The 25th Conference on Formal Grammar

August 8-9, 2020
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Important Update

Formal Grammar is a conference that is and has traditionally been colocated with ESSLLI and supported by ESSLLI OC. This has proven very convenient in many ways and it has nicely tied together ESSLLI and FG participants.

Due to the COVID-19, ESSLLI won't be organized in 2020.

The FG standing committee has decided to join the decision taken about ESSLLI, hence there will not be FG in 2020.

We thank the authors who have already submitted papers, and apologize to them for the sudden disappointment. We are sure (having looked at their papers) that they will have no trouble finding homes for their work somewhere else this year.

We also thank the program committee, many of whom have supported us throughout the years with their careful reviews, for again volunteering their time. We hope to see you next year!

Raffaella Bernardi, Greg Kobele, Christian Wurm.


The 25th Conference on Formal Grammar will be held in conjunction with the 31st European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2020). We will update this webpage with more information as it becomes available.

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.

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 will be anounced at a later date. 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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