Call for Papers

13th International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT13)

TLT serves as a venue for new and ongoing research on the topic of linguistics and treebanks. The 13th edition of TLT will take place at the University of Tübingen, Germany on December 12-13, 2014.

For more than 10 years now, TLT has served as a venue for new and ongoing high-quality work related to syntactically-annotated corpora, i.e., treebanks; with a focus on all the aspects of treebanking -- descriptive, theoretical, formal and computational -- but also going beyond treebanks, including other levels of annotation such as frame semantics, coreference, or events, to name only a few.

Submissions are invited for papers, posters, and demonstrations which present research on treebanks and their intersection with linguistics, natural language processing, and other related fields.

TLT13 website:

Invited Speakers

Workshop Motivation and Aims

Treebanks have proved to be crucial resources for very important NLP applications, such as machine translation and information extraction, as well as supporting resources for various NLP tasks, such as high-quality parsing and POS tagging.

More recent trends in treebank related research have focused a variety of initiatives, such as annotating deep syntactic and syntactic-semantic interface information; (semi)-automatic conversion of existing treebanks into deeper linguistic formats; multilingual and crosslingual treebanking, including attempts for 'language universal' treebanking; enriching treebanks with additional layers of linguistic annotation as well as world knowledge layer; dynamic treebanking involving a close connection between parsing grammar and manual annotation; designing web services for observing and exploiting theoretically diverse treebanks; mapping syntactic and semantic knowledge to Linked Open Data information (LOD).

Workshop Topics

The workshop invites the submission of papers, posters, and software demonstrations on original and unpublished research on the following topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Design principles and annotation schemes for treebanks
  • The use of treebanks in acquiring linguistic knowledge
  • The use of treebanks for NLP applications
  • The role of linguistic theories in treebank development
  • Treebanks as a knowledge source for linguistic research
  • Treebank annotation beyond syntax: semantics, pragmatics, and discourse
  • Evaluation and quality control of treebanks
  • Tools for creation and management of treebanks
  • Treebanks for lesser-resourced languages
  • Theories, schemas, and applications for parallel treebanks
  • Standards for treebanks
  • (Semi-)automatic methods for creating large treebanks
  • Mapping of treebanks to Linked Open Data resources
  • Domain-specific treebanks
  • The future of treebanks and treebanking
  • Multi-word expressions in treebanks

Instructions for Authors

The program for TLT13 will consist of full papers, posters, and software demonstrations. Submissions must be anonymized, written in English, and conform to the TLT13 style files available at:

Abstracts for full papers should not exceed 5 pages in length, excluding references. Abstracts for posters and software demonstrations should not exceed 3 pages in length, excluding references.

Please upload your submissions via EasyChair:

Important Dates

  • September 30 (Tuesday): Extended deadline for submissions
  • September 22 (Monday): Deadline for submissions
  • November 3 (Monday): Notification of acceptance
  • November 20 (Thursday): Final papers due
  • December 12-13 (Friday-Saturday): Workshop

Program Committee

  • Verena Henrich (University of Tübingen, Germany; co-chair)
  • Erhard Hinrichs (University of Tübingen, Germany; co-chair)
  • Petya Osenova (Sofia University, Bulgaria; co-chair)
  • Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland; co-chair)
  • Eckhard Bick (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
  • Ann Bies (Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, USA)
  • Johan Bos (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Cristina Bosco (University of Turin, Italy)
  • António Branco (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Miriam Butt (Konstanz University, Germany)
  • David Chiang (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Tomaž Erjavec (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • Markxus Dickinson (Indiana University, Indiana, USA)
  • Stefanie Dipper (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
  • Dan Flickinger (Stanford University, California, USA)
  • Anette Frank (Heidelberg University, Germany)
  • Eva Hajičová (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Valia Kordoni (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
  • Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
  • Mohamed Maamouri (Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, USA)
  • Joakim Nivre (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Stefan Oepen (Oslo University, Norway)
  • Kemal Oflazer (Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar)
  • Karel Oliva (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic)
  • Marco Passarotti (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy)
  • Victoria Rosén (Bergen University, Norway)
  • Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
  • Caroline Sporleder (Saarland University, Germany)
  • Michael White (Ohio State University, Ohio, USA)
  • Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Heike Zinsmeister (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Local Organization Committee

  • Erhard Hinrichs (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Verena Henrich (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Daniël de Kok (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Dörte de Kok (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Bettina Meier (University of Tübingen, Germany)

For more information or questions, please contact: