Call for Papers

The 9th edition of the Slavic NLP Workshop is sponsored by SIGSLAV: the ACL Special Interest Group on Slavic NLP.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 27 February 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: 19 March 2023
  • Camera-ready due: 27 March 2023
  • Workshop: 2 or 6 May 2023

Theme and Motivation

The Slavic languages play an important role due to their diverse cultural heritage and wide use — over 400M speakers worldwide. The current political and economic developments in Central/ Eastern Europe have brought Slavic societies and their languages into focus, due to rapid technological advancement and expanding consumer markets. This workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention include morphological analysis, morphosyntactic tagging, syntactic parsing, lexical semantics, named entity recognition, text normalisation and non-standard language, reference resolution, information extraction, question answering, information retrieval, text summarization, machine translation, text classification, sentiment analysis, and linguistic resources.

This year, we are especially glad to have an opportunity to organize Slav NLP in a Slavic-speaking country.

Research on theoretical and applied topics in the context of Slavic languages is still underrepresented in the community. The linguistic phenomena specific to the Slavic languages — such as rich morphological inflection and free word order — make the construction of NLP tools for these languages a challenging and intriguing task.

The goal of this Workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry working on NLP for Slavic languages. In particular, the Workshop aims to stimulate research and foster the creation of tools and resources for these languages. The Workshop will provide a forum for exchanging ideas, discussing current problems, and making the available resources more widely known. One fascinating aspect of this language group is the striking structural similarity, as well as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional inventory spanning the entire group of languages — despite a lack of mutual intelligibility — which creates a special environment in which researchers can appreciate the shared problems and solutions, and communicate naturally. This Workshop continues the proud tradition established by the 8 previous Balto-Slavic Workshops.

This Workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention include:

  • morphological analysis and generation,
  • morphosyntactic tagging,
  • syntactic and semantic parsing,
  • lexical semantics,
  • named-entity recognition,
  • text normalisation and processing non-standard language
  • coreference resolution,
  • information extraction,
  • question answering,
  • information retrieval,
  • text summarization,
  • machine translation,
  • development of linguistic resources,
  • disinformation detection,
  • fact verification.
  • text classification
  • sentiment analysis

Shared Task

TBA

The 4th edition of the SlavNER Shared Task focuses on the analysis of Named Entities in multilingual Web documents in Slavic languages.

Submission

We invite two types of submissions: long and short papers.

Long papers should describe original, unpublished and completed work. The short papers should describe: (a) work in progress and/or small focused contributions, or (b) system demonstrations, new linguistic resources, or experience with using existing software and resources, or (c) ongoing projects and activities that are relevant to stakeholders in the domain of Slavic NLP.

Overlap with previously published work should be clearly mentioned at the time of submission. The authors should indicate along with their submission whether the paper has been submitted elsewhere, e.g., to the main conference. In particular, in case the paper has been rejected by the main conference, it should be indicated in the submission.

All submissions 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 three members of the Program Committee.

The review of long papers will be blind. Long papers must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Self-citations and other references that reveal the authors' identity must be avoided. The short papers may be anonymous, but that is not required.

In particular, submissions describing systems, resources, or solutions that have been made available to the wider public are strongly encouraged, as this will help promote computational linguistics applications for the Slavic languages.

Long papers should follow the two-column format of EACL 2023 proceedings not exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus two (2) pages for references. Short paper submissions should follow the same format, and should not exceed five (5) pages for content plus two (2) pages for references.

All submissions must conform to the official style guidelines of EACL 2023 contained in the style files and must be in PDF. Camera-ready versions of accepted papers must be provided both in LaTeX and PDF format.