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Open Linguistics: Topical Issue on Treebanking and Ancient Languages: Current and Prospective Research

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Giuseppe G. A. Celano
Gregory Crane


This special issue of Open Linguistics aims to present a selection of contributions given at the homonymous workshop held at Leipzig University on December 14-15, 2015.

Treebanking belongs to the field of computational linguistics, where machine-actionable representation of the grammar of natural languages challenges traditional linguistic theory-informed descriptions and, more in general, corpus linguistics. This holds true especially for historical linguistics, ancient languages having always been studied within – more or less loosely defined – corpora.

The development of treebanked data for ancient languages allows exact quantification of morpho-syntactic and semantic phenomena and reproducibility of results, which can shed new light on a variety of linguistic research questions and advance NLP tasks. The articles contained in this volume present some of the most recent work done to create and query treebanks for ancient languages.


Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: www.editorialmanager.com/opli/ and submit their contribution.
Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Linguistics’ high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editor (celano@informatik.uni-leipzig.de) or Managing Editor (katarzyna.grzegorek@degruyteropen.com).
As an author of Open Linguistics you will benefit from:

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The deadline is the 29th of February.