Formal Grammar Conference

The 25th Conference on Formal Grammar will be held on August 8-9th, 2020, in conjunction with the 31st European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2020) at Utrecht Science Park in the Uithof, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Call for Papers

FG 2020
              The 25th Conference on Formal Grammar
             Utrecht, the Netherlands, August 8-9, 2020

            Co-located with the European Summer School
               in Logic, Language and Information

            *SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 15, 2020*


FG 2020 is the 25th conference on Formal Grammar, to be held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information which, in 2020, will take place at the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Previous Formal Grammar meetings were held in Barcelona (1995), Prague (1996), Aix-en-Provence (1997), Saarbrücken (1998), Utrecht (1999), Helsinki (2001), Trento (2002), Vienna (2003), Nancy (2004), Edinburgh (2005), Malaga (2006), Dublin (2007), Hamburg (2008), Bordeaux (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Ljubljana (2011), Opole (2012),  Düsseldorf (2013), Tübingen (2014), Barcelona (2015), Bozen-Bolzano (2016), Toulouse (2017), Sofia (2018), and Riga (2019).


FG provides a forum for the presentation of new and original research on formal grammar, mathematical linguistics and the application of formal and mathematical methods to the study of natural language. Themes of interest include, but are not limited to,

+ formal and computational phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics   and pragmatics;
+ model-theoretic and proof-theoretic methods in linguistics;
+ logical aspects of linguistic structure;
+ constraint-based and resource-sensitive approaches to grammar;
+ learnability of formal grammar;
+ integration of stochastic and symbolic models of grammar;
+ foundational, methodological and architectural issues in grammar   and linguistics;
+ mathematical foundations of statistical approaches to linguistic   analysis.

Previous conferences in this series have welcomed papers from a wide variety of  frameworks.


The program will include a special session on the relevance of formal grammar methods in deep learning and other statistical and vector space approaches to language. Examples of phenomena where these methods come into play include (but of course are not limited to) anaphora resolution, long-range filler-gap dependencies, function-argument relations, locality domains, and syntactic structures in general. This session is organised jointly with the Workshop on Semantic Spaces at the Intersection of NLP, Physics, and Cognitive Sciences (SemSpace2020 [], organizers: Martha Lewis (ILLC, Amsterdam), Michael Moortgat (Utrecht University)).


We invite *electronic* submissions of original, 16-page papers (including references and possible technical appendices). Authors are
encouraged to use the Springer-Verlag LNCS style:

The submission deadline is *March 15, 2020*. Papers must be *anonymous* and submitted electronically at EasyChair:

Papers should report original work which was not presented in other conferences. However, simultaneous submission is allowed, provided that the authors indicate other conferences to which the work was submitted in a footnote. Note that accepted papers can only be presented in one of the venues.  Please indicate whether your paper
should be considered for the Formal Grammar-SemSpace joint session.

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by at least three reviewers.


+ March 15, 2020: Deadline for paper submission
+ May 6, 2020: Notification of acceptance
+ May 19, 2020: Camera ready copies due
+ August 8-9, 2020: Conference dates


Stepan Kuznetsov (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow, Russia)
Nissim Francez (Technion, Israel)
Reinhard Muskens (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)
Robert Levine (Ohio State University, USA)
Annie   Foret   (IRISA - Rennes University, France)
Berthold Crysmann (CNRS - LLF, France)
Christian Retoré (LIRMM - Université Montpellier 2, France)
Mark-Jan Nederhof (University of St Andrews, UK)
Ed Stabler (UCLA, USA)
Jesse Tseng (CNRS - CLLE-ERSS, France)
Thomas Graf (Stony Brook University, USA)
Stefan Müller (Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany)
Manfred Sailer (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
Oriol Valentín (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Ryo Yoshinaka (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan)
Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Glyn Morrill (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Jane Chandlee   (Haverford College)
Rainer Osswald (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany)


+ Raffaella Bernardi (University of Trento, Italy)
+ Greg Kobele (University of Leipzig, Germany)
+ Christian Wurm (University of Düsseldorf, Germany)



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