Association for Computational Linguistics

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Association for Computational Linguistics
Association for Computational Linguistics logo.svg
Typeprofessional organization
FocusComputational linguistics / natural language processing
OriginsAssociation for Machine Translation and Computational Linguistics
Area served
MethodConferences, publications

The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) is the international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation. An annual meeting is held each summer in locations where significant computational linguistics research is carried out. It was founded in 1962, originally named the Association for Machine Translation and Computational Linguistics (AMTCL). It became the ACL in 1968.[1]

The ACL has a European (EACL)[2] and a North American (NAACL) chapter.[3]

The ACL journal, Computational Linguistics, is the primary forum for research on computational linguistics and natural language processing. Since 1988, the journal has been published for the ACL by MIT Press.[4][5]

Special Interest Groups[edit]

ACL has a large number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), focusing on specific areas of natural language processing. Some current SIGs within ACL are:[6]

SIG Description
SIGANN Linguistic Annotation
SIGBIOMED Biomedical Language Processing
SIGDAT Linguistic data and corpus-based approaches
SIGDIAL Dialogue Processing
SIGFSM Finite State Methods
SIGGEN Natural Language Generation
SIGHAN Chinese Language Processing
SIGHUM Language Technologies for the Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities
SIGLEX Lexicon: the umbrella organization for the SemEval semantic evaluations and SENSEVAL word-sense evaluations
SIGMT Machine Translation
SIGMOL Mathematics of Language
SIGMORPHON Computational Morphology and Phonology
SIGNLL Natural Language Learning
SIGPARSE Natural Language Parsing
SIGSEM Computational Semantics
SIGSEMITIC Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages
SIGSLAV NLP for Slavic Languages
SIGSLPAT Speech & Language Processing for Assistive Technologies
SIGTYP Typology
SIGWAC Web as Corpus


Each year the ACL elects a distinguished computational linguist who becomes vice-president of the organization in the next calendar year and president one year later. Recent ACL presidents are:[7]

Year Name
2018 Marti Hearst
2017 Joakim Nivre
2016 Pushpak Bhattacharyya
2015 Chris Manning
2014 Gertjan van Noord
2013 Haifeng Wang
2012 Ken Church
2011 Kevin Knight
2010 Ido Dagan
2009 Steven Bird
2008 Bonnie Dorr
2007 Mark Steedman
2006 Jun'ichi Tsujii
2005 Martha Palmer
2004 Johanna Moore
2003 Mark Johnson
2002 John Nerbonne
2001 Eduard Hovy
2000 Wolfgang Wahlster


  1. ^ "What is the ACL and what is Computational Linguistics? | ACL Member Portal". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  2. ^ "EACL Home". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  3. ^ Sarkar, Anoop. "NAACL: North American Chapter of the ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics)". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. ^ "List of Issues | Computational Linguistics | MIT Press Journals". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Computational Linguistics". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Special Interest Groups | ACL Member Portal". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ "ACL Officers - Admin Wiki". Retrieved 21 October 2017.

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