Call for Papers

The Workshop on Tree-Adjoining Grammars and Related Formalisms (TAG+) is a biennial workshop series, inaugurated in 1990, that fosters exchange of ideas among linguists, psycholinguists, and computer scientists interested in modeling natural language using formal grammars. The scope of the workshop includes Tree-Adjoining Grammars as well as other string, tree, and graph grammar formalisms, such as combinatory categorial grammar, dependency grammars, Minimalist grammars, HPSG, and LFG; hence the ”+” in the name of the workshop.

Past workshops have helped identify similarities and differences between the above formalisms, leading to the shared development of broad-coverage grammars, transfer of parsing and machine learning algorithms from one formalism to another and to new insights into the properties of different formalisms and their capacity for linguistic explanation. This edition of the workshop will enable further cross-fertilization of ideas that combine the representational flexibility of TAG-like grammar formalisms with the robustness afforded by machine learning techniques to produce a deeper insight into modeling of natural language.

The first day of the meeting will be devoted to a series of tutorial presentations, designed to introduce attendees to a range of TAG-related topics.

This edition of TAG+ is endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Groups on Mathematics of Language (SIGMOL) and Finite-State Methods (SIGFSM).

Topics of Interest: We invite submissions on all aspects of TAG and related grammatical formalisms including the following topics:

  • syntactic and semantic theory;
  • mathematical properties;
  • computational and algorithmic studies of parsing, semantic analysis, and language generation;
  • machine learning models using TAG-like representations;
  • corpus-based research and grammar development using TAG;
  • psycholinguistic modeling; and
  • applications to natural language processing or other areas.

Submission Details: Anonymous manuscripts (note: not articles as in past years) may be submitted for two types of presentations at the workshop: oral presentations and poster presentations. Poster presentations are particularly appropriate for brief descriptions of specialized implementations, resources under development and work in progress.
Regardless of the type of submission, articles may not exceed eight pages in length (not including references). Submissions should follow the format of the ACL 2016 proceedings.
The article must be submitted electronically in PDF format, using the EasyChair electronic submission website.

Proceedings including full papers will be available on-line in the ACL Anthology before the workshop.

Important dates:

  • Extended submission deadline: 15 April 2016
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 8 April 2016
  • Notification to authors of decision: 18 May 2016.
  • Deadline for camera-ready submission: 10 Jun 2016.
  • Workshop dates: 29 June to 1 July 2016.

Contact Information: The workshop website is at

Program Chairs
David Chiang, University of Notre Dame (USA)
Alexander Koller, University of Potsdam (Germany)
Local Arrangements Chair
Laura Kallmeyer, University of Düsseldorf (Germany)