Depling: Call for papers

The 2023 International Conference on Dependency Linguistics (Depling): Call for Papers

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Depling is a bi-annual conference dedicated to dependency-based approaches in linguistics and natural language processing. Dependencies, directed labeled graph structures representing hierarchical relations between morphemes, words or semantic units, have now become the standard representation of syntactic resources and NLP technologies. Depling has become the central event for people discussing the linguistic significance of these structures, their theoretical and formal foundations, their processing, and their use in NLP tools. 

A short introduction to dependency can be found here.


The Georgetown University Round Table on Linguistics (GURT) is a peer-reviewed annual linguistics conference held continuously since 1949 at Georgetown University in Washington DC, with topics and co-located events varying from year to year. Under an overarching theme of ‘Computational and Corpus Linguistics’, GURT 2023 will feature four workshops focused on computational and corpus approaches to syntax: UDW, Depling, TLT, and CxGs+NLP. Talks will take place in plenary sessions to promote cross-fertilization of ideas across subcommunities. Proceedings will be published in the ACL Anthology.

In order to support rich discussions and networking with minimal overhead and cost, GURT will be primarily an in-person event; we will, however, accommodate a limited number of live/synchronous remote presentations, prioritizing those with circumstances that prevent travel. University policies regarding COVID safety will be in force during the event.

Georgetown University is located in a historic neighborhood in the heart of the nation’s capital. The city is a premier tourist destination, and the region is served by Reagan National (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI) airports. 

Submission Information

DepLing addresses the use of dependency trees and related formal representations (such as DAGs) to represent linguistic structure.  Topics include but are not limited to:

  • The use of dependency structures in theoretical linguistics; for example: 
    • The use of syntactic trees to model syntactic relations;
    • The use of semantic, valency-based or predicate-argument graph structures;
    • The use of dependency-like structures to model semantic and pragmatic phenomena related to information structure;
    • The use of dependency-like structures beyond the sentence (e.g., to model discourse phenomena);
    • The use of dependency in the field of linguistic universals, and typology.
  • Historical and epistemological foundations of dependency grammar; for example:
    • The definition of the very notion of dependency;
    • The development and the use of dependency-based diagrams;
    • Dependency grammar and its relation to other formalisms;
    • The use of dependency-like concepts in the history of grammar and linguistics.
  • The use of the dependency structures in corpus development; for example:
    • Corpus annotation and development of dependency-based treebanks and other linguistic resources of written and spoken texts.
  • The use of dependency structures in lexicography:
    • The elaboration of formal lexicons for dependency-based syntax and semantics, including descriptions of collocations and paradigmatic relations.
  • The use of the dependency structures in computational linguistics and natural language processing; for example:
    • Formal properties of dependency formalisms;
    • The use of dependency formalisms in modeling human language acquisition and theoretical models of learning dependency-based formalisms;
    • Recent advances in dependency-based parsing, and text generation;
    • Cross-lingual dependency parser evaluation, with particular emphasis on intrinsic evaluation metrics.
  • The relation between dependency-based grammar and other fields of science, such as, e.g., the psycholinguistic relevance of dependency grammar.

Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.

We invite paper submissions in two distinct tracks:

  • regular papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research, including empirical evaluation results, where appropriate;
  • short papers on smaller, focused contributions, work in progress, negative results, surveys, or opinion pieces.

All papers accepted for presentation at the workshop will be included in the Depling 2023 proceedings volume, which will be part of the ACL Anthology.

Long papers may consist of up to 8 pages of content (excluding references and appendices). Short papers may consist of up to 4 pages of content (excluding references and appendices). Accepted papers will be given an additional page to address reviewer comments.

All submissions should follow the two-column format and the ACL style guidelines. We strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files, OpenDocument, or Microsoft Word templates created for ACL:

Submissions will be double-blind reviewed and all full and short papers must be anonymous, i.e. not reveal author(s) on the title page or through self-references. So e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 2020) 
”, should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith (2020) previously showed 
. Papers must be submitted digitally, in PDF, and uploaded through the on-line conference system (link forthcoming).

Submissions that violate these requirements will be rejected without review.

Depling Workshop Chairs

Owen Rambow (Stony Brook University)

François Lareau (Université de Montréal)