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.

We invite presentations that address two broad topics: (1) Lessons Learned from Existing Partnerships and (2) Solicitations for Future Partnerships.

  1. Presentations that describe existing partnerships between language communities, documentary linguists and computational linguists. We encourage submissions which address questions such as:
    • How did the team members meet and come to work together?
    • What projects have you worked on, and what tools and resources have you created?
    • How have those tools and resources benefited community efforts at language maintenance and revitalization?
    • What are some challenges (logistical, technical, interdisciplinary, intercultural) that you encountered, and how did you address them?
    • How have you balanced the needs and priorities of different team members through the lifespan of the project?
    • What lessons have you learned that might benefit other similar collaborations
  2. Presentations that describe a project between a language community and a documentary linguist, where they have identified a need for assistance from a computational linguist.  We encourage submissions which address questions such as:
    • How did the project come about and what are its goals?
    • What tools or resources, if any, has the team been able to produce so far?
    • What other tools or resources do you wish to create, and what challenges are you facing in creating them? 
    • How do you see that the project might benefit from assistance from a computationally oriented linguist? 

Submissions with participation from community members are strongly encouraged. 

Submissions to the Special Theme Session

Please submit anonymous extended abstracts of up to 1500 words, excluding references.

Submissions are to be made through SoftConf, via the following link (among the submission options, please choose Extended abstract as the submission type and Special Session Only as the preferrred session):


The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2024 (Anywhere on Earth).

Alternatively, you may indicate that your full paper or extended abstract submitted to the regular workshop can be considered for inclusion in the Special Session.

Notification of acceptance to the Special Session will be sent out during the week starting with January 29, 2024 (MODIFIED 29-JAN-2024).

All authors of papers in the Special Theme Session will be invited to contribute to a follow-up paper that synthesizes the findings of the Session.

Important Dates:

15 January 2024Deadline for submission of abstracts
Week starting with 29 January 2024Notification of acceptance
21 and 22 March 2024Workshop and Special Theme Session

Contact and more information

The organizers of the Special Theme Session can be reached by: computel.workshop@gmail.com. For further information, please consult our website: