Call for Papers

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: April 15, 2013
  • EXTENDED Submission deadline: April 22, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2013
  • Camera-ready copy of papers due: June 17, 2013
  • DepLing Conference: August 27-30, 2013

The Depling conference responds to the growing need for a linguistic conference dedicated to approaches in syntax, semantics and the lexicon that are centered around dependency structures as a central linguistic notion.

In the past decade, dependencies, directed labeled graph structures representing hierarchical relations between morphemes, words and semantic units, with a strong reference to the lexicon, have become the near-standard representation and annotation schemes in computational linguistics, parsing, generation, and other fields of natural language processing. The linguistic significance of these structures often remains vague, and the need for the development of common notational and formal grounds is felt strongly by many people working in these domains.

In general terms, the conference will investigate:

  • The use of dependency structures in the description of interesting syntactic and semantic phenomena, especially in a cross-linguistic perspective, including linguistic phenomena for which classical simple phrase-structure based models have proven to be unsatisfactory.
  • The modelling of lexical phenomena and their role in the dependency view of linguistics.
  • The applications of dependency analyses to natural language processing, including machine translation, parsing, generation, information extraction, etc.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of dependency trees in syntactic analysis, description, formalization, parsing, generation, and corpus annotation of written and spoken texts.
  • The use of semantic valency-based predicate and actancy graph structures and their link to classical logic.
  • The elaboration of formal dictionaries for dependency-based syntax and semantics, including descriptions of collocations and paradigmatic relations.
  • Links to morphology and linearization of dependency structures, using for example topological field theories
  • Dependency-like structures beyond the sentence as annotation scheme for discourse phenomena.
  • The description and formalization of semantic and pragmatic phenomena related to information structure.
  • History, epistemology, and psycholinguistic relevance of dependency grammar, including its relation to generative approaches to language

We are also interested in work on issues such as:

  • What are the differences and similarities between theta roles, valencies, f-structures, TAG derivation trees, (subcategorization) frames, semantic role labelling, etc?
  • Which corpus annotations using head-daughter relations on words are formally and linguistically equivalent, which are not?
  • How to describe syntax-semantic interfaces between dependency structures?


Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work or in the case of posters ongoing research rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.

Submissions presented at the conference should mostly contain new material that has not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Papers that are submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page. Papers containing significant overlap with previously published work should include this information in a seperate text file (to be submitted alongside the paper on the easychair site).


The deadline for the submissions is April 15, 2013. The submissions will be electronic in PDF format through the DepLing2013 EasyChair.

Papers may consist of up to 10 pages of content (including references and figures). All submissions should follow the two-column format and the style guidelines (see below). We strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files, OpenDocument or Microsoft Word templates tailored for this year's conference, based on the Depling 2011 and ACL format.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Style Files for DepLing 2013

Papers may consist of up to 10 pages of content (including references and figures). All submissions should follow these two-column format and style guidelines:

LaTeX OpenDocument Microsoft Word
depling2013.pdf depling2013.pdfdepling2013.pdf
all LaTeX files
in one zip file
all OpenDocument files
in one zip file
all Word files
in one zip file

In case of doubts or questions, please contact:

Jirka Balhar (moc.3,14liamg@j.ra1592hlab) and Benedikt Straňák (moc.159265liamg@kanarts.tk35897932ideneb) ©