March, 21/22 2024 • St Julian’s, Malta

Co-located with EACL2024

Important Dates (all deadlines are 23:59 AoE)

   — December 18 25, 2023:  Paper submission deadline
   — January 20 27, 2024:  Notification of acceptance
   — January 30 February 3, 2024:  Camera-ready deadline
   — March 21 or 22, 2024:  Workshop

Keynote Speakers

The aim of the 6th edition of SIGTYP workshop is to act as a platform and a forum for the exchange of information between typology-related research, multilingual NLP, and other research areas that can lead to the development of truly multilingual NLP methods. The workshop is specifically aimed at raising awareness of linguistic typology and its potential in supporting and widening the global reach of multilingual NLP, as well as at introducing computational approaches to linguistic typology. It will foster research and discussion on open problems, not only within the active community working on cross- and multilingual NLP but also inviting input from leading researchers in linguistic typology. Our workshop will serve as a platform to enable fruitful discussions. In 2024, we additionally focus on bridging the gap between cross-linguistic and universal annotation, models, and technology.

SIGTYP is the first dedicated venue for typology-related research and its integration in multilingual NLP. Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to) the following as they relate to the areas of the workshop: :

   • Integration of typological features in language transfer and joint multilingual learning. In addition to established techniques such as “selective sharing”, are there alternative ways to encoding heterogeneous external knowledge in machine learning algorithms?

   • Development of unified taxonomy and resources. Building universal databases and models to facilitate understanding and processing of diverse languages.

   • Automatic inference of typological features. The pros and cons of existing techniques (e.g. heuristics derived from morphosyntactic annotation, propagation from features of other languages, supervised Bayesian and neural models) and discussion on emerging ones.

   • Typology and interpretability. The use of typological knowledge for interpretation of hidden representations of multilingual neural models, multilingual data generation and selection, and typological annotation of texts.

   • Improvement and completion of typological databases. Combining linguistic knowledge and automatic data-driven methods towards the joint goal of improving the knowledge on cross-linguistic variation and universals.

   • Linguistic diversity and universals. Challenges of cross-lingual annotation. Which linguistic phenomena or categories should be considered universal? How should they be annotated?

   • Language-specific studies to support or contradict universals. Framing a study on 1-3 languages that would shed more light on common linguistic structures and properties.

   • Extra topics. Generation of constructed languages, universals in diachronic languages changes, information-theoretic approaches to typology, automated approaches to etymology.


We invite both extended abstract submissions (non-archival) and general paper submissions (archival). The accepted submissions will be presented at the workshop, providing new insights and ideas. Extended abstracts should describe already published work or work in progress and should not exceed two (2) pages. This way, we will not discourage researchers from preferring main conference proceedings, at the same time ensuring that interesting and thought-provoking research is presented at the workshop. For general (archival) submissions we accept both long and short papers. Short papers should not exceed four (4) pages, long papers should not exceed eight (8) pages papers. Unlimited additional pages are allowed for the references section in all submission types.
Submissions should be anonymous, without authors or an acknowledgement section; self-citations should appear in third person. The reviewing process will be double-blind.
Submissions should follow the EACL 2024 style guidelines:; both long and short paper submissions must follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings. All submissions must be in PDF format.
These should be submitted via OpenReview:

ARR submissions that were rejected or withdrawn from EACL can be submitted to SIGTYP by January 17, 2024. We will create a web form for submitting, and announce it here by January 15, 2024. Acceptance decisions will be made based on the existing ARR reviews. Authors will be notified by January 20, 2024.

Program Committee

    Emily Ahn, University of Washington
    Miriam Butt, University of Konstanz
    Daan van Esch, Google AI
    Elisabetta Ježek, University of Pavia
    Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University
    Robert Östling, Stockholm University
    Ivan Vulić, the University of Cambridge
    Richard Sproat, Google Japan
    Edoardo Maria Ponti, University of Edinburgh
    Alexey Sorokin, Moscow State University
    Kemal Kurniawan, The University of Melbourne
    Aryaman Arora, Stanford University
    Badr M. Abdullah, Saarland University
    Olga Zamaraeva, University of Washington
    Borja Herce, The University of Zürich
    Giuseppe Celano, Leipzig University
    Richard Futrell, University of California, Irvine
    Gerhard Jäger, University of Tübingen
    Johann-Mattis List, University of Passau and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
    Giulia Venturi, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "Antonio Zampolli"
    Kristen Howell, University of Washington
    Barend Beekhuizen, University of Toronto
    Claire Bowern, Yale University
    Rena Gao, University of Melbourne
    Jinrui Yang, University of Melbourne


Michael Hahn Alexey Sorokin Ritesh Kumar Andreas Shcherbakov Yulia Otmakhova
Jinrui Yang Oleg Serikov Priya Rani
Edoardo M. Ponti Saliha Muradoğlu Rena Gao Ryan Cotterell Ekaterina Vylomova



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