Call for Papers

The Fifth International Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology (SFCM 2017)

Workshop date: September 12, 2017

Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Submission deadline: July 17, 2017 July 21, 2017

The Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology (SFCM) brings together researchers and developers in the area of computational morphology and morphological theory used in computational systems. The focus of SFCM are actual working systems, frameworks based on linguistic principles, and means for providing linguistically sound analysis and/or generation tools based on well-defined linguistic categories.

In 2017, SFCM will take place for the fifth time. The fifth edition of SFCM will again bring together researchers involved with computational approaches to morphology. We aim to encourage discussion among researchers and developers from different communities and to contribute to bridging the divide between NLP and linguistic communities around state-of-the-art approaches to morphological analysis and generation.

We are in the process of arranging the open-access publication of the proceedings with Language Science Press in their Morphological Investigation series.

SFCM is an activity of the SIG Morphology of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) and is co-located with GSCL 2017.


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 will also include a demo session for presenting individual systems and resources.


Gabriella Lapesa from the Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) at the University of Stuttgart will give the SFCM 2017 keynote on the topic of distributional characterization of derivation.


We invite researchers to submit full papers of up to 20 pages (excluding references) or short papers of up to 10 pages. Long papers constitute an excellent opportunity to publish citable, in-depth descriptions of systems and frameworks. 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 Language Science Press format. Please use the LaTeX skeleton for papers in edited volumes, see for instructions and downloads. Please strictly follow the guidelines. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format. For paper submissions we use EasyChair (

Date and Location

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
September 12, 2017

Important Dates

Deadline for submission
July 17, 2017
July 21, 2017
Notification of acceptance
August 04, 2017
Revised version of papers
August 18, 2017
September 12, 2017
GSCL 2017 main conference
September 13–15, 2017


  • Cerstin Mahlow (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Michael Piotrowski (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Program Committee

  • 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)
  • Günter Neumann (DFKI Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Marco Passarotti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, Italy)
  • Adnan Öztürel (Google Research Europe, Switzerland)
  • Yves Scherrer (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Helmut Schmid (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
  • Andrea Zielinski (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany)

Further Information

Workshop Contact Address

Published on  July 13th, 2017