The Association for Computational Linguistics
) 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
). It became the ACL in 1968
The ACL has European and North American chapters, the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) and the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL).
The ACL journal, Computational Linguistics, continues to be 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.
The ACL book series, Studies in Natural Language Processing, is published by Cambridge University Press.
Special Interest Groups
ACL has a large number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), focusing on specific areas of natural language processing. Some current SIGs within ACL are:
- Linguistic Annotation: SIGANN
- Linguistic data and corpus-based approaches: SIGDAT
- Dialogue Processing: SIGDIAL
- Natural Language Generation: SIGGEN
- Chinese Language Processing: SIGHAN
- Lexicon: SIGLEX
- Mathematics of Language: SIGMOL
- Natural Language Learning: SIGNLL
- Natural Language Parsing: SIGPARSE
- Computational Morphology and Phonology: SIGMORPHON
- Computational Semantics: SIGSEM
- Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages: SEMITIC
- Web as Corpus SIGWAC