Call For Papers


8-10 December 2008,
CSIRO ICT Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

in conjunction with the Australasian Document Computing Symposium


A two-day workshop on Natural Language Technology will be organised by the Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA). This event will be the sixth annual instalment of the workshop in its most-recent incarnation, and the continuation of an annual workshop series that has existed under various guises since the early 90s.

The ALTA Workshop (ALTW) will be held in conjunction with the Australian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS), which focuses on issues ranging from the fundamentals of document architectures and standards for mark up, through various aspects of document processing, and we will continue the tradition of holding a joint ADCS-ALTW session.  This will be held on 8 December as the final session of ADCS and the opening session of ALTW.

The goals of the workshop are:

As with the 2007 Workshop, there will be poster presentations in addition to the regular talks, in order to encourage more interactive discussion of research-in-progress. In this vein, we encourage submissions from students describing their thesis work and any preliminary results. Note that both publication types will have the same status in the proceedings.



We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the LT community, and particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical LT applications and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically encourage submissions from industry.

Submission Format

Submissions should follow the two-column format of the ACL proceedings and should not exceed eight (8) pages, NOT including references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. The style files and example documents are available from the workshop website. We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles including font and page size restrictions.

The preferred submission format is PDF. If this introduces problems, please contact the organisers beforehand.

If we cannot print your file by the submission date it will be rejected without being reviewed. Therefore you are encouraged to send an early version with the typographical complexity of your final intended version so that we can check it is printable. All papers should include the full authors' names and affiliations. (Note that this diverges from the "blind" submission guidelines adopted for ACL conferences.)

Detailed directions for submission will be made available at the workshop website. Contact the organisers for any questions regarding this process.




A proceedings containing all papers (presentations and posters) will be produced in online and CD-ROM formats. The online format will have an ISSN number.

Important Dates

* We have instituted a later submission deadline for papers with first-named authors that are current Honours or Undergraduate students. If you qualify for this condition and plan to submit to this deadline then you must register an "Intention to Submit" with the workshop chairs by the normal submission due date. Send an email to the organisers with title, authors, and abstract.

Workshop Co-Chairs


The Australasian Language Technology Workshop is being organised by ALTA, the Australasian Language Technology Association.

For any comments or questions about the workshop please contact the organizers: