16th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference

  Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

  3-5 July 2014 Budapest




Converging Corpora:

How to standardize historical corpora of typologically and genetically different languages


With the recent increase in the number of annotated historical corpora, it seems reasonable to explore the possibilities of collaboration. The objective is to move towards a harmonized common framework and methodology. An important goal of the workshop is to highlight the issues we encounter when annotating languages with rich morphology.


Questions we would like to be addressed include:

 We invite abstracts addressing one or more of these issues. Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, in 12-point Times New Roman, with margins of at least 2,5 cm / 1 inch. Submissions for the workshop are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author, independently from submissions for the DiGS16 conference.


Abstracts for the workshop are to be submitted in pdf-format via the EasyChair system,


To submit an abstract, you must follow these steps:

  1. To begin, login at: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=digs16

  2. If you do not have an existing EasyChair account, click on ''sign up for an account.'' You will be asked to fill out a simple form to create an account.

  3. Click ''New Submission'' at the top of the page.

  4. Select the track relevant for your submission and click "Continue".

  5. Enter author information in the provided fields. Tick the ''Corresponding Author'' box for all authors who wish to receive e-mail correspondences or notifications.

  6. Enter your title in the ''Title'' field.

  7. In the ''Abstract'' field, please enter a one sentence summary. Do not paste your full abstract into this field.

  8. Enter at least three keywords.

  9. Upload your abstract in the ''Paper'' field. Only .pdf files will be accepted. Do not include your name or affiliation in the abstract/file name!

  10. Do not tick the ''Abstract only'' box, or your .pdf will not be uploaded.

  11. Click ''Submit.'' You will be taken to a summary page of your submission - this is your confirmation that it has been saved. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.

  12. You may make any necessary updates until the deadline by logging in and clicking on ''My Submissions.''

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 January 2014.

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2014.


 We are planning a session with interactive demonstration of already existing corpora, and invite applications by email (digs16.budapest@gmail.com). Both presenters of the workshop and other registered participants of DiGS 16 are welcome to give a demo of their corpus.


The workshop will conclude with a round table discussion on the standardization of morphological annotation in historical corpora, and will be moderated by Anthony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania). Anthony Kroch is the project leader for the Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English and has consulted on the construction of parsed corpora of French, Icelandic and Portuguese.


Organizers can be contacted at digs16.budapest@gmail.com