ComputEL-4 Call for Papers

Papers are invited which explore the interface and intersection of computational linguistics, documentary linguistics, and community-based language revitalization and conservation efforts. The committee encourages submissions which:

  1. Examine the use of specific methods in the analysis of data from low-resource languages, with a focus on endangered languages, or propose new methods for analysis of such data,
  2. Propose new models for the collection, management, and deployment of data in endangered language settings, or
  3. Consider what concrete steps are required to allow for a more fruitful interaction between computer scientists, documentary linguists, and language communities.

The intention of the workshop is not merely to allow for the presentation of research, but also to continue building a network of computational linguists, documentary linguists, and community language activists who are able to effectively join together and serve their common interests.

Workshop format/venue and the COVID-19 pandemic 

ComputEL-4 will take place on March 2-3, 2021, immediately preceding the 7th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC7) hosted by the University of Hawaii. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the current plans for ICLDC7, we expect that ComputEL-4 will be held as a fully virtual workshop. Submission and notification deadlines have changed to reflect this.


We will have both oral presentation sessions and a poster session. The decision on whether a presentation will be oral or poster will be made by the Organizing Committee on the advice of the Program Committee, taking into account the subject matter and how the content might be best conveyed. Oral and poster presentations will not be distinguished in the Proceedings.


In line with our goal of reaching different academic communities, we offer two different modes of submission: extended abstract and full paper. Either can be submitted to our two tracks: (a) language community perspective and (b) academic perspective. The mode of submission does not influence likelihood of acceptance. Camera-ready versions will be the same length for both submission modes.

Submissions must be uploaded via Easychair ( no later than September 30, 2020, 11:59PM (UTC-11, time zone of American Samoa). Please indicate clearly (in the Abstract) which of the two modes (Extended abstract or Full paper) you are submitting to.

All submissions must be anonymous and will be peer-reviewed by the scientific committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by September 30, 2020.

  1. Extended abstract:
    • Please submit anonymous abstracts of up to 1500 words.
  2. Full paper:
    • Please submit anonymously either a) long papers (max. 8 pages plus references) or b) short papers (max. 4 pages plus references) according to the style and formatting guidelines provided our ComputeEL Style Files (with template files for both LaTeX and Microsoft Word: see: Authors will be allowed one extra page for the final version (altogether 5 and 9 pages) excluding references.


The authors of selected accepted full papers (long or short) will be invited by the Organizing Committee to submit their papers for online publication via the open-access ACL Anthology. All other accepted full papers (long and short) and extended abstracts will be published electronically in University of Colorado Boulder Scholar ( Final versions of long and short papers will be allotted one additional page (altogether 5 and 9 pages) excluding references. Extended abstracts will be allotted up to 5 pages (according to the short paper format) excluding references. Any revisions should concern responses to reviewer comments or the addition of relevant details and clarifications, but not entirely new, unreviewed content. Proceedings papers should be revised and improved versions of the version that was submitted for, and which underwent, review. Camera-ready versions of the articles for publication will be due on January 25, 2021.


Mon30-Sept-2020Submission Deadline
Wed15-Nov-2020Notifications of acceptance sent out
Tue-Wed(2-3) March 2021Workshop

Contact – website and email

For further information, please consult our website:  or email us at: 

Previous workshops

The first ComputEL workshop was co-located with ACL in June 2014 in Baltimore; ComputEL-2 was co-located with the 5th International Conference of Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC5) in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in March 2017; ComputEL-3 was co-located with the 6th International Conference of Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC6) in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in March 2019. The proceedings of the previous ComputEL workshops have been published online by ACL and University of Colorado Boulder Scholar. For further information, see: