TLT: Call for papers

The 21st International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT): Call for Papers

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The 21st International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT) will bring together developers and users of linguistically annotated natural language corpora and take place during the week of March 9th-12th, 2023 in Washington D.C. on the campus of Georgetown University as part of GURT 2023.


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

TLT addresses all aspects of treebank design, development, and use. As ‘treebanks’ we consider any pairing of natural language data (spoken, signed, or written) with annotations of linguistic structure at various levels of analysis, including, e.g., morpho-phonology, syntax, semantics, and discourse. Annotations can take any form (including trees or general graphs), but they should be encoded in a way that enables computational processing. Reflections on the design of linguistic annotations, methodology studies, resource announcements or updates, annotation or conversion tool development, or reports on treebank usage are but some examples of the types of papers we anticipate for TLT.

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:

  • long 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 TLT 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 undergo a double-blind peer review process 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).

Double submission policy: We will accept submissions that have been submitted elsewhere, but require that the authors notify us, including information on where else they are submitting and let us know if the work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Submissions that violate these requirements will be rejected without review.

TLT Workshop Chairs

Daniel Dakota (Indiana University)
Kilian Evang (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
Sandra Kübler (Indiana University)
Lori Levin (Carnegie Mellon University)