Design, Implementation and Uses of Controlled Languages


Tony Hartley
Information Technology Research Institute,
University of Brighton,
Brighton, UK

Cécile Paris
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,
Mathematical and Information Sciences,
Sydney, Australia

Session Description:

We are pleased to announce that a Thematic Session focusing on controlled languages will be a part of the ACL 99 conference. This is a topic which has long figured in conferences on machine translation in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim. A convergence of interests has led to the Controlled Language Applications Workshops, held at CCL Leuven in 1996 and Carnegie Mellon University in 1998.

We now invite from the CL community at large submissions describing new and innovative approaches to this theme from a wide range of perspectives. These include - but are not limited to - the following:

  • controlled language authoring environments
    novel architectures for controlled language tools to support human authoring - empirical evaluations of the robustness and efficiency of industrial grade applications - evaluation methods
  • automatic processing of controlled language input
    machine translation, particularly into multiple languages - dialog systems - knowledge base construction
  • automatic generation of controlled language output
    controlled languages as models for building NLG grammars - using NLG systems to produce compliant documentation
  • design principles
    feasibility of generic design principles valid for typologically different languages - relative merits of different linguistic formalisms and frameworks - context sensitivity of rules
  • corpus analysis
    techniques for automating the definition of grammars and lexicons - corpus characterisations


Submissions should be sent directly to the ACL Program Committee chairs by the January 25 deadline, as with regular main session submissions. Information can be found at the ACL '99 web site. Submissions should be marked for inclusion in this thematic session. We look forward to reviewing your submissions. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Review Committee:

  • Florence Beaujard, Aerospatiale, France
  • Norbert Fuchs, Zurich University, Switzerland
  • Richard Kittredge, CoGenTex & Montreal University, Canada
  • Veronika Lux, Xerox, Grenoble, France
  • Eric Nyberg, LTI, Carnegie Mellon University., USA
  • Stephen Pulman, SRI, Cambridge, UK
  • Jun'ichi Tsujii, Tokyo University, Japan
  • Richard Wojcik, Boeing, Seattle, USA
  • Zhou Xilin, Beijing University, China
  • Remi Zajac, New Mexico State University, USA