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


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.

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).

Aims and Scope

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:

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

Formal Grammar-SemSpace Joint Session

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)).

Invited Speaker

Submission Details

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 via 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.

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by at least three reviewers.

Accepted papers will be published as a volume in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, under the FoLLI subline.

Standing Committee


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