Bridges and Gaps between Formal and Computational Linguistics (an ESSLLI 2022 workshop)

Workshop description

While computational linguistics is historically rooted in formal linguistics, it might seem that the distance between these two fields has only grown larger and larger.
The goal of this workshop is to consider whether this impression is correct in the light of both recent developments and long-standing approaches.
Indeed, while we are currently witnessing a growing interest within formal linguistics in both explaining the remarkable successes of neural-based language models and uncovering their limitations, one should not forget the contribution to theoretical linguistics provided, for example, by the computational implementation of grammatical formalisms. And while neural-based methods have recently received the lion’s share of the public attention, interpretable models based on symbolic methods are still relevant and widely used in the natural language processing industry.
This workshop is intended to make members of the aforementioned scientific communities meet and share their perspectives on these topics and related areas.

Relevant topics

The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics relevant to the workshop:

  • Symbolic methods for linguistic;
  • Implementation of formal grammars;
  • Use of computational methods for linguistic inquiry;
  • Compositionality and vector semantics;
  • Investigation of the linguistic properties of machine learning models;
  • Trends in the history of computational linguistics;


The workshop will take place during the 33rd edition of the European Summer School of Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) in Galway, Ireland.

Guest speakers

  • Aurelie Herbelot, Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento
  • James Pustejovsky, Volen Center Complex System, Brandeis University

Submission details

We invite authors to submit abstracts for 30 minutes presentations (including questions) related to the above topics.

Abstracts must be anonymous, up to two pages (A4 or US letter) in 12pt font, with 1 inch margins, plus an additional page for supplemental material (figures, glossed examples for languages other than English), and unlimited references.

The submission needs to be done in PDF format via Easychair, using the following link:

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: Friday, April 1st 2022 April 8th 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday, May 9th 2022
  • Workshop: August 8th – 12th 2022

Workshop chairs

  • Timothée Bernard (Université Paris Cité)
  • Grégoire Winterstein (UQAM)

Programme committee

  • Lasha Abzianidze (Utrecht University)
  • Pascal Amsili (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Gemma Boleda (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
  • Johan Bos (University of Groningen)
  • Chloé Braud (CNRS)
  • Lisa Bylinina (Bookarang)
  • Benoît Crabbé (Université Paris Cité)
  • Jonathan Ginzburg (Université Paris Cité)
  • Aurelie Herbelot (University of Trento)
  • Denis Paperno (Utrecht University)
  • James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
  • Laura Kallmeyer (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
  • Najoung Kim (New York University)
  • Dan Lassiter (Stanford University)
  • Christian Retoré (Université de Montpellier)
  • Guillaume Wisniewski (Université Paris Cité)

Related events

The workshop is part of the GdR LIFT activities on formal and computational linguistics. Other activities of the GdR on formal and computational linguistics include:


The organisation of this workshop is made possible thanks to funding from GdR LIFT, Laboratoire de linguistique formelle and Labex EFL.