I. NAME Association for Computational Linguistics II. PURPOSES The purposes of the Association are: 1. To promote research and development activities in the field of computational linguistics. 2. To promote cooperation and information exchange among related professional and technical societies. 3. To represent computational linguistics to foundations and government agencies worldwide. 4. To provide information on computational linguistics to the general public. III. MEMBERSHIP 1. Membership is open to any person with an interest in computational linguistics. 2. All members receive the regular publications of the Association. All members may submit papers for presentation at meetings of the Association. All members may participate in the Annual Business Meetings of the Association, may vote in Association elections, and may hold office in the Association. 3. There are two main classes of membership: `regular' and `student.' Student members are eligible for a reduced dues rate. To qualify for the student rate, a person must be taking a full-time program of courses and not earning a regular income. However, students who do not qualify for the student rate, but who are enrolled at a university in a degree program and taking some classes may still be eligible to participate in student activities. In addition, members who are retired and no longer earning a regular income are also eligible for a reduced `retired' dues rate. Couples who have the same mailing address may become `joint members' and pay less than twice the full rate for their class; if they do not belong to the same class, they pay at the rate appropriate for the higher class. Joint members will receive only one set of publications, but each will be eligible for all other member benefits. 4. Dues for each calendar year are payable upon receipt of a dues statement. Members in arrears will be dropped from membership. 5. Distinguished scholars in the field may be elected Fellows of the Association members at the Annual Business Meeting, upon recommendation by the by the Nominating Committee to the Executive Committee. The number of living Fellows shall not exceed twenty-five; no more than three may be selected in any year. IV. BUSINESS MEETING 1. There shall be an Annual Business Meeting of the Association, with notice mailed to the membership at least two months before the meeting date. V. OFFICERS, ADMINISTRATION, AND ELECTIONS 1. The Officers of the Association shall be: a President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary-Treasurer. The President and Vice-President are elected by the members of the Association at the Annual Business Meeting for a one-year term. The Secretary-Treasurer is elected by the members of the Association at the Annual Business Meeting for a five-year term, and may not hold office for more than two such terms. The Executive Committee may appoint an Associate Secretary-Treasurer, to hold office for a period of up to two years; this appointment may be renewed once, 2. The administration of the Association shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee, which consists of the Officers, the Editor in chief of the Association's Journal; the immediately Past President; the Chairs of the Association's Chapters; and four members elected (two annually) for terms of two years by the members of the Association at an Annual Business Meeting. If vacancies occur, the Executive Committee shall appoint replacements serving until the first of January after the next Annual Business Meeting; elections will be held to fill those vacancies at this next Meeting. An Associate Secretary-Treasurer may be made a non-voting member of the Executive Committee. The President of the Association shall chair the Executive Committee for the one year of his or her tenure. The Secretary-Treasurer is empowered to deposit and disburse funds and to enter into contracts as appropriate to conduct the business of the Association. The President shall deliver a written Annual Report, and the Secretary-Treasurer shall deliver a written Annual Financial and Membership Report, to the Association by the end of each year. 3. There shall be an Annual Executive Committee Meeting. 4. The Executive Committee shall (a) determine the place and time of the Association meetings and appoint members to be responsible for organizing its programs and for local arrangements; (b) select or approve the editors of any publication sponsored by the Association; (c) appoint members to various positions and form committees to assist in conducting the activities of the Association; (d) fix the annual dues of the Association; (e) fix registration fees for meetings; (f) agree subscription and advertising rates for the publications of the Association; (f) be responsible for a review of the Secretary-Treasurer's Financial and Membership Report before this Report is presented to the Annual Business Meeting; (f) charter Chapters of the association, revoke the charter of any such chapter if it no longer serves the objectives of the Association, and appoint inaugural officers and committees of such chapters; (i) institute Special Interest Groups of the Association; (j) fix the times of the Annual Business Meeting and Annual Executive Committee Meeting. 5. There shall be a Nominating Committee consisting of the three Past Presidents preceding the present one, each serving for the three years following their own Presidency. The member whose term is about to expire shall chair the Committee. In case of a vacancy the Executive shall appoint a member to serve for the appropriate period. 6. There shall be an Accounts Scrutiny Committee consisting of the immediately Past President and an elected member of the Executive Committee, the latter serving for one year, with the duty of considering the Secretary-Treasurer's Annual Report and reviewing the financial state of the Association, in preparation for the Annual Executive Committee Meeting. 7. Elections shall be conducted as follows: the Nominating Committee shall nominate one person for each position to be filled at an annual election, and the Secretary-Treasurer shall, at least two months before the Annual Business Meeting, mail to the membership notices of these nominations. The election will be held at the Annual Business Meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided that each such nomination is seconded by two members of the Association to be valid, and provided that evidence is presented that such a nominee will serve if elected. If there is more than one nominee for any position, voting for that position shall be by secret ballot. Any nominee receiving a majority of the votes of the members present will be declared elected. Those elected shall take office on the first of January next following and serve until succeeded. VI. AMENDMENTS Amendments to the Constitution must be approved by a majority of the Executive Committee or proposed by not less than ten members, have notice mailed to the membership at least two months before the Annual Business Meeting, and be ratified by a majority vote of the members of the Association attending the Annual Business Meeting.