Seventh Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages (ComputEL-7)
The ComputEL-7 workshop focuses 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 methods for endangered languages, field linguists documenting these languages, and the language communities who are striving to maintain their languages. We welcome submissions from any of these groups.
The intention of the workshop is not merely to allow for the presentation of research, but also to build a network of computational linguists, documentary linguists, and community language activists who are able to effectively join together and serve their common interests.
ComputEL-7 will be co-located with the 18th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2024) in Malta (https://2024.eacl.org/).
The workshop will be a virtual/in-person hybrid event. Ability to attend the workshop in person will not affect consideration of submissions.
Call for Papers
We encourage submissions that explore the interface and intersection of computational linguistics, documentary linguistics, and community-based efforts in language revitalization and reclamation. This includes submissions that:
(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,
(iii) consider what concrete steps are required to allow for a more fruitful interaction between computer scientists, documentary linguists, and language communities, or
(iv) propose new methods or technologies for tasks or applications focused on low-resource settings, and in particular, endangered languages.
Presentation of accepted papers will be in both oral 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.
In line with our goal of reaching different academic communities, we offer two modes of submission: extended abstract and full paper. The mode of submission does not influence the likelihood of acceptance. Either can be submitted to one of the workshop’s tracks: (a) language community perspective and (b) academic perspective.
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 January 20, 2024.
A. Extended Abstract:
Please submit anonymous abstracts of up to 1500 words, excluding references. Extended abstracts must be submitted as attached documents.
B. Full Paper:
Please submit anonymously either (a) a long paper (max. 8 pages excluding references and appendices) or (b) a short paper (max. 4 pages excluding references) according to the style and formatting guidelines provided in by ACL Style Files (download template files for LaTeX or Microsoft Word: https://github.com/acl-org/acl-style-files).
Final versions of long and short papers will be allotted one additional page (altogether 5 and 9 pages) excluding references. Extended abstracts will be allowed an additional 500 words.
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.
Proceedings papers should be revised and improved versions of the work that was submitted for, and which underwent, review. Any revisions should concern responses to reviewer comments or the addition of relevant details and clarifications, but not entirely new, unreviewed content. Camera-ready versions of the articles for publication will be due on January 27, 2024.
Special Theme Session: Partnerships in Practice
In addition to the regular programming, we will be hosting again a special theme session discussion at the workshop. The theme for this Special Session is “Partnerships in Practice”. The goal of this Special Session is to increase our shared understanding of how best to work together across disciplinary and cultural boundaries to support community goals for language revitalization.
More information on the Special Theme Session can be found here: