Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The ComputEL-3 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-3 aims to alternate between co-location with computational linguistics conferences and with language documentation conferences. ComputEL-3 will take place on 26-27 February 2019, immediately preceding the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC6) hosted by the University of Hawaii (February 28 — March 3, 2019).

Papers are invited which explore the interface and intersection of computational linguistics, documentary linguistics, and community-based language revitalization efforts. The Organizing 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 on these topics, but also to continue building a network of computational linguists, documentary linguists, and community language activists who are able to effectively join together to serve their common interests.


We will have both oral plaftorm presentation sessions and a Poster session. The decision on whether a presentation will be a platform or poster one will be taken by the Organizing Committee on the advice of the Program Committee, taking into account the subject matter and how that might be best conveyed. Platform 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 under two different tracks: (a) linguistic community perspective and (b) academic perspective. The selected track will not influence the likelihood of acceptance. Camera-ready versions will have the same length ranges for both submission tracks, according to the original Submission Format (see Submission Formats and Proceedings below).

Submission site and deadline

Submissions must be uploaded via EasyChair/ComputEL-3 ( no later than October 22, 2018, 11:59PM (UTC-11, time zone of American Samoa). Please indicate clearly which of the two modes (Extended abstract or Full short/long 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 during the week of November 19, 2018 (DELAYED).

Submission formats

Either of the two submission formats (A or B) can be used for submissions to both (a) the linguistic community and (b) the academic tracks (see above). The selection of submission format will not influence the likelihood of acceptance.

A. Extended abstract:

Please submit anonymous abstracts of up to 1500 words.

B. Full paper (short or long):

Please submit (anonymously) either long papers (max. 8 pages plus references) or short papers (max. 4 pages plus references) according to the style and formatting guidelines provided in the CompuEL-3 Style Files (which have template files for both LaTeX and Microsoft Word). Authors will be allowed one extra page for the final version.


Authors whose presentations are selected for the conference will be eligible to submit their papers for online publication via the open-access ACL Anthology. Full and short papers will be allotted 1 additional page (altogether 5 and 9 pages) excluding references. Extended abstracts will be alloted 5 pages (according to the short paper format), excluding references. Proceedings papers should be revised and improved versions of the material content that was submitted for, and which has undergone, review. Extensions should concern responses to reviewer comments and the addition of further relevant details and clarifications, but not entirely new, unreviewed content. In particular, extended abstracts cannot be turned into full-length 9-page long papers. Camera-ready versions of the articles will be due on January 21, 2019.


We anticipate being able to support travel costs in some cases for students whose papers are accepted as well as scholars from lower income countries. Please contact the organizers at for further information.

Important Dates

Mon 22-Oct-2018 Deadline for submission of short/long full papers or short abstracts
Mon Week of 19-Nov-2018 Notification of acceptance
Mon 21-Jan-2019 Deadline for camera-ready versions of papers
Tue-Wed 26-27-Feb-2019 Workshop

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