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First International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages

16th January, 2015, Tromsø, Norway



The programme is available here.


The workshop will be held in room TEO-H1 1.417 of the HSL-fakultetet at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, Norway.


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Invited speaker

Accepted papers


Call for papers

The purpose of the First International Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Uralic Languages is to bring together researchers working on computational approaches to working with these languages. We accept papers and tutorial proposals working on the following languages: Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian, Võro, the Sámi languages, Komi (Zyrian, Permyak), Mordvin (Erzya, Moksha), Mari (Hill, Meadow), Udmurt, Nenets (Tundra, Forest), Enets, Nganasan, Selkup, Mansi, Khanty, Veps, Karelian (Olonets), Karelian, Ingrian (Izhorian), Votic, Livonian, Ludic, and other related languages.

All Uralic languages exhibit rich morphological structure, which makes processing them challenging for state-of-the-art computational linguistic approaches, the majority also suffer from a lack of resources and many are endangered.

Research papers should be original, substantial and unpublished research, that can describe work-in-progress systems, frameworks, standards and evaluation schemes. Demos and tutorials will present systems and standards towards the goal of interoperability and unification of different projects, applications and research groups . Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to):

To maximise the possibility of reproducibility, replication and reuse, we particularly encourage submissions which present free/open-source language resources and make use of free/open-source software.

One of the aims of this gathering is to avoid unnecessary duplicated work in field of Uralistics by establishing connections and interoperability standards between researchers and research groups working at different sites. We have also identified a serious lack of gold standards and evaluation metrics for all Uralic languages including those with national support, any work towards better resources in these fields will be greatly appreciated. To further these goals we propose to start discussions on forming an ACL special interest group (or similar) on Uralistics at the event.

Important Dates

Submission of papers

Language of submission: Submissions should be made in English or Russian with an optional abstract in Finnish.

Submission format: There are multiple submission types: research papers and demonstrations and tutorials. Research papers should be up to 10 pages in length excluding references, the descriptions for demonstrations and tutorials up to 5 pages. Submissions should be formatted using LaTeX default article style with b5paper option. Citations should be managed with bibtex and e.g., unsrt bibliography style. Linguistic glosses should follow Leipzig glossing rules and use expex LaTeX package (make sure to update expex regularly as it is developed actively). Preferred LaTeX version is XeLaTeX and therefore you should use UTF-8 encoded Unicode in your sources rather than TeX encoded characters where possible. You will find the workshop template here. Submissions can be made here using the EasyChair conference management system.

Publication venue: Proceedings of the workshop will be published open-access in Munin, the institutional repository of UiT Norgga árktalaš universitehta. Authors of outstanding papers will be invited by the editorial board of the Northern European Journal of Language Technology to submit their work to be published, subject to further extension and review, in a special issue of the NEJLT on language technology for the Uralic languages.

Conflicts of interest: The reviewing process will not be anonymous, authors should state in their submission all conflicts of interest with programme committee. The members of programme committee are expected to state their conflicts of interest during review bidding. If the programme committee finds themselves unable to review some of the submissions, external reviewers may be used.

Double submission: To maximise the impact of work in the field of computational linguistics for the Uralic languages we are open to the possibility of double submission, or submission of work which has been partially published elsewhere. Any double submission should however be reported to the programme committee at the time of submission. In the advent of double acceptance the authors should choose in which venue to publish.


Participants from outside the Schengen area may require a visa to visit Norway. If you require an invitation letter confirming your participation, please get in contact with the organising committee.

A small number of travel stipends will be available for authors of accepted papers. After submitting your paper please contact the organising committee to request consideration.


We encourage participants to book hotel rooms early as mid-January is peak time in Tromsø. Hotels maybe found through your preferred online hotel price comparison site. If you have any questions about accommodation, please feel free to contact the organisers.


Programme committee


Any questions should be directed to the organising committee on iwclul-2015@googlegroups.com.

Photograph credits: Tromsø kommune, Pablo Alejandro Araujo Granda, Claudia Regina

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