2008Q3 Reports: SIGMORPHON

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2007-2008 Annual Report
SIGMORPHON (Computational Morphology and Phonology)
Jason Eisner
 
MEMBERSHIP
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SIGMORPHON is ACL's special interest group for computational
morphology, phonology, and phonetics.  Membership currently stands
at 90, up from 73 at the end of July 2007 and 55 and the end of July
2006.
 
Two years ago, our membership list was 240, but this included many
inactive members, including many with non-working email addresses.  We
cleaned it up by explicitly asking people to re-subscribe.
 
A new SIGMORPHON executive committee was elected in 2008, with
8 candidates running for a maximum of 6 slots.  The new committee
includes 3 old and 3 new members: Adam Albright, Lynne Cahill,
Jason Eisner (president), Jeff Heinz, Greg Kondrak, and
Rich Wicentowski (secretary).
 
WORKSHOP
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We have customarily held workshops in even-numbered years (although
in 2007 we also sponsored a successful special workshop on Computing
and Historical Phonology).
 
Our 10th SIG workshop is being held at ACL 2008:
   http://phonology.cogsci.udel.edu/sigmorphon2008/
This is the first workshop that reflects the breadth of SIGMORPHON's
new charter, which includes morphology and phonetics as well as
phonology.  Thus, we were pleased to accept two papers on
unsupervised morphological analysis, and to include an invited
talk on articulatory modeling for speech recognition.
 
Like a half-dozen ACL workshops this year, we ended up extending our
deadline to increase our submission rate.  Ultimately, we were able to
be reasonably selective, accepting just over half the submissions on
first review, and another one contingent on revisions.  Still, the ACL
may wish to consider the general topic of workshop submission rates.
 
ONLINE ACTIVITIES
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sigmorphon.org serves the community by maintaining a mailing list and
online bibliographies at its web site.
 
We plan to continue advertising the SIG's expanded scope in order to
recruit new members to the SIG and increase discussion on its mailing
list.