ComputEL-5 Call for Papers

Fifth Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages

The ComputEL-5 workshop will focus on the use of computational methods in the study, support, and revitalization of endangered languages. The primary aim of the workshop is to continue narrowing the gap between computational linguists interested in working on methods for endangered languages, field linguists working on documenting these languages, and the language communities who are striving to maintain their languages.

We take seriously the goal of reaching all relevant communities. To support this goal, ComputEL aims to alternate co-location with computational linguistics conferences and language documentation conferences.

Workshop format/venue and the COVID-19 pandemic

Our current intention is for ComputEL-5 to take place on May 26-27, 2022, following  the ACL conference hosted in Dublin.

Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also considering various options for holding ComputEL-5 as a fully virtual or virtual/in-person hybrid workshop. We plan to make a decision about the workshop format by May 1, 2022.

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:

(i) 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,

(ii) propose new models for the collection, management, and deployment of data in endangered language settings, or

(iii) 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.

Presentations

We will have both oral presentation sessions and a poster session. The decision on whether a presentation for a paper will be oral and/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.

Submissions

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 the likelihood of acceptance. 

Submissions must be uploaded no later than February 25, 2022, 11:59PM (UTC-12, “anywhere on earth”). Please indicate in the submission which of the two modes (Extended abstract or Full paper) you are submitting to.

All submissions must be anonymous following ACL guidelines and will be peer-reviewed by the scientific committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by April 1, 2022.

A. Extended abstract:

Please submit anonymous abstracts of up to 1500 words.

B. 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 here https://computel-workshop.org/computel-5/). Authors will be allowed one extra page for the final version (altogether 5 and 9 pages) excluding references.

Proceedings

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 (https://scholar.colorado.edu/scil-cmel/). 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 April 22, 2022.

Important Dates:

25-February-2022   Submission deadline
1-April-2022   Notification of acceptance
22-April-2022 Camera-ready papers due 
26 and/or 27-May-2022   Workshop (tentative)

Organizing Committee

Sarah Moeller (University of Florida)
Antonios Anastasopoulos (George Mason University)
Antti Arppe (University of Alberta)
Aditi Chaudhary (Carnegie Mellon University)
Atticus Harrigan (University of Alberta)
Josh Holden (University of Alberta)
Jordan Lachler (University of Alberta)
Alexis Palmer (University of Colorado Boulder)
Shruti Rijhwani (Carnegie Mellon University)
Lane Schwartz (University of Illinois)

Contact – website and email

For further information, please consult our website: https://computel-workshop.org/computel5/

or email us at:

computel.workshop@gmail.com 

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. ComputEL-4 was co-located with the 7th International Conference of Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC7) in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in March 2021. 

The proceedings of the previous ComputEL workshops have been published online by ACL and University of Colorado Boulder Scholar. 

For further information, see: https://computel-workshop.org/