Call for Papers

The Fourth International Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology (SFCM 2015)

Workshop date: September 17–18, 2015
Location: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Deadline for registration of abstracts: April 16, 2015
Submission deadline: April 19, 2015


The Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology (SFCM) brings together researchers, developers, and users in the area of computational morphology. The focus of SFCM are actual working systems for linguistically motivated morphological analysis and generation, computational frameworks for implementing such systems, and linguistic frameworks suitable for computational implementation. Applications of morphological systems, e.g., in natural language processing, linguistics, or digital humanities, are also relevant topics.

From the point of view of computational linguistics, morphological resources form the basis for all higher-level applications. This is especially true for languages with a rich morphology like German, Finnish, Polish, or Latin. A morphology component should thus be capable of analyzing single wordforms as well as whole corpora. For many practical applications, not only morphological analysis, but also generation is required, i.e., the production of surfaces corresponding to specific categories.

Apart from uses in computational linguistics, there are numerous practical applications that can benefit from morphological analysis and/or generation or even require it, for example in textual analysis, word processing, information retrieval, or dialog systems. These applications have specific requirements for morphological components, including requirements from software engineering, such as programming interfaces or robustness.

The proceedings of SFCM 2015 will be published by Springer-Verlag in their CCIS series (as for the previous editions of SFCM).

SFCM is an activity of the SIG Generation and Parsing of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL).


The topics of this workshop include technical and linguistic aspects related to the development of systems and frameworks for computational morphology, applications and evaluation of such systems and frameworks, as well as interactions between computational morphology and formal, quantitative, and descriptive morphology.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Software frameworks for developing morphological components.
  • Open-source systems, tools, and resources for analyzing and generating word forms.
  • Linguistic frameworks for computational morphology.
  • Implementations of formal models of morphology for individual languages and language families, including historical languages and language variants.
  • Use of morphological analysis and generation in NLP applications.
  • Use of morphological systems in linguistic research, i.e., studies that address formal morphological issues with the help of computational methods, tools, and resources.
  • Use of morphological systems in digital humanities research.
  • Approaches for handling phenomena at the interface between morphology and neighboring levels of linguistic description, such as phonetics, morphophonology, and syntax.
  • Methods and criteria for evaluating morphological components with respect to performance, quality, and coverage.
  • Software engineering aspects: APIs, robustness, performance, hardware/software requirements, resource usage.
  • License models, versioning, and legal aspects.

The workshop includes a demo session for presenting individual systems and resources and in-depth discussion.


We invite researchers to submit original work in one of the following forms:

  • Long papers describing complete works of research (up to 20 pages, including references)
  • Short papers describing smaller complete works of research or novel challenges or visions (up to 10 pages)

Submissions must be in English. Reviewing of papers will be double-blind by the members of the program committee, and all submissions will receive several independent reviews. Papers submitted at review stage must not contain the authors' names, affiliations, or any information that may disclose the authors' identity.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research at the workshop as talk or as a poster. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the workshop.

The papers must use the Springer-Verlag LNCS format. We recommend using the LaTeX2e class provided by Springer-Verlag. Please strictly follow the LNCS guidelines. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format. For paper submissions we use EasyChair, see

Date and Location

Location: Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS), University of Stuttgart, Germany
Date: September 17–18, 2015

Important Dates

Deadline for registration of abstracts: April 16, 2015
Deadline for submission: April 19, 2015
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2015
Revised version of papers: June 19, 2015
Deadline for registration: TBA
Workshop: September 17–18, 2015


  • Cerstin Mahlow (Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany)
  • Michael Piotrowski (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz, Germany)

Program Committee

  • Delphine Bernhard (University of Strasbourg, France)
  • Bruno Cartoni (Google, Switzerland)
  • Simon Clematide (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Thomas Hanneforth (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Lauri Karttunen (Stanford University, USA)
  • Kimmo Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Krister Lindén (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
  • Günter Neumann (DFKI Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Yves Scherrer (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Helmut Schmid (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany)
  • Angelika Storrer (University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • Marcin Woliński (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • Andrea Zielinski (Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany)

Further Information

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Published on  May 20th, 2015