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Fifth Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology

a full-day workshop held at COLING 2000
Luxembourg, 6 August 2000

The workshop will focus on the growing role of finite-state methods in computational phonology. Excellent papers in other areas of computational phonology are also welcome.

Sample topics:

  • Finite-state formalizations of phonological frameworks
  • Algorithms and theorems about finite-state phonological formalisms
  • Embedding finite-state phonology in NLP or speech systems
  • The application of finite-state methods to empirical description (including difficulties, representational encodings, and software tools)
  • Phonologically motivated extensions to finite-state techniques
  • Research bearing on whether the finite-state assumptions are empirically adequate or computationally necessary

A principal goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers who are working in different phonological frameworks:

Finite-state methods have been more-or-less persuasively applied to a range of frameworks, from derivational approaches to Optimality Theory. This shared formal underpinning exposes crucial differences among the frameworks (Frank & Satta 1998), and also suggests deep similarities (Karttunen 1998).

We hope that the workshop's focus on formalizations using finite-state techniques, which are well understood in themselves, will facilitate further discussion of the theoretical and empirical virtues of different frameworks. We are particularly interested in the potential for new or hybrid frameworks.

Organisers and Programme Committee:

Lauri Karttunen, Xerox Research Centre Europe (program chair)
Markus Walther, University of Marburg (local chair)
Jason Eisner, University of Rochester (organization)
Alain Theriault, Universite de Montreal (administration)
Daniel Albro, University of California at Los Angeles
Steven Bird, University of Pennsylvania
John Coleman, University of Oxford
Dan Jurafsky, University of Colorado
Andras Kornai, Belmont Research, Cambridge MA

Reviewing will be blind. The program chair may invite additional reviewers as necessary to obtain relevant expertise and avoid conflicts of interest.

More information about SIGPHON is available at

Questions and correspondence may be sent to:
Jason Eisner
Department of Computer Science
University of Rochester
P.O. Box 270226
Rochester, NY
14627 USA
tel: +1 (716) 275-7230
fax: +1 (716) 461-2018

Paper Submission:

Papers should be original, topical, and clear. Completed work is preferable to intended work, but in any event the paper should clearly indicate the state of completion of the reported results.

Submissions should be full-length papers, up to a maximum of 10 pages. (The final version in the proceedings should incorporate reviewers' suggestions and may be up to 12 pages.)

Except for length, papers should adhere to Coling 2000 formatting guidelines, at Be careful not to disclose authorship.

  • Electronic submission procedure:
  1. Turn your paper into a PDF file, or if necessary a Postscript file. See for help.
  2. Email this file as an attachment to (Alain Theriault)

The body of the email should give
title, author(s), abstract, and contact information.
The subject line should include the word "SIGPHON."

  • Hardcopy submission procedure:
    If electronic submission is impossible, please send FOUR hardcopies to

Alain Theriault
Departement de linguistique et de traduction
Universite de Montreal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montreal, Quebec
along with a page giving title, author(s), abstract, and contact information.
Note that electronic submission is strongly preferred!

Important Dates
Mon. 1 May Deadline for receipt of submissions
Wed. 24 May Authors notified of acceptance
Wed. 21 June Deadline for receipt of camera-ready copy
Sun. 6 Aug. Workshop held in Luxembourg at Coling 2000

Coling 2000 -
Luxembourg -
Registration fees and details -

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