Call for papers

Balto-Slavonic Natural Language Processing - BSNLP 2009
Second International Workshop
Cracow, Poland
15 June 2009

This year BSNLP is co-located with the IIS 2009 (Intelligent Information Systems) conference.


The recent political and economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe and the related on-going enlargement of the European Union brings into focus new cultures and languages. Among them, the languages from the Balto-Slavonic group have an outstanding role because of their rich cultural heritage and the widespread use: over 400 million speakers.

The topic of the workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Balto-Slavonic languages. The NLP tasks include, but are not limited to, morphological analysis and generation, tagging, named-entity recognition, information extraction, co-reference resolution, question-answering, information retrieval, text summarisation, machine translation. Research on these topics in the context of Balto-Slavonic languages is still in its early stage and is progressing relatively slowly. Due to specific linguistic phenomena, such as rich inflection and relatively free word order, a construction of language processing tools for these languages is an intriguing and challenging task.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working on NLP for Balto-Slavonic languages. The workshop will give an opportunity to exchange ideas and experience, to discuss hard-to-tackle problems in this field of research, and to make available resources more widely known.

This workshop is a follow-up to the successful first BSNLP 2007 workshop held in conjunction with the ACL 2007 conference in Prague. In particular, we would strongly encourage submissions describing systems, resources or solutions that are made available to the wider public, as this would help to promote computational linguistics applications for these languages.


Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

A. Specific challenges for Balto-Slavonic NLP in the context of:

  • text segmentation
  • morphological analysis
  • morphology models
  • morpho-syntactic disambiguation
  • named-entity recognition
  • named-entity dissambiguation
  • named-entity lemmatisation
  • name variant recognition and merging
  • term and keyword extraction
  • syntactic parsing and chunking
  • co-reference resolution
  • word sense disambiguation
  • corpus-based knowledge acquisition
  • information extraction
  • question answering
  • machine translation
  • text summarisation
  • text classification
  • information retrieval
  • linguistic processing in search engines

B. Multilingual frameworks applied to these languages

  • tools and resources (freely available for research purposes will be preferred)
  • experience with, and evaluation of, linguistic data and processing resources
  • comparative evaluation between languages
  • encoding standards and formats


We expect two kinds of submissions:

  • full papers
  • short papers

Long papers should describe original unpublished work and should indicate the state of completion of the reported results. In particular, an overlap with previously published work should be clearly mentioned. The authors should indicate in the abstract of their submission if the paper has been submitted elsewhere.

Short papers should describe work in progress and/or interactive software demos.

All submissions, both of long and short papers, will be judged on correctness, novelty, technical strength, clarity of presentation, usability, and significance/relevance to the workshop. Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program Committee. The reviewing will be blind. Therefore, the paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other references that could reveal the author's identity should be avoided.

The final papers are to be prepared using LaTeX. Please download the zipped archive with files needed to process your document: Both class files and an example of use are contained in the archive. Please follow all the recommendations given in the example.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Papers must be submitted no later than March 15, 2009 March 22, 2009 using the submission webpage.

The page limit for long papers is 14 pages, whereas short papers / software demo descriptions are limited to 7 pages.


Workshop proceedings in electronic form will be distributed at the workshop. They will be available on-line after the workshop.
Additionnaly, the accepted long papers will be published along with the main IIS 2009 conference papers in a monograph form.


  • Paper submissions due: 15.03.2009 22.03.2009
  • Notification of acceptance: 13.04.2009
  • Camera-ready versions due: 4.05.2009


Kraków (Cracow) is one of the largest and the oldest cities in Poland. Nowadays it is an important center of science, education and business. Thanks to its history, monuments, unique atmosphere of the old town district and excellent restaurants Kraków attracts tourists from all parts of the world.


  • Tania Avgustinova (University of Saarland, Germany)
  • Damir Ćavar (University of Zadar, Croatia)
  • Tomaž Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Vladislav Kuboň (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Anna Kupść (Université de Bordeaux, France)
  • Olga Mitrofanova (St.Petersburg State University, Russia)
  • Agnieszka Mykowiecka (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
  • Rūta Marcinkevičienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • Karel Pala (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Gerald Penn (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Maciej Piasecki (Wrocław University of Technology, Poland)
  • Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy)
  • Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
  • Agata Savary (Université François Rabelais, Tours, France)
  • Inguna Skadina (University of Latvia)
  • Wojciech Skut (Google Inc., Zurich)
  • Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
  • Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy)
  • Duško Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finalnd)


  • Anna Kupść (Université de Bordeaux, France)
  • Maciej Piasecki (Wrocław University of Technology, Poland)
  • Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
  • Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
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