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Toward Morphology and beyond

2011 volume 52 number 2.

Direction : Nabil Hathout and Fiametta Namer.

Computational morphology has become over the years one of the Computational Linguistics subfields, with an annual competition, Morpho Challenge and a recurring workshop, SigMorPhon. The objectives of the Morpho Challenge evaluation campaigns are to compare the results and algorithms of various morphological systems on a task of morpheme segmentation and analysis. The competition involves five languages : English, German, Finnish, Turkish and Arabic. The researches presented at the SigMorPhon workshops deal on the whole with phonology and morphology.

Besides these objectives, systems centered on morphology produce other information, of a linguistic nature, in the course of the processes they perform. And these results are particularly relevant to the special issue we propose. The issue aims at exploring the situation of morphology with respect to its established interfaces such as:

-  phonology,
-  syntax,
-  semantics,
-  lexicon,

but also its connections with cognitive processes and language acquisition.

Therefore, submitted papers should not be limited to the presentation of results of competitions. Rather, the themes of this issue include all studies dealing computationally with any complex matter related to derivation or compounding. Original models of inflectional morphology are also welcome. The studies can be concerned with the morphology of the general language, but also with that of specialty domains languages. Studies may have to do with French as well as with any other language in the world; the described systems may be monolingual or multilingual.

Papers on specific applications in NLP and linguistics are also welcome, including:

-  machine translation
-  information retrieval
-  terminology
-  language typology
-  dialectology
-  evolution of languages and phylogenetics

All approaches are welcome, including rule-based methods, analogy-based ones, or mixed approaches. They can involve unsupervised, semi-supervised or supervised machine learning.


TAL (Traitement Automatique des Langues / Natural Language Processing) is a forty year old international journal published by ATALA (French Association for Natural Language Processing) with the support of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). It has moved to an electronic mode of publication, with printing on demand. This affects in no way its reviewing and selection process.


Authors intending to submit a paper are encouraged to contact the guest editors of the issue: Nabil Hathout (CLLE-ERSS, Toulouse 2), et Fiammetta Namer (ATILF, Nancy-Université),

Contributions (25 pages maximum, PDF format) must be sent by e-mail to the addresses below :

Style sheets are available for download on the Web site of the journal


-  15 October 2010: Call for papers
-  20 February 2011: Statement of intent to submit (detailed summary, 1 page)
-  27 February 2011: Submission deadline
-  6 May 2011: First decision of the editorial board
-  6 June 2011: Revised version of the accepted papers
-  11 July 2011: Final decision of the editorial board
-  1st September 2011: Final version of the accepted papers end of 2011: Publication


-  Delphine Bernhard (LIMSI CNRS)
-  Olivier Bonami (LLF & Paris 4)
-  Gille Boyé (ERSSAB, Bordeaux 3)
-  Basilio Calderone (Modyco, Paris 10)
-  Bruno Cartoni (Département de linguistique, Université de Genève)
-  Georgette Dal (STL, Lille 3)
-  Walter Daelemans (CLiPS Research Center, Antwerp)
-  John Goldsmith (University of Chicago)
-  Dafydd Gibbon (Universität Bielefeld)
-  Harald Hammarstrom (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and Max - Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
-  Mikko Kurimo (Aalto University)
-  Vincent Ng (University of Texas at Dallas)
-  Kemal Oflazer (Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar)
-  Vito Pirrelli (CNR, Pisa)
-  Royal Skousen (Brigham Young University)
-  Richard Sproat (University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign)
-  Nicolas Stroppa (Google, Zurich)
-  Ludovic Tanguy (CLLE-ERSS, Toulouse 2)
-  Evelyne Tzoukermann (Comcast, Washington D.C.)

Date de dernière mise à jour : 26 October 2010, auteur : Rédacteurs en chef.