located event Web page.

Treebanks are language resources that provide annotations at various levels of linguistic structure beyond the word level. They typically provide syntactic constituent or dependency structures for sentences and sometimes functional and predicate-argument structures. Treebanks have become crucially important for the development of data-driven approaches to natural language processing, human language technologies, grammar extraction and linguistic research in general. There are a number of ongoing projects aiming at compiling representative treebanks for less-resourced languages (like ancient, or dead languages, such as Old English, Medieval Portuguese, Latin and Greek) and a number of on-going projects on compilation of treebanks for specific purposes for high-resourced languages (like English). In addition, there are projects that develop tools or explore annotation beyond syntactic structure (including, for instance, semantic, pragmatic and rhetoric annotation) and beyond a single language (creating parallel treebanks, with cross-language annotation schemas, theories and applications).
Experiences in building syntactically processed corpora have shown that there is a relation between formal linguistic theory and the practice of syntactic annotation. Since the practices of building syntactically processed corpora have proved that aiming at more detailed description of the data becomes more and more theory-dependent, the connection between treebank development and linguistic theories and paradigms need to be tightly connected in order to ensure the necessary information flow between them. This series of workshops aims to provide a forum for researchers and advanced students working in these areas. We encourage interested potential participants to read the proceedings of the previous workshops (see the Links page).

The workshop invites submissions that discuss relevant innovative work in treebanking, including the relations and links between, and possibly merging of, various aspects of morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic annotation; furthermore, submissions describing work on parallel treebanks and/or cross-language annotation schemas, on the relation between linguistic theory and the practice of annotation, and on applications of information in treebanks are encouraged as well.

We invite submission of papers and posters on the following topics:

  • design principles and annotation schemes for treebanks
  • applications of treebanks in acquiring linguistic knowledge and in NLP
  • the role of linguistic theories in treebank development
  • treebanks as a basis for linguistic research
  • semantically and pragmatically annotated treebanks
  • evaluation and quality control of treebanks
  • tools for creation and management of treebanks
  • treebanks of less-resourced languages and ancient and dead languages
  • theories, schemas and applications for parallel treebanks
  • standards for treebanks


  • Roberto Busa SJ, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy (confirmed)
  • Eva Hajičová, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (confirmed)

Deadlines: always midnight, UTC ('Coordinated Universal Time'), ignoring DST ('Daylight Saving Time')

  • Deadline for paper submission: 11 September 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: 9 October 2009
  • Final version of paper for workshop proceedings: 3 November 2009
  • Workshop: 4-5 December 2009

We invite the submission of full papers describing original, unpublished research related to the topics of the workshop. Please see the paper submission page on how to submit and what style to use. Papers should not exceed 12 pages.

Please note that as reviewing will be blind, the papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations or any references to web-sites, project names etc. revealing the authors' identity. Furthermore, any self-reference should be avoided. For instance, instead of "We previously showed (Brown, 2001)...", use citations such as "Brown previously showed (Brown, 2001)...".

Submitted papers can be for oral, poster or demo presentations. There is no difference between the different kinds of presentation both in terms of reviewing process and publication in the proceedings.

This year we particularly encourage PhD and Master students to submit short papers (not exceeding 6 pages) for poster or demo presentations, describing their ongoing research related to the topics of the workshop. The short papers will be reviewed. The accepted short papers will be published in the proceedings, as well as the others.

The oral presentations at the workshop will be 30 minutes long (25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion).

Please forward this call to colleagues of yours who may be interested.

Programme Committee Chairs:

  • Marco Passarotti, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
  • Savina Raynaud, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
  • Adam Przepiórkowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • Frank Van Eynde, University of Leuven, Belgium

Programme Committee Members:

  • David Bamman, USA
  • Eckhard Bick, Denmark
  • Igor Boguslavsky, Russia
  • Gosse Bouma, the Netherlands
  • Aoife Cahill, Germany
  • Stephanie Dipper, Germany
  • Dan Flickinger, USA
  • Anette Frank, Germany
  • Eva Hajičová, Czech Republic
  • Dag Haug, Norway
  • Erhard Hinrichs, Germany
  • Julia Hockenmaier, USA
  • Anna Kupść, France
  • Anke Lüdeling, Germany
  • Yosuke Miyao, Japan
  • Simonetta Montemagni, Italy
  • Petya Osenova, Bulgaria
  • Victoria Rosén, Norway
  • Manfred Stede, Germany
  • Marco Tadić, Croatia

Local Organization Committee Members:

  • Aldo Frigerio
  • Marco Passarotti
  • Savina Raynaud
  • Paolo Ruffolo
    Piero Slocovich