6th International Conference on Natural Language Processing, GoTAL 2008
Gothenburg, Sweden, August 25-27, 2008





Call for Papers

GoTAL: First Call for Papers

GoTAL - 6th International Conference on Natural Language Processing

Gothenburg, Sweden

25-27 August 2008


The GoTAL conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on 25-27 August, 2008. The conference is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology jointly with Gothenburg University, as part of the activities of the Centre for Language Technology (CLT). GoTAL is the sixth in the series of the TAL conferences, following FracTAL (Besançon, France, 1997), VexTAL (Venice, Italy, 1999), PorTAL (Faro, Algarve, Portugal, 2002), EsTAL (Alicante, Spain, 2004), and FinTAL (Turku, Finland 2006). The main purpose of the TAL conference series is to bring together scientists representing linguistics, computer science and related fields, sharing a common interest in the advancement of computational linguistics and natural language processing.


Papers are invited on recent, substantial, original and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics and natural language and speech processing, including, but not limited to:

  • Pragmatics, Discourse, Semantics, Syntax, and the Lexicon
  • Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology
  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech Synthesis
  • Natural Language Generation
  • Ontologies, Semantic Networks, and Lexical Resources
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Linguistic, Mathematical, and Psychological Models of Language
  • Anaphora Resolution
  • Word Sense Disambiguation
  • Corpus-based Language Modeling
  • Machine Translation and Translation Aids
  • Text and Speech Interfaces
  • Dialogue systems
  • Language Learning and Therapy
  • Simulation and Visualization
  • Knowledge Acquisition and Representation
  • Information Extraction
  • Information Retrieval
  • Question Answering
  • Text Summarization
  • Text and Speech Classification
  • Systems Evaluation


We welcome submissions both from academia and the industry on any topic that is of interest to the NLP community, particularly encouraging research emphasizing multidisciplinary aspects of NLP and the interplay between linguistics, computer science and application domains such as biomedicine, communication systems, public services, and educational technology.

Submitted papers should describe original work, emphasizing completed or well advanced, rather than intended, research. The state of completion of the reported work must be clearly indicated. Where appropriate, results should be rigorously evaluated; the assessment of statistical significance for quantitative results is encouraged. Submissions should contain original material that has not been previously presented to the scientific community. A parallel submission to other publication fora as well as a significant overlap in contents with previously published work should be clearly indicated to the program committee.

All submissions will be reviewed by at least three program committee members. The submissions will be judged on originality, relevance, technical quality, and presentation. Papers can be submitted in two categories:

  • full papers , describing substantial research with well-evaluated results
  • short papers , typically describing ongoing research and preliminary results

All accepted papers in both categories will be published in the conference proceedings. At the conference, full papers will be presented as a talk and short papers will be presented as a poster.

Submissions are made using EasyChair:
Go to http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gotall2008 and follow the instructions.

The submission deadline is Wednesday 9 April 2008 23:59 GMT -11, i.e., as long as its Wednesday 9 April 2008 somewhere on the planet, submission is still open.

The submissions should be sent anonymous, in PDF format
For the final version, authors should follow the LNCS instructions:


The maximum length is 12pp for full papers and 5pp for short papers.


Accepted papers of both categories will be published in the Conference Proceedings, in the LNCS/LNAI series of Springer.


There will be three keynote speakers:

  • Johan Bos, University of Rome La Sapienza
  • Lori Lamel, LIMSI Paris
  • Joakim Nivre, Växjö University and Uppsala University



  • Aarne Ranta, Chalmers and Gothenburg University, Sweden


  • Olli Aaltonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Walid El Abed, Nestle Corp., Switzerland
  • Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Germany
  • Jorge Baptista, University of Algarve, Portugal
  • Patricio Martinez Barco, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Tilman Becker, DFKI, Germany
  • Chris Biemann, Powerset, USA
  • Patrick Blackburn, INRIA Lorraine
  • Lars Borin, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Johan Bos, La Sapienza, Italy
  • Johan Boye, SpeechAct, Sweden
  • Caroline Brun, Xerox Corp., France
  • Sylviane Cardey, University of Franche-Comté, France
  • Rolf Carlson, KTH, Sweden
  • Lauri Carlson, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
  • Robin Cooper, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Rodolfo Delmonte, University of Venice, Italy
  • Elisabet Engdahl, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Jan van Eijck, CWI Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Filip Ginter, University of Turku, Finland
  • Peter Greenfield, University of Franche-Comté, France
  • Philippe de Groote, INRIA Lorraine, France
  • Øystein Haug Olsen, Fast, Norway
  • Viggo Kann, KTH, Sweden
  • Kimmo Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Hans Leiss, LMU Munich, Germany
  • Oliver Lemon, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • José Luis Vicedo, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Adeline Nazarenko, University Paris-Nord, France
  • Joakim Nivre, Uppsala and Växjö University and Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Bengt Nordström, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Pierre Nugues, University of Lund, Sweden
  • Guy Perrier, INRIA Lorraine, France
  • Elisabete Ranchhod, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Manny Rayner, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tapio Salakoski, University of Turku, Finland
  • Karl-Michael Schneider, Textkernel, the Netherlands
  • Rolf Schwitter, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Laurent Spaggiari, Airbus, France
  • Izabella Thomas, Université de Franche-Comté, France
  • Simo Vihjanen, Lingsoft Ltd., Finland
  • Annie Zaenen, Palo Alto Research Center, USA


  • 4 April: submission deadline
  • 9 April: Extended submission deadline
  • 23 May: notification of acceptance
  • 29 June: early registration deadline
  • 13 August: late registration deadline
  • 25-27 August: conference


The conference will be held at the campus of Chalmers University of Technology. The fees, in the range of 300-400 EUR (senior participant, early registration until 8 June; reduced fees for students), will be announced later. They will cover the conference lectures, a copy of proceedings, lunches, coffee, two dinners, and an excursion to the Gothenburg archipelago.