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EMNLP 2017 3rd Workshop on Discourse in Machine Translation (DiscoMT '17)

8 September 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark

We invite submissions to the Third Workshop on Discourse in Machine Translation, held in conjunction with EMNLP 2017, Copenhagen.  The first two DiscoMT workshops were held in 2013 at ACL in Sofia, and in 2015 at EMNLP in Lisbon.  Our poster sessions, to which all presenters are invited to contribute, are held jointly with the WMT ones.  In addition, shared tasks on pronoun translation or prediction were organized in 2015 and 2016, and will be held in 2017 as well.

DiscoMT 2017 solicits submissions on any the following topics and any language pairs, but also welcomes submissions that link discourse studies with machine translation in some other way.

  •  discourse processing in support of MT:
    • textual coherence, including anaphora, coreference, tense, aspect and modality
    • textual cohesion, including lexical consistency
    • discourse structure, including use of connectives and information structuring devices
    • topic structure
    • consistency in style and register;
  • MT techniques for obtaining document-level consistency and domain adaptability;
  • MT techniques for structured documents;
  • methods and algorithms to handle discourse-level phenomena in:
    • neural MT
    • statistical phrase-based or hierarchical MT
    • example-based or rule-based MT;
  • uses of MT in processing discourse-level phenomena;
  • techniques for evaluating the effect of efforts targeting discourse-level phenomena in SMT and their influence on MT quality;
  • quantitative studies on the impact of discourse-level phenomena on current MT systems vs. discourse-aware ones.

Submission Instructions

We solicit previously unpublished work, presented either as long or short papers, following the EMNLP 2017 formatting guidelines.  Long papers should have at most 8 pages of content, not including references.  Short papers are limited to 4 pages of content, not including references.  There is no constraint on the size of the reference list.  Submissions should be anonymous and not disclose in any way the identity of the author(s). 

Important dates

Submission deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017
Decision notification: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Final versions due: Friday, July 14, 2017
Workshop at EMNLP: Friday, Sept 8, 2017

Shared Task

The details of the 2017 shared task will be published at: